Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Dan + Shay Singer Injured In Car Accident


Dan + Shay's Dan Smyers is recovering from injuries suffered in a car crash Wednesday.  The country newcomer tweeted a photo of his left forearm and thumb wrapped up, explaining that he spent the day in the emergency room after the accident.  He added that he's "missing" his guitar already.  Dan later tweeted another photo with partner Shay Mooney along with the message, "Can't thank you all enough for the texts + tweets about my accident.  Broken wrist or not, the show must go on."


Dan + Shay will be opening shows this weekend for Hunter Hayes.  The duo's debut album, "Where It All Began" just debuted at the top of the Country Albums chart.  The disc features the hit single "19 You + Me."


Dolly Parton Featured On AXS TV's "The Big Interview"


Dolly Parton is opening up about her life and work with Dan Rather.  The country superstar and the TV news legend recently met for a "candid discussion" for AXS TV's "The Big Interview."  In a preview of the show, Dolly tells Dan how she's maintained her looks over the decades.


Parton's "Big Interview" covers her various career ventures, including her singing and acting as well as her "Dollywood" theme park -- where the interview was taped -- and her Imagination Library.  "The Big Interview" featuring Dolly Parton will air on AXS on April 14th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 5:00 p.m. Pacific.  The episode will be rebroadcast on May 12th in conjunction with the release of Dolly's new album, "Blue Smoke."  The disc will be in stores on May 13th.


Carrie Underwood Performs For Linda Ronstadt At Rock Hall Ceremony


Carrie Underwood is among those celebrating Linda Ronstadt's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.  The country star launched the tribute to the new Rock Hall member with a performance of "Different Drum," the 1967 Stone Poneys single that marked Linda's first hit.  Carrie also joined Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt on "Blue Bayou," a crossover hit that peaked in the top five on the pop, adult contemporary, and country singles charts back in 1977.  The segment also featured Sheryl Crow and the Eagles' Glenn Frey singing "You're No Good" before Stevie Nicks joined the group for "It's So Easy" and "When Will I Be Loved."


Frey, who before the Eagles was in Ronstadt's backing band, also took care of her induction.  Linda is battling Parkinson's disease, and didn't attend the event.  The Rock Hall's 29th annual Induction Ceremony took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Thursday night.


Lee Ann Womack Inks Record Deal, Album Due In September


Lee Ann Womack says she believes Sugar Hill Records is "the perfect fit" for her.  The country star just signed a new deal with the label, which will release her next album in September.  Lee Ann says she'd been looking for a company "where passion for music and artistic integrity drive the decision-making," and believes she's found "the right home" for her "very personal" upcoming release.  The singer worked on her new album with her husband, producer Frank Liddell.  She says they "promised each other" their only criteria for the material was that they "absolutely loved" the song, and adds that they were "really inspired" by such freedom.  Lee Ann's new album will be her first collection of new studio material since 2008's "Call Me Crazy," which features the hit "Last Call."


Natalie Stovall Talks New Single, "Baby Come On With It"


Natalie Stovall, of Natalie Stovall and the Drive, says she recognized something special in their debut single "Baby Come On With It," the very first time she heard it.  


Drummer James Bavendam says the group identifies itself as a live band, and wanted to make sure that quality came out in its recordings.  He says the new single has accomplished just that, successfully capturing what The Drive is about live in three-and-a-half minutes.  Natalie Stovall and the Drive are gearing up for their first-ever national live television appearance, next Tuesday April 15th on Fox Business' "Imus In The Morning."  They'll perform five songs off their debut album due out this fall.


Eric Church Looking Forward To "The Outsiders" Tour


Eric Church is pumping up fans for his upcoming "Outsiders" world tour. 


The newly-announced tour is set to kick off on September 11th in Bossier City, Louisiana.  Dwight Yoakam will be joining the country star on his trek promoting "The Outsiders" album, which dropped in February.  Yoakam will be a guest on all of the upcoming stops, and acts like Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark and Haletorm will be joining Church on select dates.  The additions are turning the tour into even more of a treat for fans.  Church says his new set will have the audience involved with the experience on a musical, visual and sonic level.  Tickets go on sale to the general public starting April 18th.  But members of his "Church Choir" fan club will have access on April 15th.


Tracy Lawrence Has "Personal Connection" To Latest Video


Tracy Lawrence says he can identify with his new video.  In the country star's clip for the song "Lie," he plays the part of a man who suspects his girlfriend is stepping out, only to discover the friend he's relying on for support is the other man.  Tracy tells CMT it's a situation he was in when he was in high school -- only in reverse.  Tracy says his friend had just graduated, but he and his friend's girl were still in school.  He explains that he "was supposed to be looking after her," but they "hooked up."  The singer recalls his friend caught them together at a dance and threw a punch that laid him out, and Tracy "never saw it coming."


But Lawrence says taking the other role for the video has to do with the clip's female lead.  She's one of his kids' dance school teachers.  Tracy explains that he's known her since she was 16, so casting her as his love interest "would've been just too weird."  "Lie" is the from Tracy's latest album, ""Headlights, Taillights and Radios," which is in stores now.


Ronnie Dunn Allowed Fans Input Into New Album


Ronnie Dunn says with his new album he "really wanted fans to have a say."  To accomplish the goal, the country star opened up his record-making process, posting songs on social media and welcoming feedback.  The singer explains that it let him know "what people liked, or maybe what they didn't respond to," and he "built the album from there."  Dunn released "Peace, Love, and Country Music" this week.  It's available from all digital retailers, but physical copies of the disc are only being sold at Country Outfitter stores.


David Nail Talks Discovering Music As A Teenager


David Nail is explaining why he makes it a point to pay attention to the visual aspects of his releases.  He's talking about how he used to discover artists himself when he was a teenager. 


David says he would visit his local Wal-Mart every day looking for new music to soak in.  The singer adds that he didn't know at the time that new albums usually come out on Tuesday, so he was there almost every day looking for new releases to purchase.  His latest album, his third studio release called "I'm A Fire," peaked at number three on country charts when it came out last month.  David has also been invited to be a part of Keith Urban's "All for the Hall," a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame, on May 6th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.


Country TV Tonight


THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW (SYN) Martina McBride is a guest.

LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) David Nail performs on this repeat episode.

TOP 20 COUNTY COUNTDOWN (GAC) The show features recap of the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, featuring Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, and George Strait, along with the week's most popular country music videos.


Country Birthdays Include


Jim Lauderdale is 57.

Steve Azar is 50.



Today in Country Music History


Today in 1978, the "Waylon & Willie" album by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson was certified Platinum.


Today in 1980, Alabama signed their first record contract.


Today in 1987, Alabama's "(You've Got) The Touch" hit number one on the "Billboard" country singles chart.


Today in 1988, Ricky Van Shelton earned a Gold record for his debut album, "Wild-Eyed Dream."


Today in 1992, Lee Greenwood married 1989's Miss Tennessee, Kimberly Payne.


Today in 1994, Tim McGraw's first big hit, "Indian Outlaw," was certified Gold, despite controversy over the song's lyrics.  One Cherokee chief called it, quote, "insulting to Indians."


Today in 1996, Patty Loveless' album "When Fallen Angels Fly" was certified Platinum.


Today in 1997, Tracy Lawrence's appearance at the Wal-Mart in North Richland Hills, Texas was billed by some as the "largest outdoor in-store appearance in the history of mankind."  The event drew an estimated six-thousand screaming fans, who showed up to hear him perform and see him autograph his album "The Coast Is Clear."  The audience got so rowdy that they actually stormed the stage, bowling over security officers to get Tracy's autograph.


Today in 2000, Clay Davidson's debut album, "Unconditional," was released.


Today in 2000, "Manilow Country" premiered on TNN.  The two-hour celebration of pop star Barry Manilow's 25-year career included artists Deanna Carter, Lila McCann, Neal McCoy, Jo Dee Messina, Lorrie Morgan, Kevin Sharp and Trisha Yearwood covering some of Barry's biggest hits, from "It's a Miracle" to "Copacabana."  Barry called his duet of "Could It Be Magic" with Deana Carter his most romantic moment on stage.


Today in 2000, Collin Raye was the keynote speaker at the 9th annual "Make a Difference Day Awards."


Today in 2000, Faith Hill was among the performers at the "VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross" concert in New York.


Today in 2003, Brad Paisley was a celebrity guest judge on the TV series "Star Search."


Today in 2005, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, and Rascal Flatts were among the winners at the 2005 CMT Music Awards.


Today in 2006, Wynonna performed on "Nashville Star."


Today in 2006, new releases included Toby Keith's "White Trash With Money" and Jeff Bates' "Leave the Light On."


Today in 2013, Brantley Gilbert was the opening day headliner for Country Thunder festival in Florence, Arizona.


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