Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban: Get Stuffed With Country On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is officially a holiday, but that won’t stop many of country music’s top stars from working while the rest of us eat. Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and James Otto are a few of the artists who have Turkey Day activities planned. Some of those appearances — including Taylor’s first-ever network special — were already shot. But others, such as Gloriana’s appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, indeed occur in real time. Here’s a roundup of country-related Thanksgiving stuff: Read More

Jamey Johnson’s Guitar at No. 1

Jamey Johnson picked up the first No. 1 album of his career this week as The Guitar Song debuted at the top slot on the Billboard Country Albums chart. In fact, it finished at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200, too — particularly satisfying because it’s a project that was extremely risky. In an era when album sales are sliding, Jamey crammed 25 songs into two CDs. Since it addresses themes of darkness and redemption, he released it as a black album and a white one. While his record company is ecstatic about the first-week sales, Jamey plays down the accomplishment. Read More

James Otto Out of the Hospital & In Stores

This morning, James Otto posted on his Twitter page, ”Today I have to go buy my own record. It’s kinda a ritual. I need to see it on the shelf to know it’s really there & know it’s done.” James’ Shake What God Gave Ya is definitely “there.” James also tweeted that he was No. 4 on the [...] Read More

James Otto Hospitalized

This afternoon, James Otto‘s record label, Warner Bros. Nashville, released a statement from James: Dear Friends~ I want to share with you that I was admitted to the hospital yesterday for an abdominal illness and will be cancelling my shows this weekend– 9/10 in Clarksville, Tennessee and 9/11 in Berea, Ohio. I have been feeling badly [...] Read More

Toby Keith, James Otto Line Up for Top 20

They spent much of the summer together on the American Ride Tour, and this weekend, James Otto and Toby Keith will both check in with host Nan Kelley on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Their joint concert run is not the only thing James and Toby have in common — they’ve both shown a strong support for the military, too. Toby makes an annual trip overseas to perform for troops on the frontlines, and he put his feelings down in song with “American Soldier.” James is likewise demonstrating his appreciation for the folks in uniform with his newest single, “Soldiers & Jesus.” It’s from his latest album, Shake What God Gave Ya, set for release Sept. 14. Read More