Toby Keith Invites You to Celebrate National Mezcal Day with His Wild Shot

Toby Keith

Toby Keith

Today is National Mezcal Day and Toby Keith is inviting people to celebrate with his Wild Shot Mezcal. You can do a shot or enjoy one of the specialty Wild Shot cocktails on their web site, like the Big Dog Daddy, the Chick Flick or the Red Solo Cup.  You can also log onto the Wild Shot Mezcal Facebook page and share your favorite Wild Shot recipe and why, using the hashtags #NationalMezcalDay and #DrunkAmericans for a chance to win a Wild Shot Mezcal prize pack.


Big Dog Daddy

1 oz Wild Shot Reposado Mezcal

1 oz Rye Whiskey

1 oz Blackberry Brandy (or Creme de Cassis)

Method: Build over ice in a rocks glass, stir well and serve

Garnish: Sprig of mint and lemon twist

Keith Urban Can’t Believe the New Season of American Idol is Coming So Quickly

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.

Keith Urban can hardly believe the next season of American Idol is fast approaching and that he’s already back to work on the show.  He says, “It felt like we never stopped. I think when we first met here in Nashville, and I hadn’t seen Harry or Jen and Ryan for a month, I guess. It felt like no time had passed at all, and boom, we’re back behind the desk and people are singing in front of us, and it was like, ‘Whoa! What the…’


Keith has high hopes for his third season as a judge on Idol.  He says, “I think we’re finding some really strong talent. So, I think it’s, it’s all [in] the journey. You find these diamonds-in-the-rough, or sometimes you just find straight-out diamonds.”


Season 14 of American Idol will start after the first of the year.  In the meantime, Keith is preparing to perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards, where he is nominated for four awards, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for Fuse and Musical Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert. The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on November 5th on ABC.

Jason Aldean Teaming with Idol Bob Seger for CMT Crossroads

Jason Aldean and Bob Seger

Jason Aldean and Bob Seger

Jason Aldean will team up with one of his musical idols, Bob Seger, for the next installment of CMT Crossroads.  The two men will combine and exchange vocals on some of their biggest hits and share some of the stories behind them at an invitation-only taping in Franklin, Tennessee (just south of Nashville), on October 28th.


Bob may have been getting a jumpstart on learning some of Jason’s songs when he showed up at Jason’s Concert for the Cure in Detroit on October 11th. Bob visited with Jason backstage and Jason snapped a picture of the two of them and said, “One of my idols came out to the show last nite. The one and only Mr. Bob Seger.”


An airdate for CMT Crossroads: Jason Aldean and Bob Seger will be announced at a later date.

Dustin Lynch Receives Stitches After being Hit in the Face with Full Can of Beer

Dustin Lynch (photo from Broken Bow Records)

Dustin Lynch (photo from Broken Bow Records)

The good news is, Dustin Lynch is okay. The bad news is that he was nailed in the face with a full can of beer while he was performing Friday night at MulletFest in Niceville, Florida.  Dustin told People magazine he was hit on his right cheek with a full can of beer that felt like a baseball hitting his face.  Even as he was bleeding from his injury, Dustin finished his show.  After his show he was taken to the emergency room where he received stitches, but Dustin didn’t let his wound stop him from performing Saturday night in Alpharetta, Georgia.


When the incident happened, fans in the crowd began pointing to the person who threw the beer and a small brawl broke out, but unfortunately the guy got away. “The moral of the story is don’t throw beer cans, period,” says Dustin. “It’s not cool. This guy caused an incident that almost ruined a great night. The crowd was insanely loud and supportive and that’s why I wanted to finish my show.  I didn’t want to get off the stage until I had to.”


Incidentally, Dustin’s brand new single is called “Hell of a Night,” which he says took on a whole new meaning after his experience on Friday night.


Little Big Town Joins Opry Family, Prepares to Release Best Album They’ve Ever Done


Pete Fisher from the Opry, Vince Gill, Little Jimmy Dickens and Little Big Town (Photo By: Chris Hollo)

Pete Fisher from the Opry, Vince Gill, Little Jimmy Dickens and Little Big Town (Photo By: Chris Hollo)

Little Big Town became the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night. Just two weeks after they were surprised with an invitation by Reba, they were welcome into the Opry family by Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens.  Backstage, Kimberly Schlapman said, “This feels like the biggest moment of our lives and our career.”

Karen Fairchild agreed and said, “I’m so excited about sharing this moment with the band. We’ve been through the highest of highs together, and this is sure to be the highest. This is as good as it gets.”


Little Big Town will release their new album, Pain Killer, tomorrow, and Karen Fairchild says, “I just hope people love it as much as we do because we love it. I love this record so much. It is more than I could have ever hoped or dreamed.”  The group is thrilled with the finished product, but Karen admits, “When we started it was a painful process this time. I don’t know why… it was a good process. It just wasn’t as easy as the other one.”


Phillip Sweet believes their last album, Tornado, raised the group’s profile and gave them a bigger platform and he says, “I’m really proud that we made Pain Killer, because it’s the best thing we’ve ever done and that we have a platform to share it on is amazing.  We wanted something to stand the test of time.”