Today's Twang Town Lowdown:
There was a tribute to GEORGE JONES at last week's CMA Music Festival. It was a panel of George's closest friends and family, including Jamey Johnson, Randy Travis, John Rich and George's longtime drummer Bobby Birkhead.
Well, people are still talking about George's wife Nancy Jones, who said his last words were, quote, "Hiya. I've been looking for you. I'm George Jones." She added, quote, "I believe he was introducing himself to God."
MIRANDA LAMBERT is planning to start recording her next album in August . . . and even though she's ridiculously talented and very famous, she still has nagging doubts about her skills. She says, quote, "I freak out every time.
"I'm like a basket case when it's time to make a record. 'Is this gonna work? Is this gonna be the album that stops selling, that stops getting nominated?' I know that I can't live like that. I can't do my whole career like that. But it crosses my mind."
As far as the new album's sound, she's going to lighten it up a bit. She says, quote, "I think I'm just gonna have fun because I've been serious a lot.
"I've written songs about killing people and sad songs, and I really want to do a tour that's just a lot of fun, so I want to do an album with more fun songs.
"And I mean, don't get me wrong. I'll definitely have my serious Miranda Lambert-style songs, but everything I'm listening to now that I'm liking is kind of a jam that you could listen to driving around on back roads or on your boat."
This year's CMA Music Festival set an attendance record. Over 80,000 fans a day elbowed their way in, which is an increase of almost 13% from last year.
Yes, it's because country music is more popular than ever, but it's also because they moved events to the new Music City Center, which is about three times bigger than last year's location at the Nashville Convention Center.
Still, don't go thinking it was a fluke. Ticket sales for next summer are already 52% ahead of last year at this time. The 2014 CMA Music Festival will be held June 5th through June 8th . . . and you can purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.com.
TIM MCGRAW is giving fans a chance to win a special edition Dodge Challenger SRT8 that he helped design. It's part of Pennzoil's Four Wheels to Freedom sweepstakes . . . and the deadline to enter is July 31st. Here's the link. And here's a video of Tim talking about designing the car.
DARIUS RUCKER will be on next Monday's episode of "The Bachelorette". He gives a surprise performance to bachelorette DESIREE HARTSOCK and whatever date the producers coached her into selecting, I mean, the date she carefully chose.
SAY IT WITH.........BACON
Tell Pops you love him this Father's Day . . . but say it with bacon.
Cards, neckties and golf outings won't be necessary. Dear old dad will understand how you feel when you hand him a special Father's Day bacon gift set from Oscar Mayer.
This is a real thing. There are three unique packages to choose from. Each one contains 18-to-20 original bacon strips and comes packed in a handsome plush box.
"The Commander" package includes a stainless steel money clip.
"The Matador" has a pair of cufflinks.
And "The Woodsman" comes with a rugged multi-purpose tool.
They're priced between $22 and $28. Of course, the bacon strips are raw and need to be cooked, so if you really want be nice to your pops, you'll fry it up for him too.
For more details check out http://www.sayitwithbacon.com/. Brilliant . . . simply BRILLIANT!
THE DA OF THE DAY
See . . . THIS is why you don't give single people plus-ones to weddings anymore. You never know WHAT kind of delinquents and deviants they might bring along.
Over the weekend, a couple got married in western Pennsylvania. One of their invited guests brought a 40-year-old woman named Jennifer Martz as his plus-one. And she saw that as an opportunity to STEAL from the new bride and groom.
During the reception, someone noticed a bunch of cards were missing from the gift table . . . and also noticed Jennifer hustling toward the bathroom.
Other female guests chased her down and saw her trying to FLUSH the cards down the toilet while she stuffed $475 in cash and $80 in checks IN HER BRA.
The police came and arrested her for theft. The groom's brother says the entire thing, quote, "ruined the whole time for everybody."
Today's Web Nugget:
DOGS WITH EYEBROWNS
Your dog has feelings and limited ways of expressing them. This is why your pooch needs eyebrows. With eyebrows, you'll know when your dog is confused, upset, angry or surprised. Check out this Reddit collection of dogs with eyebrows.