Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Kellie Pickler, Wynonna Begin "Dancing" Tonight


Kellie PIckler and Wynonna Judd are beginning their run on "Dancing With the Stars."  The country singers are among the 12 celebrities taking part in the 16th season of the reality show, which begins on ABC Monday night.  "Dancing" marks the second reality show competition for Pickler, who launched her career on "American Idol" in 2006.  She's also the first former "Idol" to compete on "Dancing."  Kellie has said she agreed to take part in the show at the urging of her grandfather, who's a big fan of the series.  Wynonna signed on for the show in part because of her husband Cactus Moser's motorcycle accident last summer.  She's explained that with the show she's doing something for herself after devoting the past several months to Cactus' recovery.


On the show Kellie will be working with Derek Hough, while Wy has been paired with Tony Dovolani.  Their competition includes NFL star Jacoby Jones, boxer Victor Ortiz, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, actors D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick, and former "Bachelor" Sean Lowe.


Trace Adkins Helps Team Log Another Win On "Celebrity Apprentice"


Trace Adkins is showing off his romantic side on NBC's "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice."  For this week's challenge the teams had to create live soap opera-inspired commercials for Crystal Light.  Adkins' team tapped him to star opposite legendary "All My Children" star Susan Lucci, and Trace didn't seem to mind the task.


Their skit, titled "Crystal Guiding Days Of Our Lights," was also the winner, and earned project manage Stephen Baldwin 50-thousand-dollars for his charity.  Meanwhile, La Toya Jackson was fired following her team's losing effort.  "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" airs on NBC on Sunday night.


Love is also the theme of Adkins' upcoming album.  "Love Will..." features Trace's current single, "Them Lips (On Mine)."  The disc is slated for a spring release.


Report: Julianne Hough, Ryan Seacrest Split Up


Julianne Hough is apparently single again.  She and Ryan Seacrest have reportedly split up.  Unnamed sources said to be close to the pair tell "People" that the "American Idol" host and the singer, actress, and dancer are still friends and remain in contact with one another, but are currently living apart.  Their busy schedules are apparently to blame.  It's been an ongoing issue for them.  Hough recently admitted to "Parade" magazine that it's a tough juggling act, "especially when you're so caught up in your work and bettering yourself."  She added that ultimately, "you have to find a balance with what's really important."


In addition to hosting a daily, syndicated radio show and "Idol," Seacrest is involved in a number of other TV ventures, including the recent launch of the new channel AXS-TV.  Hough has seen her acting career take off over the past few of years.  Her latest film, "Safe Haven," opened in theaters last month.  Seacrest and Hough had been a couple for more than two years.


Wynonna, Cactus GAC Special Airs; Wy's New Single Arrives Monday


Wynonna Judd and her husband Cactus Moser are opening up about what they've been through since Cactus' motorcycle accident.  On the GAC special "Wynonna & Cactus: The Road Back," they each recall the moments just after the crash.


The couple had only been married for two months when Cactus was involved in the head-on collision in Deadwood, South Dakota last August.  Through interviews and home video footage they share their story of Moser's recovery, including his return to the stage with Wy's band last fall.  "Wynonna & Cactus: The Road Back" will have its premiere on GAC Monday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern -- right after Wy makes her debut on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."


Wy and Cactus have also told their story to "Us Weekly."  They're on the cover of the latest issue of the magazine, which is on newsstands now.  In addition, Wynonna's new single is arriving to radio on Monday.  "Something You Can't Live Without" is from the country star's next album, which is slated for release later this year.  Moser produced the record, which will be Wy's first collection of new studio material in more than four years.


Taylor Swift Nominated For Radio Disney Music Awards


Taylor Swift is a nominee for this year's Radio Disney Music Awards.  The country pop superstar has bids in three categories heading into the event.  She's facing off against Selena Gomez, Cher Lloyd, and Bridgit Mendler for She's The One - Best Female Artist.  Meanwhile, her hit "I Knew You Were Trouble" is in the running for The Bestest - Song of The Year, and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is among the tracks vying for Hit The Road - Best Break Up Song.  Other Song of the Year hopefuls include Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj's "Beauty and a Beat," One Direction's "Live While We're Young," and Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back."  Lloyd's song is also among Swift's competition in the Break Up Song category, along with Maroon 5's "Payphone" and Katy Perry's "Wide Awake."  The Radio Disney Music Awards will take place Saturday, April 27th, at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre.  Fans can vote for their favorites on until April 14th.


Kacey Musgraves Facing Challenges As Chesney's Opener


Kacey Musgraves admits there are challenges to being an opener on Kenny Chesney's tour.  She explains that she's having to adapt her show to accommodate a much larger crowd, but adds that she's doing it with the best possible role model.


Kacey says there's really no way she could adequately prepare for Chesney's tour, where suddenly she's performing before tens of thousands of people at once.  The "Merry Go Round" singer played before nearly 48-thousand fans at the trek's launch in Tampa, Florida Saturday night.  The show also featured sets from the Eli Young Band and Eric Church before Chesney took the stage.  Musgraves' next show with Chesney is coming up in Albany, New York on Thursday.


Carrie Underwood Not Looking For Pop Success


Carrie Underwood says she doesn't plan to stray from country music.  The singer tells the UK's "Guardian" that she's worked with such pop and R&B hit makers as Max Martin and Ryan Tedder, as well as "people who've worked with hardcore rap artists."  Carrie explains that it's "nice to branch out," because "you always want to grow as an artist and you don't want to make the same album again."  Underwood adds that she might "want to experiment," but would "never intentionally do anything that might leave country music."


Carrie just wrapped up a series of overseas dates over the weekend.  She made her performance debut in Ireland last Thursday, and was the headliner Sunday to cap off the inaugural C2C: Country To Country festival in London.  Underwood will return to the U.S. this week to resume her North American "Blown Away" tour.  Her next show is set for Richmond, Virginia on Thursday.


Chris Young Proud To Have Four Singles From Latest Album


Chris Young is doing well with his latest hit, "I Can Take It From There."  It's the fourth single from the country singer's latest album, "Neon," which he says is something rather special in itself.


Young adds that he's glad "I Can Take It From There" was picked for a single, because it's a track he really likes.  He says it's becoming a fan favorite as well.  "I Can Take It From There" has become Young's latest top ten hit.  His other singles from "Neon" include the chart-toppers "Tomorrow" and "You" and the album's title track.


Rascal Flatts' Testifying To Their Faith With "Changed"


Rascal Flatts' latest single, "Changed," wasn't just inspired by co-writer Neil Thrasher witnessing his daughter's baptism.  The trio's Gary LeVox says that Neil's experience coincided with his own family's decision to be baptized together.  He adds that he feels blessed to be able to share such a personal and special event through his music.


LeVox says "Changed" is a song of redemption.  He explains that it carries a message of hope, and how it's "never too late to change for the better."  Gary also gives the credit for Rascal Flatts' success to God, saying he believes it's their faith that has kept the group "at this high of a level for so long."  Rascal Flatts just wrapped up their winter tour over the weekend with their performance debut in Australia.  The group played three shows in the land down under, capping off the short trek with a headlining set at the CMC Rocks the Hunter festival Sunday night.


Country Birthdays Include


Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride is 75.

Jaron and the Long Road to Love's Jaron Lowenstein is 39.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1983, John Anderson's single ‘Swingin' entered the charts.


Today in 1994, Mary Chapin Carpenter earned a number one hit with "He Thinks He'll Keep Her."


Today in 1997, Tracy Lawrence's album "The Coast Is Clear" was released.


Today in 2000, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 20-cent stamped postcard featuring the historic Ryman Auditorium.


Today in 2002, Brenda Lee and the late Chet Atkins were among the inductees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City.  The event, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, featured a star-studded slate of performers and presenters.  Jewel inducted Brenda, while Marty Stuart honored Chet -- who died the previous June -- in the Sidemen category.


Today in 2002, Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now" began a five week stay at the top of the country singles charts.


Today in 2003, Deana Carter's album "I'm Just A Girl" arrived in stores.


Today in 2004, Darryl Worley and Mark Wills took part in a homecoming event at Fort Campbell, Kentucky for soldiers of the 101st Airborn division.


Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney launched the first leg of his his "Guitars, Tiki Bars + A Whole Lotta Love Tour" with a show in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley joined Kenny for this portion of the tour, which ran through mid May.


Today in 2004, Blake Shelton made a guest appearance on "The Chris Isaac Show."


Today in 2005, Reba McEntire was a guest on "The View," offering a showcase of her new fashion line.


Today in 2006, Reba McEntire hosted Celebrity Fight Night 12 in Phoenix, Arizona, benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.


Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney began a three-week run at number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart with "Living in Fast Forward."


Today in 2007, Darryl Worley performed the national anthem at the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Race in Atlanta.


Today in 2008, Luke Bryan became the proud papa to son Thomas Boyer "Bo" Bryan, who was born in Nashville.  Bo arrived at 11:34 a.m. Central time, tipping the scales at six-pounds, 14-ounces and measuring 20-inches long.


Today in 2008, Ricky Skaggs received an honorary doctorate from Boston's Berklee College of Music during a performance on the Opry.


Today in 2009, rumors that LeAnn Rimes and her "Northern Lights" co-star Eddie Cibrian were having an affair started to surface.  While they initially denied the allegations, four months later they confirmed that they were a couple, and both Rimes and Cibrian's marriages ended in divorce later in the year.


Today in 2009, George Jones joined author Dr. Maya Angelou as guests on Sirius/XM Satellite's Oprah Radio channel.


Today in 2009, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood, and Brad Paisley performed on "American Idol" during the show's "Grand Ole Opry Week."


Today in 2010, Miranda Lambert launched her "Roadside Bars And Pink Guitars" tour in Beckley, West Virginia.  It was her first headlining tour.


Today in 2010, Blake Shelton made his headlining debut at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.


Today in 2010, Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison made their concert debut as the duo Courtyard Hounds at Antone's Nightclub in Austin, Texas during the South By Southwest Music Conference.


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