Saturday, May 30, 2009

Summer Festivals Ahead....


These are just a few....Bama Jam this week near Enterprise Alabama...scroll down the blogs full info there on BamaJam

The Summer Festivals are Coming




Friday, May 29, 2009

Big Kenny arrives in Africa


Big Kenny has a big heart! Here he is arriving in Kenya for the Sawasawa Festival.....While John is dealing with his American issues,Kenny is flying to Africa to continue his work there. They both get together for some shows during the Summer.

Rich's lawyer comments on his client's booking...

John Rich's mugshot...after turning himself in to Nashville Police...
The misdemeanor arrest involved an altercation at John's private club...
here's the statement from John's attorney:

“This entire ridiculous situation is nothing more than an effort by singer, [and former Nashville Star contestant] Jared Ashley [pictured here], and music row attorney Chris Sevier, to try to obtain money from me. Mr. Sevier and Mr. Ashley have falsely accused me of misdemeanor crimes. I trust that the truth will come out through the process of our American justice system and that I will be completely exonerated at the end of the day.

“It’s unfortunately common in my line of work that there are a very small number of people who want to take advantage of another person’s success and try to get something for nothing. I truly did make every effort to work this out in connection with the defamation lawsuit I filed against Mr. Ashley.

“Yesterday, I decided that a civil settlement would be impossible due to the fact that Mr. Ashley and his attorney demanded that I pay Jared Ashley 2.9 million dollars, even though he is the one who has defamed me. He has now chosen to bring these false charges against me.

“Ultimately, and out of principle, I will not allow myself to be coerced into paying 2.9 million dollars to Mr. Ashley and his attorney Chris Sevier in exchange for dropping these frivolous misdemeanor charges. I intend to defend myself through the legal process to the fullest extent of the law.”

Raving for traditionalist Jamey Johnson


Great review from a fan of last night's Jamey Johnson show at Nashville's Ryman:

Good Morning, Jimmy!

Country music is changing. It’s headed back to where it belongs, a place of tradition, honesty, respect, and finely crafted songs filled with heart, soul, and plenty of steel. Traditional country music still has an audience, it is very relevant, and it is very much alive and well .... and it’s in the very talented hands of Jamey Johnson!! If Music Row didn’t hear the message brought forth in the revival onstage at the Ryman tonight, they weren’t listening!!

Jerrod Neiman and Randy Houser did a fine job of presenting their material, and it was refreshing and reassuring to see them open the show for their friend. But once Jamey stepped onstage, they quickly vanished in his wake. He very nearly raised the Ryman’s roof!! The Kent Hardly Playboys are some of the finest players to be found, but the real star of the show is Jamey’s rich voice which he wraps around the lyrics like thick warm blanket, and his delivery of true country songs, whether his own songs or those of the legends, which he makes his own. We witnessed another step in the making of a legend ... something I’ve been preaching for well over a year now ... and we all got a lesson in class, honor, and dignity. Jamey also let the crowd in on a well-kept secret. His great wit and his big smile.

Jamey was dead on tonight, and he was truly having the time of his life! He was at his absolute best. The only problem with the show was it was too short .... and it was over two hours, that was Jamey’s portion alone. He did most of the tracks off his new album, inviting Teddy Gentry and Rob Hatch on to sing back-up on That Lonesome Song.
Here are some more highlights and special treats for the audience:

- Jamey and LeeAnn Womack sang a duet - "Help Me Make I t Through the Night" after Jamey told the crowd this was the artist who had taught him more about how to deliver a country song to a country artist

-he searched the crowd and found him sitting in hte pews, to which Jamey Remarked,"whoever made Bill Anderson buy a ticket oughta get fired’ and then told the light crew to "get that spotlight off me for now and get it on Mr. Bill Anderson.... I Thank God Nashville’s got songwriters like Bill Anderson"

- Dean Dillon and Buddy Cannon came out to help Jamey do Vern Gosdin’s "Set ‘Em Up Joe"

- Jamey told the story of meeting Mel Tillis for the first time a few weeks ago down in Key West, and of writing a song together, then he called Mel out onstage. Mel said he didn’t know what he was doing out there ... he and Jamey sang the song they wrote, which we can probably look forward to hearing on Jamey’s next album .... Jamey also treated the crowd to his Mel impression

-At much urging from Jamey, Bill got up and came onstage - joining Buddy Cannon, they sang their hit "Give It Away"

- Jamey brought all the members of the Traler Park out to sing the last 3-4 songs of the show with him: Dallas Davidson, Wayd Battle, Jerrod Neiman, Rob Hatch, Randy Houser - during the last song, the crowd was treated to Jamey’s Willie Nelson impression, where he sings while holding his nose ... sounds exactly like Willie and is hilarious to watch

- for the grand finale, every one of his guests came out and they sang "I’ll Fly Away" – just before launching into it, Jamey said he couldn’t think of a better way to close the show than the way Willie ends each one of his - at his urging, the crowd came to their feet and joined right in

Throughout the night, Jamey paid tribute to his friends, mentors and the greats of country music - he really let the people know what was important to him and everyone saw his love for the heritage of our music and the greats in this business. He also spoke of his friend, the late Randy Hardison, when explaining to the crowd about the evening’s beneficiary, The Opry Trust Fund - he always has an amp which belonged to Randy onstage with him. Jamey is all about friends, legends who have paved the way for artists of today, and relationships in this business, he’s not just out for "the fame, and the glory, and the money" as he wrote in "That Lonesome Song", the album’s title track. The people got a very good sense of theat tonight, and they got way more than $20 worth of a show tonight. What they saw was precious, and priceless - one of the most memorable shows I’ve seen in my life, and I’ve seen thousands of shows. This one is in the top 5 of all time.

Hope this adequately describes what I witnessed ... it was AN AWESOME SHOW!!!

Until later,
Melinda

BamaJam on the way next week

Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, The Black Crowes, Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph Set to Rock the Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival

ENTERPRISE, ALRonnie Gilley Entertainment is proud to kick-off a star-studded, mega outdoor entertainment extravaganza that will take place, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 4 – 6, 2009, in Enterprise, AL. Sprawling across 450 acres of breathtaking, rolling countryside (along Boy Scout Road and Highway #167), the fields of green will transform once again into a community entertainment and recreation center dedicated to offer the festivalgoer a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience.

Eighteen year-old starlet Taylor Swift, who launched her country music career just two years ago, will perform on the BamaJam main stage Thursday night. In 2008, Swift won Top New Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music and CMT's Video of the Year for "Our Song." She already has five chart-topping hits to her credit: “Tim McGraw," "Our Song,” “Teardrops On My Guitar," "Picture to Burn," and "Should've Said No."

Multi-platinum, American Music Award winner, Kid Rock, who has sold over 25 million records, will close the show on Saturday evening (June 6). Kid Rock's most recent album, ROCK N ROLL JESUS, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and has been certified double platinum. The album includes the hit single "All Summer Long" and is Kid Rock's fifth consecutive platinum-selling studio effort to date. He elevated his superstar status with his fourth full-length album, the seven-time-platinum DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE, which featured the hits “Bawitdaba,” “Cowboy,” “Only God Knows Why” and the 2003 smash duet with Sheryl Crow, entitled “Picture,” marked his crossover into the country music scene.

Multi-Platinum selling duo Brooks & Dunn, one of the most successful two-sums in country music history with 20 No. 1 hits (“My Maria,” “Play Something Country,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “Believe” and “Ain’t Nothing ‘bout You”) and 14 Country Music Association Vocal Duo of The Year awards, will perform on Saturday evening, June 6.

Multi-platinum, country music superstar Alan Jackson will perform on Friday, June 5. Over the course of his career, with 16 Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum albums (leading up to his latest CD entitled GOOD TIME which debuted at No. 1 in March 2008), Alan Jackson has become one of country music’s most respected and honored artists. Having sold over 50 million albums, Jackson has more than 100 major industry awards to his credit. He is a three-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and the most-nominated artist in CMA history. Jackson penned 23 of his 33 No. 1 singles, including “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Chattahoochee,” “I’ll Go On Loving You,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and his GRAMMY-winning Best Country Song, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”

The Black Crowes, one of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll artists, will join the list of award-winning entertainers to appear at BamaJam, performing on Friday, June 5, 2009. The success of their singles "Hard to Handle," "She Talks to Angels," "Jealous Again," "Twice as Hard," "Remedy," and "Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution” led the group to multi-platinum status and international acclaim racking up worldwide album sales of more than 19 million.

The Texas brotherly-trio Los Lonely Boys (Epic Records) join the roster of BamaJam performers on Thursday, June 4. The multi-platinum (LOS LONELY BOYS - 2003) and Grammy award-winning (“Best Pop Performance with Vocal” for "Heaven") group is best known for their hit singles "Real Emotions," "Heaven," "More Than Love," "Diamonds" and "Staying with Me." Los Lonely Boys’ most recent album, FORGIVEN, charted at No. 2 on Foghead Favorites (WFOG Radio/2008).

Grammy-nominated Robert Randolph is the leader of the fierce-foursome, Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Warner Brothers). The multicultural American funk and soul band opened for acts such as The Black Crowes and Dave Matthews Band before headlining their own tour in late 2006. Steered by peers (rock ‘n roll icons Carlos Santana, Steven Tyler and Eric Clapton), Randolph recorded the CD COLORBLIND which not only secured the group’s foothold in the music industry, but enabled them to find a place in film and on television. They wrote the NBA theme song “Hoops” for ABC, and their song "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" was featured in the No. 1 box-office movie “Stomp The Yard” as well as in numerous commercials for NBC.

BamaJam-2009 will also feature performances by:

Randy Owen, Charlie Daniels, 38 Special, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, John Anderson, Pat Green, Heidi Newfield, Jamey Johnson, Luke Bryan, Shooter Jennings, Randy Houser, Galactic, Drive By Truckers, Aaron Tippin, and LoCash Cowboys

TICKET INFORMATION:

NOW IS THE TIME to take advantage of the affordable and attractive ticket packages. These can be purchased in advance or at the gate:

  1. The Verizon Wireless 3-Day General Admission tickets can be purchased today at the low, low price of only $150.00.
  2. The 1- Day General Admission ticket can be purchased for $90.00.
  3. The Verizon Wireless 3-Day Family 4-Pak can also be purchased. BamaJammers can purchase a package of four, 3-Day General Admission tickets at 10% off the regular price of four individual 3-Day General Admission Tickets purchases OR if camping is your thing, BamaJammers can elect instead to get a FREE campsite with the purchase of four Verizon Wireless 3-Day General Admission tickets.

Complete details surrounding ticket purchase information including all participating ticket outlets can be found by visitingwww.bamajammusicfestival.com

BamaJam is a Ronnie Gilley Entertainment Production

John Rich out on Bond...

From E!: John Rich claims he didn't punch the lights out of an aspiring star.

But the latter half of Big & Rich was charged Thursday with assault and harassment for allegedly smacking a former Nashville Starcontestant in the face.

Jared Ashley sued Rich over the alleged smackdown and the country rocker countersued for defamation in April, claiming Ashley muddied the Rich name by accusing him of such a thing.

Rich turned himself into Nashville police today to be booked on two misdemeanor counts of assault and one count of harassment, after which he was released on a $2,000 bond.

The "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" singer said in a statement afterward that the charges are false and that he rejected a $2.9 million settlement offer from Ashley to drop his lawsuit.

"I trust that the truth will come out through the process of our American justice system and that I will be completely exonerated at the end of the day," he said.

Big & Rich have been on hiatus while Big Kenny tends to a nagging injury, giving Rich time to release his second solo album, Son of a Preacher Man, in March.

Former Danzig bassist Jerry Montano sued the duo's beleaguered half in November, saying he suffered severe injuries in a fight with Rich the month before.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hall of Fame: Free shows during CMA Musicfest


The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will launch its new free series of performances by music stars, including a special appearance by country music legend Dolly Parton, during the upcoming CMA Music Festival June 11-14.

The new musical series is called “Live from the Museum Store” and will feature performances and autograph signings by artists such as Dierks Bentley, John Michael Montgomery, Jimmy Wayne and Darryl Worley. Events are free and will take place in the museum store and on the adjacent plaza. They are open to the public and do not require museum admission. Many programs will be recorded for broadcast on CMT or its radio network. The series will continue through the year and beyond, the museum says.

As a highlight of country music week, Hall of Fame member and Tennessee icon Dolly Parton will appear at the museum at 10 a.m. Monday, June 15, signing copies of her latest album, “Backwoods Barbie,” and her new children’s book, “I Am A Rainbow.”

While Parton has a home near Nashville and a studio and office off 12th Avenue South, she rarely makes public appearances in Nashville except to further her Imagination Library charity, bolster tourism and literacy initiatives in the state or support the Hall of Fame.

The CMT-sponsored performance and signing series includes:

• Wednesday, June 10

11:00 a.m., Dierks Bentley
1:30 p.m., Jimmy Wayne

• Thursday, June 11

10:00 a.m., John Michael Montgomery
2:30 p.m., Darryl Worley

• Monday, June 15

10:00 a.m., Dolly Parton

Check www.countrymusichalloffame.com for details.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Little Big Town's CMA Music Fest "Ride for a Cure"


Little Big Town is set to host Ride For A Cure on Sunday, June 14, 2009 benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation. The event, presented by Roberts and Lyons, marks the third year of Little Big Town’s involvement that features a motorcycle ride from the Harley-Davidson of Cool Springs to the Harley-Davidson of Columbia, a barbecue lunch provided by Applebee’s and a post ride performance by Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Jamey Johnson, Jamie O’Neal, Jason Michael Carroll, Kate & Kacey, Ray Scott, and Shelly Fairchild.

Both motorcycle riders and non-riders are welcome to attend. The T. J. Martell Foundation is offering a special VIP ticket for $300 that includes breakfast, access to the VIP areas during the ride, lunch, a gift bag, t-shirt and performance. Rider and non-rider tickets are $35 and include the ride (if a rider), lunch, t-shirt and performance. Tickets may be purchased on line at
www.nashvillerideforacure.com.

Proceeds from Ride for a Cure locally supports cancer research at the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The T.J. Martell Foundation supports leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at six top hospitals in the United States. The Frances Williams Preston Laboratories were named after Frances Preston, past President and CEO of BMI and current President of the national T.J. Martell Foundation.

For more information on Ride for a Cure or the T.J. Martell Foundation, contact the T.J. Martell Foundation at (615) 256-2002 or logo onto
www.tjmartellfoundation.org.

Martina added to Canadian Country Awards show..


Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced today that multi-platinum recording artist Martina McBride will perform at the 2009 Canadian Country Music Awards.

The awards will be held at General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC, September 13, 2009. Broadcast nationally on CBC with encore airings on CMT in Canada, this year's CCMA Awards show promises to be a colossal country music party for fans across Canada.

"Fans are in for a real treat this year at the CCMA Awards," said Executive Producer, Scott Henuset of Corkscrew Media. "Whether you're attending the show at GM Place or watching from the comfort of your own living room, having the powerhouse vocals of Martina McBride on the show, along with the stars of Canadian country music, will be a night for the record books!"

Martina McBride's awe-inspiring vocals have earned her more than 18 million in album sales, garnered 22 Top 10 singles and resulted in numerous honors, including a record-tying four CMA Female Vocalist of the Year trophies. This will be McBride's first time as a guest at the CCMA Awards.

Other stars performing on this year's broadcast include 2008 CCMA Male Artist of the Year, Johnny Reid, six-time 2008 CCMA Award winners and 2009 JUNO recipients, Doc Walker, and multiple CCMA Award winner Terri Clark. More stars will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets to the CCMA Awards are on sale through all Ticketmaster locations, online at
www.ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 604-280-4444. There are tickets priced for all budgets, with prices ranging from $20 to $125 (plus applicable taxes and service charges).

For more details about the 2009 CCMA Awards, visit
www.countrymusicvancouver.com or www.ccma.org.

Nominees for the 2009 CCMA Awards will be announced July 29 at a media conference in Toronto.

Montgomery Gentry get big surprise

Columbia Nashville duo Montgomery Gentry was invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry this evening during the Tuesday Night Opry. Montgomery Gentry made their Grand Ole Opry debut nine years ago on March 3, 2000. The duo will be formally inducted into the Opry family on Tues., June 23.

Opry member Charlie Daniels surprised Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry by approaching them from the Opry House audience and making his way on stage. “I have been chosen to do something very special,” Daniels said. “I have known you guys for a long time, and I am very proud of all your accomplishments,” he continued before offering, “if you agree to it, on June 23rd you’re gonna be made members of the Grand Ole Opry!”

Montgomery and Gentry, both visibly surprised and moved, exchanged hugs with each other and with Daniels, after which Gentry managed, “I’m speechless” and Montgomery borrowed a handkerchief from Daniels to wipe his eyes.

After composing themselves, the two kicked into their current hit, “One In Every Crowd,” while Gentry noted his surprise, yelling out to the Opry staff and Daniels, “y’all got us!”

“The Grand Ole Opry, ba-by!” Montgomery added.

“With each and every Opry performance Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have offered, it has been quite apparent that not only do they know how to move audiences with their unique brand of music, but they too are moved by the connection they share with the Opry and its rich legacy,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “All of us at the Opry eagerly await the 23rd of June when Montgomery Gentry will formally join the ranks of the Opry's esteemed membership roster.”

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Paisley's "Then" 10th consecutive #1

ACM and CMA Male Vocalist and three-time GRAMMY winner Brad Paisley made chart history earlier this year when he scored his ninth #1 country single in a row, and he breaks his own record today as “Then” becomes his tenth consecutive, non-seasonal chart-topper – extending a streak already unmatched by any other country artist in the 19-year history of Nielsen BDS-monitored airplay.

Paisley now stands in rare company, joining such chart titans as Alabama, George Strait, Ronnie Milsap, Earl Thomas Conley, Sonny James, Conway Twitty, and Paisley hero Buck Owens as the only country acts in Billboard history ever to achieve ten or more consecutive chart-toppers.

Co-written by Paisley, Chris DuBois, and Ashley Gorley, “Then” is currently available to fans as a digital single and marks the first smash from Brad’s upcoming eighth album, American Saturday Night, releasing June 30.

American Saturday Night re-teams Paisley with longtime producer Frank Rogers, with whom he’s worked since the release of his million-selling debut, Who Needs Pictures.

In all, Paisley has now amassed 14 career #1 singles with album sales in excess of 10 million units, including his 2x-Platinum 2005 ACM and CMA Album of the Year, Time Well Wasted.

Chesney conquers Ohio...heads to Georgia

Kenny's off to Atlanta on Thursday night and Papa John's Cardinal stadium in Louisville on Saturday....sellouts in Greenville,SC and Baltimore over the Memorial Weekend....Kenny is rolling...
Signing autographs here outside Letterman in NYC

Monday, May 25, 2009

Taylor's West Coast weekend....John Mayer too

Excellent reviews in the Los Angeles times for her Staples Center show....John Mayer showed up my show... from wire accounts: Taylor, 19, and John, 31, sang his steamy single "Your Body is a Wonderland" for the screaming audience of tweens. Mayer switched to an electric guitar to play along with Swift for "White Horse."

Later that evening, John posted on his Twitter page, "I can't believe the Lakers get to play in the same arena that Taylor Swift performed in!"


Hank Jr out on the town at Tootsie's

When he shows up there is going to be a party!
Hank William's Jr. caught on stage at Nashville's mlost famous little downtown watering hole. TOOTSIE'S...

Darius Rucker just gets better.....

Interviewed Darius while at a concert stop in Montgomery,Alabama.
He remains one of the nicest stars ever encountered. Raised on Hee-Haw and fianlly got to play the music he wanted to hear....He still sings the Hootie hits in concert and his new classics. Very nice show!!! Class act...couldn't golf due to rain Saturday so he and his bodyguard went to see Wolverine! Said they loved it...

Shania with "Pal" in Egypt

Been a while since we have conducted a Shania Alert. Well,the fan sites say it's her..It looks like her to me...
On horseback near the pyramids outside Cairo....From Geneva,Switzerland,where we think she still lives,all these things are close...She loves her horses and looks like the off time isn't hurting her.....NO WE DONT know anything about new music since it;s all been very quiet for a while now... I wish she would come back but if she is enjoying life....Go For It Shania!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

On the Road in the Soggy South

More pictures and material coming later today (Sunday)...Just completed a VERY soggy music festival in Montgomery,Alabama.....Montgomery Jubilee Cityfest.... Spent some time with Montgomery Gentry. They are doing some good work with the Wounded Warrior project. Good Men!
Darius Rucker is such a personable guy! Listening to his show last night was so relaxing and fun. He does a few Hoote songs..his new one are fantastic! Smart guy..said he went to see Wolverine on Saturday afternoon since it was raining.
LL Cool J is one really sharp guy! More on him coming up and met the Survivor winner JT...will blog that..he's from my dad's hometown of Samson,Alabama. We talked a lot....Survivor is for REAL a very dangerous show . You never know how much of anything is fake..in that case it might be a little TOO real....insane things go on with the contestants....more to come...off to watch INDY 500 1pm Eastern start.....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Taylor honored by songwriters organization...

The BMI Pop awards in LA she got one of those BUT a special special award called the President's award for an artist/writer. The award honors “an exceptional individual in the entertainment industry deserving of special recognition.” “I write songs on my bedroom floor about boys,” said the 19-year-old singer, the biggest-selling artist in the United States last year.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Rimes Nashville House for sale....$7.5 million

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CMT Awards Final Nominations..Sugarland leads

The results are in and over 2.5 million votes were cast to determine the final nominees for the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, putting country superstar duoSugarland in the lead with five final nominations; Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift are next in line with four nominations each. Newcomers Lady Antebellum score their first nominations with three, along with Rascal Flatts. The announcements were made today by Kellie Pickler and CMT’s Lance Smith during the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE SPECIAL.

“This has been a watershed year for country music,” said Brian Philips, president of CMT, “and the fans have spoken! We'll mix an influx of strong new talent with performances by our enduring stars. The 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will reflect what CMT fans want: stellar performances from top nominees like Sugarland, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift, a fun party atmosphere and plenty of surprises."

Country music’s only fan-voted awards show, the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, will premiere LIVE on Tuesday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com, and includes performances by Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and British rockers Def Leppard. Fans can now vote online at CMT.com through Monday, June 15 to determine the night’s winners. The final nominees for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can vote at CMT.com and via text on their Verizon Wireless phones throughout the live broadcast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.

The final nominees in each of the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS categories include:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. Final nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at CMT.com during the show.

  • Trace Adkins - “You’re Gonna Miss This” (Director: Peter Zavadil)
  • Kenny Chesney featuring The Wailers - “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” (Director: Shaun Silva)
  • Toby Keith - “God Love Her” (Director: Michael Salomon)
  • Kid Rock - “All Summer Long” (Director: Deaton Flanigen)
  • Lady Antebellum - “Lookin’ For A Good Time” (Director: Chris Hicky)
  • Brad Paisley - “Waitin’ On A Woman” (Directors: Jim Shea & Peter Tilden)
  • Rascal Flatts - “Every Day” (Director: Deaton Flanigen)
  • Sugarland - “All I Want To Do” (Director: Shaun Silva)
  • Taylor Swift - “Love Story” (Director: Trey Fanjoy)
  • Carrie Underwood - “Just A Dream” (Director: Roman White)

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

  • Trace Adkins - “You’re Gonna Miss This”
  • Toby Keith - “God Love Her”
  • Brad Paisley - “Waitin’ On A Woman”
  • Keith Urban - “Sweet Thing”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

  • Miranda Lambert - “More Like Her”
  • Martina McBride - “Ride”
  • Kellie Pickler - “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful”
  • Taylor Swift - “Love Story”

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

  • Lady Antebellum - “Lookin’ For A Good Time”
  • Rascal Flatts - “Bob That Head”
  • Rascal Flatts - “Every Day”
  • Zac Brown Band “Chicken Fried”

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

  • Brooks & Dunn - “Put A Girl In It”
  • Montgomery Gentry - “Roll With Me”
  • Sugarland - “All I Want To Do”
  • Sugarland - “Already Gone”

USA WEEKEND BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from an artist's major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female, or group/duo)

  • Julianne Hough - “That Song In My Head”
  • Jamey Johnson - “In Color”
  • Lady Antebellum - “Lookin’ For A Good Time”
  • Zac Brown Band - “Chicken Fried”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists; awarded to the artists (individual, group or duo)

  • Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire - “Cowgirls Don’t Cry”
  • Kenny Chesney featuring The Wailers - “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven”
  • Brad Paisley with Keith Urban - “Start A Band”
  • Sugarland featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen - “Life In A Northern Town”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR*

Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

  • Alan Jackson featuring Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and George Strait - “Country Boy” from CMT GIANTS: ALAN JACKSON
  • Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” from CMT CROSSROADS: ROBERT PLANT AND ALISON KRAUSS
  • Sugarland featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen - “Life In A Northern Town” from the 2008 CMT MUSIC AWARDS
  • Def Leppard and Taylor Swift - “Photograph” from CMT CROSSROADS: DEF LEPPARD AND TAYLOR SWIFT

WIDE OPEN COUNTRY VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from an artist outside the mainstream of country music; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration)

  • Def Leppard and Taylor Swift - “Photograph”
  • Kid Rock - “All Summer Long”
  • Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - “Please Read The Letter”
  • Rehab featuring Hank Williams, Jr. - “Bartender Song”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Best video director of the year; awarded to the director for his or her body of work from the past year

  • Deaton Flanigen (award eligible videos include: Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” and Rascal Flatts’ “Every Day”)
  • Trey Fanjoy (award eligible videos include: Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and George Strait’s “Troubador”)
  • Roman White (award eligible videos include: Carrie Underwood’s “Just a Dream” and Reba McEntire’s “Every Other Weekend”)
  • Peter Zavadil (award eligible videos include: Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Joey + Rory’s “Cheater Cheater”)

Rimes..cancels,meets...sells...busy girl!


Ms. Rimes is moving back to LA from Nashville....People Magazine says she and the hubby Dean are selling their almost brand new $7.45 million dollar home. Rimes called in vocal sick on Saturday in Jacksonville,Fl....seen Sunday at the Stapes Center in LA...House sale mentioned on Monday. What's up with all this????

Story #1 From Jax newspaper: Tonight's Starry Nights concert, featuring LeAnn Rimes and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, has been cancelled. The explanation on Rimes' Website said, "LeAnn has unfortunately lost her voice, and due to doctor's orders, must go on vocal rest at this time. She sincerely regrets not being able to perform in Jacksonville."

Ticket holders will be contacted by the Jacksonville Symphony box office for a full refund.The city said that there are no plans to reschedule. This was the only Starry Nights concert planned this year, though the city has scheduled three for 2010.

Story #2 TMZ :We now have a good idea why LeAnn and Eddie Cibrian met up at the Lakers game yesterday -- she probably just wanted to platonically tell him that she's selling her place in Franklin, Tenn. for $7.45 million.

According to the Real Estalker, the happy couple moved into the place way back in September of 2008 -- no word where LeAnn ... or her husband ... plan to live next.