Word on the Street – March 5

Governor Quinn’s Strait talk, Jason Michael Carroll the crowd pleaser, Little Big Town in the Big City, Rascal Flatts Update, Country Thunder GAC and the new BS.com on CountryMusicChicago.com

The Honorable Governor Quinn

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reports that Illinois Governor Quinn is not only a country music fan, he plans to invite George Strait to the Governor’s Mansion when the entertainer is in town. How cool!
Here’s Sneed’s full report: Meet the accidental gov (Sun-Times)

Jason Michael Carroll

Jason Michael Carroll, was quite the crowd pleaser at his recent performance at Joe’s Bar last Friday. Carroll performed several of his popular hits like “Alyssa Lies”, my favorite “I can Sleep When I’m Dead” and ended the evening with “Living our Love Song.” During the show, he announced the release of his upcoming sophomore album, Growing up is Getting Old. Expect it to hit the shelves on April 28.

Up Next: Little Big Town

Saturday’s Little Big Town concert is officially sold-out so for those of you who were lucky enough to snatch some tickets expect a full-house at Joe’s. It will be an awesome performance.

Get your Rascal Flatts Tix:

Tickets for the July 18th Rascal Flatts Wrigley Field performance will officially go on sale to the general public on Saturday at noon. Hootie & the Blowfish front man and now rising country music star Darius Rucker will open the show along with country music star Vince Gill, who has recently joined the evening’s lineup. Prices range from $35 – $89 and can be purchased from Tickets.com (Tickets are not available at the Wrigley Field Box Office) Expect this show to sell-out.

Country Thunder – GAC

Earlier this week, Country Thunder USA, owner of the annual Twin Lake, Wisconsin, country music festival has announced a new partnership with the television network, Great American Country. The announcement promised that fans will have the opportunity to meet some of our favorite GAC hosts at the festival.

Country Thunder early-bird promotions are running out soon, if you want to save some serous dough, buy your tickets now! www.countrythunder.com

Around the Web:

Country music star, Blake Shelton, has announced the launch of his new website, blakeshelton.com. Visitors can listen to some of his new music not yet released and join his online community.

Well, that’s the word on the street. Don’t forget to check out Taylor Swift CSI cameo tonight on CBS (WBBM) and lovebirds Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough next Monday for the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars on ABC (WLS). 

– S. Winterroth