Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift Performing, Leading Country Grammy Nominees

 

Kacey Musgraves joins Taylor Swift as country's top nominees heading into this weekend's Grammy Awards.  And as the big event approaches, the singer tells "The Boston Globe" it's "overwhelming in the best, most flattering way possible."  Kacey admits she's "freaking out a little," but calls it "a good freak-out."  She and Swift are each up for four awards.  Kacey's nods include the Best New Artist, while Swift's "Red" is in the running for Album of the Year.  Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw each have two chances to take home an award, while Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton are also up for awards.

 

Hunter Hayes, who's also a nominee, is among the many stars slated to perform at the event.  Musgraves, Swift, and Keith Urban will turn in songs as well.  In addition, Shelton is slated to join Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard in what's being described as a "special performance."  Meanwhile, Martina McBride and Zac Brown are two of the stars on the presenters list.  The lengthy list of performers also includes Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Robin Thicke with Chicago, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, and others.  Jay-Z leads the list of Grammy nominees with nine, while Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams are all up for seven awards.  The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be presented in a ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and air on CBS Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

 

A select list of Grammy nominees follows.

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR:

 

"Get Lucky" - Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams

"Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons

"Royals" - Lorde

"Locked Out of Heaven" - Bruno Mars

"Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

 

"The Blessed Unrest" - Sara Bareilles

"Random Access Memories" - Daft Punk

"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" - Kendrick Lamar

"The Heist" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

"Red" - Taylor Swift

 

SONG OF THE YEAR:

 

"Just Give Me A Reason" - Pink, featuring Nate Ruess (Writers - Pink, Jeff Bhasker, Nate Ruess)

"Locked Out Of Heaven" - Bruno Mars (Writers - Bruno Mas, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine)

"Roar" - Katy Perry (Writers - Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter)

"Royals" - Lorde (Writers - Ella Yelich O'Connor, Joel Little)

"Same Love" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Writers - Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Curtis Mayfield)

 

BEST NEW ARTIST:

 

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

James Blake

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

 

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

 

"Night Train" - Jason Aldean

"Two Lanes of Freedom" - Tim McGraw

"Same Trailer Different Park" - Kacey Musgraves

"Based on a True Story..." - Blake Shelton

"Red" - Taylor Swift

 

BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE

 

"I Drive Your Truck" - Lee Brice

"I Want Crazy" - Hunter Hayes

"Mama's Broken Heart" - Miranda Lambert

"Wagon Wheel" - Darius Rucker

"Mine Would Be You" - Blake Shelton

 

BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

 

"From This Valley" - The Civil Wars

"Don't Rush" - Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill

"Your Side of the Bed" - Little Big Town

"Highway Don't Care" - Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban

"You Can't Make Old Friends" - Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

 

BEST COUNTRY SONG

 

"Begin Again" - Taylor Swift (Writer - Taylor Swift)

"I Drive Your Truck" Lee Brice (Writers - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary)

"Mama's Broken Heart" - Miranda Lambert (Writers - Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves)

"Merry Go 'Round" - Kacey Musgraves (Writers - Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, and Josh Osborne)

"Mine Would Be You" - Blake Shelton (Writers - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Deric Ruttan)

 

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

 

"Old Yellow Moon" - Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

"Love Has Come For You" - Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

"Buddy and Jim" - Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale

"One True Vine" - Mavis Staples

"Songbook" - Allen Toussaint

 

BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM

 

"It's Just A Road" - The Boxcars

"Brothers of the Highway" - Dailey & Vincent

"This World Oft Can Be" - Della Mae

"Three Chords and the Truth" - James King

"The STreets of Baltimore" - The Del McCoury Band

 

BEST FOLK ALBUM

 

"MY Favorite Picture of You" - Guy Clark

"Sweetheart of the Sun" - The Greencards

"Build Me Up From Bones" - Sarah Jarosz

"The Ash & Clay" - The Milk Carton Kids

"They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration" - Various Artists

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

 

Safe And Sound - Capital Cities

Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film - Jay Z

Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton

Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z

I'm Shakin' - Jack White

 

BEST MUSIC FILM

 

Live 2012 - Coldplay

¡Cuatro! - Green Day

I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone: The Making Of Get Up! - Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite

Live Kisses - Paul McCartney

The Road To Red Rocks - Mumford & Sons

 

Kris Kristofferson Receiving Lifetime Achievement Grammy This Weekend

 

Kris Kristofferson is receiving some special recognition this weekend.  The legendary singer-songwriter has been tapped to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.  The honorary Grammy acknowledges artists' overall accomplishments, contributions, and influence in the music industry.  The country star is one of seven artists slated for the award.  He's part of a group that also includes The Beatles, The Isley Brothers, and Kraftwerk, as well as Clifton Chenier, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell.  The Lifetime Achievement Award winners will be celebrated with a special event taking place in Los Angeles Saturday night.  The honorees will also be acknowledged during the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will air on CBS Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

 

Country Stars Sign On For Carole King Tribute

 

Martina McBride, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, the Dixie Chicks, and Amy Grant are on board to show their admiration for Carole King.  The country stars are among the many artists slated to take part in a tribute to the legendary singer songwriter, who's this year's MusiCares Person of the Year.  With the gala King is being recognized for both her lengthy and successful career, as well as for her charitable work.  James Taylor, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Alicia Keys, Gloria Estefan, and Train are just some of the other artists confirmed for the event.  Jimmy Fallon has been tapped to host the gala, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday night.  Money raised at the event will go to MusiCares, a charity that supports musicians in need.

 

Band Perry Among Stars Set For Super Bowl Pre-Game

 

The Band Perry is headed to the Super Bowl.  The country group has been tapped to entertain during the pre-game show.  The sibling trio will be featured at the NFL Tailgate Party along with former "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips.  Portions of their performance will also be included in the coverage of the event.  The NFL Tailgate Party lineup also features cast members from the Broadway musicals "Jersey Boys" and "Rock Of Ages."  Other stars on board for the Super Bowl include Bruno Mars, who's headlining the halftime show, and Renee Fleming, who'll deliver the national anthem.  Super Bowl 48 will air on Fox from East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2nd.

 

Darius Rucker To Appear On Friday's "Tonight Show"

 

Darius Rucker is introducing his latest single on TV.  The singer will be the musical guest on NBC"s "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Friday night.  He's slated to sing "Miss You," the fourth release from his most recent country album, "True Believers."  But the "Tonight Show" appearance is just one reason for Rucker to be in Southern California this weekend.  He's also in the running for a Grammy with his hit "Wagon Wheel," which is up for Best Country Solo Performance.  The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, and air on CBS.

 

Dolly Parton Launching World Tour In California

 

Dolly Parton is hitting the road.  The country superstar is launching her "Blue Smoke World Tour" this weekend on the West Coast.  She'll be performing in Rancho, Mirage, California Friday night, and follow with performances in Nevada on Saturday and Sunday.  Parton will wrap up her short U.S. run on Tuesday with a performance in Phoenix, Arizona.  She'll then head "down under" for a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand.  She'll kick off her 13-concert run with a two-night stand in Auckland, New Zealand on February 7th and 8th.  Dolly has more U.S. shows booked for May, in advance of the European leg of the tour.  Parton is touring in support of her upcoming album, "Blue Smoke," which is expected to hit stores later this year.

 

Dolly Parton's U.S. Tour Dates

 

January 24 - Rancho Mirage, California, at the Agua Caliente Casino

January 25 - Primm, Nevada, at the Star of the Desert Arena At Primm Valley Resorts

January 26 - Reno, Nevada, at the Reno Events Center

January 28 - Phoenix, Arizona, at the Comercia Theater

May 22 & 23 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Hard Rock Casino

May 25 - Cherokee, North Carolina, at Harrah's Cherokee Casino

May 27 - Richmond, Kentucky, at the EKU Center for the Arts

May 29 - Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Thompson-Boling Arena

May 30 & 31 - Thackerville, Oklahoma, at the Winstar Casino

 

Kenny Chesney Suing Over Logo Use

 

Kenny Chesney wants a company to stop using his logo to sell their merchandise, and he's going to court to do it.  Nashville's "Tennessean" says the country star has been at odds with T&M Enterprises.  Chesney claims the company has been selling a number of clothing items using his trademarked guitar and palm tree image without permission.  Chesney's spokesman says the singer thought they had "an equitable settlement in place" last January, which required T&M to stop producing the items but allowed the company to sell the remainder of its stock.  But the rep says they eventually realized that T&M "had no intention of honoring the agreement," so they were "forced into taking further legal action."  In his suit Chesney is asking a judge to force T&M to discontinue production of merchandise and to award him damages.

 

Jerrod Niemann's New CD Arriving In March

 

Jerrod Niemann has a new album on the way.  The country star revealed Thursday via Facebook that his next CD will be called "High Noon," and it'll be in stores on March 25th.  Jerrod says his choice for the title stems from his childhood.  He explains that as a kid he lived in Dodge City, Kansas, "where the old gunfighting days have such a historical value."  The singer adds that the phrase encapsulates the concept of "meeting your adversary" and having the courage to "face what you're most afraid of, right then and there."  Niemann says that as a musician his "adversaries are party poopers," and he's "about to face that" so he and his fans can "have a great time, hopefully, listening to this record."

 

Jerrod is also inviting fans to "join the mayhem" leading up to the release at JourneyToHighNoon.com, and take part in an "exclusive interactive journey" that includes games, free downloads, and other goodies.  Niemann has already given his audience a sample from the disc.  His latest single, "Drink To That All Night," is the first release from "High Noon."

 

Keith Urban Praises Taylor Swift As A Country Music "Spark"

 

Keith Urban says country music needs stars like Taylor Swift.  He tells Zap2It.com that "since the beginning of country music" it's been important to have artists who "come along and spark a revolution and evolution and expansion," and Taylor "just lit a total fire under the genre."  And Urban could soon share a Grammy with her.  They're nominated along with Tim McGraw for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their collaborative hit "Highway Don't Care."  Urban admits it's "such an unusual feeling" to be recognized "for playing a guitar solo."  But he also thinks the song "sounded amazing," and he "loved how organic and simple the whole thing was."

 

Keith is taking part in this weekend's event.  He's among the many performers on board for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will air on CBS Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

 

Tyler Farr Proud Of Latest Single

 

Tyler Farr believes "Whiskey In My Water" is a strong song.  The country newcomer says he's confident listeners will be able to connect with the single.

 

Tyler says "Whiskey In My Water" takes the perspective of a man who's completely enamored with a very special woman.  The singer co-wrote the song, which is his follow up single to his breakthrough hit, "Redneck Crazy."

 

Charlie Worsham Equate Songwriting Sessions To Dates

 

Charlie Worsham says he knows to keep his expectation in check when he heads into a songwriting session.  The country newcomer explains that he's had some meetings that felt a lot like a first date.

 

Worsham adds that those difficult sessions can be valuable, even if he's not walking out with a new song in hand.  He says simply chatting with co-writers and getting to know them is time well spent, and sets a foundation for their next songwriting session together.  Charlie's latest single, "Want Me Too," is one of nine songs the singer wrote with Ryan Tyndell for his debut album, "Rubberband."  Quinn Loggins also contributed to the song.

 

Tim McGraw Still Wants To Record With Wife Faith Hill

 

Tim McGraw says a duets disc with wife Faith Hill remains on his to-do list.  The country star says the long-rumored album is something they both want to see come to fruition, but he can't say when it'll happen.  The singer explains that they aren't going to rush the project, but want to do it right.

 

McGraw adds that it's important to him that the project "means something" to them, and he doesn't want to simply record songs with Faith "for fun."  However, while a duets album might not be arriving anytime soon, Tim says Faith might be featured on a song on his next album.  McGraw's latest single, "Lookin' For That Girl," is the first release from the upcoming disc.

 

"Ducky Dynasty" Rating Drop

 

"Duck Dynasty" is experiencing a dip in the ratings.  "Variety" says just six-point-six-million people tuned in to the hit A&E series Wednesday night.  That's the smallest audience for "Duck Dynasty" since the season two finale in December 2012, and a drop of nearly two-million viewers in just one week.  Eight-point-five-million watched last week's season five premiere.  In the weeks leading up to the season five launch, "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson sparked controversy with remarks about gays and African-Americans.  But it's unclear if there's a link between the controversy and the decline in viewers, or if it's the start of a downward trend. 

 

"Duck Dynasty" was still the most-watched show among cable stations Wednesday night, and overall ranked third in viewership after "American Idol" 'and "Modern Family."

 

Country TV Tonight

 

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Darius Rucker is a guest.

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN (GAC) Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, the Eli Young Band, Kellie Pickler, and Scotty McCreery are among the featured stars, along with the week's most popular country music videos.

 

Country Birthdays Include

 

Lonestar's Keech Rainwater is 51.

Doug Kershaw is 75.

Ray Stevens is 76.

 

Today In Country Music History

 

Today in 1981, Dolly Parton topped the country charts with "9 to 5," the title track of her first movie.  The song went on to hit number one on the pop charts as well.

 

Today in 1994, Neal McCoy released the album "No Doubt About It."

 

Today in 1997, Tracy Lawrence hit number one on the country charts with his single "Is That A Tear."

 

Today in 2001, The WB -- now the CW Network -- confirmed that Reba McEntire would be starring in a television series for the network.  The project, originally titled "Sally," eventually took the name "Reba."

 

Today in 2001, Faith Hill's performance of the national anthem at the 2000 Super Bowl came in at number three on a "TV Guide" list of the top five anthem renditions at the football championship game.

 

Today in 2002, Tim McGraw's album sales topped the 20-million mark in the U.S.

 

Today in 2002, Alan Jackson's album "Drive" debuted at number one on the "Billboard 200," bumping the rock group Creed's "Weathered" out of the top spot after commanding the chart for the previous eight weeks.  "Drive" logged sales of more 423-thousand, giving Alan his best first-week numbers and his first number one on the all-genre album chart.  The disc also entered the "Top Country Albums" chart at number one.

 

Today in 2002, Steve Holy earned his first number one on the country singles charts with "Good Morning Beautiful."

 

Today in 2003, Mark Wills logged his fourth consecutive week at the top of the country music charts with his single "19 Somethin'."  Broadcast Data Systems reported over six-thousand spins for the son, which made Wills' hit the most played song for a single week in the BDS's then-13-year history.

 

Today in 2005, "Rose Garden" singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting a "Harry Potter" DVD in Taos, New Mexico.  While being put into the patrol car, Anderson punched one of the arresting officers.

 

Today in 2005, Martina McBride's "My Heart" -- an eight-song CD specifically created as a romantic offering for Valentine's Day in conjunction with Hallmark -- went on sale.

 

Today in 2006, Jenny Gill performed with her father, Vince Gill, for the first time, at a concert in Sarasota, Florida.

 

Today in 2006, new releases included Josh Turner's "Your Man," Rosanne Cash's "Black Cadillac," and Kenny Rogers' "21 Number Ones."

 

Today in 2007, the Wreckers participated in the National Hockey League's All-Star Celebration in Dallas.  The duo sang the national Anthem prior to the All-Star Game and also performed during intermission.

 

Today in 2011, Johnny Cash was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.  Trace Adkins was among those who took part in the ceremony.

 

Today in 2011, Joe Nichols' video out to his hit "The Shape I'm In" had its premiere on CMT.

 

Today in 2012, Garth Brooks was received a one-million-dollar judgement in his case against the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon, Oklahoma, which after telling the singer they'd use his 500-thousand-dollar donation to build a women's health center that would be named after his mother failed to do so.

 

Today in 2012, Keith Urban unveiled the video to the song "You Gonna Fly."

 

Today in 2012, new album releases included Tim McGraw's "Emotional Traffic" and Kellie Pickler's "100 Proof."

 

Today in 2013, Blake Shelton was involved in a dispute via social media with Ray Price.  The country legend called out Shelton via Facebook over Shelton's claims that today's country music fan doesn't want to "listen to theri grandpa's music," and told Shelton to "check back in 63 years" to see how well he's remembered.  Shelton's remark, which aired in a GAC "Backstory" profile, was in defense against the argument that today's country music isn't really "country."  Shelton responded to Price via Twitter, expressing his love, respect, and admiration for him, but he also stood behind the views he expressed on the GAC show.

 

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