The 2012 ACM Awards nominees for New Artist of the Year were revealed today, making three country men very happy. Merle Haggard also found reason to be happy, as he returns to the road following a battle with pneumonia, and Jason Aldean will be working hard to be happy with his upcoming 2012 Grammys performance. These are just a few of the top country music news stories found in today’s Daily Roundup.
A Tennessee judge retired the charges against Rodney Atkins stemming from his Nov. 21 altercation with his wife Tammy. After completing court-ordered assessments for anger management, alcohol and drug use, the charges were cleared and expunged from his record.
Fans will have to wait only three more months for Carrie Underwood‘s new album. The singer announced today that she’ll release the still untitled project on May 1. This is Underwood’s fourth studio album, and it will feature to the to-be-released single ‘Good Girl.’
The DJs at B104 in Bloomington, Ill. heard how Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood were unable to attend bandmate Hillary Scott’s wedding earlier this month. So they presented the trio with a wedding cake before this weekend’s show at the U.S. Cellular Colliseum to give them a “bonus wedding reception.” From the looks of things, the male members of the trio still might be craving cake.
For years Kelly Clarkson‘s dalliance in country music has been little more than a playful tease. She shows up from time to time, suggesting that she’d consider crossing over at some point but then disappears. The emergence of a countrified version of her recent hit ‘Mr. Know it All’ could indicate she’s finally ready to make the next move.
Like millions of Americans who watched President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the Eli Young Band paid close attention to the details of his message — at least for as long as they could before likely toppling over. A recent tweet from the band indicates they made a drinking game out of the 65-minute long speech.
Lauren Alaina has joined a growing list of country artists using Twitter to voice their displeasure with businesses. Yesterday, the 17-year-old ran into trouble with a hotel that made her and her posse wait for a cab in the cold.
Craig Morgan has performed the National Anthem many, many times and is well aware of what can go wrong during such a stressful performance. The singer tells Taste of Country that he didn’t see Steven Tyler‘s heavily criticized performance before yesterday’s AFC championship game, but he feels bad for him anyway.
Alan Jackson walks up and down the pier at Coney Island longing for love, or his missing mustache, in the new ‘So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore‘ video. While the legend’s facial hair has been going through somewhat of a transition in recent months, the clip below is the first official release in recent memory featuring a sheared Jackson.
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