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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

WOMAN MOVES NEW HUSBAND IN WITH THE OLD reported that a newlywed couple from Omaha, Nebraska recently moved in with the bride's ex-husband. Although the situation began when the first husband offered to take them in following husband number two's job loss, the men now say they are great friends. They added that once they explained to their two daughters, who are six and eight, that their mother doesn't have two husbands, the arrangement began working so well that the three think they'll continue it for a few more years.

Want to keep your loving relationship in tact?

Want to be still holding hands after 40 more years? Here are some suggestions (from Dating and Personals) on how to keep it together:

  • Start solid. Remember that best friend you had when you were a kid? Whether blissfully playing side-by-side in the sandbox or building an awesome fort together, you two just grooved on being in each other's presence. Happy couples share that same serendipitous groove, if in the all-grown-up world.
  • Keep it fresh. Routines and traditions can give a couple a comforting sense of predictability that's both grounding and reassuring. But surprises and adventures are also essential to really keeping that spark alive.
  • Clear the air. It's perfectly natural for any couple to encounter frustrations, disappointments, and miscommunications from time to time. But if grievances go unaired, they can pile up to a mountain of resentment and put the relationship at risk.
  • Have a life. A healthy relationship consists of two individuals who each maintain a strong sense of themselves and take a genuine interest in the other. One may decide to go back to school to pursue a higher degree, while the other may get involved in a volunteer project or a photography workshop. Maintaining individual identities and pursuing individual interests ensures that there'll always be new things to share and to learn about each other.
  • Tune it up. Whether it be once a month or once a year, a regularly scheduled sit-down can allow for some essential upkeep and maintenance of a healthy relationship. Happy couples may agree to a periodic summit meeting to check in with one another about the overall well-being of their partnership.


  • For the record, when the Idols perform together on the "Results" show, they ARE lip-syncing to a previously recorded track.
  • It's David Cook and Lady Gaga performing on the "Results" show this week.
  • The topless revue Les Folies Bergere has called it quits after 49 years at the Tropicana hotel-casino in Las Vegas. The first show was on Christmas Day, 1959.
  • The safest seat on an airplane is in an aisle seat within five rows of an emergency exit, according to an exhaustive study from the United Kingdom's University of Greenwich that examined 105 airline accidents along with firsthand accounts of 2000 survivors.
  • Actor Tim Allen is a father for the second time. His wife, Jane, gave birth to a 5-pound, 13-ounce girl, Elizabeth, on Saturday in Los Angeles.
  • The two-hour finale of "E.R." is this Thursday night on NBC, with a one-hour retrospective kicking things off at 8pm (7 central & mountain).
  • Fox is working on a dating show for overweight people called, "More to Love."
  • French composer Maurice Jarre has died at the age of 84. He is best known for writing the haunting song "Lara's Theme" from the film "Doctor Zhivago."
  • "Cupid" is coming back to ABC. The first 12 episodes aired back in 1998. Now it's being given a second chanc


  • Mussels: A good source of zinc, which plays a role in cell reproduction and hormonal balance, both of which affect hair growth.
  • Steak: It is high in protein, iron and zinc. Zinc manages the glands that attach to your hair follicles. Hair is made mostly of protein so it makes sense that a protein-heavy diet would help prevent hair loss.
  • Milk: The drink is rich in iodine (another mineral vital to healthy hair, skin and nails).
  • Black beans and other legumes: Good sources of protein and iron.
  • Chickpeas: These, also in the legume family, are high in zinc and vitamin B-6, both great for maintaining healthy hair.
  • Eggs and other sources of dairy, such as yogurt: These are also good ways to add extra protein to your diet. Eggs are loaded with nutrients like selenium and magnesium.


The Food and Drug Administration is warning Americans to avoid eating pistachios while a report of possible salmonella contamination is investigated. Kraft Foods notified the FDA last week that it had detected salmonella in roasted pistachios through routine product testing. Setton Farms, the country's second-largest pistachio processor, then launched a voluntary recall of its entire 2008 crop, which is more than one million pounds of pistachios. This latest incident comes in the wake of the national salmonella outbreak involving peanuts, in which more than 690 people in 46 states were sickened.

Celebrity Gossip

HALLE BERRY CONSIDERING MORE CHILDREN: Halle Berry has not ruled out having more children. When asked by Ellen DeGeneres if one-year-old Nahla may be getting a sibling, Berry responded, "My mind says yes, but the rest isn't up to me so we'll see." If Berry and longtime partner Gabriel Aubry are able to conceive again, she stressed it would be part of a small brood. Presumably referring to "Octomom," she joked, "I hope I don't have like 14 more."

JOSH HARTNETT HOSPITALIZED WITH STOMACH PAINS: Josh Hartnett was hospitalized on Monday (March 30th) after suffering from stomach pains. The actor's rep told People magazine that he was able to walk to an ambulance, which arrived at Hartnett's Los Angeles hotel around 2 a.m. The rep added that Hartnett suffered a "flare-up" of an ongoing gastrointestinal problem that has been bothering him for the last several months.

MATT DILLON PLEADS GUILTY TO SPEEDING: Matt Dillon pleaded guilty to speeding on a Vermont interstate last year and after paying a $828 fine, the negligent operation charge filed against him was dismissed. Prosecutor Will Porter announced Dillon's guilty plea on Monday (March 31st), nearly three months after the 44-year-old was stopped while driving 106 miles per hour in Northern Vermont.

JADE GOODY'S SONS SKIPPING FUNERAL: Jade Goody's two young sons will not be present for her funeral this Saturday (April 4th). People magazine reports that five-year-old Bobby and four-year-old Freddy are being taken on a trip to Australia by their father, Jeff Brazier, as thousands gather to pay their last respects to the 27-year-old British reality star.

LAIM NEESON RETURNS TO WORK: Liam Neeson returned to work less than two weeks after the tragic death of his wife, Natasha Richardson. A rep for the actor confirmed that he completed filming Chloe in Toronto, the set he rushed off from upon hearing of Richardson's ski injury. A source who saw the grieving Neeson alone at a hotel bar near the production told the New York Post, "It was so sad."

SHAMWOW PITCHMAN ARRESTED: Vince Shlomi -- better known as the ShamWow Guy -- was arrested in February on a felony battery charge, the Smoking Gun recently discovered. According to the arrest affidavit, 44-year-old Shlomi began punching a 26-year-old woman he'd paid for sex after she "bit his tongue and would not let go." Prosecutors recently decided not to file formal charges against Shlomi or the woman, who was also arrested on a battery charge. Shlomi gained cult fame by hocking absorbent towels and food choppers.

JAMIE KENNEDY RECOVERING FROM KIDNEY STONES: Jamie Kennedy is recovering at home with some tender loving care from girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt after being hospitalized last week with kidney stones. People magazine reported that after the couple flew back from a Mexican vacation, Kennedy was forced to alter his work schedule due to the pain. A source told the magazine, "He had comedy shows scheduled in Boston, but he canceled them because of his kidney stones. He felt better later in the day and went home, but on Thursday he started hurting again and he went back to the hospital." The source added that Kennedy is at home now and "feeling better."

ALYSON HANNIGAN GIVE BIRTH TO BABY GIRL: How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof had a baby girl last week, People reports. Satyana Denisof was born in Los Angeles on March 24, which also happens to be Hannigan's birthday. "They're very excited, and mom and baby are doing great," says a rep for the actress.

Kflag Country Music Update

Taylor Swift rises to the top of the USA Today/Mediabase country singles charts this week with her latest single, "White Horse." This is Swift's fourth Number One single, and the second from her latest CD titled Fearless.

  • The teenager is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Thursday (April 2nd).
  • From Los Angeles, Swift will head to Las Vegas for a performance at the Academy Of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 5th). Swift is nominated for Album of the Year for Fearless, Top Female Vocalist and Video of the Year for "Love Story."
  • While on the West Coast this week, Swift will attend the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie. She makes a cameo appearance in the film, performing her original song "Crazier." She also contributed the song "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home" (performed by Hannah Montana) to the film and soundtrack.


  • Swift is the first country artist in the 16-year history of the Nielsen BDS chart to have a single reach Number One on the pop chart. She achieved that feat earlier this year with "Love Story."
  • Swift kicks off her first-ever headlining tour on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana. So far, all shows have been sold out, including her August date at New York's Madison Square Garden, which sold out in one minute.

Keith Urban's new studio album, Defying Gravity, sees release on Tuesday (March 31st). The 11-song project features all-new material which Urban wrote specifically for this CD. His debut single, "Sweet Thing," has already topped the country charts.

Defying Gravity is obviously already on track to do well, but regardless, come release day, Urban tells us he intentionally changes his focus. "Well, I try and shift my attention towards putting the tour together cause that's the next project that I'm involved in. That's the next thing I'm building. The record's done. Once it's out there I have no control over it. I'm done with it, as far as that goes. That's one thing I have gotten better at is just letting it go."

Urban says that technology and the internet have allowed people to re-create his albums, a reality he's finally learned to accept. "Some people will only buy a few singles. Some may buy the whole album but then put it on playlists and change the order of the sequence, and they'll just do all kinds of things to it, which I'm far more content with than I've ever been because that's the society we're in. I can do whatever I want with it up to the point of releasing it, and then it's up to everybody else to do whatever they want with it."

  • Urban's last studio album was 2006's Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing.
  • He kicks off his Escape Together World tour on May 7th in Uncasville, Connecticut. Urban will team with a different touring partner in each city, including Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, The Zac Brown Band and Dierks Bentley.
Toby Keith will make the leap into the gaming realm with his Rock Band debut for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Playstation 3 and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems. The "Toby Keith 6-Pack" will be available at the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content beginning on April 7th for Xbox and on April 9th for Playstation. The "6-pack" includes Keith's hits "Should've Been A Cowboy," "How Do You Like Me Now," "Beer For My Horses," "Who's Your Daddy," "I Love This Bar," and "She's a Hottie."
  • All six tracks featured in the "Toby Keith 6-Pack" may also be purchased individually.


  • Keith's feature film, Beer for My Horses, will receive the Tex Ritter Award at the upcoming Academy of Country Music (ACM) Honors on September 22nd in Nashville. The award is given to a movie that features country music. Keith co-wrote and starred in Beer For My Horses. His co-stars included Rodney Carrington, Ted Nugent, Tom Skerritt, Claire Forlani and Willie Nelson.

The Lost Trailers' Stokes Nielson and his wife, Maria, will welcome a new addition to the family this Fourth of July. The baby, who they recently learned is a boy, will join daughter Averly, who is one-and-a-half years old.


  • The Lost Trailers are nominated for Top Vocal Group at Sunday's (April 5th) ACM Awards in Las Vegas.
  • The group's debut single, "Holler Back," was a Top 10 hit.

New duo Caitlin & Will release their self-titled digital EP on Tuesday (March 31st). The six-song package includes their debut single, "Address In The Stars," which is currently climbing the charts. It also gives fans an opportunity to download an additional free bonus track.
  • Caitlin Lynn and Will Snyder became a duo while auditioning for last season's Can You Duet show on CMT. They arrived at the auditions with other duet partners, but producers liked what they saw in them, cut their partners loose and paired them up. The match worked, as Caitlin & Will won the show and a record deal with Sony Nashville.
  • As Caitlin & Will tell us, there is no formula for their chemistry: (Caitlin) "It just works. We don't try to explain it. We don't try to understand it. You know, Will and I really have the duo mentality whereas when we're choosing songs, we just come together. I don't know. A lot of things that we do are done separately and then we come together. It ends up being the same decision." (Will) "I mean, the whole thing is bizarre and weird (laughs) and there's no logic behind any of it. It just, like Caitlin says, it's fate and God, and it really is." (Caitlin) "That's why we don't even try to understand it (laughs)."

  • Caitlyn & Will's debut CD will be released later this year.

Craig Morgan and his friends Blake Shelton, Kellie Pickler, Bucky Covington, James Otto and Jason Michael Carroll will be joined by professional motocross riders Kevin Windham, Destrey Abbott, Fred Andrews, Barry Hawk and Andrew Short for The Craig Morgan Charity Ride on Tuesday (March 31st) in Morgan's hometown of Dickson, Tennessee. The day's events include a sold-out acoustic concert, a silent auction and a motocross and four-wheeler ride. The event launches The Craig Morgan Fund, which was established earlier this year to support youth-based local and national charities.


  • The most recent Craig Morgan Charity Ride was held in late 2007. Proceeds from the event helped to fund structural improvements to Dickson's Van Leer Elementary School.


What could be the biggest game in Arizona State's women's basketball history is only a few hours away. A victory would place the Sun Devils in the school's first Final Four. Beat UConn in the Trenton Regional final tonight and history is theirs.

Louisville has knocked off top-seeded Maryland in the Raleigh Regional to reach the NCAA women's basketball Final Four. Angel McCoughtry's 21 points and 13 rebounds led the Cardinals to a 77-60 win over the Terrapins. And Stanford reached the Final Four as Jayne Appel scored a school-record 46 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to highlight the Cardinal's 74-53 rout of Iowa State in the Berkeley Regional.

In the NBA last night....

Milwaukee 107, New Jersey 78
Orlando 101, Miami 95
Utah 112, New York 104
Memphis 114, Golden State 109

Spring training continues to wind down. Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Tucson. Yesterday, Brad Hawpe hit a three-run homer and the Colorado Rockies beat Arizona 10-3.

The NFL has released its pre-season schedule. It features a Super Bowl rematch between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals. The Super Bowl champion Steelers will host the Cardinals on Aug. 13 - six months after Pittsburgh defeated Arizona 27-23 for the NFL title. The Thursday game will be on ESPN.

Plaxico Burress goes back to court today in his gun possession case, four months after he accidentally fired a bullet into his thigh at a Manhattan nightclub. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the case says that Burress and prosecutors have been in active discussions about a deal but remain at odds over the terms. The official says the District Attorney's office is pushing for a stiffer punishment than what defense lawyers believe Burress deserves.

Phoenix beat Dallas 6-5 on Petr Prucha's goal 53 seconds into overtime. Brendan Morrison, Andrew Hutchinson, Darryl Sydor, Chris Conner and Loui Eriksson scored for the Stars, who have lost seven straight.

In the other NHL action from last night....

N.Y. Rangers 3, New Jersey 0
San Jose 2, Calgary 1

Monday, March 30, 2009


Do you like to snuggle up to your honey under the covers, or are you the type who needs your space? Your behavior in bed may be trying to tell you something important bout the health of your relationship. "The way partners share a bed says a huge amount how much they really like each other, trust and feel safe with each other," says Dr. Mark Goulston of the University of California. "Analyzing sleep positions can highlight trouble spots they may not even be aware of." Recognizing what these unconscious signs indicate can help couples iron out problems before they reach a crisis, Goulston adds.

  • The Spoon -- One partner cuddled up to the back of the other is the most common position in the first few years of a relationship. It implies physical trust and a feeling of complete emotional safety. "For many couples the Spoon is a comforting cocoon," says Baltimore psychologist and marital therapist Shirley Glass.
  • The Lovers Hug -- Typically the man is on his back with his arm around his partner and her head on his shoulder. Utter contentment is the hallmark here. "You're literally being brought in under the wing," Glass says. "It's a very nurturing position."
  • The Hooked Leg -- Casually touching your partner with your foot or leg indicates a healthy camaraderie. "They are showing a need for closeness as well as a desire to maintain individuality," Goulston says.
  • Back to Back -- faced away from each other with only your buttocks touching allows a private connection without clinging. "Like two circles, separate but overlapping, this position is a perfect definition of interdependence," Glass contends.
  • The Pursuit -- If your partner moves to the far side of the bed and you pursue, it's not necessarily a bad sign. "The partner who distances may actually want to be pursued," says Glass. "It's a test."
  • Opposite Sides -- If there's an ocean of sheet between you, closeness is fading and stress is building between you. "They're avoiding a lot of issues and don't trust each other," says Goulston. "They are probably thinking, 'What am I doing here?'"
  • Baby on Board -- If one partner continually brings the kid to bed, he or she may be expressing a fear of intimacy. Erecting this barrier is a way to prevent meaningful discussion of important issues. They must talk about why they feel this and work towards feeling comfortable," Goulston advises.
  • Fido Invasion -- If your mate plops your pet between you in bed every night, it's time to sit down and have a little talk. "He or she needs more affection, fears rejection and wants to put a barrier between themselves and a partner," Goulston explains.

10 traits that are career poison

It takes anywhere from three to 15 months to find the right job -- yet just days or weeks to lose it. Here are 10 traits that are career poison, according to

  1. Possessing poor people skills
  2. Not being a team player
  3. Missing deadlines
  4. Conducting personal business on company time
  5. Isolating yourself
  6. Starting an office romance
  7. Fearing risk or failure
  8. Having no goals
  9. Neglecting your image
  10. Being indiscreet


  • The most expensive home for sale in the U.S.? The late Aaron Spellling's 55,000-square-foot mansion, which his widow put up for sale at $150 million.
  • Cash-strapped former "Eight is Enough" and "Charles in Charge" star Willie Aames is selling off his belongings in suburban Kansas City.
  • Actress Mary Tyler Moore reveals in her new book, "Growing Up Again," that her greatest regret is when she developed type 1 diabetes at 33 and that it ultimately cost her her eyesight. Moore, now 72, said she did not take care of herself and manage her disease properly and decades later, she is paying dearly for that, losing most of her vision.
  • Men who regularly eat fish that is packed with omega-3 fatty acids have a far lower risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, WebMD reports of new research from the University of California, San Francisco.
  • Irving R. Levine, the bow-tied NBC newsman who explained the fine points of economics to millions of viewers for nearly a quarter century, has died. He was 86.
  • If you're a fan of "Friday Night Lights," it's gotten the go-ahead to crank out two more seasons worth of shows.
  • The new NBC show "Chopping Block" is done after just three weeks on the air.
  • You were supposed to turn off all of your electricity at 8:30 for an "Earth Hour" on Saturday night. Did you remember?
  • A new study says that 7 out of 10 Americans should curb the amount of salt they each day... but don't.

The real silent killer of marriage

If you're angry at him for leaving dirty dishes in the sink, say so. If you're upset with her for ignoring you at the end of a long day, speak up. Holding it in with the idea of not starting an argument is the fastest way to kill a marriage. Why? It creates emotional distance. The Rev. David Code, an Episcopal priest, family coach and author of "To Raise Happy Kids, Put Your Marriage First," says couples today are quick to suppress the urge to argue with one another. "But just because you seldom argue doesn't mean your marriage is strong. The real silent killer of marriage is distancing yourself from your partner," he wrote in a column published in the Christian Science Monitor.

Romantic dinners are swell, but 48% of women feel closest to their mate when out walking together, an American Heart Association poll finds.

In a recent survey, a whopping 79% of women say that "in the end, my opinion determines family financial decisions." Nearly three-quarters, 74% of the ladies confirmed they are primarily responsible for buying groceries and basic supplies, according to a new report by The Harrison Group marketing specialists. And more than half, 55%, say they're primarily responsible for paying the bills. But women do take into account their partner's opinions when divvying up the dollars in the household budget. Slightly more than half, 53% cited their spouse/partner "as having significant influence over their most recent $100 plus purchase decision." The kids also had their say. Many of the gals with children younger than age 18 said their offspring help make household decisions on clothing purchases 62%, vacation 44%, when to eat out 42%, and groceries 37%.

Celebrity Gossip

PARIS HILTON AND BEAU BRAWL WITH BODYGUARD: Paris Hilton told that she and boyfriend Doug Reinhardt were attacked at the DJ booth of a Miami club after a bodyguard pushed Hilton, prompting Reinhardt to come to her aid. Hilton added that Reinhardt and the guard began brawling, leaving her beau with a bloody lip. She said, "I can't believe someone would do this to us, it's really scary." The cops were called to the scene but no charges were filed.

TIM ALLEN AND WIFE WELCOME BABY GIRL: Actor Tim Allen and his wife since 2006, Jane Hajduk, welcomed a healthy baby girl weighing in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces, named Elizabeth on Saturday in Los Angeles. This is the first child for Jane, Allen has another daughter Katherine, 19, from a previous marriage.

STEVE WOZNIAK TO WALK KARINA SMIRNOFF DOWN THE AISLE: Apple co-founder and Dancing With The Stars competitor, Steve Wozniak, has gotten an invitation from his professional partner Karina Smirnoff to walk her down the aisle at her wedding. The pair have reportedly become so close that Smirnoff allegedly asked the Apple billionaire to give her away on the big day. Unfortunately for Wozniak it may be a bit of a challenge after he fractured his foot and pulled a hamstring on the hit dancing show.

VINCE VAUGHN RENTING CHICAGO PAD: Vince Vaughn is renting out his Chicago townhouse for the bargain price of $9,500 a month. People magazine reports that the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom property, which he bought as an investment can "be rented unfurnished or furnished -- if you want the Vince Vaughn effect."

CHRISTIAN SLATER AND GIRLFRIEND SPLIT? Christian Slater has reportedly split from his girlfriend, Jimmy Choo president Tamara Mellon. A source told Britain's Daily Mail that the stress of a long distance relationship took its toll on the couple, saying, "We all thought Tamara and Christian were made for each other, but the pressures of their respective careers meant they were spending too much time apart."

JOELY RICHARDSON RETURNS TO WORK: People magazine reports that Joely Richardson returned to work on the London set of her latest project on Thursday (March 26th), four days after attending sister Natasha Richardson's funeral. The film, a remake of The Day of the Triffids, also stars Richardson's mother, Vanessa Redgrave, who had already finished her role before Natasha's death.



Brad Paisley is the lead nominee heading into this weekend's Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. He's nominated in six categories, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Song, Single and Video of the Year for "Waitin' On A Woman."

Paisley has taken home the Top Male Vocalist award for the past two years, following in the footsteps of his musical heroes, as he tells us: "The ACMs are one of those things that you take very seriously. I remember wanting to win those. I remember watching guys go up there and win those awards, watching somebody like Alan Jackson or Garth or whoever from my childhood go up there and pick one of those up, and you wanna win that. It's all a part of building your career and trying to reach more people when you win an award like that."

Paisley and his peers may be serious when it comes down to the Awards show, but he adds that having the event in Sin City allows for plenty of playtime. "It becomes a party atmosphere sort of before and after, actually the whole week, being it's in Vegas. Everybody's partying right up 'til those cameras roll, and then they're serious about it."

The Academy of Country Music Awards airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday.


Lee Ann Womack is no stranger to award nominations, having been up for some 25 awards throughout her career. She is again nominated for Top Female Vocalist at this week's Academy of Country Music Awards. While Womack always hopes to take home the trophy, she says she's more than satisfied with just the nomination. "I love being nominated for anything anytime. That's great. It's always been my favorite, even back in the beginning of my career. I've always been more happy with the nomination than I was with the win. I think it's because the win comes and goes so quickly, but the nomination, you get nominated and then it's a couple of months until the awards show where you're part of everybody's shows that they're doing. So I've always liked being nominated."


Jack Ingram began his first USO tour on Friday. The singer and his Beat-Up Ford Band headed off to Cuba for a five-day stint with the troops. Ingram said, "It's easy to forget the sacrifice these kids are making if you don't know someone who's in active service, but go to a military hospital and see a kid just out of their teens with both legs blown off, and you realize they only signed up to get a college education when they'd finished their tour of duty, and other than maybe their family, nobody realizes how great their sacrifice is."


Reba McEntire and Heidi Newfield will make a special appearance on the game show The Price Is Right on Friday (April 3rd). The entertainers will present a prize in a unique fashion, and the showcases will be country-themed. The Price Is Right airs on CBS


Reba McEntire will debut her brand new single, "Strange," live on the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 5th), but fans can get a sneak peak of the song via a special widget available at The widget also includes a countdown to the ACM Awards, a video message from McEntire and a link to pre-order "Strange."

The song will be available for purchase through Bandbox on The Valory Music Co. website immediately following McEntire's performance Sunday evening. It will also be available on iTunes beginning on Monday (April 6th).

* "Strange" is the lead single from McEntire's first solo studio album in six years. The yet-untitled album will be released sometime this summer.


Kellie Pickler has finally created her first official fan club! Fans joining the club online at will receive the first chance at tickets to her shows, rare photos and videos, access to a members-only message board, exclusive contests and giveaways, and the opportunity to meet Pickler. Members also qualify for merchandise discounts at her store and pre-sales on concert tickets, including the upcoming Fearless tour with Taylor Swift.

Pickler has priced her fan club yearly subscription at $19.99.

* She said, "I'm so glad there's a place where the fans have special access to all these extras and there's a lot more to come too. We took our time developing this site so that it's a cool experience from the get go. I've already had the opportunity to meet some of the first members at our recent shows, and we've got a whole tour coming up to meet with fans all year long."
* Kellie Pickler Fan Club members also get never-before-seen content, like the first look at her new video, "Best Days of Your Life." Members were able to watch the video before its TV and internet debut on March 27th at midnight.


Sacramento surprised Phoenix 126-118, further dimming the Suns' playoff hopes. The Suns are three and a-half games out of the eighth spot in the West with eight games left.

Other scores from the NBA yesterday....

Cleveland 102, Dallas 74
Toronto 134, Chicago 129, OT
Atlanta 86, L.A. Lakers 76
Minnesota 108, New Jersey 99
Detroit 101, Philadelphia 97
Indiana 124, Washington 115
Boston 103, Oklahoma City 84
New Orleans 90, San Antonio 86

Oddsmakers have made Michigan State a four-point underdog against Connecticut in the first game of the men's Final Four next Saturday at Detroit's Ford Field, just 90 miles from the Spartans' campus in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans earned their Final Four ticket by beating overall No. 1 seed Louisville 64-52 behind Goran Suton's 19 points and 10 rebounds to win the Midwest Regional.

North Carolina is making its 18th trip to the Final Four and Las Vegas oddsmakers have made the Tar Heels an eight-point favorite against Villanova in next Saturday's second game. The Tar Heels got 19 points from Ty Lawson and 18 from Danny Green and beat Oklahoma 72-60 to win the South Regional.

Top seed Connecticut has taken its usual place in the regional finals of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Next up for UConn is Arizona State, which advanced with an 84-69 win over Texas A&M. Briann January finished with 22 points and Danielle Orsilio added 15.

In the NHL last night....

Nashville 4, Detroit 3
St. Louis 5, Columbus 2
Ottawa 3, Tampa Bay 0
Vancouver 4, Chicago 0
Boston 4, Philadelphia 3
Anaheim 4, Colorado 1
Minnesota 3, Edmonton 2

Arizona starter Doug Davis continues to work on his curve ball in spring appearances, but it was his fastball that cost him against the White Sox. Davis allowed three runs and seven hits, while striking out two in 4 2-3 innings yesterday as Arizona lost to the White Sox 9-6. Chicago's John Danks allowed three runs and six hits while striking out five in 5 2-3 innings.

Karrie Webb posted a two-shot victory over Jayai Shin in the Phoenix LPGA International. Webb was 5-under for the day and 14-under for the tournament. It's Webb's first victory on the LPGA Tour in two years, and 36th of her career.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Check out today's guest DJ's "THE WOLF PACK"

Thanks to Wes Stevenson and Tom McFarland for coming by this morning!
The Wolf Pack will be hanging out all weekend long at the Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall. Get over there and party with The Wolf Pack and check out Bikini Bull Riding going on tonight at the Pioneer at 8 PM tonight then Killing Time takes the stage at 9pm with great country music.


  • Dan Seals, who was England Dan in the pop duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, and later had a successful country career, has died of complications from cancer. He was 61.
  • The Farrelly brothers have been working on a Three Stooges movie for decades and now, it looks it'll finally happen... starring Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro to star as Curly, Larry and Moe.
  • Seth Rogen will be the host of "Saturday Night Live" on April 4 with musical guest Phoenix.
  • April 16th, Bob Barker will make a one-day return to "The Price is Right" to plug his new book, "Priceless Memories."
  • Now we hear that Prince Harry and his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy have gotten back together.
  • CSI star Marg Helgenberger has filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage to husband, fellow actor and Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg.
  • Charmin is now sponsoring SitOrSquat, a web site and mobile phone application that helps you find the nearest public restrooms anywhere around the world.
  • Friends of Jennifer Aniston say she's thinkin' the heck with a life partner, she's going to be artificially inseminated and have herself a baby!
  • Prosecutors charged a man Thursday with stalking "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Shawn Johnson, saying he drove from Florida in a car found with loaded guns, duct tape and love letters to meet the 17-year-old Olympic gymnast.
  • Bono says he and his bandmates are determined to enjoy their upcoming world tour because they're afraid it could be their last one together... whatever that means.
  • A new study indicates that women who ate a lot of soy while growing up appear to have a much lower risk of developing breast cancer as adults.
  • There's a computer worm scheduled to try and attack your computer on April 1st called Conficker C. You have been warned.
  • Actor David Arquette has teamed up with singer Ben Harper and David Bedwell to launch a new clothing line called "Propr."
  • A bit of drama on the set of "Desperate Housewives," where Nicolette Sheridan was so upset the cast didn't throw her a farewell party, she cleaned out her personal trailer... taking home thousands of dollars in things that were supposed to stay there.
  • Next year's Oscars will be delayed until March 7 to avoid any conflict with the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. The year they were on February 22nd.

Celebrity Gossip

JADE GOODY FUNERAL DATE SET: Jade Goody's funeral will be held on April 4th. The late British reality star's mother told London's The Sun that her daughter will be buried in her wedding gown, which she wore earlier this year when tying the knot with Jack Tweed. Goody's publicist said that the 27-year-old planned her funeral before her death, explaining, "Jade wanted a celebration of her life. It will be very much a Jade Goody Production with Jade doing her own thing her own way."

WILLIAM H. MACY CALLS WIFE 'SEXIEST' WOMAN ON 'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES': William H. Macy paid wife Felicity Huffman a compliment -- or an insult, depending on her catwalk aspirations. When asked about the cast of Huffman's show, Desperate Housewives, Macy told, "The others are sort of model beautiful women and Felicity is not a model type. But I think she's the sexiest on that show. What is sexy? It's hard to put it into words. The way she carries herself. And she keeps in really great shape. She's got the kind of body that makes me melt. She's cut. She's strong and lithe and capable. I love that."

HOLLY MADISON IS THE LATEST 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' CELEB TO GET INJURED: Girls Next Door star Holly Madison is the latest contestant to be injured rehearsing for Dancing With The Stars. Madison was taken to the doctor Thursday (March 26) after suffering from an excruciating pain in her side that prevented her from rehearsing, People reports. "She hurt herself last week when she was rehearsing the Samba," Steve Flynn, Madison's rep, told the magazine. "(Thursday) she was practicing the tango and the pain was so bad that it made it basically impossible for her to move." Madison was prescribed pain medication and hopes to be back performing after getting some rest.

A LOOK AT SHAWN JOHNSON'S 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' CONTRACT: Shawn Johnson could make up to $365,000 for her stint on Dancing With The Stars. Johnson's contract, which was obtained by, guarantees the Olympic gymnast $125,000 for appearing on the show. In addition she gets $10,000 a week for surviving the first two eliminations in weeks 3 and 4. The weekly rate rises to $20,000 a week if she makes it to weeks 5, 6 and 7, $30,000 a week for weeks 8 and 9 and $50,000 a week in weeks 10 and 11. The contract stipulates that Johnson must train approximately 20 hours a week.

RIP TORN WANTS DRUNK DRIVING CHARGES DROPPED: Rip Torn is trying to avoid a drunken driving charge by applying for an alcohol education program. The Associated Press reported that the 78-year-old actor appeared in a Connecticut court on Wednesday (March 25th) to request the program, which requires offenders to take classed before charges are dropped. Torn pleaded not guilty to the charge in January, a month after he was pulled over for driving a car with a Christmas tree on top.

STEVE WOZNIAK HAS LARGE ONLINE FAN BASE: Steve Wozniak may not be much of a dancer, but he sure is popular. Despite the fact that Wozniak scored a ten out of 30 for his performance earlier this week on Dancing With the Star, People magazine reports that has over 70,000 followers and the fans are mobilizing on Facebook and Twitter to keep the Apple co-founder in the competition.

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds

Cosmopolitan says it's the little things that attract (or repel) people. Nicholas Boothman, author of "How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less" offers this advice to guys:

  • Floss your teeth -- Seems minor but less-than-pearly whites and breath that could kill a small animal make your meet-and-greet tank before it even takes off.
  • Notice the color of her eyes -- Picking up on the hue will force you to keep your pupils focused on hers -- not nervously wandering all over. Eye contact is crucial, subliminal way to show that you're a sane, friendly person.
  • Mirror her -- If she scratches her nose, rub your eye. Pick up on her voice pitch and match it. We gravitate toward people like us -- if you're not a scary mimic, this approach will warm her up.
  • Back off -- We all need our personal space, so if you're closing in on a potential pal and she takes a step away, you should stop, back up, and continue your introductions from a safer distance.

Kflag Country Music Update

Keith Urban's new CD, Defying Gravity, will be released on Tuesday (March 31st). The collection of songs has a definite theme, as Urban tells us:"They're all really songs about being vulnerable and brave to love, cause it's hard to do when you get older and you've been in love and had your heart broken by somebody, maybe several times, so the tendency is to want to just pull back."

Urban wrote most of the 11 songs from a personal perspective of "daring to love." He explains: "Sometimes, and I've seen it happen with myself, I pull back so far that I become convinced I don't actually need anybody. 'I'm fine,' you know, and I don't realize why I'm not growing, why I'm not glowing, why I'm not sort of not getting anywhere. My life seems to be just stuck, and it's because I'm terrified of loving, and so this record was sort of touching upon what happens when one dares to give over to it."

  • Defying Gravity is Urban's fifth studio album.
  • Urban is currently in the midst of his No Frills mini-tour sponsored by Verizon. Urban plays the House of Blues in Los Angeles on Friday (March 27th); Joe's Bar in Chicago on March 30th; Webster Hall in New York City on April 1st; and the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia on April 3rd.
  • His Escape Together World tour kicks off on May 7th in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Jamey Johnson, Miley Cyrus, Lady Antebellum, John Rich, Lee Ann Womack and the show's hostess, Reba McEntire, are all scheduled to perform as part of the 44th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. They join previously announced performers Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Heidi Newfield, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Taylor Swift. The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 5th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.


  • The performance marks Miley Cyrus' first at the ACM Awards.
  • This will be McEntire's 11th time to host the show.
Jake Owen has already won this year's Academy of Country Music's (ACM) Top New Male Vocalist award based on votes by the fans. Now he heads into the competition for the overall Top New Artist award, a brand new category at the ACM Awards. Owen is up against Julianne Hough and the Zac Brown Band for the Top New Artist award, which fans are currently voting for online at

Just a couple years into his career, Owen has already earned some very devoted fans, as he tells us:"I've had the opportunity of playing in front of so many people over the last few years that have just been so supportive of me and my music, and people that come out to shows make signs and T-shirts and sing. I see their lips moving to the words of my songs."

  • Voting for the Top New Artist award continues through April 5th at 8 p.m. ET. The winner will be announced later that night during the live broadcast of the ACM Awards on CBS.
  • The 44th annual ACM Awards will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show will be hosted by Reba McEntire.
Singer 'England Dan' Seals best know for his work in the duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, died on Wednesday night (March 25th) of complications from lymphoma, according to The Associated Press. Seals, who died at his daughter's home in Nashville, was 61.

England Dan & John Ford Coley scored five Top 40 hits between 1976 and 1979, including the Top Ten's "Nights Are Forever Without You," "We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again," "Love Is The Answer," and their 1976 Top Two hit and signature song "I'd Really Love To See You Again."


  • As a solo artist in the '80s, Seals continued to score hits on the country charts including such favorites as "Bop," "You Still Move Me," "Love On Arrival," his duet with Marie Osmond, "Meet Me in Montana" -- and his groundbreaking hit "Rage On" -- which explored the topic of an interracial relationship.
  • Seals' older brother was Jimmy Seals from the '70s soft-rock duo Seals & Croft who scored such massive hits as "Summer Breeze," and "Diamond Girl." In recent years the brothers performed together as Seals & Seals.
  • Dan Seals is survived by his wife Andi, four children; five grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister.

Martina McBride has teamed up with the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (NTDAH) for a new program called My Time to Shine. The partnership is in conjunction with the release of McBride's new album, called Shine, which came out on Tuesday (March 24th).
  • As the mother of three daughters, her oldest being a teenager, McBride wants to increase awareness about teen dating abuse. She said, "Young people today have more opportunities to make decisions about their lives, and it places a lot of pressure on them early. If we can help them to form healthy relationships at an earlier age in life, they will make better choices for life partners, and as a mom, I want to be part of that."
  • As part of the My Time To Shine campaign, McBride will record public service announcements to be shown at her concerts when her tour begins in October. My Time to Shine merchandise will also be sold at the shows to raise funds for the teen helpline.


  • To learn more about the Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, visit or call 1-866-331-9474/TTY 1-866-331-8453.
  • McBride's signature song is "Independence Day," a song about domestic violence.


The Arizona Diamondbacks host the Cleveland Indians today in a spring training game in Tucson. With a 9-16 Cactus League record, the D-backs are struggling through the worst spring in their 12-season history. Their only other losing springs were 2004 and 2008.

Top-seed Connecticut and third-seed Missouri will meet Saturday for the West Regional title and a trip to the Final Four. UConn topped Purdue 72-60 while Missouri raced past second-seed Memphis 102-91 behind J.T. Tiller's career-high 23 points to end the Tigers' 27-game win streak.

In the East Regional, top-seed Pitt and third-seed Villanova will meet in an All-Big East regional final and a Final Four appearance. The Panthers beat Xavier 60-55 while Villanova downed second-seed Duke 77-54.

Tonight, the top overall seed Louisville plays 12th-seed Arizona and second-seed Michigan takes on defending national champion Kansas in the Midwest Regional semifinals. In the South Regional, top-seed North Carolina plays fourth-seed Gonzaga and second-seed Oklahoma plays Syracuse with the winners advancing to the Elite Eight.

In the NBA last night.....

Portland 129, Phoenix 109
L.A. Lakers 92, Detroit 77
Chicago 106, Miami 87

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the financially struggling Phoenix Coyotes still are actively seeking investors or possibly new ownership, but reiterated that the team won't be relocated. Bettman says the goal is to bring in new capital and make the franchise solvent. The Coyotes have reportedly lost $200 million since current owner Jerry Moyes brought the team in 2001 and are projected to lose another $30 million this season.

Scores from the NHL last night...

Phoenix 3, Edmonton 2
Columbus 5, Calgary 0
Florida 4, Philadelphia 2
Atlanta 5, N.Y. Rangers 4, SO
Montreal 3, Tampa Bay 2, OT
Nashville 3, San Jose 2
St. Louis 4, Vancouver 2
Los Angeles 1, Dallas 0, SO

Thursday, March 26, 2009


And a big THANK YOU NOTHING BUT AIR BALLOONS for dropping by with a beautiful birthday bouquet!

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  • A Music Shop -- Say you like the John Rich, and you see a cute guy who can't decide whether or not he should buy Son of a Preacher Man. Sidle over, tell him what a great disc it is, then let the conversation flow from there. (Important note: Don't be afraid to approach a guy in this sort of situation. We dig being approached, especially if you're confident, cool, and witty about it.) If you want to increase the dating pool-and broaden your musical horizons-hit the jazz section. But if you don't see any interesting-looking possibilities in the jazz section, try checking out...
  • A Jazz Club -- For the most part, jazz, especially the instrumental stuff, is "guy music," thus the boy/girl ratio in your typical jazz club-especially the higher-end places-is a solid two-to-one. Best contact method? Have a drink sent to his table. (Trust me, it works. At least... it worked on me.) But bear this in mind: Do it during the break. Most male jazz fans want to be left alone while basking in their "guy music."
  • Electronics/Computer Store -- Boys like their toys. Thus, where there are toys, there are boys. If you really want to reel him in, ask him a question about a piece of equipment that you legitimately want to learn something about. Nothing makes us happier than pontificating about plasma televisions, X-Boxes, or motherboards.
  • A Cafe -- Remember last Thursday at your local java emporium when you saw that cute, be-stubbled man hunched over his laptop, lost in his little laptopping world? You bet I do. Did you go talk to him? No. Why not? Well, he was lost in his little laptopping world. Well, maybe that was the case, but there's little doubt he could've been easily distracted. I mean, if he wanted to be left all alone in his little laptopping world, he'd have stayed home, right?
  • A Thrift Store -- This one is for girls whose demographic range runs the gamut from cool starving artists to indie rocker dudes. Again, be confident and funny in your approach-like maybe grab an ugly, kitschy paisley button-down shirt, hold it up in front of him and say, "With the right pair of pants, I think you could make this work." And not only might you find a nice boy, but you might stumble onto a once-worn, mint-condition Vera Wang cocktail dress that's being sold for $15. Hey, you never know...
  • A High-End Department Store -- This one is for women who're looking for a more refined fella. A good way to break the ice is to offer up a sartorial suggestion, but here's an vital caveat: No negativity. You won't win his heart by saying, "That pinstriped suit is heinous." Try something more along the lines of, "That non-pinstriped suit would look amazing on you."
  • A Health-Food Place -- Step into one of these joints and you'll have your pick of workout boys, or crunchy-granola boys, or hippie boys, or regular boys who're simply concerned about what's going into their bodies. And this isn't even taking into account the wide selection of protein bars, which offers you a great conversational gambit ("Excuse me, which one of these do you think is best? Oh yeah, and which flavor?")

100 wallets dropped in front of hidden cameras to test honesty

They included money and some piece of identity so that people could return it to the right owner. And reveals the answers.

  • 74% were honest and returned the wallets.
  • 26% were dishonest and kept the wallets.
  • Of the 77 white people tested: 21% were dishonest and kept the wallets.
  • Of the 23 black people tested: 43% were dishonest and kept the wallets.
  • Of the 51 females tested: 14% were dishonest and kept the wallets.
  • Of the 49 males tested: 39% were dishonest and kept the wallets.
Speaking of, what's the most money that you've ever found? A guy who works for McDonald's in Norwich, CT, just wanted to jot down a phone number when he picked up what he thought was litter on a sidewalk. But what he found was an envelope containing a $185,000 check. He found the owner and did return the check. He was given a $50 reward. Have you ever lost something of value and had it returned? Did you offer a reward?Let us know at

8 "marriage-busters"

  1. Nagging, nagging, nagging -- We know about the squeaky wheel, but complaining loud and long gets you only short-term gains and builds up powerful discontent on your spouse's side.
  2. Blaming, criticizing, and name-calling -- These tactics belittle the person you promised to love, honor, and cherish; let you play angel to his or her devil; and don't address the responsibility you both share for your marital happiness.
  3. Bullying, rudeness, and selfishness -- These ugly power plays tell your partner that he or she doesn't count at all in your eyes.
  4. Peacekeeping and passive placating -- A "whatever you say, Dear" attitude may keep your home quieter but leaves you in the martyr's role. You'll end up angry, defensive, and a drudge. What fun is that?
  5. Deploying logic all the time -- Life isn't the starship Enterprise; playing the dispassionate Mr. Spock not only cuts you off from your feelings but also subtly tells your spouse that his or her feelings don't count either.
  6. Throwing up distractions -- You're just having fun, right? Think again. Being hyperactive, fooling around all the time, and refusing to focus -- in conversation or in life -- often is an attempt to avoid intimacy or difficult issues, which can be horribly frustrating for your mate.
  7. Stonewalling -- Another stall maneuver, stonewalling stops arguments and constructive discussions cold. Not much can happen when one spouse just won't talk about it.
  8. Making unilateral decisions about the big things -- Sometimes you have to pick the bathroom paint color on your own. But if you're making major decisions about your money, your time, your kids, and your family life, you're acting without accountability and cutting off the possibility of joint decision-making and deeper intimacy.

Mango: The weight-loss fruit

YAOUNDE (Cameroon) - THE LATEST super-food to join the 'weight loss wonders' line-up comes in the form of West African fruit irvingia gabonensis, commonly known as the African mango, said a report on Wednesday.

Research published in Lipids in Health and Disease and conducted at Cameroon's University of Yaounde, reports a test group of 102 overweight adults was given extracts of the fruit or a placebo two times a day over a 10-week period.

No other changes to the individuals' diets or existing levels of activity were altered.

At the end of the test period, those administered with the fruit extract showed a marked weight loss - on average 12 kilograms - in comparison to people in the placebo group who showed no change.

The plant's ability to help shift excess weight has been a long-held idea but this is the first clinical study of its true effects.

The findings may be the first solid foray into research but according to the research team led by Dr Julius E Oben, the findings "provide impetus for much larger clinical studies". -- Reuters


  • The whole Monica Lewinsky ordeal is going to be turned into a movie, called "Special Relationship"... with Dennis Quaid as Bill and Julianne Moore as Hillary.
  • In case you weren't one of the 25 million watching, Denise Richards went home this week on "Dancing With the Stars."
  • Simon Cowell says the president asked to have dinner with him last week, but unfortunately, their calendars didn't match up.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy enjoyed a romantic getaway to Mexico last weekend.
  • Matt Lauer had shoulder surgery on Monday and is expected back on the "Today Show" late this week.
  • Al Gore has another book about global warming coming out in November.
  • 85-year-old Sir Richard Attenborough is in physical rehab after a fall in December. But he's determined to play the archbishop in the upcoming movie, "Ironclad."
  • Oprah dared to ask the First Lady, Michelle Obama, about the rumor that she was pregnant. Michelle's response: "Not pregnant and not planning on it!"
  • Lance Armstrong's latest injury is worse than originally thought. He broke his collarbone, but there were bone fragments as well that had to be cleaned up during surgery yesterday.
  • An extract derived from the African mango, a fruit that is popular in West Africa, appears to inhibit body fat production.
  • Isaiah Washington's landlord has started an eviction procedure against the former "Grey's Anatomy" co-star, claiming he owes $100,000 in rent.
  • A Seattle condominium project is offering job insurance. Buy one of their condo's and if you lose your job, they'll pay your mortgage.
  • In Los Angeles, a woman used a fake name and fake ID to get $12,000 worth of breast implants and liposuction and then disappeared. How fake can you get?
  • George Lopez is going to host a late-night talk show on TBS starting next fall.
  • Maryland lawmakers are thinking maybe it's time to find a way to scrub "Northern scum" -- and a few other sensitive pre-Civil War phrases -- from the official state song.

Obama to Answer Questions Today in Online Town Hall Meeting

President Obama is planning an online town hall-style meeting on the White House's website at 11:30 a.m. today (March 26th) in which he'll answer questions submitted by visitors to the site at The site asks for questions to be submitted on the economy, although other topics are represented as well, and for visitors to vote on queries that have been submitted by others, saying Obama will answer some of the most popular. Visitors are also encouraged to include a brief video of themselves asking their question, although it isn't required. As of early this morning, nearly 70,000 questions had been submitted.


MIKE & JULIET/SYN (check local listings)
Clay Walker

Heidi Newfield, Kenny Rogers, James Otto

Carrie Underwood Opry Induction


Randy Owen, Jason Aldean

Kflag Country Music Update

Actor Mickey Rourke and Kris Kristofferson will be featured in the video for John Rich's new single, "Shuttin' Detroit Down." Rich and Rourke became friends last year after meeting unexpectedly in a New York City bar. According to, Rourke recognized Rich and introduced himself. Several drinks later, the two traded phone numbers and kept in touch.

When it came time to shoot the video for his solo hit, "Shuttin' Detroit Down," Rich said Rourke was tops on his list. He said, "I thought, 'Who would be the most perfect face to represent blue collar, hard-working America?' That's Mickey Rourke, without a doubt."

The video for "Shuttin' Detroit Down" will be released next week.

  • Rich's solo album, Son of a Preacher Man, was released earlier this week.


  • Do you like John Rich better as a solo act or as a duo with the other half of Big & Rich, "Big" Kenny Alphin?

Taylor Swift, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins and Jamey Johnson have all been added to the lineup of performers on the main stage during this year's CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. The artists will perform at LP Field over the course of the four-day event, which runs from June 11th through the 14th.
  • Previously announced performers at CMA Music Festival 2009 include Reba McEntire, Trace Adkins, Julianne Hough, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, John Rich, and Montgomery Gentry. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.


  • Tickets to CMA Music Festival 2009 are available now. To order, call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) or purchase online at or

Dolly Parton is proud to be associated with Cracker Barrel Stores and restaurants for the release of her collector's edition Backwoods Barbie CD, which is available exclusively through the chain beginning this week. Back in 1991, Cracker Barrel was embroiled in controversy over discriminating against gay employees, although they did implement an anti-discrimination policy in 2002. Since the gay community makes up a large portion of Parton's fan following, we asked her if Cracker Barrel's history gave her any cause for concern about aligning herself with the company: "I'm sure they have gay people come and eat in the restaurant. When you're a public place of business, you're for the public, so they don't have to endorse it, but, yeah, I have many friends that are gay and lesbian. I don't make any bones about that. I'm not out there preaching for anybody. I accept everybody as they are, so I don't know anything about all that, and that's not part of what my association with them is."
  • The collector's edition of Backwoods Barbie features three new tracks as well as brand new photos and artwork.
  • The original version of Backwoods Barbie was released last year.
  • The album's title track is among the songs Parton wrote for the new Broadway show, 9 To 5: The Musical, which opens next month.
  • The 1991 controversy started after Cracker Barrel instituted a policy of terminating employees who sexual preferences failed to "demonstrate normal heterosexual values." In 2002, the board of directors of Cracker Barrel's parent company, CBRL Group, voted to add sexual orientation to its written non-discrimination policy.
Jack Ingram kept the economy in mind when making his upcoming album, Big Dreams And High Hopes. His brand new single, "Barefoot And Crazy," is a light-hearted tune that Ingram hopes help his fans mentally break from the daily grind."You know, I think there's always room for escape. I mean, the next song, 'Barefoot And Crazy' is about that. It's about letting go and here comes the summertime -- let's rock! Let's have a good time and forget about all of it for a while. But, you know, I come from a background of musicians and artists and songwriters that also talked about real things, you know -- things that were affecting people's lives."

Ingram says that his new album combines songs about real life with less heavy subject matter, taking listeners on an emotional journey. "There's room for all that -- for escapism and everything -- and all in one album, and all in one show. That's the beauty of music is that it can take you on an emotional roller coaster, and when you're done you're somehow like a rock in a stream -- you've been changed somehow."

  • There is no release date yet for Big Dreams And High Hopes.
  • Ingram is set to present an award at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards. Last year, he took home the honor of Top New Male Vocalist.
  • Ingram will also participate in CBS' George Strait: Artist of the Decade special, being taped on April 6th in Las Vegas
Merle Haggard, the late Harlan Howard, Dolly Parton and Hank Williams, Jr. are all among the early winners of special awards being handed out by the Academy of Country Music (ACM). Haggard and Howard will receive this year's ACM Poets Award for their songwriting contributions to the field of country music. Parton will be the recipient of the Jim Reeves International Award, for helping country music gain world-wide acceptance. Hank Williams, Jr., Jerry Reed, Kenny Rogers, and Randy Travis will receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. Toby Keith's movie, Beer For My Horses, will be honored with the Tex Ritter Award, which is given to a movie that features country music.
  • The ACM off-camera awards will be presented to the winners at the ACM Honors, a special annual event held in Nashville. This year's ACM Honors will be held on September 22nd.
  • The ACM special awards are voted on by the ACM board of directors.


  • Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, and Buck Owens.
  • Past recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award include Alabama, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Charlie Pride, Tex Ritter, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams, Sr., and Bob Wills.
  • Past recipients of the Tex Ritter Award include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, O'Brother, Where Art Thou, Sweet Dreams and Walk the Line.

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