Archive for December, 2013

Taylor Swift Squeezes One More Honor Into 2013

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by Chris

Taylor Swift has been named Tennessean of the Year by The Tennessean. The honor is awarded annually to “the person who has made the most exceptional contribution to the lives of Tennesseans this year.” They recognizes Taylor for becoming a worldwide ambassador for Nashville and for setting an example for people both young and old to follow.

The newspaper also highlights her philanthropy in Music City, citing her recent donation of $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony as well as her donation of $4 million dollars to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to construct the Taylor Swift Education Center, which opened in October.

Taylor moved to Nashville when she was 14 to pursue music, and she says the city helped her become the person she is today. “I would not be the same kind of person without Nashville. It has shaped me into who I am,” she says.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says, “She’s (Taylor) one of the most dynamic and popular musical performers in the world, and she’s perceived as having universal appeal across categories. She transcends genres, and that’s a great thing for the city.

New Music, New Tour For Tim In 2014

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Chris

Tim McGraw is already looking ahead to 2014 to be an even bigger year. Tim tells CMT, “I’m always excited about working on a new record, which I’m in the middle of now.  I [also] look forward to hitting the road and being out with my band and going out and building a new stage.”

Tim says he still gets excited by the challenge of putting together a new tour. ”Building a new stage is always fun. It’s always a challenge,” he says. “To try to come up with something different is a big challenge, but it’s always exciting to put a show together and figure out what songs you’re going to play, what songs are going to get left out and how much of the new stuff you’re going to play. That’s what keeps it fun for me is putting together a show for the summer.”

Possible Problems For Carrie And Mike

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Chris

Is Carrie Underwood’s marriage in trouble? Carrie and Mike Fisher are apparently going through one of those trying times that happen in marriages.

“Between his schedule with the Nashville Predators and her rehearsals, they barely saw each other the last three months,” a friend of Carrie’s told Star magazine. “When they did steal some alone time, Carrie was wiped out physically and emotionally.”

The source says Carrie promised Mike that they would look to starting a family after she was finished with “The Sound Of Music” but she’s been getting a lot of offers for acting jobs that she’s not sure about that anymore, which has left Mike frustrated.

Little Big Town Has Year’s Most Played Song

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Chris

Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” is the most played song on TouchTunes’ nationwide network of digital jukeboxes and apps for 2013. “We are so grateful that the fans continue to embrace this song in ways we could have never imagined. It’s so great to know that people are having as much fun with this song as we had making it,” Phillip Sweet says.

Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” is TouchTunes’ third most-played song of the year followed by Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” at #4 and “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker at #5. Last year’s #1 song, Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” is still on the list at #7, and Eric Church comes in at #8 with “Smoke a Little Smoke.”

As for TouchTunes’ Top 10 Artists tally, Eric Church comes in at #2 behind the #1-ranked AC/DC. Luke Bryan is third, and Jason Aldean is fourth.

Checkout TouchTunes’ 2013 charts here.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Chris

Almost three quarters of adults can no longer do this, but could when they were younger…What?
Answer: Play an instrument

Kip Moore’s New Home Bug Free

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Chris

Kip Moore is no stranger to living like a starving artist, doing it for years working his way up in country music, and he went back to that kind of living to record his second album.

He says that even though he could afford better, he stayed in a dingy, one-room, bug-infested place with no hot water. “Lots and lots of bugs, man. Just tons of it, man,” Kip tells ABC News Radio (via Country Weekly).

He spoke of roaches crawling everywhere. Why did he chose to live this way? “I got the whole second record out of it, so it served its purpose,” he said.

Now that he’s got that out of the way Kip’s moved into a new, roach free home as he gets ready to release his new album in 2014.

Taylor Swift Makes Final Wish Of Girl Come True

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Chris

Eight-year-old Laney Brown fought Leukemia to the end, and one of her final wishes was to talk to Taylor Swift. Last week, Taylor made her wish come true when she called her on her birthday (Friday, December 20).

Taylor called Laney via Facetime so that they could see each other during their conversation. A message posted on her Facebook page said her conversation with Taylor was a very unforgettable moment for her. The message said, “Laney was so nervous to talk to her because she is such a ‘famous celebrity’. I was actually worried that when Taylor Facetimed her that she would be too scared to talk but Taylor was fabulous!! She really engaged Laney in conversation. Laney lit up and had a huge smile on her face. I can’t thank Taylor enough for taking time out from her family to make Laney’s birthday very memorable. We will hold that memory in our hearts forever.”

The next day, tshe got even more support when thousands of people gathered outside of her hospital window to sing Christmas carols.

CNN says the crowd grew to about 10,000 pduring the night. Although she was too weak to go to her window to see the crowd, she did hear them sing and had this picture posted to her Facebook page:.

Delaney Brown/Facebook

Laney was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in May. Last week her family were told she only had weeks to live. She died at 3:10am Christmas Day.

Charlie Daniels Reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 by Chris

Charlie Daniels reads classic Christmas poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ to bring holiday cheer to his fans. Charlie will be in Cat Country in March at Beulahfest!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 by Chris

According to one store’s records, since 1950 this has been the most popular toy sold at Christmas…What is it?
Answer: Cabbage Patch Dolls. Rubik’s Cubes and Monopoly were second and third.

Florida Georgia Line Enter Brooks & Dunn Territory

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 by Chris

Florida Georgia Line is matching the chart success of Brooks & Dunn. 

Billboard.com says “Stay,” their latest song, has reached the top spot on the Country Airplay chart.  That makes the fourth release from their debut album, “Here’s To The Good Times” to one hit following “Round Here,” “Get Your Shine On,” and “Cruise.” 

Brooks & Dunn are the only other country duo to see their first four songs hit the top of the chart, starting with 1991′s “Brand New Man.”  They followed with “My Next Broken Heart,” “Neon Moon,” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.”  Brooks & Dunn’s fifth single, “Lost and Found,” ended the run, peaking at number six.