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Private, Public Services Set For George Jones

 

Services for the late George Jones have been set for this week.  CountryWeekly.com says the Country Music Hall of Famer's family will hold a private funeral Wednesday night.  A second service has been scheduled at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House on Thursday morning, which will be open to the public.  Jones' loved ones are also asking fans wishing to pay tribute to the legendary Possum to make a donation to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund instead of sending flowers.

 

Jones died last Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, eight days after he had been admitted with a fever and irregular blood pressure.  The 81-year-old Jones was in the process of wrapping up his career.  He was two months into his year-long farewell "Grand Tour" at the time of his passing.

 

Country Stars Mourning, Remembering George Jones

 

George Strait says the late George Jones wasn't just an incredible country music performer.  He explains that the Possum was a country music personality.

 

Luke Bryan tells WHLK in Indianapolis that Jones "lived the ultimate country song."   He describes Jones' material as "amazing stuff," adds that "for years" his truck's CD holder included "four or five" George Jones hits collections.  Casey James also counts himself a longtime fan of Jones and other traditional country stars.  He says the news of Jones' death was "a sad, sad thing to hear," and he wishes they all "could continue forever."  George Jones' lengthy, storied, and influential career came to an end with his passing last Friday.  The country music icon was 81.

 

Weekend Opry Shows Dedicated To George Jones

 

The Grand Ole Opry is among the many country music outlets remembering the late George Jones.  Nashville's "Tennessean" says Brad Paisley made a surprise appearance on Friday's show, paying tribute to the country music legend with a medley of Jones' songs.  Afterwards he tweeted, "To everyone @opry tonight: Thank you for honoring @gjpossum w/us. & for being my musical home ... This was my honor tonight. And therapy somehow."  At Saturday's Opry show, Opry manager Pete Fisher made note of Paisley's performance, calling it "an emotional capstone to an historic evening."  Saturday's show was dedicated to Jones as well.  Saturday night's performers, including longtime Opry stars Jim Ed Brown and Jimmy C. Newman as well as country newcomers Kristen Kelly  and Morgan Frazier, also played Jones' music and shared thoughts and memories of the Country Music Hall of Famer.  John Conlee brought Saturday's show to a close with a performance of Jones' classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today" while Jones' picture was displayed on the large screen backdrop.

 

Jones died Friday morning, eight days after he'd been hospitalized with a fever and irregular blood pressure.  He was 81.

 

Taylor Swift Takes Two At Radio Disney Awards

 

Taylor Swift is a big winner at the Radio Disney Music Awards.  The country-pop crossover star took two awards at the event.  Her hit "I Knew You Were Trouble" was named The Bestest - Song of The Year, while her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" got the nod for The Road - Best Break Up Song.  Swift was also in the running in one other category at the event -- She's The One - Best Female Artist -- which went to her pal Selena Gomez.  Other winners at the event include One Direction, Justin Bieber, Austin Mahone, Ross Lynch, and Olivia Holt.  The 2013 Radio Disney Awards were presented in a ceremony Saturday in Los Angeles.

 

Report:  Taylor Swift Buys Rhode Island Mansion

 

Taylor Swift is adding to her list of properties.  TMZ.com says the country-pop superstar has purchased Rhode Island's famed Harkness House.  The mansion itself measures more than eleven-thousand-square-feet, and sits on more than five acres of land.  Taylor and her family took a tour of the property just two weeks ago, and were reportedly impressed.  The asking price was said to be more than 20-million-dollars, but Swift got the house for 17-point-75-million.  In addition, she reportedly didn't get any financing but made the purchase with cash.

 

Currington Nixed For NASCAR Pre-Race Act

 

Billy Currington's legal problems have cost him a NASCAR gig.  The Charlotte Motor Speedway announced on its website Friday it was replacing the embattled country star with fellow country singer Josh Turner for a pre-race concert on May 18th.  Speedway president and general manager Marcus Smith cited Currington's recent indictment for allegedly making "terroristic threats" against a tour boat captain as reason for the change.  Smith said he was confident Turner would put on a "fantastic show" for fans and sponsors at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on race weekend. 

 

Currington was released on bail Thursday after turning himself in to authorities in Georgia.  The country star was also indicted on a charge of abuse of an elder person based on the boat captain's age.  Charles Harvey Ferrelle claims the singer started screaming at him and threatened his life while he was carrying his customers on a boat tour near Tybee Island on April 15th. 

 

Ashton Kutcher Gets In Shoving Match With Security At Stagecoach

 

Actor Ashton Kutcher is once again experiencing difficulties at a country music event.  TMZ.com says the "Two and a Half Men" star was in the VIP section at the Stagecoach festival Saturday to see Dwight Yoakam and Nick 13's sets when a woman walked up to meet him.  While Kutcher seemed willing to say hello, a security guard wasn't going to let that happen.  Ashton and the guard reportedly got into a violent shoving match, and the actor had to be restrained by friends.  The guard was then taking steps to have Kutcher removed from the area, but the actor left on his own.  But those who saw the exchange say Kutcher wasn't at fault, and blame the security guard for taking an aggressive approach to his job.

 

Last year Kutcher sparked the ire of country music stars with his appearance at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards.  Some artists and fans took exception to the way he presented an award to Miranda Lambert, feeling he was insincere and mocking the genre.  Lambert was among the most vocal against Kutcher, but the two made peace and resolved their difference a few weeks later at the Kentucky Derby.

 

Carrie Underwood's Current Single Dates Back A Few Years

 

Carrie Underwood admits her current single is a song she's had for a few years.  She explains that "See You Again" was something she co-wrote while working on material for 2010's third "Chronicles of Narnia" film.  Carrie adds that she was pleased it wasn't picked for the movie, so she could have it for her CD "Blown Away."

 

Underwood ended up contributing "There's a Place for Us," another song she wrote with Hillary Lindsey and David Hodges, to the "Narnia" film.  Meanwhile, "See You Again" has become the fourth release from "Blown Away."  Carrie's other singles from the album -- "Good Girl," "Two Black Cadillacs," and the title track -- have all been top ten hits.

 

Tate Stevens Living His Dream As A Recording Artist

 

New country star Tate Stevens now has his debut disc in stores.  But the "X Factor" winner explains that's just one event in what he describes as "a year of firsts" for him.

 

Stevens says he's always dreamed of walking into a store that sells music and seeing his own record up on the shelves.  And Tate has been able to live that dream since the April 23rd arrival of his self-titled album.  The disc features Stevens' first single, "Power of a Love Song."

 

Country Birthdays Include

 

The Oak Ridge Boys' Duane Allen is 70.

James Bonamy is 41.

 

Today In Country Music History

 

Today in 1976, "You've Never Been This Far Before" album by Conway Twitty was certified Gold.

 

Today in 1982, Alabama's "Mountain Music" album was certified Gold and Platinum.

 

Today in 1989, George Strait's album "Beyond the Blue Neon" was certified Gold.

 

Today in 1991, Alan Jackson and Michael Irwin shared song of the year honors at the "Music City News Country Songwriters Awards" in Nashville for "Here In The Real World," the title track from Jackson's first album.

 

Today in 1992, the Judd's "Final Concert" video was released.

 

Today in 1992, Doug Stone underwent quadruple-bypass surgery in Nashville after experiencing chest pains three days earlier at a concert in Oregon.

 

Today in 1992, Garth Brooks was named Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist at the 27th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

Today in 1996, Kenny Rogers underwent laser gall bladder surgery in Athens, Georgia.

 

Today in 1999, the "I'm Alright" album by Jo Dee Messina was certified Platinum.

 

Today in 2000, George Strait kicked off his third annual "Country Music Festival" tour with an all-star lineup that included Asleep at the Wheel, Kenny Chesney, Mark Chesnutt, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, and Lee Ann Womack.

 

Today in 2000, Garth Brooks performed at the Equality Rocks concert at RFK Stadium in Washington DC.

 

Today in 2004, the four-day Merlefest, featuring performances from Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Nickel Creek, and Earl Scruggs, began in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

 

Today in 2004, Wynonna Judd teamed up with Heart to tape an edition of "CMT Crossroads" in Nashville.

 

Today in 2005, Martina McBride was in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, as construction began on a new playground for the community.  McBride was able to give Medicine Lodge the recreation area as the winner of the Home Depot Humanitarian Award at the 2004 Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

Today in 2005, Vern Gosdin was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

 

Today in 2005, The Grascals performed at the "Are You Ready for the Country?" benefit concert series at the Cannery in Nashville, in support of Memphis' St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Today in 2006, Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander and Gene Johnson took part in the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon in Nashville to raise money for Big Brothers and Sisters of Middle Tennessee.

 

Today in 2007, Joe Nichols performed the national anthem at the 499 NASCAR Nextel Cup series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.  He also played a free concert after the race.

 

Today in 2008, Alan Jackson and his wife, Denise, were the first recipients of the Richard Brooks Visionary Award of Artistic Achievement.  The hometown honor was created to recognize people who have contributed significantly to the arts in the Noonan, Georgia area, either as artist themselves or as patrons of the arts.

 

Today in 2008, Tim McGraw announced that he'd be putting out his own fragrance, "McGraw by Tim McGraw."

 

Today in 2008, new releases included Martina McBride's CD/DVD "Martina McBride: Live in Concert," Mark Chesnutt's "Rollin' with the Flow," Phil Stacey's self-titled debut album, and Tim McGraw's "Greatest Hits - Limited Edition."

 

Today in 2010, Darryl Worley launched the Stars For Stripes' "We've Not Forgotten" tour, a five-day trek that took him to U.S. military bases throughout Iraq.

 

Today in 2011, Craig Morgan was the headliner for the inaugural NRA Country Jam in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

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