Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

The Band Perry Play Super Bowl Pre-Game Show


The Band Perry is praising the Super Bowl 48 halftime show headliner, tweeting, "Great job tonight @brunomars!!!" along with a picture of MetLife Stadium all lit up as he performed.  But the country group also took part in the big game, which aired Sunday on Fox.  Their set at the NFL Taligate Party included their hit "Done."


The Band Perry also tweeted a photograph of the group on the Tailgate stage.  The sibling trio joined former "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips and cast members from the Broadway musicals "Jersey Boys" and "Rock of Ages" for the Tailgate Party, but only The Band Perry and Phillips were featured on TV.  The Super Bowl 48 pre-game also featured Queen Latifah singing "America The Beautiful" and soprano Renee Fleming, who became the first opera star to sing the national anthem at the start of a Super Bowl game.  Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were a featured guest during Mars' halftime show.


Band Perry To Pay For Burials For Kentucky Fire Victims


The Band Perry is stepping up to help a Kentucky family in the wake of a tragedy.  CNN says the country trio has offered to pay for the funerals for a mother and eight children -- all under the age of 16 --  who were killed in a house fire in Greenville, Kentucky last Thursday.  The only survivors include the children's father Chad Watson and an eleven-year-old girl, who are both hospitalized at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Family friend Pam Burden says she doesn't know why The Band Perry has stepped up with such a generous offer, explaining that "the family doesn't have any personal connection to the band before now."  But the group's publicist Brian Bumbery confirms that the country stars have extended their financial support to the family.


Tim McGraw Performing On "Sports Illustrated" TV Special


Tim McGraw is helping "Sports Illustrated" honor the publication's most celebrated issue.  He's singing "Lookin' For That Girl" on the TV special "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful."  The country star says the show's taping marked his debut performance of the song.


McGraw also praises the show's producers, saying they "incorporate some great shots of the models throughout the years."  But Tim isn't the only performer for the show.  Lady Antebellum contributes a song as well, along with The Fray, John Legend, and Enrique Iglesias.  Former "SI" swimsuit models Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley, and Kate Upton are among the stars who make appearances, while former "SI" swimsuit issue cover girl Heidi Klum hosts the show.  "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beauty" will air on NBC Monday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


Little Big Town To Appear On "The Chew"


The members of Little Big Town will be demonstrating some of their other creative skills as guests on ABC's "The Chew."  The country quartet will take part in a crafts project, and join the hosts in the kitchen to help prepare a favorite breakfast recipe introduced by co-host Mario Batali.  Viewers will also get a glimpse of the group's latest music video.  Little Big Town will share a sneak preview of the clip to the song "Sober," the fourth single from their album "Tornado."  The group's appearance on "The Chew" will air on ABC Monday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.


Miranda Lambert Unveiling New Single This Week


Miranda Lambert has a new song on the way.  The country star says "Automatic" is "about slowing down, taking a breath, and remembering what it's like to live life a little more simply."  She explains that the autobiographical song isn't "about going back, but reminiscing about what it was like" when she was younger.  In the song Miranda reflects on the days of pay phones, hanging the laundry out to dry, and her dad teaching her to drive stick shift on her 1955 Chevy.  Lambert explains that the song "brings back good memories," and helps remind her to "take a deep breath and to remember that getting there is half the fun."


"Automatic" is the first release from Miranda's upcoming fifth album, which is expected later this year.  The track will be released to radio on Wednesday.


Eric Paslay Has Vague Memories Of First Stage Appearance


Eric Paslay is about to release his debut album.  But the new country star says he's been performing since he was a very young child.


Eric adds that he didn't always have his eye set on country music stardom.  The singer explains that he has Type 1 diabetes, and as a teenager he "was kinda flirting" with the idea of becoming a pediatric endocrinologist so he could help others living with the disease.  But Eric says eventually "music had its way," and he attended college in Nashville and studied the music business.  Paslay is now getting ready for the arrival of his debut album.  The self-titled disc, which features the hit "Friday Night," will be in stores on Tuesday.


Garth Brooks' Ireland Concerts Sell Out In Record Time


Garth Brooks will be playing to a capacity crowd at his shows in Ireland this summer.  All 240-thousand tickets for the country superstar's upcoming concerts at Dublin's Croke Park were gone in just 90-minutes, marking the first time any artist has sold out three performances at the venue in a single day.  The singer will play his shows, which he's dubbed "The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event," on July 25th, 26th, and 27th.  When he announced the dates Brooks said the Ireland concerts would be his way of challenging himself and his band in advance of their world tour.  The trek, which will be Garth's first tour since 2000, is expected to begin in the fall.


Travis Tritt To Narrate Walt Disney Biopic


Travis Tritt is contributing to an upcoming biopic about Walt Disney.  The country star has been tapped to narrate the new independent film "As Dreamers Do."  Director Logan Sekulow admits he's a big Travis Tritt fan.  And he says when he read through the script in his head, "it was in the voice of Travis Tritt."  Logan explains that the role needed to be filled by someone "who could be warm and that the audience could trust."  He adds that he was thrilled when Tritt accepted the offer.  Travis is also providing a song called "That's What Dreamers Do" for the movie.  "As Dreamers Do" is expected to be ready for release in the spring.


Luke Bryan Proud Of ACM Nominated Album


Luke Bryan says he's glad to see his album "Crash My Party" get a nomination from the Academy of Country Music.  The country star admits he believes his disc deserves the recognition.


Album of the Year is one of three ACM nominations for Bryan.  He's also in the running for Male Vocalist of the Year, and could take home his second consecutive Entertainer of the Year title.  Luke's competition for Album of the Year includes Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story...," Florida Georgia Line's "Here's To The Good Times," Tim McGraw's "Two Lanes of Freedom," and Kacey Musgraves' Grammy-winner, "Same Trailer Different Park."  Bryan is once again set to join Shelton in hosting the ACM Awards, which will take place in Las Vegas and air on CBS on April 6th.


Kenny Rogers Honored For His Photography


Kenny Rogers is getting recognition as a photographer. says the country star received an honorary masters of photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America.  The presentation took place at the recent PPA Award & Degree ceremony.  PPA President Ralph Romaguera Sr. explains that everyone knows Kenny is an entertainer, but says the singer is also "a remarkably talented photographer."  He adds that when they notified Rogers about the degree, they were "immediately impressed with his enthusiasm for photography."  Kenny, meanwhile says he felt both "a little intimidated" and "very flattered' to receive the degree, and admits he's not sure that he's completely deserving of it.


Over the course of his career Rogers has had three photography books published.  His first, "Kenny Rogers' America," came out in 1986.  A year later he came out with "Your Friends and Mine," which includes portraits of celebrities.  "This Is My Country" includes Kenny's black-and-white photographs of country music stars.


Country Birthdays Include


Singer-songwriter Jessica Harp is 32.  She was part of the duo The Wreckers along with Michelle Branch.

Singer-songwriter Matraca Berg is 50.  Her writing credits include such number one hits as Martina McBride's "Wild Angels," Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine," and Reba McEntire's "The Last One To Know."  Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, and Gretchen Wilson are some of the others who have recorded her songs.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson all died when their chartered plane crashed in Mason City, Iowa, in what's been deemed "the day the music died." Waylon Jennings was playing bass with Holly's band on the tour, and was spared when he gave up his seat on the doomed plane to the Big Bopper.


Today in 1971, Lynn Anderson's single "Rose Garden" was certified Gold.


Today in 1978, the "Waylon & Willie" album by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson was certified Gold.


Today in 1992, Tracy Lawrence released his second single, "Today's Lonely Fool."


Today in 1993, the "Pure Country" soundtrack album by George Strait was certified double Platinum.



Today in 1994, Ricky Van Shelton's "Don't Overlook Salvation" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1995, Sawyer Brown topped the country singles charts with "This Time."


Today in 1999, Trace Adkins injured his ankle.  While he was surveying some property outside Nashville, his truck got stuck in the mud.  Working to get it out, he stepped into a sinkhole, fracturing and dislocating his ankle.  He underwent surgery the following day.


Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney released the album "When the Sun Goes Down."


Today in 2005, Montgomery Gentry launched their Turn It Up And Bring It On tour, featuring Trace Adkins, with a show in Madison, Wisconsin.


Today in 2006, Chris Cagle shot the clip for his single "Wal-Mart Parking Lot" during a live concert performance in Duluth, Georgia.


Today in 2008, Willie Nelson and Sara Evans entertained at an invitation-only Super Bowl Tailgate Party in Glendale, Arizona, while Trace Adkins performed "I've Got My Game On" to kick off the 14th installment of "Howie Long's Tough Guys: Super Bowl Edition" in conjunction with the big game.  Trace also took part in the countdown to Howie's Ultimate Tough Guy award.


Today in 2008, Brooks & Dunn's Kix Brooks hosted a special Arrington Vineyards kick-off party in New York on Super Bowl Sunday.  The singer is one of the owners of Arrington Vineyards.  All proceeds from the event went to the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS research. 


Today in 2008, former Lonestar frontman Richie McDonald and Bryan White took part in the annual Country Cruise, which set sail from Tampa, Florida.


Today in 2009, Vince Gill played his first of three special shows as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 2009 Artist-in-Residence. The performances took place at the Museum's intimate, 213-seat Ford Theater.


Today in 2009, steel guitarist Tom Brumley, who was a member of Buck Owens' backing band The Buckaroos, passed away in San Antonio, Texas following a short illness.  He was 73.


Today in 2009, new releases included Dierks Bentley's CD "Feel That Fire," Wynonna's "Sing," Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel's "Willie and the Wheel," and Aaron Tippin's "In Overdrive."


Today in 2010, Lady Antebellum's album "Need You Now" debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart and the all-genre Billboard 200.


Today in 2012, Keith Urban was featured on the Grand Ole Opry in his first public performance since undergoing a procedure a few months earlier to have a polyp removed from his vocal cords.


Today in 2013, Rascal Flatts teamed up with Journey for the Super Bowl edition of "CMT Crossroads," which they taped in New Orleans a  few hours prior to the broadcast premiere.


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