Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Lady A Hosting First "Ping Pong And Songs" Fundraiser Next Month


Tickets go on sale today for Lady Antebellum's first "Ping Pong & Songs" fundraiser.  The event is described as a "celebrity ping pong tournament and an in-the-round style songwriters' night," and combines two activities members of the country trio really enjoy.  Lady A's Dave Haywood says he and Charles Kelley will be tough to beat in table tennis.  He says they're "better known as 'The Dynasty,'" and "will challenge anyone who wants to try" to take them on.  Haywood adds that he's sure the event will be "a total blast," because they'll be "getting friends and fans together to play ping pong, play music, and raise money."  Funds generated by the event will go to Lady A's recently established charity, LadyAID.  The group will host the inaugural "Ping Pong & Songs" in Nashville on March 23rd.


Thompson Square Debut Emotional Video On Valentine's Day


Thompson Square fans can now see video for the song "If I Didn't Have You."  The clip had its debut on CMT yesterday.  The video mixes performance footage with a fictional narrative about the duo getting into a car crash that leaves Shawna Thompson seriously injured.  Shawna tells CMT that since she's "basically in a coma throughout the video" the shoot wasn't all that difficult for her, and Keifer "had to do all the work.  Keifer Thompson admits that the acting was "a challenge" for him, but when he saw Shawna in the hospital bed it "wasn't very difficult to get emotionally wrapped up in it."  But Shawna adds that only she triggered such strong feelings in him.  She explains that Keifer "had to use onions to be able to cry" when her double was lying there, and Keifer admits that whenever it was Shawna in the bed he "didn't need the onion anymore."


"If I Didn't Have You" is the lead-off single from Thompson Square's upcoming sophomore album.  The duo filmed the video last month, and ended up scaring fans in the process.  They caused concern when they posted photographs from the shoot on Twitter, in which Keifer appears cut and bruised and Shawna is hooked up to I-V bags in a hospital bed.  They later apologized for leading fans to believe they were really injured.


Whitney Duncan Engaged To "Survivor" Boyfriend


While Whitney Duncan didn't win the million-dollar prize when she competed on "Survivor," turns out she still left the competition with something of value -- a lasting relationship.  On Valentine's Day the country singer revealed via Twitter that she and boyfriend Keith Tollefson were engaged, and posted a picture of her diamond-clad ring finger.  Duncan and Tollefson first met as tribemates on "Survivor: South Pacific," which aired on CBS in the fall of 2011.  They ended up making a love connection over the course of the competition -- even though Duncan was married at the time.  But Tollefson might not have known, since Duncan claimed to be single on the show.


"People" magazine uncovered her marriage in November 2011.  Prior to that neither Duncan or her then-husband ever publicly revealed that they had secretly wed in August 2010.  Whitney even took second place in "Country Weekly's" Hottest Bachelorette 2011 poll.  Duncan's "Survivor" affair marked the end of her marriage, and she was divorced before 2011 was over.


Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell Team Up For New Album


Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have teamed up for a new album.  Harris tells that she and Rodney have finally made the duets record they've "talked about over the years."  She explains that while they've "sung together and done things," until now they've "never done a whole record together."  Harris says that "Old Yellow Moon" features older material Crowell wrote for others, including "Bluebird Wine" -- the first Crowell song Harris recorded.  Emmylou adds that working on the project was relaxed, and involved "a lot of hanging out and just getting back into some work projects" like they'd done before.  "Old Yellow Moon" will be in stores on February 26th.  Harris and Crowell plan to launch a tour in support of the album this spring.


Back-To-Back Chart Toppers Doesn't Make Kip Moore Feel Secure


Kip Moore says he's thrilled with the success he's had with his last two singles.  But the country singer explains that having back-to-back chart-topping hits doesn't mean he can now take his music career for granted.


Moore and his "Beer Money" co-writers Blair Daly and Troy Verges received some love on Valentines Day in the form of a number one party in Nashville.  "Beer Money" was the follow up to Kip's first chart-topping hit, "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck."  Both songs are on Moore's 2012 debut album, "Up All Night."


Luke Bryan Enjoying His First Headlining Tour


Luke Bryan says it's a thrill to see the dates on his "Dirt Road Diaries Tour" sell out.  The country singer adds that he's having a great time performing for his fans.


Bryan has been playing to capacity crowds on his "Dirt Road Diaries Tour," which is his first headlining trek.  Shows also feature opening sets from Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line.  Luke will be performing a series of sold-out shows over the weekend.  He'll be in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday and give the first of two concerts in Bloomington, Illinois on Sunday.  Fans in Toledo, Ohio will see Bryan perform on Friday.


Florida Georgia Line Interested In Relationships -- But Not Now


The guys in Florida Georgia Line say they'd like to settle down in relationships -- someday.  The duo's Tyler Hubbard explains that right now he and Brian Kelley are more focused on their burgeoning career than their personal lives.  He also admits that he and Brian aren't the easiest guys to date.


These days Tyler and Brian aren't spending much time at home.  Florida Georgia Line is currently on the road, playing their own dates and opening shows on Luke Bryan's "Dirt Road Diaries Tour."  The duo performed before a sold-out crowd in Bloomington, Indiana on Valentine's Day.  They'll be warming up the crowd for Luke in Toledo, Ohio on Friday, and in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday.  On Sunday, Florida Georgia Line will play the first of two shows with Bryan in Bloomington, Illinois.


Brantley Gilbert Writes Songs In Many Different Ways


Brantley Gilbert says he doesn't write songs on a set schedule.  The country singer explains that he's always ready for inspiration to strike.


Gilbert also doesn't have any set way of writing songs.  He says he's comfortable crafting material on his own and is also open to working with others.  Brantley adds that his cell phone has come in handy for collaborating.  He says he and co-writer John Eddie penned his latest single, "More Than Miles," by communicating via cell phone.


“Love For Levon," Eagles Documentaries Debuting On TV This Weekend


New rock films are debuting on TV this weekend.  "Love For Levon," last fall's all-star concert honoring the late Levon Helm will air on AXS-TV on Sunday.  Eric Church and Dierks Bentley joined Joe Walsh, Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples, and others at last October's event to pay tribute to The Band's drummer, who passed away in April of last year.


Meanwhile, the new documentaries about the Eagles will have their premiere in a two-night presentation on Showtime.   "History of the Eagles, Part 1," airing Friday night, chronicles the band from their formation through their 1980 breakup.  "History of the Eagles, Part 2" covering the band members' solo careers and the group since their 1994 reunion, will follow on Saturday night.


Country Birthdays Include


Pinmonkey's Michael Reynolds is 49.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1958, Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me" entered the charts.


Today in 1971, Glen Campbell's "Greatest Hits" album was released.


Today in 1975, Jessi Colter's single "I'm Not Lisa" hit the charts.


Today in 1979, Dolly Parton won her first Grammy Award, for the song "Here You Come Again."


Today in 1987, the "Wild-Eyed Dream" album by Ricky Van Shelton was released.


Today in 1992, Garth Brooks' "What's She's Doing Now" hit number one on the chart.


Today in 2002, a private memorial service was held in Chandler, Arizona, for the late Waylon Jennings, who had died two days earlier from complications relating to diabetes.


Today in 2002, Travis Tritt marked his 10th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with a performance at the legendary venue.


Today in 2005, Brad Paisley was in New Orleans filming footage for a CMT special dubbed "Brad Paisley's Muddi Gras" -- a blend of Mardi Gras and his "Mud on the Tires" album title.


Today in 2006, Toby Keith received the Secretary's Award for Outstanding Service to American Vets.


Today in 2007, Lonestar's Michael Britt, Mark Wills, and Lorrie Morgan were the celebrity players for the fourth day of Country Week on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."


Today in 2009, Keith Urban performed a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida, while Julianne Hough sang the national anthem at the start of the race.


Today in 2010, Tanya Tucker was a guest judge on Logo's "RuPaul's Drag Race."  For the show contestants were split into two teams and had to create a "country-focused" commercial.


Today in 2011, new releases included Jeff Bates' CD "One Day Closer."


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