On Saturday night, WILL FERRELL popped up on KXMB-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota to co-anchor the local news. As Ron Burgundy, of course. It was a great idea, and while it wasn't HI-larious, he did have a few funny lines. It was a totally deadpan performance. (You can check out the entire broadcast here.)
Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were among the 112 acts that paid tribute to the late George Jones at Friday’s Playin’ Possum: The Final No Show in Nashville. The nearly four-hour show featured at least 15 all-star collaborations. Kicking off the night, Big & Rich arrived onstage on John Deer riding lawnmowers as homage to the time George drove to the liquor store on his tractor after his wife had taken the keys to his car. Performers from outside the country genre included Sam Moore, Styx’s Tommy Shaw and Megadeth. Inviting Nancy to the stage, Alan closed the show with “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” He said, “This is the greatest country song by the greatest country singer, Mr. George Jones. Thank you all so much. George, we love you.”
Eric Church Sings "Choices"
Tracy Lawrence will host his eighth annual “Mission Possible” Turkey Fry on Tuesday to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission.
Launched in 2006, the event has brought in close to 6,500 turkeys and provided more than 40,000 meals to help the Nashville Rescue Mission feed the homeless in Middle Tennessee. Here's some video from last year.
Each year, Lawrence gets a little help from entertainment and sports celebrity friends to prepare food and fry turkeys. The event has been supported by some of music finest, such as Jason Aldean, John Rich, 3 Doors Down front man Brad Arnold and Restless Heart. Tennessee Titans Rob Bironas, Daniel Graham and Jordan Babinaeux have donated and prepared turkeys to the event. This year, Titans players Rob Bironas, Andy Lavitre and the Titans cheerleaders will be on deck to support the cause. As part of the annual tradition, music artists from multi-genres will lend a hand during the charity event.
DARIUS RUCKER surprised a special needs teenager who was performing his song "While I Still Got Time" at a high school talent show in South Carolina. The boy's name is Frankie Antonelli and he was killing it on his own . . . but when Darius walked onto the stage the crowd went nuts. Photo and comment posted with permission from listener, Robin Denny.
(Mt. Pleasant, SC) Wando High School's talent show happened recently. The last performance was a boy with special needs (Down Syndrome) performing a Darius song. He was dressed in his Darius t-shirt. After he sang the first verse and chorus, a figure came walking out from behind the curtain...Darius!!! He started singing with the boy and the boy was so excited and kept hugging him and singing with him. Not a dry eye in the house! I know he didn't do it for recognition or for any praise. But, I think you will agree, we are indeed blessed to have such an wonderful man live within our community.
TOBY KEITH is the narrator of a 30-minute special on NBA-TV called "OKC Thunder: Heart of the City". It's the story of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team helping the city of Moore, Oklahoma deal with the devastation from the tornado earlier this year. Toby, who lives in Moore, says it didn't take long for the town to get back up and running, which is typical for areas in Tornado Alley.
You can find out more at TobyKeith.com.
The Ronnie Dunn & Friends benefit hit Bowling Green, Kentucky last week to support several local children’s charities. Proceeds from the event will support Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Kentucky Legal Aid and other regional charities. The night included performances by Brett Eldredge and Parmalee.
As if Taylor Swift wasn't enough musical mojo for the already zealous 2013 CMA Awards show crowd Wednesday evening (Nov. 6), the six-time nominee recruited a well-known ensemble of collaborators worthy of making any artist green with envy. Enlisting the talents of two of her personal favorite artists, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill, Swift orchestrated one of the night's most dramatic and captivating moments with a star-studded performance of her multi-platinum-selling single, "Red." More on CMT.com