Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton Among Leno's Final "Tonight Show" Guests
Garth Brooks will be on hand as Jay Leno says goodbye to NBC's "Tonight Show." The country superstar is slated to be the musical guest on Leno's final broadcast, airing on Thursday, February 6th. The episode will also feature an appearance from actor Billy Crystal, who was Leno's first "Tonight Show" guest back in May 1992. Other country stars are also on board for Leno's farewell week. Blake Shelton will join Sandra Bullock as Jay's guests on February 5th. Lyle Lovett will be the musical guest on the February 4th show, which will also feature actor Matthew McConaughey and NBA great Charles Barkley. Jimmy Fallon, who'll be taking over "The Tonight Show" from Leno, will start the week as a guest on February 3rd along with Betty White.
Lady Antebellum Extend Tour Into Summer
Lady Antebellum will be spending additional time on the road this year. The country trio has extended their "Take Me Downtown" trek well into the summer. And Lady A's Charles Kelley says that means a lot of togetherness for the group.
Lady A just launched their "Take Me Downtown" tour earlier this month. With the extension, the road trip is now slated to include nearly 80 shows, and run through August. Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves are currently opening shows. Select dates later in the trek will feature either David Nail, Billy Currington, or Joe Nichols opening. More information is available at LadyAntebellum.com.
Tracy Lawrence Launches Tour
Tracy Lawrence is back on the road. The country star kicked off his "Headlights, Taillights and Radios Tour 2014" with shows in
Tracy Lawrence's "Headlights, Taillights And Radios Tour 2014" Upcoming Dates
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Taylor Swift says the tweets posted on her Twitter page are from her. The country-pop star tells "Teen Vogue" she's the only person who has her password. And she says she doesn't post things all the time. She explains that she'll tweet "maybe once every two weeks, because she doesn't want to appear like she always has her phone in hand "looking for the next thing to upload. Swift adds that she believes "one of the most important things about social media is knowing when to put the phone down and experience your life." She also says her day to day existence isn't all that exciting.
Sara Evans Push Back Release Of Next Album
Sara Evans fans will have to wait a little bit longer to get the country star's next album. Billboard.com says the singer has pushed back the release of "Slow Me Down" by a week. The record is now slated to hit stores on March 11th. No reason is given for the date change. Evans' current single is the title track to "Slow Me Down." The album also features collaborations with Vince Gill, Gavin DeGraw, and The Fray's Isaac Slade. "Slow Me Down" is Sara's follow up to her 2011 effort, "Stronger."
Cadillac Three Surprised, Thrilled To Have Guest-Packed Debut Single
The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston admits he was surprised that his group's debut single ended up being a star-packed collaboration.
Jaren says the next week The Cadillac Three was in the studio with Bentley, Eli, and Florida Georgia Line "drinking whiskey and yelling into the mic at the same time." The country singer adds that it was great being able to record "The South" with their friends. He calls the song "a great first taste of what The Cadillac Three is all about."
Vince Gill Grateful To Have Sung With Phil Everly, Ray Price
Vince Gill admits that at times he's "jaded." But the country star tells Billboard.com those feelings disappear when he's in the presence of his heroes. Two stars Gill greatly admires -- Country Music Hall of Famers Phil Everly and Ray Price -- recently passed away, and Vince says he's grateful he had the chance to sing with both of them. Gill says teaming up with Everly was something he "thought could never possibly happen," because he "just assumed" Phil would only sing with his brother Don Everly. Vince adds that he was "beyond flattered" when Phil agreed to record a song with him. Their collaboration, "Sweet Little Corrina," is on Gill's 2006 album "These Days." Everly was just remembered over the weekend with a memorial service in
Vince says he was able to work with Price a few times, and he also cherishes each of those moments. Gill adds that every time he's had the chance to perform with one of his heroes it's taken him by surprise, because he just couldn't believe they actually wanted to do something with him.
Rosanne Cash Recalls Taking Son To
Rosanne Cash says she's glad she took her teenage son, Jakob, to her hometown of
Rosanne's trip to
Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean Win Golden Moose Awards
Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean have a Golden Moose award. The country stars got the nod along with Willie Robertson, Adam LaRoche, Ryan Langerhans, and Tombo Martin for Fan Favorite Best Host for their series, "Buck Commander Protected by Under Armour." "Buck Commander" was also in the running for Fan Favorite Best Overall and Fan Favorite Best Hunting Series, along with "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors" and Clay Walker's "Trophy Hunters TV." But "Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild" took the Overall award, while "Crush with Lee & Tiffany" took the Hunting Series category. Even though Morgan was shut, he still participated in the event as a performer. Aaron Lewis and Colton James performed as well, while Nugent launched the ceremony with the national anthem. The 14th annual Golden Moose Awards took place in
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John Michael Montgomery is 49.
Brantley Gilbert is 29.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1958, Elvis Presley received a notice from the draft board in
Today in 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis was invited to perform on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. He agreed to abide by two conditions -- that he not use profanity and that he play only country songs. He agreed, but then ignored both requests.
Today in 1977, the "Take This Job and Shove It" album by Johnny Paycheck was released.
Today in 1995, Wynonna's debut self-titled solo album was certified quadruple Platinum.
Today in 1995, Reba McEntire topped the country charts with "'Til You
Today in 1998, Garth Brooks released the home video version of his
Today in 2000, it was announced that the song played the most times on radio stations in
Today in 2000, Reba McEntire kicked off the second leg of her "Singer's Diary" tour in
Today in 2000, Mark Wills had the week's highest debut on the "Billboard" all-genre albums chart with "Permanently." The project entered the chart at number 23. On the country charts, "Permanently" debuted at number three, behind the Dixie Chicks' "Fly" and Shania Twain's "Come On Over."
Today in 2005, Craig Morgan hosted his annual benefit in support of Hunters for the Hungry, a cooperative program through which hunters and meat processors provide prepared venison to food banks and soup kitchens across
Today in 2005, Keith Urban and John Fogerty teamed up to tape their episode of "CMT Crossroads" in
Today in 2009, Faith Hill was among the performers at the first-ever Neighborhood Inaugural Ball. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the gala, which was broadcast live on TV and via the Internet.
Today in 2009, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin and Lee Greenwood performed at a homecoming celebration in
Today in 2009, new releases included Dolly Parton's CD "From The Heart," Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band's "The Mountain," and the late Conway Twitty's "Lost in the Feeling."
Today in 2011, Alan Jackson announced that he was leaving Arista Nashville, ending 22-year relationship with the label.
Today in 2012, Taylor Swift walked the red carpet at the Sundance Film Festival with the late Robert Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, at the premiere of the documentary, "Ethel."
Today in 2012, Merle Haggard was released from a
Today in 2013, on his 28th birthday, Brantley Gilbert proposed to Jana Kramer. While Jana said "yes," the couple later split up before tying the knot.
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