» Miranda's Big Top: Animal lover Miranda Lambert has a dream pet. Because of course she does. "A baby kangaroo," she tells us. "Or an elephant. Elephants are really loving. They can do tricks and they like to be loved on and even though they're huge ... they don't really know it." A real elephant in the room requires great care, and Miranda knows exactly how she'd handle it, "If I hit the Powerball, I play the Powerball sometimes, I would bring an entire trailer and set up an arena everyday while I'm on tour. I'd bring every animal that I have, the elephant and every animal that I ever wanted on the road with me everyday." Now we're just a Powerball win away from Miranda's next tour: The Greatest Show On Earth.
» Just Dierkin' Around: Before newcomer Thomas Rhett ("Beer With Jesus") hit the road with Jason Aldean's Night Train tour Thursday (2/21) he had just finished opening Locked & Reloaded for Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert. Rhett appreciated the opportunity to open for Dierks so much, he had to pay tribute to the man. And he did it the only way he knew how ... he wrote a song about it. Watch Rhett's "Dierkin' It" on DBTV here and remember ... Taylor Swift started her career with "Tim McGraw."
» Urban Outfitters: For the past four years, Keith Urban has been throwing a massive concert in Nashville to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It's called We’re All for the Hall and this year's theme is "Rebels and Renegades, the Outlaws are In." That means Urban and Vince Gill are going to serve as musical directors, and the lineup includes performances from Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver. If they follow through with their theme, the Bridgestone Arena will no longer have a roof. The show happens April 16.
» Choose Your Own Adventure: Danny Gokey has a book deal. The former American Idol contestant shared the story of his wife Sophia during the show's eighth season and promises to reveal more in his writing. “It has been a gratifying process to be able to share the parts of my story that many people may not know," says Gokey. "My hope is that people can find a part of their story in mine and that it will inspire hope in others. There are new beginnings. You can recover after devastating loss. Your past does not have to define you or your future." The book is called Hope In Front Of Me and is scheduled for release this October.
Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry will headline the ACM Party For A Cause Festival. The two-day event will be sponsored by Outnumber Hunger on April 5 and Kix Brooks will host on April 6. Greg Bates, Lee Brice, Brooks, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line and Love And Theft are also scheduled to perform. More here.
Justin Moore will perform at the Daytona 500 Feb. 24 as part of Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" program. Moore will announce nominations that will award the winner with naming rights to the Indianapolis NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in July. Moore here.
Sammy Kershaw (2/24)
Friday (2/22): Julianne Hough, Chelsea Lately (E!).