(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)
There are some things that are probably going to suck about 2013. Like, someone’s going
to lose the Super Bowl. The fiscal cliff will happen. And my daughter is leaving for college. (That might just be my own personal
fiscal cliff.) But the good’s going to outshine the bad for country music fans. There will be new music and old bands and
cool ways to see your favorite stars. So far, here are the new year’s best bets:
Urban will be in your living room two nights a week, thanks to his new gig as American Idol judge. It all starts
on Jan. 16.
Jason Aldean will play Wrigley Field on July 20,
which is an honor for him and a thrill for anyone within a 100-mile radius or so of the legendary Chicago baseball field.
Blake Shelton has made it clear that he isn’t going to stop
tweeting anytime soon. So hooray for his candor, his guts and his unfiltered opinions.
Bub City Chicago is going to
be the brand new place to go for brisket, grits, 125 whiskies and live country music from up-and-comers. I hope this spot
starts a trend, and more just like it pop up all over the country.
Chicks are getting back together. It may be for just that one night at the Craven Country Jamboree in Craven, Saskatchewan,
Canada, on July 13. But one night is so much better than no nights.
The TV drama Nashville will return on Jan. 9, so we can find out if Rayna
agreed to tour with Juliette, if Juliette goes through with the wedding, and if Gunnar and Scarlett will just fall in love
Lastly, a country superstar is going to have a baby. I just know it. Call it my mother’s intuition.