Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Garth Brooks Planning "Something" For Next Year


Garth Brooks says his 2014 tour won't start until next fall.  The country superstar tells "Country Aircheck" that before he hits the road, he intends to make his youngest daughter's "senior year summer" the "best time" of her life.  However, Garth says he has "something" that "could be happening between now and the tour," which "might be the biggest thing" he's ever "tried to take on."  Brooks isn't offering any hints of what he has brewing, but says he's "really excited about it."  He explains that "if it comes to fruition," it'll "be done right" and "it'll be done quality."  Garth adds that he's "in love with the idea."  Brooks says he expects to know by mid-January if he'll be able to do his special "something."


Public Memorial For Ray Price This Weekend In Dallas


The late Ray Price will be remembered at a public memorial in Dallas this weekend.  "The Dallas Morning News" says country legend's family was originally planning to hold a private funeral on Saturday, but have decided to open the service to the public and make it a "Celebration of Life."  The ceremony has also been moved from the chapel at Restland Funeral Home to Canyon Creek Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas, which can accommodate a larger crowd.  Grand Ole Opry announced Eddie Stubbs will officiate.


Stubbs also took part in a memorial last weekend in Price's hometown of Mount Pleasant, Texas.  A post on Restland Funeral Home's website adds that more events in Ray's honor are in the works, including a series of farewell concerts.


Eddie Montgomery Loses Property, Steakhouse Being Sold


Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery is now paying for his failed restaurant.  Lexington's "Herald-Leader" says a circuit court judge has given ownership of the country star's property in Boyle County, Kentucky to Central Bank & Trust of Lexington as compensation for defaulted loans.  In addition, the building that housed Eddie Montgomery's Steakhouse will be sold along with surrounding lots in a Master Commissioner sale in Harrodsburg, Kentucky on January 10th.  Montgomery reportedly owes the bank nearly 12-point-seven-million-dollars that he borrowed for the restaurant, which closed suddenly in May.


Taylor Swift Topping List Of 2013's Most Charitable Stars


Taylor Swift is getting recognition once again for her generosity.  The country-pop superstar is marking her second consecutive year at the top of's list of the year's most charitable celebrities.  The organization cites the 100-thousand-dollars Taylor gave to the Nashville Symphony on her birthday a couple of weeks ago, and adds that with her appearance with Jon Bon Jovi at Britain's Winter Whites gala last month, "her good-doing even transcends continents."


Other country stars have made the list as well.  Carrie Underwood's one-million-dollar Red Cross donation to help with tornado recovery efforts in Oklahoma helped her land in tenth place.  Blake Shelton, who's in the number 16 spot, is also getting notice for his "Healing in the Heartland" telethon for Oklahoma tornado relief.


Possum, McCready Make Billboard's Most Memorable Music Moments List


The deaths of two country stars are being noted among this year's most memorable moments.  George Jones' passing is paired with the death of rock legend Lou Reed at number seven on's rundown.  "Billboard" says both stars were immeasurably important to their respective genres, and left behind tremendous musical catalogs.


Mindy McCready's death in February has the number 18 spot.  "Billboard" says her suicide ended "a turbulent decade" for the troubled singer that included arrests and jail time, a brutal attack, other suicide attempts, custody battles over her oldest son, and headline-making allegations of an affair with baseball great Roger Clemens when she was still a teenager.  Billy Ray Cyrus' daughter, Miley, tops the list.


Kelly Clarkson Thrilled To Record With Vince Gill


Kelly Clarkson says she was glad she was able to work once again with Dann Huff on her single "Don't Rush."  The singer explains that he's not only a great producer, but also brought in the duet partner she wanted for the song.


Kelly adds that Vince sounds "so amazing" on the track.  She says Gill is an incredible vocalist, so she was "pretty stoked" that he agreed to sing it with her.  And along with becoming a hit country single, "Don't Rush" has earned Kelly and Vince a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.  The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on January 26th.


Cadillac Three Playing New Year's Show With Dierks Bentley


Dierks Bentley will be wrapping up 2013 with a New Year's Eve concert in Orlando, Florida.  The Cadillac Three is on board as the opener.  Cadillac Three frontman Jaren Johnston says his group is really looking forward to the show.


And Bentley just might make a guest appearance during his opening act's set.  The country star is featured on The Cadillac Three's debut single, "The South."  The song also features vocal contributions from Florida Georgia Line and the Eli Young Band's Mike Eli.


Justin Moore Starting New Year's Tradition


Justin Moore says his plans for the New Year's holiday might just be set indefinitely.  The country singer explains that he'll be ringing in 2014 the same way he did 2013.


Moore and his wife, Kate have two daughters who are still quite young.  Their oldest, Ella, will celebrate her fourth birthday in February while the baby, Kennedy, just turned two in November.


Jennifer Nettles Hoping To Entertain On New Year's Eve


Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles says she loves hosting gatherings.  But the country star is just getting settled in after a move, and she's not sure if she'll be able to ring in 2014 with friends at her new home.


Nettles will have another reason to celebrate soon after the New Year's holiday.  Her debut solo album, "That Girl," will arrive in stores on January 14th.


Quick Bites


Garth Brooks is included in this weekend's Kennedy Center Honors special.  The country superstar participated in the special event to help salute honoree Billy Joel.  Carlos Santana and actress Shirley MacLaine are also among the honorees.  The concert gala took place earlier this month at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  The event will alr as a two-hour special on CBS Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


The young girl Taylor Swift chatted with last week has died.  A post on Laney Brown's Team Laney Facebook page says the eight-year-old girl passed away in the early morning hours on Christmas Day.  Swift helped fulfill Laney's dying wish with the Facetime chat, which took place last Friday.  Laney had been battling leukemia.


Country TV Today And Tonight


TOP 50 VIDEOS OF 2012: PARTS 1-5 (GAC) The first four hours of the countdown special repeat leading up to the debut of final hour.  Part Five includes the top 12 videos of the year along with an appearance from Darius Rucker.

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Luke Bryan is the musical guest on this repeat episode.

LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) Carrie Underwood is the musical guest on this repeat episode.


Country Birthdays Include


Ricochet drummer Jeff Bryant is 51.

Elvis Presley's guitarist Scotty Moore is 82.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1963, Merle Haggard made his chart debut with "Sing Me A Sad Song."


Today in 1977, the album "Here You Come Again" by Dolly Parton was certified Gold.


Today in 1978, Kenny Rogers was number one on the charts with what became a signature song, "The Gambler."


Today in 1982, the Oak Ridge Boy's "Christmas" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1989, the video "Heartland" by the Judds was certified Gold.


Today in 1994, Ricky Van Shelton's "Greatest Hits Plus" album was certified Platinum, while Marty Robbins' discs "Biggest Hits" and "Best of Marty Robbins" and Dolly Parton's "Home For Christmas" CD were certified Gold.


Today in 2000, Shania Twain's "When," from the CD "Come On Over," came in at number 34 on the Jam! Showbiz website's list of the most played songs in Canada for the year.  Shania's track was the only country tune on the tally.


Today in 2005, Carrie Underwood received the title of "Oklahoman of the Year" by "Oklahoma Today" magazine.


Today in 2007, Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet and his wife, Rebecca Arthur, celebrated the birth of their daughter Penelopi Jane.


Today in 2007, two Dallas police officers allegedly held Steve Holy and a friend at gunpoint at Holy's home after Holy had invited them, and an officer he knew, to his house to play foosball.  After the cop Holy knew left, one of the other policemen became belligerent and said he didn't believe Steve really was the country singer he said he was.  Steve eventually was able to convince the man to let him go upstairs to get his identification, and at that time he told his wife to call 911.  The officers were put on administrative leave while the incident was investigated.


Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, and Taylor Swift took in a hockey game together, cheering on the Nashville Predators as the team beat the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nashville's Sommet Center.


Today in 2010, LeAnn Rimes announced that she and Eddie Cibrian were officially engaged.


Today in 2012, Taylor Swift's "Red" continued its run in the number one spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart, after debuting at the top of the chart eight weeks earlier.  "Red" also led the "Billboard" year-end "Best of 2012" Country Albums chart and was named the best-selling country album of the year.


Today in 2012, Lady Antebellum performed at the 2012 Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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