Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Keith Urban To Play NFL Kickoff Concert Next Month


Keith Urban will help launch the new football season.  The country star has been tapped for the "NFL Kickoff 2013 Presented By Pepsi," featuring a fireworks display along with Urban's performance.  Keith will treat viewers to a mix of hits and new material from his upcoming album, "Fuse," from a floating stage in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  The event will also serve to honor the 2013 Super Bowl champs the Baltimore Ravens, who are facing the Denver Broncos in Denver for the first game of the 2013-2014 season.  "NFL Kickoff 2013" will air live on NBC and the NFL Network on September 5th at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, and can also be seen via NFL Mobile. 


But Urban isn't the only country star involved in launching the new football season.  "The Voice" winner Danielle Bradbery will be in Denver to sing the national anthem at the start of the game.


Kenny Chesney Taking 2014 Off The Road


When Kenny Chesney wraps up his "No Shoes Nation" tour later this month, he won't return to the road until 2015 at the earliest.  The country superstar tells "The Hollywood Reporter" he'll be taking a break from touring next year to devote his attention to his next album.  He admits he loves touring "more than anyone in the world," and it's "weird to not be looking at next year's stage design."  But Kenny explains that music is what enables him to tour, and after releasing an album as personal as "Life on a Rock," he believes the path he followed that led to those songs is what he "should be exploring" now.  Chesney adds that he's a point in his career in which "you need to challenge yourself, to really make the record the focus, to ask yourself what you want to say" and "not just cut songs because they fit what people expect."


The next stop on Chesney's "No Shoes Nation" tour will be in Bangor, Maine on Wednesday.  He'll bring the tour to close with a two-night stand at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on August 23rd and 24th.


Luke Bryan Enjoying Being The Boss On Tour


Luke Bryan would describe himself as "a good boss."  The country star tells CMT's "Top 20 Countdown" he feels responsible for "making sure everybody is happy and having fun" on the road, so on his "Dirt Road Diaries" trek he's holding monthly meetings to "make sure everything's running smoothly."  Luke explains that he knows he has "a lot of personalities out here," and he does his best to show his respect for everyone.  Bryan adds that he gives his crew "a lot of strikes."  The singer explains that "people make mistakes" and "you can't be perfect out here on the road" every night.  Luke says if somebody messes up he doesn't make a "big deal" out of it, but they'll "just kinda laugh at it."


Bryan's next stop on the "Dirt Road Diaries" tour is coming up in Sacramento, California on Thursday.  Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line are the openers.


Jennifer Nettles Unveils Preview Of Debut Solo Single


Jennifer Nettles is sharing a preview of her new single.  "That Girl" is the lead-off release from her upcoming debut solo album.


"That Girl" is slated for release this month.  Nettles' album is due in the fall.


Willie Nelson Taps Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Others For Duets Record


Willie Nelson is giving fans a preview of his next album.  "To All The Girls" features a collection of duets with a variety of female singers.  He and Dolly Parton have remade Dolly's single "From Here To The Moon And Back," which is debuting on


Willie sings with Miranda Lambert and Loretta Lynn as well on "To All The Girls," while the 18-track project also features collaborations with Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, and others.  "To All The Girls" will be in stores on September 24th.


Clint Black Releasing New Album Today Through Cracker Barrel


Clint Black says he's "really excited to give fans a sampling" of what he's "been up to."  The country star is releasing "When I Said I Do" today as part of a new partnership with Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.  He tells he's been "working on a lot of new music," so he welcomed the opportunity when Cracker Barrel reps asked him about teaming up on a release.  "When I Said I Do" is a collection of love songs, featuring three new tunes along with eleven songs Black has re-recorded for the project.  Remakes include the hits "Like The Rain," "Half The Man," and "Something That We Do."  The title track is one of two songs featuring Clint's wife Lisa Hartman Black, while the new version of "Our Kind of Love" is a duet with Carolyn Dawn Johnson.  "When I Said I Do" is Black's first release since "The Love Songs" set in 2007.


Eli Young Band Sees Current Single As Starting Group's "Next "Chapter"


The Eli Young Band is pleased with their current single.  Bassist Jon Jones says he believes "Drunk Last Night" is marking more than just the launch of a new album.


Jon adds that he and his bandmates all thought "Drunk Last Night" would be a good single for the group, and so far it's been going over well with the fans.  Eli Young Band's next album will be their follow up to 2011's "Life At Best," which features the chart-topping hits "Crazy Girl" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart."  The group is expected to unveil details on their upcoming album soon.


Keith Urban Explains Origins Of His Advice On "American Idol"


Keith Urban says he tries to give aspiring singers on "American Idol" advice that will help them to avoid some of the pitfalls he experienced on his road to fame.  The country star explains he was taught certain things early on that he's had to un-learn.


But Urban adds that during his inaugural season as an "American Idol" judge, some of his comments also applied to himself.  Keith admits that in analyzing his advice to the hopefuls, he'd discover his remarks were also things he needed to pay attention to himself.  Urban is the first confirmed judge for the upcoming 13th season of "American Idol," and the only season 12 judge who'll be returning next year.


Taylor Swift Trying To Be "Best Version" Of A 23-Year-Old


Taylor Swift says she's always tried her best to simply act her age.  The country-pop superstar explains that when she launched her career she learned from the media there's value to remaining true to each stage of life as she goes through them.


Swift says as a result she's now striving to live the "best version" of a 23-year-old that she can.  She adds that to her it means "expanding your horizons, challenging yourself musically, thinking outside the box for performances," and putting in a lot of time rehearsing and playing shows.  Taylor says ultimately it's about trying "your best to be better than you've been before."


Swift is currently playing lots of shows on her "Red" tour.  Her next concert will be in Wichita, Kansas on Tuesday.


Celebrity Birthdays Include


Terri Clark is 45.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1967, Bobbie Gentry released her only hit "Ode to Billy Joe."


Today in 1972, Mac Davis' "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me" entered the Top 40 chart.


Today in 1989, Dolly Parton's single "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That" topped the country charts.


Today in 1995, Alan Jackson's "I Don't Even Know Your Name" reached number one on the "Billboard" country chart.


Today in 1998, George Strait led the list of nominees for the 32nd annual CMA Awards, nabbing five bids including Entertainer, Album and Single of the Year.  These nods made Strait the most nominated artist in the history of the competition with a career total of 47 nominations.


Today in 1999, Garth Brooks' mother, Colleen, died in Oklahoma.


Today in 2000, Shania Twain surprised her former classmates by showing up at her high school reunion in Timmons, Canada.


Today in 2002, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Andy Griggs, Eric Heatherly, and Trick Pony's Keith Burn and Ira Dean were featured in "Entertainment Weekly's" Summer Music 2002 issue profiling country music's "hottest men."


Today in 2002, it was reported that  Brooks & Dunn's "Neon Circus & Wild West Show" was the highest-grossing tour of the year so far, based on per-date revenues.


Today in 2003, Carl Smith and the late Floyd Cramer were named as the 2003 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2003, new releases included Wynonna's album "What The World Needs Now Is Love."


Today in 2004, Mindy McCready was arrested at her Nashville-area home on a charge of prescription drug fraud.


Today in 2004, Jimmy Buffett dropped anchor at number one on the country album charts for the third straight week with his CD "License to Chill."


Today in 2005, Reba McEntire collected a Platinum album for "Room to Breathe," while Keith Urban's CD "Be Here" went double Platinum.


Today in 2005, The "Dukes of Hazzard" movie debuted in theaters, with Willie Nelson playing Uncle Jesse.  Willie was also featured in the soundtrack, along with Jessica Simpson, the Charlie Daniels Band, and Montgomery Gentry.


Today in 2006, Ray Price was on hand for the grand opening of the exhibit "For the Good Times: The Ray Price Story" at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.


Today in 2008, new releases included Heidi Newfield's solo debut "What Am I Waiting For;" as well as Keith Anderson's "C'Mon!;" Jamey Johnson's "That Lonesome Song;" and the "Sisterhood of Traveling Pants 2" compilation soundtrack, which includes material from James Otto and Michelle Branch.


Today in 2011, Sonyae Elise became the inaugural winner of Bravo's reality songwriting competition "Platinum Hit."  Jewel was among the judges for the series.


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