»Blown Away To Here: Launching Friday in Manchester, New Hampshire (9/14), Carrie Underwood's Blown Away tour offers the headliner the chance to get in touch with her inner child. "There are a lot of toys to play with," she says, "and there's some great technology out there that we were able to utilize and make a really big show. I've seen so many computer renderings [of the production] ... I cannot wait to see how everything is going to look. We definitely tried hard to make everything into a really great story." Underwood also promises several costume changes. "No two shows will be exactly alike as far as what I wear and when I wear it," she adds. "I like to have options." "Wanted" singer Hunter Hayes is also on the bill, and $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg will benefit the Red Cross. Complete schedule here.
» Laidback Southern Living: Jason Aldean is on the cover of the current People Country, which staged the photo shoot at his home just south of Nashville. "This is kind of my little getaway," Aldean says of the country spread he shares with wife Jessica and daughters Kendyl and Keeley. "Some of the things I really enjoy are getting out in the backyard in the pool with my girls and just playing with them, hanging out and teaching them how to swim ... I think that offstage, I'm probably a little [more laidback] than I am onstage. I think people would be pretty surprised at the difference."
» Making A Set List: Martina McBride will launch The Joy Of Christmas tour Nov. 23 in Atlanta. "Holiday music is some of my most favorite to sing, and it reminds me of the memories I have growing up that I've shared with my daughters," McBride says. "I have compiled all of my favorite Christmas songs and will package them together in a fun concert for all."
» Southern Fried Picks: The Food Network has picked up Trisha Yearwood's Trisha's Southern Kitchen for a 13-episode second season. In one of the new shows, Garth Brooks will join his wife to create dishes they enjoy cooking together, including Black Bean Lasagna and Miss Mickey's Peanut Butter Balls. "Sharing my family recipes and having the people I love most by my side is such a joy," Yearwood says. "This show celebrates what living life to the fullest is all about, and it's so gratifying to return to the Food Network for a new season." Halloween and Thanksgiving specials will also be part of the second season, which bows Oct. 20.
» Creepin' In: Eric Church's "Creepin'" music video premieres Friday exclusively on RollingStone.com (9/14). Set in the 1800s, the piece was shot at Chattanooga, TN's East Chattanooga Depot and stars Church and his band on a mission to rob a train. "For one of the scenes we filmed, we had the train stopped in a tunnel, and it was hotter than nine hells in there," Church recalls. "It reminded me a lot of the old days when we used to play crowded bars and clubs, only this was the first time I've ever sweat through the bottom of my boots!" The fall leg of the Blood, Sweat & Beers tour opened Thursday in Amherst, MA with supporters Justin Moore and Kip Moore (9/13). Complete list of dates here.
» Benefit News: Lady Antebellum established an online fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in honor of Charles Kelley's birthday. Kelley turned 31 Tuesday (9/11) and so far, more than $1,000 has been raised toward the band's $10,000 goal. "Thanks to all who donated to St. Jude as a gift to me," Kelley tweeted Wednesday before hitting the studio to work on Lady A's fourth album. "[It] means a lot." Learn more and donate directly here.
» In Case You Missed It: During The Voice's three-night premiere, Blake Shelton nabbed five competitors for his team: Scottish rocker Terry McDermott (the Who's "Baba O'Riley"), yodeler Gracia Harrison (Patsy Montana's "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart"), former wrestler Casey Muessigman (Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama"), mariachi singer Cesar Castillo (Ritchie Valen's "La Bamba") and mother-daughter duo 2 Steel Girls (Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats"). The blind auditions continue Monday (9/17) on NBC-TV.
Shelton also plugged The Voice on Monday's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. "I'm not going to lie," Shelton said. "There have been times ... that I wished to God after my chair turned around that I [wish I could have] hit the button and go back around. You can tell by some of the looks of our faces." Shelton also beat Fallon in a cooler scooter race. Watch the appearance at the 11:02 minute-mark here.
Kix Brooks appeared on Wednesday's Good Morning America and plugged his new album New To This Town (9/12).
Kenny Rogers' autobiography Luck Or Something Like It will be released Oct. 2. Learn more and pre-order here.
TheBand Perry are touting the Countdown To The CMA Awards contest, which offers a chance to win $1,000 and two tickets to the Nov. 1 telecast. Entrants must describe how music by any of the 2012 nominees impacted their lives. Details here.
LongHorn Steakhouse's Go Country With Luke Bryan and Jake Owen In Nashville sweepstakes offers three chances to win VIP trips for two to the 46th Annual CMA Awards. The prize packages include a backstage CMA Awards experience with Bryan, a VIP lunch with Owen, round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, LongHorn gift cards and tickets. Enter through Oct. 14 here.
The Charlie Daniels Band tailored a new version of "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" for ESPN's Monday Night Football (9/17). Daniels recorded new lyrics for the song that celebrate next week's matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons, as well as the teams' respective quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan. More here.
The late Roy Acuff (9/15) The late Hank Williams (9/17)
Friday (9/14): Easton Corbin, Top 20 Country Countdown (GAC).
Saturday (9/15): Alan Jackson, GAC Special: Precious Memories.
Sunday (9/16): Trace Adkins, Great American Heroes (GAC).
Monday (9/17): Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry, CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock (ABC); Rascal Flatts, Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC); Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).
Upcoming Album Relases
Easton CorbinAll Over The Road (9/18) Bart CrowDandelion (9/18) Dwight Yoakam3 Pears (9/18)
» Town's In Town:Little Big Town and the Good Morning America cast hang on the GMA set. Pictured (l-r) are LBT's Jimi Westbrook, GMA's GeorgeStephanopoulos, LBT's Kimberly Schlapman, GMA's Amy Robach and Lara Spencer, LBT's Karen Fairchild, GMA's Josh Elliott and Ginger Zee and LBT's Phillip Sweet.
» Stray C.A.T.S. Strut:Carrie Underwood wrangles a lap full of felines at the Checotah Animal Shelter. "Anyone want a kitten?" she tweeted Monday (9/10). "I think we have a few!"
» Brownie Points:Joe Nichols sports a home team jersey (running back Trent Richardson) while performing the National Anthem at the Cleveland Browns Stadium before Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles (9/9).