Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Chesney, Church, Owen To Tune Up Tortuga


Kenny Chesney is headlining the first-ever Tortuga Music Festival is this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

The two-day festival will include performances by Eric Church, Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, Grace Potter, the  Avett Brothers and others.  Organized by the Rock the Ocean Foundation and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the event aims to raise awareness about issues impacting the world's oceans.


Kenny Chesney Talks New Album "Life On The Rock"


Kenny Chesney is talking about his upcoming album "Life On The Rock," featuring his latest single "Pirate Flag." 


He calls the album "incredibly autobiographical," pointing to one of its tracks "When I See This Bar," which reflects on the passing of time.  Kenny says he feels that everyone can relate to holding onto memories when they first fell in love or fell out of love, which he tried to capture.  The country star, who performed at Sunday's ACMs, is in the middle of his "No Shoes Nation" tour in support of the new album, joined by the Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves.  "Life On The Rock" hits stores on April 30th.


Hunter Hayes To Play MTV Artist To Watch Concert


Hunter Hayes is signing on to MTV's live series Artist to Watch.  The rising star is set to play at New York's Webster Hall on June 18th.  "Hayniacs" who can't make it to NYC to catch Hayes in person will be able to see the concert live on  Hayes will likely be playing tracks from his self-titled debut album, which hit stores back in 2011.  The album earned Haynes three Grammy nominations at the 55th Grammy Awards, but missed out on snagging any of the trophies.  Tickets for Hayes' MTV Artist to Watch concert go on sale today. 


Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" Certified Double-Plaitinum


Carrie Underwood's single "Blown Away" has reached another milestone.  According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Underwood's hit song has been certified double-platinum after selling more than two-million copies.  Underwood's singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Before He Cheats" have also managed to reach the milestone, with "Before He Cheats" earning the singer a triple-platinum certification. 


Underwood's album "Blown Away" has also managed to put up some stellar numbers.  Since its release last year the album has gone on to sell more than one-point-three-million copies. 


Tate Stevens Influenced By Traditional Country's "Distinct" Voices


Although "X Factor" champ Tate Stevens' rise to fame may not have been very traditional, the newcomer says traditional country singers are still a big influence on him.


Stevens particularly loves those guys' "distinct" voices, but he says it doesn't stop there.  He says he's also been influenced by relatively newer artists like Garth Brooks, George Strait, Randy Travis, Clint Black and others.  Stevens' debut single "Power of a Love Song" is available now, while his self-titled debut album will be out April 23rd.


Kenny Rogers: Hall Of Fame Induction Meaningful In Many Ways


Kenny Rogers is experiencing a well of emotions with the news of his selection to enter the Country Music Hall of Fame.  The music great teared up at a press conference announcing his induction Wednesday, saying the thoughts of his kids seeing this honor in his lifetime is what brought out the waterworks.


Kenny says his eight-year-old twins, Justin and Jordan, give him purpose in life.  He says he's glad he can share the honor with them.  Rogers has been tapped for the special honor, along with country greats Bobby Bare and "Cowboy" Jack Clement.  The three were selected for induction by voting members of the Country Music Association.  They'll join 118 other Hall of Fame members during the official induction ceremony at the museum in October.


Nick Lachey: Boy Bands Should "Stay Away From Tayor Swift"


Nick Lachey knows a thing or two about living the boy band lifestyle, and he has one piece of advice for young men in that position today - "Stay away from Taylor Swift."  The 98 Degrees singer took a jab at the country-pop star in an interview with MTV.  When asked what he would tell groups like One Direction and the Wanted, he joked that they should steer clear of Taylor since "she'll write a song about you."  Nick joked that the song would "be a hit, but it'll be about you."  He added, "Oh! I'm too late on that one."


Country TV Today And Tonight


The video for Brad Paisley's "Beat This Summer" makes its world premiere on "Entertainment Tonight." 


Country Birthdays Include


Vince Gill is 56.

Deryl Dodd is 49.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1980, Vince Gill married Janis Oliver on his 23rd birthday.


Today in 1986, the Judds topped the singles charts with "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)."


Today in 1989, Garth Brooks' self-titled debut album was released.


Today in 1991, the single "Down Home" by Alabama was number one on the charts.


Today in 1994, Dwight Yoakam's album "Hillbilly Deluxe" and Little Texas' album "Big Time" were certified Platinum.


Today in 1995, Alabama's single "Give Me One More Shot" topped the country charts.


Today in 1996, Neal McCoy hit number one with the single "You Gotta Love That."


Today in 1997, Travis Tritt married Theresa Nelson in Georgia.


Today in 1999, Shania Twain became the first female artist to sell ten-million units of back-to-back albums as her CDs "The Woman in Me" and "Come On Over" both reached the sales plateaus.


Today in 1999, the "Greatest Hits" album by Diamond Rio was certified Gold.


Today in 1999, Boxcar Willie died.  He was 67.


Today in 2002, the annual gala "An American Celebration At Ford's Theater" aired on ABC from Washington DC.  SHeDAISY was among those entertaining President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and other dignitaries.


Today in 2002, Brooks & Dunn's "Neon Circus & Wild West Show" tour kicked off in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The show also included Gary Allan, Chris Cagle, Trick Pony, Dwight Yoakam and Cledus T. Judd as the emcee.


Today in 2003, Aaron Tippin took part in the Rally for the Troops, Rally for America event in Washington, DC.


Today in 2003, Johnny Cash's 1979 Cadillac, George Jones' 1979 T-Bird, Marty Robbins' 1934 Packard and the 1968 Mustang Convertible used in the video for Blake Shelton's "Austin" were among the cars auctioned off by the Music Valley Cars of the Stars Museum.


Today in 2003, Craig Morgan and Sherrié Austin performed at the Nashville Superspeedway after the Pepsi 300 Nascar Busch Series race.


Today in 2005, Sara Evans served as the guest host for "Nashville Star," because host LeAnn Rimes was recovering from a ruptured blood vessel in her throat.  In addition, Jamie O'Neal performed on the show.


Today in 2005, Steve Azar, Jeff Bates, Andy Griggs, and Sugarland took part in the Waiting for Wishes Celebrity Waiters' Dinner, which was a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The event took place at The Palms in downtown Nashville.


Today in 2007, Amy Grant, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Jeff Hanna and Rodney Crowell were among the performers at a big backyard party Vince Gill threw for his 50th birthday.  Bill Anderson and Del McCoury were among those who attended the gala.


Today in 2008, Faith Hill was among the performers at the concert celebrating the tenth anniversary of V-Day in New Orleans.  V-Day strives to end violence against women and girls around the world.


Today in 2008, Reba McEntire performed at the "Divas NashVegas" benefit in Nashville.  The event, which also featured the singer's "Reba" co-star Melissa Peterman -- Barbara Jean on the show -- and gospel great Yolanda Adams.  The fundraiser supported The Oasis Center in Nashville.


Today in 2008, Tracy Lawrence took part in a benefit in support of the Center for Child and Family Services in Norfolk, Virginia.


Today in 2010, Hank Williams received a special posthumous Pulitzer Prize in recognition of his songwriting and his influence on both country music and American culture.


Today in 2010, Trisha Yearwood became the new Food Columnist for "People" magazine.  Her first article appeared in the publication two months later.


Today in 2010, Darius Rucker joined his pop band in hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament.  Steve Azar and PGA Tour player D.J. Trahan were the winners.  Jack Ingram and Colt Ford also participated in the charity event.


Today in 2011, new releases included Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas' "Paper Airplane," which was Alison's first album with the band in seven years, and Jake Owen's single "Barefoot Blue Jean Night."


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