Category Archives: Keith & Nicole

Keith Urban – performance, celebration “We Were Us”

Keith Urban celebrated his 16th #1, “We Were Us” with the songwriters of the hit. Keith, Nicole Galyon, Jon Nite & Jimmy Robbins performed a stripped down acoustic version for the crowd of music insiders at the Music City Tippler in Nashville and Yallwire was there. I take you to the event where Keith talks about Miranda being the perfect fit, how the song was always meant to be a duet and how it all came about.

Taylor Swift – Reaches The Pinnacle

Taylor Swift is overcome with emotion as she receives the Pinnacle Award from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, while several other of her mentors including Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Keith Urban stand by her side. Check out her backstage interview at the #CMAawards

Little Big Town celebrates #1 “Tornado”

Little Big Town has taken us from floating on a pontoon boat to a darker side in “Tornado.” The band celebrated their second number one at BMI headquarters and Yallwire was there to capture the excitement. Host Stephanie Langston catches up with the band and songwriters to get the story behind the song, what memento was kept from the video, and what fans can expect when they hit the road with Keith Urban and Dustin Lynch.

Nashville Film Festival sets another record year!

It’s sad to say that another Nashville Film Festival has come and gone. This year I got to see more movies than ever, attend several parties and even check out a panel. I wish this festival was year round! I know there are nearly 27,000 other people out there that would agree, as another record attendance was reached. There is no way I could go over all of the educational, inspirational, artistic hours that were crammed in this past week so I put together a few of my favorite highlights.

The 2012 festival kicked off with Tennessee in the spotlight. The Nashville rollergirls (Hell or Highwater) skated on to the red carpet keeping things classy in their dresses, I also chatted with Eddie George (He Aint Heavy) and Bill Brummell (Erasing Hate).

Nicole Kidman, Lizzy Caplan, Beth Grant, Carrie Preston, Famke Janssen, Blayne Weaver and Natalie Morales walked the NaFF Red Carpet Saturday. The Evolution of Women Behind the Camera panel saw a sold out crowd as well as the screenings of The Godmother of Rock & Roll, Louder Than Love and Hollywood to Dollywood.

Lee Ann Womack, Mark Chesnutt, Jeannie Seely, Beegee Adair, Mandy Barnett and others came out Wednesday night for Hank Cochran: Livin’ for a Song.

I caught up with my boys Old Crow Medicine Show Thursday night as their film Big Easy Express closed out the week.

The 43rd annual Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan wrapped with a closing night party at the W.O. Smith School and the announcement that the The Intouchables and Beauty is Embarrassing grabbed the two major Southwest Airlines “Freedom to Choose” Audience Awards.

Check out some of the weeks highlights and interviews in our video above!

Keith Urban, Ashley Judd, Brooke Hogan & more seen in the city!

It’s been another exciting week in this little, big town known as Music City. Keith Urban has been a busy bee, but he’s not the only one out and about in Nashville this week.

Things kicked off Monday with soundcheck for We are All for the Hall. I got to chat with Keith & Vince Gill about the 3rd annual event. If you missed my story on WKRN you can see it by clicking here . After our chat I stood beside Charles Kelly of Lady A while Little Big Town sang with Keith & Vince on back up. It was an “only in Nashville” moment indeed.

From there I was off to talk to actress and activist Ashley Judd. Judd looked pretty pink and didn’t shy from reporter questions, despite being bashed earlier by media claiming that her face looked “puffy.” We caught up at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel where she was speaking at the Power of the Purse luncheon. Judd chatted with us about the possibility of another Missing series and how she would have some control over the future content. She also talked about how much she loves fighting in the series and how Yoga helps her with her mean moves. Oh and that her hubby race car drive Dario Franchitti thinks it’s hot!

Tuesday morning, Keith surprised his Monkeyville fan club members at the Country Music Hall of Fame with an acoustic performance. I caught up with some of the fans at the hall. You can watch that story by clicking here!

Tuesday night at the star studded We are All for the Hall benefit, the legendary Merle Haggard and Don Williams made surprise appearances to support the cause. Guests were also surprised when Vince Gill asked Keith to become an official Opry member on stage. You can see highlights of the show by clicking here!

Wednesday night, Bobby Pinson got nearly a dozen of his pals on board to play Lucy’s Country Cafe and raise money for wounded troops. Heidi Newfield, Rhett Akins, Pam Tillis and Jake Owen were among them. Chuck Wicks even made a surprise visit on stage. Stay tuned for my story and performance footage on Yallwire.

Wednesday Keith was at it again, this time celebrating his latest #1 song You Gonna Fly with songwriters Preston Brust, Chris Lucas and Jaren Johnston at Chappy’s on Church. His wife Nicole Kidman also came out for the bash and in true Keith form, he played the song for guests.

Thursday night Hulk Hogan‘s daughter and reality TV star Brooke Hogan was seen hanging with a music row insider. Could this mean there is a country album in the works for Brooke? Hmmmmm… I wouldn’t be surprised. The Hulk himself made an appearance at Direct insurance corporate office in Nashville Friday. Hulk is in town for the Lockdown at Municipal Auditorium Sunday.

Some lucky music fans got to enjoy privately taped shows this week with Kix Brooks and Keith Urban for some upcoming TV shows. Stay tuned!

Thanks to my readers for the skinny. If you see any celebs out and about Email me by clicking HERE!

Keith Urban, LBT & Vince Gill rehearse for All for the Hall benefit

I got to talk with Keith Urban & Vince Gill about Tuesday’s All for the Hall concert at Bridgestone Arena. Keith and Vince were sound checking with Little Big Town for the third annual benefit concert.

Vince says he came up with the idea, which benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame, several years ago.

“I said if we could get every artist to play one night for free, think what could happen,” Gill told Nashville’s News 2 at rehearsal Monday.

He said fellow country singer, Urban took the idea to a new level with the annual concert, giving it the visibility needed.

The Australian native said he picked this year’s theme.

“The idea was to really have duos, groups and bands, because there’s been a lot that have emerged from Lady Antebellum to The Band Perry and Thompson Square and I sort of thought this would be a great year to feature that,” Urban explained.

Tuesday night’s concert was previously scheduled for earlier this year, but had to be rescheduled after Urban underwent vocal surgery.

Urban told Nashville’s News 2 since the surgery, his voice has emerged stronger than ever.

“Notes that were really hard for me to, hit high notes are now so easy to hit. I [got to] just bring it down. It’s like re-learning in certain ways to,” he said.

Urban said he will not only use his voice to support the history of country music, but to continue checking items off of his list of things he hopes to accomplish in life.

“Play ‘Jolene’ with Dolly [Parton], check. Play ‘Kiss an Angel Good Morning’ with Charlie Pride, check and to jam with Vince [Gill] and all these people, it’s a blast for me,” he said.

This year’s lineup includes Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert‘s Pistol Annies, Alabama, Alison Krauss and Union Station, The Band Perry and Thompson Square.

Urban also said at rehearsals he promises a couple of surprise Hall of Fame guests.

The first two All for the Hall benefits raised about $1 million.

This year’s show is sold out.

If you don’t see the video above click HERE!

Keith Urban & Richard Marx celebrate #1

Friday night Keith Urban will be among the last performers to play on the current Ryman stage. I caught up with the country super star for Yallwire as he and Richard Marx celebrated the success of their number one song, “Long Hot Summer.” Keith and Richard talk about how this song was extra special to them because it represented a rekindling of their friendship. Check it out!

Keith Urban & Richard Marx perform at #1 party, Keith’s 1st since vocal surgery

Keith Urban and Richard Marx finally celebrated the success of their number one song, Long Hot Summer Tuesday night at Cabana in Nashville.

Keith recently underwent vocal surgery and had to keep silent for 3 weeks. He talked to the media about how hard it was to keep his silence, especially around his daughter. The country star even toted around a white marker board to write on throughout his recovery.

Keith & Richard performed “Long Hot Summer” for the small crowd, with the help of two fans he found on Youtube.

Keith will make his official come back February 3rd the Grand Ole Opry.

Keith and Richard shared that this song was extra special regarding a rekindling of their friendship. Marx expressed his love for both the song and Keith. He jokingly said, “Keith’s not a bad kiss, for a guy.”

I will have more from the party on Yallwire. Stay tuned!

CMA Heavy Hitters Attend BMI Awards~

Tuesday was a big night, before an even bigger night. The BMI Awards were star studded indeed. Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and even Kenny Chesney were among those that came out to pay homage to where the music all starts and that of course is with a song.

Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson share the Songwriter of the Year crown. The close friends and frequent collaborators are part of a songwriting trio known as the “Peach Pickers.” They both contributed five songs to the year’s most-performed, including: “All About Tonight” (Blake Shelton) and “All Over Me” (Josh Turner). “All Over Me” also earned Song of the Year.

Bobby Braddock was saluted as the 2011 BMI songwriting Icon. The man behind George Jones’ hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today” has earned 30 BMI songwriting awards. I caught up with Braddock on the carpet who laughed that if he could get Eminem to perform one of his songs.

Pistol Annies kicked off the tribute with “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”; Blake Shelton delivered “Same Old Song”; John Anderson followed with “Would You Catch a Falling Star”; and LeAnn Rimes was joined by Vince Gill for “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

Dozens of fans lined the streets outside BMI headquarters on music row and many of the stars took time to take photos and sign autographs, including Carrie Underwood.

Among those pictured:
Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, Clay Bradley and Jody Williams, Carolyn Bryant, and BMI President & CEO, Carrie Underwood, Bobby Braddock, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, Mirnada Lambert, John Anderson performing “Would You Catch a Falling Star” and Brantley Gilbert.

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