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Station Blog Archives for 2012-09

New country star Thomas Rhett’s dad is Rhett Akins and when Thomas was in the 8th grade, he had an English project he got a B on because Blake Shelton helped him on it.

If you have a story about how one of the CMA-nominated songs has impacted your life, The Band Perry wants to know. The winner gets $1,000 plus two tickets to the CMA’s in Nashville November 1. You have until October 12 to enter at

Of the Top 100 Most Followed On Twitter, only one country artist is in the Top 10 - Taylor Swift at # 7 has almost 19 million followers. The next country star on the list is a bit surprising; Dolly Parton, with over 2 million followers.

Rascal Flatts became the 2,480th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday. "You can't even dream that big," said singer Gary LeVox on receiving the star, "We're walkin' in some high cotton here in L.A. today."     His bandmates, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, both credited their respective families with helping get them there -- Rooney, for allowing a small town boy from Oklahoma to follow his dream, and DeMarcus for his mom's encouragement to stay the course when he wanted to quit the band and go home to Columbus, Ohio.     After the ceremony, LeVox revealed their formula for success, saying "It all starts and ends with a great song...and the fans -- and that's what we've always focused on."

Alan Jackson has 2 homes for sale now – one’s a lake near Smithville, TN that comes with its own helipad at almost 4 million. Alan also has a Jupiter Island Florida property for sale for $14.9 million. You can dock four yachts there and his neighbors include Tiger Woods.

The CMA nominations are in with a few surprises. Eric Church leads with the most. Up for ‘Female Vocalist’ is pop star Kelly Clarkson. Snoop Dogg got a nod in ‘Musical Event,’ - ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me’ with Willie, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson. ‘Entertainer of the Year’ has a lady again in the mix, Taylor Swift and the most competitive category is ‘Vocal Group’ with Lady A, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band and Eli Young Band.

Brad Paisley’s tour opener, Scotty McCreery  says Brad’s teaching him how to throw guitar picks. He says Brad can usually flick it all the way to the back of the arena from the stage.

Trace Adkins performed at the Republican National Convention last week and said, “today's generation don't know the sacrifice and discipline required to make it through tough times. Now everybody’s crying and griping about what they don't have, they're all just a bunch of brats."

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