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Brad Paisley, Keith Urban Perform At Beatles Tribute Concert

 

Brad Paisley and Keith Urban are among the many stars paying tribute one of the biggest artists of all time.  For CBS' "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles," Paisley teamed up with hip-hop star Pharrell Williams on "Here Comes the Sun."

 

Urban performed as well, joining John Mayer on a rendition of "Don't Let Me Down."  The lengthy and diverse list of participants also featured Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and many others -- including surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.  The rock legends closed the show.  After they each played individual sets they teamed up for one song before leading all the performers and the audience in a finale of "Hey Jude."  The concert special commemorated The Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and aired exactly 50 years after the historic TV broadcast on Sunday, February 9th, 1964.

 

Randy Travis Makes First Public Appearance Since Stroke

 

There's more evidence of progress in Randy Travis' recovery.  Neal McCoy has posted a photograph of him with Randy Friday on his Facebook page, from Randy's first public appearance since he suffered a stroke last summer.  McCoy says the picture was taken at the Smiles For Life concert in Dallas, and marked "Randy's first time out and his first time to have Cowboy boots on since his illness.  Gettin Better!!!"

 

McCoy was the headliner for the fundraiser, which took place on January 30th.  The picture with Travis follows photographs that surfaced last month of him with friends and family members.  Last week Randy's father told "Closer Weekly" his son was "getting his voice back now, little by little," while an unnamed source added that Randy was "anxious to get back to work and connect with his fans."  Travis suffered a stroke last July.  There have been no official updates on his condition since he left a physical therapy center in October.

 

Taylor Swift Shares Dating Advice With "Glamour"

 

Taylor Swift says she's learned a thing or two about dating.  The country-pop superstar tells "Glamour" when she meets someone she's interested in, she'll give him the cold shoulder until she knows he's interested in her as well.  She explains that she won't "respond to any of his texts or calls until he does something" that is a "very clear" indication he'd like to get to know her better.

 

But Taylor adds that a mutual attraction doesn't always make things easier.  She says when a guy is "only texting you three words" it's easy to find him "mysterious" and to "romanticize that he's 'deep' or 'complicated,'" when he's actually someone who doesn't "deserve to be figured out."  Swift is also turned off by guys who talk too much.  She explains they leave her hoping they'll stop "trying so hard to be interesting," and start acting "a little bit more interested" in her instead.  Taylor is featured on the cover of the new issue of "Glamour," which will hit newsstands on Tuesday.

 

Eric Church Uses Videos To Promote CD, Connect With Fans

 

Eric Church says he's enjoyed releasing a number of mysterious, teaser videos to promote his upcoming album, "The Outsiders."  The country star explains that the clips are how he's been reaching his audience and building excitement for the disc, since he's not into social media.

 

Church adds that he had a concept in mind when he launched the videos, explaining that he wanted the clips to be "this big mystery, level of intrigue" that would entertain his fans.  "The Outsiders" will be in stores on Tuesday.  The disc includes Eric's current hit single, "Give Me Back My Hometown."

 

Frankie Ballard Surprised By Response To Latest Single

 

Frankie Ballard says he knew his fans were going to like his latest single, "Helluva Life."  But the country star tells Billboard.com he "had no idea it would be the reaction that it has been."  The singer explains that the song "speaks to things like hope, and getting up every day and putting one foot in front of the other no matter what kind of curve balls life throws you," and "people have really made the story their own."

 

Ballard adds that the song has "taken on a life of its own" with his "Helluva Life" campaign, in which online messages and photos including #helluva life go to a special website.  He says the posts "range from deep subjects of love and heartbreak to having a six pack with your buddies on a Saturday night."  "Helluva Life" is the lead-off single from Ballard's upcoming album "Sunshine & Whiskey," which will hit stores Tuesday.

 

Rascal Flatts See "Rewind" As Serving A Purpose

 

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus says their new single isn't just representative of the group's latest work.  He explains that "Rewind" is bridging the trio's past and future, as they look to expand their audience.

 

Jay adds that he believes they succeeded in their efforts, and "Rewind" provides "a fresh approach to what Rascal Flatts does with a very familiar sentiment."  "Rewind" is on the group's upcoming album, which is the group's follow up to their 2012 release, "Changed."  Rascal Flatts' still-untitled project is due June 3rd.

 

Charlie Daniels To Release Dylan Tribute Album

 

Charlie Daniels is honoring one of his musical heroes.  He has a tribute album to Bob Dylan on the way.  "Off The Grid - Doin' It Dylan" features the Charlie Daniels Band performing ten Dylan classics, including "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Tangled Up In Blue," "Mr. Tambourine Man," and "Just Like A Woman."  Daniels, who played on Dylan's albums "Nashville Skyline," "Self Portrait," and "New Morning," says he first discovered Dylan's music nearly 50 years ago.  He explains that Dylan's songs "grabbed the attention of the world and changed the face of music forever" by setting songwriters free from the "restrictive, bubble gum, three minute a side, Tin Pan Alley world that set the parameters of popular music."

 

Charlie adds that he was "not naive enough to think" he could "swim in the same stream" or try to emulate what he had done," but was inspired to try to "provoke some thought" and "think outside the box of conformity" with his own work.  "Off The Grid" is the first new Charlie Daniels Band album since 2007's "Deuces."  The Dylan tribute album will be released on April 1st.

 

Charlie Worsham Inspired By Berklee Summer Workshop

 

Charlie Worsham says as a teenager he was set on pursuing a civil engineering degree in college.  But the country singer explains that the summer before his senior year he attended a workshop at Berklee College of Music in Boston, which changed everything for him.

 

Charlie explains that he "fell in love" with how different Berklee, was with students from all over the world, and with being part of a music community.  Worsham adds that he might not have been the typical Berklee student, arriving with "a Martin guitar and three chords."  But Charlie says he was open to learning, and also had something to contribute.

 

Dan + Shay's Dan Recalls One Of His Odd Jobs

 

Dan Smyers, one half of the new country duo Dan + Shay, says he took other jobs to support himself when he relocated to Nashville.  The singer tells "Country Weekly" he signed on to test products with a number of different research groups, which sometimes paid the rent and put food on the table as well.  He recalls when he went in to test pizzas, instead of just taking a small sample bite he'd "be eating the whole piece of pizza and taking home the leftovers" so he'd have something to eat for the next few days.  Dan adds that another time he was testing out t-shirts, and when researchers asked him how he felt in a particular shirt, he responded by saying "20-dollars richer?"

 

Dan + Shay, which also features Shay Mooney, are now making their way up the country charts with their first single "19 You + Me."  The song is on their self-titled debut album, which will arrive on April 1st.

 

Country TV Today And Tonight

 

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) Eric Church is a guest.

 

Today In Country Music History

 

Today in 1978, Ronnie Milsap's album "It Was Almost Like A Song" was certified Gold.

 Today in 1979, Eddie Rabbitt topped the country singles chart with "Every Which Way But Loose."

 

Today in 1984, Alabama topped the country charts with "Roll On (18 Wheeler)."

 

Today in 1986, "The Highwayman" album by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson was certified Gold.

 

Today in 1986, Reba McEntire's album "Whoever's In New England" was released.

 

Today in 1987, Randy Travis' first album "Storms of Life" was certified Platinum.

 

Today in 1995, Patty Loveless hit number one with the single "Here I Am."

 

Today in 1998, Sammy Kershaw earned a Gold certification for his album "Labor of Love."

 

Today in 2000, the book "The Great Canadian Book of Lists" dubbed Shania Twain as "Canada's Sexiest Woman."

 

Today in 2000, Reba McEntire's video for "We're All Alone," her duet with Jose y Durval, topped the charts on CMT Brazil.  The song is from Reba's album "So Good Together."

 

Today in 2002, it was "Joe Diffie First Steps Day" in Nashville.

 

Today in 2004, Randy Travis, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Billy Ray Cyrus were among the nominees named for the upcoming gospel music Dove Awards.

 

Today in 2007, Dierks Bentley performed at NASCAR's annual Budweiser Shootout in  Daytona, Florida.

 

Today in 2007, Keith Urban made his debut on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."  It was his first U.S. TV appearances since completing treatment at the Betty Ford Center a month earlier.

 

Today in 2008, Brad Paisley earned his first GRAMMY Award, getting the Best Country Instrumental Performance nod for "Throttleneck," from his album "5th Gear."  Other country winners included Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, and Willie Nelson.

 

Today in 2008, Filming began on Toby Keith's second movie, "Beer for My Horses," with shooting taking place in Santa Fe and several other northern New Mexican communities.

 

Today in 2009, Dolly Parton was the featured guest at the National Press Club's lunch speaker series.  In her address the singer discussed her then-new children's book, "I Am A Rainbow," her then-upcoming Broadway musical "9 to 5," and her childhood in the Smoky Mountains, as well as her efforts to support the region as the the International Ambassador of the 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  She also performed two songs for the Washington, DC crowd, including her early hit "Coat of Many Colors."

 

Today in 2009, the Brooks & Dunn-Reba McEntire digital single "Cowgirls Don't Cry" was released along with several albums including Emmylou Harris' "I've Always Needed You," Michael Martin Murphey's "Buckaroo Blue Grass," Ray Stevens' "Ray Stevens Sings Sinatra...Say What?," Tim McGraw's three-disc box set "Greatest Hits: Limited Edition," Glen Campbell's "Greatest Hits," and the Charlie Daniels Band's "Million Mile Reflections 30th Anniversary Edition."

 

Today in 2010, Dailey & Vincent's album "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers" entered the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart at number one.  The album bowed onto the Billboard Country Albums chart at number 19, becoming the duo's first top 20 debut on that chart.

 

Today in 2012, the new trio The Farm made their Grand Ole Opry debut.

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