Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Talk ‘Racist’ With Jay Leno; American Idol Top 5 Revealed + More: Country News Roundup
The inaugural Mack, Jack & McConaughey event is currently underway in Austin. The two-day extravaganza, orchestrated by University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown, country singer Jack Ingram and actor Matthew McConaughey, concludes tonight (April 12) with a one of kind performance. The Jack Ingram & Friends concert will include Kris Kristofferson, Randy Travis, Radney Foster, Guy Clark, Bobby Pinson, Hayes Carll, Holly Williams, Todd Snider and more. Tickets are still available here for the show that benefits the Rise School of Austin, just keep livin Foundation, HeartGift, CureDuchenne and Grounded in Music.
The odds are good for country in the "American Idol" competition. Kree Harrison and Janelle Arthur have both made it to this season's Top 5. The Nashville rising stars join Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller in the final five, guaranteeing judge Keith Urban's prediction that this year's winner will be a woman!
Kristin Chenoweth is headed back to TV, co-starring opposite Matthew Broderick in an untitled sitcom pilot. The show, which is being developed for CBS, will focus on Broderick's character, Jack, a recently widowed father of a 12-year-old boy. Kristin will play his "cute but judgmental sister," Marnie. This will be the Oklahoma native's first TV stint since suffering an injury on the set of "The Good Wife" last year. [Deadline]
Jason Aldean will make history tomorrow (April 13) when he plays for more than 60,000 fans at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium. This is the first-ever concert to be held in the home of his "favorite football team," and has required 49 trucks, 27 buses and four days to build one of the largest outdoor stages in the country. Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Jake Owen join the recently crowned ACM Male Vocalist of the Year on the date, which he calls taking "tailgating to another level."