Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Garth Brooks Becomes A Grandfather


There's a new lady in Garth Brooks' life.  The country superstar is now a grandpa with the birth last week of  Karalynn, the first child for Garth's 19-year-old daughter, August.  Brooks tells "Tulsa World" that his family appreciates the "warm wishes and sweet celebration of Baby K's arrival."  But he adds that he hopes the media will respect his daughter's privacy as she begins this new chapter of her life as a mom.  August is Brooks' middle child.  The singer, who's currently married to country star Trisha Yearwood, has three daughters with his ex-wife, Sandy Mahl.


Hunter Hayes To Make Japanese Concert Debut Next Month


Hunter Hayes is taking his show overseas.  The country star is slated to perform three concerts in Japan next month.  He's scheduled to give full performances at the Tower Records Osaka and the Tower Records Shibuya in Tokyo, which is Japan's largest record store.  Hayes will also team up with Jason Mraz for an August 26th show at Studio Coast in Tokyo.  Dates for Hunter's Tower Records concerts haven't been announced yet.  The singer is currently promoting "Hunter Hayes (Encore)," the recently released deluxe edition of his 2011 self-titled debut album.


Severe Weather Forces Luke Bryan To Reschedule New Mexico Show


Luke Bryan says he's "freakin bummed" that he couldn't perform in Albuquerque, New Mexico over the weekend.  Severe weather kept the country star from playing his show at the Isleta Amphitheater as planned Friday night.  Luke tweeted his disappointment along with his hope that his audience was able to leave the venue and get to their vehicles safely.  Bryan has rescheduled the show for September 22nd.  Original tickets for Friday's concert will be honored, and Bryan has information on his website for concertgoers whose tickets were destroyed by the rain.


According to the National Weather Service's Albuquerque Twitter feed, the Albuquerque metro area experienced "one of the most intense rain, severe-wind producing storms in recent memory, if not on record" Friday night, with wind gusts approaching 90 miles per hour.


Taylor Swift Performs With Carly Simon In Massachusetts


Taylor Swift is performing with a '70s music legend.  At her Foxboro, Massachusetts show Saturday night, the country-pop superstar welcomed Carly Simon  to join her in singing the 1972 hit "You're So Vain."


Following the show Swift tweeted her excitement over performing with Simon, calling the experience "unreal."  Taylor added that she "could not possibly look up to her more."


Taylor is said to be on board for a proposed film about Simon, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell.  But Swift reportedly has the role of Mitchell in the movie, which is based on the book "Girls Like Us."


Blake Shelton Prioritizing Concert Over "The Voice" Promotion


Blake Shelton is on board for the upcoming fifth season of NBC's "The Voice."  But says he wasn't on hand Saturday for the show's Television Critics Association press tour appearance.  Shelton, who has complained that his commitment to the "The Voice" leaves him with little time for his own performing career, is currently on his "Ten Times Crazier" tour.  He skipped the media event for the show to play a concert Saturday night in Noblesville, Indiana.  "The Voice" will launch its fifth season on NBC on September 23rd.


Vince Gill, Paul Franklin Showcase Their Common Ground On "Bakersfield"


Vince Gill and Paul Franklin are paying tribute to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard with their new collaborative album, "Bakersfield."  But the two musicians didn't team up with the intention of honoring the country legends.  Paul says the disc's theme came after they discovered they had common roots in the Bakersfield sound. 


Vince says they decided to give the project an even split, and devote half to the music of Merle and half to Buck.  He adds that since their goal was to showcase the Telecaster and steel guitar, they found the best Haggard and Owens songs they could that highlight their respective instruments.  Gill and Franklin's "Bakersfield" will be in stores Tuesday.


Drake White Shares His Favorite Songs For The Summer


Drake White says there are certain songs that just sound better at this time of year.  The country newcomer explains that Travis Tritt's hit "It's A Great Day To Be Alive" is perfect for warm weather listening, but not all his favorites are country songs.

Drake is treating audiences to his own music this summer.  He's been joining Kip Moore in opening shows on Toby Keith's "Hammer Down" tour.  Drake and Kip are taking a brief departure from Toby's trek this week.  Just the two of them will be featured at the Big Sky Brewing Company's Summer Concert Series in Missoula, Montana Tuesday night.


Tim McGraw Needs To Work Out On The Road


Tim McGraw says there's no one thing he has to have with him on the road.  But the country star explains that there is something he needs when he's touring -- time to exercise.


Tim adds that working out helps him mentally to stay focused.  But exercise isn't just part of McGraw's touring routine -- it's a part of his daily life.  The singer made headlines earlier this year for his commitment to fitness, which he adopted five years ago when he quit drinking in exchange for healthier habits.


Singer-Songwriter JJ Cale Dead At 74


An originator of the "Tulsa Sound" has died.  Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter J.J. Cale passed away Friday at a Southern California hospital after suffering a heart attack.  Cale is perhaps best remembered for his collaborations with rocker Eric Clapton, which includes their Grammy-winning album "The Road to Escondido."  Cale also penned Clapton's hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine."  But country stars also included his work.  Waylon Jennings reached the top ten with Cale's song "Clyde."  Johnny Cash and Lynyrd Skynyrd also recorded Cale's songs.  J.J. Cale was born in Oklahoma City, and spent the early days of his career in Nashville before heading to Los Angeles in the 1960s.   Cale was 74 years old.


Country Birthdays Include


Martina McBride is 47.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1981, the "Fancy Free" album by the Oak Ridge Boys was certified Platinum.


Today in 1989, Reba McEntire hit number one on the Billboard country chart with a remake of the Everly Brothers hit "Cathy's Clown."


Today in 1992, Garth Brooks self-titled debut album was certified quadruple-Platinum, while his "Ropin' The Wind" project was certified for multi-Platinum sales of eight-million.


Today in 1996, Deana Carter's single "Strawberry Wine" was released.


Today in 1997, Clint Black's album "Nothin' But The Tailights" was released.  The same day, BlackHawk's "Love and Gravity" project was also released.


Today in 1997, Terri Clark's self-titled album was certified Platinum.


Today in 1998, the "Everywhere" album by Tim McGraw was certified triple Platinum.


Today in 1999, Alan Jackson was one of the performers on ABC's "An American Celebration At Ford's Theater."  President Bill Clinton was among those in the audience.


Today in 2000, Clay Walker sang the national anthem at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in Canton, Ohio.  He also played a post-induction concert along with Dwight Yoakam and Sawyer Brown.


Today in 2000, Faith Hill's single "Breathe" returned to the top of "Billboard's" adult contemporary chart for a 14th week.  Faith had been bumped from the top a week earlier by Latin singer Marc Anthony.


Today in 2001, Toby Keith and Larry Gatlin performed for President George W. Bush at the White House.  The show was taped for a PBS special "In Performance At The White House: The President's Own."


Today in 2003, Josh Turner's single "Long Black Train" was released.


Today in 2003, George Strait's "Strait Out of the Box" collection was certified multi-Platinum for sales reaching the eight-million mark.


Today in 2004, Blake Shelton's video "Some Beach" had its debut on CMT.


Today in 2005, Willie Nelson and Jessica Simpson visited military personnel at the Miramar Marine Air Corps Station in San Diego to promote the movie "The Dukes of Hazzard."


Today in 2005, Gretchen Wilson's video "All Jacked Up" made its debuts on


Today in 2005, George Strait's album "Somewhere Down In Texas" was certified Gold and Platinum, while his "The Best Of George Strait: The Millennium Collection" was certified Platinum.


Today in 2006, Charley Pride, who's a former Negro League baseball player, sang the American and Canadian national anthems in Cooperstown, New York for the inductions of 17 former Negro Leaguers into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Today in 2006, Brad Paisley was spending his third week at number one on the "Billboard" country chart with "The World."


Today in 2007, Gretchen Wilson performed during the inaugural Miller Lite Rock N Racing concert prior to the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Today in 2008, The regular edition of Sugarland's CD "Love on the Inside" arrived in stores.  Meanwhile, the duo's deluxe version of the disc entered the Billboard country album chart at number one, becoming Sugarland's first CD to debut at the top of the chart.


Today in 2008, Alan Jackson's "Good Time" marked its third consecutive week at number one on the "Country AirCheck" singles chart.


Today in 2009, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" returned to number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, logging its 20th week in the top spot.  The achievement matched the success of Swift's self-titled debut, and put her alongside Garth Brooks and Shania Twain as the only country stars in the "Billboard" SoundScan era to have two discs occupy the number one spot on the Billboard chart for at least 20 weeks.  She also became the only artist in the decade to have two CDs each spend 20 weeks at the top of the Top Country Albums chart.


Today in 2010, Rascal Flatts signed a deal with Big Machine Records.  The group had been without a label since April, when Lyric Street Records closed.


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