Twang Town Lowdown:
NAOMI JUDD did not like what she saw at last week's "CMT Music Awards" . . . so she fired-off a few words to the "Tennessean".
She has two basic gripes. One being that they barely mentioned the recent passing of
GEORGE JONES . . . and the other is that they spent too much time featuring "non-country" music.
She began by scolding them about George. She wrote, "George Jones is to country music what THE BEATLES are to pop, the ROLLING STONES to rock, ELVIS to rockabilly, MOZART to classical and ARETHA [FRANKLIN] to soul."
Then Naomi blames them for not being country enough: Quote, "Every year, CMT includes artists of unrelated genres, many of whom some country music fans don't even know. I suggest the CMT Awards change its name to perhaps to 'the Multi-Genre Awards Show, Featuring Artists under 30.'"
Preach on, sister . . . preach ON!!
At least Naomi can take a little comfort from this: RANDY TRAVIS has recorded a tribute song with JOE NICHOLS called "Tonight, I'm Playin' Possum".
Randy debuted it at the CMA Music Festival at the "Remembering George Jones" panel session . . . and it's streaming for free right now at RandyTravis.com.
Toby Keith will lead the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert Saturday, July 6 at the University of Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium in Norman. Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood andRonnie Dunn are among the performers. All seats are $25 and tickets go on sale Friday, June 21. Proceeds benefit the United Way Of Central Oklahoma's May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
"I grew up in Moore, I live in Norman and I've got lots of family and friends who were directly affected," Keith says. "I know these folks and they're resilient, but we're going to keep helping them any way we can. I'm proud to get together with some others from around here who are just as committed as I am to supporting these communities."
"Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby's hometown, Miss Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose to do," Brooks says. "I am amazed at the human spirit the tornado victims have shown. I am humbled by the giving of the volunteers. It is an honor to get to be a part of this healing process."
Updates for the event and to the lineup will be posted at tobykeith.com.
BLAKE SHELTON released a celebrity remix of "Boys 'Round Here". It features Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Ronnie Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Reba, Josh Turner, Keith Urban and Hank Williams Jr.
You can check it out here. Sounds like most of the new voices are on the "red, red, redneck" part . . . plus a few random shouts here and there.
Kip Moore is living with a ghost and he says, “It’s real, and every night I feel like I’m gonna die.” Kip rents a house from his publisher and apparently there’s an angry female ghost who sweeps outside his door at night. Kip also says, “I’ll hear some loud crashes at 3am in the middle of the night. It’ll give you a heart attack, that’s for sure. But at least she’s clean. She sweeps, so at least she’s clean.”
We’re not sure why he doesn’t just move, but Kip says he’s tried to make peace with the ghost. “I literally heard something the other night that just, I couldn’t believe I heard it and I sat up in my bed and I really did this. It was 2am and I said, ‘I got no beef with you if you’ve got no beef with me’ and I went back to sleep.”
D.A. OF THE DAY
Last April, in Hesse, Germany, a bank clerk FELL ASLEEP on his keyboard. At the time, he was transferring $85 into a customer's account. But when he fell asleep, his hand landed on the "2."
And he accidentally transferred 222,222,222.22 in Euros into the account. That's the equivalent of 295.7 million U.S. dollars. His supervisor DIDN'T NOTICE, and the transfer went through.
The guy who was suddenly hundreds of millions of dollars richer either didn't notice or was TOO ETHICAL to withdraw it all . . . and flee to Antigua to eat caviar and Jimmy John's for the rest of his life.
Another coworker ended up spotting it and fixing it. The clerk who made the mistake wasn't fired . . . but the supervisor who missed the mistake WAS. She'd been an employee at the bank for 26 years.
This is in the news now because a labor court in Germanyruled the supervisor only should've been reprimanded, not fired. So they ordered the bank to reinstate her.
TODAY'S WEB NUGGET:
Have you ever noticed that whenever people are featured in the local newspaper, they're always photographed with their arms crossed? It's probably not something you ever gave much thought to, but it's true. It's the "Hey, look at me. I'm featured on the front of my local newspaper" pose, and there's a blog dedicated to it. Check out LocalPeopleArmsCrossed.tumblr.com.