Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Billy Mac Show - Twang Town Lowdown - Thursday, December 3rd

Keith Urban's Father Placed in Hospice Care:

Keith Urban's friends and family members were in Nashville on Tuesday night  for the opening celebration of his Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit "Keith Urban So Far …," but one of the singer's closest family members – his father Robert Urban – was not there. Keith tells The Tennessean that his father recently was placed in hospice care, which he says has affected him greatly in the last few days. Urban says of his father, "He's probably only got a few weeks, if that. I've just been dealing with that the last couple of days. This has all come at a very strange time where it's typical of a career that has extreme highs and extreme lows all often at the exact same time. So (the Hall of Fame exhibit) is bittersweet a little bit because (my dad) is the catalyst for all of this. My dad is the catalyst for me living in America." Keith largely credits his father's love of country music for inspiring him to become an artist and move to Nashville. Among the many sentimental artifacts on display in the new exhibit are the stage outfits Urban's father made for him when he was a kid. The exhibit will run through May of 2016.

Chris Young Forced To Postpone Show:

A bout of strep throat caused Chris Young to postpone last night's (12/3) scheduled show at the Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minnesota. Young announced the news on Twitter yesterday, saying, "Hey guys, I'm battling a case of strep throat, I never want to disappoint you, but I've been advised by doctors that I can’t perform today." Chris said in the message that the Duluth show would be rescheduled for a date in early 2016 and that previously purchased tickets will be honored at that show. Refunds will also be available at the point of purchase for those who cannot make the rescheduled date. Young wrapped up his message saying, "Again, I'm really sorry to let you down, but I plan to see you in early 2016. Love you guys!" Chris took to Twitter on Tuesday (12/1) to say he wasn't feeling well. He tweeted, "101 fever!! Show tonight might get weird y'all haha."

Young's website has an upcoming date at Duluth's Amsoil Arena scheduled on January 9. It appears that Chris' upcoming dates scheduled in Rochester, Minnesota, tonight (12/4) and Green Bay, Wisconsin, tomorrow (12/5) have also been postponed until next month. His website has the Green Bay date scheduled for January 7 and Rochester date set for January 8. His website now has no dates scheduled for the remainder of 2015.

Touching Dedication For Little Big Town

Little Big Town was honored during Wednesday night's sixth-annual CMT Artists of the Year ceremony in Nashville, but only two of the band members were in attendance to accept the honor. Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild weren't at the ceremony because they were spending time with family after Jimi's sister, Joyce, passed away from cancer on Sunday (11/29). During their acceptance speech, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet accepted the award on the band's behalf and sent love to their fellow bandmates during this difficult time. Kimberly said, "Family has always been most important to us and tonight Karen and Jimi's family are going through some of their very darkest days. Jimi's sister passed away from cancer three days ago. They're with their family and we wouldn't have it any other way. We're so glad they're there." Schlapman also spoke about the kind of person Joyce was and even dedicated the CMT Artist of the Year award to her honor. Kimberly said, "When we think about Joyce we think about her spirit and her love and her gorgeous smile and her incredible personality and the fight she gave that horrible disease. Tonight, Joyce, this is for you." Blake Shelton, Luke BryanFlorida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt were also honored during the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony.

Randy Houser Enjoying Being A Headliner

After performing sold-out concerts on Luke Bryan's "Kick The Dust Up Tour" all year, Randy Houser is ready to show fans what his headlining shows are all about. Houser launched his headlining "We Went Tour" last month with three packed-in shows in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and continued through the post-Thanksgiving weekend with additional stops in Michigan and Indiana. Randy says his show has evolved a lot this year, and the headlining run gives him the chance to do things he's always wanted to do out on tour. Houser shares, "It's been a really big year for us; we got to meet so many new fans while we were out with Luke and I'm just excited to go out with this tour and show them what a Randy Houser show is all about. We plan to keep them on their toes!" The "We Went Tour" continues tomorrow (12/4) when it rolls into La Crosse, Wisconsin, with special guests Frankie Ballard andCraig Campbell. A video showing highlights from the tour's opening weekend can be seen here.

The Billy Mac Show - Today's IDIOT - Thursday, December 3rd

A Florida man racked up a penalty for pass interference after he drove up to a fellow motorist and punched him in the face -- for passing his slow-moving car on a busy street.

Michael Roskov was steering his Kia Sedona along well under the speed limit when the victim passed him on a Lee County road, an act that ticked off the 35-year-old. The two drivers went along in the same lane until the next red light, when Roskov maneuvered alongside the other vehicle and began shouting obscenities, then exited his car to yell at the driver from closer range.
The second man rolled down his window to respond, which gave Roskov the chance to lean down and strike him in the face before speeding away. He was arrested at his home a short time later and charged with battery.

Emergency medical workers in Pennsylvania at the home of a sick person had a problem getting the patient into their ambulance -- because their ambulance was gone. 

While EMTs were inside the house, 21-year-old Leonard Eugene Smith took the vehicle for a joyride. Police were eventually able to use a tracking system to locate the ambulance, which had been ditched on the side of a road. An in-vehicle camera captured Smith driving the ambulance and "having a good time" behind the wheel.

A second ambulance had to be called to transport the patient to the hospital. Cops eventually arrested Smith and charged him with felony theft and endangering another person.

An Oregon man bombed really badly when trying to prank his brother -- by leaving him a beer in a box that was painted with the phrase "this is a bomb."

David Ponce was looking for explosive laughter when he set the package near the trash cans in front of his sibling's house, but ended up getting hauled off in cuffs when a sanitation worker saw something and said something to 911. Officers cordoned off the street for more than three hours while the bomb squad came in to investigate the contents of the box -- which turned out to be a single bottle of Bud Light.

A police spokesman said, “Mr. Ponce is familiar to our department with 29 arrests, 62 citations, but he clearly didn’t learn to use common sense.”

The Billy Mac Show - The Hotlist - Thursday, December 3rd

Ben Affleck showed up last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live to premiere the brand new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which won't be out until March 25th of 2016. I was already pretty stoked to see the new flick but now that Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman have been introduced into the preview I am setting up a countdown clock on my iPhone tonight. Check out the latest trailer for yourself....



Jaden Smith is reportedly writing a book. A friend tells Us Weekly that the son of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith “sees himself as a modern-day prophet and is working on a collection of essays. They’re new takes on string theory and chaos theory, but more mystical.” His collaborators are even more out there. The source explains, “Jaden thinks he has spiritual ties to people in other dimensions and galaxies, and they are helping him write.”

If you have been tethered to your desk today and haven't been able to get online much you may have yet to see the trailer for the Hank Williams Sr. bio-pic "I Saw The Light". It stars Tom Hiddleston (Loki from The Avengers & Thor) and Elizabeth Olsen. It's in theaters on March 25th. 


Kylie Jenner is being investigated for animal cruelty.
L.A. County Animal Control tells TMZ they received complaints after the teen posted a video of her Italian greyhound, Bambi, looking stick thin. The rep wouldn't say how many people complained but added that they investigate all complaints of animal neglect.
Regardless, Kylie may not be in the doghouse. As TMZ points out, the Italian greyhounds are naturally lean dogs, and it's common for their ribs to show.

If Animal Control does find the dog has been neglected, Bambi could be seized.
Meanwhile, Kylie tells Interview magazine that she has no plans to go to college. "I have done everything to prepare for college, so if I wanted to in the future, I could go at any time. But I'm not planning on going anytime soon." The 18-year-old says she plans to be a businesswoman.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Today's IDIOT: Wednesday, December 2nd

A woman who wore a "Won't Be Caught" T-shirt as she stole $700 worth of merchandise from a Florida store has finally been caught after three months on the lam.
Surveillance cameras caught 21-year-old Shazonya Williams and a female friend swiping items from a Marshall's store. The accomplice was identified as Lexus Perry and arrested a few days later, but Williams in the "Won't Be Caught" shirt was able to evade authorities until late November when she was finally caught. Earlier this year, another Florida woman wearing the same shirt was eventually caught two months after stealing $1,500 of merchandise from a beauty supply store.

A 7-foot-4 Michigan man who robbed a 7-Eleven was never going to get away with the crime since there aren't many people around as tall as him. But it turns out his height didn't give him away -- his sister did.
19-year-old Damon Matthews wore a ski mask and carried a butcher knife into the convenience store at 3 a.m. and threatened to kill the clerk if he didn't hand over some money. The employee handed him $35 and several packs of cigarettes before he ran out of the store. The clerk told police that he thought the robber might be Matthews because he went to high school with the armed giant. Meanwhile, Matthews ran home and told his sister that he'd just robbed the store, and she ended up taking him to the police station to turn himself in because his height made him an obvious suspect.
Matthews is locked up on armed robbery charges.

A 23-year-old art student in Iceland is spending this entire week naked -- and on full display -- inside a large glass box.
Almar Atlason, a student at the Iceland Institute of Arts, calls it an experiment for his Methods and Solutions class. His fellow students can stop by anytime they care to watch him eat, sleep or, you got it, relieve himself into a plastic bag -- all while showing off the twig and berries. People can also provide him with food through an opening in the box. Here's the best part: you don't have to be in Iceland to watch him because he's live-streaming it on YouTube

The HOTLIST - Wednesday, December 2nd

Forget those screaming tabloid headlines -- Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton aren't planning to run off for a quickie wedding anytime soon.

In Touch Weekly plastered the pair on its cover, claiming they're both “ready to take their whirlwind romance to the next level" -- and that Gwen even suggested they elope. In Touch quotes a source as saying, “The thought of planning an actual big wedding celebration is the last thing either of them would ever want to do, so they’ve agreed that just disappearing for a few weeks would be ideal. They’re thinking someplace very laid-back and tropical, like Mexico.”

Gossip Cop decided to check with reps for the singers, and was told that they're planning a vacation together, but any mention of marriage is "untrue."

Sandra Bullock has shared some exciting news. The Oscar-winner revealed in an interview with People magazine that she has adopted her second child, a three-year-old girl named Laila.

Bullock, who has a five-year-old son named Louis whom she adopted back in 2010, revealed that she adopted the little girl who had been living in foster care in Louisiana. She says, "When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here." The 51-year-old mom of two says she's very open about discussing her adopted children to raise awareness to the more than 415,000 children currently living in foster care in the U.S.

Kim Kardashian's baby boy is no longer breech.
In a blog post, the reality star says she underwent a painful procedure called an external cephalic version (ECV), "which is done to manually turn the baby from a breech position to a head-down position."

Kim, who is due to give birth in three weeks, says the procedure had several risks, including the chance her water would break or the baby’s heart rate would drop. She adds, "They don’t give you any pain medication, and let me tell you: This was soooooo painful. Probably more painful than childbirth."

But it was all worth it. She says the baby is now in the “right position,” and that “it feels so good to not have the stress of thinking I need a C-section.” Now she just has to come up with a name for the baby. 

Jerry Seinfeld is following in Billy Joel's footsteps and has announced a monthly residency in New York.

The comedian will play one show a month at the Beacon Theatre from January through June 2016.

Jerry says, "My favorite theater in New York to perform in has always been The Beacon. Comedians live for certain houses that just feel 'alive' for some reason. The Beacon is that place for me and I am so excited to make it my new home."
Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand follows Billy's recent sold-out run at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Tickets for the Seinfeld shows go on sale December 7th. 


Kylie Jenner's photo spread for Interview magazine has the Internet in an uproar, but it has nothing to do with her racy outfits or bare butt. The teen is getting blasted for posing in a gold wheelchair.

One fan tweeted, "@KylieJenner wow being in a wheelchair is so fun and fashionable! #Ableism is the ultimate fashion statement!" Another wrote, "I cry every time I go out in my wheelchair because of the way people make me feel but Kylie Jenner uses one and it's fashion?"

Ironically, Kylie said in the magazine interview that her “worst fear is waking up and finding something bad about me on the Internet.” 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Twang Town Lowdown - Tuesday December 1st

Miranda Lambert admits she's had some lonely nights since her divorce from Blake Shelton, and there's probably more of that to come.

But she also knows that that's part of the process of getting through the tough times. She tells Cosmopolitan, "It's about living in the moment and feeling every tinge of pain, then waking up the next day and going, 'All right, I'm going to ride my ponies. I'm going to have a girls' night.' That's where I am. That's where I'm gonna live."

'Ran has some great stuff up ahead. On December 12th, she'll accept the Nashville Symphony's Harmony Award for her contributions to the city's music community.

The sultry video for Carrie Underwood's new single "Heartbeat," featuring backing vocals by Sam Hunt, is here! Check it out, it's pretty STEAMY!!


The cast of the TV show Nashville will be given the first-ever International Impact Award during the 2015 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony on Wednesday.

The stars of the show are credited with being ambassadors of country music, as well as the city itself. Since the show began airing, Music City has become even more of a tourist mecca than it had been in the past. 

The 2015 Artists of the Year special airs 7 p.m. from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Garth Brooks is the latest country artist to grab a spot at the new Las Vegas Arena. He's booked shows from July 2nd through July 4th at the venue, which opens in April.
George Strait will be the first musical act to play the arena. Dixie Chicks have also a show there on July 16th. 
Garth tickets go on sale to the general public on December 11th. 

Today's IDIOT - Tuesday, December 1st

A North Carolina woman who allegedly duct-taped the mouth of her dog shut last week, and then posted photos of the dirty deed on Facebook, has been charged with animal cruelty, police said.
Despite the alleged crime, authorities in Cary, North Carolina said that 45-year-old Katherine Lemansky won't have to give up the dog, a chocolate lab-mix named Brown.

Authorities initially had a hard time finding Lemansky, who was linked to an address in Florida, but wasn't living there, nor in her native Connecticut. They finally found her and the dogs in North Carolina.

Cary Police Captain Randall Rhyne said in a statement, "Taping a dog's muzzle shut was a terrible decision on Ms. Lemansky's part. At the same time, it's important to also note that our animal control officers who physically examined both Brown and her litter mate found the dogs to be very well cared for, which is why we did not and could not remove them from the owner.


A Florida man got himself locked up after he forgot the key to a successful robbery -- and locked himself in the joint he was burglarizing!

Kenneth Rogers broke into the house and ransacked the kitchen and bathroom, but ended up locking himself into a small room. When cops arrived on the scene, they found the 45-year-old, armed with a kitchen knife, getting ready to take a shower.

Rogers had taken a number of items from a medicine cabinet and damaged a porch roof in his effort to escape the home, according to deputies who took him into custody.

A Virginia crook must have had a feeling of deja vu when he ended up in the emergency room after cops fished him out of a river -- which he jumped into after stealing a purse from the same E.R.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, snatched the bag from Norfolk Sentara General Hospital, and was confronted at the door by a cop. He outran the officer and jumped into a Jimmy John's delivery vehicle, which he used to flee the scene before crashing and running away, shedding his clothes as he went, then jumping into the Elizabeth River.

The man eventually made it to shore, where deputies were waiting to return him to the hospital for observation.

The HOTLIST - Tuesday December 1st

In case you were wondering -- Leonardo DiCaprio was NOT raped by a bear in a scene from his upcoming movie.
Apparently this was a rumor going around the Internet, and it gained so much steam that it forced FOX to release a statement. A spokesperson for FOX tells EW, “As anyone who has seen [The Revenant] can attest, the bear in the film is a female who attacks [Leo] because she feels he might be threatening her cubs. There is clearly no rape scene with a bear.”
In the upcoming flick, Leo is left for dead after a vicious bear attack. The Revenant opens in limited release on Christmas and expands nationwide on January 8th. If you haven't seen it yet here is the trailer... Looks pretty intense..


Courteney Cox and rocker Johnny McDaid have called it quits.
The Friends star and the Snow Patrol guitarist got engaged in June 2014 after only six months of dating. 

TMZ says the two were "struggling over lifestyle choices: She enjoys going out with friends, but he's more low-key and private." Johnny reportedly moved out of Courteney's homes in Malibu and L.A. a few days before Thanksgiving and returned to England.

Sources say the couple "fought like hell to make it work" and even tried counseling, but in the end it didn't help.

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have been trying to shield their children from their divorce, but things are getting really nasty.

Both parents want to spend Christmas with the kids, but Gwen reportedly insists on having new beau Blake Shelton in the mix.  A source tells Radar Online, “Blake and Gwen have vowed to be together for Christmas. Gwen and Gavin are trying to determine if they can be under one roof on Christmas Eve for the boys to open presents. If that is the situation, Blake has said he obviously wouldn’t be there.”

But Gavin has a different idea. The snitch says “Gavin has told Gwen, via the nanny that he wants to take the boys to Mammoth, California, during the Christmas break. It was a sting to Gwen because that is where they used to go as a family, along with the nanny Gavin was accused of having an affair with.”

There's a simple reason why Tim Tebow didn't have sex with Olivia Culpo -- he never dated the ex Miss Universe.

Despite reports they broke up because he refused to break his vow of abstinence, TMZ says their romantic relationship "never went beyond the rumor stage."

Those stories began a few months ago after the QB and the model met in church. Sources say Tim did show interest in Olivia, and they hung out a few times but only with mutual friends. They never had a one-on-one date. 

The annual Pirelli calendar usually features scantily clad models, but this year it features a scantily clad Amy Schumer.

In a sign of the times, the tire manufacturer has decided to ditch the nudity and objectification and instead honor 13 women of "outstanding professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment." Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz took the snaps.

Amy posted her midriff-baring photo on Instagram, and captioned it: “Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you, Annie Leibovitz!”

Serena Williams, Yoko Ono and Patti Smith are among the other women in the calendar.