Randy Travis To Mentor American Idol contestants

American Idol is going Country for a week as the Top 11 perform songs from Grand Ole Opry Members.  Roughstock has learned what songs they can choose from.  Opry member Randy Travis will mentor the kids while Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will perform.

Every season American Idol has a “Country Music Week” and this season, the show’s 8th is no different.  But the timing of the show is for they usually reserve it for later in the competition.  Perhaps the lack of any obvious country singers makes for the earlier appearance, but there are a pair of male vocalists on the show, Michael Sarver and front runner Danny Gokey that would be wise to follow the Country music path, given their backgrounds on the show.

On March 17, 2009 the American Idol conestants will be mentored by Country legend and Grand Ole Opry star Randy Travis.  The contestants will choose any song from a Grand Ole Opry member’s catalog and sing it on the show.  Travis, who’s two-disc career retrospective drops the same day, will guide the contestants in all of the ways to sing a classic country song.  Carrie Underwood, the most successful Idol contestant ever (in the USA), will sing a duet version of her latest hit, with the song’s original performer and writer, Travis, during the results show on March 18, 2009.  Underwood recently was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.  Brad Paisley will also be performing his upcoming single “Then” on the show.

The contestants will be able to choose from this list of cleared songs:

Alan Jackson – Don’t Rock the Jukebox
Alan Jackson – Summertime Blues
Alan Jackson – Chattahoochee
Alison Krauss – When You Say Nothing Ar All
Alison Krauss – Baby Now That I’ve Found You
Barbara Mandrell – If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want to Be Right
Brad Paisley – Celebrity
Brad Paisley – Mud on the Tires
Brad Paisley – When I Get Where I’m Going
Carrie Underwood – Jesus Take the Wheel
Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats
Carrie Underwood – Wasted
Carrie Underwood – So Small
Carrie Underwood – All-American Girl
Carrie Underwood – Last Name
Diamond Rio – Beautiful Mess
Dierks Bentley – What Was Thinkin
Dierks Bentley – Come A Little Closer
Dierks Bentley – Every Mile a Memory
Dierks Bentley – Feel That Fire
Dolly Parton – Jolene
Dolly Patron – I Will Always Love You
Dolly Parton – Here You Come Again
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Dolly Parton – Why’d You Come In Here Lookin’ Like That
Garth Brooks – Friends in Low Places
Garth Brooks – The Dance
Garth Brooks – Shameless
Garth Brooks – More Than a Memory
George Jones – She Thinks I Still Care
George Jones – He Stopped Loving Her Today
Hank Williams – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
Johnny Cash – I Walk the Line
Josh Turner – Your Man
Josh Turner – Would You Go With Me
Josh Turner – Firecracker
Lorrie Morgan – Watch Me
Martina McBride – Wild Angels
Martina McBride – A Broken Wing
Martina McBride – Anyway
Pam Tillis – Cleopatra, Queen of Denial
Pam Tillis – Maybe It Was Memphis
Patsy Cline – Walkin’ After Midnight
Patsy Cline – I Fall to Pieces
Patsy Cline – Crazy
Patty Loveless – Blame On Your Heart
Randy Travis – Forever And Ever Amen
Reba McEntire – Fancy
Reba McEntire – Why Haven’t I Heard From You
Ronnie Milsap – It Was Almost Like a Song
Tammy Wynette – Stand By Your Man
Terri Clark – Poor Poor Pitiful Me
Trace Adkins – Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
Trace Adkins – You’re Gonna Miss This
Travis Tritt – I’m Gonna Be Somebody
Travis Tritt – T-R-O-U-B-L-E
Travis Tritt – Tell Me I was Dreaming
Travis Tritt – It’s a Great Day To Be Alive
Trisha Yearwood – She’s In Love With The Boy
Trisha Yearwood – Walkaway Joe
Trisha Yearwood – How Do I Live
Vince Gill – I Still Believe In You