Kenny Chesney spent New Year’s Day catching a wave in Hawaii. “Somebody has the bug!!!” his pal, pro surfer Kamalei Alexander, tweeted. The singer was recently named an honorary board member of the Coastal Conservation Association, which helps protect marine ecosystems. “Everyone needs to get involved,” Chesney said of the cause.
IN THE MONEY
Darius Rucker and partner Clay Walker earned $30,000 for charity on the links at the 3M Celebrity Challenge in Pebble Beach, Calif., Feb. 5.
The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery set off from Disneyland March 2 for a bus tour promoting music education. One stop: her former high school in Houston, where it was “a little scary” singing for familiar faces.
ICH BIN EINE COWGIRL!
The Oak Ridge Boys and former President George H.W. Bush compared footwear on Jan. 26.
A HELPING HAND
Garth Brooks and Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, fit a child with a free hearing aid in New York City Feb. 1. More than 100 people received hearing aids.
Carrie Underwood and actress AnnaSophia Robb (her Soul Surfer costar) snapped a selfie during New York Fashion Week Feb. 7. (Actress Anna Kendrick is on the left.) The singer hit two shows in two different outfits. “I thought I’d come in for the day and go along for the ride,” she said.
COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR! NASHVILLE, FEB. 19–21
NASHVILLE TAKES THE STAGE
Channeling his TV alter ego, actor Charles Esten performed at a Grand Ole Opry showcase.
Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Brett Eldredge and Charlie Worsham give fellow up-and-comer Cassadee Pope a boost at the CRS New Faces show.
Lady A’s Charles Kelley crashed pal Luke Bryan’s performance at a UMG event to show off his twerking skills. “I’m trying to make you proud,” Kelley teased Bryan. “You taught me how to dance!”
Justin Moore and Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil wailed at a Big Machine party. The label is planning a country tribute albumto the rock band this summer.
KELLIE’S BLUE LOOK
“Country radio is the messenger telling my story to the rest of the world,” Pickler told the industry crowd at a luncheon performance.
MUSICARES GALA LOS ANGELES, JAN. 24
KING IS QUEEN
Songwriting legend and MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King was honored by an eclectic list of artists including James Taylor, Zac Brown, Sara Bareilles and Jennifer Nettles.
SHE’S GOT A LOT OF FRIENDS!
Miranda Lambert joined Amy Grant, Jennifer Nettles and Martina McBride (below) for a medley of the “You’ve Got a Friend” writer’s hits including “I’m into Something Good” and “One Fine Day.” LeAnn Rimes and Kacey Musgraves were among the others at the event, which raised more than $5.5 million for musicians in need.