Nashville New and Notes for THURSDAY

Billy Currington Pleads Not Guilty, Court Date Set In Georgia Incident


Billy Currington is pleading not guilty to charges of making terroristic threats and abuse of an elder person.  Savannah's WSAV-TV says attorney Alex Zipperer entered the plea in a Georgia court Wednesday on the country singer's behalf, and Currington did not appear in court.  The next court date in the case has been set for October 4th.  Currington's case stems from an incident near Tybee Island back in April, involving the singer and tour boat captain Charles Harvey Ferrelle.  Ferrelle claims Currington started screaming at him and threatened his life while he was carrying his customers on his boat past the singer's home. 


While police responded at the time of the incident, Currington was not arrested.  He was indicted ten days later, and turned himself in to authorities within 24 hours of the indictment.


Chris Young Hospitalized With Leg Infection


Chris Young is on the mend.  The country star has developed a leg infection that has landed him in a Denver hospital.  The singer says he "didn't even know" he was sick.  He says "one minute" he was "fine," and then he's "suddenly...being rushed to the hospital."  Young is expected to remain hospitalized at least until Thursday.  As a result, Chris has had to cancel all concerts through Saturday.  He adds that he's "sorry to disappoint the fans," and he's looking forward to "being up and around" again.  Young is expected to return to the road with his Redding, California show on August 21st.


Cancelled Chris Young Concerts


August 14 - Kalispell, Montana, at the Northwest Montana Fair Ground

August 15 - Peticton, British Columbia, Canada, at the Sound Okanagen Events Center - with Brad Paisley

August 16- Mission, British Columbia, Canada, at the Rockin' River Music Festival - with Brad Paisley

August 17 - Brownsville, Oregon, at the Willamette Country Music Festival - with Brad Paisley


George Strait To Receive ASCAP Founders Award This Fall


George Strait is getting recognized for his lengthy and influential career.  The King Of Country has been tapped to receive the ASCAP Founders Award at the music publisher's upcoming Country Music Awards.  The prize awards songwriters who have made "pioneering contributions to music" and have influenced both their peers and those who have followed.  ASCAP President Paul Williams says Strait certainly fits the bill.  He calls Strait a "living legend" and "a genuine musical pioneer whose influence on country music is immeasurable."  George will be honored at the 51st annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, taking place at Nashville's Music City Center on November 4th.


Civil Wars Self-Titled Album Tops Chart, Log Career-Best Sales Week


The issues between The Civil Wars' Joy Williams and John Paul White haven't kept fans from buying their new album. says the duo's self-titled effort well surpassed the competition to capture the top spot on the Billboard 200.  The new disc is also giving The Civil Wars their best sales week to date.  The 116-thousand in sales more than triples their previous best of 36-thousand with "Barton Hollow," which came after their performance and win at the 2012 Grammy Awards.  The strong sales also come despite the duo's limited promotion for the effort, and they aren't touring behind the album.  Williams and White apparently hit an impasse last fall, announcing in November that they would not be going on the due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition."


The 47th installment of "Now That's What I Call Music" compilation has the number two spot on the chart with sales of 82-thousand, while Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" -- last week's chart-topper -- drops down to number three.  Jay-Z's "Magna Carta...Holy Grail" and the soundtrack to "Teen Beach Movie" round out the top five.


Luke Bryan On Track For Massive Sales Week


Luke Bryan is expected to see major returns with his latest album. says sales projections for "Crash My Party" are surpassing 450-thousand, which would be the best sales week of his career.  It would also be the biggest week for a male country artist since 2005, when Kenny Chesney's "The Road and the Radio" debuted with 469-thousand in sales.  In addition, the 450-thousand figure would give Bryan the third-best sales week of 2013. Only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which opened in March with 968-thousand, and Jay-Z's "Magna Carta...Holy Grail," which launched in July with sales of 528-thousand, will have done better.


Luke Bryan Loves New Album's Special Bonus Tracks


Luke Bryan says he really likes the song "Your Mama Should Have Named You Whiskey."  The country star explains that the title sums up the lyrics, while the music is just "really cool."


"Your Mama Should Have Named You Whiskey" is one of four bonus tracks found only on copies of "Crash My Party" sold at Target stores.  "Crash My Party" was released this week.  The album is poised to be the biggest disc of Bryan's career.


Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Enjoy Hosting CMA Awards Together


Carrie Underwood says she really likes Brad Paisley.  She explains that they've developed a sibling-type relationship with one another.


Paisley and Underwood will be teaming up once again to host the annual Country Music Association Awards.  Carrie says she really enjoys working with Brad, in part because he is a friend.  She adds that she's glad she has someone in her life like Paisley, whom she can relate to on both a professional and personal level.  And Brad likes the partnership as well.  He says he and Carrie have a great time overseeing the event together, and he couldn't ask for a better co-host.  This year's event will mark Brad and Carrie's sixth time hosting the ceremony.  The 47th Annual CMA Awards will take place in Nashville on November 6th, and air on ABC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Little Big Town Celebrating A Big Year


The members of Little Big Town say the release of their album "Tornado" last September sparked a whirlwind for the group. 


Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild admits the group felt good about the disc.   But she says having confidence in their work was no guarantee that "Tornado" would be a success.  Little Big Town topped the Hot Country Songs chart for the first time with "Pontoon," the lead-off release from "Tornado."  In addition, the Platinum-certified album brought the group their first CMA, American Country, and Grammy awards.


"Lazy" Loretta Lynn Prepping Two New CDs


Loretta Lynn says she's doing great these days.  While she's had her share of health problems in recent years, the 81-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer tells "Rolling Stone" she feeling better now than she did at half her age.  But she also admits she's not pushing herself as hard as she used to.  Lynn explains that at 40 she was "working six or seven days a week, two shows a day," which was "a little rough" on her, and now she's become "lazy."  She says she gets offers to perform "all the time," but only accepts the dates she wants to play.  But Loretta adds that when she hits the stage, she gives her audience "everything" she's got. 


She also says she's been busy in the studio.  Lynn says she's recorded 80 tracks, and plans to release a gospel album and a Christmas CD later this year.


Annual Candlelight Vigil For Elvis Taking Place Tonight At Graceland


Elvis Presley fans from around the world will meet at Graceland Thursday evening for the annual Candlelight Vigil.  The overnight gathering at the late rock icon's Memphis mansion is one of the highlights of Elvis Week, which runs through Saturday.  After an opening ceremony, participants will begin a procession through the gates of Graceland and up the driveway to Presley's gravesite in the Meditation Garden for a moment of reflection and remembrance.  The Candlelight Vigil typically attracts thousands of mourners, and usually extends well past midnight.  Friday marks the 36th anniversary of Presley's death.  The legendary performer suffered a heart attack at Graceland, and passed away on August 16th, 1977.  He was 42.  Elvis Week stems from the Candlelight Vigil fans held at Graceland in August 1978, on the first anniversary of his death.


Taylor Swift Shares Her Regrets, Fears, Wishes


Taylor Swift admits she has some regrets.  But they don't weigh too heavily on her, because they've all become songs she's proud of.  That's just one of a number of random personal tidbits the country-pop singer-songwriter is sharing with "Marie Claire."  Sea Urchins top her list of fears, while she's also afraid of Googling herself, earwigs, cynics, and "getting arrested."  The only thing on her bucket list is to "get a college degree...somehow, someway," while "contentment, a mint-green bike, and the ingredients to make Shirley Temples" comprise her current wish list.  And if she were to throw a dinner party, her "ideal" guest list would include Will Ferrell, Conan O'Brien, and "Barefoot Contessa" host Ina Garten -- whom Taylor would also tap to help her make the meal.


Country Birthdays Include


Singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb is 67.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1983, Crystal Gayle's "Greatest Hits" album was released.


Today in 1991, the "Reba In Concert" video was released.


Today in 1991, Alan Jackson and Vince Gill were the top nominees for the upcoming 25th annual Country Music Association Awards with six bids each.


Today in 1995, Alabama's "In Pictures" album was released.


Today in 1997, the single "You Light Up My Life" by LeAnn Rimes was released.


Today in 2001, the Dixie Chicks were confirmed as one of several acts performing on the Lifetime Network's second annual "Women Rock! Girls & Guitars" event, which benefited the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.


Today in 2002, Deana Carter pleaded guilty in a Nashville courtroom to a charge of driving while impaired on December 21, 2001.  As part of a plea bargain, Deana agreed to serve 16 hours of community service and pay a 500-hundred-dollar fine and court costs.


Today in 2002, Alison Krauss was the top nominee following the announcement of contenders for the Bluegrass Music Awards.  Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, and Patty Loveless were also among those vying for awards.


Today in 2004, Brooks and Dunn shot footage for their "That's What It's All About" video during a stop on their "Red Dirt Roadhouse" tour.


Today in 2006, Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry appeared in a Duluth, Minnesota court to plead not guilty to charges he hunted a black bear without the proper permit approximately two years earlier.  Gentry said he relied on the knowledge and expertise of a local guide to obtain the proper permit.


Today in 2006, new album releases included Trace Adkins' "Dangerous Man," Kenny Rogers' "Christmas Collection," and The Oak Ridge Boys' "The Definitive Collection."


Today in 2006, Blake Shelton's album "The Dreamer" was certified Gold.


Today in 2007, Joe Nichols' album "Man with a Memory" was certified Platinum.


Today in 2008, Randy Owen played a benefit concert in Knoxville, Tennessee in support of the victims of the shooting a few weeks earlier at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville.


Today in 2009, Rodney Atkins was the headliner for the second of two Salute to the Troops Concerts at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.


Today in 2010, Josh Thompson joined Lynyrd Skynyrd for a special "Rock The Beach" concert behind the Boardwalk on Oklaoosa Island in Destin, Florida.  The free show was staged to help revive tourism along the Gulf Coast following the spring oil spill.


Today in 2012, Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" entered the "Billboard" Radio Songs chart at number 25, which was the highest debut for a song from country artist since the chart began in 1991.


Today in 2012, Colt Ford topped the Country Albums chart for the first time with "Declaration of Independence."


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