» With Or Without A Trace: Despite drafting Gary Busey for Plan B, Trace Adkins won The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice challenge in the first episode. If you're a fan of Trace's work with meatballs and beyond, he recently launched the Big Road to NYC contest. Entrants complete tasks related to his role on the show for a chance to win a grand prize trip to the live finale. Even if Trace doesn't make it all the way and Gary Busey ends up in the finals, the offer is still good. Fans will also have the opportunity to preview Adkins' upcoming album Love Will ... scheduled for release this spring. More here.
» Band Wagon: “My wife came up with the idea to have the Duck Dynasty guys in the "Wagon Wheel" music video," says Darius Rucker. "I thought we had no chance because they're so busy so I never even said it out loud. Thank God she called my manager because the DD folks took this video to a whole new level!" Rucker has been filming this week in Nashville with director Jim Wright and not only does it feature Jase, Korie, Sadie, Si and Willie Robertson from the A&E show (see pic below), but also an appearance by Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum. Charles sings background vocals on the record with bandmates Dave and Hillary. See another pic below.
» Swift Analysis: "If you want some big revelation, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people,” says Taylor Swift in her Vanity Fair cover story. A preview suggests that music's biggest star is ready to address the reality that her every move is tabloid fodder. "The fact that there are slide shows of a dozen guys that I either hugged on a red carpet or met for lunch or wrote a song with ... it’s just kind of ridiculous," she says. The story, titled The Growing of a Superstar: Her Men ... Her Moods ... Her Music, will be featured in Vanity Fair's April issue. Read a sample here.
» The Wheel Book: Brad Paisley will release an iBook, Building A Wheelhouse, in conjunction with the release of his new album Wheelhouse. What's an iBook? It's developed by a hip design company out of Venice, CA called Slender Fungus. They ride scooters around their office and come up with ideas on how they can make reading more fun. So ... the interactive book will offer interviews, videos, photographs and "multi-touch" information about the songwriting and production of the album. Both album and iBook are available April 9.
» Honeynut Perry-O's: The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Greg Bates, Cassadee Pope and Florida Georgia Line are set to perform at Outnumber Hunger Live! April 5 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The show is part of The ACM Experience leading up to the 48th ACM Awards. All the artists record for the Big Machine Label Group, which has partnered with General Mills and Feeding America for the event and will feature the performers on boxes of Wheaties, Cheerios and other products. More here.
» Morganaut: Craig Morgan is no stranger to adventure. He's signed on for a 200-mile dog sled excursion above the Arctic Circle in April which he'll document for his TV show All Access Outdoors on the Outdoor Channel. And later this spring he'll join Armed Forces Entertainment and Stars For Stripes for a Southeast Asian tour. This will be Morgan's tenth time traveling overseas to perform for U.S. troops. If Lance Bass was supposed to be the first pop star in space, Morgan will most likely be the first in line from the world of country.
Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and The Band Perry make up the first batch of performers scheduled for the 48th Annual ACM Awards. Hosted by Bryan and Shelton, the show airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 7 on CBS-TV.
Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea, Tracy Lawrence, Patty Loveless, Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt and T. Graham Brown are the latest performers added to a star-studded lineup for the final Nashville concert from George Jones Nov. 22 at Bridgestone Arena.