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.
Randy Houser was just EXHAUSTED, spent, tired, pooped
I mean, the dude was out of energy!
Randy Houser explained to ABC News Radio why he missed a show (Feb. 20) near Salt Lake City a couple of weeks back.
“I was in four time zones within like four days, and I had been on the road,” he says.
“Your body can only handle so much. That’s all it was to it. I got exhausted, and basically just, and I hadn’t really told anybody this, but I got short of breath, and just felt like I couldn’t catch my breath.”
So to be safe, Randy headed to the emergency room.
“I wasn’t dying, or I wasn’t even ill. I was just exhausted. My body was tired….”
And the doctor said, according to Randy: “I want you to park it for a day, and I want you to take two of these. Don’t worry about calling me, take two of these and pass out.”
He’s back up: Randy hasn’t missed a show since.
Kenny Chesney’s surprise acoustic show draws 5,000 – to a bar
OK, I say surprise show, but Kenny Chesney and Hog’s Breath bar in Key West, Fla., started putting the word out Saturday (March 2) that Kenny would play there the next day.
And that was enough notice that more than 5,000 showed and jammed the bar, the patio and the streets all around, according to a post on Kenny’s website.
Folks climbed trees and camped out on nearby rooftops to catch what turned into a three-hour acoustic set. And lots of fans hoisted some beers, but not Kenny, who is in training of sorts for his stadium tour that kicks off March 16 in nearby Tampa, Fla.
Kenny actually apologized to the crowd “needing to be a good boy — and this is the worst place in the world to do that.”
No one seemed to mind….
Speaking of surprises: Florida Georgia Taylor Line hits the stage
A whole bunch of country radio folks descend on Nashville each year for the Country Radio Seminar – and they got quite a surprise on the closing night Friday (March 1).
Florida Georgia Line was closing the seminar ending “New Faces” show with monster hit “Cruise” when Taylor Swift came out and joined them in the middle of the song.
The radio folks all jumped to their feet to give Taylor a standing ovation – and it might’ve been for her super cute (mostly backless) little black dress.
Of course, it probably wasn’t too much of a surprise: Taylor tweeted months ago that she had the song “Cruise” stuck in her head.
Here is Florida Georgia Line singing their hit song on the Opry stage!