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.
Miles, Music and Mud? Dierks postpones big fundraiser
Ever ride a motorcycle in the rain?
It’s kinda tricky and not always safe, so Dierks Bentley postponed his annual Miles and Music event in Nashville Sunday (Oct. 14) – even though Dierks beforehand said it would be his best one yet.
Ya see, Dierks was really pumped about the line-up of the concert to follow the ride, a line-up that included Sheryl Crow and Brantley Gilbert this year.
But, “safety is the priority,” Dierks said on his website shortly after postponing the event.
Still, he added on Twitter, “can’t tell you all how disappointed i am and my team is about today.”
By George, he’s still got it: Strait sells out six shows in hours
George Strait has announced he’s going on his last major tour next year, and so it’s no surprise that tix for The Cowboy Rides Away tour are going quickly.
The first six shows went on sale Friday (Oct. 12) and they were gone within hours.
“I never expected the fans would react like this. It’s just incredible,” George said in a statement. “I really do have the best fans in the world, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the road very soon.”
The very first show is Jan. 18 in Lubbock, Tex., and that show sold out in 40 minutes.
It’s exciting for George’s camp – but the quick sell-out left some fans empty-handed after standing in line for hours.
“They said tickets would be here,” Jeremy Field of Odessa, Tex., told the local newspaper.
“And now I’m here and I have nothing. They said I could get on a waiting list and they’d call me if tickets were available but I still don’t feel any better.”
Trace Adkins to give “Celebrity Apprentice” another try
You might remember that Trace Adkins came thiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to winning on his season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice show. Trace came in second to British TV personality Piers Morgan.
Well, Trace is getting another shot on an all-star edition of Celebrity Apprentice. It starts taping this week (Oct. 15), and the season will air in March.
Trace will compete against actors Marilu Henner, Lisa Rinna, Stephen Baldwin and Gary Busey, TV personality Claudia Jordan, illusionist Penn Jilette, pop star Latoya Jackson, rapper Lil John, NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, rockers Brett Michaels and Dee Snider, Playboy playmate Brandy Roderick and reality star Omarosa.
Trace will compete for the American Red Cross.