» Hip To Be Square:"This sweet little boy walked up to me while we were touring the village school," recalls Thompson Square's Shawna Thompson of the duo's last trip to Lepaterique, Honduras. "He handed me a note scribbled in pencil and then ran away. The note said, 'Can you get my school computers to help me do my homework?'" Touched by the child's request, the husband and wife team put a plan in motion. They began working to secure desktop computers donated by Office Depot and arranged to have them shipped to the village by ChildFund International. On their second trip, Shawna and Keifer attended the dedication of "Aula Tecnologica Keifer & Shawna," a new computer lab named in the duo's honor. "We've been blessed to see our name on a lot of marquees and such over the last few years," Shawna says. "But none of them hold a candle to seeing our name on this."
» Country Faith Full: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Brad Paisley and more will fill the pages of a new book entitled Country Faith. The devotional from Zondervan, a member of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, will feature favorite scriptures from the artists along with how their lives have been impacted by their faith. Available in stores and online Nov. 5.
» Inspire Me: In other faith related news, nominees for the 2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards include: Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride and Reba are up for Mainstream Country Female Artist. Alan Jackson, Andy Griggs, John Berry, Scotty McCreery and Vince Gill for Mainstream Country Male Artist. Diamond Rio, Joey + Rory, Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts and Thompson Square for Mainstream Country Duo Or Group. And in the category of Mainstream Inspirational Country Song "Changed" by Rascal Flatts, "I Drive Your Truck" by Lee Brice, "Old King James" by Scotty McCreery, "See You Again" by Carrie Underwood and "Touchdown Jesus" by Tim McGraw. The ceremony takes place at Two Rivers at Opryland in Nashville Oct. 24. More here.
» Bands On The Run: The Band Perry will launch their first worldwide headlining tour this fall. The We Are Pioneers World Tour starts in Gothenburg, Sweden Nov. 8. Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell come aboard for support during the North American leg beginning in Penticton, BC, Canada Jan. 9. Details here.
The Eli Young Band will headline the Drunk Last Night Tour beginning this fall with opener Eric Paslay. Seventeen confirmed dates begin in Kansas City Oct. 3 and run through mid-December. More here.
» Taking It To The Houser: Have you ever asked someone, "So... how's your Randy Houser Day going?" If you live in Mississippi you'll be able to so without weird looks on Sept. 5. Randy will receive a key to the city of Meridian and his performance at the Temple Theater will celebrate the city's musical heritage and include a tribute to Meridian native Jimmie Rodgers, aka "The Father of Country Music."
» Life Note: "Back home finally," tweeted Chris Young after being hospitalized for a leg infection last week. "Wound still healing up from surgery, but hopefully I will see you guys out on the road soon! #dontlaughifilimp."
» In Case You Missed It: Luke Bryan celebrated last week's release of Crash My Party with a performance on Today Friday (8/16). Watch here.
Dixie Chicks kick off their Long Time Gone Tour 2013 in Vancouver, BC, Canada Oct. 26. So far, nine Canadian dates through Nov. 10 have been revealed. More here.
The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research will honor Carrie Underwood with the Artist Achievement Award at its 38th Annual Honors Gala at Cipriani in New York City Oct. 22.
Taylor Swift merchandise is now available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Clothing, jewelry, accessories and more are available in stores and online here.
Old Crow Medicine Show will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Sept. 17.
Katie Armiger performed in Minneapolis, MN to help raise money for Hearts4Charity. The singer also made a donation of her own to the teen-run organization.
The Eric Church Band held their 2nd Annual Put A Club In My Hand Golf Tournament Saturday (8/13) at Nashville's Gaylord Springs Golf Links. The 18-hole invitation-only scramble brought a two-year total to $109,465 raised for MusiCares.
Rudy Gatlin (8/20)
The late Jim Reeves (8/20)
Harold Reid of The Statler Brothers (8/21)
Kenny Rogers (8/21)
Tuesday(8/20): Jennifer Nettles, Good Morning America (ABC); Charlie Worsham, Fox & Friends (FOX News).
This Week's Album Releases
Charlie Worsham Rubberband (Warner Bros./W.A.R.)
Highlights from the Mississippi native's debut include lead single "Could It Be," title track "Rubberband" and "Tools of the Trade" featuring Marty Stuart and Vince Gill. Worsham co-wrote all 11-tracks and co-produced with Ryan Tyndell (Eric Church's "Springsteen") in East Nashville, TN.
The Lacs Keep It Redneck (Average Joes)
The third studio album from the duo made up of Clay Sharpe and Brian King was produced by label CEO Shannon "Fat Shan" Houchins. Sixteen tracks include "Field Party (Remix)" featuring JJ Lawhorn and Colt Ford.
Upcoming Album Releases
Sundy Best Door Without A Screen (8/27)
AlabamaAlabama & Friends (8/27)
Sandra BoyntonFrog Trouble (9/3)
Craig Morgan The Journey (Livin' Hits) (9/3)
Keith UrbanFuse (9/10)
Sheryl CrowFeels Like Home (9/10)
George Jones Amazing Grace (9/10)
Chris YoungA.M. (9/17)
Billy CurringtonWe Are Tonight (9/17)
Justin MooreOff The Beaten Path (9/17)
» Excuse Me, Please: "Here is your excuse from school so you can come tomorrow night," tweeted Jake Owen, encouraging Nashville students to come out to his Summer Block Party Monday night (8/19). "I wrote your teacher a note. You're welcome."
» Church Service:Eric Church makes sure Jay Joyce has enough magic before they start recording the follow up to Chief.