Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Carrie Underwood and her husband’s 4-part series debuts tonight & Alan Jackson’s doing Drive-In concerts

Carrie Underwood and her husband’s 4-part series, ‘Mike and Carrie: God & Country’ debuts tonight on iamsecond.com. It’s a very candid interview that will give us an unfiltered glimpse into what their life is like. It airs Wednesdays thru June 17. This weekend a bird got into their home. Mike had a long pole with a net on it then climbed a ladder because the bird that was at the top of their two story windows. He caught him then Carrie released it into their backyard.

This could be the new trend. Alan Jackson’s launching two Small Town Drive-In concerts in June in Alabama. Only 2,000 vehicles can fit and fans must stay in their cars. Concessions can be ordered by phone and delivered. It’s $99.99 for two passengers and there will also be VIP spots starting at just under $200. 


Brad Paisley and his wife’s grocery store in Nashville lets people who have fallen on hard times shop for free. When the pandemic hit, Belmont University students asked if they could help and now they’re delivering the groceries to people instead. It’s close to 400 bags a week.

Finally - as for dealing with pandemic anxiety Kelsea Ballerini says be around calm people as much as possible. Also get some hobbies and make a “to do” list. Kelsea’s favorite quarantine movie so far is ‘Knives Out.’ She says it’s a murder dinner mystery that’s not too scary.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

thomas rhett binge watcher & dolly loves to cook

During this pandemic, Thomas Rhett said he and his wife have binge watched ‘Outer Banks’ but with three kids now when he goes to bed he’s out in under 30 minutes. Hillary from Lady A has three under the age of 7 and pretty much all they’ve watched is ‘Trolls World Tour.’

Last weekend Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani had a 14th birthday party for her oldest son Kingston in Oklahoma. A source said they celebrated at Blake’s Lake Texoma home with ATVs, fancy water guns, video games and a lot of food that included steak on the BBQ.

Chris Young tweeted, “right now there’s a lot of stress in this world. Try and be kind because we don’t always know what someone is going through.”

Finally - Dolly Parton loves to cook and says her go-to dishes are chicken and dumplings and her mom’s fried chicken. Her recipes are in my previous post.

Dolly Parton Recipes

Dolly Parton’s Chicken and Dumplings
1 (3-lb) chicken
2½ tsp salt
¾ tsp pepper
1 onion, peeled and left whole
¼ cup chopped celery leaves
2 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
½ tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp vegetable shortening
¾ cup milk
Combine the chicken and 2 teaspoons of the salt with 2 quarts of water in a Dutch oven. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add the pepper, onion, and celery leaves. Simmer the chicken until the meat falls away from the bone. Remove the chicken and onion from the pot, and strain out the celery leaves. Discard the onion and celery leaves, and set the chicken aside to cool. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and cut into 1-inch pieces. Set aside. Discard the skin and bones. Meanwhile, raise the heat to high and bring the broth to a boil. Combine the flour, baking soda, and the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the shortening with a fork and knife or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually stir in the milk until the dough is moist. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and lightly knead for about 5 minutes. Roll out to ½-inch thickness and cut into 1½-inch squares. Drop the pieces of dough into the boiling broth. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 10 minutes. Stir gently. Add the chicken back to the pot, stir, and cook until the chicken is heated through. Serve warm.

Dolly Parton’s Mom’s Fried Chicken
2 Cups Flour
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Pepper
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Chicken Sectioned
3 Cups Oil (if using a traditional fryer, none needed if using an air fryer)
Turn on the fryer (or air fryer) to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients using a whisk. Rinse the chicken in ice cold water, drain, and add to the flour mixture. Stir until chicken is coated completely then place into the fryer. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until the internal temp of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.

Dolly Parton’s Five-Layer Casserole
3 large unpeeled potatoes, washed and sliced thin
1 lb. extra-lean ground beef, browned and crumbled
2 large onions, sliced and the rings separated
2 large sliced tomatoes, 4 sliced Romas or 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 and 1/2 bell peppers, cut into big chunks
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole then layer meat, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and peppers. Season each layer with salt to taste. Cover and bake two hours.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Morgan Wallen's arrested in Nashville & Blake Shelton’s on The Tonight Show

Morgan Wallen was arrested in Nashville on Saturday night. He was asked to leave Kid Rock’s Steakhouse after “being disorderly inside of the bar and kicking glass items.” Officers said he smelled of alcohol and had multiple verbal altercations with others. Morgan was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct and will be in court July 1. Yesterday he tweeted, “I went out with a few friends. We were horse-playing with each other. We didn’t mean any harm and we want to say sorry.”

Carrie Underwood posted a bikini photo this weekend. Her abs are amazing and I was trying to figure out who’s are better, Carrie or Tim McGraw? She still keeps a daily food journal and says she’s 95% vegan and occasionally has cheese.

Miranda Lambert recently got some chickens. They live in Coop DeVille and she named them Donna Henley, Betty Crocker, Marhen Morris, Pearl Haggard, Willie Nelshen, Chick Jagger, Tanya Clucker and Martina McFried.

Finally - Blake Shelton’s on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Kenny Chesney’s still paying his employees & Tim and Faith eat an entire bag of nacho cheese Doritos

Even tho Kenny Chesney postponed his tour this year, he’s still paying his 120 employees. Kenny says it costs a lot of money but he takes care of his people.

Besides music, Blake Shelton has a passion for trucks. Growing up his dad sold cars and Blake’s first vehicle was a GMC pickup. Before he was a star, Blake did a commercial for a Ford dealer in Texas.

The other day in quarantine, Tim and Faith ate an entire bag of nacho cheese Doritos with cheese dip and two Coke’s. The next day Tim said he worked hard to sweat out the nacho cheese.

On Sunday, Lady A, Thomas Rhett, FGL, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Brett Young and Carly Pearce perform the national anthem on NBC’s Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again.

Finally - Chris Young goes live on Instagram at 5 CT. Lady A are live on YouTube at 8 and Florida Georgia Line has a 6 tune EP out today.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Jason Aldean postpones 2020 tour & Kane Brown’s daughter reaches a milestone

Jason Aldean will postpone his 2020 tour and he’ll have the new dates up as soon as possible. He says they’ll be back bigger and louder than ever in 2021. Tim McGraw also cancelled his tour.

Kane Brown’s daughter Kingsley is 6-months-old now. Being in quarantine means he hasn’t missed any milestones like this week when her first tooth broke through. Kane’s wife writes, “hopefully she’ll still want to lay in bed and watch movies with me when she’s a teenager.”

Luke Combs pet peeve with his fiancĂ© Nicole is she gets mad at him for nothing. She says Luke’s no saint. He leaves dirty clothes in a room she just cleaned.

Chris Janson’s very frugal and says the reason he loves his old dented pick-up is because he outright owns it.

Finally - buying a home in 2018 was the biggest splurge of Dustin Lynch’s career. He says he’s come a long way from doing frat parties and playing for tips on Broadway in Nashville.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Blake Shelton won The Voice & how Keith Urban's wife broke her ankle

Blake Shelton’s guy Todd Tilghman won The Voice last night giving Blake his 7th show win. Tonight Blake’s on Jay Leno's Garage on CNBC where he gets to drive a truck once owned by Elvis.

Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce and Tim & Faith are part of 40 performing on CMT’s Feed the Front Line today. It’s on their Facebook and YouTube pages three times, 9 AM CT, 1 and 7. They’re raising money to help feed front-line workers in Nashville. The McGraw’s 21-year-old daughter Maggie helped organize the show.

We now know how Keith Urban's wife Nicole Kidman broke her ankle. 5-weeks-ago she was running in their neighborhood and didn't see a pothole. Nic rolled her ankle and she got a small break in it.

Finally - yesterday Lady Antebellum canceled their 2020 tour, so did Thomas Rhett but he already has the new dates at ThomasRhett.com or you can get a full refund till June 19. Rascal Flatts and Sam Hunt also cancelled their tours.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

woman calls 911 saying Blake Shelton was trying to kill her & Michael Ray’s Honky Tonk Tuesday concert’s tonight

A 48-year-old Tennessee woman was arrested yesterday for repeatedly calling 911 saying Blake Shelton was trying to kill her. Police arrived at her camper and found her speech slurred and an open bottle of vodka. She also claimed she was dating Eric Church and Dolly Parton was flying in to visit her. You can see Blake on The Voice season finale tonight.

Miranda Lambert and her husband took a camping trip in their new Airstream to see family in New York. Miranda mostly drove with Brendan navigating. They stayed at KOA campgrounds and made her dads Campfire Casserole in a Dutch oven on the fire.

Thomas Rhett’s daughter Ada passed the virtual Toddle Challenge but Jason Aldean’s son, Memphis did not. He tasted the frosting on his chocolate donut before mom came back.

Michael Ray’s Honky Tonk Tuesday concert’s tonight at 7 CT on his Facebook page. 
Tim McGraw’s on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight.

Finally – while in quarantine, Trisha Yearwood’s started mowing her lawn and says it’s good therapy.

Monday, May 18, 2020

blake throws shade on luke & FGL are on NBC’s Songland tonight

NASCAR was back Sunday and Blake Shelton was thrilled! Drivers were pre-screened for symptoms and temperatures before racing then tested again at the track. No fans were allowed to watch and Blake joked that’s what it’s like at a Luke Bryan concert. Tonight is part 1 of The Voice finale. Speaking of Blake, he’ll be on Jay Leno's Garage Wednesday on CNBC. They’re at the famous Formosa Cafe and Blake eats Elvis's favorite meal, a fried peanut butter, bacon & banana sandwich.

We don’t know how, but Keith Urban’s wife Nicole Kidman broke her ankle while self-isolating at home in Nashville. She’s wearing a walking cast and Keith calls her 'a trooper.'

Florida Georgia Line
are on NBC’s Songland tonight. This weekend Tyler’s wife gave social media's Toddler Challenge to their 3-year-old Liv. She put a handful of chocolate chips in front of her, told her not to eat them, then left the room for three minutes. Liv didn’t eat one tho you could tell she really wanted to.

Finally - George Strait’s 68 today. Tonight Old Dominion perform on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Friday, May 15, 2020

kenny chesney and maren morris postpone & keith urban's on the opry saturday

Kenny Chesney’s had to postpone his Chillaxification Tour until 2021. He just couldn’t find a way to make it safe and will soon have those dates rescheduled. Original tickets will be valid or you could also get a refund. Maren Morris is also postponing her headlining tour until next spring. Her rescheduled dates will all be at the same venues so tickets will be valid at the door.

Brad Paisley and his band play live tonight on his Facebook page at 8 CT along with Lady Antebellum. On Saturday night’s Opry, Keith Urban will sing so will Kelsea Ballerini and her husband Morgan Evans. It’s on the Circle All Access YouTube page. Sunday's finale of American Idol includes performances from Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.

Keith Urban had a private show last night in Watertown, TN at Stardust Drive-In. It was for the frontline workers at Vanderbilt Health and the Children's Hospital there.

Finally - Thomas Rhett's daughter Willa Gray calls him 'The King.'

Thursday, May 14, 2020

brett young shares a secret & chris stapleton gives away an airstream

During a doctor's visit when Brett Young’s wife was pregnant, he recorded the baby's heartbeat on his phone. You can now hear it during the first 10 seconds of Brett’s new tune, ‘Lady.’

Ben & Erin from HGTV’s 'Home Town,' met Chris Stapleton at his concert two years ago. He hired them to remodel an Airstream but when he couldn't decide what to do with it, he gifted it to Ben and Erin. They’ve now named it Jolene after Dolly Parton.

Tim McGraw recently turned 55 and says once you hit 50 it doesn’t matter anymore so he’s stopped counting birthdays. But Tim adds, he is embracing his new age.

Less than two months after giving birth, Maren Morris is getting back into working out again with her trainer. Right now Maren’s doing basic lunges, squats & lightweight training.

Finally – Dustin Lynch is 35 today. Tonight Kane Brown’s on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Eli Young Band does first drive-in concert & Carly Pearce plays for southwest airlines

Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw have been added to perform on CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special June 3. The two-hour special features at-home tributes, callouts and performances to honor COVID-19 heroes.

Zac Brown lives full time in Homer, Alaska and last year he tried to remove an easement that lets people get too close to his property, but city officials said no. Now Zac says people can look right into his windows if they want.

Tonight on Southwest Airlines twitter page, Carly Pearce is one of the artists in a virtual performance to support Covid front-line groups like the Red Cross.

Finally - drive-in movies are big again and now we have our first drive-in concerts. The Eli Young Band will perform a drive-in show at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas June 4. It’s $40 per car and only 400 cars will be allowed on the field. Pat Green plays June 5 then the Josh Abbot Band and Kevin Fowler June 7.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Jake Owen will send you a personalized message & Zac Brown's a wedding singer

The website Cameo’s become very popular during quarantine. They have singers, actors, athletes, models and more that will send you a personalized greeting. Jake Owen charges $150. Carly Pearce and hubby Michael Ray each ask $30. Scotty McCreery charges $100 to send a greeting and Chase Rice is $150. I think because he was also on Survivor.

Zac Brown was the wedding singer on the Zoom wedding actor John Krasinski officiated on his YouTube series, Some Good News. Zac sang a new tune he wrote, ‘The Man Who Loves You the Most.’ He says the band will release it sometime this summer.

Kenny Chesney’s home in Franklin, TN is on Lake Valley Drive with 37 acres. The house is just over 11,000 sq ft. it includes a state of the art theater, billiard room, 11 bathrooms, a wine cellar and an elevator to every floor. There’s also a 6 car garage, infinity pool and spa plus a private pond with a dock and a helipad and look-out tower. It’s gated but the road’s just feet away from his front door.

Finally - while in quarantine, Luke Combs got some chickens but they keep escaping.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Trisha Yearwood sponsors a baby elephant & Kane Brown performs on The Voice

Keith Urban reveals life in quarantine means drinking several cups of coffee a day and driving to get out of the house. Driving’s always been a great form of inspiration for him. Keith’s new album, ‘The Speed Of Now Part 1’ will be out September 18.

This weekend, Trisha Yearwood tweeted, “these commercials are getting me...might be the quarantine, but so far I have ordered a razor with a light on it, an air blasting cup and I’ve sponsored a baby elephant.”

Because he’s spent over 30 years in hotels, Tim McGraw says he never learned how to clean up and Faith’s a neat freak so he gets on her nerves about that. Tim’s felt his guitar skills were slipping away before quarantine so that’s what he’s been doing lately. He’s also still working out a lot but is now taking a few days off a week. Tim adds he does have to work out a little harder on the days Faith’s in the kitchen because she’s such an amazing cook. Quarantine has not been a problem for the McGraw’s because they’re both homebodies. 


Little Richard died this weekend. He also had ties to Nashville. In the last decade, he lived in Lynchburg, TN and in the Nashville penthouse of the downtown Hilton Lower Broadway, overlooking his star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Locals frequently saw him at the drive-thru of Wendy’s and other fast food places on West End Avenue. 60 years prior he played nightclubs on Jefferson Street. Fans often saw him in the elevator when he attended music industry events around town the past several years.


Finally - Kane Brown performs on The Voice tonight.

Friday, May 8, 2020

jason aldean evacuated from florida home & blake and gwen buy a home

Wednesday night, a wildfire started in Florida's Panhandle, destroying 18 homes and forcing over 500 to evacuate including Jason Aldean, Chris Janson and Lady A’s Charles Kelly. Luke Bryan also has a place there but they’ve been quarantining in Nashville.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani just bought their first house; a $13.2 million dollar, 1.6-acre estate in Encino, CA. The deal was done off-market. It’s 13,000 sq ft, three floors and has a massive backyard pool. Saturday night Blake and Gwen sing on the Opry and it’ll stream on the Facebook and YouTube channels of Circle All Access.

Kenny Chesney reveals he quarantined for a week on his boat and said there's no better place cause nobody’s around. I also found out Kenny’s so particular about his laundry, he won’t let anyone else do it.

Finally - Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren’s on Talk Shop Live and Instagram at 2 CT today to talk about her upcoming book. Miranda Lambert performs on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Monday Luke Combs is on Good Morning America’s 8 AM hour.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Words With Garth is out & Brett Young performs tomorrow on the today show

Garth Brooks and Words With Friends have created Words With Garth that he calls “stupid fun.” The one person Garth says he won’t play is Trisha cause he knows she’ll beat him every time!

Dustin Lynch
lives on a farm in Nashville and he’s been restoring the land using his college biology degree. He’s planted oak trees, soybeans and clover. Dustin hopes one day to have his own line of honey.

Zac Brown Band sings on Verizon's Pay It Forward Live tonight at 7 CT on their Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Tomorrow Brett Young will perform his new single, ‘Lady,’ on NBC's Today show.

Finally - when Thomas Rhett’s home, he rarely wears a shirt and says it’s mostly cause his 2-month-old daughter Lennon spits up on him multiple times a day.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Miranda Lambert’s farm hit by 71-mph winds & Luke Combs has a concert tonight

Storms rolled thru Nashville a few days ago and Miranda Lambert’s farm was hit by 71-mph winds. Thankfully no one was hurt, including animals and structures but a ton of huge old trees were uprooted and snapped in half. They also lost power for several hours.

Dierks Bentley as Doug from Hot Country Knights will do a live Q & A on Amazon Music’s Facebook page at 1 CT today. Brad Paisley and his band are getting back together tonight at 6 CT on Facebook then he’ll be on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. At 7, Luke Combs has a concert and Q & A on all of his social’s to benefit captainsforcleanwater.org.

Brett Young’s quarantine essentials include movies. He recently watched all five 'Rocky' films in one sitting and did it twice over two weeks. He watches in bed with an IPad and headphones so he won’t wake the baby. Brett says fresh air and walks are also a must!

Finally - Blake Shelton has an hour-long concert special from 2010 tonight on YouTube at 7 CT.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dwight Yoakam married for the first time & Dolly's the 2020 Tennessean of the Year

Kenny Chesney’s at home in Nashville doing stuff around the house like we are. He’s also been watching old games on ESPN like the 1997 World Series. As for his tour this year Kenny says he’ll do his best to reschedule the dates he’s already had to cancel.

Last weekend Jason Aldean and his wife threw a surprise prom for his 17-year-old daughter, Keeley. They decorated the patio at their beach house in Florida and dined on take-out from P.F. Chang's.

63-year-old Dwight Yoakam married for the first time in March to Emily Joyce in California. Less than 10 attended and they sat six feet apart. They met in 2010 and Emily’s an actress and a photographer. Dwight’s past girlfriends include Wynonna actresses Bridget Fonda and Sharon Stone. After she broke up with him Sharon called Dwight a ‘dirt sandwich.’

Finally - the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame has named Dolly the 2020 Tennessean of the Year. Dolly says, “this may come as a shock, but I’m not very athletic tho I have supported all our athletics through the years.”

Monday, May 4, 2020

Blake Shelton's part of a nascar event & Miranda Lambert gets a new Airstream

Sunday afternoon, NASCAR's Pro Invitational Series had an event at a virtual Dover International Speedway. Blake Shelton was the grand marshal and from his home in Oklahoma said, “gentlemen, start your engines!" David Hasselhoff sang the National Anthem which many fans said he destroyed and Blake should have sang it instead.

Miranda Lambert’s realized she wants to travel more for pleasure so she and her husband bought a 2020 Airstream Globetrotter this weekend they named, ‘The Sheriff.’ Miranda has a few vintage Airstream’s so this is her first new one. They start at $120,000.

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman served high tea to their daughters this weekend. It included freshly baked scones and a pot of strawberry jam.

Finally - Jon Pardi’s quarantine includes clearing part of his 40 acres to get ready for cows next year. He also set up a tent and a campfire. Jon says that helps with the stress. Their down time included smores and a firework show from stuff he found in the garage. It was pretty impressive!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Kenny Chesney goes live tonight & Saturday night Garth and Trisha perform on the Opry

Kenny Chesney’s ‘Here and Now’ is out today and he’ll livestream from his home at 6 PM CT on Facebook or kennychesney.com. Also out, Dierks Bentley’s 90s band, Hot Country Knights debut album, ‘The K Is Silent’ with guest vocals from Terri Clark and Travis Tritt.

Luke Bryan’s wife climbed into a kitchen cupboard and while Luke was looking for something in the fridge, she opened the door and screamed. He was so startled he threw his beer back over his shoulder. It was payback for making her fall off her bike. Luke and Caroline are on comedian Josh Wolf’s Facebook page today at 3 CT.

Today at noon CT, Kane Brown is on fixyourhearttv on Instagram for an inspirational interview. Tonight Luke Combs is live on all his social’s at 7 CT to raise money for bartenders and waiters. Saturday night Garth and Trisha perform on the Opry at 7 CT and we can watch on both of their Facebook pages.

Finally - Tim McGraw is 53 today. He also wants video clips of moms for his new tune, “I Called Mama.’ Submissions are due today at timMcGraw.com.