Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Bucky Covington, Fiancée Expecting A Baby


Bucky Covington has something very special in the works.  The country singer has announced that he and his fiancée Katherine Cook are expecting are having a baby.  Their impending little bundle of joy will be the first child for the couple, who've been together for seven years.  Bucky says he and Katherine are thrilled to see their family grow, and they're "so excited to share this news with friends and family."  And the former "American Idol" finalist doesn't want to wait to find out if he'll have a son or a daughter.  He tells "People" he wants to know "right now," because he wants to refer to the baby as "he" or "she," not 'it."


Bucky adds that as he prepares to become a father he's found a role model -- TV dad Phil Dunphy, actor Ty Burrell character on "Modern Family."  He says he's been watching "a bunch of episodes" of the ABC comedy, and "they seem to help a lot."  Covington explains that like the fictional father he's "definitely going to be a fun dad," but admits "there's going to be boundaries."


Eric Church Shares His Definition Of True Love


Eric Church says he knows the bond between him and his wife, Katherine, is genuine, because the key component to a relationship is acceptance.


Eric and Katherine just celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary last month.  The couple tied the knot in a private ceremony at in the Blue Ridge Mountains, not far from Eric's hometown of Granite Falls, North Carolina.  Their family also includes their two-year-old son, Boone.


Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley Share Valentine's Day Plans


Luke Bryan admits his job creates obstacles to celebrating special occasions -- like Valentine's Day.  The country star has a concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Friday night, but he says he and his wife aren't letting it keep them apart on the holiday.

But Dierks Bentley says he has other obstacles in the way of a special Valentine's Day with his wife.  The singer explains that when it comes to romantic surprises he "peaked early."  Back in December 2005, Bentley proposed to his girlfriend Cassidy, and a day later whisked her off to Mexico to get married.  He says eight years have now passed, so it's time that he "find something special to do" -- which is tough with three small children at home.  But Dierks says he's hoping in the not too distant future he'll have everything arranged for him and Cassidy to "go somewhere for like two days" and have a "48-hour party."


Luke Bryan Postpones North Carolina Concert


Luke Bryan fans in Greensboro, North Carolina are going having to wait a little longer to see the country star in concert.  Bryan was slated to perform at the Greensboro Coliseum Thursday night, but has postponed the show due to Winter Storm Pax.  The show is only being delayed by a few days, however.  Bryan has rescheduled the concert for February 17th.  Tickets for the original date will be honored.  Lee Brice and Kelleigh Bannen are on board as opening acts.  Cole Swindell, who was originally slated to appear at Thursday's show, won't be performing on the new date.


Kenny Rogers Sick; Wynonna Filling In For Symphony Valentine's Shows


Kenny Rogers won't be performing with the Nashville Symphony this weekend as originally planned.  A post on the orchestra's website says the country star is ill, and has had back out of the shows.  But the concerts haven't been cancelled.  Wynonna has agreed to fill in.  She'll sing her hits and fan favorites along with a number of romantic standards, backed by the symphony.  The concerts will take place at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Friday and Saturday night.  Tickets for the Kenny Rogers concert will be honored for Wynonna's show, or they can be exchanged for a future Nashville Symphony performance.


Rogers' symphony shows were part of his "Through The Years World Tour."  His next scheduled show is set for Billings, Montana on February 20th.  A post on Wy's Facebook page says she's pleased to be performing with the Nashville Symphony this weekend, and adds that "Team Wy" is sending well wishes Kenny's way.


Jennifer Nettles Launching Solo Tour


Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is returning to the road.  But this time she's on her own.  The country star is launching her "That Girl 2014 Tour" with a show Friday in Washington, DC.  And the singer admits the latest winter storm isn't making her first solo outing easy.  Jennifer says in a Facebook post that her flight Thursday was cancelled.  But she adds that travel problems were something she'd anticipated, so she was "on the bus having dinner" as she made their way to the nation's capital.


And Nettles won't be dealing with winter weather throughout the entire trek.  She'll wrap up her run on the West Coast in the spring.  The singer also has three festival dates scheduled in July.  Jennifer is on the road in support of her solo album, "That Girl," which is in stores now.


Jennifer Nettles "That Girl 2014 Tour" Dates


February 14 - Washington, DC, at the Lincoln Theater

February 15 - Cleveland, Ohio, at the Hard Rock Live

February 16 - Morgantown, West Virginia, at West Virginia University

February 20 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Ryman Auditorium

February 21 - Biloxi, Mississippi, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

February 22 - Atlanta, Georgia, at The Fox Theater

February 25 - Jacksonville, Florida, at the Florida Theater

February 27 - Clearwater, Florida, at Ruck Eckerd Hall

February 28 - Orlando, Florida, at the Hard Rock Live

March 1 - Hollywood, Florida, at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino

March 5 - New York, New York, at the Beacon Theater

March 7 - Wallingford, Connecticut, at the Oakdale Theater

March 8 - Boston, Massachusetts, at the House of Blues Boston

March 11 - Detroit, Michigan, at the Motor City Casino

March 12 - Chicago, Illinois, at the Chicago Theater

March 14 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the Riverside Theater

March 15 - Hinckley, Minnesota, at the Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center

March 20 - Kansas City, Missouri, at The Midland By AMC

March 22 - Denver, Colorado, at The Paramount

March 27 - San Jose, California, at the San Jose Civic Auditorium

March 28 - Bakersfield, California, at the Majestic Fox Theater

March 29 - Los Angeles, California, at The Wiltern

April 3 - Las Vegas, Nevada, at the House of Blues Las Vegas

April 10 - Austin, Texas, at ACL Live

April 11 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, at The Joint

April 12 - Thackerville, Oklahoma, at the Winstar Casino

April 26 - Indio, California, at Stagecoach

July 18 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at Country Jam USA

July 19 - Grand Rapids, Michigan, at Meijer Gardens

July 20 - Peoria, Illinois, at the Country Life Music Festival - Ravina on the Lakes


Jon Pardi Excited About Dierks Bentley Tour


Jon Pardi says he's looking forward to hitting the road with Dierks Bentley this spring.  The country newcomer is an opener of Bentley's "Riser Tour," along with Chris Young and Chase Rice.  Jon tells "Country Weekly" he's been spending time with Chase lately and recently "ran into Chris Young," and they been "talking about how much fun it's going to be."  He adds that he's "very excited and proud to be on the tour," especially for the West Coast shows.  The singer is from Dixon, California, a small city near Sacramento, and he's eager to hit the stage with his friends and family members in the audience.


But Bentley's "Riser Tour" begins on the East Coast.  They'll kick off the trek in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 9th. Jon also has dates scheduled ahead of the Bentley tour.  His next appearance will be in Rootstown, Ohio on February 27th.  Pardi is supporting his debut album, "Write You A Song," which arrived in stores last month.  The disc features the hit single "Up All Night."


Cole Swindell Sets TV Appearances Behind Debut Album


Cole Swindell is getting ready for the arrival of his first album. says the country newcomer will make his national TV debut on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on February 18th -- the day his self-titled disc arrives in stores.  Cole will continue to support the album on TV next month with an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 18th.  The lead-off single from the project, "Chillin' It," has already sold more than 800-thousand copies, and was the first record to receive a Gold certification this year.


Cole is also promoting his disc as an opener on Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind Of Night" tour.  The next stop on the trek is coming up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Friday.


Tim McGraw Interested In Non-Country Music Projects


While Tim McGraw is building a resume as an actor, the country star says that's not the only way he'd like to be involved in a movie.


McGraw adds that he has "a ton of ideas" about "how to get music out and how to record different ways and in different scenarios."  But the singer's next musical project is his follow up to last year's release, "Two Lanes of Freedom."  Tim's latest single, "Lookin' For That Girl," is the lead-off release from the upcoming disc.


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Today In Country Music History


Today in 1973, Patsy Cline's "Greatest Hits" album was released.


Today in 1973, Johnny Cash's film "Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus" premiered in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Today in 1988, Kathy Mattea married songwriter Jon Vezner, who co-wrote her Grammy-winning hit "Where've You Been."


Today in 1995, Trisha Yearwood's "Thinkin' About You" album was released.


Today in 1997, Ty England and his wife, Shanna, welcomed their third child, Levi Wyatt, into the world.


Today in 1998, Hal Ketchum and makeup artist Gina Pacconi tied the knot on Valentine's Day in Austin, TX. Hal's hits include "Small Town Saturday Night" and "Past the Point of Rescue."


Today in 2001, Emily Robison and Amy Grant were contestants on "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire," while Jo Dee Messina was on "Hollywood Squares."


Today in 2002, Steve Holy was in Newport News, Virginia, to help 40 couples get hitched in a mass Valentine's Day ceremony.  As the lovebirds said, "I do," they took their first dance as newlyweds while Steve performed "Good Morning Beautiful."


Today in 2002, Alan Jackson's album "Drive" was certified double-Platinum for sales surpassing the two-million mark -- just one month after its release.


Today in 2006, Dierks Bentley shot the video for the song "Settle for a Slowdown" in Los Angeles.


Today in 2006, Ronnie Milsap was honored with Country Radio Broadcaster's Career Achievement Award At the 37th annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.  Joe Nichols and Phil Vassar performed at the event.


Today in 2007, Danielle Peck performed at a mass Valentine's Day wedding of 50 couples in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Today in 2007, Clint Black and his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, were guests on "Dr. Phil's" television show. They sang their duet "When I Said I Do" from Clint's new album "The Love Songs."


Today in 2010, Gretchen Wilson sang the national anthem at the start of the 2010 NBC All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


Today in 2010, Tim McGraw played a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Today in 2010, Trace Adkins cancelled his concert in Pensacola, Florida.  A day earlier his tour bus had been involved in a fatal accident in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.  Trace wasn't on the bus at the time of the crash.  He was touring with Martina McBride, who still performed as scheduled.


Today in 2011, Gary Allan made his concert comeback with a performance at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.  It was his first show since undergoing vocal cord surgery three months earlier.


Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood's clip to the song "Before He Cheats" was named Best Cheating Video while "Cowboy Casanova" got the nod for Best Use of Lingerie in the CMT Teddy Awards.  Chris Young, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, and Lauren Alaina also received recognition in the Valentine's Day special.


Today in 2012, Dierks Bentley's CD "Home" debuted at number one on the Country Albums chart.


Today in 2013, Thompson Square's video for the song "If I Didn't Have You" debuted on CMT.  The video mixes performance footage with a fictional narrative about the duo getting into a car crash that leaves Shawna Thompson seriously injured.  The duo caused concern by posting pictures from the video shoot on Twitter, and later apologized for leading fans to believe they'd really been hurt.


Today in 2013, Whitney Duncan announced that she and boyfriend Keith Tollefson were engaged.


Today in 2013, Scotty McCreery launched his first headlining tour with a show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


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