*JIMMY WAYNE's new studio album Sara Smile lands in stores today featuring the title cut as the lead single. Many of the tunes on this new project were actually intended for Jimmy's last album, Do You Believe Me Now, but they didn't fit the vibe of that album. With the song "Sara Smile" leading the way, Jimmy says, quote, "[We went back and got] the songs that we didn't use for [the last] album because they sound more like the 'Sara Smile' sound...It definitely works a lot better." Of course, "Sara Smile" is a cover of the classic HALL & OATES tune; the duo actually sings on Jimmy's version of the tune.
*TOBY KEITH wrapped up his first European tour over the weekend in Norway, a trek that was many years in the making. It turns out Toby has wanted to tour Europe for several years now, but the concert promoters over there told him he'd have to take the fiddle and steel guitar out of his songs. Since he didn't want to play that kind of music, Toby always took a pass on performing overseas. That all changed last year when his album That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy went platinum in Norway. He says, quote, "We started checking around and sure enough, there was some interest."
Toby played to sold-out crowds in Europe on this trek. He'll return to Oslo, Norway next month to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize concert. WDEZ Club Bonus is Europe.
*WYNONNA is set to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday. She'll be at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, helping to welcome U.S. troops home from Iraq with a special performance. The Oprah appearance comes in advance of Wynonna's A Classic Christmas tour, starting this weekend in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Also, TIM McGRAW may be turning up on Oprah's holiday special, according to published reports. That show will reportedly air November 30th, and Tim is said to be performing with R&B star ALICIA KEYS. Alicia posted a photo of them singing together on her Twitter account. SUGARLAND has already taped their performance for that episode as well.
*DIERKS BENTLEY took his Miles & Music for Kids bike ride and concert to his hometown of Phoenix on Saturday. About 35 hundred bikers showed up for the event to raise money for the Phoenix Children's Hospital. According to the Arizona Republic newspaper, JIMMY WAYNE and JESSI COLTER joined Dierks onstage for the concert part of the event. Look for news later this week on how much money was raised.
*After years as a music superstar, TIM McGRAW has been expanding his career to acting, and it looks like his oldest daughter GRACIE may be following in his footsteps. He tells People magazine, quote, "[She's] into fashion design, music and acting." Tim's doing quite well on the acting front himself. His new movie with SANDRA BULLOCK, The Blind Side, opened at number two at the box office over the weekend, pulling in 34.5 million dollars.
*In a statement on her website Friday, MILEY CYRUS expressed her sadness over the loss of BILL DOUGLAS, a tour bus driver who was killed in a traffic accident on Friday outside of Richmond, Virginia. Douglas was driving one of Miley's four buses on the way to Greensboro, North Carolina when the bus hit an embankment and overturned. Douglas was killed, but nine members of the production crew riding on the bus were able to escape through the front windshield. Miley was not on the bus -- she had boarded a plane to Nashville to spend time at home before her next concert.
The statement read, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Bill "Uncle Bill" Douglas. Members of our tour are like members of our family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in the midst of this tragedy. He will truly be missed." It's not clear yet what caused the crash.