Dierks announced this week that he and his wife, Cassidy, are expecting their second child in December. It’s a big moment in his home life, even as Dierks’ professional life continues to unfold. His album Up On The Ridge ranks No. 7 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and he’ll make two late-night television appearances next week to support it. He’s set to perform “Fallin’ For You” on “The Late Show With David Letterman” Tuesday and “Draw Me A Map” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday.
Suzanne Alexander and LeAnn Rimes on the set of Top 20 Country Countdown. Photo by GAC staff.
LeAnn Rimes may have given up on Twitter this week, but she’s still hanging out with GAC, joining host Nan Kelley and guest interviewer Suzanne Alexander on this weekend’s edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown.
LeAnn made headlines for announcing her departure for the moment from Twitter, the social-network outlet that allows people to send and follow messages 140 characters at a time. Lots of artists, such as Blake Shelton and Jack Ingram, have found it’s a good way to keep in touch with their fans, but those two in particular have shown a strong ability to hurl back at mean-spirited Tweeters. It’s been tougher for LeAnn to do that.
Check out this hilarious sneak peek with Laura talking about her fictional characters from “Cooter County”:
Raised in Lexington, Ky., Laura Bell first came to prominence on Broadway, where her roles included a one-year stint as the lead in “Legally Blonde.” With her move to country, she got a key performance slot on the Academy of Country Music Awards in April, when “Giddy On Up” became part of a huge line-dance number. The song, co-written with Jeff Cohen and Mike Shimshack a week after she moved to Nashville, has a silly hookline, and that light-heartedness is a big part of the song’s success.
Jason Aldean, Julie Roberts, Luke Bryan and LeAnn Rimes all found their way onto the stage at Music City’s Bridgestone Arena as Nashville’s music community gathered together to assist the town as it recovers from a devastating flood the first weekend in May. Altogether, organizers expect the show will generate $2 million to $3 million total to aid a bevy of rejuvenation efforts.
GAC's Nan Kelley on the south rim of the Grand Canyon during a Top 20 Country Countdown shoot.
“If there was a Grand Canyon/She could fill it up with the lies he told her”: When Jamie O’Neal sang about one of America’s natural landmarks, she used it as a symbol for personal pain. But it forms an epic backdrop for this week’s edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown as host Nan Kelley visits the park to play the nation’s biggest country videos.
The Top 20 installment was shot at the south rim of the Canyon, with its gorgeous views and scenic reminder of the nation’s natural resources. It’s all part of a good cause, too — the Nature Valley Granola Bar campaign to raise money for the conservation and restoration of the national parks.
Jaron Lowenstein established himself as one-half of the pop duo Evan & Jaron, which picked up a Top 20 hit in 2000 with “Crazy For That Girl.” Jaron’s twin brother, Evan, has moved down another career path, but Jaron continued pursuing life as a solo act. He was completely surprised when “Pray For You,” an acerbic kiss-off song, became an instant hit with fans.
Clay Walker is positioned nicely on the chart with the video for “She Won’t Be Lonely Long,” and he’ll drop in to talk with host Nan Kelley this weekend during GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown.
Currently at No. 6 on the countdown, the song is the title track for Clay’s next album, due out June 8. On the day of release, he’ll be spending time with GAC, joining network personality Suzanne Alexander to handle the host/emcee duties during the fourth annual Country Weekly Fashion Show and Concert at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. The event, which raises money for a hospital-visitation agency called Musicians On Call, will also feature Aaron Tippin, Joe Nichols, Bucky Covington, Love And Theft, Pam Tillis and Bo Bice, among others.
The central theme of the Throwdown is a sort of gritty, edgy, left-of-center brand of country that might seem a little out of character for Emily, who seems a bit sweeter than the Throwdown might imply. But her recent appearance on “The Celebrity Apprentice” might provide a clue about why Emily fits in with the outside-the-box lineup.
Emily and Luke Bryan were the subjects of image makeovers for the series’ two competing teams on that episode, which also featured “Apprentice” album Trace Adkins. Emily was thrilled when one of her childhood icons, Cyndi Lauper, was part of the celebrity team that attended to her, in great part because Cyndi’s quirkiness was always appealing to Emily.