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.
Kenny Rogers says that Lionel Richie is one smart dude
And that has nothing to do with the fact that Lionel Richie wrote “Lady,” a song that proved to be a big hit for him and Kenny Rogers.
No, Kenny says Lionel’s move to re-do his big hits as duets with country artists was a good one, not to mention a successful one. That album, Tuskegee, is now the second-best selling album of this year, behind only British pop singer Adele’s 21.
“I think that’s the smartest album done in years,” Kenny says of Lionel’s country turn.
“He took songs everyone knew and did them with artists everyone loves.”
Is Scotty McCreery the real-life Hannah Montana?
Scotty McCreery’s hometown friends say the answer is yes.
Scotty says those friends say he leads a double life – one as normal sweet guy who pitches for his high school baseball team, the other as a big music superstar who is opening for Brad Paisley.
The American Idol winner got a huge laugh from reporters at the CMA Music Fest when he declared:
“My friends back at home call me the real life Hannah Montana.”
Scotty hopes he’ll be able to be just another student this fall when he studies public relations at NC State University in the fall.
To that end, Scotty won’t bring any of his country music awards with him for his freshman apartment off campus.
He’ll leave the decorating to his roommates: “My buddy’s got a big deer head we’re gonna put in the living room,” he said.
Here’s Scotty on the Opry stage:
Dierks leans on his fans to help him deal with his dad’s death
Dierks Bentley skipped a couple of shows after his father died June 1, but he couldn’t wait to get back on stage Saturday (June 9) in Detroit.
“Good medicine. It’s what I needed,” Dierks told reporters before his performance Sunday (June 10) at the CMA Music Fest.
“The second I got out there, I felt great.”
Dierks also has heard from fans and friends online and on the phone and in thousands of e-mails.
“All these people I don’t know reaching out in so many great ways,” Dierks said.