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Keith Urban Announces Next "We're All For The Hall" Benefit


Keith Urban is making plans for his next "We're All For The Hall" benefit -- an annual fundraiser for Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  But the country star says he's striving to do more for the Hall than simply provide some financial support.


Vince Gill is once again joining Urban for the event, while Tim McGraw, Eric Church Jason Aldean, and Trace Adkins are also on board for the special show.  This year's theme is "Rebels and Renegades, the Outlaws are IN," which is further accentuated with performances from Hank Williams Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, and Loretta Lynn.  Brantley Gilbert, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Joe Shaver, and Rosanne Cash are also part of the lineup.  "We're All For The Hall" will take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on April 16th.


Zac Brown Band Performing At Daytona 500


Zac Brown Band is getting the chance to watch this year's Daytona 500 in person.  The group is slated to play a special concert in advance of "The Great American Race," taking place at Daytona International Speedway in Florida this Sunday.  The group will turn in several songs for the Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show.  In addition, Zac Brown Band's Clay Cook has been tapped to sing the national anthem to help launch the race.  The Daytona 500 will air on Fox Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.


A few of other country singers are taking part in festivities surrounding the big race as well.  Events will be taking place throughout the weekend, and include performance from Eric Lee Beddingfield, Chelsea Bain, and the group Hayfire.


McCready's Ex Dean Cain Speaks Out; McCready Insider Defends Dr. Drew


Actor Dean Cain, who was engaged to Mindy McCready in the late 1990s, admits he's "not surprised" that the country singer has taken her own life.  The former "Lois & Clark" star describes McCready as someone who just couldn't be happy.  He tells "People" that Mindy would "start arguments, start drama" and "just get combative," and "things weren't allowed to be good."  Cain explains that while Mindy wasn't ever "abusive or addictive" with him, "everything she did was a manipulation of sorts."  He says Mindy was "a tremendous talent but everything about it was a waste."  Cain adds that "all her troubles were self-inflicted."


The 37-year-old McCready was found dead of an apparent suicide at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas last Sunday.  But the "Los Angeles Times'" Mikael Wood tells E! News it wasn't the first time the singer tried to end her life.  He says since 2005 Mindy made three verified attempts to kill herself, and had been hospitalized a fourth time following a possible suicide bid.  McCready's passing has also brought criticism to "Celebrity Rehab's" Dr. Drew Pinsky, which a source close to Mindy says is unfair.  The unnamed friend tells Fox News that Pinsky "went above and beyond with Mindy" and "wanted to help her but she didn't really take the help."  The source describes the circumstances of McCready's suicide as "the perfect storm" of events that included her boyfriend's recent death and losing custody of her kids.  They say for "people to try and blame" Dr. Drew "is wrong."


Underwood Won't Try To Be Julie Andrews In "Sound Of Music"


Carrie Underwood says she'll simply do the best she can in portraying Maria von Trapp in the upcoming "Sound of Music" remake.  But she admits she'll "never be" Julie Andrews.  The country singer tells CMT Radio she doesn't think she -- or anyone -- could ever play the part as well as Andrews, saying "no one can touch her."  Andrews earned a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for her memorable work in the 1965 film.  But Underwood says she doesn't intend to study Andrews' "Sound of Music" performance to prepare for the NBC special.  She says she'll watch many different shows to "kind of get into the whole musical space versus the movie space."  However, Carrie admits she'd "love to meet" Andrews, adding that the legendary singer and actress is someone she "grew up watching and listening to."


The interest in an introduction seems to be mutual.  Andrews recently told "The Wall Street Journal" that she'd welcome the opportunity to meet Underwood and "would love to know her."  She added that while she wasn't going to be involved in "The Sound of Music" remake, she approved of the project.  Underwood will star in a special live TV presentation of "The Sound of Music," which is slated to air on NBC in December.


Florida Georgia Line Knew "Get Your Shine On" Was A Hit From Beginning


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says the duo always knew their track "Get Your Shine On" was a hit. 


The second single from their debut album hit airwaves last month and has since taken the country music scene by storm.  As a result, the track has been one of the group's biggest hits while they're on the road for the "Dirt Road Diaries" tour with Luke Bryan.  Kelley enjoys performing the song live because of the wild reaction of the audience.  He says it's "pretty cool" to see the whole arena partying to their song.  The crowd especially gets going during the solo section of the track.  Kelley says that's when the audience starts waving their hands in the air and rocking out to the track. 


Gloriana Excited About Latest Single


Gloriana's Rachel Reinert is calling the trio's latest single "a special song."  The singer tells she believes "Can't Shake You" will be another track that really "strikes a chord with people."  She explains that "everyone knows what it's like to go through a heartbreak or end a relationship for whatever reason," and "not being able to shake their memory."   Reinert adds that she and her bandmates are hoping they'll "get the same kind of response" to their break-up song as they did to their previous single, "(Kissed You) Good Night."  She says they've received a lot of feedback on "Kissed You" from fans, who've told them the song inspired "a lot of 'first kiss' moments."


"(Kissed You) Good Night" is also Gloriana's biggest song to date.  It was the group's first top ten hit, peaking at number two on the Billboard Country Songs chart.  Both "(Kissed You) Good Night" and "Can't Shake You" are on Gloriana's most recent album, "A Thousand Miles Left Behind."


Tate Stevens Opens Up About "The X Factor" Auditions


New country singer Tate Stevens hasn't forgotten how he came to be a star.  The season two winner of Fox's "The X Factor" is opening up about how he landed his audition on the talent competition show.


Stevens was still reluctant to audition, even after his family urged him to try out.  In fact, he admits it was his wife who surprised him by signing him up for the show's auditions in Kansas City.  It turns out the support from his family was just the motivation Stevens needed and he agreed to take the trip to K-C, where he was picked up by the show.  Stevens went on to prove he had the "x-factor" needed for stardom.  Fans can now get a taste of what Tate Stevens has been working on since his stint on "The X Factor."  His debut single "Power of a Love Song" has already hit airwaves. 


Ex-Eagle Don Felder Weighs In On Band Documentary


Former Eagle Don Felder is calling the band's recently unveiled two-part documentary "OK" but not exactly "accurate."  Felder, whose firing 12 years ago sparked now resolved lawsuits on both sides, tells there's "a lot" missing from the film.  He explains that many matters "weren't discussed," and "a lot of issues" weren't "brought to the forefront."  He adds that the movie "glorified" the work of Don Henley and Glenn Frey while giving "very little credit" to everyone else involved in their recordings.  That includes former band members Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, producer Bill Szymczyk, and himself.  Felder also says the documentary made it seem like "everything was fine and dandy a lot of the time, which really was not the case."  He admits they "had some fun times," but there was "always a lot of friction and tension going on" -- even between Henley and Frey.  But Felder says the movie makes them look like "they'd been best buddies since '71."


Felder admits he was also surprised to see "the anger that was displayed, and the bitterness, especially from Glenn" in recalling his departure from the band.  Don says he was "taken aback" that Frey "was still so angry about all of that," especially since he's "been way past it for about ten years now."  Showtime is currently airing "History of the Eagles," with the next broadcasts coming up on Saturday and Sunday.


Bonnaroo Tickets Go On Sale This Weekend


Those wanting to see Dwight Yoakam or Mumford And Sons at Bonnaroo this summer will soon be able to get their tickets.  Passes for the upcoming event are scheduled to go on sale at noon Eastern on Saturday via  The Mumfords are slated to be a headliner at the event, along with Paul McCartney and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  The four-day event will also feature ZZ Top, Gov't Mule, and the Lumineers.  The hefty lineup also includes Wilco, the National, Billy Idol, Ed Helms' Bluegrass Sitruation Superjam with Special guests, and many others.  The 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will take place in Manchester, Tennessee from June 13th to the 16th.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1988, George Strait's "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')" album was released.


Today in 1993, Lee Roy Parnell released the single "Tender Moment."


Today in 1993, Chris LeDoux's album "Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy" was certified Gold.


Today in 1994, Billy Ray Cyrus' "Video Collection" was certified Gold.


Today in 1997, Paul Brandt married his wife, Elizabeth.


Today in 2000, Phil Vassar released his self-titled debut album.


Today in 2001, Faith Hill was a triple winner at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards.  Besides taking home trophies in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album categories, Faith also shared an award with her hubby, Tim McGraw, in the Best Country Vocal Collaboration category.


Today in 2001, Alabama's Randy Owen and Brooks and Dunn were among the mourners gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina to remember NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, who had died in a crash at the Daytona 500 days earlier.  Randy performed at the service.


Today in 2007, Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley became parents with the birth of their son, William Huckleberry, who they're calling Huck.


Today in 2007, Taylor Swift received a Gold album plaque for her self-titled debut CD at a party in Nashville.


Today in 2007, Blake Shelton made a guest appearance on USA's "Nashville Star."


Today in 2007, Phil Vassar shared his experience with up-and-comers in the music industry, giving a lecture at a music business class at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in Athens.


Today in 2008, country singer Ernie Ashworth, the late rockabilly artist Boyd Bennett, and Kris Kristofferson's longtime keyboardist Donnie Fritts were some of the new additions to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.  Kristofferson and Fritts were among the performers at the induction gala, which took place in Montgomery, while Randy Owen hosted the ceremony.


Today in 2011, Garth Brooks was named as one of the new inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  He was formally welcomed at a ceremony four months later.


Today in 2011, Toby Keith hosted a grand opening celebration at his new Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill in Denver, the ninth restaurant in his chain of eateries.


Today in 2011, new releases included the Johnny Cash album "Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood" and the paperback edition of the biography "Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen."


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