Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Blake Shelton Shares Keys To Success On "The Voice"


Blake Shelton says there are two keys to having a winning contestant on NBC's "The Voice."  Nashville's "Tennessean" says the country star, who has coached a singer to victory on the show in three of the past five seasons, primarily focuses on two things -- personality and performance.  Blake admits it's "really easy to over-think" what each artist's "path should be," and to try to "create this big shocking thing" for a singer to do to really stand out to the viewers.  But he feels such a tactic can backfire, and "really screw up" the singer's chances at winning.  Shelton says he's found the best advice he can give his singers are to "just be relentless when its their time to perform," and to let their personalities shine through.  He explains that viewers are naturally "going to gravitate towards" the singers they like both "as people" and "as vocalists."


Shelton and the show's other original coach, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, will join Shakira and Usher in their red swivel chairs to hear the latest crop of hopefuls and begin building their teams on the season six premiere of "The Voice."  The latest installment of the competition begins on NBC with a two-night premiere Monday and Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Blake Shelton Announces Dates For 2014 Tour


Blake Shelton is rolling out the dates for his upcoming trek.  The country star has announced 22 summer and fall dates for his "Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014," which is slated to begin in Austin, Texas on June 20th.  Stops include a July 19th concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago, as well as a show at New York's Madison Square Garden on August 1st.  Shelton is scheduled to wrap up the run in California with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl on October 4th.  Blake is touring behind his most recent release, "Based on a True Story..." which includes such chart-topping hits as "Boys 'Round Here" and "Mine Would Be You" along with his new single "Doin' What She Likes."  The Band Perry, Neal McCoy, and Dan + Shay are also on board as openers.


Blake Shelton "Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014" Dates


June 20 - Austin, Texas, at the austin360 Amphitheatre

June 21 - Dallas, Texas, at the Gexa Energy Pavilion

June 22 - Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Verizon Arena

July 19 - Chicago, Illinois, at Wrigley Field

August 1 - New York, New York, at Madison Square Garden

August 2 - Darien Center, New York, at the Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center

August 29 - Charlotte, North Carolina, at the PNC Music Pavilion

August 30 - Orlando, Florida, at the Amway Center

September 4 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Isleta Amphitheatre

September 5 - Phoenix, Arizona, at the Ak-Chin Amphitheatre

September 6 - San Diego, California, at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre

September 11 - Fresno, California, at the Save Mart Center at Fresno State

September 12 - Sacramento, California, at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre

September 13 - Mountain View, California, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre

September 18 - Spokane, Washington, at the Spokane Arena

September 19 - Tacoma, Washington, at the Tacoma Dome

September 20 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at Rogers Arena

September 25 - Boise, Idaho, at the Taco Bell Arena

September 26 - Salt Lake City, Utah, at the USANA Amphitheatre

September 27 - Denver, Colorado, at the Pepsi Arena

October 3 - Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center

October 4 - Los Angeles, California, at the Hollywood Bowl


Bellamy Brothers Play First Country Concerts In India, Sri Lanka


The Bellamy Brothers' David Bellamy says he knew the duo was logging a career first with their recent performances in India and Sri Lanka.  But the singer explains that it wasn't until he and his brother Howard arrived overseas that they learned they were the first country music act ever to perform in these countries.  The Bellamy Brothers played shows earlier this month in Mumbai and Verna, India as well as Colombo, Sri Lanka.  David adds that all three dates were sold out, and the duo is already receiving offers to return.


Howard Bellamy says they really enjoyed the shows.  He explains that their performance debut in India and Sri Lanka made him think back to when he and David launched their career, and "the excitement of a new experience."  The singer adds that it was "rejuvenating" to play in countries they've never visited before.  The Bellamy Brothers are now back on the road in the U.S., with shows coming up in Texas.


Trisha Yearwood Excited About Solo Tour, Brooks Tour


Trisha Yearwood says she's glad to be back on the road.  The country star recently launched her "Just Because" trek, which she put together simply because she wanted to go out and perform again for her fans.  But the singer tells Nashville's "Tennessean" she's really looking forward to joining husband Garth Brooks on his fall tour.  Trisha admits she's so excited about the upcoming trek she's "giddy," explaining that when they "get the chance to go out together, it will be the best of everything."


Yearwood launched her "Just Because" tour last week, and has concerts scheduled through mid-April.  Her next show is coming up in Lansing, Michigan on Thursday.  Brooks hasn't announced dates yet for his trek, but he does have a series of shows set for Ireland this summer.  "The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event" will take place at Dublin's Croke Park from July 25th through the 29th.  All five nights are sold out.


Lucy Hale Postpones Opry Debut


Lucy Hale is having to wait a little longer to log one milestone in her country music career.  The actress and singer was scheduled to make her Grand Ole Opry debut on last Friday's show, but illness forced her to cancel the appearance.  A new date for Lucy's first Opry performance hasn't been announced yet.  Hale is best known for the role of Aria Montgomery on the ABC series "Pretty Little Liars."  Lucy released her debut country single, "You Sound Good to Me," last month.  Her first album, "Road Between" is expected to arrive in stores on June 3rd.


"Private Lives Of Nashville Wives" Debuting Monday


"Private Lives of Nashville Wives" star Jenny Terrell says some people might have the wrong impression about the new reality series.


"Nashville Wives" also stars Betty Malo, who's married to The Mavericks' frontman Raul Malo; and Sarah Davidson, wife of award-winning songwriter Dallas Davidson.  They both see the series as a chance to step out from the shadows of their more famous husbands and promote their own work.  The show also follows Betty's twin sister Ana Fernandez; country singer Bryan White's wife, actress Erika Page White; and Christian singer Gary Chapman's wife Cassie Chapman.  "Private Lives of Nashville Wives" debuts on TNT Monday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.


Dierks Bentley Gets Feedback From U2's Bono


Dierks Bentley says he'd love to collaborate with U2 frontman Bono.  But for now the country star is satisfied just to get the rocker's feedback.  Dierks tells "Country Weekly" he struck up a friendship with Bono a few years ago at an event in Nashville.  He explains that as he worked on his new album, he asked Bono for his thought on the track "Here on Earth," which Dierks wrote about losing his father.  He says Bono praised the song.  Bentley adds that when Bono described the lyrics as reminiscent of a prayer, he was thrilled and amazed that Bono "totally gets it."  All of Dierks fans will get to hear the song soon.  "Riser" arrives in stores on Tuesday."


Mandy Barnett Recalls Origins Of Don Gibson Friendship


Mandy Barnett explains that her friendship with the late country legend Don Gibson stems from her covers of a couple of songs, including Gibson's "I'm Gonna Give Myself A Party," for her 1999 sophomore album.  The country singer says her versions caught Don's ear, and inspired him to make a surprise appearance at one of her shows.


Barnett is now honoring Gibson, who passed away in 2003, with the album "I Can't Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson."  She's called the project "a labor of love," and has said it was something Don had asked her to do.  Mandy's 12-track set includes such classics as "Oh Lonesome Me," "(Yes) I'm Hurting," and "Sweet Dreams" -- which was also a hit for Patsy Cline -- as well as the title track.  The album is available now exclusively from Cracker Barrel.


Linda Ronstadt's Rock Hall Inducted Marked With Duets Set


Linda Ronstadt has a collection of duets on the way.  The singer worked on the project with her manager for Rhino Records, which plans to release the 15-track set in conjunction with her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring.  Tracks include "Don't Know Much" and "All My Life," which she recorded with Aaron Neville, and her James Ingram duet "Somewhere Out There."  Songs sung with the Eagles' Don Henley, James Taylor, and Bette Midler, are included as well, along with collaborations with Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton, and others.  The collection also features one never before released song -- Pretty Bird," featuring Linda with Laurie Lewis.


"Linda Ronstadt Duets" will arrive in stores on April 8th, just a couple of days before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  Linda announced last year that she's battling Parkinson's, and that the disease has taken away her ability to sing.

Track List for "Linda Ronstadt Duets"


1. "Adieu False Heart" with Ann Savoy

2. "I Can't Get Over You" with Ann Savoy

3. "Walk Away Renee" with Ann Savoy

4. "The New Partner Waltz" with Carl Jackson

5. "I Never Will Marry" with Dolly Parton

6. "Pretty Bird" with Laurie Lewis*

7. "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)" with Emmylou Harris

8. "Hasten Down The Wind" with Don Henley

9.  "Prisoner In Disguise" with J.D. Souther

10.  "I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine" with James Taylor

11. "Don't Know Much" with Aaron Neville

12. "All My Life" with Aaron Neville

13. "Somewhere Out There" with James Ingram

14.  "Sisters" with Bette Midler

15. "Moonlight In Vermont" with Frank Sinatra


Country TV Tonight


THE VOICE (NBC) Blake Shelton is once again a coach as the competition series launches its sixth season.


PRIVATE LIVES OF NASHVILLE WIVES (TNT) The new reality series follows six Nashville-based women, including the wives of The Mavericks' Raul Malo, Bryan White, and songwriter Dallas Davidson.


Country Birthdays Include


Sammy Kershaw is 56.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1980, NBC premiered the TV movie "Harper Valley P.T.A.," which was based on Jeannie C. Riley's hit single.


Today in 1982, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, and the Oak Ridge Boys were the big winners at the 24th annual Grammy Awards.


Today in 1987, Reba McEntire won her first Grammy for "Whoever's In New England."  Other winners at the 29th annual Grammy Awards included the Judds and Ronnie Milsap.


Today in 1989, Rosanne Cash's album "Greatest Hits 1979 - 1989" was released.


Today in 1991, country legend Webb Pierce died.


Today in 1993, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, and the duo of Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart were the big winners at the 35th annual Grammy Awards.


Today in 1995, George Strait was number one on the country charts with "You Can't Make A Heart Love Somebody."


Today in 2004, the DVDs "The Best of Tracy Byrd" and "The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus" arrived in stores.


Today in 2004, Garth Brooks arrived in Surprise, Arizona to participate in spring training exercises with the Kansas City Royals.


Today in 2007, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby's episode of "CMT Crossroads" made its broadcast debut.


Today in 2008, Vince Gill and Amy Grant performed for a White House State Dinner gathering of the governors of the 50 states.  President Bush was also in attendance.


Today in 2008, the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines was among those attending the "InStyle" Oscar viewing party.


Today in 2009, Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel performed the first of two shows at the Earth Bio-Willie Theater in Carl's Corner, Texas.  The concerts were part of the Willie's World 5th Annual Grand Opening celebrations.


Today in 2009, Vince Gill played the last of his 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, new releases included Jake Owen's CD "Easy Does It," along with "Volume 7" and "Volume 8" of the DVD series "The Best of the Flatt and Scruggs TV Show."


Today in 2010, Darius Rucker performed a special concert for men and women of the military at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System's VA Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The show was in conjunction with Musicians On Call.


Today in 2010, Trace Adkins received the Country Radio Broadcasters' Artist Humanitarian award at a Country Radio Seminar event in Nashville.  The singer was recognized for his efforts in supporting the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, the Animal Rescue Foundation, and various military and veterans organizations.  In addition, the final installment of the Trace Adkins-inspired comic book series "Luke McBain" arrived in stores.


Today in 2011, Gloriana was among the performers at "The Motown Sound: In Performance At The White House" concert.


Today in 2012, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Sunny Sweeney, and Eli Young Band performed at the Country Radio Seminar's New Faces of Country Music Show in NashvilleThompson Square was expected to appear as well, but dropped out of the lineup following the death of Shawna Thompson's father the day before the concert.


Today in 2013, the Zac Brown Band played the pre-race concert prior to the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida.


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