Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesWelcome back to the final day of rehearsals for the Academy of Country Music Awards! The one and only Randy Travis has been added as a presenter, and we’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s not dally! In today’s post: Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, a press conference with Sugarland, and a quick chat with Darius Rucker. Onward!
9:40 a.m. Bright and early (for Vegas) Saturday morning here in the MGM Green Giant Arena, and they’re doing a “look-see” with the women who will be handing out the ACM statuettes on Sunday night. The two ladies stand on the stage in their evening gowns, and we look at them, and we see.
9:45 a.m. He’s been off the road all year and he “Ain’t Back Yet”: Kenny Chesney is on the scene to rehearse the single from his 3D movie — which I get to see tonight, so check back here for details on the star-studded premiere tomorrow (UPDATE: Click here to see Whitney Pastorek’s Kenny Chesney in 3-D premiere On the Scene report) — and the uptempo, horn-driven number is almost better than the cup of coffee I’ve not yet had time to go and get. (I am dying inside.) As the riffy song rolls along, Kenny takes a wide stance at the microphone and really gets into it. His voice sounds great. I wonder if he misses performing yet. You know, in between siestas on his yacht in the islands. “That song, ‘Ain’t Back Yet,’ which is from the movie [it plays over the closing credits], I think it really reflects our live show a lot,” Chesney told me. “Been looking for one of those for a couple years, just to add to it.” READ FULL STORY »