Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Red Sox Fan Jason Aldean Performs At Boston Strong Fundraiser


Jason Aldean is showing his support for the recovery efforts following last month's Boston Marathon bombings.  The country star was among the performers at last night's Boston Strong benefit.  During his set the singer admitted he wasn't born or raised in Boston, but earned cheers of approval in describing himself as "a huge Red Sox fan."  He also treated the crowd to a number of songs, including his hit "Tattoos On This Town."


The band Boston launched the event with an instrumental rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," while many stars with Boston roots, ranging from James Taylor to Bel Biv Devoe to Aerosmith were featured at the fundraiser.  But a number of other stars who -- like Aldean -- aren't specifically liked to the city lent their time to the event as well.  New Kids On The Block, Jimmy Buffett, Dropkick Murphys, Carole King, and the J. Geils Band are just some of the artists who took the stage at Boston's TD Garden for the special show, which was also streamed online.  Money raised through Boston Strong is going to  the One Fund Boston.


Lambert Apologizes, Joins Others In Performing After "Heartland" TV Fundraiser


Miranda Lambert is apologizing for breaking down during Wednesday night's Oklahoma storm relief benefit.  "The Oklahoman" says during the non-televised portion of "Healing in the Heartland," the country singer told the crowd she was sorry for crying during her TV performance of "The House That Built Me," and she "tried really hard not to."  But she added that along with raising money, the point of the show was to provide an outlet to "blow off a little steam."  Miranda also praised husband Blake Shelton for spearheading the event, telling him in front of the audience that she was "really proud" of him for "making all this happen."  And Miranda was just one of the stars who gave the capacity crowd at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena a little more entertainment once the TV cameras were gone.  Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, and Usher also returned to the stage, while Reba and Blake's duet on "Oklahoma Swing" was reportedly one of the highlights of the night.


The event also did well with its stated purpose.  A United Way rep tells "The Oklahoman" that an hour after NBC's live broadcast wrapped up -- before the tape-delayed special aired on the West Coast -- the organization had received three-point-seven-million-dollars in donations.  "Healing in the Heartland" supported the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.


Billy Currington's Arraignment Postponed


Billy Currington is getting a new day in court.  The country star was scheduled to be arraigned this week in conjunction with his arrest last month in Georgia.  But WJCL-TV says the hearing was postponed.  Both sides requested the continuance, which the judge granted.  Currington's case stems from a dispute with Charles Harvey Ferrelle, who claims the singer started screaming at him and threatened his life when he brought customers on his tour boat past Tybee Island.  Currington was indicted for allegedly making terroristic threats against Ferrelle, and was also charged with abuse of an elder person due to tour boat captain's age.  Police responded to the incident, but the singer wasn't arrested at the scene.  An arrest warrant was later issued.  Billy voluntarily surrendered to authorities, and was released on bond.


First Presenters Announced For CMT Music Awards, Voting Closes Sunday


Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line will be serving in more than one capacity at next month's CMT Music Awards.  The singers, who are already on the performers' list, have also been tapped as presenters at the event.  They're among the first confirmed presenters for the show, along with Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, and "Nashville" star Charles Esten.  Larry the Cable Guy, Lisa Marie Presley, reality TV stars Dog and Beth Chapman, and the Bacon Brothers -- actor Kevin Bacon's duo with his brother Michael -- are also on board for the show.  Other performers include Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Pistol Annies, Lady Antebellum, George Strait, and Jason Aldean -- who's co-hosting the ceremony.  Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Luke Bryan are the top nominees heading into the event, which will take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and air on CMT on June 5th.


Balloting in the fan-voted event is now under way at, and will remain open through Sunday in all categories except Video of the Year.  CMT will present a rundown of the finalists for the top prize this weekend.  Jana Kramer is slated to host the special, which will premiere Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.


Darius Rucker Counting Luke Bryan, Justin Moore Among His "Friends"


Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, and Radney Foster are a few of Darius Rucker's "friends."  They're some of the stars slated to join Rucker for his upcoming "Darius and Friends" charity show.  Dustin Lynch, Randy Houser, Sam Bush, and John Cowan are also on board for the benefit concert, which is set for Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon on June 3rd.  Rucker's annual event supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Darius says he's thrilled that all these stars are willing to help him raise money for the medical facility.  The singer explains that he "instantly became a 'true believer' in everyone there" after a visit a few years ago, and he's "happy to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause."


Rucker has raised more than 225-thousand-dollars through his "Darius and Friends" events, which also includes an auction and celebrity golf tournament, since he launched the fundraiser in 2010.


Rascal Flatts, Band Perry Getting "Live & Loud" On The Road


Rascal Flatts is getting "Live & Loud."  The country trio is launching their "Live & Loud" trek tonight with a show in Wantagh, New York.  The band will perform for fans across the U.S. throughout the month of June, and then head across the Atlantic for seven shows in Europe.  They'll kick off their overseas dates with an appearance at the Country Music Festival Vinstra in Norway on July 5th.  Rascal Flatts will also visit Sweden, and Ireland, and play a two-night stand in London before returning to these shores two-and-a-half-weeks later.  They'll resume their North American trek at the Country Jam USA in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on July 18th.  They'll eventually wrap up the 44-date tour in Lubbock, Texas on October 4th.


The Band Perry, who was also featured on Rascal Flatts' "Changed" tour earlier this year, is back on board as an opener along with "The Voice" winner Cassadee Pope.  Cassadee was a member of Team Blake on the NBC reality show's third season, and took the title last December.  With the tour Rascal Flatts continues to support their most recent album, "Changed."


Rascal Flatts' "Live & Loud" Tour Dates


5-31 - Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre

6-1 - Harrington, DE, Harrington Raceway & Casino

6-2 - Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center

6-6 - Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood

6-7 - Tampa, FL, Live Nation Amphitheatre Tampa

6-8 - West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre

6-14 - Boston, MA, Comcast Center

6-15 - Hartford, CT, Comcast Theatre

6-16 - Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center

6-23 - Grand Junction, CO, Country Jam USA

6-27 - Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre

6-28 - Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center

6-29 - Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center

7-5 - Vinstra, Norway, Country Music Festival Vinstra

7-6 - Gothenburg, Sweden, Tradgarn

7-7 - Stockholm, Sweden, Cirkus

7-10 - London, England, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

7-11 - London, England, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

7-13 - Killarney, Ireland, INEC

7-14 - Dublin, Ireland, Olympia

7-18 - Eau Claire, WI, Country Jam USA

7-19 - Stateline, NV, Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena

7-23 - Paso Robles, CA, California Mid State Fair

7-25 - Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Frontier Days

8-1 - Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium

8-2 - Gilford, NH, Meadowbrook

8-3 - Bomanville, ON, Mosport Park Raceway/Boots & Hearts Festival

8-4 - Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall

8-9 - Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena

8-10 - Tulsa, OK, BOK Center

8-16 - St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8-17 - Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

8-18 - Sioux City, IA, Tyson Events Center

9-5 - Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center

9-6 - Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion

9-7 - Darien Center, NY, Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center

9-12 - Phoenix, AZ, Desert Sky Pavilion

9-13 - San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre

9-14 - Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

9-26 - Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

9-27 - Raleigh, NC, Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion

9-28 - Washington, DC, Jiffy Lube Live

10-3 - Las Cruces, NM, Pam American Center/New Mexico State University

10-4 - Lubbock, TX, United Spirit Arena


Blake Shelton Has "Nothing To Hide" From Miranda Lambert


Blake Shelton says if he were having an affair, Miranda Lambert would know about it.  While infidelity rumors have been cropping up about the couple, the country star says he doesn't even have to deny them to the only person who matters.  Blake tells "People" Miranda knows he has "nothing to hide" from her, and "there are no secrets" between them.  He explains that he's given his wife total access to his phone, computer, drawers, and anyplace else she wants, because "that's really the kind of trust" they have with one another.  The singer says having such openness in their relationship has also been "a really good thing," because he doesn't want her "to ever have any doubts."  Shelton is featured on the cover of the new issue of "People," on newsstands Friday.


Darius Rucker Calls "True Believers" An "Honest" Album


Darius Rucker says he thinks authenticity is important in music.  The singer adds that his new album, "True Believers," is very genuine.


Rucker's disc is debuting at the top of the Country Albums chart this week.  The project features his current single, "Wagon Wheel," which is also a chart-topper.  It's leading the way on the latest Billboard Country Airplay chart.


Tim McGraw Happy To Finally Record With Urban, Swift


Tim McGraw says he's really glad that with his current single "Highway Don't Care" he finally had the chance to work with Keith Urban.  Tim says they'd been looking to team up for a while.


"Highway Don't Care" also features Taylor Swift -- another singer McGraw says he'd been hoping to work with.  He explains that the moment he heard the demo for "Highway Don't Care" he knew he'd found the right track for them to sing together.  "Highway Don't Care" is from Tim's most recent album, "Two Lanes of Freedom."


"Nashville" Star Shares Hopes For Season Two


"Nashville" star Eric Close, who portrays Mayor Teddy Conrad on the ABC drama, admits he's not sure what's in store for the characters next season.  But he says he's hoping that Teddy will end up using his position in government in a positive way.


Close adds that while the show's characters have all made questionable choices -- and have to pay the consequences -- he'd like to see some good things happen for Teddy and the others on the show.  "Nashville" just wrapped up its first season earlier this month, and will launch season two on ABC this fall.


Quick Bite


Keith Urban is the last remaining judge on "American Idol."  His fellow judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj both announced yesterday that they wouldn't be returning to the show next season, while judge Randy Jackson had already revealed his departure.  Urban has said he'd like to remain on the show, but the producers reportedly want to start fresh next season with a completely new judges' panel.


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1973, Tanya Tucker's "What's Your Mama's Name?" album was released.


Today in 1975, Freddy Fender's "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" hit number one on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1984, Willie Nelson & Julio Iglesias's duet "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" was certified Gold.


Today in 1985, Hank Williams Jr.'s "Rowdy" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1988, the Alabama "Live" album was released.


Today in 1991, Joe Diffie topped the charts with "If The Devil Danced in Empty Pockets."


Today in 1991, Tracy Lawrence left a Nashville studio in the early morning hours to celebrate finishing recording his "Sticks and Stones" album.  A few hours later, he and a female friend were robbed at gunpoint, and Tracy was shot four times.


Today in 1995, Shania Twain received her first Gold album for "The Woman In Me."  The album went on to become the biggest selling album of all time by a female country artist, before being surpassed by Shania's follow-up disc, "Come On Over."


Today in 1997, Lee Ann Womack made her Grand Ole Opry debut.  She was so nervous that she barely moved from center stage during her performance.


Today in 2000, after months of speculation, it was finally announced that Faith Hill and Tim McGraw would tour together.  The couple's "Soul 2 Soul" tour went on to become one of the year's highest grossing tours.


Today in 2001, Toby Keith's video "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight" made its debut on "CMT Most Wanted Live."


Today in 2002, Tracy Lawrence hosted his 9th annual Homecoming benefit concert in Foreman, Arkansas.  Money raised went to the Tracy Lawrence Foundation.


Today in 2003, Buddy Jewell's video "Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey's Song)" made its debut on "CMT Most Wanted Live."


Today in 2004, the TV special "Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws & Angels," including appearances from Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, and Lee Ann Womack, made its debut on the USA Network.


Today in 2005, the Live 8 event was formally announced.  Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Keith Urban were among the country stars initially tapped to perform at the shows.


Today in 2005, Wynonna Judd performed at an event in Las Vegas in support of the charity YouthAIDS.


Today in 2005, "Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill" was certified Gold.


Today in 2006, Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town were married.  Only family members and a few close friends -- including band mates Kimberly Roads and Phillip Sweet -- attended the ceremony.


Today in 2006, Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood took part in NBC "Today" show's goodbye to co-anchor Katie Couric.


Today in 2011, Kenny Chesney sold more than one-million tickets for his "Goin' Coastal" tour, which became the eighth year that the country superstar's ticket sales surpassed the one-million mark.


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