Nashville NEws and Notes for MONDAY

Brad Paisley To Play Both Inaugural Balls Monday Night


Brad Paisley is set to perform for the president twice tonight.  The country star has been tapped to entertain at both of the official inaugural balls taking place in Washington, DC Monday night.  Brad is reportedly on board for the Commander-In-Chief's Ball, along with Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, and Marc Anthony.  That event honors members of the military, and will be streaming online at starting at 7:25 p.m. Eastern.  Paisley, Keys, and all of Soundgarden are also in the lineup for The Inaugural Ball, along with Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Katy Perry, fun., John Legend, and others.  Other parties are taking place in conjunction with the inauguration, but these are the only official galas for the event.


The inaugural balls will follow President Obama's second swearing-in ceremony Monday afternoon, which will include performances from Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor, and Beyonce.  Obama officially took the oath of office to formally launch his second term in a small ceremony on Sunday, in accordance with the Constitution's designation of January 20th as the official start of the presidential term.


Jason Aldean Sells Out Madison Square Garden In Under Ten Minutes



Jason Aldean will be performing to a packed house when he hits New York's Madison Square Garden.  Tickets for the country star's show on March 2nd went on sale last Friday, and were gone in less than ten minutes.  Jason says he's thrilled and amazed to see the date sell out so quickly, because Madison Square Garden is "one of those places every artist dreams of playing."  He adds that he believes people "underestimate country music's popularity in New York City," and he "can't wait" to entertain his fans in the Big Apple.  The Madison Square Garden concert will be the sixth show of Aldean's "Night Train" tour, which begins in Bossier City, Louisiana on February 21st.  Jason will also perform in Lafayette, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi, and play a two-night stand in Uncasville, Connecticut before arriving in New York City.


Luke Bryan Hoping Fans Will Just Let Go At His Shows


Luke Bryan says he's working hard to really entertain his audience on his first headlining tour.  But the country star adds that it's not tough for him to put himself in their shoes.


Luke adds that his goal is to create an environment in which his fans can get wrapped up in the music and "not really care who's looking."  Bryan just launched his "Dirt Road Diaries Tour" last week.  Enthusiasm is high for the outing, which was completely sold out and extended before Luke played his first show.  Luke's next stops are in Florida, with shows in Estero on Friday and Orlando on Saturday.  Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line are the openers.


Rascal Flatts Postpones More Shows; Sets Make-Good Dates


Rascal Flatts anticipates being in action later this week.  But illness has forced the group to change more dates on their "Changed Tour 2013."  After initially just postponing last Thursday's show in Sioux City, Iowa, they later scrapped Friday's planned concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Saturday's appearance in Wichita, Kansas.  The band hasn't offered up any details regarding who is sick or what that person is suffering from.  But they have already rescheduled the shows.  The new date for Sioux City is August 18th.  Rascal Flatts will play their make-good in Tulsa on August 10th and be in Wichita on August 9th.  The original tickets will be honored at all the new dates, and The Band Perry, who's the opener on the tour, will also appear at the shows.  Rascal Flatts is scheduled to resume their tour with a concert Thursday in Spokane, Washington.


Craig Morgan Gets Humanitarian Honor At Golden Moose Awards


Craig Morgan didn't take any of the categories in which he was nominated at last week's Golden Moose Awards.  But the country star still left the event a winner.  Craig was honored with the Golden Moose Humanitarian Award, in recognition of his work with the Folds of Honor Foundation.  The charity provides assistance to the families of military members killed or wounded while in the service.  Morgan also took part in the Outdoor Channel's event, contributing a performance of the song "What Matters Most."  But Craig wasn't the only country star at the event.  Big & Rich were also there.  They closed out the ceremony with their hit "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)."  The 13th annual Golden Moose Awards took place in Las Vegas Thursday night.


The singer had five nominations in three fan-voted awards with his Outdoor Channel series "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors" and the show "Total Outdoorsman Challenge," which Craig began hosting last fall.  Both shows were up for Fan Favorite Best Overall Series, but the honor went to "Buck Commander Protected by Under Armour."  He was also up for Fan Favorite Best Host for each show, but Ted Nugent got the nod for his series "Ted Nugent: Spirit of the Wild."  Meanwhile, "All Access Outdoors" was among the hopefuls in the Fan Favorite Best Hunting Series, which went to "Bone Collector."


Taylor Swift, Michael J. Fox "Good" Following Fox's Dating Comments


Taylor Swift says there's no bad blood between her and Michael J. Fox.  A mini-drama between them began last week, after Fox told he'd rather not see Swift temporarily become part of his family.  The actor admitted he doesn't keep up with the celebrity gossip scene, so if his son Sam brought Taylor home for dinner he "wouldn't even know who she was."  Michael said he'd probably realize who had been at his table only after the relationship was over, and he heard a song Taylor wrote about his son on the radio.  Fox also seemed to have little respect for the way Swift has managed to "build a career" by writing "songs about everybody she goes out with."


But Swift says all is well between the two of them.  She tweeted last Friday, quote, "Hey everybody, Michael J. Fox got in touch with me today and we are good."  The Swift-Fox ordeal was sparked at the recent Golden Globe Awards by host Tina Fey, who poked fun at Swift's dating patterns by jokingly cautioning her to "stay away from Michael J. Fox's son."  Swift was a nominee at the event, while Sam Fox was a presenter.  


Carrie Underwood Doesn't Appreciate Media Calling Husband "Mr. Underwood"


Carrie Underwood says she doesn't appreciate people calling her husband Mike Fisher "Mr. Underwood."  The country star tells "Allure" magazine that the moniker began to crop up in the media a couple of years ago, when Mike was traded to the Nashville Predators.  Prior to that, the Canadian-born hockey player had spent his entire career with the Ottawa Senators.  Carrie says the first time she saw Mike referred to as "Mr. Underwood," it made her "feel awful."  She also doesn't think it's very fair, given the time and effort Mike has put into his career and making a name for himself.  However, Underwood adds that she and Mike have a solid marriage, and she has a great deal of faith in him.  She admits that they've both "seen a lot of celebrities, professional athletes, not exactly always being on their best behavior away from girlfriends, wives, families."  But Carrie says she's "never had to worry about him," and she's "never trusted anybody so completely."


Both Carrie and Mike will be spending time apart in the coming months.  The belated hockey season just began over the weekend, so Fisher will be hitting the road for away games.  Meanwhile, Underwood will resume her "Blown Away" tour in February.


Gary Allan Excited, Anxious About New Album's Release


Gary Allan admits he's both excited and a bit nervous about this week's arrival of his new album, "Set You Free."  The country singer explains that he never gets feedback from others while he works on a record, and consequently he never knows just how the material is going to be received.


Allan adds that he's very proud of "Set You Free," and he's curious to see what tracks the fans "gravitate towards."  His audience has really been drawn to the song "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)."  The track has become the fastest rising single of Gary's career, its success prompted his label to rush the release of the album.  "Set You Free" will be in stores on Tuesday, after originally being slated for a spring release.


Carrie Underwood Excited About "The Sound Of Music"


Carrie Underwood says she's really looking forward to taking on the role of Maria von Trapp in a remake of "The Sound of Music."  But the country star doesn't expect to just coast through the project.


Underwood admits that she's a big fan of musicals in general, so it's particularly thrilling to "be a part of one of the greatest musicals of all time."  She adds that she's really looking forward to bringing "The Sound of Music" to "a whole new generation."  So far Underwood is the only announced cast member for the upcoming NBC live TV special, which is expected to air in December.



Country Birthdays Include


Mac Davis is 71.

Phil Stacey is 35.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1957, Patsy Cline got her big break when she performed on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts."  She sang "Walking After Midnight" and was signed to a recording contract by Decca Records a few weeks later.  "Walking After Midnight" went on to become her first hit.


Today in 1970, ABC-TV aired "The Johnny Cash Show," showing it during the network's regular season.  Previously, it had been a summer replacement.


Today in 1978, RCA recording artist Ronnie Milsap topped the "Billboard" country chart with "What a Difference You've Made in My Life."


Today in 1983, the "Strong Stuff" album by Hank Williams Jr. was released.


Today in 1987, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins were among the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Today in 1994, Clay Walker hit number one on the country charts with the single "Live Until I Die."


Today in 1996, Wynonna married Arch Kelley, who's the father of her children, in a Nashville church.  The couple has since divorced.


Today in 1997, "Colonel" Tom Parker -- Elvis Presley's manager who was credited with turning the singer into the King of Rock 'n' Roll -- died the day after suffering a stroke.  He was 87.


Today in 2000, Faith Hill's single "Breathe" topped the "Billboard" Country Singles chart for the sixth consecutive week.


Today in 2000, Garth Brooks' album sales totaled an astounding 99-million.


Today in 2004, Vince Gill announced that he wasn't going to return as the host of the Country Music Association Awards show, after serving 12 consecutive years at the helm of the event.


Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney launched his "Keg in the Closet" tour of college towns in the southeastern U.S. with a show at the University of Florida in Gainsville.


Today in 2004, Chris Cagle revealed that he was battling throat problems and would have to rest his voice for at least two months.  His condition forced him to cancel an appearance at the Super Bowl and to drop out of the Rascal Flatts "I Melt Tour."


Today in 2005, Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee underwent rotator cuff surgery to repair damage to her right shoulder.  Doctors said they believed the injury might have been caused by holding a microphone for five decades.


Today in 2005, Trace Adkins, Terri Clark, Bill Anderson, and Little Jimmy Dickens participated in the eight-day Grand Ole Opry Caribbean Cruise, which set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida.


Today in 2007, Sara Evans performed with Tony Dovolani on the "Dancing with the Stars" tour stop in Nashville.  The singer had been part of the show's previous season, but dropped out after filing for divorce.  It was the only date on the "Dancing" trek in which Evans participated.


Today in 2007, Jo Dee Messina headlined the festivities following Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen's second inauguration in Nashville, performing at the governor's Pioneer Ball at the Wildhorse Saloon.


Today in 2007, Earl Scruggs was honored in Nashville with a surprise party celebrating his 83rd birthday, which was earlier in the month.  His sons Gary and Randy Scruggs and friends Travis Tritt, John Anderson, Emmylou Harris, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band members Jeff Hanna and Jimmy Ibbotson, and Tom T. Hall were among those who gathered at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the special occasion.


Today in 2012, Lee Brice and his band escaped injury when their tour bus caught fire asthey were arriving in Mesa, Arizona for a show.


Today in 2012, Emmylou Harris marked her 20th anniversary as an Opry member with a special show, featuring Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin, and others.


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