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.
Martina, Chris Young to sing for the land of the free – and national TV cameras
Martina landed herself a star-spangled performance slot before the Kentucky Derby, a great gig because the Derby has used singers of all genres, including pop stars Mary J. Blige and Jordin Sparks.
She’s singing at 5 p.m. ET Saturday (May 4) at Churchill Downs, and her performance will air live on NBC.
About two hours earlier, Chris Young will be belting out the national anthem at the NASCAR Aaron’s 312 race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, on ESPN.
Sorry, Ricky Bobby not included.
Trace Adkins catches a little flak on “Celebrity Apprentice”
Now, don’t get me wrong – Trace Adkins’ team won again in last night’s (April 28) episode of the all-star season of Celebrity Apprentice. And Trace, now in the final five, looks like he’ll definitely be in the finals again.
But Trace got a little grief in the boardroom. He was accused of being cold during a meeting with the client and The Donald Trump accused Trace of flying under the radar.
Trace grumbled that his team sure did seem happy to continue using his ideas.
In fact, Trace came up with the major concept behind a video showing off “smart appliances” that can be operated remotely by a cell phone.
And Trace kept bringing the funny.
“Smart refrigerator,” Trace said.
“I want mine to just say, ‘Go away, you’re too fat. Thought you were on a diet. The ice cream’s not for you, fat a$%!’”
For the first time, CMA Music Festival sells out six weeks beforehand
The CMA Music Festival puts on four nights of shows at a football stadium, for cryin’ out loud. That’s a lot of tickets, people!
But the festival, set for June, is already sold out! All the tix are gone, The Tennessean reports. Crazy.
And so does the increase in popularity of country music.
But the real reason, well, according to me, anyway: Ping pong with Lady Antebellum.
The trio is setting up an autograph booth at the CMA Music Fest that’ll be a copy of their backstage area.
“It’s this really cool, another level of fan experience here at CMA Music Festival,” said Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.
“We’re going to have a booth that is a replica of what backstage is for us, so we’ll have a tiki bar and our ping-pong table.”