Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. My turkey is in the oven, the family is coming over for the weekend, and I have a few minutes to get something up here, so I thought I’d write while the turkey roasts. I hope everyone is having a good Thanksgiving. There’s a lot to do – visiting, cooking, eating, football on television, and CMT and GAC if you can’t go a whole day without country music (or am I the only one like that?).
I really love the fact that so many of our country artists are blogging these days. I’m always getting notification from MySpace that Randy Houser has put up something new; or Taylor Swift has added something to her blog. Recently I received an alert that LeAnn Rimes has put up a holiday greeting for her fans. LeAnn is still in Calgary working on the movie, and had this to say on her blog:
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. I am in Calgary working today, so PLEASE eat some good food for me! I send lots and lots of love to everyone and their families! Happy Holiday Season everyone!
I’m not sure when production on the movie is supposed to end, but LeAnn does have a few concert dates on her tour schedule now. They’re starting with Jan. 16, 2009. The first one will be in Springfield, Ill., at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, followed by a Jan. 17 show in St. Charles, Ill, at Pheasant Run Resort and Convention Center. From there she moves on to Colorado, Washington, California and Nevada. Be sure to check out her entire tour here.
Lee Greenwood has been appointed to be part of the National Endowment for the Arts council, by Present Bush. He will serve a six-year term, and will be an advisor for the NEA chairman and make decisions on the allotment for grants. Lee is probably best known for his country hit”God Bless the U.S.A.,” but I also remember him for the Lee Greenwood Theater in Sevierville, Tenn. Unfortunately, that just didn’t last very long. (Too bad. But, I’ve noticed a lot of “once were” theaters in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are now gone.)
“My appointment to the council is a great opportunity for me to be involved in searching out the best art in our American culture, and to lend a hand to help develop talented artists and artistic programs that would otherwise go unnoticed,” Lee said.,
Stephen Cochran has spent the last year touring, doing television performances, and promoting his debut CD. And now, instead of sitting home for Thanksgiving, the former Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be performing for veterans in Palo Alto, Calif. Veterans Affairs inpatient facility.
“These veterans have already given their all for our country and sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy the freedom so many of us take for granted, “Cochran said. “So, when I stop to think about the things I’m thankful for over the past year, these brave men and women are at the very top of my list.
Stephen has raised thousands of dollars to assist veterans and their families. “This is sure to be my most memorable Thanksgiving,” he said.
I think by now we’ve all heard Joey and Rory doing the Overstock Christmas commercials. Well, that song they see is now available on their CD, “Strong Enough to Cry.” The song is called “if Not For You.” The CD is available for $13.99, and you can order it here.
Since these guys were on the CMT show, Can You Duet, I’ve liked them – I hope to see them singing more than commercials in the weeks ahead. The other songs on the CD are Intro, ALike a Rodeo, Nothing To Remember, Old Paint, Red, See You There, Southern Girl, and Strong Enough to Cry.
That will do it for today. I really hope you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving. And for those of you who get Friday off from work, too — find something you want to do – and do it! If you get a minute or two to sit in front of your computer, drop me a line – remember I’m always pretty close to my e-mail. You guys take care, talk to you soon!