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Farm Aid is coming to Kansas! Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will lead a growing of entertainment this summer in Kansas City, Kansas August 13 for Farm Aid 2011 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. This is the first time Farm Aid has been held in Kansas. "Kansas has long been a traditional farm and agriculture state," said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. "We welcome Farm Aid to Kansas." The concert's arrival in Kansas comes at a time when the need to help farmers is higher than ever. Parts of Kansas are experiencing significant drought and tornadoes have wrecked some farms in Western Kansas.
Another aid concert is tonight. The Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert has already been filmed and will air tonight. The special is a collection of performances and video messages that will play over 90-minutes tonight starting at 8pm on CMT TV, simulcast on CMT.Com. Among the performers will be Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, Alabama and many others. There will also be video messages from Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, Courtney Cox, TV host Ellen DeGeneres, actress Nicole Kidman and President Barack Obama asking viewers to take action and donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for tornado victims in the south.
Saturday is the big wedding day for Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Blake is giving all credit to Miranda for the success of their relationship. Finding time to be together with tour schedules and appearances pulling them in different directions. It keeps them away from home, but not apart from each other he says, "If she has time off and I'm not home, she'll come out and find me on the road and just stay with me out there ... that probably saves our relationship as much as anything."
Less than two weeks after the ceremony, Blake will return to his home state of Oklahoma, where he will perform two shows with his ACM Awards co-host, Reba McEntire, aiding tornado victims. Both Blake and Miranda will also appear at CMA Music Fest, held June 9 to 12 in Nashville.
American Idol contestants will be trimmed to three Thursday night. There are two country acts among the final four, so odds are there will be a country act go to the finals. Will it be Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina? Rocker Steven Tyler says as a judge he is open to country music, unlike someone else we could mention. Former judge Simon Cowel commented many times on the show that he did not like country music. Steven says that is something he would never do because he is judging the music and the singer, not the genre.
"Alabama" the group has been getting a lot of attention lately thanks in large part to Brad Paisley. Jeff Cook tells us the band is planning to go back on the road next year. The plan, he says, is to do 20 shows in 2012 and maybe another 20 shows the next year. He stresses that he, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry won't ever go back to the days of a full tour schedule.
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