Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Taylor Swift Sings, Walks Catwalk At Victoria's Secret Fashion Show


Taylor Swift isn't launching a new career as a Victoria's Secret model, but the country-pop superstar still took to the catwalk at the company's fashion show Wednesday.  The singer is showing a lot of leg in arrival photos of the event.  She's seen wearing a beaded black floral dress -- her first of three outfits for the night.  Swift donned a Union Jack inspired outfit for her performance, and was decked out in the British flag design from her little top hat to her flowing train dress to her open toed shoes.  E! News says Taylor later returned to the runway with a Victoria's Secret model -- but the only visible similarities to their outfits were the shoes.  While the model displayed lingerie, Swift was dressed in a short, sparkling silver dress. 


Taylor sang her hit "I Knew You Were Trouble" during the show, which also features appearances from Fall Out Boy, A Great Big World, and Neon Jungle, along with the models.  The "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013" will air as an hour-long CBS special on December 10th.


Vince Gill Appreciates Taylor Swift Because "She Connects"


Vince Gill admits that Taylor Swift isn't classic country.  He tells "The Washington Post" Swift will "never" make him "think of Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells," but "that's OK."  The veteran country star explains that Taylor "has something that's so compelling" and "people are drawn to it," which is "what makes it great."  He adds that Swift herself would likely agree she's not the greatest singer ever, but that doesn't matter because "she connects."  Gill says the same is true of himself, and there are musicians who can play and sing him "under the table."  But he adds that there's "nothing about them that's going to move somebody," which is "the point of anything musical."


Trace Adkins Launching Holiday Tour


Trace Adkins is getting his holiday season started this weekend.  The country star is kicking off "The Christmas Show" tour in Effingham, Illinois Friday night.  The trek was inspired by Disney World’s Candlelight Processional, which Trace hosts each year.  Adkins' tour features theatrical shows in which the singer tells both historical and personal stories and performs classic holiday songs backed by a 12-piece ensemble.  With the trek Trace is also supporting his latest album, "The King's Gift," a ten-track set of Celtic Christmas songs.  However, he says he's hoping "The Christmas Show" tour will become an annual event.


Trace Adkins "The Christmas Show" Tour Dates


November 15 - Effingham, Illinois, at the Effingham Performance Center

November 16 - Van Wert, Ohio, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center

November 17 - Greensburg, Pennsylvania, at the Palace Theater

November 19 - Red Bank, New Jersey, at the Count Basie Theater

November 21 - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, at the H. Rick Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

November 22 - Utica, New York, at the Stanley Center for the Performing Arts

November 23 - Sewell, New Jersey, at the TD Banks Arts Center

November 29 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center

November 30 - Wallingford, Connecticut, at the Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theater

December 1 - Westbury, New York, at the Theater at Westbury

December 3 - Troy, Ohio, at the Hobart Arena

December 4 - Youngstown, Ohio, at the Coveli Center

December 5 - Waukegan, Illinois, at the Genesee Theater

December 13 - Rochester, Minnesota, at the May Civic Center Arena

December 14 - Onamia, Minnesota, at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs

December 15 - Carmel, Indiana, at the Palladium at Carmel Center

December 17 - Hollywood, Florida, at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole

December 18 - Clearwater, Florida, at Ruth Eckerd Hall


Kip Moore Launching Fall Headlining Tour


Kip Moore is back on the road.  The country singer is launching his "Burn The Whole World Down Tour" with a show in Jacksonville, Florida Friday night.  The trek is named after a song he's written for his next album.  It's also the title of a new documentary chronicling the singer's career, which received a special screening in Nashville Wednesday night.  "Country Weekly" says Kip was on hand for the event, and played a few of his new songs following the film.  Moore has said he'll also be using his tour to road test his latest material.


Kip Moore's "Burn The Whole World Down Tour" Dates


November 15 - Jacksonville, Florida, at Mavericks Rock N' Honky Tonk

November 16 - Tampa, Florida, at The Dallas Bull

November 21 - New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Civic Theater

November 22 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the Texas Club

November 23 - Mobile, Alabama, at the Soul Kitchen Music Hall

December 4 - Oxford, Ohio, at the Brick Street Bar

December 5 - Des Moines, Iowa, at the Val Air Ballroom

December 6 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at The District

December 7 - Madison, Wisconsin, at the Orpheum Theatre

December 12 - Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Egyptian Room

December 13 - Detroit, Michigan, at The Fillmore

December 14 - Cleveland, Ohio, at the House of Blues


Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley Helping Wrap Up NASCAR Series


A couple of country stars will be on hand for the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  Toby Keith will be getting the action started.  He's been tapped to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Ford EcoBoost 400, and will launch the race with the phrase, "Drivers, start your engines."  Dierks Bentley will be at the track as well.  He'll be playing a special hour-long concert prior to the start of the race.  The NASCAR Sprint Cup winner will be announced following the race.  The Ford EcoBoost 400 will take place at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida on Sunday.


Eli Young Band Enjoying Playing Current Single Live


The Eli Young Band doesn't just have a top ten hit with the song "Drunk Last Night."  Guitarist James Young says they have a real crowd-pleaser on their hands.


The Eli Young Band is currently on the road on their "Drunk Last Night Tour."  The group will perform in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday, then launch a sold-out three-night stand in Chicago on Saturday.  Eric Paslay is opening the shows.


Justin Moore Amazed To Have Four Number One Hits


Justin Moore admits it's hard for him to believe he now has four chart-topping hits to his credit.  The country star says he recently heard his accomplishment discussed on a country radio countdown show after his latest single, "Point At You," went to number one.  He says it really moved him  -- and his father.


Moore adds that having a number one hit "never gets old."  He also takes none of his success for granted.  Justin says he has no idea if he'll ever top the chart again, but in some ways that doesn't matter.  The singer explains that four chart-toppers are "way more" than he ever imagined he'd achieve in his career.


Danielle Bradbery Wants To Play Houston Rodeo


Danielle Bradbery admits she has many hopes and aspirations as she launches her country music career.  The Texas-born singer says one dream is to perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.


Performers for next year's RodeoHouston concerts haven't been announced yet.  The lineup is expected to be revealed in January.  The 2014 event will take place at Houston's Reliant Stadium from March 4th through the 23rd.


"Duck Dynasty" Christmas Album Mirrors TV Show


The "Duck Dynasty" cast offers up holiday music on their Christmas CD, "Duck The Halls."  But Willie Robertson says they decided to close out the album the same way they wrap up each episode of their A&E series.


"Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" features Willie, Phil, and their kin singing a mix of new songs and classics such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Silent Night," and "I'll Be Home For Christmas."  Alison Krauss teams up with Sadie Robertson on "Away in a Manger," while Luke Bryan is featured on the original tune "Hairy Christmas."  George Strait and Josh Turner also make guest appearances on the disc.  "Duck The Halls" is in stores now.


Country TV Tonight


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) Lady Antebellum is a guest.


JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) Florida Georgia Line performs on this repeat episode.


Country Birthdays Include


Jack Ingram is 43.

C.W. McCall is 85.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1980, Kenny Rogers topped the pop singles chart with "Lady."


Today in 2000, Jo Dee Messina's "Burn" video debuted on CMT.


Today in 2001, it was revealed that Brad Paisley was dubbed the "Sexiest Country Singer" in "People" magazine's annual "Sexiest Man Alive" issue.


Today in 2004, Lonestar sang the national anthem before the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game on ABC's "Monday Night Football."


Today in 2005, Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack were the big winners at the 39th annual Country Music Association Awards.  Urban was named Entertainer of the Year and he also received Male Vocalist honors.  Womack took home the most trophies, getting nods in three categories.  In addition, Alabama and Glen Campbell were among those inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2005, Toby Keith didn't attend the CMA Awards.  He chose to stay home instead to be with his son, who was recovering from a four-wheeler accident.


Today in 2005, Carrie Underwood released her debut album "Some Hearts."  The album yielded the number one hits "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "Don't Forget to Remember Me," and "Before He Cheats."  The disc was certified triple Platinum within four months of its release and passed the quadruple Platinum mark one week before the first anniversary of its release.


Today in 2005, Brooks & Dunn rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.


Today in 2006, Sara Evans returned to ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" for the season finale.  The singer had been a competitor on the show but dropped out after filing for divorce.


Today in 2006, Josh Gracin and his wife celebrated the birth of their third child, Gabriella Ann Gracin.  She was the second daughter for the couple, joining big sister Briana and brother Landon.


Today in 2006, Josh Turner celebrated the success of his hit single "Would You Go With Me" at an event at BMI's Nashville office.


Today in 2006, Keith Urban's "Love, Pain, and the whole crazy thing" debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.


Today in 2006, Discs by Hank Williams, Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton were among those included in "Time" magazine's list of the All Time 100 albums.


Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney's "Flip Flop Summer" tour and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "Soul2Soul II" tour were among the winners at the Billboard Touring Awards.


Today in 2007, Kellie Pickler was a contestant on Fox's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader."  She played for charity, raising money for the American Red Cross and the AARP Foundation Grandparenting Program.


Today in 2008, Joe Nichols and the late country duo the Wilburn Brothers were among the new inductees added to the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.


Today in 2010, Pam Tillis' cooking column, Pam & Co., made its debut in "Country Weekly" magazine.


Today in 2010, The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, which was hard hit by the May 2010 flood, officially reopened for business.


Today in 2011, new releases included David Nail's "The Sound of a Million Dreams."


Today in 2012, Chris Young played his first Nashville show as a headliner with a performance at the Ryman Auditorium, which launched his "Liquid Neon" tour.


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