Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Country Report

For:  Monday, November 19, 2012


Luke Bryan Wins First AMA, Taylor, Carrie, Lady A Also Winners


Luke Bryan is logging another career first.  The singer has earned his first American Music Award, getting the nod for Favorite Male Artist-Country during Sunday's ceremony on ABC.  In accepting the honor Luke expressed his appreciation to his followers, and to one supporter in particular.


Meanwhile, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, and Carrie Underwood each added to their list of AMA wins.  Taylor earned her eleventh AMA trophy as well as her fifth consecutive Favorite Female Artist-Country title, and Lady A captured Favorite Band, Duo, or Group-Country for a third straight year.  Meanwhile, Underwood's "Blown Away" was named Favorite Album-Country.  Carrie has yet to lose when nominated in that category.  Her previous albums "Some Hearts," "Carnival Ride," and "Play On" have also earned the award.  Luke, Taylor, Lady A, and Carrie also participated in the ceremony.  Luke and Lady A were among the presenters while Taylor and Carrie both performed at the event, which took place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.


Country categories winners list from the 40th annual American Music Awards



Luke Bryan - 1st AMA



Taylor Swift



Lady Antebellum - 3rd consecutive



Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"


Taylor Swift Defends Her Relationship Songs


Taylor Swift says guys aren't thinking about becoming the subject of a song when they ask her out.  The country-pop star tells "The New York Times" the issue has only come up once with a boyfriend, and that was when they were breaking up.  The singer also admits that while she told him she wouldn't write a song about their split, she still did.  But Taylor defends herself, saying everyone knows she writes songs based on her life -- it wasn't "written somewhere in the fine print."  Swift adds that she doesn't just write about her relationships when they go bad.  She says she also writes songs about when she falls in love, calling that the "upside" for the guys she dates.


Taylor also acknowledges that it's not easy to have her love life put on display.  She admits she wasn't laughing at the CMA Awards earlier this month when hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood joked  about her short-lived romance with Conor Kennedy, which at the time had just recently ended.  Meanwhile, Swift spent time this past weekend supporting another celebrity friend who's going through a high profile breakup.  Taylor was reportedly very protective of gal pal Selena Gomez when the two of them were out together Saturday night.  Gomez and pop superstar Justin Bieber just split up a couple of weeks ago, ending their two-year relationship.


Craig Campbell Shares Decision-Making Process For Latest Single


Craig Campbell says he was immediately drawn to his latest single, "Outta My Head."  The country singer admits that the song had him hooked almost instantly.


But Craig says it was more than the catchy tune that ultimately won him over.  He admits that he mulled over some other things before deciding to record "Outta My Head."  Campbell explains that he considered whether the song conveyed a story he wanted to tell, and if it was something he'd want to sing for the rest of his life before he accepted the song.  "Outta My Head" is the lead-off single from Campbell's upcoming sophomore album.


Rascal Flatts DVD Arrives Monday


Rascal Flatts' new DVD arrives in stores today.  "Rascal Flatts: All Access & Uncovered" stems from the movie theater event the group staged in April to promote their latest album, "Changed."  The disc includes performance clips and interviews with Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney, and Jay DeMarcus, as well as footage of the group both on the road and in the studio as they recorded their album.  Rascal Flatts is also making some TV appearances in support of the release.  The trio will be a guest Monday on E!'s "Chelsea Lately," and they'll perform on Tuesday's episode of NBC's "The Voice."


Charlie Daniels Lining Up Stars For Christmas 4 Kids Concert


Charlie Daniels is hosting his annual Christmas 4 Kids concert Monday night.  The singer has tapped a number of country stars to join him for the 2012 edition of his annual event, which is now in its eleventh year.  Singer-songwriter Phil Vassar, Rodney Atkins, and the duo Thompson Square are among the artists confirmed to join the Charlie Daniels Band for the special show, which will take place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.  With the concert is Daniels is supporting the charity Christmas 4 Kids.  The organization helps make the holidays a little brighter for underprivileged children in the Nashville, Tennessee area with a variety of seasonal activities and other events.


Justin Moore Headlining Sandy Benefit Next Week


Justin Moore might not be from the Jersey Shore, but he knows people who are.  The singer's manager and publicist are both from one of the areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, so he's doing what he can to help them and their neighbors by headlining a benefit concert next week in Nashville.  He'll perform at the Wildhorse Saloon on November 27th, after he takes part in that night's Grand Ole Opry show.  Jake Owen, Randy Houser, and Thomas Rhett are also on board for the special event.


Half of the money raised is earmarked specifically for Justin's publicist Carly Caramanna, who in addition to losing her family home and business in the storm lost her father to a heart attack just days after Sandy made landfall.  The rest of the money will go to other relief efforts for those in New Jersey.


Zac Brown Band Make Madison Square Garden Headlining Debut


Zac Brown says his group has fulfilled a dream.  The Zac Brown Band made their headlining debut at New York's Madison Square Garden with a sold out show Saturday night. says Brown told the crowd that being on the legendary stage meant "an incredible amount" to them, and later added that the group will now have to "make a new bucket list."  Zac Brown Band also showed their appreciation with a two-hour performance that demonstrated their diversity.  In addition to playing their own hits, including "Keep Me In Mind," "As She's Walking Away," "Toes," "Chicken Fried," and others, they put their own spin on such covers as Metallic's "Enter Sandman," Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion," Van Morrison's Mystic," and Nirvana's "All Apologies." 


Zac Brown Band also sang "America the Beautiful," which they dedicated to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.


Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Describes His Family's Thanksgiving Holiday


Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley says one of his most memorable Thanksgivings is tied in with a wager.  The country star recalls that one year he and his brothers decided to have an eating contest.


Kelley admits that Thanksgiving has always been a major holiday for his family.  He says as many as 60 close friends and loved ones come together for their annual gathering in the north Georgia mountains.  The singer adds that they serve "just about everything under the sun" at their "big Thanksgiving extravaganza."


Country Birthdays Include


Billy Currington is 39.

Sugarland's drummer Travis McNabb is 43.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1955, Carl Perkins recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" at Sun Studios in Memphis.


Today in 1968, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans hosted the CMA Awards, which aired on television for the first time over NBC.


Today in 1994, Mary Chapin Carpenter topped the country charts with "Shut Up and Kiss Me."


Today in 2001,  Georgia Representative Mac Collins read the lyrics to Alan Jackson's single "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" into the Congressional Record.


Today in 2002, new releases included Shania Twain's album "UP!" and Dwight Yoakam's box set, "Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Brothers Years."


Today in 2002, Keith Urban was enjoying his eighth week at number one on the country singles charts with "Somebody Like You."


Today in 2003, Lonestar saw the realization of their Home Depot Humanitarian Award win at the Academy of Country Music Awards, teaming up with employees of the Home Depot and local volunteers to build a playground in Jackson, Tennessee.


Today in 2003, Pat Green performed at the 2nd annual Harvest for Hunger Concert.  Money raised went to the Capital Area Food Bank, which serves people in 21 Texas counties.


Today in 2006, Buddy Jewell broke his wrist in several places when he fell from a ladder while hanging Christmas lights.  The injury required surgery and forced Jewell to cancel several tour dates.


Today in 2006, Reba McEntire's sitcom "Reba" began its new season on the CW Network.


Today in 2007, Faith Hill performed live on NBC's "Today" in a special concert that was simulcast to the soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division's Black Jack Brigade at Camp Prosperity in central Baghdad, while another 200 wounded soldiers watched the show at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center gym in Washington, DC and other troops assembled at New York's Rockefeller Plaza to watch Faith perform in person.


Today in 2007, Tracy Lawrence hosted his second annual turkey fry, providing about 65-hundred meals for Nashville's homeless.  Jason Aldean, Darryl Worley and Wade Hayes were among those who joined Lawrence for his event at Nashville's Rescue Mission.


Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood was a big winner at the 35th annual American Music Awards, getting the nod in the Country categories for Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Album with "Some Hearts."  She also took the multi-genre T-Mobile Text-In Favorite Artist honor.


Today in 2007, Charlie Daniels was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 2007, Sugarland made a guest appearance on Nick Jr.'s "Yo Gabba Gabba."


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" debuted at number one on the Billboard charts with first-week sales of more than 592-thousand.  That figure gave Swift the best-selling debut week for any country performer as well as a female artist of any genre for the year.  It was the best first-week sales for a female country star since the Dixie Chicks released "Home" in 2002.


Today in 2009, Charlie Daniels, Wynonna Judd, Emerson Drive, John Rich, Steve Wariner, and Josh Kelley performed at a special tribute concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in honor of the late guitar pioneer Les Paul.


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