(CMT Hot Dish is a weekly feature written by veteran columnist Hazel Smith. Author of the cookbook, Hazel's Hot Dish: Cookin' With Country Stars, she also hosts CMT's Southern Fried Flicks With Hazel Smith and shares her recipes at CMT.com.)
You should have seen the long red bus parked in front of my house last week. My neighbors must have been either jealous or in awe of who was on the bus and what we were cooking and eating in my kitchen. How does tender and juicy oven barbecued ribs, potato casserole, cabbage medley, lime Jello salad and four-layer chocolate pie sound?
Tasty is what it was. And when you've got a good eater like Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery seated beside you, well, you can't help but enjoy the meal.
Many fans are betting Montgomery Gentry have what it takes to become the duo of the year at all of the country awards shows since Brooks & Dunn have now hung up their spurs for good. It would be great for Eddie and his partner, Troy Gentry, who somehow managed to sneak a duo of the year win away from Brooks & Dunn in 2000.
Eddie and Troy are the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry and are humbly proud of their Opry membership. Eddie says they love Little Jimmy Dickens and Mel Tillis. Could it be the jokes those guys tell?
Believe it or not, between gigs and recording, Eddie Montgomery's Steakhouse has become a reality. Sitting on 23 acres of Kentucky soil, the 20,000-square-foot business offers good Southern cooking, live entertainment, a full-service bar and a gift shop. Located in Harrodsburg, Ky., the grand opening celebration is set for Tuesday (Sept. 14), and a passel of stars are heading there for the big event.
Watch out for Eddie and yours truly sopping up ribs and all the other goodies during the episode of CMT's Southern Fried Flicks premiering on Oct. 17. That's when my neighbors can see what was going on at my house the day Eddie dropped by.
Good-Hearted Keith Urban Is for the Hall
Keith Urban's second All for the Hall benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is coming up on Oct. 5 at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. His guests will include Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, John Mayer, Martina McBride, Charley Pride and Billy Currington. A good-hearted man who loves country music, Keith is a killer entertainer, killer guitar man, killer singer and killer songwriter.
A Front Row for Kenny's Invitation Only
For you Kenny Chesney fans who want a front row seat, just mark Sept. 27 in red. That's the date the superstar's all-new Invitation Only concert special premieres on CMT. Taped before a live audience in Nashville, Kenny performed some of his biggest hits, like "When the Sun Goes Down," as well as five new songs from his forthcoming album, Hemingway's Whiskey, set for a Sept. 28 release. Those new songs include his latest single, "The Boys of Fall."
An extra added attraction for the big night is a question-and-answer session. Kenny has always been a very private person, so you fans will definitely not want to miss this treat.
Kanye West Says He Suffered After Upstaging Taylor Swift
According to The Associated Press, Kanye West tweeted that he bled hard, canceled a tour, suffered death threats and experienced a career setback following the last year's MTV Video Music Awards when he grabbed the microphone from teenager Taylor Swift while blabbing that her trophy should have gone to Beyoncé. Because of his actions, President Obama called Kanye a "jackass," and the entire music business was angered by his behavior. Honestly, I wanted to bop him in the face with my fist.
This was not Kanye's first meltdown when an award show did not go his way. But it was his first time of disrespecting one of ours. Hopefully, he learned a lesson.
A Music City Wedding
Carter's Chord's Emily Robertson and Trailer Choir's Marc "Butter" Fortney were at the popular Music City bar, 12th & Porter, to celebrate Butter's birthday -- or so they said. It really was Butter's birthday, and friends and folks did show up to celebrate it. Pretty soon, though, Emily and Butter had better plans. An item for two years, the couple exchanged wedding vows at the club.
That's how we do it here in Nashville. We invite you to a birthday bash and turn it into a wedding. Trailer Choir's Big Vinny was the ring bearer. Admit it. You like Big Vinny better than Carrie Underwood's dog who was the ringbearer at her wedding. Carter's Chord and Trailer Choir both record for Toby Keith's record label, Show Dog-Universal.
Congratulations to my friends Joe Don Rooney (of Rascal Flatts, of course) and wife Tiffany Fallon on the birth of their second child, Raquel Blue. Born Sept. 7 and weighing 7 pounds, the parents are thrilled. And Raquel's older brother, Jagger, already wants to feed her cookies.
Olay ambassador! Wow, Carrie Underwood Fisher, that's a good gig to have. She announced her association with the beauty product line last week.
The wonderful James Otto was hospitalized last week with a stomach virus that forced him to cancel two concerts -- and a visit to my house to tape Southern Fried Flicks. Here's hoping James' new baby, Ava Katherine Otto, avoids her daddy's tummy problem.
I hear that Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough were spotted at the L.A. airport after spending the Labor Day weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. As they got into the car to leave the airport, they shared one more hug and kiss -- maybe for the paparazzi.
Like daughter Destiny Hope Cyrus (aka Miley Cyrus), Tish Cyrus has decided to legally change her name from Leticia Finley Cyrus to Tish Cyrus. It's called show biz, folks. Kentucky hillbillies crossing over to Hollywood.
Big Alan Jackson will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album with the Nov. 23 release of 34 Number Ones, a double CD. Sounds like a marvelous Merry Christmas present to me. I've got to have me some of that.
The great Merle Haggard will be among the recipients at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors. Others receiving the award are Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, composer Jerry Herman and choreographer Bill T. Jones. The ceremony will be taped on Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C., to air Dec. 28 on CBS.
See the new Hot Dish recipe of the week: Pumpkin Pie.