Monthly Archives: December 2011

Video Picks Of The Week: December 30, 2011

Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson

Hello friends…

We hope that you all had a great holiday!

We are returning to our regularly scheduled programming with our “Video Picks of the Week.”

Music Video

This week’s music video is the Pistol Annie‘s hit first single, “Hell on Heels.” The Annies sure were a surprise this year, but what an awesome surprise they were. “Hell on Heels” is one of my favorite songs of the year and Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley, and Ashley Monroe’s voices blend so well together. They are the perfect country trio.

Live Performance

This week’s live performance pick is Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson performing their cross-over mega hit “Don’t You Wanna Stay” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Don’t You Wanna Stay” was definitely one of the biggest and best songs of 2011 as well as one of my favorites. Aldean and Clarkson made great duet partners, and the song earned them a nomination for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” at the upcoming 54th Grammy Awards.

Cover Song

Taylor Swift is pretty much unstoppable. She had another huge year and wrapped up her widely successful “Speak Now World Tour.” As you probably know, Swift performed a cover song by a hometown artist in most cities along the tour run. When she stopped in Philly, she did a mash-up of Pink’s “Who Knew” and TLC’s “Unpretty.” It was one of my favorites from the whole tour. What was your favorite? Thank-you to Taylor’s fan for sharing the concert videos.

Have a happy and safe New Year!

Jack Ingram Goes “Bowling” and Rocks “Religiously”

jack ingram

The 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas is spicing up its pre-game party with a big shot of Jack — Jack Ingram, that is.

The Texas-born singer/songwriter headlines TexFest, the bowl game’s official pre-game party, this Saturday morning at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.  It’s a homecoming of sorts for Ingram, who was raised in the area.

Sarah Darling To Sing “God Bless America” At The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl


Sarah Darling has been chosen by the City of Nashville to open the 2011 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl with “God Bless America.” The college football game, featuring North Carolina’s Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State University, is expected to bring in over 70,000 fans to LP Field in Nashville on Friday, December 30th. Tickets can still be purchased here.

Darling will also be appearing at the 4th annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Parkin Panama City Beach, FL on Saturday, December 31st. Darling will take the stage at 10:45pm, and will be the final performer before the 800 pound glowing beach ball begins the descent and final countdown to 2012. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and directions to Pier Park, click here.

Also carrying into the New Year is The Sara Darling Music City V.I.P. Sweepstakes. Hosted by the City of Nashville, the sweepstakes is giving fans a chance to win a 4th of July getaway for two including airfare, hotel accommodations, a V.I.P. experience at Nashville’s 4th of July Celebration, a chance to meet Sarah Darling and more! The first 500 entrants will receive a download of Sarah Darling’s “O Holy Night”. Enter to win before January 3rd by visiting

“Larry’s Country Diner” Serves Up Another Heapin-Helpin’ of Country Music Favorites


While there may only be eighteen tables at Larry’s Country Diner,” it services 1.4 million people each and every month as one of the top-rated shows on the RFD television network.  The diner is not your ordinary restaurant, but rather a unique down-home variety show that in just over two short years has become a favorite “eatery” of country fans everywhere.  Sure, patrons who visit the diner will get a hot meal of southern-fare, but the cornbread and black-eyed peas only complement the heapin’ helpin’ of country music performances served up by the stars of yesterday and today.  Past guests include Bill Anderson,John Conlee, Jimmy Fortune, Neal McCoy, Darryl Worley, Suzy Bogguss, Aaron Tippin, Charlie Louvin, Con Hunley, The Roys, Barbara Fairchild, Jeannie Seely, Doyle Lawson & Quick Silver, The Cleverlys, Jean Shepard, Ronny Robbins, Robyn Young, Rodeo & Juliet, Jimmy Capps, Teea Goans, Exile, Collin Raye, Buck Trent, Johnny Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy C. Newman, Jenee Fleenor, Ed Bruce, Gordon Mote, Bobby Bare, Jim Ed Brown, Gene Watson, Charlie McCoy, James Gregory, T. Graham Brown, The Whites, Mike Snider, Shelly West, Billy Crammer, Joey & Rory, Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Justin Trevino, Leona Williams, David Frizzell, Janie Fricke, Dallas Frazier, Bobby Marquez, Sonny Curtis, Ray Pillow, Gary Morris, The Isaacs, George Hamilton IV, Rhonda Vincent, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, The Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky, Mandy Barnett, Ray Stevens, The Grascals, Dailey & Vincent.    

Taylor Takes Top Country Tour in 2011

taylor tour ranking

Once again, Taylor Swift is queen of the road when it comes to touring.  According to Pollstar, the 22-year-old was the top touring country act in North America this past year.  Her “Speak Now” tour played 80 North American shows with ticket sales of 1,365,618 and a gross of $97.7 million.

Wynonna Is Engaged!


Over the holidays, Wynonna Judd became engaged to her musician boyfriend Cactus Moser. It has been reported that Moser, member of the award-winning country group Highway 101, proposed to Judd on December 24th.

This will be the third marriage for Judd, who has been dating Moser since late 2009.

Currently, the two are touring together as Wynonna and The Big Noise.

We wish the couple all the best!

Jake Owen To Perform At Orange Bowl

Jake Owen

Jake Owen set to take on the annual college football classic, the Orange Bowl!

The country star will perform prior to the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens on January 4th. Owen will headline a concert at the Bud Light Orange Bowl Game Day Fan Zone before the match-up between Clemson and West Virginia.

Pop/rock sensation, Train, will headline the half time show while NBC’s The Voice winner, Javier Colon, will perform the National Anthem.


Good For Giving: Miranda, Blake and Taylor

Taylor Swift.

Sometimes giving gets you something.  In this case, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift’s giving is getting them recognized.  All three appear on’s just released  “Top 20 Celebs Gone Good for 2011”.

Dierks Bentley Reveals Track Listing For New Album

Dierks Bentley

Country star Dierks Bentley‘s sixth album, Home, is one of the most anticipated albums of 2012 and is slated for release by Capitol Records on February 7th. The album includes his number one hit, “Am I The Only One,” as well as the title track and top 15 song, “Home.”

In discussing the album, Bentley stated:

“This album is more than a year’s worth of writing, recording and testing out material on the road in front of our hardcore fans. The end result is an album that runs through all the types of country songs and sounds I enjoy singing and playing. I can’t wait to share it with the fans!”

You can pre-order the album on Amazon.

Check out the track listing for Home:

1. Am I The Only One
2. Gonna Die Young
3. Tip It on Back
4. Home
5. Diamonds Make Babies
6. In My Head
7. Breathe You In
8. The Woods
9. When You Gonna Come Around
10. 5-1-5-0
11. Heart of a Lonely Girl
12. Thinking of You

We can’t wait to hear it!

Danny Gokey Announces Engagement

Danny Gokey

Season 8 American Idol alum and country singer, Danny Gokey, has announced his engagement to girlfriend, Leyicet Peralta.  The couple shared the news on, a foundation Gokey created in honor of his late wife in order to help children and families touched by poverty, sickness, broken homes, and other hardships.

The couple shared:

“We are thankful for so many of the blessings God has given us.  It is our desire to see homeless children and families be kept together and lifted back on their feet through the help of Sophia’s Heart. We love and appreciate you all.”

~ Danny & Leyicet

The couple is planning a wedding for late January 2012, and has requested that all wedding gifts be in the form of donations to Sophia’s Heart Foundation. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.

Congratulations to Danny & Leyicet! We wish you all of the best.