» Blaked On A True Story: It'd sure be cool if we knew what Blake Shelton was thinking. "It's romantic. It's mischevious a little bit. It's got a cool groove to it. It's happy. It's in a bar. It's just a guy picking up a girl, you know." That's how Blake describes his new single, "Sure Be Cool If You Did." "It's easy to listen to and not have to think about that hard." Blake feels the track is reflective of the musical direction he's headed with his new album Based On A True Story ... "The production of that song is what I was most excited about. It's got a loop in it. And it's got some snaps, some samples and different sounds like that, that people I don't think would've ever expected to hear from me. I turn on the radio and hear these records that Luke's doing and Carrie and Jason and I'm going, 'Gawd, I want in on some of that.' That just sounds so good. So I wanted to incorporate some of those things they're doing on my record, too. I'm jealous." Blake's Based On A True Story comes out March 26.
» Paging Dr. Haggard: Not to be mistaken for an Okie with a Stethascopy, Merle Haggard will soon be honored with a doctorate from California State University Bakersfield. The school decided to make Merle a Doctor of Fine Arts which could lead to finally finding the cure for pop country which has already affected millions. Buck Owens will also be honored, posthumously, by the university with the President’s Medal. Both will be recognized at the Spring 2013 commencement ceremony for the School of Arts & Humanities June 14.
» Miss MoonPie: Even though she's on the front of the box, don't be fooled. There is no Sarah Darling flavored MoonPie. The "Home To Me" singer has a partnership with the treat brand that recently expanded the product into 2,500 Walmart and Save-A-Lot stores. Sarah's sponsorship comes with a sweepstakes that gives fans a chance to win a trip to Nashville. More here. And remember, there's no Sarah Darling flavor at this time. Only banana and chocolate flavors, darling.
» In Case You Missed It: Blake Shelton embraced the laugh track as Reba's brother on Friday's (3/1) episode of Malibu Country on ABC-TV. Watch here.
Trace Adkins picked Gary Busey as the last member of his Plan B team and still managed to pull off a win on the season premiere of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. More here.
» Remembering Mindy: A memorial for Mindy McCready will be held at 4pm on March 6 at Cathedral Of The Incarnation, 2015 West End Avenue in Nashville. The service is open to family, friends and the music industry and will feature performances from Bekka Bramlett, Lorrie Morgan, Bryan White and more. Additionally, McCready's life and death will be the subject of CMT News Presents: Mindy McCready Fallen Angel airing March 10.
» Now I'm A Believer: Darius Rucker kicks off The True Believers Tour May 9 in Estero, FL. Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore and Jana Kramer will open on select dates. Additionally, Rucker will offer two pairs of tickets for each show through an auction on his website. Proceeds will benefit CMA’s Keep The Music Playing and ACM’s Lifting Lives. More here.
Tuesday (3/5): Luke Bryan, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Wednesday (3/6): Luke Bryan, Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC).
Thursday (3/7): Eli Young Band, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).
This Week's Album Releases
Ashley Monroe Like A Rose (3/5)
Vince Gill produced this collection from the part-time Pistol Annie. The album includes songwriting collaborations with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild ("You Got Me") and the title track co-written with country legend Guy Clark. Other highlights include "You Ain't Dolly (You Ain't Porter)" a duet with Blake Shelton.
Luke Bryan Spring Break… Here To Party (3/5)
Spring Breakers know it ain't a party without a beer bong, those wet T-shirt contests and new Luke Bryan songs. This album includes previously released classics from Bryan, plus two new ones "Buzzkill" and "Just A Sip."
» Tay Be You A Song: Taylor Swift surprises attendees at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville Friday (3/1) to help Florida Georgia Line roll their windows down and "Cruise."