Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Darius Rucker Tees Off At Monday After The Masters Fundraiser


Darius Rucker is hitting the greens today for the 19th annual Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After the Masters celebrity pro-am golf tournament in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The rocker-slash-country star says it's awesome that he's able to raise money for people who need it just by hanging out with his friends and playing a little golf.


Rucker and company have raised more than four-million dollars in the tournament's 18-year-history, and he says it's something "they can't stop doing now."  He adds that Monday After the Masters is the largest one-day fundraiser in South Carolina every year, with money going to state education programs and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.


In addition to his Blowfish bandmates, Rucker will be joined this time around by fellow musicians like Jack Ingram, Thomas Rhett, and Sister Hazel's Andrew Copeland.  A number of athletes from other sports will also be showing off their golf swing, including baseball's Johnny Damon and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.  More information about Monday After the Masters is available at


Brad Paisley's "Wheelhouse" Projected to Land In Top Ten


Brad Paisley's ninth album "Wheelhouse" is on track for a top ten debut despite the controversy surrounding the track "Accidental Racist" featuring LL Cool J. is projecting that Paisley's album could sell around 95-thousand records, which could land album as high as number two on the Billboard 200 chart.  The position would give Paisley his eighth top ten album.  Meanwhile, Billboard expects Paramore's self-titled album to take the top spot.  The Billboard 200 rankings will be revealed on Wednesday.


Once "Wheelhouse" hit stores last Tuesday, Paisley and LL Cool came under fire for their lyrics on "Accidental Racist."  The two have defended the song, saying they hoped it would provoke a conversation about race relations. 


"SNL" Makes Fun of Brad Paisley's "Accidental Racist"


"Saturday Night Live" is poking fun at Brad Paisley and LL Cool J for their controversial collaboration "Accidental Racist."  Posing as LL and Paisley, Kenan Thompson and Jason Sudeikis jokingly "revealed" previously unreleased lyrics to the song during the night's "Weekend Update" segment.           


The track -- which appears on Brad Paisley's new album "Wheelhouse" -- attracted scathing criticism after the album hit stores on Tuesday.  Both LL and Paisley have since defended the song, but their "SNL" impersonators were not so kind, with Thompson's LL admitting that the song wasn't good "musically or lyrically."   Thompson and Sudeikis also joked about Paisley and LL's claim that the song was written to start a conversation at racism.  


Jason Aldean Plays Historic Concert At University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium


Jason Aldean is staking claim to being the first artist to play a concert at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium.  The Georgia native even brought out fellow Georgian, rapper Ludacris, for a surprise appearance during his 90-minute set on Saturday night.  More than 60-thousand fans were in attendance for the history-making show.  The awesomeness of the event was not lost on the country star who said afterwards that feeling the energy of the crowd is something he'll never forget.  The UGA stadium has special meaning for Aldean who says he always dreamed of seeing the venue live in person when, as a kid, his family was unable to afford tickets to see a football game there.  He says he and his mom shared a special moment by walking around the stadium Saturday night, saying it was really emotional for both of them. 


Aldean's show also included an appearance by Luke Bryan who jumped on the stage to perform their ACM Award-winning hit "The Only Way I Know."  Ludacris joined Aldean for a performance of "Dirt Road Anthem."  Jason's current tour mates Thomas Rhett and Jake Owen also put in performance time at the UGA show.  Aldean has a few more stadium stops to make on his current "Night Train Tour."  The itinerary also includes Boston's Fenway Park on July 12th and 13th and Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 20th.


Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran Take A Trip To Disney World


Taylor Swift took a break from the U.S. leg of her "Red" tour to visit Disney World on Friday.  The country-pop star took in the sights, sounds and rides at Disney after back-to-back concerts at Orlando's Amway Center, tweeting afterward that she'd had the "best day ever" at the amusement park.  Ed Sheeran, Taylor's friend, collaborator and tour mate, accompanied the star on their day off.  But, according to "Celebuzz," at least one other person visiting Disney World on Friday felt Taylor's being there made their own trip a little less magical.  One Twitter user wrote that she and her entourage didn't bother to wait their turn for a ride, and made everyone wait so that they could ride it twice.  The website notes that celebrities are usually escorted around the park by an employee, and bypass having to pay an entrance fee.  The "Red" tour continues with dates in Altanta and Tampa for the rest of the week.


Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Jokes About Pregnancy


Some of the lyrics in Lady Antebellum's new song "Downtown" might not have the same meaning now that Hillary Scott's pregnancy has started to show. 


The trio seems to be getting a laugh at Hillary's expense over the line, which describes her wearing a revealing dress.  Scott  jokes that the more she starts to show, "the funnier it will get."  The singer is expecting her first child with husband Chris Tyrell in July.  "Downtown" is the lead track off Lady Antebellum's upcoming album "Golden," due out on May 7th.


Kenny Chesney Grateful For Fans, Career And Getaways


Kenny Chesney's back on the road, playing to packed houses like his gig at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida over the weekend.  There's no other place like being on stage for the country superstar and he says he never takes for granted that what he has is special.  But even stars need a little "me time" and Kenny's no exception.


Chesney says jet setting to his place in the islands is usually his get away destination of choice.  The singer also says he's very grateful for the fans who allow him to have the kind of life that allows him to make those getaways when he needs to.  Chesney is on his "No Shoes Nation" tour with Eric Church.  The tour heads to Las Vegas next for a two-night stand at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this Friday April 19th and Saturday, April 20th.


Gary Allan To Team Back Up With "Every Storm" Songwriter


Gary Allan says he has enlisted the songwriter behind his latest hit "Every Storm" for his next album.  The country singer tells "Taste Of Country" he got writer Hillary Lindsey on board for his next project just days after releasing "Set You Free" was released in January.  He says that singer Sarah Buxton will be involved as well, adding that having a female perspective in the studio helps to lighten the mood since he tends to go to a dark and moody place.  Allan jokes, "I don't really like happy songs."  He adds that his next album looks like it's going to be more optimistic than his previous work, much of which came from the death of his wife eight years ago.  But for now, fans can expect more singles off "Set You Free" in the future.


Celebrity Birthdays Include


Country Music Hall of Famer Roy Clark is 80


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1992, Reba McEntire's video "For My Broken Heart" was certified Gold.


Today in 1993, Trisha Yearwood's "Hearts in Armor" album was certified Platinum.


Today in 1994, the Statler Brothers' album "Partners In Rhyme" was certified Gold.


Today in 1996, Alan Jackson released the single "Home."


Today in 1997, Sawyer Brown's album "Six Days On The Road" and Aaron Tippin's "Greatest Hits and Then Some" collection arrived in stores.


Today in 1998, CMT launched Faith Hill's album "Faith" with a live concert.


Today in 1999, Shania Twain's self-titled debut album was certified Platinum.


Today in 1999, Elvis Presley came in at number two on the British music magazine "Mojo's" list of the Top 100 Singers of All Time.  Other country stars making the top 50 included Emmylou Harris at number 43, Johnny Cash at number 45, and Willie Nelson at number 47.  In addition, Patsy Cline took number 55, Charlie Rich landed at number 70, and Hank Williams Sr. ranked number 91.  The late Beatle John Lennon topped the list.


Today in 2003, Tracy Lawrence and his wife Becca welcomed their second daughter Mary Keagan into the world.


Today in 2003, Darryl Worley's album "Have You Forgotten?" arrived in stores.  The same day Darryl turned in an appearance on Howard Stern's nationally syndicated radio show, becoming the first country artist to perform on the program.  Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam had previously been guests on the show, but they didn't sing.


Today in 2005, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, and Terri Clark launched their collaborative Two Hats and a Redhead tour with a show in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Today in 2005, Dolly Parton's guest appearance on Reba McEntire's sitcom "Reba" aired for the first time on the WB.


Today in 2006, Diamond Rio sponsored Willie Allen at the ARCA RE/MAX PFG Lester 150, which took place at the Nashville Superspeedway.


Today in 2007, Little Texas sang the national anthem and "God Blessed Texas" at the Samsung 500 race at the Texas Motor Speedway.  Jack Ingram was also part of the NASCAR event.


Today in 2008, new releases included Lady Antebellum's self-titled album.


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