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Lady A's Hillary Scott Expecting A Girl

 

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott is having a girl.  The singer revealed the gender of her first child late last week.  Hillary says she's not afraid to go public with details about her pregnancy.  She also admits it's hard for her to stay quiet about something so special.

 

Scott's rep confirmed to "Us" magazine on Friday that the singer and her husband, Chris Tyrrell, will be welcoming a daughter later this year.  Hillary says she learned that she was pregnant last fall, just before Thanksgiving, and they immediately shared their news with their families.  She announced her pregnancy a couple of weeks later.  Scott explains that she been comfortable giving details about her pregnancy with family, friends, and fans, because she and Chris "have faith that this baby is gonna be healthy and beautiful and perfect."

 

Scott and Tyrrell just celebrated their first wedding anniversary back in January.  The baby is the first child for the couple.  Hillary is also the first member of Lady A to start a family.

 

George Strait Sets Ticket Sales Records With San Antonio Show

 

George Strait is seeing just how much his hometown crowd appreciates him.  The country legend has set a new ticket sales record with his upcoming show in San Antonio, Texas.  More than 72-thousand tickets for Strait's June 1st concert were gone in just six minutes, which is both the largest and fastest sell-out for the Alamodome.  The venue opened in May 1993 -- just three days before Strait's 41st birthday -- and is locally called "The house they built for George."  The San Antonio date is the 16th sold out show on Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour, and will wrap up the first leg of the singer's two-year farewell trek.  His next concert is coming up at Houston's Reliant Stadium on March 17th.  At that event Strait is expected to preform before a record crowd of more than 77-thousand fans.  The show, which will also feature Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band, will close out this year's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

 

Strait was in San Antonio when the tickets for his show went on sale Saturday.  He was in town for his 31st Annual George Strait Team Roping Classic, which took place Friday and Saturday.

 

Kenny Chesney Excited To Play "Pirate Flag" Live

 

Kenny Chesney is excited about launching his "No Shoes Nation" tour.  The country star admits he's really looking forward to playing his latest single in concert.

 

"Pirate Flag" is the lead-off release from Chesney's upcoming album, "Life on a Rock," which will be in stores on April 30th.  Kenny will officially kick off his "No Shoes Nation" tour with a show in Tampa on Saturday.  However, he'll be performing the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concert at Houston's Reliant Stadium Tuesday night.

 

Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley Headlining Watershed Festival

 

Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, and Brad Paisley are on board as headliners for this year's Watershed festival.  Bryan will cap off the first day of the three-day event, which is returning this August following its inaugural run last summer.  Keith will close out the second day, while Paisley will provide the festival's finale.  Other performers include Terri Clark and Blackberry Smoke, who'll appear on both the first and second day.  Thompson Square, Chris Young, and Kip Moore are also part of the lineup, along with Lee Brice, Chris Cagle, Neal McCoy, and others.  The Watershed festival will take place at The Gorge in George, Washington on August 2nd through the 4th.  Tickets go on sale this Friday.  Additional details are available at the event's website.

 

Keith Urban Relieved Viewers Are Now Voting On "Idol"

 

Keith Urban admits he's glad that "American Idol's" top ten is now in place.  The show's country star judge tells MTV News he feels a sense of relief that he's no longer deciding the fate of each of the hopefuls, and the viewers are now determining who'll be moving on.  But Keith also believes elimination night will remain tough for him.  Keith explains that it'll be "frustrating to watch people go" who simply "had a bad night" and are really "better than that."  He says that type of thing has already happened over the course of the auditions, and it's been "heartbreaking" for him.  Last Thursday "Idol" revealed this year's top ten vocalists.  The competition continues on the Fox reality show with live episodes airing this Wednesday and Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

 

Scotty McCreery Reflects On "Idol," New Music

 

Scotty McCreery says he wishes Keith Urban had been an "American Idol" judge a couple of years ago, when he was competing on the show.  The 2011 "Idol" winner tells Kansas City, Missouri's Fox 4 that "country music is such a tight-knit community and family," and it's "tough to really get it if you're outside of it."  While Scotty says he didn't receive bad advice on the show, he believes that "Keith could have honed in on it."  McCreery's "Idol" judges included Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez.  The country singer continues to build on the career he launched through the Fox reality show.  He explains that while most artists will give the credit for their success to the fans, for him "it's literal," and he'll never lose his appreciation for them.

 

Scotty is giving fans additional access to him through his newly launched feature, ScotTV, which will be available on YouTube and his website.  The first installment features show rehearsal footage, and he discussed his upcoming sophomore CD.  He says he's really enjoying playing some new songs in concert, and calls his latest work "definitely a huge step up" from his 2011 debut effort, "Clear As Day."  The next stop on McCreery's "Weekend Roadtrip" tour will be at the Katy Crawfish Festival in Katy, Texas on March 23rd.

 

Ronnie Dunn Unveils New, "Edgier" Song

 

Ronnie Dunn is sharing his latest work with the fans.  He's posted the new song "Country This" on his Facebook page, which he describes it as "one of the 'EDGIER' tracks on the upcoming CD."

 

Dunn adds, "Don't run off hardcore country fans, there are hardcore songs... too!!"  In another post Ronnie says he's been looking for a label for his new album.  He also shares one comment he's received.  While promising this particular record executive that he'll "never rat ya out," he says he was told, "I think you're trying to sound too young RD!"  Dunn recently parted ways with his former label.  His new album will be the follow up to his 2011 self-titled effort, which was his first post-Brooks & Dunn release.

 

Carrie Underwood Shares 30th Birthday Plans

 

Carrie Underwood is now 30.  The country star reached the personal milestone on Sunday.  But she says she wasn't going to have a big cake to mark the occasion.

 

Carrie says the plans for her special day included a "date night" with her husband, the Nashville Predators' Mike Fisher.  She explains that going out with him was important to her, because with his hockey schedule and her tour schedule they haven't been able to spend much time with each other lately.  And Carrie will soon be heading out of the country.  She's getting ready to take her "Blown Away" tour overseas for a few European dates.  Underwood's next performance is coming up in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday.

 

Today In Country Music History

 

Today in 1969, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs split up, bringing Flatt and Scruggs to an end after 25 years together.

 

Today in 1989, Ronnie Milsap topped the country charts with "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me?"

 

Today in 1992, the "No Fences" album by Garth Brooks was certified for sales of seven-million copies.

 

Today in 1994, Martina McBride made her "Tonight Show" debut.

 

Today in 1994, Neal McCoy scored his first number one single with "No Doubt About It."

 

Today in 1999, Jo Dee Messina made her debut on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

 

Today in 2000, Joe Diffie married his wife, Theresa.

 

Today in 2001, "Doc," starring Billy Ray Cyrus as Clint Cassidy, had its premiere on PAX TV.

 

Today in 2002, Pat Green was hospitalized in Brownsville, Texas, with facial fractures after two men attacked him on the beach in South Padre Island.

 

Today in 2002, Tim McGraw's single "The Cowboy In Me" took the top spot on both the "Billboard" and "Radio & Records'" country charts.  With "Bring On The Rain," his vocal collaboration with Jo Dee Messina at number one on "Billboard" the week before, this made Tim the first artist to have back-to-back singles at the top spot on the "Billboard" Hot Country Singles Chart since electronic monitoring began.

 

Today in 2003, Dolly Parton was presented with the 2003 Governor's Awards in the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Today in 2004, Naomi, Wynonna, and Ashley Judd received the National Award at the Kentucky Governor's Awards in the Arts ceremony.

 

Today in 2005, The Oak Ridge Boys performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" on ABC's "Good Morning America" to help launch the National Anthem Project, an initiative to teach Americans the lyrics to the song.

 

Today in 2006, Don Williams performed at David Lipscomb University's Allen Arena, giving what was expected to be his final Nashville concert.  Keith Urban was a surprise opening act, while Josh Turner took the stage to join Williams on "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good."

 

Today in 2006, Josh Turner's "Your Man" hit number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart.

 

Today in 2007, Jo Dee Messina sang "Heaven Was Needing a Hero" on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," in honor of 16-year-old Ransom Tipton-Smith, who lost his life in a car accident two years earlier.

 

Today in 2008, Clint Black released his first digital EP, "The Long Cool EP," which featured his cover of The Hollies' "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)," "The Strong One," and his duet with wife Lisa, "You Still Get To Me."

 

Today in 2008, Eddy Arnold's wife, Sally Gayhart Arnold, passed away at a Nashville-area hospital.  She had been admitted to the hospital a few days earlier with breathing difficulties.  She was 87.  At the time of her death Arnold was also in the hospital, recovering from hip replacement surgery he underwent a week earlier.

 

Today in 2009, Darius Rucker and Vic Chesnutt were among the performers a tribute concert honoring R.E.M. at Carnegie Hall in New York.

 

Today in 2010, Lady Antebellum played the second of a two-night stand at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.  The date was originally slated to be the trio's headlining debut at the venue, but the demand for tickets to the show prompted a second show, scheduled for March 10th.

 

Today in 2011, Billy Ray Cyrus decided to try to reconcile his marriage with wife Tish, and filed papers to stop divorce proceedings.

 

Today in 2011, Jewel, who was five-months pregnant, was driving in Stephenville, Texas when her SUV was hit by a volunteer fire truck.  The singer suffered minor injuries in the crash, and her unborn child was fine.  Jewel credited her sturdy vehicle for keeping them safe.

 

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