» Yards Per Carrie: "Faith called me in February and told me she thought it was time for her to, as she put it, 'pass the torch and let someone else rock the open,'" Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli said Tuesday (5/7) as he broke the news that Carrie Underwood will succeed Faith Hill to perform the NBC-TV show's opening theme. "I only had one person in my sights and that was Carrie," he added. Carrie agreed. "I think it's a perfect fit," she said. "I am a sports fan, a football fan, and we love Sunday nights around my household, so for me to be a part of it is something really special." "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," set to the Joan Jett tune "I Hate Myself for Loving You," belonged to Faith for six seasons, and started with Pink's rendition in 2006.
» Sweet November: The final Nashville concert the late George Jones had been planning for months leading up to his death will go on, now as a tribute. "Everyone has been asking if we will still do the show," says his widow, Nancy Jones. "I have asked Garth, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt, The Oak Ridge Boys, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and others, and they all said, 'Yes, I am still going to do it.’ So with all the artists still planning on coming, we are going to honor George one final time." The show happens Nov. 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
» Swaft ... Australian for Swift: Like a kangaroo, Taylor Swift will hop on a plane and perform country music like a Keith Urban as she takes her Red Tour to the land of Outback Steakhouses. Stadium shows dates are set for Taylor in Australia and New Zealand. She'll play Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and an arena date to kick it off in Auckland Nov. 29. Details here.
» In Case You Missed It: "Mick called me," Keith Urban told Conan Tuesday (5/7) when asked how his recent performance with the Rolling Stones came about. Urban sat in for "Respectable" on opening night their 50 & Counting Tour. Watch here.
Blake Shelton and Shakira engaged in a toasty fireside rendition of Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" on Monday's (5/6) The Voice. Watch here.
Hillary Scott received Pop-Tarts and a miniature drum set for her baby when Lady Antebellum stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday (5/7). Watch here. The band also started their two-night stint on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Wednesday (5/8) and gave their most intimate performance of "Need You Now" to date. Watch here.
» Tee, K: The only thing better than standing in your office and sinking a putt into a red solo cup is being on the course drinking out of one with Toby Keith. Toby is set to host the 10th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic May 10-11 at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, OK. The event not only includes golf, there will be performances and an auction that includes items like tickets to the ACM Awards, and memorabilia from Taylor Swift, Charlie Daniels, Jimmy Buffett, Derek Jeter, Mia Hamm, Blake Griffin and Keith himself. The event benefits OK Kids Korral for pediatric cancer patients. More here.
Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, and Lennon and Maisy from ABC’s Nashville will kick off CMA Music Fest Week in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry June 4. Other Opry performances during CMA Fest include Tyler Farr opening for Lee Brice at the Opry Plaza the afternoon of June 4 and Carrie Underwood celebrating her fifth anniversary as an Opry member June 7.
Darryl Worley, Jerrod Niemann, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Wynn Varble, Ray Scott and David Adam Byrnes are set to perform at the T.J. Martell Foundation's annual Country On The Beach in Key West, FL Oct. 5-8. Details here.
Katie Armiger has been chosen as the newest brand ambassador for Pastry. The brand focuses on "Sweet, Chic and Unique" apparel, accessories and footwear for girls.
Kix Brooks (5/12)
Darius Rucker (5/13)
Friday (5/10): Craig Campbell, FOX & Friends (FOX News).
Monday (5/13): Kellie Pickler, Dancing With The Stars (ABC); Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Lady Antebellum, Chelsea Lately (E!); Luke Bryan, Late Show With David Letterman (CBS); Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC);
Upcoming Album Releases
George Strait Love Is Everything (5/14)
Trace Adkins Love Will ... (5/14)
Various ArtistsEverybody Has A Story (5/14)
Angie JohnsonSing For You - EP (5/21)
Restless Heart The Very Best of Restless Heart (5/21)
Darius Rucker True Believers (5/21)
Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw All in the Same Boat (5/28)
Lonestar Life As We Know It (6/4)
LeAnn RimesSpitfire (6/4)
Hunter HayesEncore (6/18)
LoCash Cowboys LoCash Cowboys (6/18)
Brett Eldredge TBD (8/6)
» Gym Jeans: In "1994" Joe Diffie would've been hanging with Emmit Smith, but instead Jason Aldean (far left) hits the gym with (l-r) his cousin Dale, Dallas Cowboys players Jason Witten and Ernie Simms, Dee Jay Silver and the Cowboys' Miles Austin.