(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.)
Convinced he was at home, Ottawa Senators hockey star Mike Fisher and his bride, country sensation Carrie Underwood, built a 5,000-square-foot home in the Ottawa area to suit their impeccable taste. Carrie said she loved her house and loved living in Canada. With Carrie for a wife, Fisher just smiled a lot and starred as a hockey player.
Suddenly last week, the rumors turned to truth when it was revealed that Fisher will be donning the No. 12 jersey for the Nashville Predators. He's being swapped in exchange for the Predators' first-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft and a conditional pick in the 2012 draft.
Music biz types and Carrie's co-songwriters are thrilled their American Idol champ will soon have a 615 area code and will be moving all her clothes and stuff back to Music Town.
Carrie has a place in nearby Franklin, where she resided as a single girl. One can assume the couple will be comfy there until they can have another house built. I recall Brad Paisley showing Fisher around his home and the surrounding acreage. Maybe the Fishers would enjoy a log house with lots of privacy -- like the Paisleys have.
We can only hope Fisher will be as happy with Carrie in Nashville as she seemed to be with him in Ottawa.
Super Bowl Musings
Like everyone else I know, I, too, got sucked into the excitement of the Super Bowl. I never watch anything except CMT, country music awards shows, the news, CNN or Fox or MSNBC. I watched Larry King as long as he was on, but I don't like his replacement, Piers Morgan. His arrogance overwhelms me. Besides, I don't think he likes country music, and I prefer not to like someone who isn't smart enough to like country music.
Before the game, I was sure the Steelers would win, hands down. When Green Bay scored 14-points to Pittsburgh's zero, I still thought the Steelmen would catch up and win.
Christina Aguilera's mess-up of the national anthem may have created chaos in the Steelers' locker room. It did at my house.
"What is she doing?" I loudly asked anyone listening.
Nobody was listening. They were all in shock. Those all-American footballers may have been in shock just like the all-Americans at my house.
Listen folks, I know nobody involved in the NFL reads what I write. But they do know Martina McBride. I hear Martina hosted some highfaluting event for the NFLers in Dallas around the time of the Super Bowl. Maybe those NFLers were not in charge of entertainment, but they must know who was in charge of choosing the singer of "The Star-Spangled Banner." If I'd been in charge, I would have picked Martina, who has sung the song at a half dozen stadiums and never missed a word. After Aguilera's foul-up, someone should have marched into the stands, found Martina and led her to the microphone. She'd show them how it's done in Music City.
You know who else was in Dallas? Faith Hill. She was there to perform at the Pepsi Fan Jam for a live CMT Crossroads special with the Pretenders. Right there is another country star that knows the words to the national anthem without using a lyric sheet. Faith sang it one year at a Super Bowl and never missed a lick.
Also onstage in Dallas: Kid Rock and Jamey Johnson, that's who. They performed at the Pepsi Fan Jam on a different night for a special that aired on VH1.
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Honors Kenny
The great Kenny Chesney has been named Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Kenny's Boys of Fall documentary examines the positive effects of playing football. The Luttrell, Tenn., native donated 10,000 copies of the DVD to high schools and their coaches.
On Sunday (Feb. 20), ESPN will air Kenny's other sports documentary, The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story, about the University of Tennessee player who became the first African-American starting quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. Congratulations to Kenny, who plays and watches football but sings for a living.
It's Called Fan Fair
They call it the CMA Music Festival. After 40 years, though, I still call it Fan Fair. I would not change the names of my sons nor will I change the name of the greatest fan event on earth. Top-of-the-line entertainment for top-of-the-line fans is set for June 9-12. Get your tickets early and get ready to see and hear CMA female vocalist of the year Miranda Lambert, male vocalist of the year Blake Shelton and vocal group of the year Lady Antebellum. They'll be joining Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban.
Hmm. I see Sheryl Crow is listed -- which makes me wonder if Kid Rock will be announced at a later date. Remember, I told you last week that Sheryl joined the Kid in his newest video.
It thrilled me to learn that Brad Paisley will headline the Daytona 500 pre-race show, an extravaganza leading up to the engines revving up at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday (Feb. 20). The race will be broadcast live on Fox.
Leave it to Dierks Bentley. He set up cameras in the studio in Asheville, N.C., while recording his next album. Over 30,000 fans logged in over the five-day run but could not hear the music. You didn't expect audio, now did you? Dierks' hit, "Sideways," will serve as a NASCAR theme song during 2011. He'll perform it Sunday (Feb. 20) before the Daytona 500.
Country Music Hall of Fame great Tom T. Hall and his wife Dixie were named songwriter of the year for the 10th consecutive time by the Society of the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America. Next year, the couple will be presented SPBGMA's Grand Masters Gold Award and be retired from competing in the songwriter of the year category.
Julianne Hough is the latest "Got Milk" ad person. Teaming with Seventeen magazine for a contest, they will select nine teenage girls to appear with milk mustaches. Hey, I've got a 5-year-old who drinks milk.
Sugar Hill Records will release a trio of Nickel Creek albums on vinyl on April 16 to help celebrate Record Store Day.
Sans former partner Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn's debut solo single, "Bleed Red," slides in at No. 30 on the country charts. Ronnie ties with the highest chart debut achieved by Brooks & Dunn -- "My Maria," which also entered the chart at No. 30 in 1996.
Steve Wariner has released his third instrumental album, Guitar Laboratory. The 13-song collection of musical styles ranges from country and jazz to rock, blues, classical and Hawaiian.
Rascal Flatts have recorded "That Should Be Me" with Justin Bieber. The teen sensation will include it on his seven-song album, Never Say Never. In related news, after 10 years together, Flatts have parted ways with their management company. Not to worry, they have another.
It's not really new news, but it's not that old, either. When I was appearing on the wonderful Ellen DeGeneres Show, I met several celebs. Actors such as Terrence Howard, Geena Davis and Edie Falco were nice people. The one person who treated Opry Dan and me like the post we were leaning on was Bette Midler, but one of the nicest people was Charlie Sheen. I'm saddened by all the negative hullabaloo he's gone through recently, and it is my hope and prayers that he can return to the right road. He's a great talent.
A Final Note
Wynonna called me the other day. She's coming by the house soon to see me. She may even tape CMT's Southern Fried Flicks with me. Why have I gotten phone calls during the past two weeks from Wynonna, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock and Alison Krauss? Someone said I was nice. Oh, and I also heard from Wisconsin native Josh Thompson, who is beyond thrilled over the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl win.
Speaking of wonderful Alison, she attended the Robert Plant and Band of Joy concert last week at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. He's the ex-Led Zeppelin vocalist she won a Grammy with for their Raising Sand album.
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