Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Taylor Swift Wins VMA, Gives Uninterrupted Acceptance Speech


Taylor Swift has a new MTV Video Music Award to her credit.  And this time she had the chance to express her appreciation for the honor without being interrupted.  The country-pop crossover sensation got the nod for Best Female Video at Sunday's event with her hit "I Knew You Were Trouble."  In her acceptance Swift extended her gratitude not only to the fans but to another key person connected to the song.


Sunday's win marks Taylor's second career VMA.  She previously captured the Best Female award in 2009, becoming the first country singer to earn an MTV Moonman, but her win drew headlines for another reason.  Her acceptance was infamously interrupted by Kanye West, who stepped on stage, took the microphone from Taylor, and stated his opinion that Beyonce should have won the award.  West was also at this year's event, but this time kept quiet during Swift's speech.


Taylor also took part in the ceremony.  She presented the Best Male Video award, which went to Bruno Mars for "Locked Out Of Heaven."  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake were the big winners at the event, which took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.


Steven Wariner Impresses Sluggo In Sunday's "Nancy" Comic


Steve Wariner is getting a nod from "Nancy" creator Guy Gilchrist.  The country star plays a key role in the comic strip that ran in newspapers across the country on Sunday.  The eight-panel comic opens with Sluggo in western wear with a guitar at the microphone wishing the Grand Ole Opry a "happy 88th birthday."  It follows with Sluggo listening to Wariner on the Opry's radio broadcast, and praising his performance, and readers realize Sluggo is imagining himself in Wariner's place on the Opry stage.  Nancy's poor young friend goes on to announce his "master plan" -- to learn Wariner's song and "keep practicing night and day" until he can "play it perfectly."  He then intends to meet Steve, become his protégé and ultimately "make it big" as "a rich Grand Ole Opry star."  But Sluggo laments that he's already hit a snag in his "master plan" because he can't afford strings for his guitar.


Wariner will be a featured performer at the Opry's 88th Birthday Bash weekend, which is coming up in October.  Gilchrist is slated to present the original of Sunday's comic to Steve during the event.


Alan Jackson Still Identifies With The Working Man


Alan Jackson admits he no longer shares the lifestyle of the typical working man.  But the country star says he hasn't forgotten the days when he was among their ranks, and those experiences have had a big influence on his music.


Jackson adds that he still appreciates the efforts and contributions of those who have more traditional careers.  America celebrates the nation's work force with the Labor Day holiday, which is coming up next Monday, September 2nd.  A few weeks later Jackson will offer up his latest work with the release of "The Bluegrass Album," which will hit stores on September 24th.  Alan will give a live preview of the project with a special concert at the Station Inn in Nashville on Wednesday.


Carrie Underwood Appreciates Personal Nature Of Music


Carrie Underwood says she enjoys the ambiguity of music.  The country star explains that it allows listeners to make their own personal connections to songs.


Underwood adds that she appreciates having the option of being vague in her own songs.  The singer says she's glad she's not expected to be specific and spell everything out in her lyrics.


Tim McGraw Praises Guests On "Highway Don't Care"


Tim McGraw says he couldn't be happier with his most recent number one hit.  Tim sings "Highway Don't Care" with Taylor Swift, while Keith Urban adds guitar to the song.  McGraw says Swift and Urban's contributions really enhance the track.


McGraw celebrated the chart-topping success of "Highway Don't Care" with an event in Nashville last week.  Several hundred people turned out for the festivities, including Urban.  But Swift couldn't be there -- she was busy playing a sold-out show in Los Angeles on her "Red" tour.


Taylor Swift Invites Jennifer Lopez To Record-Setting L.A. Show


Taylor Swift continues to welcome guests to her shows.  The country-pop star closed out her four-show stint at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Saturday with a bang.  She invited pop superstar Jennifer Lopez to join her on stage to sing what she called the "hairbrush song" of her childhood -- J. Lo's "Jenny From The Block."  Swift told her audience that the 2002 hit was one of her favorites, and she used to dance to the tune and sing along, belting out the tune into her hairbrush "microphone."  After the surprise appearance, Lopez took to Twitter to thank Taylor for "inviting [her] family to be a part of yours" and posted pictures of them together in her dressing room.


Lopez capped off an impressive list of guests who joined Taylor for her L.A. shows last week.  Taylor's four-night stand also featured guest appearances from Ellie Goulding, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara and Cher Lloyd.   Saturday's show at the Staples Center also marked a career milestone for Taylor.  It was Swift's eleventh sold-out show at the Los Angeles stadium, which is the most of any solo artist in the venue's history.


Mumford & Sons Kick Off Tour That Includes Make-Up Dates


Mumford and Sons are ready to do some more wandering.  The British folk rockers will kick off their latest string of North American tour dates today in Toronto.  The trek, which will last through September, also includes a few Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers and ends with a set of make-up gigs.  The guys were forced to cancel a handful of shows earlier this summer when bassist Ted Dwane underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.  But now that everyone's healthy again, the Mumford crew is making it up to fans in Louisiana, Texas, and Kansas.


Mumford and Sons tour dates:


8/26 -- Toronto, ON -- Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

8/28 -- Queens, NY -- Forest Hills Stadium

8/29 -- Burgettstown, PA -- First Niagara Pavilion

8/30 -- Troy, OH -- Troy Memorial Stadium

8/31 -- Troy, OH -- Troy Memorial Stadium

9/2 -- Noblesville, IN -- Klipsh Music Center

9/3 -- Milwaukee, WI -- Marcus Amphitheater

9/4 -- Saint Paul, MN -- Xcel Energy Center

9/6 -- Guthrie, OK -- Cottonwood Flats

9/7 -- Guthrie, OK -- Cottonwood Flats

9/9 -- Pelham, AL -- Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

9/10 -- Atlanta, GA -- Centennial Olympic Park

9/11 -- Simpsonville, SC -- Charter Amphitheatre

9/13 -- St. Augustine, FL -- St. Augustine Frances Field

9/14 -- St. Augustine, FL -- St. Augustine Frances Field

9/16 -- New Orleans, LA -- Mardi Gras World

9/17 -- Woodlands, TX -- Cynthia Woods Pavilion

9/18 -- Dallas, TX -- GEXA Energy Pavilion

9/20 -- Bonner Springs, KS -- Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre


Kathy Mattea To Host Public TV Series On Aging


Kathy Mattea is lending her talents to a new TV project.  The country star has been tapped to host the new TV series "NPT Reports: Aging Matters."  The series will cover the different issues families face as loved ones approach the end of their lives, including finances, end-of-life care, and different diseases that typically affect the elderly such as Alzheimer's -- an illness that has touched Kathy's family directly.  Mattea says she has "firsthand experience with loving someone while they walk through the stages of Alzheimer's," after witnessing her mother and two aunts battle the disease.  The singer adds that she feels honored to take part in the series, and contribute "thoughtful and timely coverage of this and other issues surrounding our aging population."


Nashville Public Television is behind "Aging Matters," and will launch the series locally on September 12th.  The series is expected to debut nationally later this year on American Public Television.


Celebrity Birthdays Include


Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander is 52.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1992, Alan Jackson's album "Don't Rock The Jukebox" was certified double Platinum.


Today in 1997, the album "Evolution" by Martina McBride was released.


Today in 1997, George Strait's album "Carryin' Your Love With Me" was certified double Platinum, Tim McGraw's single "It's Your Love" was certified Gold and Platinum simultaneously, and LeAnn Rimes' single "How Do I Live" was certified Gold.


Today in 1998, Mark Wills and his wife Kelly welcomed their daughter Mally.


Today in 2000, Pam Tillis was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, while Darryl Worley made his Opry debut.


Today in 2000, Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox and his wife Tara welcomed their daughter Brittany Kay.


Today in 2000, Jamie O'Neal and her husband Rodney Good were married.


Today in 2002, Alan Jackson's album "Drive" album was certified triple Platinum, while Brad Paisley's "Part 2" was certified Platinum and Toby Keith's album "Unleashed" was certified Gold and Platinum simultaneously.


Today in 2004, Lonestar's video for "Mr. Mom" had its premiere on CMT.


Today in 2005, Mindy McCready was arrested Pinellas County, Florida on a probation violation.  She had left Tennessee without receiving permission first from her probation officer.


Today in 2006, Jake Owen played his first stadium concert, as an opener on Kenny Chesney's "The Road and the Radio" tour.


Today in 2008, Kenny Chesney, Ronnie Milsap, Gretchen Wilson, and Kellie Pickler performed at the Leadership Music event honoring the Bradley Family, who has a long history in the music industry.


Today in 2008, Darryl Worley and Lee Brice were the headliners for the 11th annual Buds-n-Suds charity concert supporting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's Tennessee Chapter.


Today in 2008, Adam Gregory made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.  In addition, his first U.S. single, "Crazy Days," was released digitally.


Today in 2008, new CD releases included Jimmy Wayne's "Do You Believe Me Now," The Lost Trailers' "Holler Back," and Little Feat and Friends' "Join the Band."  The "Friends" include Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Jimmy Buffett, and Emmylou Harris.


Today in 2010, Trisha Yearwood was the fourth-hour guest host on NBC's "Today."


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