June of 2011 marked the beginning of seven-time Grammy Award-winner Randy Travis‘ 25th year in the music industry. To commemorate that silver anniversary, Travis released his ‘Anniversary Celebration‘ record with Warner Bros., and he’s just announced a 2012 North American tour to let fans in on the celebration.
When you think about TV highlights for this weekend, the first thing that undoubtedly comes to mind is the Super Bowl. But country fans everywhere can also look forward to Carrie Underwood‘s special episode of ‘CMT Crossroads.’
Trisha Yearwood is about to marry two of her longtime abilities: being in front of an audience and offering up delicious southern fare. The Grammy Award winning artist has already authored two bestselling cookbooks — ‘Cooking for Family and Friends’ and ‘Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen’ — and now she’s about to step into the spotlight with her own six-episode cooking show on the Food Network.
Rascal Flatts seem to have a finger on the pulse of a number of industries, and of late they’ve revealed that they have a documentary, restaurants and a fragrance all in the works. This all comes just a couple months after they announced the details of their upcoming clothing line. Oh yeah, and they’re dropping a new record in April — and touring that record — all while Jay DeMarcus is gearing up to be a father for the second time.
“It’s official,” Reba McEntiretweeted last week, sharing, “my episode of @nbcwdytya will premiere on Mar. 2!” She was referring to the third season of NBC’s ancestry searching show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?,’ which will unmask McEntire’s family past. Each season, the show follows celebrities as they dig into their histories, their ancestry and the stories of the people who made their lives possible to begin with.
Lady Antebellum dove into the second leg of their Own the Night Tour last night (Jan. 27) in Tulsa, Okla., but before they hit the stage, they took almost 30 minutes to hit the web for a Q&A session with fans. According to Country Weekly, one tidbit gleaned from the chat pertains to the color of Hillary Scott’s coiffure. And, no, in case you were wondering, the brunette says you won’t see her sporting her former blond locks again.
Rascal Flatts hit the road with Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes this month for their Thaw Out Tour. Even with all the mayhem of being on the road, the guys in the band say they’re excited about 2012, as this tour is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all they’ve got on the docket for this year. The trio will drop their eighth studio album, ‘Changed,’ on April 3, before embarking on a summer tour.
With February sweeps about to begin, Ellen DeGeneres is reportedly upping the ante for her daytime talk show, enticing her television audience with appearances from some of the biggest stars — from Christina Aguilera to First Lady Michelle Obama. One joint interview we’re especially excited about is her upcoming chat with Taylor Swift and Zac Efron, who will be talking about their Dr. Seuss film ‘The Lorax,’ which hits theaters on March 2.
With Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott having tied the knot this month and Dave Haywood having proposed to his girlfriend in December, all three members of the trio are enjoying all the changes that come from leaving the single life behind. And, hey, now that marriage is figured out, why not start thinking about the next phase: a tour bus that can accommodate babies.
Jason Aldean has been keeping busy on the road with this leg of his My Kinda Party Tour. Joined by Luke Bryan and Lauren Alaina, the ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ singer has his weekends in February and March filled with shows all over the country. And since he has such a talented country lady joining him on his caravan, Aldean has been giving the female part of his hit Kelly Clarkson duet, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay,’ to Alaina.
After spending three full weeks on vocal rest to recover from surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cord, Keith Urban is back and ready to take the stage (and the mic) again. The ‘You’ll Think of Me’ singer will be performing live for the first time since his vocal absence on Feb. 3 at the Grand Ole Opry. In retrospect, he says 21 days of complete silence proved to be quite the challenge — both physically and emotionally — as he tried to recover and also not slip up and speak.
In the past five years, Rascal Flatts have raised more than $3 million for the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Because of the band’s determination to make a difference, the hospital named their pediatric surgery center the Rascal Flatts Surgery Center. Now, more attached to the hospital’s children than ever, the band is jumping into its next project.
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