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Country Report

For:  Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Ray Price Battling Cancer


Ray Price has cancer.  The Country Music Hall of Famer tells doctors discovered he had pancreatic cancer while removing his gallbladder.  He says he's now undergone six months of chemotherapy and is doing well.  Price adds that the tumor hasn't grown.  The 86-year-old country legend says he was told that "every man will have cancer if he lives to be old enough," but he doesn't understand why he developed the illness because he "ain't old."  Ray explains that he was offered the option of having his pancreas removed, but if he survived the lengthy and risky surgical procedure he would be living out the rest of his days in a nursing home.  He says that simply wasn't an option for him.  Price has been receiving treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.


Price is also continuing to work through his illness.  Next week he's planning to begin work on his next album, and he's still performing live.  Ray's next show is set for Austin, Texas on November 18th.


T.G. Sheppard Hospitalized Again With "Severe" Blood Infection


T.G. Sheppard remains very ill.  The country star has been battling an infection for the past few weeks, and his wife Kelly Lang says the condition has sent T.G. back to the hospital.  Kelly explained in a Facebook post Tuesday that she didn't want to go into "too much detail," but T.G. still has a "severe blood infection" and they "need prayers."  Sheppard's medical drama began last month.  The 68-year-old country star developed a bladder infection that spread to his bloodstream and began affecting his heart rate.  Doctors have struggled to both get his heartbeat under control and wipe out the infection.


Sheppard was among the prominent country stars in the 1970s and '80s.  His 14 chart-topping hits include "Devil in the Bottle," "Last Cheater's Waltz," "Slow Burn," and "Only One You."  Sheppard and Lang have been together for eleven years, and were married in August 2007.  Prior to their wedding Kelly said she realized T.G. was her partner for life with the way he supported her through her successful battle with breast cancer in 2005.


Sammy Kershaw, Band OK After Bus Crash


Sammy Kershaw says he and his band members are "sore but OK" after being involved in a traffic accident.  The crash occurred in Nocona, Texas Friday night.  Kershaw tells E! News a car struck the side of his tour bus, toward the front end of the vehicle.  He admits they "were all very lucky, including the lady" that hit his bus.  The singer explains that he and his crew were rattled by the crash but physically were fine, however the car's driver was admitted to the hospital with a broken ankle and bruises on her face caused by her car's air bags.  The bus was seriously damaged, while the car was totalled.  But Kershaw says that's not nearly as important, because "cars and buses and all that other stuff" are "just things and things can be replaced."  He adds that he knows he's traveled with "a lot of guardian angels" throughout his life.


The crash also hasn't forced Kershaw to make any changes to his schedule.  He still performed Saturday as expected in Selma, Texas.  The country star's next show is coming up in Cambridge, Maryland on Friday.


Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer An Item


A couple of country newcomers are making a new country couple.  Brantley Gilbert confirms that he and Jana Kramer have been dating for the past few months.  Gilbert admits to that they're "the unlikely couple, but it works."  He adds that they've even begun writing songs together.  Brantley says they just recently penned their first collaboration, and he thinks it's "a pretty cool song."  But he won't give any details about the track, saying he "can't give away" all his "secrets."


But Gilbert will discuss his new single.  He says "More Than Miles" is based on his own life.  He explains that as he was starting his career he was traveling a lot between his home in Georgia and Nashville.  But when he left for one trip he "had some family stuff going on," and ultimately he "turned around and came back home."  "More Than Miles" is from Gilbert's 2010 album "Halfway To Heaven."


Billy Ray Cyrus Discusses Daughter Miley's Upcoming Wedding Ceremonies


Billy Ray Cyrus will be very busy when Miley gets married.  The country singer and actor tells "Us" magazine his daughter is planning three wedding ceremonies.  He says he doesn't know exactly when they will be, but that he's ready to walk his 19-year-old Miley down the aisle whenever she's ready.  Back in June, after three years of dating, Miley and the Australian "Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth announced their engagement.  Billy Ray also jokes that he hopes his daughter's entrance into the Hemsworth clan will help him score some parts in some of the brothers' blockbuster movies.  The "Achy Breaky Heart" singer made his debut on Broadway on Monday in the musical "Chicago."  He says the family is planning on coming to see him in it soon."  He says they are "letting me get in the groove first."


Faith Hill Debuting New Video With Special Online Presentation


Faith Hill is ready to unveil the video to her current single.  The singer will debut the clip for "American Heart" with a special online presentation streaming simultaneously on her website and Facebook page.  In addition to the video's premiere, the screening will include behind-the-scenes footage of the video's development.  In addition, fans will be able to chat throughout the premiere via uStream's Social Stream feature.  Faith says she's excited about hosting an interactive video premiere.  She believes it's "appropriate" to show the clip to her fans first, because they've remained so loyal and supportive of her over the years.  The "American Heart" debut is set for Thursday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


Jimmy Wayne Shares His Voting Experience


Jimmy Wayne is among those glad election day is now over.  The country star is among the millions of Americans who did their civic duty and voted on Tuesday, although he admits it wasn't all that pleasant for him.  Prior to casting his vote Jimmy tweeted that after months of "watching & listening, waiting 4 answers that made sense," he was sitting in his vehicle still undecided between re-electing President Obama or choosing Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  An hour later Wayne tweeted, "Thank God that's behind me, I hope! We'll see what the next 4 years is like! This sux!"


Jimmy capped off his day with an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.  He was scheduled to perform on the Tuesday Night Opry show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium along with Randy Houser, Edens Edge, John Conlee, Exile, and others.


Trisha Yearwood Enjoying Second Season Of Cooking Show


Trisha Yearwood is back on the air with new episodes of her Food Network show, "Trisha's Southern Kitchen."  While viewers might notice some differences between season one and season two, the singer says there's one thing she isn't going to change about the show.


Yearwood's family is involved in the show, which has moved production from Nashville to her home base of Oklahoma.  Husband Garth Brooks and his daughters Allie and August Brooks have all made appearances, while Trisha's sister, niece, uncle, and some longtime friends are also among the season two guests.  There's also one aspect of the show Yearwood would like to clarify.  Trisha admits she makes a number of rich and decadent dishes on the show, but she doesn't serve them to her family on a regular basis.  She calls those meals "treats," and says they typically maintain healthy diets.  "Trisha's Southern Kitchen" airs on the Food Network Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.


Blake Shelton Credits "Hillbilly Bone" As Career-Changing Song


Blake Shelton calls "Hillbilly Bone" a "turning point" song in his career.  But the new CMA Entertainer of the Year says his 2009 collaboration with Trace Adkins wasn't any type of calculated move.  He explains that he's always remained true to himself as an artist.


But Blake admits that his personality really shines through in "Hillbilly Bone," and his private persona was finally being unveiled to the public through his music.  "Hillbilly Bone" also launched a string of seven consecutive number one hits for Shelton that has yet to be broken.  This year's chart-toppers include "Over" and "Drink On It," which are from his 2011 album "Red River Blue."  The disc was Blake's first number one album, debuting at the top of both the Country Albums chart as well as the all-genre Billboard 200.


Miranda Lambert Wants More Women To Rise Up In Country


Miranda Lambert says she'd like to see more women become more prominent in country music.


Lambert says she believes she's "kicked the door open" for female singer-songwriters, and she's "keeping the door open" for them to follow in her footsteps.  The country star also knows it means her reign as Female Vocalist of the Year will eventually come to an end.  Miranda just won the title from the Country Music Association for the third year in a row at last week's CMA Awards ceremony.  Back in April Lambert was also named the Academy of Country Music's Top Female Vocalist for a third consecutive year.


Carrie Underwood-Steven Tyler Duet On New Aerosmith Album


Carrie Underwood contributes to the new Aerosmith album.  The season four "American Idol" winner joined former "Idol" judge Steven Tyler and his band on the song "Can't Stop Lovin' You."


"Can't Stop Lovin' You" is from Aerosmith's new album "Music From Another Dimension," which is in stores now.  The track marks the third collaboration between Underwood and Tyler, but their first studio recording together.  They first teamed up to perform at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards.  Carrie and Steven were also featured on an episode of "CMT Crossroads" earlier this year.



Today in Country Music History


Today in 1981, the Oak Ridge Boys' "Fancy Free" single was number one on the charts.


Today in 1986, Willie Nelson made a guest appearance as a corrupt ex-cop trying to unload a bunch of stolen cocaine on the television series, "Miami Vice."


Today in 1998, Little Jimmy Dickens celebrated a historic milestone when he appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in a performance that marked 50 years as a member of the show's cast.


Today in 2000, new releases included Alan Jackson's "When Somebody Loves You" and Sawyer Brown's "The Hits LIVE."


Today in 2001, Alan Jackson offered the debut performance of "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" at the 35th annual CMA Awards, which brought many to tears and the crowd to its feet.  Winners at the event included Tim McGraw, who captured Entertainer of the Year honors, Toby Keith, Lee Ann Womack, Lonestar, and Brooks & Dunn, while Keith Urban captured the Horizon Award.  Waylon Jennings, Bill Anderson, the Everly Brothers, Don Gibson, Homer & Jethro, the Jordanaires, Louvin Brothers, Sam Phillips and Webb Pierce were among the Country Music Hall of Fame inductees.


Today in 2001, Chely Wright hosted the UK presentation of the CMA Awards, which aired on the BBC.


Today in 2002, Kix Brooks was elected executive vice president of the Country Music Association's Board of Directors.


Today in 2003, Tracy Byrd's cookbook "Eat Like a Byrd" arrived in stores.


Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney stopped traffic -- literally -- when he performed on ABC's "Good Morning America" the day before his album "The Road and The Radio" arrived in stores.  His stage was set up on a midtown Manhattan street in Times Square.


Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney captured his third Entertainer of the Year nod at the 41st annual CMA Awards.  Male and Female Vocalist of the Year honors went to Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, while Taylor Swift earned the Horizon Award.  Other winners included Sugarland, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, and Tracy Lawrence.  Performers included Big & Rich, Kellie Pickler, Dwight Yoakam, Rascal Flatts with Jamie Foxx, Reba McEntire with LeAnn Rimes, and The Eagles, who made their awards show performance debut.


Today in 2007, former Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune performed at a special ceremony at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC, singing "More Than a Name on a Wall" and reading some of the names on the wall aloud.


Today in 2009, Taylor Swift was both the host and musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."  Only three other country stars had previously served as the sketch comedy show's host and musical performer.


Today in 2011, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott took the top prize of Songwriter of the Year at the SESAC 2011 Nashville Music Awards.  She got the nod as the co-writer of the trio's hits "Need You Now," "Our Kind of Love," and "Just A Kiss," as well as for penning Sara Evans' "A Little Bit Stronger."  In addition, Chris Young's hit "Tomorrow" was named Song of the Year.


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