Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

George Strait To Announce Final Tour Dates Today


George Strait is ready to reveal the stops to the final leg of his last tour.  The country star will list the cities he plans to visit on his "Cowboy Rides Away" trek next year at a press conference Monday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  And George is welcoming fans to watch the media event live online.  His announcement will be streamed at his website,, starting at noon Eastern time.  The upcoming dates will mark the singer's last formal road trip.  With the 2014 edition of his "Cowboy Rides Away" Strait is officially capping off his touring career.


Loretta Lynn Postpones Shows After Breaking Two Ribs In Fall


Loretta Lynn describes herself as "like an accident waiting to happen these days."  The country legend revealed in a Facebook post Friday that she was forced to postpone her scheduled weekend shows in Oklahoma because she's broken two ribs.  She explains that she actually suffered the injury a week earlier, before her Labor Day Concert at her Hurricane Mills Ranch.  She says she was trying to get her guitar out of her closet when "the dang thing fell on top" of her and she stumbled into a dresser.  Loretta admits she didn't know how badly she was hurt until the next day when she learned she'd cracked two ribs.


Lynn was expected to perform at the Choctaw Casinos in Pocola on Friday and in Grant, on Saturday.  The Grant venue's website says that show has been rescheduled for December 30th.  Loretta's next scheduled show is set for Daytona Beach, Florida on Friday.


Scotty McCreery Supporting Youth Baseball With Special Tour


As baseball season winds down, Scotty McCreery is throwing his support into the game.  The country star made his second stop on his Major League Baseball ballpark tour on Sunday with an appearance at PetCo Park in San Diego.  Prior to the Padres' game against the Colorado Rockies, the former "American Idol" winner gave the San Diego Hall of Champions a check to help fund the local RBI -- or Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities -- program.  He also sang "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch.  Scotty kicked off his six-ballpark run late last month in Tampa, Florida, where he tossed out the first pitch before the Rays took on the Seattle Mariners.  He also sang "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at that game, and gave the Rays Baseball Foundation five-thousand-dollars for their RBI program.


McCreery's tour will continue this week with an appearance at Citizens Bank Park -- home of the Philadelphia Phillies -- on Thursday.  He'll also make stops at the homes of the Chicago White Sox, the Washington Nationals, and the Atlanta Braves before the month is over, and give away a total of 50-thousand-dollars.


Scotty McCreery's upcoming MLB tour stops:


September 12 - Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Phillies-San Diego Padres game

September 15 - U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois, at the White Sox-Cleveland Indians game

September 22 - Nationals Park in Washington, DC, at the Nationals-Miami Marlins game

September 27 - Turner Field/State Mutual Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Braves-Phillies game


Carrie Underwood's "Sunday Night Football" Theme Debuts


The torch has officially been passed.  Carrie Underwood's "Sunday Night Football" theme made its debut last night to launch NBC's first Sunday night broadcast of the new NFL season.


Underwood is featured in the opening, performing the customized song in concert to thousands of cheering fans, while NFL stars also make appearances in the clip.  The one-time "American Idol" winner was tapped to take over the song back in the spring, after Faith Hill announced that she was stepping down from the job.  Hill had performed the Joan Jett-inspired "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" for NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcasts for the past six years.


Keith Urban's "Fuse" A Collection Of Feel Good Songs


Keith Urban says he recorded about a dozen songs that didn't make it on "Fuse."  But the country star explains that he's happy with the 13 tracks he chose for his new album.


Urban has been promoting "Fuse" with special events, including last week's NFL kickoff concert in Baltimore and Friday's pub crawl through Nashville.  He's now taking his efforts to New York City.  On Monday Urban will take part in a online chat.  On Tuesday -- the day "Fuse" arrives in stores -- Keith will perform a special edition of NBC "Today's" summer concert series.  Tuesday night Urban will be on hand for an intimate, invitation only Q-and-A session and performance at the Soho Apple Store.  He'll wrap up his promotional blitz with appearances Wednesday on ABC's "The View" and CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman."  Keith will then resume his "Light The Fuse" tour with a show in Cleveland on Thursday.


Keith Urban Wows Fans, Welcomes Guests To Friday Promo Blitz


Keith Urban continues the build-up for the release of his next album, "Fuse." says the country star made a series of club appearances in Nashville Friday night, treating some lucky fans to performances of a few new songs.  His short sets included his current hit, "Little Bit Of Everything," as well as "Even The Stars Fall 4 U," a song he debuted at Thursday's NFL kickoff concert.  Urban also had some surprises in store.  Aerosmith's Steven Tyler made a guest appearance at Keith's stop at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. 


Prior to his pub crawl, Urban played a special show for ticket winners at Nashville's Cumberland Park which featured a guest spot from Eric Church.  Church is featured on the "Fuse" track "Raise 'Em Up," which they performed together at the show.  The show was taped for the Yahoo! Ram Country Live series, and is scheduled to be shown on September 25th.  Urban will continue his CD promotion with a special installment of the "Today" Toyota Summer Concert series on the NBC morning show Tuesday, the day "Fuse" hits stores.


Sheryl Crow's Debut Country Album Arriving This Week


Sheryl Crow says she's excited about the release of her first country album, "Feels Like Home."  The singer-songwriter tells she feels like there's been "new energy breathed into" her career with the project.  She adds that she believes the album includes some of her "best stuff."  "Feels Like Home" features Sheryl's current single, "Easy," but she says her favorite track on the set is probably "Waterproof Mascara."  Crow co-wrote the song with Brad Paisley and Chris DuBois, whom she calls "two of the finest songwriters that are out there."  She describes "Waterproof Mascara" as "so high drama, and such a throwback to the '60s and '70s country music" she grew up listening to.  Sheryl adds that she thinks it's "the most important song" on the album.  Crow's "Feels Like Home" will be in stores on Tuesday.


Eli Young Band Believe Current Single Well Represents New Album


The Eli Young Band's Chris Thompson says listeners who like the country group's current hit "Drunk Last Night," should like their upcoming album.  The drummer explains that the single is representative of their new CD in several ways.


Thompson adds that the energy and fun of "Drunk Last Night" -- which is the new CD's lead-off release -- is also heard in the rest of the material on the still untitled set.  The Eli Young Band's next album will be their follow up to "Life At Best," which features the chart-toppers "Crazy Girl" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart."


Kenny Rogers Believes Latest Parton Duet "Perfect" For Them


Kenny Rogers says over the years he and Dolly Parton have looked for material to sing together, thinking they had to find something similar to "Islands in the Stream" or "Real Love."  The country star admits "You Can't Make Old Friends" doesn't sound the same as their collaborative hits from the '80s, but he believes fans won't be disappointed.


Kenny adds that he's learned a successful duet doesn't begin with the singers but with the song.  He explains that it's always best to find a great song first, and then look for a duet partner who'll be the best match for the track.


"You Can't Make Old Friends" is the debut single and title track to Rogers' next album.  The song is available now from iTunes.  The album will be in stores on October 8th.


Country Birthdays Include


Hunter Hayes is 22.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1989, the single "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks made its country chart debut.


Today in 1991, Tracy Byrd married his wife, Michelle.


Today in 1996, the legendary Bill Monroe passed away.


Today in 2001, filming began on the second season of Billy Ray Cyrus' PAX television series, "Doc."


Today in 2002, Alan Jackson performed in Washington, D.C. as the nation's capital began its remembrance of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.  His set at the Pentagon aired live on ABC's "Good Morning America."  Later that evening, he performed as part of the Concert for America at the Kennedy Center, which also featured Reba McEntire.  That show was taped for broadcast two days later -- on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.


Today in 2003, new CD releases included June Carter Cash's "Wildwood Flower," Clay Walker's "A Few Questions," Suzy Bogguss' "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and the compilation "Remembering Patsy Cline," which featured contributions from various artists including Terri Clark, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Amy Grant, Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Womack.


Today in 2005, the Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, and Garth Brooks were among those who participated in the network TV telethon "Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast."  The event aired simultaneously on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and a number of other networks.


Today in 2006, Taylor Swift made her Grand Ole Opry debut, which she described as unbelievably surreal.


Today in 2006, Tim McGraw was among the performers at a 60th birthday party for former President Bill Clinton in Toronto, joining Billy Crystal, Sarah McLachlan, and Lenny Kravitz for the special show benefiting William Jefferson Clinton Foundation.


Today in 2006, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, and Crystal Gayle helped celebrate the opening of Nashville's new Schermerhorn Symphony Hall, attending the opening night gala.


Today in 2007, Joe Nichols married longtime girlfriend Heather Singleton.  The couple exchanged wedding vows at historic Whitfield Chapel in Savannah, Georgia. 


Today in 2007, Montgomery Gentry, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Country Crow and the Allman Brothers performed at Farm Aid 2007: A Homegrown Festival on Randall's Island east of Manhattan, New York.


Today in 2008, Phil Vassar released the remake of his "Prayer of a Common Man" digitally to bring attention to the issue of hunger in the U.S. and to raise money for Feeding America.


Today in 2008, new CD releases included Patty Loveless' "Sleepless Nights," Hal Ketchum's "Father Time," and Jessica Simpson's country debut "Do You Know."


Today in 2008, Vince Gill performed at the ParkinSongs benefit concert in Nashville in support of the American Parkinson Disease Association - Middle Tennessee Chapter.


Today in 2009, Vince Gill received the President's Merit Award from The Recording Academy at The Grammy Salute To Country Music show in Nashville.  Amy Grant, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, Michael McDonald, and Steve Martin were among the performers.


Today in 2010, Taylor Swift helped launch the 2010-2011 football season as the headliner for the "NFL Opening Kickoff" concert in New Orleans.


Today in 2010, Ryan Bingham and Rosanne Cash were the big winners at the 2010 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards ceremony in Nashville.


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