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Randy Travis Pleads Guilty To DWI; Sentenced To Rehab, Probation

 

Randy Travis is headed to rehab.  "The Dallas Morning News" says the country star has been ordered to spend a minimum of 30 days in an in-patient treatment facility in connection with his guilty plea on a DWI charge stemming from his arrest last summer.  Travis is avoiding jail time in his plea deal with prosecutors.  But he'll be on probation for two years.  He has also been ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, pay a two-thousand-dollar fine and attach an ignition lock on his car that prevents him from driving drunk.  If Travis fails to fulfill his probation requirements, he'll be serving 180 days in jail.  As part of the deal, prosecutors have dropped the felony offense of retaliation charge against him.

 

Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown says he believes justice has been served with the plea deal, explaining that the punishment is "considerably more than is typically received on a DWI case."  Travis was arrested for DWI last August in Grayson County, Texas.  Troopers picked up the drunk and naked singer after he crashed his car into a construction barricade.  Randy wasn't cooperative, and allegedly threatened officers during his arrest.

 

Rascal Flatts Joining Journey For Super Bowl "Crossroads" This Weekend

 

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus says he's excited about performing with Journey this weekend.  The two groups are teaming up in New Orleans for a special Super Bowl edition of "CMT Crossroads."  The country star tells Chicago's US-99 that the rehearsals have been "really freaky."  He explains that it's "pretty surreal" to be "standing up there and playing bass parts to Journey tunes" that he's loved since he was a kid.  Jay adds that "Faithfully" and "Separate Ways" are among his favorite Journey songs.  Rascal Flatts and Journey will tape their "Crossroads" episode at the New Orleans Sugar Bowl.  The show will have its premiere on CMT Saturday night at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.

 

Regarding the big game, DeMarcus says he's hoping San Francisco will win.  He explains that he's never really been a Baltimore Ravens fan, especially because that team is in the same division as his favorite team, the Cincinnati Bengals.

 

Darius Rucker Shares What He Likes About Football

 

Longtime football fan Darius Rucker will likely be among the millions watching the Super Bowl this Sunday.  The singer can rattle off a number of reasons why he enjoys the sport so much.

 

Darius says he's one of those people for whom there are only two seasons -- football season and waiting for football season.  He's also taken steps to enable him to catch as many games as possible.  Rucker's equipped his man cave with multiple TV sets so he can watch every football game played during the regular season.

 

Gary Allan Likes Watching Football -- But Only Under Certain Conditions

 

Gary Allan admits he probably wouldn't be the best guest at a Super Bowl gathering.

Gary explains that he'd much rather be out doing something, and he doesn't really enjoy sedentary activities like watching TV.  But he has seen a few football games.  The singer says he's friends with a few NFL stars, and he likes watching them play.  Allan explains that it's easier for him to become engaged in the game when he knows one of the guys on the field.

 

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Keith Urban On Grammy Presenters List

 

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Keith Urban are on board for the Grammy Awards.  They're among the first confirmed presenters for the upcoming ceremony, along with Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen, and actors Neil Patrick Harris and Kaley Cuoco.  Meanwhile, the performance roster continues to grow with the additions of Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, and Frank Ocean.  Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Dierks Bentley are also slated for the show, along with Mumford And Sons, The Lumineers, The Black Keys, Rihanna, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, and others.  The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles, and air on CBS on February 10th.

 

Loretta Lynn's Property Damaged In This Week's Severe Storms

 

Loretta Lynn admits she was "scared to death," and thinks she "just kinda passed out" during the storms that struck Tennessee this week.  The country legend says she can only remember "how loud the wind was getting" when severe weather ripped through the Lower Mississippi River Valley on Tuesday.  Lynn's Hurricane Mills Ranch was among the many properties that were damaged in storms, and the singer says her "whole ranch looks like a war zone."  But she feels lucky that no one was hurt, adding that she can "fix broken windows, leaking roofs, and cut up the down trees."  Lynn's ranch is currently closed for the winter, and Loretta says she still intends to reopen on March 1st as scheduled. 

 

Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills is one the most popular tourist spots in Tennessee.  Among the attractions on the property are the Coal Miner's Daughter Museum, the Frontier Homestead, the Grist Mill Museum including Loretta's Fan & Doll Museum, the Native American Artifacts Museum, and Loretta's Haunted Plantation House.

 

Kenny Chesney Debuts New Single Online

 

Kenny Chesney fans are getting their first taste of the singer's new music.  The country superstar premiered his new single, "Pirate Flag" Thursday night online via his No Shoes Radio website.

 

Chesney introduced the premiere, saying "Pirate Flag" is "a huge part" of his "truth" and a "very real song" for him.  He explained that the song speaks to that part in everybody that "wants to be free," and wants "to say, 'What the heck, I just wanna go do what I wanna do.'"  Kenny adds that the "beauty of this song" is its message that there are many "different ways you can fly your pirate flag."  "Pirate Flag" is the the lead-off single to Chesney's upcoming album, "Life On A Rock," which will be in stores on April 30th.

 

Little Big Town Happy To Be Touring

 

Little Big Town is excited about being on tour.  The group's Phillip Sweet says he and his bandmates have been looking forward to bringing their new music -- along with some older favorites -- to the stage.

 

Little Big Town just launched their "Tornado Tour" this week.  The group will be performing in Birmingham, Alabama Friday night.  Kacey Musgraves is also on the bill as the opener.

 

Kip Moore Has Tough Time Describing His Shows

 

Kip Moore says he doesn't really know how to describe what it's like to see him live, and jokingly describes his concerts as "mediocrity at best."  The country singer explains that his shows don't have a high production value, but that doesn't mean he's just phoning it in.

 

Moore is currently on the road, opening shows on Brantley Gilbert's "Hell On Wheels" tour.  They'll be performing in Lincoln, Nebraska Friday night.  Concertgoers will hear Kip sing his hits, which include "Beer Money" and the chart-topper "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck."  He'll also play his latest single, "Hey Pretty Girl."

 

Country Birthdays Include

 

The Everly Brothers Don Everly is 76.

Del McCoury is 74.

Julie Roberts is 34.

Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley is 45.

 

Today In Country Music History

 

Today in 1968, Lisa Marie Presley was born to Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

 

Today in 1981, Alabama's "Feels So Right" album by was released.

 

Today in 1983, the "We've Got Tonight" album by Kenny Rogers was released.

 

Today in 1991, Mark Chesnutt scored his first number one hit with his single "Brother Jukebox."

 

Today in 1992, Pam Tillis was number one on the charts with the single "Maybe It Was Memphis."

 

Today in 1993, Reba McEntire made a guest appearance on the CBS-TV sitcom "Evening Shade," starring Burt Reynolds.

 

Today in 1994, the album "What A Crying Shame" by the Mavericks was released.

 

Today in 1998, Tim McGraw was number one on the charts with "Just to See You Smile."

 

Today in 2001, Kenny Rogers' album "Endless Love (20 Greatest Love Songs)" maintained the number one position on the official Swedish album chart, which is based on sales, for a second week in a row.  When it took the top spot, Kenny album bumped The Beatles album "1," which had been in the top spot for eight weeks.

 

Today in 2001, Brooks & Dunn announced that Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, and Keith Urban would be joining them for the inaugural "Neon Circus & Wild West Show" tour.

 

Today in 2001, LeAnn Rimes said in a message on her website that she didn't want fans buying her album "I Need You," as she was in the process of suing her record company and her dad -- who was also serving as her manager.

 

Today in 2002, Kenny Chesney kicked off his "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems" tour in West Palm Beach, Florida in front of a crowd of eleven-thousand.  He was so excited about tour launch that he literally split his pants.  An embarrassed Kenny humorously noted, quote, "It's a good thing I remembered to wear underwear."

 

Today in 2005, Wynonna shot the DVD "Her Story: Scenes From A Lifetime" during a concert at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.

 

Today in 2005, Charlie Daniels was among the artists who participated in the 2005 Country in the Rockies fundraiser for the J.T. Martell Foundation's Nashville Division.  The launch of the six-day event took place in Crested Butte, Colorado.

 

Today in 2006, Larry Gatlin performed before President George W. Bush gave an address at the Grand Ole Opry house in Nashville.  Darryl Worley, Barbara Mandrell, Lorrie Morgan, and Buddy Jewell were among the country stars in the audience.

 

Today in 2006, Josh Turner's "Your Man" debuted at number one on the "Billboard" Top Country Albums chart.

 

Today in 2007, The Wreckers made a guest appearance on USA's "Nashville Star."

 

Today in 2007, Phil Vassar performed at a fundraiser at the Musicians Hall of Fame for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Middle Tennessee.

 

Today in 2007, Julie Roberts celebrated her 28th birthday in London, performing as part of the Country Music Association's Third Annual "New From Nashville" tour with Jace Everett.  The party continued with sharing cake and cocktails at the very hip Royal Garden Hotel.  In addition, the CMA gave her a gold Irish harp necklace from Dublin, where she launched the trek a few days earlier.

 

Today in 2007, Dierks Bentley set out on his "High Times and Hangovers" tour.  Cross Canadian Ragweed joined him on the nine-city tour of bars and clubs with seating capacities of less than 900 people.

 

Today in 2008, the movie "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds" debuted in theaters as Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus' duet "Ready, Set, Don't Go" was in the top ten on the country singles chart.

 

Today in 2008, Rodney Atkins was one of six Tennessee Tech graduates named Outstanding Alumni during a dinner in Cookeville.

 

Today in 2008, Pepsi launched its "Pepsi Stuff" radio ad campaign featuring Blake Shelton's "Home."

 

Today in 2009, Faith Hill sang "America The Beautiful" at the start of Super Bowl 43 in Tampa, Florida.

 

Today in 2009, Taylor Swift introduced her own line of sundresses at Walmart stores.

 

Today in 2010, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles was among the soloists on "We Are The World 25 for Haiti," a remake of the charity single "We Are The World" to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti.  Zac Brown, Julianne Hough, and Sugarland's Kristian Bush also turned out for the 14-hour marathon recording session.

 

Today in 2010, Billy Ray Cyrus was among the nominees for the Golden Raspberry Awards, which looks at the "worst" in movies for the year.  He was a contender for Worst Supporting Actor for his efforts in "Hannah Montana: The Movie."  He went on to "win" the award.

 

Today in 2010, Justin Moore sang "Coltstown USA" -- a reworking of his first hit, "Small Town U.S.A." -- during a send-off party in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl-bound Colts

 

Today in 2011, Miranda Lambert led the way with seven nominations for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

Today in 2011, new releases included the JaneDear girls' self-titled album, while Diane Diekman's book "Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life Of Marty Robbins" and the Oxford University Press and the Country Music Hall of Fame published the second edition of "The Encyclopedia Of Country Music."

 

Today in 2012, Tim McGraw's album "Emotional Traffic" debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart, while Kellie Pickler's "100 Proof" entered the list at number two.

 

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