Idols Gone Country: 5/7/11 Edition

Credit Tom McCarthy at My Country 95.5

Here’s your latest edition of Idols Gone Country! We’ve got the titles of new cowritten songs by Casey James and Carrie Underwood, a possible new song title for Danny Gokey, and new VIDEO of performances/interviews by Kellie Pickler, Bo Bice, Kristy Lee Cook, Bucky Covington, and Josh Gracin plus video footage of Aaron Kelly performing an original song. Check it all out, after the jump!

Kristy Lee Cook confirmed during a recent twitter party that she plans on releasing a new single with her new label Broken Bow Records in late summer. She also confirmed that she is no longer with her former fiance Andy Dobner.

Check out recently uploaded video of Kristy Lee performing “Not Tonight”. That’s a song from her debut album cowritten by Carrie Underwood, Brett James, and Chris Lindsey.

Here’s Kristy Lee Cook singing a country rocker called “Oh Baby” cowritten by former Bomshel lead singer Buffy Lawson and Richard Fagan. Bomshel was performing this song back in 2007/2008 when Lawson was still part of the band, but never released a studio version of it because Lawson left before their debut album was released in 2009.

More videos from this show can be found here via rittown.

Danny Gokey recently tweeted

Doing some filming today for a show with HGTV. More info to come. Hope you guys are having a wonderful day!!

An incoming tweet to Danny from songwriter Darrell Brown indicates that Danny has the Brown/Deric Ruttan cowrite “Our Day(s?) In The Sun” on hold to record. Darrell Brown is Leann Rimes’s frequent collaborator/BFF who has also cowritten a bunch of Keith Urban hits and album cuts (“Raining On Sunday”, “You’ll Think Of Me”, plus “Georgia Woods” and “Right On Back To You” on Keith’s current album) while Deric Ruttan is a Canadian country writer who cowrote with Dierks Bentley on his debut album (including the #1 hit “What Was I Thinking”) and Eric Church (on the top 20 single “Guys Like Me” and the top 10 single “Hell On The Heart”). Credit Lucy1234 for finding the comment.

Bucky Covington recently did an interview with a Fox affiliate in which he said he is trying to “tie up some loose ends” with his former label Lyric Street which shuttered before he could release his sophomore album I’m Alright. Bucky said that he hopes to release that album, produced by Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown in the fall. Bucky also commented on the new season of AI.

While you’re waiting for Bucky’s album check out a demo of a song called “No Yesterday” that Bucky recorded for his sophomore album according to ASCAP. The song is cowritten by new Arista Nashville artist Brent Anderson, Cary Barlowe, and Clint Lagerburg (who cowrote the Rascal Flatts #1 hit “Here Comes Goodbye” with Chris Sligh.)

Also check out this photo in Music Row’s Weekly Chart Report of Bucky and his twin brother Rocky visiting country station WTHO.

Kellie Pickler has recently done a bunch of country radio station M&G/acoustic showcases in the Southeast as part of the lead up to the release of the lead single “Tough” from her 3rd album, which is now confirmed to be written solely by Leslie Satcher. Check out the 2 part video of a great session she had with 93.1 The Wolf, where Kellie performs 4 songs and talks about marriage, how Katharine McPhee would have been a bridesmaid had she and husband Kyle Jacobs not eloped, how they cancelled plans for a TV special on their wedding after filming some of the preparations, the challenges of the music business and why she was glad to be on an AI season with Simon Cowell, how she was reacting to people in Hollywood who made fun of her fish out of water personality when she went in a more pop direction for her sophomore album, and what happened one day when she was about to cut the extremely personal “I Wonder” out of her set list.


Here’s footage from Kellie’s Tweet & Greet with WSOC 103.7

Kellie’s on air interview with 93.1 The Wolf. She discusses the timing of her upcoming album, the reality show offers that she has received,

More Casey James song titles have surfaced, this time out of his collaborations with Aimee Mayo and her fellow songwriter/husband Chris Lindsey. Together this trio cowrote “I Miss Your Fire” and “Living Or Dying.”

Bo Bice participated in a WTVM Birmingham telethon a couple of days ago to raise money for people affected by the devastating tornadoes that hit the area last week. According to Broadcasting & Cable the telethon raised more than $700, 000 for victims of the tornadoes:

One notable participant in the telethon was former American Idol contestant Bo Bice, who saw WVTM’s fundraising efforts on the air, and called Kirkconnell to see how he could help. After working the station’s phone bank Wednesday, Bice strapped on the guitar and performed for the audience–including a heartfelt version of “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Bo also recently performed at the 16th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival. Here he is performing “Wild Roses”, one of the songs on his current album that can be called country, at the Fury Sunset Cruise during that event where he joined songwriters Nashville songwriter Adam James, Sony Nashville singer/songwriter Tyler Farr, and Steve Bogard (who’s written songs for/with Brad Paisley, George Strait, Reba, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, and Tim McGraw.

And here’s Bo bantering and performing “Keep On Rollin” also from his album ‘3’:

Another Carrie Underwood cowrite for her new album has surfaced: “Loved By You” is a song that Carrie wrote with Tom Douglas. Credit @Typo21 for finding that one.

Carrie was also voted #2 among CMT’s 20 Greatest Women In The Past 20 Years (referring to female country singers of course!). Reba came in at #1. Here’s the video of Carrie’s segment via maddkat1 with comments from critics from the New York Times, The Tennessean, and Entertainment Weekly plus CMT personnel:

Josh Gracin is making the rounds with radio interviews and performances in conjunction with radio stations. In this interview with KMLE, he performs an acoustic version of “Lie To Me” which he says is his favorite song from his upcoming 3rd album.

Here’s Josh doing a 5 questions segment at the Academy of Country Music offices. He talks about the origins of his song “Over Me”, spending 2011 playing the bars and building up a fanbase from the grassroots.

Aaron Kelly continues to cowrite songs in Nashville, and how he is beginning to perform some live dates to showcase new music. Here is Aaron performing an original song called “Hey Haley”. The shorter clip is a more recent performance.

If you’ve got news about any Idols Gone Country not already covered, please post it in comments and I’ll add the appropriate news bits to this post. Thanks and enjoy!

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Also known as Windmills, I cover country music news and live televised country events, in addition to recapping ABC's 'Nashville.' Additionally, I occasionally do long-form chart analysis that has been cited by Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, The Guardian, The New Republic, NPR, and more.