Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

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


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 Minnesota and Iowa late last week.  The trek shares its name with Tracy's latest album.  The singer says the CD received a "great response," and he's now "very excited to share this new music with the fans in concert."  Lawrence's album features his two most recent singles, "Stop, Drop, and Roll" and "Footprints on the Moon."  His tour currently runs 28 dates, but more stops are expected to be added.  Tracy's next show is coming up at Wild Bill's in Duluth, Georgia on Friday.


Tracy Lawrence's "Headlights, Taillights And Radios Tour 2014" Upcoming Dates


January 24 - Duluth, Georgia - Wild Bill's

January 28 - Panama City, Florida - Marina Civic Center

January 31 - Hoffman Estates, Illinois - Sears Centre Arena

February 8 - Fort Worth, Texas - Billy Bob's

February 14 - Biloxi, Mississippi - Studio A, IP Casino, Resort & Spa

February 15 - Bossier City, Louisiana - Diamond Jack's Casino

February 20 - Ashland, Kentucky - Paramount Arts Center

February 21 - Columbus, Ohio - The Bluestone

March 14 - Lafayette, Louisiana - The District

March 15 - Nacogdoches, Texas - Banita Creek Hall

March 20 - Deadwood, South Dakota - Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center

March 21 - Denver, Colorado - Grizzly Rose

March 22 - Greeley, Colorado - Union Colony Civic Center

March 24 - Pocatello, Idaho - Stephens Performing Arts Center/ Idaho State University

March 26 - Redding, California - Cascade Theater

March 27 - Modesto, California - Gallo Center For The Arts

March 28 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Reynolds Hall, Smith Center for the Performing Arts

March 29 - Northridge, California - Valley Performing Arts Center, Cal. State Northridge

March 30 - Lancaster, California - Lancaster Performing Arts Center

April 1 - Palm Desert, California - McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts

April 2 - Tucson, Arizona - Fox Tucson Theatre

April 4 - West Wendover, Nevada - Peppermill Concert Hall

April 5 - Jackpot, Nevada - Cactus Petes Resort Casino

April 25 - Tulsa, Oklahoma - River Spirit Casino

April 26 - Fort Worth, Texas - La Polana Ranch


Taylor Swift Controls Own Twitter Account


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.  Taylor claims if she were to tweet "every minute," all people would see are pictures of her watching TV with her cat.


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. 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 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 Powderly, Kentucky, a city just a few miles south of his hometown.


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 Memphis


Rosanne Cash says she's glad she took her teenage son, Jakob, to her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.  The country star recalls that they made a stop at Sun Studios, where her dad Johnny Cash got his start, to give Jakob a sense of his musical heritage.  Rosanne says she snapped a photograph of Jakob as he took a guitar off the studio wall and started playing the instrument.


Rosanne's trip to Memphis was also part of her own introspective journey that inspired her latest release, "The River and The Thread."  She says she sees her new CD as the final installment of a trilogy that ties together her two previous albums, 2006's "Black Cadillac" and 2009's "The List."  Cash's "The River and The Thread" is in stores now.


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 Las Vegas last Thursday.



Country TV Tonight


THE BACHELOR (ABC) Billy Currington makes a guest appearance, and performs two songs.


Country Birthdays Include


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 Memphis, Tennessee ordering him to report for duty, but allowing a 60-day deferment so he could finish the film "King Creole."


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 Loved Me."


Today in 1998, Garth Brooks released the home video version of his New York City concert in Central Park.


Today in 2000, it was announced that the song played the most times on radio stations in Great Britain in 1999 was Shania Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much."  While the song never reached number one in the UK, it was played more than 46-thousand times during 1999 -- beating the runner-up, Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger," by more than two-thousand spins.  Shania's album "Come On Over" was also named the best-selling album of 1999 in the UK.


Today in 2000, Reba McEntire kicked off the second leg of her "Singer's Diary" tour in Denver, Colorado.


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 Tennessee.  Blake Shelton, Rhett Akins, John Conlee, and Jim Ed Brown also took part in the event, which was held at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee.


Today in 2005, Keith Urban and John Fogerty teamed up to tape their episode of "CMT Crossroads" in Los Angeles.  The show made its debut on CMT a month later.


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 Midland, Texas for former President George Bush and his wife Laura.


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 Macon, Georgia hospital where he had been receiving treatment for pneumonia.  He had traveled to Macon earlier in the week for a concert but was too ill to perform, and was admitted to the medical facility instead.


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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