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Band Perry Continue To Support Fight Against Hunger


The Band Perry is expanding their efforts in the fight against hunger.  The country group's Kimberly Perry tells "Rolling Stone" the issue is "something that is near and dear" to their hearts.  She admits she and brothers Neil and Reid "had no idea" how widespread the problem was until they began working with the General Mills "Outnumber Hunger" campaign last year.  Kimberly adds that the band is pleased to now be supporting Heifer International, which is tackling the issue on a global level.  The Band Perry will play a benefit for Heifer in Los Angeles on Thursday.  The event will also include a presentation to actress Susan Sarandon for her years of work with the organization.


Lorrie Morgan To Perform At T.J. Martell Foundation Event In Houston


Lorrie Morgan is lending her talent to the fight against cancer.  The country star has signed on for the 5th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Best Cellars Celebrity Dinner - Houston.  Lorrie says she feels honored to support the organization in its "continued and unwavering effort to offer help" to those battling the disease.  In addition to Morgan's performance, the event will feature a four-course gourmet meal and some of the world's top wines.  The 5th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Best Cellars Celebrity Dinner - Houston will take place at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston this Friday.


Jason Aldean To Release DVD Of Sanford Stadium Show


Jason Aldean's Sanford Stadium show is coming to DVD.  The country star's performance back in April marked the first concert at the University of Georgia venue.  In a trailer for the project, Aldean admits it's a landmark show for him.


"Jason Aldean: Night Train To Georgia" features the singer performing before more than 66-thousand fans at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, just 80-miles from his Macon hometown.  He treats the crowd to a high-energy, 18-song set that includes such hits as "Take A Little RIde," "She's Country," "Big Green Tractor," and "My Kinda Party," and guest appearances from Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson and Ludacris who join him for select songs.  The DVD also boasts interviews with Aldean, and footage from his summer shows at Boston's Fenway Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field.  "Jason Aldean: Night Train To Georgia" will be in stores on October 15th.


Billy Currington Assembles "Happy Songs" For New CD


Billy Currington admits he had a specific goal in mind for his new album.  The country star says he wanted "We Are Tonight" to be an uplifting disc for his fans.


Currington adds that as a result, not everything he recorded for the project is part of the set.  He explains that he cut one "broken-heart song" that "just didn't fit" with the rest of the material, so he ended up swapping it out for something else to have "ten happy songs" for the disc.  Currington's "We Are Tonight" features his latest hit, "Hey Girl."  The album will be in stores Tuesday.


Gretchen Wilson Has Plans To Mark Debut CD's 10th Anniversary


Gretchen Wilson has a special show on the horizon.  The country star will perform her 2004 debut "Here For The Party" in its entirety at The Pageant in St. Louis on October 15th.  The concert will be taped for a CD and DVD release to commemorate the album's tenth anniversary.  Wilson says she chose this particular venue specifically for the project because she launched her career performing in clubs in and around St. Louis, so the area is "really special" to her.  The singer adds that it's "hard to believe" it's been nearly ten years since she released her first album, and she's excited to celebrate the occasion with her St. Louis fans.


Wilson will release the CD and DVD "STILL Here For The Party" in May.  "Here For The Party" topped the chart following its May 11th, 2004 release.  The album features four top five hits, including Gretchen's signature song "Redneck Woman."  The October show will mark the first time Gretchen has given a full performance of the disc.


Florida Georgia Line Excited About Country Music's Future


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says he's optimistic about the future of country music.  The country singer explains that the changes that have come with the current generation of artists is just the latest stylistic thread, and he's looking forward to what will happen next.


Kelley adds that he thinks country music is currently in "a cool spot."  He says today's performers and songwriters are bringing "so many different influences" to their work that they're giving country songs "a fresh sound."  Florida Georgia Line has been working on material for their upcoming sophomore CD.  The duo is also prepping for their first headlining tour, which will begin in Brookings, South Dakota on October 3rd.


Taylor Swift Explains Adding Demos To "Red" Deluxe


Taylor Swift says there's a reason she included different versions of a few "Red" tracks on the deluxe edition of the album.  The country-pop superstar explains that it allows her listeners to get a glimpse of her original ideas.


Swift also includes the demo to "Treacherous," a song she says "became very big" but "started off really, really small."  Taylor adds that "State of Grace" is "so heavy hitting" but is "about such a delicate emotion," so she included an acoustic version to "portray that delicate emotion in a delicate way."  The deluxe edition of "Red" also features three other tracks that aren't a part of the standard set.


Lady A Says Performing With Stevie Nicks Was Special


Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley says performing with Stevie Nicks was something really special for him.  The country star admits he's a longtime Fleetwood Mac fan, and calls teaming up with Nicks in concert a "full-circle moment" for him.


Lady A's Dave Haywood adds that Nicks brought as much enthusiasm to the collaboration as they did.  He explains his favorite part of the experience was performing Nicks' material with her and her band.  But Dave says Stevie was more excited about singing Lady Antebellum songs.  The two stars teamed up for the latest installment of "CMT Crossroads," which had its premiere on CMT on Friday.  But fans who missed the weekend broadcasts can see the full show online at


Bill Engvall Begins Run On "Dancing With The Stars


Bill Engvall says he has "zero" experience with ballroom dancing as he begins his run on "Dancing With the Stars."  But the "Blue Collar" comedian tells "USA Today" he'd "love to win this thing."  He says he knows the odds are against him, but he'd still like to make a respectable showing.  He adds that he'd be "ecstatic" if he "could last seven or eight weeks."  Engvall is part of a 12-member cast that also features former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, "Rhoda" star Valerie Harper, Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack Osboune, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and "High School Musical" star Corbin Bleu.  "Dancing With the Stars" will launch its 17th season on ABC Monday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Country TV Tonight


THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW (SYN) The Band Perry is a guest

DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC) Bill Engvall begins his run on the show.


Country Birthdays Include


The Bellamy Brothers' David Bellamy is 63.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1967, Tammy Wynette's "My Elusive Dreams," her duet with David Houston, topped the "Billboard" country singles chart.


Today in 1985, the "Alabama Christmas" album by Alabama was released.


Today in 1986, Johnny Cash signed with Polygram Records after two decades with Columbia.


Today in 1988, Ricky Van Shelton's album "Loving Proof" was released.


Today in 1991, Willie Nelson married makeup artist Ann-Marie D'Angelo. The couple, who met on the set of Nelson's 1986 movie, "Red Headed Stranger," has two sons.


Today in 1992, Tanya Tucker's "What Do I Do With Me" album was certified Platinum.


Today in 1994, the "War Paint" album by Lorrie Morgan was certified Gold.


Today in 2000, Trisha Yearwood was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2002, Trace Adkins was in Washington, DC to perform at a political fundraiser for Louisiana Congressman Billy Tauzin.  The event served as a kick-off for Trace's two-day swing through the nation's Capitol, which also included headlining a USO event honoring former President George Herbert Walker Bush.


Today in 2003, Martina McBride was among the Redbook "Mothers and Shakers" honorees, and was recognized with an award at an event in New York City.  The singer got the nod for all the work she's done to promote domestic violence awareness.


Today in 2003, singer and actor Sheb Wooley died at a Nashville, Tennessee-area hospital.  He had been living with leukemia for the previous five years.  While Wooley is perhaps best remembered for the 1958 chart-topping novelty song "Purple People Eater," he was well associated with the country music community.  He wrote the theme song to the comedy-variety show "Hee Haw," and was an original cast member on the program.  He also appeared in numerous TV and movie westerns.  Wooley was 82.


Today in 2003, new releases included Rascal Flatts' CD-DVD package "Rascal Flatts Live,"Patty Loveless' disc "On Your Way Home," Chalee Tennison's CD "Parading in the Rain," and Johnny Cash's album "Christmas with Johnny Cash."


Today in 2005, Trace Adkins had emergency abdominal surgery at a local hospital following his show in Morton, Minnesota.  The singer, who had been having stomach pains for several days, thought he'd just receive treatment and move on to his next tour stop, but doctors discovered he had an abdominal inflammatory infection and needed surgery right away.  Adkins' condition also forced him to postpone several shows.


Today in 2006, Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson was presented the first-ever "Bill Anderson Heritage Award" during the annual Historic Music Fest at Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation.  The award recognizes musicians and songwriters who have made lasting contributions to the history of heritage music and its distinctive sound.


Today in 2006, SHeDAISY cancelled a concert in Las Vegas because Kassidy Osborn was having throat trouble, and doctors put her  on mandatory voice rest.


Today in 2007, Josh Gracin sang the national anthem at the start of the Detroit Lions-Minnesota Vikings football game, which was also part of the Lions' September 11th tribute.


Today in 2008, new CD releases included Darius Rucker's "Learn to Live," Kristy Lee Cook's "Why Wait," the Eli Young Band's "Jet Black & Jealous," and the compilation album "The Imus Ranch Record," including songs by Big & Rich, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, Willie Nelson, and Dwight Yoakam.


Today in 2009, Gretchen Wilson received the 2009 NCL Literacy Leadership Award from the National Coalition for Literacy and the Center for the Book at an event at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.


Today in 2009, Emerson Drive wrapped up the two-day Brad Mates/E-Drive Celebrity Golf Tournament in Grande Prairie, Alberta at the Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club.  Money raised from the golf tournament went to the University of Alberta's Parkinson's Disease research program via the Brad Mates Drive for Research Endowment Fund.


Today in 2009, Brooks & Dunn's final CD, "#1s...And Then Some," debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.


Today in 2012, Keith Urban was officially announced as one of the new judges on "American Idol."


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