Word on the Street – Sept. 23

Traffic Jam…

The afternoon commute in Chicago just got a little worse. Metro’s PM traffic reporter, Marti Jones, has signed off at WUSN, US99 radio. The intent of her abrupt departure from the Drew Walker show is unclear but her afternoon presence on the Chicago country radio station will be missed.

After dedicating the show’s final song of the evening, “My Maria” by Brooks & Dunn, Walker thanked Jones’ for her time and dedication the show.

A fellow country music fan, identified as “Nadine”, posted a goodbye comment on Jones’ US99.com personality bio.

“Marti…Just wanted to wish you a fond farewell. I will miss the daily banter between you and Drew. You always made my ride home a little better, not because you were telling my how bad my ride was going to be but because it was always fun to listen to you and Drew…You sounded like a married couple…always arguing and teasing. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing or hearing you in the near future.”

Nadine, I couldn’t have said it better.

At time of report, A replacement hasn’t yet been announced but speculation would drive us to the idea that CBS sister station WBBM-AM’s traffic team might be picking up the slack.

UPDATE: Feder: Marti Jones is moving to Chicago’s WLS-FM to replace Maura Myles.

Lady A-town

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It was a hot and sticky Saturday night in August when the hit country trio, Lady Antebellum last performed on Illinois soil. On that night, at the end of their set, the group announced they would be returning in the fall. Thankfully, they weren’t kidding.

Hillary Scott, Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood are headed to Windy City’s very own, the Chicago Theatre on November 18. Country newcomer, David Nail, is joining the trio on their fall “Need You Now” tour that kicked off in Orlando, Fla. on Sept. 20.

Need You (to get tickets) Now! Tickets for this special concert are going fast, very fast. While they don’t officially go on sale to the general public until Saturday at 10 a.m., very few tickets are left. Fans can purchase presale tickets in advance through the Lady Antebellum fan club or through this special Jam Productions presale link with the code, “needyounow”. Good luck!

Jamey Johnson unwrapped.

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Jamey Johnson has been herald with bringing outlaw country back and with the release of his sophomore album, he seems to be living up to this acclaim. In the first week of its release, “The Guitar Song”, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. With cuts like “You Can’t Cash My Checks”, “My Way to You” and “Heartache”, Johnson is bound to pick up some new hardware for this album.

Who’s that girl?

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Photos of Gloriana’s Cheyenne Kimball have been circulating on Country Music Chicago from the band’s performance at Country Thunder, Twin Lakes. Reports confirm there’s a new guy in town. Well, not in the band any way. Country Weekly dishes on Cheyenne Kimball new engagement to boyfriend, Casey Twist. Congrats.

Get a sneak peek at Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” stage:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9oOGsKSx5k

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