Professional dancer turned country star turned actress Julianne Hough is putting on her dancing shoes again! The blond beauty and her brother Derek, a fellow "Dancing With the Stars" winner, are producing a TV show about the world of competitive ballroom dancing. "Blackpool" will show the darker side of the profession, and though it is a fictional show, the siblings will draw storylines from their own, often harrowing experiences as young dancing students. The show will air on the Starz network. [Los Angeles Times]
Kellie Pickler says her grandfather prayed that Derek Hough would be her pro-dancing partner on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars" ... and his prayers were answered! "Now I think I will tell him to pray that we win!" the singer-songwriter jokes. [People]
Blake Shelton's "Sure Be Cool If You Did" is the No. 1 most downloaded country song of the past week, according to Nielsen Soundscan data. The first single from the superstar's upcoming Based on a True Story... album, the flirtatious song is closing in on almost half a million copies sold. Hunter Hayes' "Wanted," with more than 2.7 million sales to date, is in the No. 2 spot this week, while The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" is the third most downloaded country song this week, with total sales of more than one million.
Jake Owen can check something major off his bucket list: singing with Clint Eastwood! The two met at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament earlier this month and got to talking about their mutual love of Chet Baker. When Clint broke into a spontaneous performance of a Chet Baker song, Jake joined in. Kenny G just happened to be there, too, and played along on his sax making for a doubly surreal moment. [The Country Vibe]
Fellow country legends and longtime friends Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin will hit the road together on the Roots and Boots tour. The trek kicks off March 8 in Wilkesboro, NC and wraps May 24 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. [Country Music Tattle Tale]
Cassadee Pope performed "Changed" with Rascal Flatts on "The Voice" last season, so we're hoping she'll join them onstage for the powerful song all summer long! The singer tweeted that she is joining the trio on tour this summer, performing just before the Band Perry takes the stage. Check out the Flatts' tour dates here. [Twitter]
The Grand Ole Opry will mark the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that claimed the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins during its March 5 show. Some of the late legends' biggest hits will be performed by Mandy Barnett, Terri Clark, John Conlee, Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys and Jean Shepard, who was married to Hawkins at the time of his death. [Opry.com]
Country came to the big city last night (Feb. 26), as the All for the Hall New York concert was held at Manhattan's Best Buy Theater. Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Jason Aldean, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Pat Monahan and Ashley Monroe all performed for the sold-out crowd, blending country hits young and old. Money raised will help fund exhibits and a major expansion at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Nashville We're All for the Hall show, hosted by Vince Gill and Keith Urban, is set for April 16. [CMT]
Don't forget to set your DVRs! Tonight's (Feb 27) episode of "Nashville" will feature cameos by Vince Gill, Kip Moore and Pam Tillis. The country stars will play themselves in a scene where Deacon (played by Charles Esten) is celebrating his birthday. The ABC drama airs at 10:00 PM ET.