Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Mindy McCready Funeral Scheduled For Tuesday


Mindy McCready's family will celebrate the late singer's life in the place of her birth.  Family members announced Friday that a private funeral for McCready would be held Tuesday at the Crossroads Church in Fort Myers, Florida.  McCready was found dead at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas last Sunday, just weeks after her boyfriend, David Wilson, was found dead at the same home.  Authorities say McCready died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The troubled country singer leaves behind two sons - six-year-old Zander and Zayne, who is ten months old.  McCready was 37 years old.


Mindy's friends are also preparing to say goodbye.  A memorial is tentatively scheduled to take place March 6th at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, Tennessee.  The event is being organized by McCready's friends, peers and members of the music community. 


Keith Urban Accompanies Wife Nicole Kidman To Oscars


Keith Urban admits that taking his wife to the Oscars is one of their ultimate date nights.  In an ABC red carpet interview the country star said he enjoys accompanying Nicole Kidman to these types of events.  He also had a hand in selecting Nicole's wardrobe.  When asked if their two young daughters -- four-year-old Sunday Rose and two-year-old Faith Margaret -- picked out her dress, Kidman admitted that the girls weren't particularly fond of the L'Wren Scott design but were "a bit overwhelmed by the sparkles.  She said that "Keith picked it out, actually," and Urban added that he "loved it."  Kidman wasn't a nominee at this year's Oscars, but served as a presenter at the event.  Earlier this month the roles were reversed.  Nicole accompanied Keith to the Grammy Awards, where he took part as a presenter.


"Argo" was the big winner at the 85th Academy Awards, taking the top prize of Best Picture.  Other films taking major awards include Life of Pi," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook."


Lee Brice Eager To Get Married


Lee Brice admits he can't wait to finally be a married man.  The country singer tells Des Moines, Iowa's he's "so excited" about the upcoming ceremony, and he wishes he were "getting married tomorrow."  Brice doesn't say just when he and his longtime girlfriend Sara Reeveley plan to tie the knot, but he is revealing where they're planning to hold their ceremony.  He explains that they've picked a spot in Branson in an effort to keep the event small.  Lee says it'd be impossible to have a small wedding in Nashville or in his hometown of Sumter, South Carolina, so they chose to "go somewhere neutral."  Brice offered up a romantic proposal to Reeveley in Key West, Florida in January 2012.  The couple has a four-year-old son together.


Shelton-Lambert, Hough-Seacrest Among 2013's "Hottest Celebrity Couples"


Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting recognition as a pair.  They're ranked seventh in "Men's Health" magazine's The Hottest Celebrity Couples 2013 list.  The publication notes that the husband and wife country team topped a recent Zillow poll naming them the most preferred celebrity neighbor.  However, "Men's Health" questions whether Shelton's recent claims that he and Miranda enjoy getting intimate in their truck and out in the woods on their property helps or hurts the property value.  Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest are also on the list.  They're just missing the top ten, falling in at number eleven.  Julianne has said that one thing that supports their relationship is the intensive workouts they do together.


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have the top spot on the list, followed by Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Beyonce and Jay-Z complete the top three.


"Men's Health" magazine's list of The Hottest Celebrity Couples 2013


1. Michelle and Barack Obama

2. Prince William and Kate Middleton

3. Beyonce and Jay-Z

4. Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin

5. Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Laine

6. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey ("Men's Health" admits they aren't really a couple, "but after co-hosting this year's Golden Globes ceremony, the two funniest women in comedy seem inseparable in our minds.")

7. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

8. Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova

9. Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde

10. Jason Segel and Michelle Williams

11. Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough

12. Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston

13. Zooey Deschanel and Jamie Linden

14. Portia de Rossi and Ellen Degeneres

15. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

16. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

17. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem

18. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

19. Fabrizio Moretti and Kristen Wiig

20. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield


LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian Buy New Southern California Home


LeAnn Rimes has a new home.  The real estate website Trulia says the country singer and her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, have purchased a six-bedroom, nine-bathroom home in Hidden Hills, California, and got the property for a song.  The couple paid just three-million-dollars for the eight-thousand-642-square-foot Spanish-style home.  The previous owner purchased the home in 2006 for more than five-million-dollars, and the house was recently estimated to be worth four-point-seven-million.  The house sits on a sizeable lot, and boasts a large kitchen and dining room as well as an outdoor dining area and a pool.  There's also a patio and sitting area outside the master bedroom.  Photographs of the home also show an outdoor play area for Cibrian's two young sons to enjoy.


Toby Keith Launching RodeoHouston Concerts Monday Night


Toby Keith is kicking off the 2013 RodeoHouston concerts with his Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo performance Monday night.  It's his ninth time to perform at the event since he made his RodeoHouston debut in 1995, and his first appearance since 2010.  Toby is just one of a number of country stars who'll be entertaining at the 21-day event.  Alan Jackson will be taking the stage at Houston's Reliant Stadium for a tenth consecutive year on Wednesday, which is also Armed Forces Appreciation Day.  Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, and Luke Bryan are some of the other stars on board for the three-week concert series, while Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert, and the Randy Rogers Band are making their RodeoHouston debuts this year.  The Randy Rogers Band is on the bill for the event's final concert, featuring George Strait and Martina McBride.


A number of other artists are slated to perform as well.  Mary J. Blige will be featured on the event's Black Heritage Day this Friday.  Styx, Demi Lovato, and Bruno Mars are a few of the other stars also on the event's lineup.


2013 RodeoHouston Concert Lineup


February 25 - Toby Keith

February 26 -  Gary Allan

February 27 - Alan Jackson - Armed Forces Appreciation Day

February 28 -  Zac Brown Band

March 1 - Mary J. Blige - Black Heritage Day sponsored by Kroger

March 2 -  Brantley Gilbert

March 3 - Demi Lovato, Austin Mahone

March 4 - Styx

March 5 - Lady Antebellum

March 6 - Dierks Bentley

March 7 - Bruno Mars

March 8 - Tim McGraw

March 9 - The Band Perry

March 10  - Julion Alvarez, Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon - Go Tejano Day sponsored by State Farm

March 11 - Jason Aldean

March 12 - Kenny Chesney

March 13 - Jake Owen

March 14 - Pitbull

March 15 - Blake Shelton

March 16 - Luke Bryan

March 17 - George Strait, Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band


Kacey Musgraves Making Lots Of Adjustments With Fame


Kacey Musgraves says breaking through with "Merry Go Round" has sparked a lot of changes for her.  The singer-songwriter explains that she's not just adjusting to her newfound fame, but to a new way of doing things.

Kacey adds that everything has happened "unbelievably fast," but she's lucky to be working with a team that has "awesome ideas" and are "really helpful" to her.  Musgraves is currently opening shows on Little Big Town's "Tornado" tour.  Their next show is coming up in Huntington, West Virginia on Friday.


Scotty McCreery Displaying Growth On Second Album


Scotty McCreery is working on his sophomore album.  The former "American Idol" winner says the project will reflect his growth over the past couple of years.


McCreery has been introducing his new songs to the fans on his current tour.  He's playing dates on his "Weekend Roadtrip" trek between classes at North Carolina State.  Scotty's next show is coming up at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida on March 8th.


Tim McGraw Explains Why He Likes His Current Single


Tim McGraw says one of the things he likes about his current hit, "One Of Those Nights," is the way the song evokes memories in the listener.  The country star adds that that aspect of the song can work on a wide range of people.


Tim says he finds "One Of Those Nights" reminiscent of Bob Seger's "Night Moves," and his own song takes him back to when Seger's song was a hit.  "One Of Those Nights" is from McGraw's latest album "Two Lanes Of Freedom," which recently debuted at number one on the Country Albums chart.  This spring Tim will launch a tour in support of the disc.  He'll kick off the trek in Birmingham, Alabama on May 2nd - the day after his 46th birthday.


Country Birthdays Include


Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley is 86.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1949, Hank Williams Sr.'s "Lovesick Blues" was released.  It was the song that got him his first invitation to perform on the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1956, Elvis Presley had his first number one country hit with "I Forgot To Remember to Forget."


Today in 1989, Dwight Yoakam hit number one on the charts with "I Sang Dixie."


Today in 1992, Garth Brooks won his first Grammy for the album "Ropin' The Wind."  Mary Chapin Carpenter also took home her first Grammy, for "Down at the Twist and Shout."


Today in 1993, Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Toy Caldwell died of respiratory failure at his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  He was 45.


Today in 1994, Vince Gill topped the country charts with "Tryin' to Get Over You."


Today in 1998, Trisha Yearwood took home trophies in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category for "How Do I Live" and in the Best Country Vocal Collaboration category for "In Another's Eyes," her duet with Garth Brooks, the 40th annual Grammy Awards.  Other winners included Alison Krauss & Union Station, who earned Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with "Looking in the Eyes of Love," and Vince Gill, who received his 11th Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance with "Pretty Little Adriana."


Today in 2000, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence praised the Dixie Chicks for raising public awareness of the issue.


Today in 2002, Garth Brooks helped honor Billy Joel as the 2002 MusiCares Person of the Year.


Today in 2002, the Dixie Chicks made the first of two appearances on "Sesame Street."


Today in 2003, Johnny PayCheck was laid to rest at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville.  Johnny was buried in a plot donated by and next to one reserved for his longtime friend, George Jones.


Today in 2005, Kathy Mattea, Pam Tillis, and Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely performed during the Nashville stop of "The Vagina Monologues" touring production.


Today in 2007, Collin Raye, Mel Tillis, The Bellamy Brothers, and Suzy Bogguss set sail on an eight-day "Country Cruise" from Ft. Lauderdale to the ports of San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Catalina Island, Domincan Republic; and Nassua, Grand Bahamas.


Today in 2008, John Rich, Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson and Kellie Pickler were among the performers for "Phoenix Rising! Musicians United to Benefit the Victims of the Station Nightclub Fire."  The Providence, Rhode Island concert raised money for the those injured and the families of those killed in the fire at the West Warwick, Rhode Island nightclub five years ago during a Great White concert.  One-hundred people were killed, while nearly 200 others were injured.


Today in 2009, Martina McBride took part in a concert at the White House honoring Stevie Wonder as the recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.


Today in 2009, Jewel began rehab for tendinitis in her knees, which she developed with her intense rehearsals for her participation on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."


Today in 2009, Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel performed the second of two shows at the Earth Bio-Willie Theater in Carl's Corner, Texas.  The concerts were part of the Willie's World 5th Annual Grand Opening celebrations.


Today in 2010, Easton Corbin and Tom T. Hall were among the performers at the Country Radio Seminar's CRS Live Show.


Today in 2011, Eric Church got the nod as the Academy of Country Music's Top New Solo Vocalist, while The Band Perry was named Top New Vocal Duo or Group.  With their wins they also became the nominees for Top New Artist at the 46th annual ACM Awards, which took place five weeks later.


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