Back in August, during the Appalachian Fair in Gray, Josh Gracin told us all that he and his wife, Ann Marie, were expecting their fourth daughter sometime around Nov. 18. And now, Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have announced their second child is due in April 2009.
Everyone remembers when Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Urban welcomed Sunday Rose into the world, back in July. Other babies born into the families of our country favorites recently include those of Darryl Worley, Joe Don Rooney (of Rascal Flatts), Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Clay Walker and Trent Tomlinson.
As we might expect, with the election just a few weeks away, another country music entertainer, and one of my favorites, is speaking out in support of a candidate. Aaron Tippin visited Johnstown, Pa. over this past weekend, to provide the musical warm-up when Sarah Palin gave a campaign speech at the Cambria County War Memorial.
Here in Pennsylvania, and across this land, there is a saying – When you talk the talk, you better walk the walk," Aaron said. "This lady (Palin) talks the talk because she walks the walk!"
Aaron sang his current single, "Drill Here, Drill Now," and also did "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly," "Kiss This," and "You’ve Got to Stand for Something." In addition to Aaron, Hank Williams Jr., the Bellamy Brothers, and John Rich have also been speaking out in favor of the McCain/Palin ticket.
Randy Travis is scheduled to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater on Nov. 7 for a public interview with the museum editor, Michael Gray. The interview is to center around Randy’s career and his latest album, called, Around the Bend, which reunited him with producer Kyle Lehning, producer of his early hits. The program will begin at 1 p.m., and is included in the museum admission. Randy is scheduled to sign copies of his new CD following the interview.
I’m sure there are a lot of Conway Twitty fans out there. The Man, the Music, the Legend, opened in Nashville on Oct. 12, and is showing at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Twitty’s story is told through the eyes of his daughters, Joni and Kathy. Randy Johnson created and directs the production, and singer-songwriter and producer, Anita Cochran, is the musical director. (When Terri Clark performed at the Appalachian Fair a few seasons ago, Anita was one of her guitar players! That was a real treat for everyone in attendance). The show will leave Nashville and head to Branson, Mo., where it will play from Oct. 22-25.
Among those attending the premier were Bill Anderson, Crystal Gayle, Eric Durance, Jeff Bates, Helen Cornelius, Jeannie Seely, Mandy Barnett, and Jason Meadows.
That’s all for tonight. I’ll talk to you all soon. One more thing! Just two days left to enter the contest to win "Jet Black & Jealous" by Eli Young Band. Read the Oct. 12 post here on Country’s Chatter for the rules, and e-mail your entry in today.