VINCE GILL did a phone interview with the "Chicago Tribune" . . . and they asked if he's in favor of the rock-oriented country music coming out of Nashville that "sounds like DEF LEPPARD."
Vince, who is one of the most easygoing guys ever . . . actually took the bait and ran with it.
He said, quote, "It makes me laugh when I hear this Def Leppard-sounding record with a guy singing to me about how country he is.
"I appreciate them wanting to rock as hard as they want, but it's humorous to me that, lyrically, they're screaming about how hot your chick is in your truck."
The "Tribune" wrote that Vince may have been taking a swipe at LUKE BRYAN . . . even though Luke's name never came up in the interview that they published.
The "truck" line actually sounds more to me like JASON ALDEAN'S song "She's Country" . . . when he sings, quote, "She's a hot little number in her pick-up truck."
I'm sure LADY ANTEBELLUM'S DAVE HAYWOOD and his bride Kelli Cashiola raked in their share of big-ticket wedding gifts when they got married earlier this month.
But none were more AWESOME than the personalized bobble-head dolls of Dave and Kelli. At least that's what Dave said.
He Tweeted, quote, "I have to share the best gift EVER from our bass player Dennis."
CARRIE UNDERWOOD isn't worried that she hasn't had a new album out in two-and-half years. She feels that absence makes the heart grow fonder.
She says, "People want to miss you sometimes, ya know. I know what I feel like when Mike goes away for a week on a road trip. And when he comes back I love him twice as much."
Carrie's new album, Blown Away, comes out tomorrow. And she'll return to the place it all started, American Idol, on Thursday.
As KEITH URBAN’S team heads into the battle rounds on the Australian version of the TV show, The Voice he recalls the first time he had to spin the chair around for a contestant.
He says, "Felt like I was on the set of Star Trek. It was a little odd. I definitely had a few existential moments where I thought, 'What am I doing sitting in this chair?'"
After the initial trekkie moment passed, he says he focused on why he was there--to help artists achieve their dreams.