Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Gary Allan Recovering From Knee Surgery


Gary Allan is on the mend.  The country star went under the knife on Monday to repair his left knee.  A post on the singer's Facebook page says Tennessee Titans team physician Dr. Burton Elrod performed the surgery, and "is pleased with the result."  Gary adds that he's "feeling great."  He also doesn't plan to be laid up for long.  Allan still intends to perform at the Horseshoe Casino Tunica in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi Friday night.  He says he "may be in a knee brace" for the show, but he's still "looking forward to rocking Mississippi."  Allan will then head to Louisiana for a concert at the Horseshoe Bossier City on Saturday.  Gary is touring behind his latest album, "Set You Free."


Aldean, Shelton, Lady A Among ACM Honors Recipients


Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, and Lady Antebellum are set to be recognized by the Academy of Country Music later this year.  They're among the stars who'll be celebrated this fall with the 7th annual ACM Honors.  The event pays tribute to special award recipients and the non-televised winners from last spring's ACM Awards.  Jason is getting the Crystal Milestone Award in recognition of his career accomplishments, while Blake is earning the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award.  Lady A is receiving the Jim Reeves International Award for what they've done to promote country music outside the U.S. 


The Judds and the late Keith Whitley are this year's recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, which recognizes innovators in country music.  Other honorees include Guy Clark and the late Hank Williams, who are earning the Poet's Award for their lengthy and influential careers as songwriters, and Dallas Davidson, who has once again been named Songwriter of the Year.  The 7th annual ACM Honors will take place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on September 10th.  Presenters and performers for the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.


Academy of Country Music's 6th annual ACM Honors Winners


Special Awards Recipients


Crystal Milestone Award (recognizing career accomplishments) - Jason Aldean

Gene Weed Special Achievement Award - Blake Shelton

Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award (recognizing innovators in country music) - The Judds, Keith Whitley

Jim Reeves International Award (promoting country music outside the U.S.) - Lady Antebellum

Poet's Award (for songwriting) - Hank Williams, Guy Clark

Mae Boren Axton Award (recognizing years of dedication and service by an individual to the Academy of Country Music) - Tommy Wiggins


Dallas Davidson - Songwriter of the Year


MBI (Musician/Bandleader/Instrumentalist) Award Winners


Chuck Ainlay - Audio Engineer of the Year

Matt Chamberlain - Percussionist/Drummer of the Year

J.T. Corenflos - Guitarist of the Year

Aubrey Haynie - Fiddle Player of the Year

Mike Johnson - Steel Guitar Player of the Year

Jay Joyce - Producer of the Year

Michael Rojas - Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year

Jimmie Lee Sloas - Bass Player of the Year

Ilya Toshinsky - Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year


Industry Award Winners


Jerry Hufford, Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace - Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year

Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar - Promoter of the Year

Joe’s Bar (Chicago, IL) - Nightclub of the Year 

Red Rock Casino & Resort (Las Vegas, NV) - Casino of the Year

Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN) - Venue of the Year


Country Stars Performing At This Weekend's NASCAR Event


Laura Bell Bundy has a couple of special performances coming up this weekend.  The country star is slated to sing the national anthem at the start of Saturday's NASCAR race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She'll return to the track on Sunday to take part in a pre-race concert before performing "America The Beautiful" as part of the pre-race ceremony.  "The Voice" season three winner Cassadee Pope is on board as well.  She'll also turn in a set at Sunday's pre-race concert before singing the national anthem to launch the final race of NASCAR's "Super Weekend at the Brickyard."


Justin Moore will also be performing twice at the event.  He'll play a full post-race concert Saturday night, and play a 30-minute track-side set before Sunday's race.  Dustin Lynch and The Cadillac Three will also be featured at Sunday's pre-race concert.


Justin Moore Announces Fall Tour


Justin Moore will be spending a lot of time on the road in support of his next album.  The country star is making plans for his "Off The Beaten Path Tour," which is slated to begin in Springfield, Missouri on November 1st.  All the details haven't been announced yet.  But the trek is expected to run 57 dates, featuring Randy Houser and Josh Thompson as openers.  Moore's album, "Off The Beaten Path," which includes his current hit "Point At You," will be in stores on September 17th.


Justin says he's excited about the tour.  He explains that he's going to "step it up a notch" and take his show "to another level."  The singer adds that he's thrilled Houser and Thompson are on board.  He says that along with being incredibly talented artists Randy and Josh are two of his best friends, so "it's gonna be a party every night."


Chris Young Says Fans Forget Lyrics


Chris Young admits it's never easy to be singing on stage and suddenly draw a blank on the words to the song.  But the country star says he's not the only one afflicted with such forgetfulness -- it happens to his fans, too.


Chris adds that he can trigger his fans' lyrical amnesia.  He explains that sometimes, if he makes eye contact with an audience member singing along, it "messes up their entire world and they just start mouthing gibberish."  Young says he also sees fans struggle to sing along with his latest single, "Aw Naw," but that's not surprising since it's so new.


Chris will be performing "Aw Naw" along with his other hits this weekend.  He's opening a show for Hank Williams, Jr. in Southaven, Mississippi Friday night.  Young will warm up the crowd for Brad Paisley in Dallas on Saturday and in Houston on Sunday.


Vince Gill Honoring His Own Past With "Bakersfield"


Vince Gill is giving a nod to the country sound made famous by such legends as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard with his new album, "Bakersfield."  But the country star says he's also paying tribute to his own past.  Vince explains its why he chose to team up with steel guitarist Paul Franklin for the project.


Gill adds that "Bakersfield" is an appropriate album for him at this point in his career, given the way things have gone.  He admits he got off to a slow start, but believes he's able to do something like "Bakersfield" now in part because he wasn't an instant success when he started out back in the '80s.  Gill and Franklin's "Bakersfield" will be in stores on July 30th.


Jennifer Nettles Exploring Musical Roots With Debut Solo Album


Jennifer Nettles says her upcoming solo album is a reflection of her musical roots. says the country star is describing her still untitled project as a mix of country, gospel, and '70s music with some "singer-songwriter stuff as well."  She shared some of her new material at a special showcase in Nashville earlier this week, and told her audience it "has been a joy" to "explore those parts" of herself.  Jennifer added that she's both "excited and nervous" about the project. and is feeling "all of those things you are when something is important to you."  "That Girl," which will be the first single from her album, was among the five tracks Nettles previewed at the event.  The song is expected to be released next month.


Taylor Swift Recalls Choosing "Red" Photo


Taylor Swift says she did the photo shoot for her album, "Red," in a friend's backyard.  The country-pop star adds that she had no trouble deciding on the picture to use for the front cover.


Swift says her friend Sarah Barlow was the photographer for the "Red" shoot.  Taylor describes Sarah as "really young" and "really wonderful," and adds that "Red" is Sarah's first album cover.


Dierks Bentley Co-Hosting "The View" Today


Dierks Bentley is joining the ladies of "The View" this morning.  The country star is serving as today's guest co-host on the ABC show, and he'll perform a new song from his upcoming album, "Riser."  The TV appearance comes at a busy and emotional time for Dierks.  Earlier this month he opened his own bar in Scottsdale, Arizona, and on Monday he was back in his home state to headline a benefit for the families of the Arizona firefighters killed last month battling the Yarnell Hill blaze.  Dierks has also been on the concert trail.  Once he's finished on "The View" Bentley will head to Pennsylvania for a show in Philadelphia tonight with Miranda Lambert.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1968, Jeannie C. Riley recorded "Harper Valley PTA."


Today in 1974, John Denver earned a Gold record for his hit "Annie's Song."


Today in 1990, Alabama's "Pass It On Down" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1994, Joe Diffie's "Third Rock From The Sun" album was released.


Today in 1999, Clint Black played at "A Night at the Net."  The event was a charity doubles tennis match that kicked off the eighth annual Mercedes-Benz Cup.


Today in 1999, Shania Twain's album "Come On Over" was certified multi-Platinum for sales of 12-million, while Kenny Chesney's album "Everywhere We Go" and Terri Clark's CD "How I Feel" were certified Gold.


Today in 2000, Terri Clark's video "A Little Gasoline" premiered on CMT.


Today in 2001, Faith Hill's album "Breathe" was certified multi-Platinum for sales of seven-million, while Lonestar's album "I'm Already There" was certified Gold.


Today in 2004, with her single "Somebody" in the lead spot on the "Billboard" Hot Country Singles chart, Reba McEntire set a new record for the longest span of number one hits by a female country performer.  Her first number one hit was 1983's "Can't Even Get The Blues."  Twenty-one-years later, "Somebody" became Reba's 22nd chart-topper.


Today in 2005, Marty Stuart made a surprise appearance at a Dierks Bentley show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, during which he invited Bentley to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  The induction took place the following October.


Today in 2005, Mindy McCready was released from a Florida hospital, four days after she overdosed and left a suicide note.


Today in 2005, Trick Pony made a guest appearance on the NBC soap "Days Of Our Lives," and performed the songs "It's A Heartache" and "Pour Me."


Today in 2005, Keith Urban picked up his third Gold single of the year for "Making Memories of Us."


Today in 2005, Jason Aldean released his self-titled debut album.


Today in 2006, Johnny Cash band member Marshall Grant presented a guitar owned by the late legend to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.  Cash used the guitar between 1965 and 1969 and played it on the original recording of "Ring of Fire."


Today in 2006, LeAnn Rimes celebrated the chart-topping success of her single "Something's Gotta Give" with a party In Nashville.


Today in 2006, Rodney Atkins' album "If You're Going Through Hell" debuted at number one on the Billboard country albums chart.  It entered the all-genre Billboard 200 chart at number three.


Today in 2006, Porter Wagoner was released from a Nashville hospital after having abdominal surgery 12 days earlier.


Today in 2006, Carrie Underwood's single "Inside Your Heaven" was certified Gold.


Today in 2007, Jimmy Wayne was a featured performer at the Seventh Annual Dodge Racers on the Circle in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift had proof that she was a high school graduate, as she received her diploma in the mail.  The singer left the traditional school system after her sophomore year to accommodate her budding music career, and completed her junior and senior years through a homeschooling program offered by Aaron Academy.


Today in 2008, Randy Owen made his debut at Cheyenne, Wyoming's Frontier Days as a solo performer.  For the show he shared the stage with the Cheyenne Symphony.


Today in 2010, severe weather disrupted Reba McEntire's video shoot for "Turn On The Radio" in Nashville.  Production had to stop when an electrical storm rolled into the area.  Reba and the rest of the cast and crew then had to take shelter when they learned a tornado had touched down in the area, and was headed their way.


Today in 2010, Jimmy Wayne broke his foot while walking through the White Mountains of Arizona on his "Meet Me Halfway" walk from Nashville to Phoenix.  The injury occurred as he was walking down a very steep, five-mile stretch of road.  He was just over 100 miles away from his destination.  It was his first -- and only -- major injury on his seven-month, 17-hundred-mile trek.


Today in 2010, Billy Joe Shaver cancelled all shows for the next five weeks to give him more time to recover from two operations.  He'd had surgery to repair tears in his bicep ligament and a procedure in which doctors put in a stent in his coronary artery to improve blood flow to his heart.


Today in 2010, Craig Morgan's "That's Why - Collector's Edition" arrived as a Cracker Barrel exclusive release.


Today in 2011, the video to Alan Jackson's hit "Long Way To Go" had its broadcast premiere on GAC.


Today in 2011, new releases included Eric Church's album "Chief."


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