2015
05.18

Keith Urban just might have a mini-me in the family. The singer and his wife, Nicole Kidman, recently revealed that their six-year-old daughter, Sunday Rose, not only loves music, but she has asked to compete on The Voice Kids in Australia.

Keith and Nicole were on the red carpet at the American Idol finale last week where they told Extra about this budding young talent. Keith said he’d be fine with letting her compete, but Nicole isn’t on board just yet. She said, “I’d be devastated if they didn’t get through.” Nicole said she has discussed this possibility with Sunday, but the little girl remains undaunted. Nicole said, “I’m just like, ‘But baby, what if the chair didn’t turn around?’ and she’s like, ‘I’d be fine.’ But she wouldn’t. You want to protect them, but have them follow their dreams.”

Keith added, “You’ve got to expose them to the real things in life.”

Keith cut his teeth on such Australian singing competition shows as Pot of Gold, Have a Go Show and Stairway to the Stars. He said, “For whatever reason my parents thought these shows were a good place for me to go to maybe not only hopefully get a leg up career-wise, but also get some advice and feedback, which I certainly did. Some of it’s pretty scathing. So I know what it’s like to be humiliated in front of everybody on TV.”

Keith has been invited back to judge the last season of American Idol when it returns in January. In the meantime, he recently topped the charts with “Raise ‘Em Up,” a duet from his Fuse CD featuring Eric Church.

2015
05.15

Legendary blues artist B.B. King died at the age of 89 on Thursday night, according to multiple media reports. King’s lawyer reported that King passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. He had long suffered from Type II diabetes and canceled a tour last October due to ill health. He never performed live again.

Known for classic songs like “The Thrill Is Gone,” King was a touring artist for more than 50 years averaging 275 shows a year. He also released more than 50 albums since the 1940s, was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame, won 15 Grammy Awards — including a Lifetime Achievement Award — and was the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors from President Bill Clinton in 1995.

Ranked Number Six on Rolling Stone‘s 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, King influenced generations of blues and rock guitarists and was one of the biggest blues artists to cross over from regional success to mainstream and commercial fame within his own lifetime.

Born in Mississippi as Riley B. King on September 16, 1925, King worked in the cotton fields as an orphan before starting on the path that made him a living legend and a national treasure.

2015
05.14

Everyone’s buzzing about this season’s American Idol winner, Nick Fradiani, but the other big news coming from last night’s finale is Steven Tyler‘s live performance debut of his very first Country single, “Love Is Your Name.”

The rock legend discovered the song after performing a couple tunes at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and as he explains, “the rest will be history.”

There is no word yet on when fans can expect Steven’s first solo Country album.

In the meantime, he continues touring with Aerosmith, playing a show on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.

2015
05.13

The video for Brad Paisley‘s current single, “Crushin’ It,” was hand drawn by the singer himself. The funny animated clip depicts what a Country Music Super Hero Team would look like if it included Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker and Kenny Chesney, to name a few.

2015
05.12

Keith Urban charts his 18th Number One hit this week with “Raise ‘Em Up,” featuring Eric Church. The song claims the Number One spot on both the Billboard and the Aircheck/Mediabase Country charts. The song is also Keith’s fourth chart-topper from his Fuse album.

Keith will perform during tonight’s (Tuesday, May 12th) first of two-night finale of American Idol. He will return to judge the final season of American Idol in 2016, along with Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.

2015
05.12

After more than two years of dating, Tyler Farr proposed to his girlfriend, Hannah Freeman, on Sunday at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The singer was able to arrange special access to country music’s “Mother Church” so that he could get down on one knee and pop the big question.

Tyler said, “Yes I’m a sucker for heartbreak songs. But, with every heartache you learn, and that coincides with my music career; which all the times and trials led me to find my best friend, a woman that truly makes me a better person. And I am now so very blessed and proud to call her my fiance . . . Truly the best moment of my life! And I honestly couldn’t think of a better church than the mother church of country music.”

The couple has not yet announced a wedding date.

For now, Tyler is celebrating the release of his sophomore album, Suffer In Peace, which was released late last month.

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2015
05.11

Pepper Daniels chats with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel ahead of their Good Medicine Presents show at SLO Brew May 21st.  They talk about the King of Western Swing, Bob Wills, and the new tribute album AATW is touring on.  Featuring 22 tracks, great guest stars, and amazing music, see it live in concert as AATW returns to the Central Coast for the first time in many, many years.

2015
05.11

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks released a video of a mama bear chasing tourists away from her bear cubs! Why are these people not running faster?!?

2015
05.08

Steven Tyler earned a new fan when he serenaded her with “Happy Birthday” on a Southwest flight recently. The singer learned that little “Carly,” who was seated behind him in first class, was celebrating her big day so he happily gave the girl a musical gift. Her mom posted the video to YouTube writing, “What a great guy!” Steven will debut his first country single on the American Idol finale next week. The song is called “Love Is Your Name.”

2015
05.07

Not everyone wants to celebrate the release of Kim Kardashian’s new selfie book, Selfish. The reality star was signing copies of the book at Barnes & Noble in New York when she was ambushed by a group of anti-fur protesters pretending to be fans.

People waited in line just to say to her face that she is “the most disgusting human being on the planet” and “You need to stop wearing fur. It’s horrible. You’re a terrible person.” Security quickly took action but other people were waiting for their turn. Another protester said, “Can you make the autograph out to all the animals that have been tortured and killed for you to wear a fur coat?” Someone also asked, “Kim, do you know how many animals are tortured and killed for your jackets? Do you know how many animals are skinned alive and anally electrocuted?”

  • Other people in the crowd just yelled things like “murderer” and “Shame on you!”
  • The whole thing was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube.
  • Kim was previously targeted by PETA when she got flour-bombed on a red carpet in 2012.