Kellie Pickler's drummer, Gregg Lohman, was seriously injured in a car accident on Saturday. Nashville's WKRN reports that the accident occurred on Interstate 65 south near Glendale, Kentucky, at around 11:30 AM. Lohman was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital to be treated for his injuries and was listed in serious but stable condition as of Sunday afternoon. Gregg was one of three people injured in the multiple vehicle collision, which involved three cars and one tractor-trailer. The accident occurred approximately 30 minutes after another serious wreck in the northbound lanes killed six people. Authorities are investigating to see if the second accident was caused by drivers on the southbound side of the highway slowing down to look at the wreck on the northbound side. In a statement posted on her Facebook account on Sunday, Kellie said, "Yesterday, my drummer Gregg Lohman was in a horrific car accident and is currently in ICU. Gregg is not just my drummer, he is family. I believe in miracles and the power of prayer, so it would mean the world to me, my band, and Gregg's family if you would please keep him in your prayers. Thank y'all so much."
SONY BOAT SHOW ON THE CUMBERLAND RIVER
Sony Music's 27th annual General Jackson Show & Dinner Cruise got underway Thursday night on the Cumberland River in Nashville. The ship was filled with radio programmers from around the country for the show that is one of the highlight events during the annual Country Radio Seminar in Music City. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton kicked off the night's performances by playing their co-penned tune, "Over You." After their performance, Lambert returned to the stage with fellow Pistol Annies, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, and the trio performed their song, "Hell on Heels." The trio then introduced a new song from their forthcoming album called, "Hush Hush." Jerrod Niemann, Chris Young, Tate Stevens, and The Henningsens also performed small sets during the riverboat cruise. Kelly Clarkson graced the stage and performed her current country single, "Don't Rush." Clarkson was then joined by the Pistol Annies to help her sing one of her new tunes called, "Ain't Gonna Like This." Next up was Brad Paisley, who took the stage and played several songs including his current single, "Beat This Summer." Paisley then played the first verse of REO Speedwagon's "Take It on the Run," which gave the legendary rock band the signal to come out on stage. With the help of Brad on guitar and Sara Evans on vocals, REO Speedwagon then closed out the show by performing some of their greatest hits including, "Music Man," "Keep on Lovin' You," "Time for Me to Fly," and "Ridin' the Storm Out."
KENNY HOLDS SURPRISE CONCERT IN THE KEYS
Kenny Chesney played a surprise acoustic show in Key West, Florida, on Sunday afternoon. The three-hour "Keg In The Keys" show took place at the Hog's Breath Saloon and was in preparation for his upcoming summer tour. Kenny says, "When it gets to be about time to get back out there, I really like to do these surprise shows. It's a low impact way to ease back into the songs, to find the curve in what we do - and have a whole lotta fun doing it." Kenny was joined by special guest, songwriter Keith Gattis, who helped Chesney perform "El Cerrito Place" and "I Am A Small Town." According to Chesney's website, over 5,000 fans attended the concert and there were fans hanging in trees and crouching on nearby roofs for the event. At one point, Kenny told the crowd that he'd not had a beer since the first of the year to get ready for his tour. Chesney then apologized to the crowd for "needing to be a good boy and this is the worst place in the world to do that." Kenny's "No Shoes Nation Tour" kicks off on March 16 with a show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
CARRIE MIGHT CONSIDER JUDGING X FACTORCarrie Underwood is one of American Idol's most successful former contestants, but would the singer ever consider switching roles to become a judge on one of the singing reality shows? Underwood revealed in an interview with Glamour magazine that she might consider a judging role on Idol's rival talent show X Factor. Carrie says, "I'd never say never. I think I could do things in a very constructive way. But those initial auditions, where you have to say no or tell someone to stop? I don't know if I could do that." With the new leg of her "Blown Away Tour" in full swing, it doesn't look like the singer will be signing up for a reality show anytime soon. Underwood did however give a definitive answer when she was asked who she like to collaborate with in the near future. Carrie said, "I love Jessie J, I think she's fearless, which is great. Coldplay. Adele, of course. I'm up for anything."
TRACE SET TO RELEASE ALBUM OF LOVE SONGS
Trace Adkins is set to release his 11th studio album, Love Will..., sometime this Spring. The album will be released on Show Dog-Universal Music and will feature collaborations with several unexpected guests that have yet-to-be-announced. The album will have an overall love-song theme and will feature everything from heart-wrenching ballads to up-tempo anthems. Trace says, “Hold on one second! This is an album of love songs but in my book, ‘Hot Mama’ and ‘Badonkadonk’ are love songs! So don’t start thinking these are all ‘I’ll love you til the end of time’ ballads…but yeah, we’ve got those too.” Adkins is inviting fans to get in on the action and enter to win prizes on www.TraceAdkins.com. Fans can complete online tasks related to either Trace’s new album, his appearances on NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and his role as a Red Cross spokesman. Those who complete the tasks will be entered to win prizes like a pair of Nocona Boots signed by Trace, a year supply of Trace Adkins' Hightower’s Smoked Sausage, an iPod, or an autographed Trace Adkins-branded guitar. Grand prizes include an all-paid cruise aboard Country Cruising 2014 or a trip to the live finale of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice in New York City.
In other news, Adkins' team swept the first challenge of NBC's All-Star Celebrity Apprentice Sunday night on the season debut .Trace served as project manager on his team and his charity, the American Red Cross, will receive over $670,000 in donations. All-Star Celebrity Apprentice airs Sunday nights at 9:00 PM ET/PT, on NBC.