Kelleigh Bannen vs. Luke Bryan – The Showdown
Kelleigh Bannen plowed past songs from the Lost Trailers and D. Vincent Williams on Taste of Country Nights radio this week with her debut single ‘Sorry on the Rocks.’ Will her wins be enough to help her take on big-leaguer Luke Bryan in the Showdown?
Eli Young Band’s Mike Eli and Wife Welcome Baby Girl
A baby girl has officially joined Eli Young Band‘s brood. Frontman Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, welcomed Kline Olivia Diaz on Monday (July 30) in Dallas. The little girl, who is the first child for the couple, weighed in at 6 lbs. and 15 oz. She was expected to arrive in August.
Kristin Chenoweth Rushed to Hospital After On-Set Injury
Kristin Chenoweth was rushed to the hospital after being injured while on the set of CBS’ series ‘The Good Wife‘ on Wednesday afternoon. According to reports, the multi-talented country singer and actress was struck by a large piece of lighting equipment, which was pushed into her by a gust of wind. Chenoweth was knocked to the ground and hit her head on then concrete.
RaeLynn Shoots Down ‘The Voice’ Competition With Maroon 5′s ‘Wake Up Call’
On Monday’s first Live Shows episode of ‘The Voice,’ it was Team Blake Shelton vs. Team Christina Aguilera — two powerful teams taking the stage one by one to show viewers their worth. But none felt quite as heavy, or worth their weight in gold, as 17-year-old country sparkplug RaeLynn.
Jerrod Niemann’s Bus Catches Fire in Tennessee [NSFW]
Late Tuesday night (March 6), Jerrod Niemann‘s tour bus went up in flames in Chattanooga, Tenn., Taste of Country has learned. The ‘Lover, Lover’ hitmaker appeared at Heart Strings for Hope, a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and was just wrapping up when the bus broke out in flames around 10:45PM ET.
Dolly Parton Turns Down ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Offers
With her dazzling attire and stage-brightening smile, Dolly Parton would seemingly be an ideal celebrity to hit the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ set — she’s even got the costuming down already. Still, the ‘Jolene’ hitmaker does not think she’d be a good fit and has refused several offers to appear on the show.
Blake Shelton Defends Kelly Clarkson’s Political Views
Pop star Kelly Clarkson found herself in hot water with many of her fans when she shared her support for Presidential candidate Ron Paul via her Twitter page, but thankfully for her, it was Blake Shelton to the rescue. The ‘Honey Bee’ hitmaker swooped in to say that he loves to hear Clarkson’s point of view and would even give someone a good smack if needed.
Lauren Alaina to Headline New Year’s Eve Special
This year, ring in the New Year right with a little bit of country music! Lauren Alaina will kick off the festivities on Fox’s ‘American Country New Year’s Eve Live’ special, which will air at 11PM ET on Dec. 31.
Blake Shelton Waiting for Dad to Be Released From Hospital
Blake Shelton got a glimmer of good news yesterday after a heavy week. His father, Dick Shelton, who was taken to the hospital for pneumonia on Dec. 5, could be released as soon as Friday. The ‘God Gave Me You’ hitmaker breathed a virtual sigh of relief when he announced the potential news to his Twitter followers, saying, “Thank you all for the prayers for my dad… Hoping he gets to go home Friday
Jason Aldean Goes Into Hiding
2011 has been plentiful for Jason Aldean. He took home six awards at Monday’s American Country Awards show alone. But with the holidays around the corner, the ‘Tattoos on This Town’ singer is planning to settle into hiding until the new year so that he can enjoy the things he’s thankful for, like his family.
Taylor Swift, ‘Last Kiss’ (From ‘Speak Now World Tour Live’) – Song Premiere
Taylor Swift‘s new ‘Speak Now World Tour Live’ set doesn’t hit stores until Monday, Nov. 21, but you can get a sample of what to expect right now with Taste of Country’s exclusive premiere of her live performance of ‘Last Kiss.’
Lauren Alaina Shows Off Slimmer Figure at ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ Premiere
Lauren Alaina has been pretty open mouth about her weight loss achievement since dropping 25 pounds, and understandably, she likes to show off her hard work. The Georgia singer hit the red carpet on Nov. 14 to flaunt her hot new look at this week’s ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ premiere in Los Angeles in a mini dress and heels.