Welcome to 2011. Today is the perfect day for a review of 2010. I don’t know how anyone could sum up an entire year in one blog post, but I hope I at least touch some of the things that might be ‘highlights’ for you, too.
I looked back through the archives here at Country’s Chatter, and of course the first thing, and one of the more important moments in this year, actually started on Jan. 1, 2010, when Jimmy Wayne left Nashville to walk to Phoenix, Ariz., to raise awareness for young people who were homeless, or aging out of foster care programs. To me, what Jimmy did with his Meet Me Halfway walk pretty much tops all of the 2010 events in the country music world.
Marriages include Eric Grunderson, from Love and Theft, to Emily Hager on April 3; Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher on July 10; Kacey Coppola and Rossi Morreale, Aug. 7; Marc Fortney from The Trailer Choir, and Emily Robertson from Carter’s Chord, on Sept. 6; Lorrie Morgan and Nashville businessman, Randy White on Sept. 15; Love and Theft’s Brian Bandas and Kelly Barons on Sept. 26; Sarah Buxton and Tom Bukovac Nov. 20, and also Jeannie Seely and Gene Ward, Nov. 20.
We also added to the population in 2010, withJohn and Joan Rich, and baby son, Cash, born Jan. 10; Justin Moore’s daughter, Ella, born Feb. 11; Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook having a boy on March 5; April 17, Jeff Bates daughter, Brianna Nadine, was born; April 28, a son for Emerson Drive’s Brad Matea; Aug. 11, Luke Bryan’s son Tatum arrived; James Otto’s daughter Ava Katherine was born Aug. 24; and on Sept. 7 Joe Don Rooney, from Rascal Flatts,, got a daughter, Raquel. Josh Turner and Jennifer added a baby boy to their family, when Crawford was born on Dec. 13. Dierks Bentley was the most recent, with his daughter, Jordan, arriving very early Christmas morning. I thought there were more 2010 babies than that. But if there were, I’m really not sure who I left out. Feel free to help me out if you know of any I missed.
The year wasn’t all marriages and babies. A few of our country favorites also decided to end their marriages. Randy Travis and his wife Lib Hatcher, who I just thought would always be married, divorced. That became final on Oct. 29. Billy Ray and Trish Cyrus. And Eddie and Tracy Montgomery. They had been married for more than 20 years.
I’ve enjoyed all the shows I went to this year. And, I’ve loved meeting some of our newest country artists – Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia, The Band Perry, Whitney Duncan, Mallary Hope, Carter Twins, and so many others that I think will all be making an even larger impact on country music in 2011, and the years ahead. I’ve also seen Lady Antebellum, Jaron and the Long Road to Love, Kevin Fowler, Chris Young, Colt Ford, Danny Gokey, Jerrod Neimann, and many others this year. I’m already making plans for 2011 concerts that I might be able to get to.All in all, 2010 was a great year for me – and for a lot of country artists, too!
I’m not going to try to go through the many, many awards that were handed out to our country artists this year. We all know the big winners continue to be Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, … and to that list we can add this past year, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
I really can’t end this without mentioning our soon to be wed country artists, all engaged during 2010 – There’s Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs, Cheyenne Kimball (from Gloriana) and songwriter Casey Twist; Keith Anderson and Lauren Woodruff; Shania Twain and Frederic Thiebaud, and LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian.
I have a lot of favorite songs from 2010 – “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum; “I Will Not Say Goodbye,” Danny Gokey; “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” Billy Currington; "The Boys of Fall,” Kenny Chesney; and “The Man I Want to Be,”Chris Young. My favorite song from 2010 is Miranda Lambert’s “House That Built Me.”
Happy New Year everyone! I hope your 2011 is fantastic!