Keith Urban may not be able to speak or sing while he recovers from throat surgery, which he had to remove a polyp from his vocal chord, but he will certainly continue to work and play guitar to keep himself busy. Urban will pass the time with good friend and fellow country superstar Brad Paisley — the two will simply handle their instruments, and you certainly don’t need to talk in order to play guitar. That’s why musical is a universal and voiceless language.
It’s that time again, country fans! The 2012 season of ‘American Idol’ will kick off this January. It’ll be the show’s 11th season and let’s hope that this season follows the same trajectory as the last, when the final two contestants were country artists! Will Scotty McCreery‘s heir apparent make it to the top? Will we find our next Lauren Alaina? It’s certainly an exciting prospect, since country music dominated the show last season. That trend could very well continue into 2012.
The recent Penn State sex abuse scandal has been a constant in national news headlines over the past few weeks. Due to the ubiquitous story, country singer Vince Gill was reminded of a situation in his past where he was a near victim of sexual abuse.
Luke Bryan served as the red carpet correspondent for ‘Ellen’ at the 2011 CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 9), and he worked it. With his charming personality and his terrific sense of humor, Bryan was perfect for the gig. Bryan and Ellen DeGeneres (via satellite) had fun with their interviews. Normally, red carpets are serious and somewhat stale affairs, but this duo asked silly questions and lightened the mood.
Brad Paisley was the subject of a recent ‘Nightline’ profile as he promoted his new book ‘Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me,’ and on the TV special, he dropped a bombshell: He was recently pulled over for a suspected DUI. The only caveat was that … Paisley wasn’t drunk! In fact, he doesn’t drink or smoke at all.
Wynonna Judd was in attendance at late IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon’s funeral on Saturday morning (October 22). The singer delivered heartbreaking renditions of both ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘I Can Only Imagine’ at the services, which took place in St. Petersburg, Fla. Given the emotionally devastating circumstances, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that this was one of the hardest performances of Judd’s life. Being called upon to sing at such a sad time requires incredible strength.
The scene of the World Series shifted from the chill of St. Louis to the much warmer confines of Texas last night. For Game 3 of the Fall Classic between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, country crooner Ronnie Dunn was called upon to sing he National Anthem, completing the trifecta of country artists singing the song for the first three World Series games.
Someone over at MLB sure loves country music. Last night, Scotty McCreery sang the National Anthem at the first game of the World Series. He was followed by fellow country superstar Trace Adkins, who belted out the song this evening at before Game 2 between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Things are getting ugly between Rascal Flatts and their former management firm, Turner Nichols and Associates. According to Courthouse News, the band’s ex-managers are asking for a 15 percent cut of the band’s earnings on their current tour, despite the fact that the parties ended their relationship in February and even issued a statement saying that the split was not acrimonious.
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