by Brad Schmitt
Brad Schmitt is a longtime Nashville entertainment journalist, having shared the goods on Music City’s most interesting people in the newspaper, on TV, and online for more than 15 years. Every week, Brad hits country fans with the latest news from Nashville and the lives of their favorite country artists.
Brad Paisley doesn’t think it’s all that cool online anymore
It has been quite a year for Opry member Brad Paisley.
First, he got beat up in the online world over his song “Accidental Racist,” which he had hoped would open dialogue about race relations. Instead, it opened up several vicious cyber attacks.
And then, those online rumors about him cheating on his actress wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, rumors he and Kim called laughable.
But the tone of what folks say online isn’t so funny to Brad.
“I feel sort of really aware of how the … online cyber world has begun to take over reality,” Brad tells The Tennessean.
“It is such a dichotomy, it’s crazy. I never had a single person say a thing like that,” he said.
“And the question becomes, ‘Where’s reality? Is it the people online who are writing these things that are horrifying? Or is reality the people who are standing there looking you in the eye and not saying anything?’”
Keith wanted to chop his hair, but his wife did help
Did you catch Keith Urban‘s new short hair Friday night (Dec. 6) on the TV on the GRAMMY nominations concert?
Keith was ready to get rid of that long hair.
“I just wanted to hack it all off at some point,” Keith told the Australian Associated Press.
“Idol was always constantly shooting and I thought, what’s the least disruptive time as far as Idol is concerned?”
And his wife, Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, was on board.
“I said to Nic, ‘I just want to get it all cut off,’ and she was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s just hair, you know. If you don’t like it, it will grow back; it’s no big drama,’” he said.
Lucky guy — his hair grows back. I digress.
“So she was shooting a campaign here in Nashville and her hairdresser was in town. I went to visit her on the set and she was like, ‘Why don’t you get him to do it?’ and I went OK and I just walked in, he cut it off and it was done.”
So whadya think?
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) November 26, 2013
Success breeds panic: Parmalee had to rush to put together debut album
Wow, that “Carolina” song really did well for new country group Parmalee. It did so well that the record label really rushed the release of the debut album, Feels Like Carolina, which comes out Tuesday (Dec. 10).
“When we went into this, there wasn’t a set date on when the album was going to come out. They were just going to give us however much time [we wanted],” Parmalee’s Josh McSwain told reporters recently.
“And then all of a sudden, this song takes off up the charts. And like, we need to put the album out now,” he said.
“So we’re scrambling to get everything that we’ve got half recorded and written and put together, and this, that and the other. Whittling down through 300 songs to pick the best 12 just takes a minute.”