Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Lady Antebellum, Stevie Nicks "Crossroads" Debuting Friday


Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks' "CMT Crossroads" performance is making its TV debut.  The country trio's set with the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman includes a collaborative rendition of the Nicks classic "Rhiannon."


Lady A met Nicks in Los Angeles earlier this year to tape the show.  In addition to "Rhiannon," their show includes performances of Nicks' "Edge of 17," the Lady Antebellum hits "Need You Now" and "Love Don't Live Here," and other songs from both of their catalogs.  "CMT Crossroads: Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum" will have its debut on CMT Friday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.


Luke Bryan Debuting New Video, Sets TV Appearances


Luke Bryan is ready with the video to his latest single, "That's My Kind of Night."  The country star unveiled the clip online this morning through "Entertainment Tonight's" website,  Today's episode of "Entertainment Tonight" will also feature a broadcast of the clip along with behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot.  But this isn't the only chance fans have to see Luke on TV in the coming week.  The singer will perform his most recent chart-topper on next Wednesday's season finale of NBC's "America's Got Talent."  He'll also make an appearance on next Thursday's edition of ABC's "The View," serving as a guest co-host on the show.


Darryl Worley Hosting Hometown Charity Event This Weekend


Darryl Worley is busy this weekend hosting his annual fundraiser.  The country star's 12th annual Tennessee River Run continues today with the TRR Golf Tournament at Shiloh Golf Course in Adamsville, Tennessee.  The singer will wrap up the event Saturday with a five-K run and a motorcycle poker run from Pickwick Landing State Park in Hardin, County, Tennessee.  The  concert finale in Savannah, Tennessee, featuring a headlining performance from Ronnie Milsap, is set for Saturday night.  Darryl will perform as well, along with Brandon Lay, Jami Grooms, and Donica Knight.  He launched the three-day event Thursday with the Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round Gala.  Money raised through the 12th annual Tennessee River Run will go to the Darryl Worley Foundation, which supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center, and other charitable organizations.


Toby Keith Oklahoma Benefit Concert Raises Two-Million For Tornado Relief


Toby Keith is providing two-million-dollars' worth of help to the residents of his home state.  A post on the country star's website says that's how much money he raised this summer with his "Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert," and adds that donations are "still being tallied."  Keith hosted the all-star marathon concert back in July, which drew a record crowd of more than 60-thousand to the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.  Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood, and Trisha Yearwood are some of the stars who took part in the event. 


The money is going to local recovery efforts across Central Oklahoma through The United Way Of Central Oklahoma May Tornado Relief Fund.


Justin Moore Optimistic About Arkansas Razorbacks' Future


Justin Moore admits he's a diehard Razorbacks fan.  He's also glad the new college football season is under way -- so the University of Arkansas team can officially put last year behind them.  The country star says things "obviously went south" for the team last year, but he's optimistic about what's to come.


Moore will be on hand to fire up both his and Razorbacks fans this weekend.  He's playing a free concert on the University of Arkansas campus as part of the school's Family Weekend.  Justin will also get to chance to see his favorite team in action.  He'll be the Razorbacks' special guest for Saturday's game against Southern Mississippi.


Gary Allan, Sheryl Crow Launch Collaborative Dates


Gary Allan and Sheryl Crow are teaming up for a series of shows.  They'll play the first of eight scheduled co-headlining dates Friday at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, California.  The singers will remain together in California over the weekend for shows in Los Angeles on Saturday and Bakersfield on Sunday.  Gary and Sheryl will team up again for five more concerts next month, starting in Moline, Illinois on October 17th.  The run includes a free show in Paducah, Kentucky on October 19th.


Gary is touring in support of his most recent release, "Set You Free."  Sheryl just released her debut country album, "Feels Like Home," this week.  They both have other dates coming up as well.  Their full schedules are posted at their websites.


Gary Allan and Sheryl Crow Tour Dates


September 13 - Santa Barbara, California, at the Santa Barbara Bowl

September 14 - Los Angeles, California, at The Greek Theater

September 15 - Bakersfield, California, at the Rabobank Arena

October 17 - Moline, Illinois, at the iWireless Center

October 18 - Terre Haute, Indiana, at the Hulman Center

October 19 - Paducah, Kentucky, at Independence Bank - Jefferson Square

October 25 - Auburn Hills, Michigan, at The Palace of Auburn Hills

October 26 - DeKalb, Illinois, at the NIU Convocation Center


Steve Wariner's New CD Not Necessarily What Fans Expect


Steve Wariner says listeners might notice some differences to his latest album.  The country star admits "It Ain't All Bad" has an electronic sound that some people might find surprising, but he's not worried about alienating his core followers.


Steve says he loves all the songs on his new disc, and can't pick a favorite.  He explains that they're all like his "kids," and he can't single out one track in particular that he really likes.  "It Ain't All Bad" is Wariner's first vocal album since 2005's "This Real Life" -- his other releases since then have been instrumental projects.  "It Ain't All Bad" is in stores now.


Ricky Skaggs Recalls His "Baptism By Fire" On First Tour


Ricky Skaggs says he knows his mom would never have approved of some of the things he did on the road.  The country and bluegrass great was still a teenager when he went on his first tour with Ralph Stanley.  Ricky recalls that on their way to North Carolina Stanley took a detour, leaving the Interstate to make a stop at a very remote location where fiddle player Curly Ray Cline left the bus.


Ricky says he then began to realize he was on the road with "a bunch of older men," and calls the experience his "first baptism by fire."  Skaggs is sharing stories from his life in his new autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music."  The book is in stores now.


Billy Ray Cyrus Says Miley Has "Sheer God-Given Talent"


Billy Ray Cyrus is coming to his daughter's defense again.  In an interview with "Entertainment Tonight," he comments on Miley's latest controversy -- shedding her clothes for the music video for "Wrecking Ball."  Billy Ray insists that people are overlooking Miley's talent by focusing on the nudity.  He says "the song's a smash" and her vocal performance on it "reflects her roots and sheer God-given talent."  The country singer didn't address his daughter's choice to bare it all, saying only that "it wouldn't have mattered if Miley worn jeans and a flannel shirt, a tux, or a nun's habit."  Billy Ray also spoke out in support of Miley after she caused a stir with her MTV Video Music Awards performance last month, saying he loved his daughter "unconditionally."


Audio Pioneer Ray Dolby Dies At 80


The inventor of the Dolby sound system has died.  Dolby Laboratories announced Thursday that their founder, Ray Dolby, passed away in San Francisco.  He'd been suffering from Alzheimer's disease and acute leukemia.  Dolby was 80.  The Portland, Oregon-born inventor and businessman was well educated, earning a degree from Stanford University and a PhD in physics from Cambridge University.  He worked for several years at Ampex before heading out on his own.  His Dolby sound system dates back to 1965.  Dolby earned the first of 50 patents in audio technology four years later.  He remained active with Dolby Laboratories for decades, retiring from the Board of Directors just two years ago.



Country Birthdays Include


Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney is 38.

Bobbie Cryner is 52.


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1969, Barbara Mandrell made her chart debut with "I've Been Loving You Too Long."


Today in 1984, President Reagan attended Roy Acuff's 80th birthday party at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.  Acuff's birthday was actually three days later.


Today in 1994, Mark Chesnutt's album "What A Way To Live" and Trisha Yearwood's CD "The Sweetest Gift" were among the new albums arriving in stores.


Today in 1996, LeAnn Rimes made her Grand Ole Opry debut.  At the momentous occasion, she was also presented with Gold and Platinum albums for "Blue."


Today in 2000, LeAnn Rimes became the first female solo artist to have two singles simultaneously in the Top 10 of the "Billboard" Hot 100 Sales chart.  "Can't Fight the Moonlight" from the "Coyote Ugly" soundtrack was at number five and "I Need You" from the "Jesus" soundtrack was at number nine.


Today in 2002, Johnny Cash stunned attendees of the first annual Americana Music Awards with a surprise appearance that many called the "undisputed highlight" of the show.  He was there to accept the association's first Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award.


Today in 2003, Kenny Rogers was among those inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  While Rogers is a native Texan, he was eligible for the honor because it recognizes artists who have lived in Georgia for at least part of their lives.  The one-time First Edition frontman made the Peach State his home more than 20 years ago.


Today in 2004, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Terri Clark, Alan Jackson, and George Canyon were among the winners at the Canadian Country Music Awards.


Today in 2004, Billy Dean performed at a campaign rally for President George Bush in Battle Creek, Michigan.


Today in 2004, the Johnny Cash biography "The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love And Faith Of An American Legend" arrived in stores.


Today in 2005, Lonestar's "Coming Home," Trisha Yearwood's "Jasper County," Patty Loveless' "Dreamin' My Dreams," George Jones' "Hits I Missed - And One I Didn't," Van Zant's "Get Right With the Man" dual disc, and Shawn King's "In My Own Backyard" were among the new releases that arrived in stores.


Today in 2006, Mindy McCready was acquitted of charges that she was driving on a suspended drivers license, which was a violation of her probation. Mindy had initially pled guilty to the charge, but then said her license reinstated the day before she was arrested.


Today in 2006, Chris Young, who earlier in the year launched his career after winning the competition on the USA series "Nashville Star," was named "Country Weekly" magazine's hottest bachelor.


Today in 2008, Tim McGraw hosted his Swampstock fundraising event in Rayville, Louisiana.


Today in 2009, Taylor Swift became the first country artist to win a Moonman at the MTV Video Music Awards, as her hit "You Belong With Me" was named Best Female Video.  In addition, her acceptance turned into the night's most memorable -- and controversial -- moment, when rapper Kanye West interrupted her speech to tell the crowd he believed the award should have gone to Beyonce.  Later, it was Beyonce who made sure Taylor had a chance to speak.  Upon winning the top prize of Video of the Year, Beyonce called Taylor to the stage to let her address the crowd uninterrupted.  Meanwhile West, after being ejected from the ceremony following the incident, made his first of several apologies to Swift, expressing his regrets online in a post on his blog.


Today in 2009, Crystal Shawanda captured the nod for Female Artist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards, which took place in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Today in 2010, Hank Williams Jr. launched his 22nd season providing the theme to "Monday Night Football."


Today in 2011, new releases included Lady Antebellum's "Own The Night," George Strait's "Icon," and Kristin Chenoweth's"Some Lessons Learned."


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