Every year in December the Kennedy Centre Honours take place in Washington D.C.. This year one of the honourees is Linda Ronstadt. Carrie Underwood was there to honour Linda and sang two of her songs, 'When Will I Be Loved' and 'Blue Bayou'. Carrie has a lot of respect for what Linda accomplished in her career. She says, "One of the things I always admired about her is her ability to do whatever she wants. She was a chameleon. She loved music and she sang so many different kinds and genres. She wanted to sing country music, rock music, she would sing Spanish. She is just somebody I think the rest of us should all be more like." The other honourees include, Sally Field, Michael Tilson Thomas, Earth Wind and Fire, and the TV show Sesame Street. The show was recorded Saturday, Deember 7th and will be broadcast Sunday, December 15th.
Taylor Dye of Maddie and Tae is really looking forward to this Christmas season. It will be her first with fiance Josh Kerr so they'll be starting some of their own Christmas traditions.. What will that include? Here's what Tae thinks they'll be up to. “This is Josh and my first Christmas together, so I can’t wait to find some traditions that we’ll start to do together. I bet we’d make some cookies. I bet we’ll watch a lot of movies. We’ll see.”
There is good and bad that comes along with being on social media. When you're in the public eye that can be magnified severall times over. Jason Aldean has seen his share of negativity online, but he also knows that it gives him a way to connect and share with his fans. Jason has a good attitude about it all. He says, "You know, we got a lot of fans out there that love seeing that stuff and love watching these kids grow up and it's coming from a good place, you know what I mean? There is part of it that I think is that, and I think the good part of it outweighs the bad, you know?"
Many people really get into Christmas decorations Apparently riley Green and his dad are among those who do. Is that an airport landing strip or is it Riley Green's house at Christmas? Riley says, “We definitely have a Clark Griswold-type of quality, me and Pop do, when it comes to decorating outside, you know, when we found out we can buy those, like, snow globes and the big blow up animals and Santas and reindeer. But I haven’t really had the time to go home and decorate like I want to at my house yet. So, this might be my first Christmas decorating my house the way I want to.” Once he's finished there is a chance we might be able to see his house from space.
It's not unusual for country artists to collaborate with artists from other genres. The guys in Florida Georgia Line have done it in the past with the likes of Nelly,The Backstreet Boys, and Bebe Rexha. Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley say they would love to do something with John Mayer. Tyler says the timing and the song have to be right, but they're up for it. That collaboration could happen soon. FGL are working on a new album and they have said that, "stuff is in the works". We shall see.
Last Friday, December 6th, Jason Aldean played a concert in Vegas for the first time since the shooting in 2017 at the Route 91 Festival. He had been back to visit survivors and play events but this was his first full concert since that evening. You may recall, Jason was on stage at the festival when the shooting started. He began the evening off by welcoming some of the first responders and survivors who were at the festival and had been invited to the show. He then said, "Let's finish what we started, what y'all think?" Jason finished his concert with the song he was playing when the shooting began, 'When She Says Baby' and Tom Petty's 'I Won't Back Down'. Appropriate for a couple of reasons. It was to make a statement and remember Tom since Petty died the day after the Festival.
Brett Eldredge was the best man recently at his big brother's wedding. He decided rather than write a speech he would write a song. A couple of months back he woke up at 3am and wrote the song for Brice. Brett says his brother is always his first call when life throws a curve ball in his general direction. He says the song wasn't written for any project, just for his brother and his now wife Lori. So, by the sounds of it we won't get to hear it on a recording of his. However, he has posted his performance at the reception on Instagram if you want to check it out.
You might not think the music business, especially touring, can be lonely but Matt Ramsey of Old Dominion says it can. He says it may sound weird but he can't imagine what it would be like as a solo artist playing in front of 10 - 15 thousand people and then going back to a hotel room alone. Matt says the guys in Old Dominion have talked about the success they have had over the past two or three years and they are so glad they have had each other to go through it.