Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Dierks Bentley Says Planning Arizona Firefighters Benefit An Emotional Experience


Dierks Bentley admits he couldn't hold back the tears as he went through video footage for the "Country Cares Concert," a benefit for the families of the firefighters killed battling the Yarnell Hill blaze in Arizona last month.  The country star tweets that he's "never cried as hard" as he did watching the screen content for the fundraiser.  He says it reminded him of the grief he felt after his dad died last summer.


Bentley, who was born and raised in Phoenix, is headlining the "Country Cares Concert," which will take place at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona Monday night.  The Band Perry, Randy Houser, and David Nail are also set to perform at the special show.  Money raised through the event will go to the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities, which will distribute the funds to the 19 families who lost loved ones in the Yarnell Hill fire.


Kenny Rogers Headlining Cumberland Heights Benefit Concert


Kenny Rogers is headlining the 16th annual Concert For Cumberland Heights.  The event is a fundraiser for the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent Treatment at Cumberland Heights, which addresses the specific needs of teenagers battling substance abuse.  Kenny says he's more than happy to lend his support.  He explains that it's "obviously a worthy cause," and he has "so much admiration for John Hiatt's involvement and realization of the need for this program."  An Evening with Kenny Rogers" is set for Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on September 25th.  Tickets for the show are available now.


Report: Billy Ray, Tish Cyrus Calling Off Divorce


Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Tish are reportedly calling off their divorce.  A longtime friend of the family and "E! News" correspondent Ken Baker says he got the news about the state of their marriage from Tish herself.  Baker says that the couple has decided to reconcile, after going through couples therapy - initially intended to help them make a smooth transition to divorce.  Apparently Billy Ray and Tish realized they wanted to stay together after 22 years of marriage, and that the communication tips they learned in therapy have brought them closer together.  Baker says that Tish is "energized about having this fresh start."


Rumors of a reconciliation started earlier this month, after the couple was spotted walking hand-in-hand on the beach in Malibu - just weeks after Tish had filed for divorce.  The two are parents to six children, among them pop star Miley Cyrus.


Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Selling One Property, Lawsuit Over Another


Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are dealing with property matters. says the country couple is selling a piece of land in Franklin, Tennessee, which boasts seven structures on 753 acres.  The dwellings include Beechwood Hall, a home built in 1856 that's on the National Register of Historic Places, a log cabin that also dates back to the 1850s, and four modern houses.  The property also features a farm that previously belonged to the late Hank Williams.  The property is going for 20-million-dollars.


Meanwhile McGraw and Hill are being accused of neglecting another piece of property, which has prompted a lawsuit against the trust that legally owns the home.  The "Nashville City Paper" says Ernest and Jennifer Gendron filed their suit earlier this month, claiming the country stars never addressed damage done to their property following Nashville's May 2010 flood.  They say the flood three years ago sent trees and other debris downhill onto their property and affected the natural run-off from the singers' land, and as a result their property continues to suffer flooding.  The Gendrons add that their attempts to resolve their dispute out of court have been unsuccessful.


Luke Bryan Announces Fifth Annual Farm Tour


Luke Bryan is getting ready for his next "Farm Tour."  For the trek the country star will play shows throughout the Southeast.  He'll launch the tour October 2nd in Statesboro, Georgia -- the first of five stops across his home state.  He'll also visit, Athens, Macon, Villa Rica, and Valdosta, Georgia; as well as Columbia, South Carolina; Auburn, Alabama; and Tallahassee, Florida.  The special trek supports the "Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship," which provides money for farm kids attending a college in one of the towns on the tour.


Luke Bryan's Fifth Annual Farm Tour Dates


October 2 - Statesboro, Georgia

October 3 - Athens, Georgia

October 4, Columbia, South Carolina

October 5 - Macon, Georgia

October 9 - Villa Rica, Georgia

October 10 - Auburn, Alabama

October 11 - Tallahassee, Florida

October 12 - Valdosta, Georgia


Chris Young's Common Name Leads To Some Fan Confusion


Chris Young admits sharing a name with a professional baseball player has created some comical moments at his meet-and-greets.  The country star says when one woman asked him "How do you do it?," he didn't realize she thought he was juggling two demanding careers.


Fans will find singer Chris Young on the road -- not the baseball diamond -- this summer.  He's playing his own shows and opening dates on Brad Paisley's tour.  At his next concert this Friday he's sharing the bill with Hank Williams Jr. in Southaven, Mississippi.  Chris is also prepping for the release of his fourth album, "A.M."  The project, which features his current single, "Aw, Naw," will be in stores on September 17th.


Kelly Clarkson Glad She Still Gets Starstruck Around Her Heroes


Kelly Clarkson admits she still gets starstruck, and that was the case last week when she recorded a song with Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood.  Kelly explains that it feels strange to her to now have Trisha in her social circle.


Kelly adds that even though she's known Reba for years she'll still start "nerding out" when they're together.  But she says Reba is used to it, and they actually "nerd back and forth" with each other.  Kelly says Reba is always so nice and supportive and complimentary of her music.


Details on the Clarkson-McEntire-Yearwood collaboration haven't been revealed.  Kelly just tweeted about it last week, and included a photograph of a recording console with each of their names printed over separate channels on the control board.


Darius Rucker's Country Career Established; But Not Finished With Hootie


Darius Rucker says he's seeing proof that he's established himself as a solo country artist.  The singer, who's also the frontman for the rock group Hootie and the Blowfish, tells "Rolling Stone" he got his evidence at a recent concert in Dallas.  He recalls that when he performed the band's biggest hit, 1995's "I Only Wanna Be With You," a group of girls who were "having a blast" suddenly "sat down because they didn't know the song."


But Rucker adds that his Hootie days aren't over just yet.  He explains that the group went on an indefinite hiatus several years ago because some band members were tired of touring every summer.  Darius says they "just kinda ended it" without any announcement, which he doesn't think was fair to the fans.  He believes Hootie owes their followers "one more record and another big tour," but he admits he's not sure just when those things will happen.


Thomas Rhett Opens Up About His Relationship


Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, might technically still be newlyweds.  But the country singer says their relationship goes back much further than their current romance.


Thomas speaks of his wife in glowing terms.  He calls Lauren "the sweetest, kindest, funniest, most caring, kind-hearted person" he's ever met, explaining that all of these traits are what attracted him to her.  Thomas and Lauren were back together just six months when the singer proposed in December 2011.  The couple tied the knot with a ceremony in Nashville last October.


Country TV Today and Tonight


THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Kenny Chesney is the musical guest.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1992, Earl Scruggs and Minnie Pearl received National Medals of Arts from President George Bush at a White House ceremony.


Today in 1992, the Judds' album "Why Not Me" was certified double-Platinum.


Today in 1992, the "Read Between the Lines" album by Aaron Tippin was certified Gold.


Today in 1994, Sammy Kershaw's album "Don't Go Near the Water" was certified Platinum.


Today in 1996, Garth Brooks was named honorary captain of the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team.


Today in 1998, Terri Clark broke her hand in a motorcycle accident in Nashville.


Today in 1999, Faith Hill's album, "Faith," was certified triple Platinum.


Today in 2001, three generations of country performers covering 40 years of music history wrapped up a weekend in the Ohio Valley in celebration of the Jamboree in the Hills' 25th anniversary.  Over 110-thousand fans attended the four-day festival, which is often referred to as the Superbowl of Country Music.


Today in 2001, Lee Ann Womack was among the contestants in a celebrity edition of ABC's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."


Today in 2003, Brooks & Dunn's "Red Dirt Road" album debuted at number one.


Today in 2003, the "Mud On The Tires" album by Brad Paisley was released.


Today in 2004, SHeDAISY performed for six-thousand sailors on the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan outside of San Diego.  The troops were returning from active duty in Iraq.


Today in 2004, Gretchen Wilson's video for "Here for the Party" debuted on CMT.


Today in 2005, Mindy McCready was found unconscious in the lobby of a Tampa hotel after a drug overdose that was accompanied by a suicide note.


Today in 2004, Naomi Judd provided the voice of a school nurse on the Disney Channel's animated "Higglytown Heroes."


Today in 2007, The Wreckers' Jessica Harp got engaged to musician and band member Jason Mowery.  The Wreckers' Michelle Branch shared Harp's good news with fans at a show in New York City the next day.


Today in 2008, new releases included the deluxe edition of Sugarland's CD "Love on the Inside."


Today in 2010, Charlie Louvin underwent surgery in his battle with pancreatic cancer.  The operation didn't go as well as he and his doctors had hoped it would.  The Grand Ole Opry star died of the disease six months later, at the age of 83.


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