Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Glen Campbell Living In Alzheimer's Facility


Glen Campbell is no longer at home.  A friend of the performer's family tells "People" that Glen, who's battling Alzheimer's, has moved into a facility specializing in the disease.  However, the source isn't "sure what the permanent plan is for him yet," and adds that they'll "know more next week."  Campbell revealed that he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011.  He went public with his condition because he wanted to say goodbye to his fans with a farewell tour, and hoped to avoid any speculation about his state of mind if he flubbed a line or appeared confused during his performance.  The "Rhinestone Cowboy" will turn 78 next Tuesday.


Country Stars Featured In Macy's "American Icons" Campaign


Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer, and Lucy Hale are helping Macy's help veterans.  The country stars are among the celebrities being featured in the retail giant's "American Icons" campaign, which supports the military-oriented "Got Your 6" charity initiative.  As "American Icons," Eldredge and Kramer will showcase the Macy's exclusive I.N.C. International Concepts line.  They'll be featured in multi-media ad campaigns for the collection, and help unveil the brand's summer styles.  Hale, meanwhile, will promote the American Rag label.  Macy's will launch their "American Icons" campaign on May 6th.


Randy Houser Logs Third Straight Number One With Latest Single


Randy Houser now has three consecutive chart-topping hits to his credit with "Goodbye Kiss."  The country star's latest single reached number one on the Mediabase country singles chart this week to match the success of his previous hits, "How Country Feels" and "Running Out of Moonlight."  But the accomplishment this time around has added significance.  "Goodnight Kiss" is the first song Randy has written that has topped the chart.


Houser recalls the song came out of a rather spontaneous writing session.  He tells he was just "hanging out" with friends Rob Hatch and Jason Sellers, when he shared this idea he wanted to explore.  The singer adds that when he recorded the song he knew it was going on his album, "because it was something that everybody could identify with."  "Goodnight Kiss" is the third single from Houser's latest album, "How Country Feels."


Church, Parton, Others Offering Special Record Store Day Releases


Eric Church and Dolly Parton are among the stars supporting this weekend's Record Store Day with special releases.  Eric is offering up an exclusive vinyl edition of his latest album "The Outsiders."  The two-disc set includes the 12 original album cuts along with two bonus tracks -- an extended version of the title song and a cover of The Beatles' "Come Together."  The set is also packaged with an album poster.  Parton, meanwhile, is contributing a seven-inch vinyl single featuring two songs from her upcoming album, "Blue Smoke," which arrives in stores next month.


Special vinyl releases from The Civil Wars and Hank Williams will also be available.  The Civil Wars' "Live at Eddie's Attic" captures the duo in concert at a show in Decatur, Georgia in 2009.  And Hank's daughter, Jett Williams, has compiled "The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 - Extended Play," an eight-track disc featuring previously unreleased material from the late country legend's appearances on a vintage radio show.  Record Store Day is this Saturday.  Additional information about the event, participating stores, and other special music offerings are available at RecordStore


Sugarland's Kristian Bush "Officially" Finishing Debut Solo Album


Sugarland's Kristian Bush is following in partner Jennifer Nettles' footsteps, and branching out on his own.  The country star has announced on his website that he's "officially putting the finishing touches" on his first solo album.  He explains that over the past two years he's "written close to 300 songs," which he's whittled down to 15 possible tracks for the disc.  But Bush says he still has some studio work to do, as well as settle on a final track list.  He adds that he also has to do "everything that goes along with an album release," like selecting singles, creating album art, promotions, and more.  But Kristian says he's hoping that "someday, in the not-so-distant future," his album will be in the hands of his fans.


The Sugarland stars began pursuing independent projects after the birth of Nettles' baby in December 2012.  Kristian released his first solo single, "Love or Money," in Europe in March 2013 as a "thank you" to fans supporting the inaugural "C2C: Country to Country" music festival in London.  The track became available in the U.S. seven months later.  Nettles released her debut solo album, "That Girl," back in January.  But both Bush and Nettles say Sugarland has not split up.


James House Explains Title Of Upcoming CD


James House has a new album on the way.  The country singer admits he was having a tough time coming up with a title for his upcoming disc so he started looking through the songs' lyrics, and one phrase really grabbed him.


The name "Broken Glass, Twisted Steel" is from the album's lead-off song, "Train Wreck."  The eleven-track set features fresh recordings of fan favorites along with James' versions of hits he's written for others, like Martina McBride's "A Broken Wing" and Dwight Yoakam's "Ain't That Lonely Yet."  "Broken Glass, Twisted Steel" will be available on April 29th.


Dierks Bentley Takes Up Flying Again


Dierks Bentley says he's flying again.  The country star explains that he got his pilot's license in 1994, but gave it up due to time and money issues.  However, he says now flying to and from shows actually saves him time -- and possibly money as well.


Bentley will be back on the road -- or in the skies -- next month.  He'll launch his "2014 Riser Tour" in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 9th.


Rascal Flatts Thrilled To Have Lengthy Career


Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox says he and his bandmates feel blessed to still be together making music for their fans 14 years after releasing their debut album.  The country star explains that from the start they were looking to build something that would last.


Gary adds that it means so much to them that they've been able to reach so many people and touch so many lives through their music.  Rascal Flatts will release their ninth studio album, "Rewind," on May 13th.  Three days later the group will kick off their "Rewind Tour 2014" with a show in St. Louis.


John Prine Featured In Special Event, Exhibit


John Prine is making a special guest appearance in Nashville this weekend -- and not for a concert.  The singer-songwriter will be featured in a special program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  He's slated to open up about his life and music, including his influences, sources of inspiration, and songwriting style, in a discussion with music journalist Peter Cooper.  Prine will also answer questions that have been submitted by the fans.  "A Conversation with John Prine" will take place at the CMA Theater Saturday afternoon.  The event is in conjunction with museum's exhibit "John Prine: It Took Me Years to Get These Souvenirs," which will remain open through May 4th.


Country "Idol" Hopeful Dexter Roberts Voted Out


"American Idol" is saying goodbye to Dexter Roberts.  The country singer from Fayette, Alabama was eliminated from the Fox competition Thursday night.  He sang Montgomery Gentry's "Lucky Man" on his way out. 


The 22-year-old originally performed "Lucky Man" back in the Top 12 episode, dedicating it to his hometown.  On Wednesday Dexter's performance of Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water" received a mixed reception from the judges, who had urged him to step outside of his country comfort zone.  Some of Dexter's best moments came with anthems like "Sweet Home Alabama" and Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise."  Also in the bottom two Thursday was fellow Alabama native Jessica Meuse, who gave a less than impressive rendition Wednesday of Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder and Lead."  But she's remaining on the show along with five other hopefuls, including Jena Irene, who Randy Jackson has called "the one to beat," and Alex Preston, who's Jo Dee Messina's cousin.


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Today In Country Music History


Today in 1939, Gene Autry recorded "Back In The Saddle Again."


Today in 1981, Alabama topped "Billboard's" country chart with "Old Flame."


Today in 1988, the "Reba" album by Reba McEntire was released.


Today in 1990, the Judds' "Great Video Hits" video was released.


Today in 1996, Lee Roy Parnell's single "Heart's Desire" hit number one on "Radio & Records'" country chart.


Today in 1997, Tim McGraw's single "It's Your Love," which features his wife Faith Hill, was released.


Today in 1998, Diamond Rio was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.  The band opened their performance with their first chart-topping hit, "Meet in the Middle."


Today in 1998, Jo Dee Messina scored her first number one single with "Baby, Bye Bye."


Today in 2000, Eric Heatherly's debut album, "Swimming in Champagne," was released.


Today in 2002, it was revealed that Tammy Wynette's four daughters dropped their suit against the Pennsylvania physician who they claimed had mismanaged their mother's care.  The women instead came to an out-of-court settlement with the doctor, and agreed to keep the details confidential.


Today in 2003, Kenny Rogers was at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where he met with members of the 436th Airlift Wing and visited the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs.


Today in 2005, Josh Gracin was honored at a party in Nashville to mark the success of his single "Nothin' To Lose."


Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney's "Anything But Mine" hit number one on "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 Chart.


Today in 2007, The Wilkinsons filmed the video for the song "Nobody Died," which dealt with a deadly school shooting.  The group's Steve Wilkinson noted that the timing of the project -- just two days after the Virginia Tech University tragedy -- was unfortunate, but that the song, inspired in part by the 1999 shooting at Colorado's Columbine High School, would perhaps bring more attention to the issue of youth violence.


Today in 2007, "Nashville Star" runner-up Zac Hacker took part in a benefit concert to help singer-songwriter Scott Boyer with medical bills.  He was battling peripheral artery disease, and had no health insurance.


Today in 2007, Martina McBride performed on Fox's "American Idol."


Today in 2008, Diamond Rio marked their 10th anniversary as members of the Grand Ole Opry with a special backstage ceremony.


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift was on the cover of "Rolling Stone."


Today in 2009, Lee Ann Womack and Tracy Bird attended the Southeastern debut of the movie "Noble Things" at the Nashville Film Festival.  Lee Ann stars in the movie, while Tracy contributes to the soundtrack.


Today in 2010, Carrie Underwood became the first female performer to be named the ACM Entertainer of the Year two years in a row.  Other winners included Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, and Blake Shelton, who earned his first ACM Award.  Brooks & Dunn took an award as well, and also gave their last ACM Awards performance as a duo.


Today in 2010, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, and Emily West were special guests on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice."  Bryan and West were part of the assignment, which involved giving the country stars image makeovers.  Adkins served as a Boardroom Advisor to Donald Trump.


Today in 2010, Dierks Bentley performed at the Dow Live Earth Run for Water, an international initiative that includes six-K runs and walks as well as concerts.  Events were staged in 100 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.  Dierks took part in the show in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Money raised went to Global Water Challenge, a coalition of organizations helping to provide clean and safe water to people all across the globe.


Today in 2011, Darius Rucker's "This" topped the country singles charts.


Today in 2013, George Jones was admitted to a Nashville hospital following a check-up that revealed he was suffering from a fever and irregular blood pressure.  The Country Music Hall of Famer died at the medical facility eight days later.


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