Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Jason Aldean Set Attendance Records With Fenway Park Concerts


Jason Aldean now holds two records for Boston's Fenway Park.  More than 70-thousand tickets were sold for the country star's pair of performances Friday and Saturday night at the home of the Boston Red Sox.  And with the shows Jason broke the one-day concert attendance record set just a few days earlier by former Beatle Paul McCartney, as well as the two-day attendance record for a concert at the venue.  In addition, Aldean says he heard his shows "set a new all-time record for beer sales" at the ballpark.  Aldean's shows, which also featured sets from Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, and Thomas Rhett, marked the first country music concerts ever staged at Fenway.


Jerrod Niemann Sings During Friday's Cubs Game


Jerrod Niemann is taking in a little baseball on his summer tour.  The country star made a stop at Chicago's Wrigley Field Friday to see the Cubs play -- and sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch.  He also chatted with the Cubs' announcers on WGN America.  Jerrod discussed some of his earliest songs -- which he wrote at the age of ten -- admitting they're not quite up to par with what he's writing today.  He recalled performing at Wrigley Field last year, saying it was a "great honor" to join Brad Paisley for his 2012 concert at the iconic ballpark.  Niemann added that he's now on the road a lot, but after spending "many years" watching "the paint dry" on the walls of his home he welcomes all the opportunities he gets to perform for his fans.  Jerrod has also posted a number of photos on Facebook from his time at Wrigley.  His touring continues with a show in Kirksville, Missouri on Monday.


Country Singers Share Shock, Sadness Over "Glee" Star Cory Monteith's Death


Taylor Swift and LeAnn Rimes are among the country stars expressing their sorrow over the death of "Glee" star Cory Monteith.  Taylor, who was rumored to be dating the actor in early 2010, tweeted that she was "Speechless.  And for the worst reason" after the news broke.  LeAnn Rimes says Cory's death is very sad, because he was "way too young."  She adds that she hopes "he's at peace," and extends her prayers to his family and friends.  Thompson Square echoes Rimes' words saying they are "so sad to hear about Cory Monteith," and that he was "so young and so talented."  Julianne Hough, who knew Cory, says he was "one of the kindest people" she's ever met and that her "heart breaks for Cory's family and loved ones."


Monteith was found dead Saturday in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Police say the actor had gone out with friends the night before he died.  He had a history of substance abuse problems, and in March had checked himself into rehab for a second time.  Authorities have ruled out foul play in his death, and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.  Monteith was 31.


No Changes On Randy Travis' Condition


Friends, fans, and family members continue to pray for Randy Travis, who remains hospitalized in Texas.  There have been no updates on the country star's condition from either his management, his doctors, or reps from Baylor Health Care System since Friday, when he was said to be in critical condition but "resting comfortably" under "heavy sedation."  Travis was admitted to the hospital on July 7th with a viral infection and congestive heart failure.  He was said to be improving on Wednesday but then suffered a stroke, and underwent emergency surgery to alleviate pressure on his brain.  The singer was put under heavy sedation following the operation.


Luke Bryan Celebrates Success Of Last Album, Latest Single


Luke Bryan says the success he's had with his most recent CD, "Tailgates & Tanlines," is worth celebrating.  He explains that the 2011 album has been a real career-changer for him.


was "just a huge album" for him.  "Tailgates & Tanlines" was Luke's first number one album.  The disc also produced four top ten singles, three of which went to number one on the Billboard charts.  Bryan celebrated the album along with the chart-topping success of his current single, "Crash My Party," at an event in Nashville last week.  Luke's latest hit is the lead-off release and title track to his next album, which will be in stores on August 13th.


Eli Young Band Learning From Performances On Kenny Chesney's Tour


The Eli Young Band is getting an education as one of Kenny Chesney's openers this year.  Guitarist James Young explains that his group didn't start the "No Shoes Nation" tour with much stadium show experience, but they're rapidly gaining knowledge on the trek.


Band is promoting their latest single, "Drunk Last Night" with their road work.  The group's next show is coming up in Pendleton, Oregon on Wednesday.  Their next stop with Chesney is set for Salt Lake City on Thursday.


George Strait Recalls Writing Latest Single


George Strait's latest single, "I Believe," was inspired by last December's elementary school shooting in Connecticut.  The country star says both he and his son, Bubba, were deeply moved by the tragedy, and they immediately poured their thoughts and feelings into a song.  But George recalls telling Bubba he felt adding another writer would really help them polish up the track.


coming up with the melody to "I Believe."  He adds that when Dean and Bubba started "tinkering with it" they "made it a stronger song."  "I Believe" is the second single from Strait's most recent album, "Love Is Everything."  It's the follow up to the hit "Give It All We Got Tonight."


Vince Gill Enjoyed Recording With John Oates


Vince Gill says he'd only known John Oates "socially" before they teamed up on the Hall & Oates singer's latest project.  But he says he had a great time working with John, explaining that the collaborative process comes "so naturally" to both of them.  Gill co-wrote and is featured on Oates' single "Don't Cross Me Wrong," the second release from John's "Good Road To Follow."  Oates says the song came together very quickly, and they finished writing it in about 30 minutes.  GIll describes the recording process as "trial and error," explaining that they tried different things on the song with the musicians they brought in for the session.  Vince adds that it was "fun to watch him work," and he could see why John has had "the great career that he has."


Oates has called "Good Road To Follow" a "musical journey" in which he's recording and releasing one song digitally every four weeks.  "Don't Cross Me Wrong" follows the set's inaugural release, "High Maintenance," which Oates did with the band Hot Chelle Rae.  The Oates-Gill collaboration will be available on Tuesday.  Additional details on "Good Road To Follow" are available at


John Conlee Recalls Launching His Country Music Career


John Conlee admits it's "hard to believe" 35 years have passed since he launched his country music career with the hit "Rose Colored Glasses."  He adds that he owes it all to radio -- and not just in the usual way.  Conlee tells he moved to Nashville in 1971 to work at a station, where he spent the next seven years.  He adds that music "would have remained the hobby it had been" if he hadn't been offered that radio job.  Conlee adds that it was a thrill hearing his music on the air for the first time.  Conlee says he believes he first heard "Rose Colored Glasses" on a Murfreesboro, Tennessee station -- not his own, because he wasn't working at a country station.  The singer recalls that he realized "Rose Colored Glasses" was "a potential hit" during a drive from Nashville to his farm in Kentucky, when he went channel surfing on the AM dial and heard the song on both a Chicago and a Fort Worth, Texas station.


Conlee's "Rose Colored Glasses" peaked at number five on the Billboard chart, and kicked off a career that now boasts more than 20 top ten hits -- including seven BIllboard number ones.  It's also led to an induction into the Grand Ole Opry, which he earned back in 1981.  But Conlee says that even after 35 years, he has no intention of retiring anytime soon.  The country star will be performing in Spring, Texas this Friday.


Quick Bites


Fans will soon learn the details of Florida Georgia Line's upcoming trek.  The duo has promised to unveil all the dates to their first headlining tour today.  So far Florida Georgia Line has only announced one show -- in Lexington, Kentucky on October 19th -- which is already sold out.


Willie Nelson will be giving his "Stardust" album a concert showcase. says the country legend will perform his 1978 collection of American pop standards in its entirety at his upcoming Hollywood Bowl shows.  The event will mark the first time Willie has played the complete album in concert.  The Hollywood Bowl concert are set for August 9th and 10th.


Country Birthdays Include


Linda Ronstadt is 67.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1961, Bill Anderson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1986, after 28 years with Columbia Records, Johnny Cash was dropped from the label.  He learned about his contract's cancellation in the newspapers.


Today in 1986, "Alabama's Greatest Video Hits" was certified Platinum.


Today in 1987, the album "Love Me Like You Used To" by Tanya Tucker was released.


Today in 1992, Travis Tritt's album "It's All About To Change" was certified double Platinum.


Today in 1994, Alan Jackson's "Summertime Blues" climbed to the top of the "Radio & Records" country chart.


Today in 1995, Aaron Tippin and his wife, Thea, were married.


Today in 1997, new album releases included Kenny Chesney's "I Will Stand" and Sherrié Austin's "Words."


Today in 1998, Alan Jackson's video "I'll Go On Loving You" had its debut on CMT.  It was Jackson's first new clip on the station in more than a year.


Today in 1998, Brooks and Dunn and Reba McEntire kicked off their second tour together in Jacksonville, Florida.


Today in 1998, Brooks and Dunn's "If You See Her" album and LeAnn Rimes' "Sittin' on Top of the World" CD were certified Platinum.


Today in 2000, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, and Trisha Yearwood performed at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky to raise money for a local women's shelter.


Today in 2002, The New York Police Department asked Toby Keith if they could incorporate his song "My List" into their training video and sessions.


Today in 2002, Lonestar's Michael Britt became a father when his wife, Renee, gave birth to son Ethan Michael Britt.


Today in 2003, new releases included Brooks & Dunn's album "Red Dirt Road," Pat Green's CD "Wave On Wave," and the DVD "Alison Krauss + Union Station Live."


Today in 2003, Jeff Carson announced that he and his wife had learned their first child would be a boy, and they would name him Dayton Grei Herndon Carson.  Dayton Grei arrived three-and-a-half-months later at a Nashville-area hospital.


Today in 2005, Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee from a horse riding accident days earlier.  He already had a cast on his left ankle which was broken in the same accident.


Today in 2005, Dwight Yoakam was in the cast of the movie "Wedding Crashers," which opened in theaters. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn were the film's stars.


Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney threw out the first pitch before the Boston Red Sox baseball game at Boston's Fenway Park.


Today in 2007, Willie Nelson rescheduled more than a dozen dates in the Midwest during July and August.  The shows had reportedly been postponed because Willie was suffering from exhaustion.  His publicist said Nelson just needed a couple weeks off, and had earlier denied stories claiming the singer was seriously ill.


Today in 2008, Kenny Chesney sang "Take Me out to the Ballgame" at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.


Today in 2008, Darius Rucker made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 2008, Darryl Worley hosted a benefit in Jackson, Tennessee for his Darryl Worley Foundation.  Jamey Johnson, Jim "Moose" Brown, and Wynn Varble were among the performers.


Today in 2008, John Mellencamp announced plans for the 2008 Farm Aid concert, which was set for Mansfield, Massachusetts that upcoming September.


Today in 2008, new releases included Taylor Swift's CD/DVD "Beautiful Eyes" and Randy Travis' "Around the Bend," his first new country album in eight years.


Today in 2010, Country legend Hank Cochran died at his home in Henderson, Tennessee, with friends and family members at his side.  He was 74.  The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer is perhaps best remembered for penning the Patsy Cline hit "I Fall to Pieces" and Eddy Arnold's signature song "Make the World Go Away."  George Strait, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Loretta Lynn, and Hank Williams Jr. are just some of the many other artists who also recorded Cochran's songs.


Today in 2010, Martina McBride performed her hit "I Just Call You Mine" for a couple as they got married on NBC's "Today" show.


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