Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Country Report

For:  Friday, November 23, 2012


Miranda Lambert Opening New Store In Oklahoma


Miranda Lambert is getting into the retail business -- and just in time for Black Friday.  She's hosting the Grand Opening of her new store The Pink Pistol in Tishomingo, Oklahoma today.  The country star tells her store will have "pretty much everything you can imagine," including antiques, gifts, boots, and jeans.  She adds that the decor includes "a glittery pink bicycle hanging from the ceiling."  While Lambert is very busy with her music career she says she enjoys taking on a variety of projects, explaining that she likes to do "anything" that will stimulate her creativity.


And while Miranda is opening her store on Black Friday, she has a different name for the day.  She says she's calling it "Pink Friday," and plans to make it a tradition to "turn the block pink every year" at this time.


Randy Travis, Avett Brothers Teaming Up For "CMT Crossroads"


Randy Travis will be featured on the next installment of "CMT Crossroads."  The country star is teaming up with the folk group The Avett Brothers for the show.  Their set includes a rendition of Randy's hit "Three Wooden Crosses."


The CMT series pairs a country artist with a performer from another genre to play each other's songs and discuss their influences to see where their musical paths intersect.  In addition to Randy's hits they also perform the Avett Brothers' music, including selections from the group most recent release "The Carpenter."  Travis and the Avetts taped their performance last month.  Their "CMT Crossroads" episode will debut on CMT Friday night at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.


Kenny Chesney Provides Halftime Entertainment For Cowboys Thanksgiving Game


Kenny Chesney is mixing his love of music and football this holiday weekend.  The country superstar played the halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys' annual Thanksgiving Day game, which aired on Fox on Thursday.  His six-minute set included his football anthem, "The Boys of Fall."


Chesney launched the mini-concert with "Feel Like A Rock Star," and he also sang his hit "I Go Back" for the enthusiastic crowd.  Kenny's performance served as the kick-off for the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign for the 2012 holiday season.


Kix Brooks Recalls Transition Back Into A Solo Performer


Kix Brooks admits he had to make a mental adjustment when he became a solo artist again.  But the country singer says the transition happened rather quickly for him.

Brooks will perform a special show this weekend in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana.  Saturday's "Instruments A Comin'" concert will raise money for the Tipitina's Foundation, which will use the funds to support the school music programs in the Shreveport-Bossier City area.


Sugarland's Kristian Bush Playing Annual Post-Thanksgiving Concerts


Sugarland's Kristian Bush will be playing his annual post-Thanksgiving concerts this weekend.  The singer began the holiday tradition at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Georgia at the time Sugarland was just starting out, and he tells "Country Weekly" they've become very special for him.  Kristian explains that the Thanksgiving holiday marks the anniversary of his mother's death, and he "always gets sentimental" and wants to perform.  He adds that he thinks "it's important to have a show like this that you go to every year as a musician," saying it "helps define" him.  Bush was originally slated to play two shows Sunday night, but the demand for tickets prompted him to add a third show on Monday.


Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride Launching Holiday Tours


Kenny Rogers and Martina McBride plan to help their fans get into the Christmas spirit.  The country stars are hitting the road this weekend launching separate holiday tours.  Rogers will be entertaining crowds with a mix of seasonal songs and fan favorites on his 31st annual "Christmas & Hits" trek.  For a third consecutive year Billy Dean will be joining Kenny for the shows, which begin with a performance in Catoosa, Oklahoma Friday.


Martina, meanwhile, is heading out on her "Joy of Christmas" tour.  A video display of winter scenes and bustling shoppers will help set the scene as the singer performs a mix of traditional and contemporary holiday songs backed by a 12-piece band.  And she'll make her audiences part of the show with a special segment in which she steps out into the crowd and chats with her fans.  McBride's "Joy of Christmas" tour begins Friday night in Atlanta.


Martina McBride's "The Joy Of Christmas" Tour Dates


November 23 - Atlanta, Georgia, at the Fox Theater

November 24 - Norfolk, Virginia, at Old Dominion University

November 25 - Roanoke, Virginia, at the Roanoke Civic Center

November 29 - Green Bay, Wisconsin, at the Resch Center

December 1 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the Milwaukee Theater

December 6 - Kingston, Ontario, Canada, at the K-Rock Center

December 7 - Westbury, New York, at the Theater At Westbury

December 8 - Williamsport, Pennsylvania, at the Community Arts Center

December 9 - West Long Branch, New Jersey, at the MAC at Monmouth University

December 12 - Springfield, Illinois, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center

December 13 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

December 14 - Albany, New York, at the Palace Theater

December 15 - Lowell, Massachusetts, at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium

December 17 - Fayetteville, North Carolina, at the Crown Coliseum

December 20 - Kansas City, Missouri, at The Midland by AMC

December 21 - Chicago, Illinois, at The Chicago Theater


Kenny Rogers' "Christmas & Hits" Tour Dates


November 23 - Catoosa, Oklahoma, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - The Joint

November 24 - Grand Island, Nebraska, at the Heartland Events Center

November 25 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science

November 26 - Des Moines, Iowa, at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

November 29 - Loveland, Colorado, at the Budweiser Event Center

November 30 - Mescalero, New Mexico, at the Inn Of The Mountain Gods Resort & Casino

December 1 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Route 66 Casino Hotel - Legends Theater

December 2 - Salina, Kansas, at the Stiefel Theatre For The Performing Arts

December 4 - Richmond, Kentucky, at the EKU Center For The Arts

December 5 - Springfield, Missouri, at the O'Reilly Family Event Center

December 7 & 8 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the L'Auberge Baton Rouge Casino Resort - Event Center

December 10 - San Antonio, Texas, at the Majestic Theatre

December 12 - Green Bay, Wisconsin, at the Weidner Center For The Performing Arts

December 13 - Detroit, Michigan, at the Fox Theatre

December 14 - Springfield, Ohio, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center

December 15 - Wabash, Indiana, at the Honeywell Center

December 16 - Prior Lake, Minnesota, at the Mystic Lake Casino - Mystic Showroom

December 19 - Englewood, New Jersey, at the Bergen Performing Arts Center

December 20 - Verona, New York, at the Turning Stone Resort Casino - Event Center

December 21 - Mashantucket, Connecticut, at the Foxwoods Resort Casino - MGM Grand Theater

December 22 - Lynn, Massachusetts, at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium

December 23 - Westbury, New York, at the Theatre at Westbury


Chris Young Enjoys Songwriting, Finds It Great For Relieving Stress


Chris Young says he's glad he's not just a singer but also a songwriter.  He explains that it gives him the opportunity to remain productive while getting away from some of the other stresses of his career.


Young adds that he loves songwriting, so it's not something he considers to be "work."  He also says there's a therapeutic aspect to songwriting.  Chris explains that it's a real stress reliever for him to have a blank piece of paper and the freedom to create whatever he wants.


Quick Bites


Craig Morgan is set to help the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum launch its holiday season.  The singer is slated to perform as part of the festivities surrounding the annual tree lighting event, taking place at the museum tonight.  The ceremony will kick off a month of concerts and seasonal activities at the museum.


Buck Owens is among the country stars with special releases arriving for this year's Record Store Day Black Friday event.  His ten-inch vinyl disc is titled "Buck Sings Eagles," and it dates back to the 1970s.  It features the late country legend covering four Eagles songs which have never before been released.  Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Johnny Cash albums are also among the new Record Store Day offerings.



Today in Country Music History


Today in 1976, police arrested Jerry Lee Lewis outside the gates of Graceland after he showed up for the second time that night and made a scene by shouting, waving a pistol and demanding to see Elvis Presley.


Today in 1996, Trace Adkins made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.  After his performance, he proposed to his girlfriend, Rhonda, from the Opry Stage.  She said yes.



Today in 1999, Reba McEntire's album "So Good Together" and Garth Brooks' album "Magic of Christmas" arrived in stores.


Today in 2004, Jimmy Buffett hosted the "Surviving the Storm - Hurricane Benefit" in Orlando, Florida.


Today in 2004, the late Johnny Cash was recognized for promoting the family, becoming the recipient of the first annual Children's Champion Award from The SOS Children's Villages - USA.  His daughter Rosanne Cash attended the awards luncheon to accept the award on his behalf.


Today in 2004, new album releases included Alison Krauss & Union Station's "Lonely Runs Both Ways."


Today in 2005, "Faith Hill: Fireflies," Faith's third network TV special, aired on NBC-TV and "Kenny Chesney: Somewhere in the Sun" aired on ABC. This was his first network TV special featuring footage captured at a summer stadium show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Today in 2005, Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" debuted at the top of the country album chart after more than 315-thousand copies were sold during its first week of release.  It landed at number two on the pop chart, barely bested by a new album from Madonna.


Today in 2006, Carrie Underwood was the featured halftime performer at the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day football game.  The singer helped officially kick off the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas fundraising campaign with her performance.


Today in 2006, Rascal Flatts performed two songs during the 80th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  They sang "Me And My Gang" and "What Hurts The Most."


Today in 2006, Bo Tucker, father of Tanya Tucker, passed away after a bout with lung cancer. Tucker, who was 79, was instrumental in his daughter becoming a star in country music when she was only 13.


Today in 2006, Trent Tomlinson opened for Uncle Kracker at his annual Thanksgiving night show at the Emerald Theater just outside Kracker's hometown of Detroit.


Today in 2007, Hank Williams Jr. was in Paris, Tennessee to deliver the game ball to the Henry County-Memphis Fairley high school football game.  The singer arrived via helicopter at the 50-yard line of Patriot Stadium.


Today in 2008, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift earned their first American Music Awards.  They were named the Country Music Favorite Male and Female Artist at the event.  Rascal Flatts captured their third consecutive Country Music Favorite Band, Duo, or Group title, while Carrie Underwood's scored a repeat win in the Country Music Favorite Album -- this time with "Carnival Ride."  A year earlier she took the category with her debut disc, "Some Hearts."


Today in 2009, Charlie Daniels hosted his annual Charlie Daniels and Friends Charity Concert for Christmas For Kids at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.  Gretchen Wilson and Phil Vassar were among the "friends" who took part in the charity show.


Today in 2009, Jimmy Wayne released the album "Sara Smile."


Today in 2010, Tracy Lawrence hosted his 5th annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry in support of the Nashville Rescue Mission.


Today in 2010, Tracy Lawrence hosted his 6th annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry in support of the Nashville Rescue Mission.  Bad weather forced the singer to host the event a day later than originally planned.


Today in 2011, Gloriana performed on "The Tonight Show's" special Thanksgiving Eve program hnoring the troops.


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