Rodney Atkins and his wife Rose Falcon celebrated his birthday with a live streamed show at Stageit.com. Proceeds from the show went to the Holston United Methodist Home for Children where Atkins lived before he was adopted. Rodney and Rose donated several items for auction including handwritten and autographed lyrics and artwork.
The impressive global reach of Taylor Swift has prompted one New York Times columnist to compare Swift to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. In a recent column, writer Nicholas Kristof reflects on a recent trip to Ukraine where he saw Swift's impact on teen culture: "The kids here learn English and flirt in low-cut blue jeans," he writes.
Kellie Pickler is set to feature on an upcoming episode of ABC's Nashville scheduled to air May 7. The episode, titled "All or Nothing With Me," will also feature a guest spot from first lady Michelle Obama. The pair play themselves, showing up at a charity concert at Fort Campbell organized by the show's character Luke Wheeler (Will Chase).
Darius Rucker sat down with Dan Rather to talk on the latter's AXS TV show, The Big Interview. The pair discussed a range of issues including Rucker's transition from a pop to country star and the state of country music today. "It was about the music. I wanted to be country. I wanted to play country music," Rucker told Rather of his decision to begin recording country music.
Brad Paisley and his wife will be appearing together in the season finale of "Two and A Half Men." Paisley will join his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who has been appearing as the recurrent love interest of Alan Harper (played by Jon Cryer). Producers have not revealed which role Paisley will play in the show.
Lee Brice has released the video for "I Don't Dance," the titular single from his upcoming album. Speaking with Radio.com, Brice said that he wrote the song for his wife, Sarah: "In my mind it was a song for Sarah, before we got married. It was kind of about our first dance. Immediately when we finished writing it, I realized it wasn't just a song I was writing for my wife," he added.
Billy Ray Cyrus is featured in the upcoming independent film, Like a Country Song. The flick, according to its producers, follows the story of Jake Reeson, an aspiring singer whose rise to fame is marred when he loses sight of what's important in his life. "The story premise alone makes for a solid country song and we filmed in Nashville," says director Johnny Remo.
Zac Brown Band have sold out Boston's Fenway Park two consecutive nights. The boys added a new date (June 27) after the first date (June 28) sold out in a few short minutes. "With this incredible accomplishment, ZBB join the ranks of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, the Police and the Rolling Stones.
Bucky Covington has released "Buzzin," the debut single from his upcoming independent album. The LP will be the first released independently by Bucky, the former American Idol contestant. Covington left E1 Music after dropping two full lengths. The departure came after a brief sting with the Lyric Street label, which closed in 2010.
Kenny Chesney has announced that he is currently working on new music. "In studio working on new album. Can't wait for everyone to hear the new music," Chesney posted on Twitter. He accompanied that with a picture of him sitting in a studio. Chesney should be able to log plenty of studio time this year after announcing that he will not tour in 2014.
Eric Church has offered up his cover of the Allman Brothers Band tune "Ain't Wastin' Time." The cut comes following the All My Friends tribute to ABB in January that also saw Trace Adkins and Martina McBride covering classic tunes. Video of Church's performance is now available on the web.
Kip Moore says he's entering a new stage of music making with his latest single, "Dirt Road." The cut comes from his upcoming sophomore album, due out this summer. Speaking with Radio.com, Moore notes that the tune draws from his early religious experiences: "I grew up in a small Southern Baptist town, and the song is speaking of what that's like as a young kid and young teenager."
Scotty McCreery beat all comers in Taste of Country's March Man-Ness contest, designed to determine country music's sexiest male. McCreery closed out the tourney style comp by besting Luke Bryan handily. Country fans handed Scotty the contest by a margin of nine percentage points. Earlier this month, McCreery released "Feelin' It."
Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line shared a pic of his puppy, captioning the photo "the freshest pup on the block." The golden retriever bears a bone shaped name tag inscribed 'Harley.' Hubbard also said that he "misses" Harley already, in reference to the fact the FGL is currently on tour with Brantley Gilbert. The trek's next date comes on April 18.
Steel Magnolia's Joshua Scott Jones says he thought about ending it all before seeking professional help instead. Speaking with People magazine, Jones said he was addicted pills and booze and no longer interested in living: "No one wanted to be around me," he admits. "I had alienated everybody." He said he thought about hopping off the 42nd floor balcony of his hotel.