Brad Paisley will be releasing his newest album on Tuesday, Nov. 4.The album is called Play, and contains 16 songs. Brad wrote 11 of them. Sounds like a great album to me, with some very special guests adding to the CD. B.B. King, Andy Griffith, Buck Owens, Keith Urban and Steve Wariner are the guest musicians. You all probably remember that Andy Griffith appeared in Brad’s video for "Waitin’ on a Woman," which is nominated for a CMA award.
The album is considered an instrumental album, even though Brad sings on a few of the songs. Brad said there was a time when every band had a great player. He said he’s trying to do his part to play as many solos as possible. The album is not entirely country, and contains some jazz songs, too.
Brad has a series of television appearances lined up, including Good Morning America and The View on Nov. 4, Late Night with David Letterman on Nov. 5, and Dancing with the Stars on Nov. 11. And of course, he will be co-hosting the CMA Awards show on Nov. 12 with Carrie Underwood.
Ronnie Milsap performed at tonight’s Second annual Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum Award Show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. He joined Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, George Jones, Barbara Mandrell, Phil Everly, Eddie Floyd, Melinda Doolittle, Leeann Womack and Kix Brooks, who were all there to perform and present awards to the Hall of Fame inductees.
Inductees this year included Booker T and the MGs, The Crickets, Duane Eddy, Al Kooper, The Memphis Horns, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Billy Sherrill.
Bucky Covington has now had three consecutive top 10 singles – the latest, "I’ll Walk." When I saw Bucky in Abingdon, Va., in September, the sold out crowd gave him a standing ovation after he sang that song, and I understand that happens often when Bucky performs "I’ll Walk" at his shows. He is certainly enjoying his country music career, with his self-titled debut album selling more than 370,000 copies since it was released. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country album chart, and had the biggest first week sales for any debut country artist last year.
"A Different World," Bucky’s first single, made it to No. 5 on the charts, and "It’s good To Be Us" got to No. 9. I was fortunate enough to get to meet Bucky in September, and I love that he still takes time to say hello to his fans. I hope he never changes.
Back in August I told you all about the new album, Elvis Presley Christmas Duets. The album is currently in stores, and one of the singers on the new album will be turning on the holiday lights at Graceland this year. Martina McBride, who will be joining Elvis on the song, Blue Christmas, will be flipping the switch to help brighten the holiday season at the former home of Elvis.
Other entertainers joining Elvis on the CD are Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans, Gretchen Williams and Wynonna Judd. Press releases for the CD said that the background vocals have been enhanced, and more instrumentation has been added.
The CD also has three solos by Elvis, and they are for "The First Noel" "If I Get Home on Christmas," and Winter Wonderland."
A few days ago, we talked a little about Tim McGraw’s new book, so I better mention Faith’s new book, as well. It’s available at Amazon.com, and is a story about a young girl, an unplanned pregnancy, and a miraculous little baby. The book is called "A Baby Changes Everything," and comes with an audio CD. In addition to being available at Amazon, the book is also available in stores.
I have a feeling that if we can’t find the perfect Christmas gifts for everyone on our list this year, we just aren’t looking. That’s all for tonight. I’ll talk to you all soon. I appreciate all the e-mails and will get them answered just as soon as I can. Take Care!