Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wynonna and Kellie Pickler Heading to Dancing With the Stars! Best Cast Ever!

This is going to be THE SEASON of Dancing With The Stars! I think this is the greatest line up they have ever had in their existence of the show. Not to say that they haven't had bigger stars in the past, but never at the same time.

Country Music fans have Wynonna and Kellie Pickler coming to the big screen and you better expect this will help launch their career comeback. And don't expect them to be kicked off so soon either, Country Music fans are very loyal and they will call in and show their support for Wy and Kellie, you better believe it. But I can't wait to see Wynonna shake her tail feathers and what get up they will dress her up in. Wy is a fun gal so you can bet she will be entertaining. Kellie, you never know what is going to come out of her mouth. She has the sexy look of Dolly Parton and the conversation of Loretta Lynn. You can bet she'll be spunky but you can also count on her to say some crazy stuff and we're going to love every second of it.

  • "Shake It Up!" star Zendaya Coleman with Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Ingo Rademacher of "General Hospital" fame with Kym Johnson
  • Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens with Karina Smirnoff
  • Boxer Victor Ortiz with Lindsay Arnold
  • Kellie Pickler, former "American Idol" contestant and country singer with Derek Hough
  • Country superstar Wynonna Judd with Tony Dovolani
  • Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman with Mark Ballas
  • Lisa Vanderpump star of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and "Vanderpump Rules" with Gleb Savchenko
  • Comedian D.L. Hughley with Cheryl Burke
  • Andy Dick with Sharna Burgess
  • Olympic legend Dorothy Hamill with Tristan MacManus
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 16 premieres Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The first results show airs Tuesday, March 26 at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Kelly Clarkon Has Beef With Music Power House, Clive Davis

Kelly Clarkson has taken issue, and not for the first time, with music powerhouse, Clive Davis. In Davis's memoir, The Soundtrack Of My Life, he states that Kelly, cried hysterically when he demanded that Since You Been Gone, be included on her album.

Clarkson made the following comments in response to Clive's recollections: "His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. [Producers Max Martin and Ɓukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald] and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn't be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way."

Davis issued the following statement:

As anyone who has read "The Soundtrack of My Life" knows, I think Kelly Clarkson is a tremendous vocal talent and performer. In the book, I provide an in-depth look at our years together during which we shared major multi-platinum success, as well as a few creative differences. I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together. Before the book was published, I had every fact checked with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all. The chapter as it is written was thoroughly verified by each and every one of them. I stand by the chapter as written in my book. At the same time I wish, and will always wish, Kelly's talent and her career to soar to ever new heights.
To me, Clarkson, should hush, be grateful for the "hand up" Davis gave her. Never go against one of the most respected men in the music industry. Keep the drama separate. She certainly was a bigger star when with Davis.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ABC Television Is Keeping It Country

According to AOL's The Boot, Kip Moore, Vince Gill, and Pam Tillis are headed for guest appearances on the ABC drama Nashville. Personally, I think it's wonderful. I'd much rather see the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and much more known stars make an appearance on the show but am in support of anything that brings attention to Nashville or Country Music.

Speaking of ABC programs, Reba McEntire wants Dolly Parton to guest on her new sitcom, Malibu Country. The comedy sitcom who costars the hilarious Lily Tomlin (an old friend of mine), who was Dolly's costar in 9to5. McEntire would like to see Parton and Tomlin's other costar Jane Fonda also appear in the same episode, creating a 9to5 reunion. If I were Dolly, I'd be up on it, it's another media tool to promote the 9to5 Broadway Musical Road Tour.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

You Asked! Here's My Thoughts, Albeit Brief, About The Grammy's

I've gotten an enormous amount of email, asking my thoughts of this years Grammy's, and why I hadn't posted anything about the award show. First, I have had some computer problems, it's good to know people actually read the blog though, also that they have an interest in what I think. That could be dangerously scary when you think of it though. Just teasin'!

Well.....to be honest, I can't say that I was thrilled with the Grammy's. It had some ok moments and lots of "not so ok moments". I thought it was wonderful that Patti Page was recognized, through a performance of "The Tennessee Waltz", by Kelly Clarkson. While I'm not a big Clarkson fan and think there could have been a blue dozen better choices for the tribute, it was nice to see an homage to Patti, a lovely woman, and entertainer.

Probably the best part of the night for me was the jam session with Elton John, Mavis Staples, Mumford and Sons, Zac Brown, T-Bone Burnette, Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes singing "Take A Load Off Annie" in tribute to the late Levon Helm. Howard was amazing, I'll be sure to check out more music from her. Mavis, I love, and Zac Brown is probably the only actual authentic sounding country singer of the day, in country music. Well done Grammy's. I'd like more of that and less of the boom hippity boom.

By the way, I know Frank Ocean, is supposed to be this incredible artist, though I'm not really familiar with his work as of yet. His voice is pleasing, that's well and good, but his song which seemed to be about, Forrest Gump, is probably the dumbest thing I've ever heard. For goodness sake, you're on the Grammy's, why not try to blow the people away with some amazing lyrics that highlight some vocal ability. To me, that performance was liken to a great singer, singing the theme to "Sesame Street", and Sesame's melody is better, so maybe Ocean can sing that next year???

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mama June lost 100 lbs!

Honey Boo Boo's Mama June, has lost 100 lbs. June Shannon, who goes by "Mama June", on the show says that when TLC started filming their reality show she weighed 365 lbs. and now she is 263 lbs.

I haven't done any surgeries...no diet pills...never went to the gymn," says Mama June, who credits her weight loss to being so active on the show.
Hope Sugar Bear isn't upset that there is less of Mama June to love on!

Mama June, is a wonderful lady in my opinion. All the money that is made by the children on the Honey Boo Boo show is put in trust funds for them, without access until 21 years of age. Smart lady, thanks for looking out for your children, so many don't these days.

Lily Tomlin and Family Help Others, While Sharing The Memory Of Their Mother

Actress, Lily Tomlin, currently starring with Reba McEntire, on ABC's Malibu Country recently ventured to Palm Springs to dedicate a special community project. Along with Nashville residents, and my friends, Nashville residents; Tennesse Michael and her brother Richard Tomlin, were on hand last month, dedicating the "Lillie Mae Tomlin" kitchen, within the Hanson House. Lillie Mae Tomlin, the mother of Lily and Richard passed away in July of 2005.


The Hanson House's website refers to their facility as a "home away from home, for the families and loved ones of critically ill or injured patients in the Palm Springs area hospitals". The facility provides low or no cost accommodations in a Spanish style mansion.


Creating a kitchen in memory of her mother was dear to the comedian's heart, she told the The Desert Sun, "Her place was called "the lily pad" an her solution to everything was, "Come in the kitchen, and we'll make it better".

It was a family reunion of sorts as well, Tennessee Michael and Richard Tomlin, are former residents of the Palm Springs area, they joined their famous sister, and other old friends. Tomlin and partner, Jane Wagner held an intimate Q&A session as a fundraiser for the organization, raising $25,000 from the 150 guests. Brother Richard and Tennessee Michael also performed during the week at one of the resort area's hotel. Tennessee Michael, served as a producer for many of the shows that Richard Tomlin performed at the Palm Springs Marquis Resort and Hotel, when they lived in the area.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Emmylou Harris Pleads Not Guilty To Hit and Run Charge

Emmylou Harris, has plead "not guilty" to a hit and run offence, allegedly taking place last October in Los Angeles.

A spokesperson for Emmylou states, "she was involved in a "minor traffic accident" in which she "unintentionally" rubbed bumpers with another vehicle", leaving the scene only because she didn't realize there had been contact between the cars".

Personally, I feel she didn't actually hit and run. Emmylou, is too busy saving stray and unwanted pets to jeopardize her reputation on such a thing.

Blake Shelton and Ray Price, Peace Meeting?



"Country music binds us together! We are a family. Forever and always. Tonight was a celebration of friends and heroes," were the words used by Miranda Lambert, when she posted this photo of her husband, Blake Shelton and Country Music Legend, Ray Price.

Ray Price, recently wanted folks to know that the offer for Blake Shelton to open his show, didn't come from him, but the promoter. I made that clear in my post but some folks jumped on Ray, through social media, when they heard from other outlets that Ray made the request. I still think Blake should do it!

Jimmy Carter reported on the radio this morning that Blake came on stage to make his peace summit known to the Ray Price fans out there. Wonder if he got any boos?