Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Montgomery Gentry Singer Files For Bankruptcy


Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery is filing for bankruptcy.  Just a few years ago the country star was topping the charts with such hits as "Roll With Me," "Back When I Knew It All," and "Lucky Man."  But he's now experiencing a turn of fortune, with debts totaling 13-point-four-million dollars while he reportedly has less than two-million-dollars in assets.  The bulk of what Montgomery owes stems from his now defunct restaurant, which closed last May.  He's failed to pay back nearly 12-point-seven-million-dollars that he borrowed for Eddie Montgomery's Steakhouse.  The singer's lawyer adds that Eddie's divorce has also contributed to his financial problems.  Montgomery filed bankruptcy papers this week in Lexington, Kentucky.


Country Stars Performing At Orange Bowl


A couple of country stars are lending their talents to the Orange Bowl.  Danielle Bradbery has been tapped to take part in the pre-game festivities, and will sing the national anthem just prior to kickoff.  Direks Bentley will perform during the game.  He's slated to provide entertainment for the halftime show, which will be included in ESPN's coverage of the game.  The 2014 Discover Orange Bowl will feature the Ohio State Buckeyes facing off against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida Friday night.  ESPN's pre-game show begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Lady A Tease Tour With New Video


Lady Antebellum is working to build excitement about their upcoming "Take Me Downtown" tour.  In a new video band member Dave Haywood says they're putting together a "high-energy" show.  He explains that they've been busy compiling the set list and fine tuning "all aspects of the show," which will include "all kinds of new stuff" from start to finish.  Hillary Scott adds that their performance features "a really big surprise" involving Charles Kelley, as well as "a really big surprise that Dave's a part of."


Lady A will launch their "Take Me Downtown" tour in Peoria, Illinois on January 10th.  The trek is in support of the country trio's latest album, "Golden."  Kacey Musgraves and Kip Moore are also on board as openers.


Craig Campbell Showing "Sexy" Side With Latest Single


Craig Campbell is putting himself in a bit of a competition with a couple of other country stars.  The singer tells Nashville's "Tennessean he "can't let Luke Bryan and Jake Owen have all the sexy," but he's "got to have some of it, too."  So he's showing off his more playful, romantic side with his new single.  He describes "Keep Them Kisses Comin'" as a "sexy" love song.  Craig admits it immediately reminded him of him and his wife, because they love to " just chill out on the couch with some wine."  But he says it's also "one of those songs where you could listen to it and think about the early stages of dating."


And fans seem to like it.  "Keep Them Kisses Comin'" is Craig's fastest-rising single yet.  The song is from Campbell's sophomore CD, "Never Regret."


Frankie Ballard Unveils Details On Second Album


Frankie Ballard's sophomore album is on the way.  The singer tells "Country Weekly" he's really proud of the project, which he's titled "Sunshine & Whiskey."  Frankie says the songs on the disc "really mean something" to him, and he's confident they'll mean something to others as well.  He describes the disc as "an emotional journey as well as a musical journey," explaining that the material covers "lots of different emotions, from partying and having fun to some really deep stuff."  The album includes Ballard's current single, "Helluva Life."  "Sunshine & Whiskey" will be in stores on February 11th.


Toby Keith Now Has Song Just For The Marines


Toby Keith says he's finally remedied a situation that's gone on for more than a decade.  The country star has been supporting the troops through the USO since 2002, but never had a song to play specifically for the Marines -- until now.  Now he has "Call A Marine."


Keith wrote "Call A Marine" with Bobby Pinson.  It's one of the bonus tracks on the deluxe edition of his latest album, "Drinks After Work."  And Toby says it really fills an important role.  The singer admits that his hit "American Soldier" is "a great tribute," but "there's a difference between a Marine and a soldier" that any Marine would be happy to explain.


Oak Ridge Boys On Board For Musicians Hall Induction Ceremony


The Oak Ridge Boys will be on hand to help the Musicians Hall of Fame welcome its Class of 2014.  The country group is part of a star-packed lineup that also features Brenda Lee and Neil Young.  ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Duane Eddy, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd are also expected to appear.  Barbara Mandrell and veteran country performers Velma Smith and Jimmy Capps are among this year's honorees.  They're being inducted alongside Peter Frampton, Randy Bachman, Buddy Guy, and others.  The Musicians Hall of Fame's 4th annual Awards Show and Induction Ceremony will take place in Nashville on January 28th.


Dierks Bentley Shares His New Year's Resolution


Dierks Bentley says he's made a New Year's resolution.  And the country star admits he's set a rather ethereal goal for himself.


Bentley adds that he's really committed to his resolution.  The singer explains that he wants to be truly engaged with the people and events in his life, including his family, his band, and his concerts.  And Bentley is getting a chance to put his resolution in action on Friday.  He's slated to play the halftime show at the Orange Bowl, taking place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.


Brad Paisley Share Wish List Of Performing Partners


Brad Paisley admits he's been fortunate to be able to perform with some musical giants.  But the country star says nothing will likely top sharing the stage with the Rolling Stones.


That doesn't mean Paisley's performance wish list is empty.  The singer says he'd love to play with Bruce Springsteen -- even though he's sure "that won't happen."  Brad adds that he'd really like to team up with the Eagles, and thinks it'd be "pretty neat" to perform with Mumford And Sons.


Paisley was a guest at the Stones' "50 and Counting" show in Philadelphia last June.  He joined the group for a rendition of the song "Dead Flowers," from the band's 1971 album "Sticky Fingers."


Country TV Today And Tonight


THE DISCOVER ORANGE BOWL (ESPN) Dierks Bentley is the halftime show performer and Danielle Bradbery sings the national anthem at the college championship football game.

KENNY & DOLLY: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION (GAC) Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton discuss their lengthy friendship as well as their successful duet partnership.

BACKSTORY (GAC) Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are featured in separate episodes.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1989, Johnny Cash was released from Baptist Hospital in Nashville after undergoing bypass surgery.


Today in 1991, Billy Ray Cyrus signed his record deal with Mercury Records on stage at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky.  The mayors of Ashland and Billy Ray's hometown of Flatwoods were on hand and presented Billy Ray with the keys to their cities.


Today in 2001, the annual Orange Bowl got countrified as Toby Keith kicked sang the national anthem and Lee Ann Womack performed "I Hope You Dance" at halftime.


Today in 2002, LeAnn Rimes' "Can't Fight The Moonlight," from the soundtrack to the movie "Coyote Ugly," was named the number one single in Australia for the year 2001.


Today in 2004, Willie Nelson debuted his anti-war song "What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth" at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich.


Today in 2006, the Johnny Cash biopic "I Walk the Line" was screened for inmates at Folsom Prison near Sacramento, California.


Today in 2008, Trace Adkins team won the first competition on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice."  Adkins survived the entire competition, becoming one of the two finalists, and finished second as the runner-up to Piers Morgan.


Today in 2008, Carrie Underwood took the title of Female Celebrity with the Best Hairstyle in 2007 in a Sally Beauty Supply poll.


Today in 2011, Darius Rucker performed at the Allstate Fan Fest, which was part of the pre-game festivities in advance of the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.


Today in 2011, Darius Rucker performed at the Allstate Fan Fest, which was part of the pre-game festivities in advance of the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.


Today in 2012, Sara Evans' novel "Love Lifted Me" arrived in stores.


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