Monday, October 31, 2011

Book 'Em Buffett

Jimmy Buffett will star in an upcoming episode of the CBS series Hawaii Five-0. reports that the longtime Florida resident will portray a seasoned pilot who is friends with Terry O'Quinn's character, Lt. Commander Joe White, and helps one of the Five-0 team members get out of a jam.  

The show featuring Buffett will hit the small screen sometime in November.

Reynolds and Rimes in CMT Movie

CMT has set an airdate for the CMT Original Movie, REEL LOVE, starring LeAnn Rimes and Burt Reynolds. 
The two-hour movie will premiere on Sunday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. 

Movie Synopsis: When Holly (LeAnn Rimes) finds out her father Wade (Burt Reynolds) has suffered a heart attack, she drops everything and rushes back to her small Southern lake town to help him.

Carrie Wins--Again

Carrie Underwood has been named the Hottest Blonde for 2011 in the first ever ranking of the 100 hottest celebrity blondes by

The Hot 100 Blondes of 2011 list includes some of the best known women in the world and made up of actresses, singers, athletes, TV hosts, models, socialites and reality TV stars.

Carrie tops the list with Charlize Theron taking second place and model Brooklyn Decker rounding out the top 3.

Toby Keith on Glee!

Toby Keith has a classic in “Red Solo Cup,” which has became an instant internet sensation after its release and now has more than 1.2 million views on YouTube alone.

According to Rolling Stone, the writers of Fox’s ‘Glee’ have selected “Red Solo Cup” to appear in an upcoming episode of the hit show. 

“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy revealed the news on Wednesday during a press conference marking the show’s 300th musical performance.

Red Solo Cup” will reportedly air on the November 15th episode of “Glee” on Fox.

Boots For Lauren--Prize For You

Lauren Alaina, an avid fan of cowboy boots now has her hands in the design realm. 

Lauren is inviting artists to submit a design for a pair of Justin Boots for the chance to have them produced and worn by her. 

One winner will have their design produced on a pair of Justin Boots for Lauren Alaina.

The winner will also receive:
- A signed pair of the boots worn by Lauren Alaina
- A signed copy of Wildflower
- Exposure by having their design featured on Lauren Alaina’s social media channels 

Submissions are being accepted till November 29th at

Three runners-up (as selected by Lauren herself) will each receive a signed copy of Wildflower and will have their design featured on Lauren’s Facebook page.

The three highest voted artists will also each receive a signed copy of Wildflower, a pair of Justin Boots and will have their design featured on Lauren’s Facebook page.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tuskegee by Lionel Richie Scheduled

Lionel Richie's country duets album, Tuskegee, won't be out until next March, but he will perform a few songs from the project on the CMA Awards November 9 on ABC. 

Darius Rucker will join Lionel for "Stuck on You" on the show.  Rascal Flatts will join Richie for "Dancing on the Ceiling" and Little Big Town will collaborate with him on "Deep River Woman." 

This isn't Lionel's first time on the CMA Awards stage.  Lionel performed "Lady" with Kenny Rogers in 1984 was there again in 1986 to sing "Deep River Woman" with Alabama.

Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw and Shania Twain are among the other stars on the Tuskegee project. 

Lionel named the album after his hometown of Tuskegee, AL. 

Here's the Tuskegee track list:

"You Are" with Blake Shelton
"Say You, Say Me" with Jason Aldean
"Stuck on You" with Darius Rucker
"Deep River Woman" with Little Big Town
"My Love" with Kenny Chesney
"Dancing on the Ceiling" with Rascal Flatts
"Hello" with Jennifer Nettles
"Sail On" with Tim McGraw
"Endless Love" with Shania Twain
"Just for You" with Billy Currington
"Lady" with Kenny Rogers
"Easy" with Willie Nelson
"All Night Long" with Jimmy Buffett

Thank You Movement Gets Atkins Support

Rodney Atkins has teamed up with Applebee's to serve as the ambassador for the Thank You Movement, the world's largest ongoing military thank you campaign.

He helped kick off the movement Monday with a performance in New York City's Times Square, and you can get involved by posting your thank you message to the troops at

Fans can also send a shout out at Applebee's Facebook fan page or by using #thankyoumovement on Twitter.

YouTube video uploads are encouraged as well.

You and Young Video

Chris Young went back to '50s for his new video for, "You." 

The black and white clip finds Chris playing an attendant at a full-service gas station, where several female customers are vying for his attention. Strategically-placed bits of color make the video really pop. 

You can buy Chris's new video now at iTunes. "You" is the second single from Chris's third album, Neon.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Eddie's Attic To Host Kristian Bush

Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush returns to Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA for his annual Thanksgiving solo show on Sunday, November 27th. 

The night will feature some very special guests to be announced. Tickets are on sale now, at

Aldean as Dennis Rodman??

Jason Aldean says he and his family loves Halloween. 

Last year, Jason dressed up as ‘Elvis’ and is always home for Halloween to take the girls out for some candy grabbing.

This year’s costume is still being thought about right now, but Jason may dress up as ‘Dennis Rodman’.

Shelton and Hayes Love NASCAR

Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes are set to perform at NASCAR Championship Drive  in Miami Beach on November 17.

In its second year, the outdoor fan festival and Coca-Cola Racing Family Concert headlined by Blake Shelton, will take place Nov. 17-18 at Lummus Park and officially kick-off Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Launched in 2010 as a thank you to fans, the two-day NASCAR Championship Drive festival revs up for the race weekend with live music, multiple driver appearances, a race hauler parade, and many other activities. 

New this year is a youth education program targeted to school-aged children in Miami-Dade County. has more information.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rascal Flatts LIVE

Rascal Flatts will release an inaugural full-length live album on November 8, 2011.

The Best Of Rascal Flatts Live 10-song collection from 2011’s Top Touring Group features live versions of some of the band’s biggest hits including number one smashes “Bless The Broken Road,” “Stand,” “These Days,” and “What Hurts The Most.”

In addition to these power ballads, the album showcases some of Gary, Jay and Joe Don’s best live tempo tracks like the fan favorite “Here’s To You” and their exhilarating version of “Life Is A Highway”.

Full Track Listing:

  • “Bob That Head”
  • “Bless The Broken Road”
  • “Still Feels Good”
  • “Here’s To You”
  • Medley: “I’m Movin’ On,” “Skin (Sarabeth),” “Feels Like Today”
  • “Stand”
  • “These Days”
  • “What Hurts The Most”
  • “Life Is A Highway”
  • Encore: “Foreplay/Long Time,” “Free Ride”

Garth and Alan Inducted

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation inductees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame: from the Songwriter category, hit writers John Bettis, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin; from the Songwriter/Artist category, country superstars Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson.

Induction into the prestigious songwriting community was held at the 41st Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony October 16 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

Dan Wheldon Funeral Includes Moving Performances

The funeral of fallen IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon was held Saturday morning in St. Petersburg, FL. 

Wynonna Judd was in attendance and sang “Amazing Grace” and “I Can Only Imagine.”

33-year-old Wheldon was killed last weekend in a fiery crash at an IndyCar race in Las Vegas. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.

Sugarland To Perform At Nobel Ceremonies

Sugarland will head to Oslo, Norway, in December 11th, where they'll take part in the all-star Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

The concert will be held one day after the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony, which will honor three recipients this year: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman.

Jennifer and Kristian join the list of previous country performers for the event: Shania Twain, Lee Ann Womack, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley and Toby Keith.

Sugarland will final show of the ‘Incredible Machine’ tour in Indianapolis, Indiana October 28th.  The concert which promises a few surprise guests, is a free show that will honor the seven lives tragically lost in the devastating stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair in August.

Clancy's Tavern Open For Business With Toby

Toby Keith's next studio album Clancy's Tavern is available worldwide now.

The collection's lead single "Made In America" has become one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith's pen. 

The title track to the upcoming album is about his grandmother's bar.  Toby acknowledged the Fort Smith, Ark.-based club in his 2005 Top 10 hit, 'HonkyTonk U' as well.

The collection marks the seventh consecutive year Toby has released a new studio album, dating back to 2005 with 'HonkyTonk University.' His most recent album, 'Bullets in the Gun' was released October 5, 2006, yielding the Top 15 hits, 'Somewhere Else' and 'Bullets in the Gun.'

The title track tells the true story of Toby's grandmother, named Clancy.

Toby's grandmother also worked part-time at Billy Garner's Supper Club, a venue she eventually purchased, and the place Toby credits with developing his love for music. Not only does the tune tell the story of his beloved grandmother, but the rest of the song rings true for the singer as well.

Clancy's Tavern Track Listing:

1. Made In America
2. I Need To Hear A Country Song
3. Clancy's Tavern
4. Tryin' To Fall In Love
5. Just Another Sundown
6. Beers Ago
7. South Of You
8. Club Zydeco Moon
9. I Won't Let You Down
10. Red Solo Cup
11. Chill-axin'
12. High Time (You Quit Your Low Down Ways)
13. Truck Drivin' Man
14. Shambala
15. Memphis

The Deluxe Edition of Clancy’ Tavern will include 4 songs from Toby’s side project the ‘Incognito Banditos’ 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Garth Vegas Shows Are Un-Garthlike Priced

During his full-on concert performance career, Garth Brooks concerts ALWAYS were the best value in any musical form.  The tickets for Garth shows were routinely less than 50% of other performers prices.  In the new Vegas shows, Garth isn't controlling the ticket prices as in the past. found that on average, fans are spending $618 whenever they buy tickets to Garth's Vegas show. 

Garth Brooks also ranked first on a study conducted by Nashville Gab using Ticketmaster for a source from July 2010 to June 2011. 

Here's the top 10 list came up with:
1. Garth Brooks, $618
2. Jay-Z, $603
3. Country Megaticket, $552
4. Rocklahoma, $551
5. Jon Bon Jovi, $520
6. Andrea Bocelli, $494
7. Coachella, $469
8. Celine Dion, $465
9. Jay Chou, $464
10. Z100's Jingle Ball, $457

Vacation With the Country Stars

If you are planning a vacation in the near future, here are a couple you might want to consider.

This November, Royal Caribbean International has invited guests to a special, live performance by Martina McBride. 

McBride is scheduled to perform aboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas, the largest and most innovative cruise ship ever to homeport in New Orleans, on Saturday, November 19.

The Martina concert for invited guests will take place in Voyager of the Seas’ Lyric Theatre before the ship departs on its Western Caribbean Thanksgiving cruise.  

If that's not your speed, both Tim and Faith will be headlining the CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012 festival at Hope Estate in Australia next year. 

This will be a return trip for Tim who performed in Aussie Land just last year in 2010 for his Southern Voice tour. 

Now in its fifth year, CMC Rocks the Hunter festival has established itself as the biggest International Country & Roots Festival outside of North America.  The festival is March 16-18, 2012. 

Owen and Young Charity Work for Kids

Jake Owen has headlined five consecutive years of the annual benefit, Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest.
Chris Young & Jake Owen will perform for the December 10, 2011 benefit at the 6500-seat Holman Stadium in Vero Beach.

The Mardy Fish Foundation mission is to provide children access to after school exercise, nutritional and enrichment programs in a safe environment to prepare them for healthy, productive and successful lives so they can achieve their dreams.
For more information, visit .

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lady A Owns The Charts

Lady Antebellum's Own the Night stays atop the Billboard Country Album chart for the fourth consecutive week.

The collection sold another nearly 58,000 copies this past week to land at No. 1 on the country chart and at No. 4 overall.

Current highlights:
  • Lady Antebellum scored a nomination for Favorite Country Band or Group for the 2011 American Music Awards, taking place live November 20th at 8pm ET on ABC.
  • Lady Antebellum will perform at the 45th Annual CMA Awards, where they're nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. This year's show will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena November 9th at 8pm ET on ABC.
  • Prior to their appearance on the CMA Awards, Lady Antebellum will be performing a homecoming concert of sorts in Augusta, Georgia. The Grammy-winning group is having a pavilion named after them at the new county park on Evans Town Center Boulevard in Columbia County, where Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley grew up.
  • Lady Antebellum is set to launch their Own the Night 2011 Tour November 11th in Knoxville, Tennessee.

American Country Awards Nominees Are

The second annual American Country Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band lead the American Country Awards nominees with eight nominations each. Thompson Square earned seven nods, The Band Perry and Taylor Swift each garnered six.

Fans can vote once each day for their favorite American Country Awards nominees at

Voting is open until Friday, November 11 for all categories, except for Artist of the Year, which closes on Friday, December 2. The show will be hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth.

Following is the list of categories and nominees for the American Country Awards:

Artist of the Year
  • Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Taylor Swift
  • Zac Brown Band
Artist of the Year: Male
  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton
Artist of the Year: Female
  • Sara Evans
  • Alison Krauss
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
Artist of the Year: Duo or Group
  • The Band Perry
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Sugarland
  • Zac Brown Band
Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
  • Eric Church
  • Eli Young Band
  • Justin Moore
  • Jake Owen
  • Chris Young
Artist of the Year: New Artist
  • The Band Perry
  • Scotty McCreery
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Pistol Annies
  • Thompson Square
Album of the Year
  • Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”
  • Kenny Chesney, “Hemingway’s Whiskey”
  • Brad Paisley, “This Is Country Music”
  • Taylor Swift, “Speak Now”
  • Keith Urban, “Get Closer”
  • Zac Brown Band, “You Get What You Give”
Single of the Year
  • Billy Currington, “Let Me Down Easy”
  • Tim McGraw, “Felt Good On My Lips”
  • Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”
  • Chris Young, “Voices”
  • Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, “As She’s Walking Away”
Single of the Year: Male
  • Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”
  • Luke Bryan, “Someone Else Calling You Baby”
  • Billy Currington, “Let Me Down Easy”
  • Tim McGraw, “Felt Good On My Lips”
  • Chris Young, “Voices”
Single of the Year: Female
  • Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger”
  • Miranda Lambert, “Heart Like Mine”
  • Reba, “Turn On The Radio”
  • Taylor Swift, “Mean”
  • Carrie Underwood, “Mama’s Song”
Single of the Year: Duo or Group
  • The Band Perry, “You Lie”
  • Rascal Flatts, “Why Wait”
  • Sugarland, “Stuck Like Glue”
  • Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”
  • Zac Brown Band, “Colder Weather”
Single of the Year: New Artist
  • The Band Perry, “You Lie”
  • Craig Campbell, “Family Man”
  • The JaneDear Girls, “Wildflower”
  • Jerrod Niemann, “What Do You Want”
  • Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”
Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration
  • Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
  • Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter, “You and Tequila”
  • Brad Paisley with Alabama, “Old Alabama”
  • Zac Brown Band with Jimmy Buffet, “Knee Deep”
  • Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, “As She’s Walking Away”
Touring Headline Act of the Year
  • Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Toby Keith
  • Tim McGraw
  • Brad Paisley
  • Rascal Flatts
  • George Strait
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban
Music Video of the Year
  • Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger”
  • Jerrod Niemann, “What Do You Want”
  • Blake Shelton, “Who Are you When I’m Not Looking”
  • Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”
  • Josh Turner, “I Wouldn’t Be A Man”
Music Video: Male
  • Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”
  • Jerrod Niemann, “What Do You Want”
  • Blake Shelton, “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”
  • Josh Turner, “I Wouldn’t Be A Man”
  • Keith Urban, “Put You In A Song”
Music Video: Female
  • Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger”
  • Reba, “Turn On The Radio”
  • Ashton Shepherd, “Look It Up”
  • Taylor Swift, “Back To December”
  • Carrie Underwood, “Mama’s Song”
Music Video: Duo, Group or Collaboration
  • Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
  • The Band Perry, “You Lie”
  • Lady Antebellum, “Hello World”
  • Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”
  • Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, “As She’s Walking Away”
Music Video: New Artist
  • The Band Perry, “You Lie”
  • Craig Campbell, “Family Man”
  • Brett Eldredge, “Raymond”
  • Jerrod Niemann, “What Do You Want”
  • Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”

CDB Keyboard Player Dies

Charlie Daniels

Joel ‘Taz’ DiGregorio, longtime keyboard player and vocalist for The Charlie Daniels Band, has passed away.

DiGregorio died October 12th as a result of injuries he sustained in a single car accident in Cheatham County, TN, while driving to meet the CDB tour bus. The accident occurred on I-40 West of Nashville.

From Southbridge, MA, Taz was an original member of the CDB for over 40 years and a co-writer on many CDB songs, including “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

“I am in shock now, Taz was one of my best friends,” says Charlie Daniels. “The CDB family has lost a great friend and musician. We traveled many miles together and shared so many nights on the road. We’re going to miss you buddy. You were one of a kind and will never be forgotten. We send our deepest condolences to the family.”

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Shows On CMT

CMT's Big New Music Weekend kicked off Friday with new clips from some of country's biggest stars. Zac Brown Band's "Keep Me in Mind," "If You Ain't Here to Party" by Luke Bryan, Justin Moore's "Bait a Hook" and Chris Young's "You" are among the videos premiering exclusively on CMT.

Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup," Tony Bennett and Faith Hill's video for "The Way You Look Tonight" and CMT's Next Big Thing Artist Casey James's "Let's Don't Call It a Night" will premiere during CMT's regularly scheduled music hours.

All of these videos will be featured at too.

CMT premieree its new show Social Hour Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET with fan votes at CMT's Facebook page determining which videos will air on the program.

Justin Gets His Elk

Just a couple of days after all the Twitter-Sphere noise about Justin Moore's comment of 

Justin Moore
Thanks Montana for a great show. Listenin to bocephus on the bus. Gonna try to kill an elk here tomorrow...
Justin got his elk in Montana.  And thanked the people who helped.

Thank you to the Blackfeet tribe, and all the folks from the sovereign sportsman! Wow!!!

Urban Headlines "All For The Hall" Concert

Keith Urban's We're All for the Hall benefit concert returns to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on January 18.

Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Little Big Town and The Oak Ridge Boys have already signed on to perform, and more artists will be announced later.

Tickets go on sale November 4 through Ticketmaster and proceeds go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

The first two We're All for the Hall concerts have raised about $1 million for the Hall of Fame.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Colorful Harvest Auctions Trace Adkins Guitar

Colorful Harvest ( will auction a custom built, one of a kind Musical Harvest strawberry themed guitar, signed by Trace Adkins to support programs and services of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN™) in food allergy awareness, advocacy, education, and research.

Food allergy research is a cause close to Trace Adkins’ heart as well, whose own daughter also suffers from severe food allergies.

Bidding for the Trace Adkins autographed strawberry guitars will take place on Colorful Harvest’s facebook page and is going on now until midnight PST on Friday, October 28th.

Entrants will be asked to “like” the Colorful Harvest fan page in order to submit a bid.

Four The Record It's Miranda

Miranda Lambert and the Hipstamatic iPhone app for an exclusive "Listen and Create" contest tied to her new album, Four the Record.

Fans who log on to contest section at can hear Miranda's new song "Mama's Broken Heart," after which they should take a photo inspired by the track.

Entrants are encouraged to show their extremes in the photo using Hipstamatic's analog print technology.

You can upload the photo to Hipstamatic's site through October 18 for a chance to win an autographed guitar from Miranda.

Her new album, Four the Record, is due out November 1.

Adds To The CMA Awards

The lineup for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” has grown with four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter to perform their hit song “You and Tequila.”

Chesney is nominated for three CMA Awards this year, including Male Vocalist, and Musical Event and Music Video of the Year (both for “You and Tequila” with Potter).

Potter is making her CMA Awards debut. She received her first two CMA nominations this year, Musical Event and Music Video of the Year, both for her performance with Chesney on “You and Tequila.”

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8pm ET on ABC.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Kenny On A Commercial?

Watching football last weekend, I'm sure I wasn't the only one surprised to hear Kenny Chesney on a commercial.

Chesney‘s hit song “There Goes My Life” has been featured in State Farm Insurance commercials supporting Teen Driver Safety.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 16-22 2011 and is a week is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to unnecessary teen deaths on the road.

For more information on Teen Driver Safety, please visit

Taylor a FASHION Trendsetter Too

Taylor Swift is now officially a fashion trendsetter. Billboard reports that ever since the commercial for her fragrance Wonderstruck debuted, fans have been clamoring to get their hands on the Christian Siriano gown she sports in the ad. 

The romantic, fairy-tale gown with an elaborate cascading taffeta skirt is from the designer's Spring 2011 collection, and Siriano says, "I have orders all day long on that dress." In fact, Siriano claims he and his design team can barely keep up with the orders.

National Mezcal Day October 21

Toby Keith is leading the charge for National Mezcal Day, planned for October 21st.

The campaign includes a countdown clock posted at, a contest is offering autographed copies of the new disc, Clancy's Tavern, to the most active Wild Shot Facebook and Twitter contributors. The effort is underway now through Oct. 22.

In celebration, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill restaurants will offer Wild Shot drink special.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hough, Shelton on DWTS

Two-time former “Dancing with the Stars” champion Julianne Hough returned to the show Tuesday, performing a duet with her “Footloose “co-star Kenny Wormald to their remake of “Holding Out For A Hero.” 

They then joined Blake Shelton for an unforgettable performance of “Footloose.”

No Singing on Monday Night Football

The Detroit Free Press reports that famous local athletes will handle the ‘Monday Night Football’ intro each week. 

In this week's game between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, there was no singing. It’s the first home appearance on ‘Monday Night Football’ for the Lions in 10 years. Barry Sanders will be featured in the intro. 

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz indicated it was the format the company would use for the remainder of the season. 

Hank Williams Jr. was released from his intro duties after using President Obama and Hitler in an analogy on an episode of ‘Fox and Friends.’ He had sang the introduction for over 20 years.