Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Tim McGraw's Limited Free Time Keeps Him From TV, Broadway


Tim McGraw says he'd be interested in expanding his acting resume beyond movies.  The country star says he'd like to try his talents in a TV series or the stage, but right now he's just too busy.


easier for him because they don't require as much of his time.  But he admits "finding time to do anything is tough."  Touring is taking up a lot of Tim's time this summer.  His "Two Lanes of Freedom Tour" will continue with an appearance at Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Summerfest on Friday.


Trace Adkins Discusses His Acting Career


Trace Adkins admits he's not an obvious actor.  The country star tells Alabama's he often delivers his "best acting job" during his first few days on a film set, when he's "convincing the director" he knows what he's doing.  But Adkins says music is "at the top of the priority list for now," because it's how he provides for his family.  However, he once again implies he could be in the process of wrapping up his music career, adding that he's been beefing up his acting resume as a fallback career.  But the singer has also found acting to enhance his music career, saying "movies do stimulate the songwriting."  Trace explains that he wrote a couple of songs earlier this year while shooting another film in Canada, and he recently brought his band to Alabama to record one of those songs.  Adkins has been in Birmingham shooting the film "Mom's Night Out."


Brad Paisley Extending His Support To Little Jimmy Dickens


Brad Paisley is standing by Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens as he battles a throat condition.  Paisley tweets that he paid a visit to Little Jimmy late last week, and calls the 92-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer "one tough cookie."  He says Dickens is "gearing up for his treatments, and looks forward to returning to the Opry soon."  Little Jimmy tweeted back his appreciation, saying Brad's support "means the world" to him.  He adds that he" will beat this" and make his return to the Opry stage.  Dickens, the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, has been diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition.  This week he's expected to begin a three-week course of radiation treatments on his vocal chords.


Kenny Rogers Wins Over Crowd At Glastonbury


Kenny Rogers is demonstrating his talents as a showman.  The 74-year-old country legend was among the performers at last weekend's Glastonbury Festival, which the singer admits was an odd booking.  The UK's "Guardian" says early in his set Rogers asked the crowd -- comprised primarily of British rock fans half his age -- "What's wrong with this picture?"  But despite acknowledging he was "so far" out of his "comfort zone," Kenny wasn't going to let the audience just sit through his performance.  The singer chastised them when they didn't chime in on cue for "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town," saying his Moroccan audience last week "sang better" and they "don't even speak English!"  Concertgoers began to warm up when Rogers sang his '60s psychedelic hit "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," and were open to some coaching to sing along with "Have a little Faith In Me."  And by the time Kenny sang "Lucille" and "The Gambler" he'd won them over, and was performing for a crowd of new fans.


Mumford & Sons Close U.K.'s Glastonbury


Mumford and Sons are back in action.  The British folk rockers closed out the annual Glastonbury festival this weekend at full strength, headlining Sunday's lineup at the massive U.K. concert event.  It was also the group's first live performance since bassist Ted Dwane underwent emergency surgery last month.  Frontman Marcus Mumford admitted that playing the event's finale was "a huge moment" for the group, so they wanted to play "an appropriate song with the appropriate people."  The four-piece wrapped their set with an all-star cover of the Beatles classic "A Little Help from My Friends" that included a little help from some of their friends.


Travis Tritt Taps Daughter For New Duet


Travis Tritt says he's thrilled that he had the chance to record a song with his daughter.  The country star's latest release is a remake of the Patty Smyth-Don Henley hit "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough."  Travis tells it's a song he wanted to record six years ago, but none of the duet partners he had in mind for the project were available.  But he says he kept the song on his iPod, and his daughter Tyler Reese heard it for the first time last year.  Tritt recalls she was singing along, and he was so impressed he decided to cut the song with her.  He adds that he knows he sounds like "a proud papa," but he believes Tyler "nailed it."


"Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" has become Tritt's new single -- and his first release in six years.  Travis adds that he's "just thrilled to death" that his debut single on his new label, Post Oak, is a song he recorded with his daughter.  The song will be on Tritt's new album, "The Calm After...," which will hit stores on July 9th.


Eric Church Growing A Beard Because He's "Superstitious"


Eric Church says his beard is directly tied to his studio work.  The country star tells the "Green Bay Press Gazette" he's in the process of writing material for his next album.  He says he grew a beard while working on songs for his last album, "Chief," which took his career to a new level, and because he's "superstitious" he's "had a beard growing the entire writing process" this time around as well.  The singer admits he's not sure just when he'll be finished with the songs, but promises "when there's no beard, the record is written."  Church adds that he might be "rocking the beard" for a while.  He says he's still "figuring out" what to do next.  Eric also admits he's "not going to make many albums" and he's "not in a hurry to make any of them."  He adds that he doubts his follow up to 2011's "Chief" will be released this year.


Josh Turner Recalls Fireworks Prominent In Family's July 4th Celebration


Josh Turner says fireworks played a major role in his family's Fourth of July celebration.  He recalls that a number of family members really went all out for the occasion.


But Josh says his father actually played it pretty smart.  He says his dad didn't get wrapped up in the competitive spirit, and he'd only bring a few things to their holiday gatherings.  Josh adds that his dad "saved a lot of money" by letting everyone else put on the big show.


Thomas Rhett Admits Wife Doesn't Like His Tobacco Habit


Thomas Rhett admits things might be a little easier for him at home if he would quit chewing tobacco.  The country singer says it's something his wife, Lauren, really dislikes.


Thomas says dipping is something that "runs in the family."  He explains that he grew up around it, and that his dad has chewed tobacco for "a long time."  But he also understands his wife's feelings.  Even Thomas describes chewing tobacco as "a horrible habit."


Country Birthdays Include


Michelle Wright is 52.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on "The Steve Allen Show."  On the show he wore tails and sang "Hound Dog" to a bassett hound, and was forbidden to dance.  Teens protested the next day in front of NBC, saying that they wanted the "real Elvis."


Today in 1972, Alabama gave their first paid performance at Canyonland Park, Alabama.  At the time, they were known as Wild Country.


Today in 1981, the "Angel Of The Morning" single by Juice Newton was certified Gold.


Today in 1990, Hank Williams Jr. married Mary Jane Thomas, a former Hawaiian Tropic model, in Montana.


Today in 1994, Mary Chapin Carpenter hit number one with the single "I Take My Chances."


Today in 1996, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that John Denver must stand trial for a 1994 drunk driving accident near Aspen. He had allegedly run his car into a tree.


Today in 1997, the album "Carryin' Your Love With Me" by George Strait was certified Gold and Platinum simultaneously.


Today in 1998, Martina McBride joined the Lilith Fair lineup in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  She was the first contemporary country artist to guest on the pop music festival's female-dominated bill.


Today in 1999, Shania Twain played the final date of her highly successful world tour in her hometown of Timmins, Ontario.  It had also served as the starting point for the tour more than a year earlier.


Today in 2003, Willie Nelson's collaboration with Toby Keith, "Beer For My Horses," marked its fifth week at number one on the chart, becoming Willie's longest running chart topping hit.  It surpassed Willie's duet with Waylon Jennings, 1978's "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys," which spent four weeks at number one.


Today in 2003, Tracy Byrd's "The Truth About Men," Marty Stuart's "Country Music," and Buddy Jewell's self-titled debut album were among the new releases.


Today in 2003, "Lonestar: Concert for the Military," a TV special filmed on the deck of the retired aircraft carrier Intrepid in New York City, premiered on CMT.


Today in 2004, Glen Campbell began serving time in one of the toughest jails in America -- Maricopa County's infamous "Tent City," out in the Arizona desert.  His ten-day stint was part of his sentence in connection with his conviction on extreme DUI charges in November 2003.  Campbell also received two years' probation, and during that time he wasn't allowed to drink, as well as 75 hours of community service, and a 900-dollar fine.


Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney's "Summertime" was racking up its fourth week at number one on the "Billboard" country chart.


Today in 2007, the "Nashville Star" tour kicked off in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  It featured season five winner Angela Hacker, her brother Zac Hacker, David St. Romain, and Joshua Stevens.


Today in 2007, Kix Brooks officially opened his winery, Arrington Vineyards, the first commercial winery in Williamson County, Tennessee.


Today in 2011, Willie Nelson's second plea deal, offered to resolve his November 2010 arrest in Texas on marijuana possession charges, was rejected by the judge.  This deal involved the singer pleading "no contest" and paying a 500-dollar fine plus court costs.  The judge had previously rejected the first deal Nelson was offered -- to pay a fine and court costs and making a court appearance to perform "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain."


Today in 2011, Rascal Flatts' video for the hit "Easy" had its premiere on CMT.


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