607482R1032A_32A_221 - Copy Dierks Bentley will have a lot of company at his third annual Miles & Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and concert. Lady Antebellum, Jamey Johnson, Halfway to Hazard, the Warren Brothers, and NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will be joining the event this year.

The ride starts at a Harley Davidson shop south of Nashville, and travels through Williamson County and historic downtown Nashville. The ride will conclude with a jam at Riverfront Park in Nashville. Tickets for the Oct. 25 event start at $20, and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster, or at the event.

"Miles & Music for Kids" has raised more than $250,000 in the last two years. Proceeds from the event go to the Monroe Carroll Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. "This event has turned into one of the highlights of my year," Dierks said. "I can’t think of a better way to spend an October day in Nashville than riding motorcycles in the afternoon and playing guitars and singing with some buddies at sundown. Everyone has been so supportive, and I’m really proud of the money we’ve been able to raise for Vanderbilt over the last few years."

Copy of LA21 Dierks will be on the cover of USA Weekend’s "Make A Difference Day" issue on Sunday, Oct. 19. Kasey Kahne will also be in the issue, which talks about the work these two have done to help build better communities. "Make a Difference Day" is the nation’s largest day of volunteering.

Lady Antebellum have been keeping busy – their CMT tour with Jason Aldean and Eric Durrance will open Oct. 8, in Cullowhee, N.C. with 19 shows to follow, finishing up in Bangor, Maine, on Nov. 22.

Copy of CarrieNC2 Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have been selected as the co-hosts of the 2008 CMA awards, which will be televised on Nov. 12, live from Nashville.

Performers scheduled to appear on the show at this point include Brooks and Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. I’m sure that between now and show time, we’ll see that list get much longer! It’s always a great show.

240841R12221A_21A_077 - CopyOctober is Opry Month,  and the Grand Ole Opry has a great lineup scheduled. Marty Stuart, Mountain Heart and Tony Rice, and Joey and Rory will be onstage Oct. 3. Sarah Evans, Josh Turner, Wyonna, Eric Church, Lee Greenwood and Jimmy Wayne on Oct. 4. And on Oct. 7, Charlie Daniels and Del McCoury. The Opry Birthday Concert will be on Oct. 11, with Lorrie Morgan and Kenny Rogers taking part in that one. Oct. 14 has Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Picker, Lady Antebellum, Birders in the Sky, and Bill Anderson. Josh Turner will be on stage on Nov. 8, at the Ryman Auditorium. For a complete schedule of shows, and ticket information, go to the Opry’s homepage.

KGG-000362 Tim McGraw has cologne, Toby pushes Ford trucks, and now we have Kenny Chesney getting into rum… Kenny and Constellation Spirits, Inc. are putting out a new brand of rum called Crouton Spirits, LLC. The rum market is growing constantly, and the company turned to Kenny to help market and develop this new product. "We’re looking to create a fun-in-the-sun, vacation-in-a-bottle type experience that people can enjoy when they kick back and relax," Kenny said.

That’s all for now. Keep in touch – I’ll get more up here as soon as I can. For those of you in Northeast Tennessee – head on down to Erwin this weekend for the 31st annual Apple Festival. You’ll have a great time!

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Dierks Bentley will have a lot of company at his third annual Miles & Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and concert. Lady Antebellum, Jamey Johnson, Halfway to Hazard, the Warren Brothers, and NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will be joining the event this year. The ride starts...