Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Billy Ray Cyrus Supporting Daughter Miley's Bold Transformation


Billy Ray Cyrus says his daughter is evolving as an artist and entertainer.  The country singer and actor tells CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" that Miley put a lot of effort into creating a "special moment" at the MTV Video Music Awards, and the stir she's caused is a testament to her talent.


Billy Ray explains that Miley is trying to move past her "Hannah Montana" days, and she knows it's going to take "something extremely drastic" to "come out of the shadows" of her former Disney show.  He adds that Miley is an intelligent and driven young woman, and isn't out partying and getting arrested but is focused on her art.  He also says that as a father, nothing could make him happier than seeing his daughter thriving, working with incredibly talented people, and doing what she loves.


Carrie Underwood Doesn't Pursue Special Opportunities


Carrie Underwood says she's been very fortunate in her career.  The country star explains that she's been able to take part in a number of special events and do many things she wouldn't even have thought to pursue.


What's next for Underwood is the Emmy Awards.  Carrie will be performing songs from the early '60s in a tribute segment honoring TV milestones of 1963.  The ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, and air live across the country on CBS at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.


Carlene Carter Looking Forward To This Weekend's Farm Aid


Carlene Carter will be making her Farm Aid debut this weekend.  The daughter of the legendary June Carter Cash tells Schenectady, New York's "Daily Gazette" she's "always wanted to be a part of it, but it never seemed to work out, schedule-wise."  But she says she appreciates "the whole spirit of Farm Aid," because she's "for the little guy."  Carlene adds that she can appreciate just how tough a farmer's life is.  She explains that her family grew their own food when she was a kid so she knows "the sweat that goes into just having an acre garden," which is "nothing compared to what farmers really have to go through."  Carter adds that she's hoping to get the chance to perform with Willie Nelson at the event.


Nelson is leading the lineup for 2013 edition of Farm Aid, which will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday.  Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are also among the 17 main stage acts, along with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, and others.  Through the concerts, which Nelson, Young, and Mellencamp launched in 1985, the Farm Aid organization raises awareness and money to assist family farmers.


Jake Owen To Headline "Rock The Cradle" Benefit


Jake Owen is doing what he can for some potential future fans.  The country star has signed on to headline Saint Thomas Health's "Rock The Cradle" benefit.  The event raises money for the obstetrics department at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville.  Jake says he's happy to help out.  The singer, who became a dad on Thanksgiving Day last year, admits he and his wife are "so thankful every day" for their daughter Pearl, who has changed their lives "for the better." 


Owen adds that he's impressed with what the fundraiser does "to help newborns in need," and he's "honored to give back and be a part of this event."  "Rock The Cradle" will take place at Nashville's Loveless Barn on October 29th.


Keith Urban, Tim McGraw To Perform At iHeartRadio Music Festival


Keith Urban and Tim McGraw are on board for this weekend's iHeartRadio Music Festival.  The country stars are part of a the two-day, multi-genre event, which gets under way Friday.  Urban is among the stars who'll be performing tonight, along with Elton John, Queen with Adam Lambert, fun. Katy Perry, Chris Brown, and others.  McGraw will perform Saturday night.  He's part of a lineup that also includes Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, and others.  The iHeartRadio Music Festival is set for the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will be webcast at Yahoo! Music.  The show starts at 10:00 p.m. each night.


Country Stars Up For Fans' Choice Award At Billboard Touring Awards


George Strait could leave the Billboard Touring Awards with two honors.  The "King of Country" is among the nominees for the Eventful 2013 Fans' Choice Award at the upcoming event.  He's one of several country stars who are up for the honor.  Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, and Tim McGraw are in the running as well, along with Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Rascal Flatts.  The event honors the top artists, venues, and others involved in the touring industry.  The Fans' Choice Award allows concertgoers to weigh in on their favorite shows.  Rock, pop, and hip-hop stars are on the ballot as well.  Online voting is under way at, ending on November 4th.


But Strait will also be recognized at the ceremony with the Legend Of Live Award.  The award honors stars for their longevity as a touring act and their contributions to the concert experience. Strait, who's wrapping up his touring career with next year's "Cowboy Rides Away" trek, admits there's "nothing more rewarding than performing in front of a sold-out, pumped-up, loud crowd."  The 2013 Billboard Touring Awards will cap off the 10th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which will take place in New York on November 13th and 14th.


Nominees For The Billboard Touring Awards Eventful 2013 Fans' Choice Award



Blake Shelton

Bon Jovi

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Bruno Mars

Dave Matthews Band

Depeche Mode

Fleetwood Mac

George Strait

Jason Aldean


Justin Bieber

Kenny Chesney

Kid Rock

Luke Bryan

Maroon 5

Miranda Lambert

New Kids On The Block

One Direction


Rascal Flatts


The Rolling Stones

Taylor Swift

Tim McGraw


Brantley Gilbert's "Disengagement" Triggers Songs, Relocation


Brantley Gilbert won't talk directly about his recent split from former finacée Jana Kramer.  But the country star tells CMT he'll "sing about" the things he won't have "conversations about."  And he admits that his "disengagement" is having an influence on his next album.  He explains that his records are "chapters" of his life, and Kramer is "obviously" a "big part of the story."  Brantley adds that he had "a lot to write about."


Gilbert recorded the project the project in Nashville, which meant he spent a lot of time on the road.  The singer, who had been living with Kramer, moved back to Georgia after the split.  He explains that he "just flew back and forth to make the record."  But Brantley says he'll now be in Nashville "for a while," and he'll soon have "some time off."  He adds that he "had a wedding scheduled," but his "schedule just opened up."  Gilbert's new album is expected in stores early next year.  The lead-off single from the disc is due next month.


Chris Young Recalls Lots Of Teasing During His Recent Hospitalization


Chris Young says his friends have their own special way of showing their support.  The country star recalls when he was hospitalized last month, the title of his latest single helped fuel the jokes he saw posted on Twitter.

Chris adds that one friend who checked up on him expressed disappointment to hear he was getting better.  He says the friend joked that he was lining up some Chris Young memorabilia to sell, so he could make a little money if the singer took a turn for the worse.  Back in August Young developed an infection in his leg, and his health rapidly deteriorated on a flight from Nashville to Denver.  He underwent emergency surgery and spent several days in intensive care.


Young's health scare forced him to cancel several tour dates, but he's now back on the road.  He's supporting his new album, "A.M.," featuring his hit single "Aw Naw."  Chris will be headlining a show at Tag's in Big Flats, New York Friday night.  Randy Houser and David Nail will also perform.


Kacey Musgraves Excited About Her Tour


Kacey Musgraves says she's thrilled to be back on the road.  The country singer kicks off her "Same Trailer Different Tour" in New York City Thursday night.  But she admits she's really looking forward to taking her show to Europe.


Musgraves will head across the Atlantic next month.  She'll play eight shows throughout Europe, starting with a performance in Stockholm, Sweden on October 2nd and ending in London on October 13th.  Kacey has a few shows set prior to her European trek, including an appearance at Farm Aid on Saturday, and she'll play more U.S. dates once she returns home.  Fans can find her full schedule at


"Ducky Dynasty" Stars Making Acting Debut On "Last Man Standing"


"Duck Dynasty's" Willie and Si Robertson are marking a career first.  The reality TV stars are making a leap into fictional TV, and will make their acting debut on the season premiere of "Last Man Standing." says their characters -- Brody and Uncle Ray -- are regulars at Mike's store, "Outdoor Man."  And on this particular visit -- to pick up some hunting gear -- they notice Kyle could perhaps use a few words of their particular wisdom.  "Last Man Standing," starring Tim Allen, will launch its third season on ABC Friday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Country TV Today And Tonight


THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Billy Currington is a guest.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1955, Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded the smash hit "Sixteen Tons."


Today in 1980, "Lookin' For Love" by Johnny Lee peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1991, Doug Stone occupied the top spot on the country chart with "I Thought It Was You."


Today in 1991, Garth Brooks taped the first of two sold-out shows at Dallas' Reunion Arena for his "This is Garth Brooks" TV special.


Today in 1993, Revlon announced a deal with Dolly Parton to develop her own line of beauty products.


Today in 1994, Tracy Lawrence's "I See It Now" album was released.


Today in 1996, Ty Herndon topped the charts with the single "Living in a Moment."


Today in 1997, Collin Raye was number one on the country charts with "What the Heart Wants."


Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride taped a special episode of "Oprah" at Fort Campbell, Kentucky -- home of the Army's 101st Airborne division -- to surprise 640 expectant female soldiers and military wives with gifts and their performances at what was billed "The World's Largest Baby Shower."


Today in 2005, Trisha Yearwood was in New York City to be honored at Redbook's annual "Mothers and Shakers" luncheon for her work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation when she learned that her father, Jack H. Yearwood, had passed away.


Today in 2005, a soundtrack album for ABC's hit series "Desperate Housewives," featuring SHeDAISY, Martina McBride, and Sara Evans, was released.


Today in 2006, Brad Paisley revealed that his wife Kimberly were expecting their first child.


Today in 2006, Dolly Parton was welcomed into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a reception in Beverly Hills, California.


Today in 2006, Carlene Carter previewed material from her then-upcoming disc "Stronger" at the Americana Music Awards Conference in Nashville.


Today in 2008, Dolly Parton's "9 to 5: The Musical" opened at the Center Theater Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.


Today in 2008, Glen Campbell was honored with the screening of "Meet Glen Campbell: A Documentary," a film that traces his influences and chronicles his rise to fame, followed by the a tribute concert, "Star-Spangled Rodeo: A Salute To Glen Campbell."


Today in 2010, Keith Urban, Mel Tillis, the late Marty Robbins, and the film "Crazy Heart" were some of the Special Award winners recognized at the 4th annual ACM Honors ceremony, which Lee Ann Womack hosted in Nashville.


Today in 2010, Lady Antebellum launched their first headlining tour with a show in Orlando, Florida.


Today in 2011, new releases include Tony Bennett's "Duets 2," which includes collaborations with Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, and Willie Nelson.


Today in 2012, Brad Paisley released his single "Southern Comfort Zone," a couple of days before his iHeartRadio Music Festival appearance.


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