COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
GRAND OLE OPRY: It's Good to Be Home
It was a homecoming of epic proportions as country stars like Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels and Josh Turner celebrated the return of the Grand Ole Opry to the newly restored Opry House last night in Nashville.
Highlights of the evening included a taped greeting from President Obama, who congratulated the venue and city on its recovery and offered a "welcome home." Backstage, Lorrie Morgan commented on the energy of the evening saying, "It's like people are falling in love with the Opry all over again."
The special evening may have been most memorable for Blake. Immediately following their performance of "Hillbilly Bone," Trace handed him a cell phone with a message from the Opry via Twitter inviting him to be their newest member.
The star-studded evening was capped of with a performance of "Working Man Blues" by Brad, Keith, Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs and Marty Stuart.
Alan Jackson realized his role in country music had changed when he recorded "As She's Walking Away" with Zac Brown Band. Actually, his wife, Denise, pointed out the difference. After hearing the track, she told him, "You've gone from being the guy talking about the wise man to [being] the wise man."
TAYLOR SWIFT: Listen Up!
For four straight weeks, starting Monday at 12:01 a.m., Taylor Swift will be offering Comcast subscribers a 30-second preview of one of the cuts from her upcoming album Speak Now, along with a behind-the-song interview. The following day, the song will be available on I-Tunes. The featured songs are:
The interview clips will also be shown on E! the evening of their release.
Little Big Town got a taste of the big time when their album The Reason Why debuted in the overall Top 10 in August, and now they have their sights set on a big-time collaborator -- Eminem. The group's Kimberly Roads tells Us magazine, "I think that would be kind of cool if someone like Eminem would take our song 'Boondocks' and create a nasty, dirty rap over it."