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In Today's Nashville Stew report: Find out what Toby Keith is doing for the 9th time; who is getting their own show on The Food Network; LeAnn Rimes has big weekend plans and Sugarland takes the money and runs out of Tuscaloosa, AL. Read all about it here:
Toby Keith's unwavering support of U.S. servicemen and women continues. Toby is packing his bags for his ninth USO tour. "My father was a veteran, and I wanted to go pay my respects and honor all the troops that were overseas fighting in different conflicts," Toby explains, "I got over there and fell in love with it.” Toby has gone overseas to entertain troops every year since 2002. He has performed over 160 shows for our American heroes, “It's become part of my life now." The upcoming USO tour will last 12 days and cover three countries (with exact dates and locations kept secret for security reasons).
Trisha Yearwood is getting a show on The Food Network. The as of yet unnamed daytime cooking show will feature Trisha cooking up recipes from the cookbooks she wrote with her mom and sister. The show will debut in September. Trisha’s latest book is called “Home Cooking With Trisha Yearwood” with a forward by husband Garth Brooks.
LeAnn Rimes is reportedly set to tie the knot with Eddie Cibrian this weekend. The couple are said to have planned a low-key ceremony for Saturday, with around 100 of their nearest and dearest. According to In Touch, the wedding will take place at an unknown location in Los Angeles, and Cibrian's kids, Mason, seven, and Jake, four, from his previous marriage to Brandi Glanville will be present.
The Sugarland concert that was canceled Friday night in Tuscaloosa due to storm damage could end up costing the city about $225,000. Sugarland was set to headline a concert Friday night at the city's new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater when storms rolled across the city, causing damage to 20 neighborhoods. The mayor said the decision to cancel the show resulted from all available police and emergency personnel being need for the storm response. The Tuscaloosa News reported that the artists had to be paid after showing up with 10 tractor-trailer trucks full of equipment and six tour buses. Officials said they would like to reschedule the concert, but that's uncertain.
A reminder that “Ladies Night Out” is this Friday. Tune in to KWCH Channel 12 (CBS) at 8pm CT to watch the ladies of country music. The "Superstar Women of Country" honored during the event include Jennifer Nettles, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, the Judds, and Loretta Lynn. The special was filmed after the ACM awards in Las Vegas. Some guys are also involved. One of the highlights includes a duet between Jennifer Nettles and Ronnie Dunn you won't want to miss -- PLUS Miranda Lambert introduces her new “girl group” called Pistol Annies. She formed the group with a couple of singer/songwriter buddies.
Everyone seems to be jumping on the country music bandwagon these days. Move over Gwyneth Paltrow. Another Academy Award-winning actor is doing a country album. Jeff Bridges, who portrayed a country singer in the film 'Crazy Heart,' has signed a deal with EMI's Blue Note Records, and is set to release his debut album for the label in late summer. He will produce the album with longtime friend, musician and producer T Bone Burnett, who co-wrote several songs for the 'Crazy Heart' soundtrack.
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