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Ever wonder what it's like when a star is in the studio recording new album? Next week, Dierks Bentley will let you watch as he begins work on his new studio album. Beginning Sunday January 30, Dierks will stream a live video, 24 hours a day, through his website, so that fans can actually watch him work on the new music. Dierks explains. "I've got the best musicians in the world, and we're going to go hunker down for a few weeks and live and breathe this record. I thought it would be cool to let the fans be part of the whole experience, so we're going to let them watch as it all goes down."
This Saturday (January 29) marks Toby Keith's return to the Grand Ole Opry stage, which he hasn't seen since his 2002 Opry debut. Labelmate and old friend Trace Adkins is also on the night's bill and is excited about the reunion."I'm looking forward to that," Trace tells The Boot. "It's been a while since I've been at the Ryman. Being there and with Toby coming in, it's going to be a lot of fun." Adding some nice symmetry to the night, Trace also played on the night of Toby's Opry debut, a fact that we brought to his attention. "I didn't know that," Trace admits. "Did I really? I had no idea."
Jason Aldean is planning on more time at home this year. He played 125 concert dates in 2010. He will cut that down as much as he can in the year ahead because his girls have made it clear they don't see enough of their dad. Jason has two daughters. Keeley, who will be eight on Valentine's Day, and Kendyl, 3. Jason says, "When I'm walking out the door they're not very happy. We scheduled our tour to have maybe 80 shows this year, to make it where I can be home with them a lot more. It will give me a better balance of being on the road versus being at home."
Brad Paisley is doing the final mix down on his upcoming album, This Is Country Music. The title track single has become a huge hit. Brad says he is very proud of the song," "you know, there’s so many aspects of country music that make it what it is, that make it this thing that becomes so personal and so important to so many people. We are the format that people turn to. We are the type of music that people rely on, I think, to tell their stories, and I’m proud of the fact that we aren’t afraid to do that.” Below is a video of Brad's performance of This Is Country Music on the 2010 CMA Awards
Luke Bryan is ready for some sunshine. The 'Someone Else Calling You Baby' singer is following his two critically-acclaimed albums and three EPs with a fourth EP, which will have a familiar theme that's "shore" to please his fans. "Are you kidding me? This is one of my favorite times of the year," Luke says of his upcoming EP, 'Spring Break 3 ... It's a Shore Thing.' "I get to let loose, write new songs that are a little out of the box, play on the beach for two days and have fun with the fans during one of the best times of their lives!" Luke co-wrote all four songs on the upcoming EP: 'If You Ain't Here To Party,' 'Faded Away,' 'Love in a College Town' and 'It's a Shore Thing.'
You can hear a sample of Ronnie Dunn’s debut solo album beginning today at www.RonnieDunn.com. It's a snippet of the song "Blood Red", the first single. The powerful ballad is one that Ronnie says “knocked me out from the first listen.” Ronnie said it was a song that took him by surprise, "I listened to it, just to be nice, and it knocked me out. It wasn’t necessarily the suit that I was planning on wearing to the dance, so to speak, but it was a big song, and I said, ‘I’m gonna have to beat Bono to the punch.’ It sounded like U2, and I’m going, ‘Okay, so what if Conway Twitty were to come in and put a vocal on this anyway and cut the song?’ So that’s what we did.”
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