All posts in August 2012

Maggie Rose, ‘I Ain’t Your Mama’ Video

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Artist: Maggie Rose

Video: "I Ain't Your Mama"

Why We Dig It: Maggie turns heads in the video for her new single, as she struts her stuff and lets the men of the world know her rules of the game. "'I Ain't Your Mama' is a song that women of all ages can sing along to," the blond beauty tells The Boot. "I gravitated towards this song because it captures the confidence and sass that all women should proudly have! 'Mama' is an anthem for women who are loving and nurturing but want their man to step up to the plate."

Watch Maggie's "I Ain't Your Mama" video below.

Willie Nelson on the Road to Oscar?

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Willie Nelson has always been one of country's original outlaws, so it makes sense that when Harvey Weinstein decided he needed a retro-type rebel for the soundtrack to his new Prohibition period movie "Lawless," he went straight to the master. The movie mogul hopes that the resulting song in the film, "Midnight Run," will ultimately land Willie his first-ever Oscar statue at the age of 80.

"The song's really worthy of it, and there's a lot of affection for Willie Nelson," Weinstein explains to the Huffington Post. "I think in light of the Academy opening up its doors, the idea of Willie Nelson playing at the Oscars at the age of 80 is just too good to be true. When you hear Willie Nelson sing a song like this, it's so iconic, he's a gangster. He's pro-legalization of marijuana, and this is the legalization of booze, at the time. This is a movie about outlaw brothers, and there's no better outlaw than Willie Nelson."

Keith Urban to Play Music Teacher for a Day

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Keith Urban is going back to school Sept. 6 as part of a special educational program at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Nearly 200 Middle Tennessee high school juniors and seniors will attend the private "All Access: Keith Urban" program in the Hall of Fame's Ford Theater. The country superstar will give a 75-minute lecture that will include a question-and-answer session, as well as lots of invaluable info on making it in the music business.

Even though arts and music students from only four schools were chosen to participate in this rare event, a live stream of the program will be available on Keith's website here and the Hall of Fame's site here.

Dierks Bentley Counts His Blessings at "5-1-5-0" Party

Well-wishers gathered Thursday (Aug. 30) at Nashville's Tin Roof, a popular bar near Music Row, to celebrate Dierks Bentley's most recent No. 1 single, "5-1-5-0."

Miranda Lambert’s Detective Series Picked Up by NBC

Miranda Lambert will serve as an executive producer of an upcoming NBC series about a couple who run a detective agency.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Deemed ‘Most Powerful’ Musical Couple

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Together, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have sold almost 80 million albums, which has earned the husband and wife the title of Most Powerful Celebrity Couple in Music in America, based on combined sales since 1991, according to Billboard magazine. The pair, who have collectively released 18 studio albums, plus several compilation projects, top a list of ten famous musical partnerships, including two more country pairings.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill came in at No. 3, with joint sales totaling almost 61 million albums. They narrowly missed the second slot, which belongs to Jay-Z and Beyoncé, who together sold 62 million units.

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert also earned a spot on the list, coming in at No. 9, with sales totaling almost 10 million -- an impressive feat considering Miranda's debut album, Kerosene, only hit shelves in 2005.

Joe Diffie Is OK After Bus Fire


Joe Diffie is the latest in a long string of artists to have a tour bus catch fire. Luckily, no one was hurt in the blaze, which took place this morning (Aug. 31) en route to a tour date in Independence, Mo.

"Had a small bus fire this morning at 3:15," Joe wrote on his Facebook page, also posting a
picture of some of the damage. "Had to stop and evacuate everyone. Scary for a minute! All ok now! Thanks to everyone at Vernell's Truck Stop for getting us back on the road!"

Trace Adkins’ ‘Tough People Do’ Is a Hit at Republican National Convention

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Trace Adkins found the perfect audience for his new song, "Tough People Do": attendees of the Republican National Convention, held this week in Tampa, Fla.

"It was a stacked deck," Trace tells USA Today of his performance of the tune Tuesday evening (August 28), as part of the Citizens United Event.

The song, which includes the timely lyrics, "Tough times don't last, but tough people do," addresses the economic difficulties the country is facing from several different perspectives. Although Trace is not a co-writer on the tune, he says he the song is reminiscent of the lessons he learned early in life by watching his grandmother.

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Terri Clark and Hillary Scott share scenes from the studio, Miranda Lambert finds Keith Urban covering one of her songs, Charles Kelley and Joe Nichols give their thoughts on reality TV and Jake Owen and his twin brother Jarrod celebrate their birthday. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week

Reba McEntire & Terri Clark

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Terri Clark – TerriClarkMusic: One hour ago in Nashville ….. One of the best moments of my career so far.

Miranda Lambert – Miranda_Lambert: Um yes this is Keith Urban doing our song @guitarleena! [Watch Keith Urban cover "Fastest Girl In Town!"]

Martina McBrideMartinaMcBride: Emotional powerful morning. So honored to be with @RobinRoberts today. Such a strong woman.We’re gonna love you though it Robin. #TeamRobin

Hillary Scott's dog Baker

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Hillary Scott of Lady AntebellumHillaryScottLA: Our good luck charm for Day 1 of recording album 4! #baker

Check out more photos of Country Stars & Their Pets >>

Sunny SweeneyGettingSweenered: I am having to play the game “ATM” at this here casino. Ugh.

John RichJohnRich: Heading to Alaska…never been there. I’m trying to get @BigKennyTV to run thru the woods so I can claim a sasquatch sighting.

Narvel Blackstock & Reba McEntire

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RebaReba: Narvel and I have a new hobby now!!! Fly fishing!!! And we love Blackberry Farms in TN!!!

Lady Antebellum – LadyAntebellum: you know it’s a messed up world when I think I’d be more starstruck if I met Honey Boo Boo than the queen of England #realitytvobsessed -ck

Joe Nichols – JoeNichols: No Jersey Shore after 2012… As the Mayans predicted.

Jake Owen & brother Jarrod

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Jake Owen – JakeOwen: Got my bro a new hat for our bday. We had the same hats for Tball 20 years ago.


Little Big Town Hopes ‘American Idol’ Will Go Country

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While Keith Urban and Brad Paisley are so far both only rumored to be in the running for a spot at the judge's table during the new season of "American Idol," the members of Little Big Town think the show's producers are certainly looking in the right direction.

"Either one would be great," Karen Fairchild says of Keith and Brad, pointing out that the show usually has a night every year where contestants are required to sing a country song. "Both would show off the format, and I can't wait for that. Both of those guys are so well-spoken and they are just consummate professionals and artists, writers, singers and players. I don't know how they would decide -- we love both of them so much."