COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
TIM McGRAW: Speaks Up About Oil Spill
Tim McGraw is saddened by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, not far from where he grew up in Louisiana. He says that the effects of the spill will be felt not just in the Gulf States. "When you see this way of life down there that's completely devastated, it bleeds way up into the country from the jobs and the mental anguish that comes with it. It's going to a long process, so there's help that's going to be needed for a long time there."
Trace Adkins will release two versions of his new album, Cowboy's Back In Town on August 17th. The original version is a 12-track collection including his current hit, "This Ain't No Love Song" and the regional favorite, "Ala-Freakin' Bama," while the deluxe version adds four additional songs including "Hillbilly Bone" with Blake Shelton. This is Trace's first release from Toby Keith's Show Dog Records.
The internet is buzzing with more rumors of Carrie Underwood's wedding plans. Numerous online sources say that Carrie and a group of girlfriends celebrated her impending nuptials in Las Vegas over the weekend. And like her groom, Carrie remained classy and tasteful. The only constant in the swirl of rumors is the couple's wedding date -- July 10th.
Luke Bryan's life has changed since he won the Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Artist award and CMT's Breakthrough Video of the Year for "Do I." Because of his growing popularity, tickets to his shows are selling a lot faster -- he's even had to tighten security around him. And Luke is on a roll when it comes to nominations. He says, "I'm still blown away by the Teen Choice Award thing. That's just awesome stuff."