COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
TAYLOR SWIFT: All The World's A Stage
The stage just can't contain Taylor Swift. She'll perform in Jet Blue's Terminal Five at New York's JFK airport on Wednesday. The event is part of Jet Blue's Live at T-5 concert series, and afterward, Taylor will board a plane where she'll perform an in-flight concert on the way to L.A.
On January 16th, Taylor will perform for the maiden voyage of Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas cruise ship. You can win a cabin for the trip, along with tickets to the concert, by logging onto TheAllureOfTaylor.com.
Darius Rucker didn't rest on his laurels after the success of his debut country album, Learn to Love. He says of his new release, Charleston, South Carolina 1966, "This is the make-or-break record for me having a country career." So far, so good -- the first single, "Come Back Song," is in the Top 5.
Trace Adkins had the honor of inducting his buddy Blake Shelton into the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday. Backstage, Blake told us that becoming part of the Opry has been a life-long dream and the "pinnacle" of his career. Though his fiancee Miranda Lambert wasn't there because of a scheduling conflict, Blake's family and close friends were in the audience to experience the moment.
A previously unreleased duet between Johnny Cash and Ray Charles has been discovered and will be a part of the upcoming Ray Charles anthology, Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters. According to Billboard, the pair's 1981 version of Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me Lord" was discovered when the president of the Ray Charles Foundation found correspondence about the tune between the two. Marty Stuart, who played guitar on the session, helped track down the original master, which was in a storage facility in New York.
Rare Genius will be in stores October 26th.