Miranda Lambert’s Certified Platinum Tour is All About Girl Power

Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Lyss Moore (RaeLynn's personal assistant), RaeLynn and Miranda Lambert (Photo courtesy of @raelynnofficial Instagram)

Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Lyss Moore (RaeLynn’s personal assistant), RaeLynn and Miranda Lambert (Photo courtesy of @raelynnofficial Instagram)

When Miranda Lambert brought her Certified Platinum Tour to Knoxville over the weekend, girl power was definitely a common theme for the tour, both on and off the stage.  Miranda entered the stage as she has for the past couple of years, with Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)” playing, while photographs of strong, influential women from history flashed on the video screens, before she transitioned into her own “Fastest Girl in Town.”

 

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert

While Justin Moore is the middle act on the tour, he’s sandwiched between RaeLynn, who is the first opener, and Miranda.  Backstage Miranda expressed her excitement about the fact that for the first time in her ten years of touring, she’s not the only female on her tour.  Until now, it’s always been Miranda and her all male band, and usually male openers, but now she has RaeLynn, Gwen Sebastian (back-up vocals), Carolyn Dawn Johnson (fiddle and back-up vocals) and their support people, like RaeLynn’s personal assistant, Lyss Moore.  Miranda said it’s awesome because, “There are like six of us girls now and we all have a dressing room we share and there are curling irons everywhere and it’s just nice not being the only girl out here for once.”

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert

 

Besides other girl power-themed songs like “Baggage Claim,” “Kerosene” and her current single, “Little Red Wagon,” when Miranda returned for her encore after her 18-song main set, she was joined by Carolyn Dawn Johnson and RaeLynn.  She told the crowd, “We don’t think there are enough females on country radio … and we miss the Dixie Chicks,” before the three of them sang “Cowboy Take Me Away.”

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert

 

The Certified Platinum Tour will continue through April 11th, before wrapping in Uncasville, Connecticut.  You can see a complete list of Miranda’s tour dates here.

Carrie Underwood Getting Plenty of Mommy Practice with Her Two Fur Babies

Ace, Carrie Underwood and Penny

Ace, Carrie Underwood and Penny

Carrie Underwood will welcome her first human baby this spring, but she’s had plenty of practice playing mom to her two fur babies, her dogs Ace and Penny.  Carrie says, “Penny’s definitely the more needy child. Ace is kind of a go-with-the-flow kind of dude. He loves his mommy. Penny is a daddy’s girl, but if you, like, bend down to pet Ace, Penny’ll come, like, barreling in and, like, push him out of the way and want attention. So, I have to make sure Ace gets his time, or Penny’ll take it.”

 

When it comes to giving her dogs their time in the spotlight, Carrie likes to spread the love.  “Ace was in the ‘All-American Girl’ video, Penny was in ‘Blown Away.’ Ace was in, like, a Nintendo commercial. Ace is in an Almay commercial. It just…it makes sense that they are in my life so much, they might as well be in my work, too,” says Carrie.

 

Carrie says having her dogs in her life and being able to incorporate them into her work life makes it all better.  “They make all of the aspects of my life better,” says Carrie.

 

You can actually keep up with Ace and Penny’s adventures through their own Twitter account, @AceandPenny.

Maddie & Tae to Headline Nightly Concert at Verizon Super Bowl Central

Maddie & Tae (courtesy of Dot Records)

Maddie & Tae (courtesy of Dot Records)

Maddie & Tae will help kick off the festivities at Verizon Super Bowl Central, which will be the epicenter of the celebration leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.  This Wednesday they’ll headline opening night of their series of free concerts.

 

“When the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee called, we thought they were kidding,” says Maddie Marlow. “When you think of football, I think the last thing you’d think of are a couple girl songwriters.”   “But they said they liked our energy, and the idea we’d take on the boys with our song,” Tae Dye added. “That made us their kind of girls; the kind who’ll stand up and have fun doing it!”

 

Maddie & Tae have been in the studio finishing their debut album but Maddie says, “All work and no play would make us pretty serious girls, so we’re lucky our label and (producer) Dan Huff give us time off for good behavior! We’re gonna do vocals (this) week, then take a break to go to Phoenix to kick off this year’s Verizon Super Bowl Central parties!”   For more information about Verizon Super Bowl Central visit azsuperbowl.com.

Hunter Hayes is Considering Bribing Ed Sheeran to Collaborate with Him

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes has had a chance to collaborate with some pretty cool people, including Stevie Wonder and Jason Mraz.  Someone else he has on his wish list is pop star Ed Sheeran.  Hunter is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance for “Invisible,” and he knows Ed is nominated for some Grammy Awards, so he’s hoping to maybe run into him at the show on February 8th in Los Angeles.

 

He joked to Yahoo Celebrity, “What’s he into? Guitars? Maybe I should just say that I play guitar too and try and get in that way.”  While Hunter is a phenomenal guitarist and a talented singer/songwriter he says humbly, “There’s tons of people who want to work with him who are way more capable than I am, so how do you even sell it?  Do you bet him? Or bribe him? I might have to bribe him.”

 

Hunter first met Ed and talked to him after a previous Grammy Awards show, and he spent a little time with him on the Taylor Swift Red Tour, so he says, “We know each other and we are acquainted so we will see what happens.  He jokes, “There’s no pressure, Ed.”

 

Rascal Flatts to Perform National Anthem at Las Vegas Kobalt 400

Rascal Flatts (Photo Credit: Todd Owyoung)

Rascal Flatts (Photo Credit: Todd Owyoung)

Rascal Flatts will perform the national anthem before the March 8th Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The race is considered Nevada’s largest sporting event, attracting more than 100,000 spectators.  Their performance at the race will come in the midst of their nine-show Las Vegas residency at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which will run from February 25th through March 14th.