Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Brad Paisley Among Performers Set For Inauguration Events


Brad Paisley will be helping President Obama celebrate the start of his second term in office.  The country star has been tapped to perform at official inaugural events, which will begin with the Kids' Inaugural concert this Saturday.  In addition, two official inaugural balls -- The Inaugural Ball and The Commander-in-Chief's Ball honoring members of the military, are scheduled for Monday, January 21st.  All the events will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.  Paisley one of several stars taking part in the special shows.  He's part of a lineup that also include Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Katy Perry, John Legend, and others.


This won't be the first time Paisley has entertained the President and First Family.  He was a featured performer at 2009's "Country Music at the White House."  In addition, after Nashville's 2010 flood Brad was also contacted personally by the president, who called him to check on how the Opry had fared in the disaster.


Keith Urban, Taylor Swift Fall Short At Golden Globes


Keith Urban and Taylor Swift aren't adding a Golden Globe Award to their list of honors.  The country stars were up for Best Original Song at the event.  Urban was in the running with his hit "For You" from the movie "Act of Valor," while Swift was a nominee with The Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett for "Safe & Sound" from "The Hunger Games."  But Adele took the prize with her James Bond theme, "Skyfall."  But Urban isn't the only member of his family who left the event empty handed.  His wife Nicole Kidman was a nominee in two categories, and fell short both times.  Nicole was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for "The Paperboy," but the prize went to Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables." 


She was also vying for best actress in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie for her work in HBO's "Hemingway & Gelhorn," but lost to Julianne Moore in HBO's "Game Change."  The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards took place in Beverly Hills, California Sunday night.


More Charges Could Come From Randy Travis' August Car Crash


Randy Travis could end up facing more charges in connection with his car crash in North Texas last August.  The country star was formally charged last week with misdemeanor DWI for the incident.  Travis was found naked in a construction zone after crashing his Trans-Am into a barricade.  He reportedly also threatened troopers during his arrest, which prosecutors say could result in additional charges being filed.  A rep for the DA's office says they're still investigating the incident.  Meanwhile, a hearing on the DWI charge is expected to be scheduled soon.


Travis does have a trial date for his assault case.  Just weeks after his crash, Randy was involved in a dust-up with his girlfriend's estranged husband.  The singer pled not guilty to the simple assault charge at a hearing in late December.  His trial is set for March 11th.  At last month's hearing Travis' lawyer Larry Friedman also told the "Dallas Morning News" that his client is changing his ways.  He said Randy is "no longer drinking any alcohol," and is "committed to a new fitness regimen that includes a strict three-hour workout every day and a new high-protein diet."


Keith Urban Really Loves Being An "American Idol" Judge


Keith Urban says he really likes being a judge on "America Idol."  The country star explains that there's no one thing he can point to, but says he's enjoying the total experience.


Urban is one of the show's new judges this season, along with Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.  Minaj says even Keith Urban fans might learn something new about the country singer through the show.  She says Keith is "hilarious," and brings "this dry, sarcastic sense of humor" to the show.  "American Idol" will kick off its new season this week, starting with the two-part premiere airing on Fox on Wednesday and Thursday night.


Craig Morgan Appearing On "Hotel Impossible."


Craig Morgan is once again taking part in "Hotel Impossible."  The country star has been tapped for his expertise as an outdoorsman for this episode, which involves developer Anthony Melchiorri attempting to rehab Glacier Bear Lodge in Yakutat, Alaska.  The lodge was established by a group of local fishermen who were attempting to create a vacation destination for nature buffs.  But their inexperience in both the hotel industry and building maintenance has their business literally falling apart.  Morgan will be on hand to share his knowledge of fishing, and point out why the location is great for what the fishermen originally intended.  The new "Hotel Impossible" episode featuring Morgan will air on the Travel Channel Monday night.


The episode marks Craig's second appearance on the Travel Channel series.  Last summer he took part in a "Hotel Impossible" episode focusing on reviving Nashville's historic Fiddler's Inn.


Bryan Using Lessons Learned Opening Shows On First Headlining Tour


Luke Bryan is now getting the chance to take what he's gained as an opening act and apply it to his own tour.  The singer says he picked up a lot from the headliners who've taken him on the road.  Luke recalls getting a lesson in what it means to be a pro from Tim McGraw.


Luke adds that stars like McGraw are where they are today because of their professionalism.  He says his goal as a headliner is to conduct himself in that same manner, and "go in, be ready to put on a show night in and night out, and don't take any second on stage ever for granted."  Bryan will be launching his first headlining trek this week.  He'll kick off the "Dirt Road Diaries Tour" in Evansville, Indiana on Thursday.  Thompson Square are Florida Georgia Line are on board as his openers.


Randy Houser's Personal Life Influenced How He Made New Album


Randy Houser says he didn't do quite as much songwriting for his new album as he's done for his previous studio efforts.  The country singer explains that now that he's a family man, he had to do things differently.

Houser became a dad last year with the birth of his first child, son West Yantz Houser, who'll turn one in March.  Randy is currently enjoying one of the biggest hits of his career with the title track to his new album, "How Country Feels," which is one of the tracks on the project the singer didn't write.  Houser's third studio project will be in stores on January 22nd.


Gary Allan Thrilled That "Every Storm" Is Changing Album Plans


Gary Allan admits he's still pretty amazed that the release of his upcoming album has been pushed up by several months.  The country star tells that it's "something you don't see in the business," and he and his team have been "doing cartwheels over that."  Allan's next studio project, "Set Your Free," was originally slated for a spring release.  But the success of the album's lead-off single, "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)," prompted his label to put a rush on the project and get it in stores on January 22nd.  "Every Storm" has become the fastest rising single of Gary's career, and it's already been certified Gold.


Jennifer Nettles Now Living In Nashville


A new baby isn't the only change in the life of Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.  The singer has also relocated to Nashville after making Atlanta her home for the past 17 years.  Jennifer tells "The New York Times" she still loves the Georgia city, but was attracted to Nashville in part because "it isn't Atlanta."  She explains that there's "a bit of charm and a richness a city the size of Nashville allows for," which she really enjoys.  Nettles and her husband, Justin, recently bought a farm in the Nashville area, which is where they're starting their family.  The couple just celebrated the birth of their first child, Magnus Hamilton, on December 6th.


Elvis Presley's Rhythm Guitarist Dies Of Cancer


Elvis Presley's rhythm guitarist has died.  Springfield, Missouri's "News-Leader" says John Wilkinson passed away on Friday after battling cancer for the past four years.  Family friend Brett Miller says John spent his final hours listening to Elvis' music with his wife, Terry.  Wilkinson was 67.  John showed promise as a musician at a young age, picking up the guitar at the age of five.  And John actually met Elvis well before becoming a member of his band.  Back in 2007 Wilkinson told Ozark Public Television's "OzarksWatch Video Magazine" that in 1956, at the age of ten, he managed to sneak backstage at an Elvis concert, and criticized Presley's guitar playing.  Wilkinson went on to play with the Chad Mitchell Trio, the New Christy Minstrels, and the Kingston Trio before getting the call to join Presley's TCB Band in 1968.  John remained the TCB Band's rhythm guitarist until Elvis died in 1977, and never missed a concert.



Country Birthdays Include


T-Bone Burnett is 65.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1978, the single "Here You Come Again" by Dolly Parton peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1986, Reba McEntire joined the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1995, Tim McGraw hit number one on the "Billboard" chart with his album "Not A Moment Too Soon."


Today in 1996, Clay and Lori Walker became parents to their daughter, MaClay.


Today in 1999, Garth Brooks guest starred on "Sesame Street," singing the song "Together We Make Music" with the Monster Muppets.


Today in 1999, the Judds reunited on "The Tonight Show."


Today in 2000, Alan Jackson kicked off his "Under the Influence" tour in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Lonestar and Brad Paisley were among his opening acts.


Today in 2003, Terri Clark's "Pain To Kill" album and Bering Strait's self-titled debut CD arrived in stores.


Today in 2006, Keith Anderson, Montgomery Gentry and LeAnn Rimes performed a benefit concert at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center to conclude the "Sprint Sound and Speed - A Celebration of Music and Motorsports."


Today in 2007, Kelly Clarkson's guest appearance on Reba McEntire's sitcom "Reba" aired on the CW Network.  She played the part of an intern who was thought to be after the local TV weather girl job, which would put Reba's ex-husband's new wife Barbara Jean, portrayed by Melissa Peterson, out of work.


Today in 2008, Tim McGraw and Dwight Yoakam were in Los Angeles working on the film "Four Christmases."


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift's "Our Song" marked its sixth consecutive week at number one on the Billboard country singles chart, while Sugarland's "Stay" hit the top of the "Mediabase/Country Aircheck" singles chart.


Today in 2010, Kellie Pickler launched her third USO tour, and spent several days performing for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq with Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser.


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