Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Mel Tillis Released From Hospital

 

Mel Tillis is back home.  The Country Music Hall of Famer's daughter, singer Pam Tillis, announced in a Facebook post that her father was released from the hospital on Friday.  She says Mel "did great and is feeling good."  She adds that her 81-year-old dad "means the world" to her, and she's "so happy to have him" in her life.  Mel spent last week in the hospital after undergoing what was described as a "routine heart procedure" at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville on March 9th.

 

Florida Georgia Line, Nelly Teaming Up For Summer Tour

 

Florida Georgia Line will be hitting the road with their "Cruise" collaborator.  The country duo has tapped Nelly to join them on their "This Is How We Roll Summer Series 2014" tour, in which they'll perform at baseball parks throughout the country.  Country singer Chris Lane has been tapped to open the shows.  The trek is slated to begin at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas on May 30th.  Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley explains that the tour was inspired by the duo's performance at the ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky last year, which he says was "an epic night."  The duo's Tyler Hubbard adds that "having Nelly and Chris along for the ride is going to make for one big, outdoor party."

 

In addition to their tour with Nelly, Florida Georgia Line will also open shows on Jason Aldean's tour this spring and summer.  Next month they'll take their "Here's To The Good Times Tour" to Canada and Hawaii.  The duo is slated to play the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas this Wednesday.

 

Florida Georgia Line and Nelly's "This Is How We Roll Summer Series 2014 Tour" dates

 

May 30 - Springdale, Arkansas, at Arvest Ballpark

May 31 - Pearl, Mississippi, at Trustmark Park

June 1 - Tab, Indiana, venue TBA

June 12 - Charleston, South Carolina, at Joseph P. RIley Jr. Park

June 13 - Augusta, Georgia, at Lake Olmstead Stadium

June 14 - Neilsville, Wisconsin, venue TBA

June 19 - Fort Wayne, Indiana, at Parkview Field

June 20 - Bowling Green, Kentucky, at Bowling Green Ballpark

June 22 - Asheville, North Carolina, at McCormick Field

 

More Stars Added To ACM Awards Lineup

 

Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, and Toby Keith are the latest stars to sign on for next month's Academy of Country Music Awards.  They're all on board as performers for the upcoming event.  Lady A will team up with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks for the ceremony.  They previously teamed up last year for an episode of "CMT Crossroads."  Lady A is also among the nominees.  The country trio is up for three awards including Vocal Group of the Year.  Others already confirmed for the show include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and Florida Georgia Line.  Keith Urban, The Band Perry, and George Strait are also part of the lineup.  Hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will perform as well, while more artists are expected to be added to the show.  The 49th annual ACM Awards will be presented in Las Vegas, and air on CBS on April 6th.

 

Performers Confirmed For AMC Party For A Cause Festival

 

The lineups are set for the Academy of Country Music's Party for a Cause Festival.  Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope, and Danielle Bradbery have all been added to the first day of the two-day event.  They're joining headliner Rascal Flatts and previously announced performers Thomas Rhett and The Cadillac Three as the show's Main Stage performers, while Chase Rice, Charlie Worsham, and Will Hoge will get things started on the Party Stage.  Meanwhile, Tyler Farr, Love And Theft, and Parmalee are among the Main Stage additions for the event's second day, which features a total of ten performers including Jerrod Niemann, Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge and headliner Keith Urban.  Niemann also leads the lineup for the ACM After Hours show on the Party Stage.

 

The ACM Party for a Cause Festival supports Outnumber Hunger, the Folds of Honor Foundation, and other military-related organizations.  The charity event will take place at the LINQ in Las Vegas on April 4th and 5th, in conjunction with the 49th annual ACM Awards on April 6th.

 

ACM Party for a Cause Festival Lineup

 

Friday, April 4, 2014 - "Outnumber Hunger Live!"

 

Party Stage

 

Will Hoge

Charlie Worsham

Chase Rice

 

Main Stage

 

The Cadillac Three

Danielle Bradbery

Cassadee Pope

Thomas Rhett

Justin Moore

Florida Georgia Line

Rascal Flatts

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Presented by ACM Lifting Lives in support of military-related charities

 

Party Stage

 

Austin Webb

Leah Turner

Jon Pardi

Max Impact

Joel Crouse

Dan + Shay

 

Main Stage

 

Love and Theft

Parmalee

Tyler Farr

Brett Eldredge

Kip Moore

Lee Brice

Jerrod Niemann

Joe Nichols

Chris Young

Keith Urban

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - ACM After Hours with Jerrod Niemann & Friends (Party Stage)

 

Jerrod Niemann

American Young

Natalie Stovall and The Drive

The Swon Brothers

Tyler Farr

 

David Nail Hopes Latest Single Grows On Listeners

 

David Nail describes his latest single as "sneaky great."  The country star explains that "Kiss You Tonight" isn't "a barn burner" but just subtly grabs a listener's ear -- and doesn't let go.

 

"Kiss You Tonight" is the second single from David's latest release, "I'm A Fire."  It's the follow up to his chart-topping hit "Whatever She's Got."  The singer has been on the road supporting his new album.  His next show is coming up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Thursday.

 

Gary Allan Discusses Video To Latest Single

 

Gary Allan says he's pleased with the video for his latest single, "It's Ain't The Whiskey."  The country star explains that he particularly likes the surprising turn in the clip's storyline.

Gary adds that he thinks the video "just really fit the song."  The singer explains that "It Ain't The Whiskey" is a powerful track he'd been performing before he put it on an album.   He shot the clip at an actual church in Nashville, and says it just might be the favorite of all the videos he's ever made.  "It Ain't The Whiskey" is from Gary's latest album, "Set You Free."

 

Band Perry Members Don't Argue Over Big Issues

 

The Band Perry's Kimberly, Neil, and Reid Perry say they get along really well.  But Reid admits things between him and his siblings aren't always perfect all the time.

 

Kimberly adds that they just got a Nespresso machine on their tour bus, and says there might be "some fireworks" if someone uses the last coffee packet.  But she agrees that arguments "never" happen "over the important things" concerning their lives and career.  The Band Perry have been on the road supporting their latest album, "Pioneer."  The group just released "Chainsaw," the fourth single from the disc.

 

Josh Turner Reflects On Playing Opry House Anniversary Show

 

Josh Turner admits that "in some ways it's weird to go out and play the 40th anniversary of a building."  But the country star tells Nashville's "Tennessean" he also finds "some symbolism" to it -- especially since the honored building is the Grand Ole Opry House.  Josh says his father used to tell him stories about the family coming together on Saturday nights to listen to the Opry -- which took up residence at the Opry House three years before the singer was born.  He adds that the anniversary makes him think about "all of the stars and personalities that have set foot on that stage and entertained crowds" over the years.

 

Turner joined Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Clint Black, Diamond Rio, and many others for last Saturday's show honoring 40 years of the Grand Ole Opry House.  The special event also featured Bill Anderson and Jeannie Seely -- two stars who were there for the first show from the Grand Ole Opry House on March 16th, 1974.

 

SXSW: Nelson Plays iTunes Fest With Urban, Hosts Another Concert

 

Willie Nelson might be six weeks away from his 81st birthday, but he's showing no signs of slowing down.  The country legend was among the many performers at South By Southwest in Austin Texas last week.  Billboard.com says Willie took his band through a 15-song set in just 45 minutes at the iTunes Music Festival Saturday night, performing a mix of hits and classics such as "On The Road Again," "Crazy," and "Beer For My Horses" in advance of Keith Urban's energetic headlining set.  Urban, by comparison played 17 songs in a 90-minute performance.  He also delivered a hit-filled show, playing favorites like "Sweet Thing," "Long Hot Summer," and "Better Life" along with the new tunes "Even the Stars Fall 4 U" and "Good Thing."  And Keith literally brought his music to the fans, performing a couple of songs from the Moody Theater's main floor and ending his show in the mezzanine.

 

But the iTunes show was just one of two South By Southwest shows for Willie.  "Country Weekly" says Nelson hosted a "surprise" concert at his ranch just outside of Austin Thursday night.  In his headlining set Willie performed some of the same songs he played at iTunes, including "Whiskey River" and "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die," while son Lukas took the lead for a cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood."  Willie's show also included tributes to Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Sr., while Billy Joe Shaver made a guest appearance.  In addition to Nelson, the invited audience was treated to sets from Shovels & Rope, the Felice Brothers, Nikki Lane, and others.

 

Country Birthdays Include

 

Paul Overstreet is 59.

 

Today In Country Music History

 

Today in 1972, a 13-year-old Tanya Tucker entered a studio to record her first hit, "Delta Dawn."

 

Today in 1986, the "Lost In The Fifties" album by Ronnie Milsap was released.

 

Today in 1989, Keith Whitley hit number one on the "Radio & Records" country chart with "I'm No Stranger to the Rain."

 

Today in 1992, Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire were among the winners at the 18th Annual People's Choice Awards, taking home trophies in the Favorite Male and Female Country Music Performer categories.  They also trumped their pop counterparts in capturing the awards for overall Favorite Male and Female Musical Performer.

 

Today in 1995, Suzy Bogguss and her husband, Doug Crider, became parents to son Ben.

 

Today in 1995, Clay Walker topped the country charts with "This Woman and This Man."

 

Today in 1997, filming began on the first motion picture ever shot inside of Elvis Presley's Graceland.  "Finding Graceland" starred Harvey Keitel as a man claiming to be Elvis and Bridget Fonda as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator.

 

Today in 1998, Jo Dee Messina released her second album, "I'm Alright."

 

Today in 1998, Doubleday announced it was canceling LeAnn Rimes' two-book deal, which was reportedly worth two-million-dollars. They made the decision after LeAnn's book "Holiday In Your Heart" failed to sell as well as expected.

 

Today in 1998, Shania Twain announced plans for her first world tour.

 

Today in 2000, Shania Twain's "Come On Over" was certified for sales of 17-million in the U.S., making it the best-selling solo album by a female artist.

 

Today in 2002, Vince Gill was elected president of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  He succeeded Marty Stuart, who enjoyed six consecutive terms as president.

 

Today in 2003, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines apologized to President George Bush for comments she made a week earlier in London, including saying she was ashamed she and Bush shared Texas as a home state.

 

Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney performed at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, setting a new attendance record with 70-thousand-668 tickets sold for the show.

 

Today in 2004, Brett Warren and his wife, Raquel, welcomed Angeli Nicole Warren to their family.

 

Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney climbed to number one on the "Radio & Records" country chart with "Living in Fast Forward."

 

Today in 2007, Loretta Lynn received an honorary doctorate from Boston's Berklee College of Music in recognition of her contributions to contemporary music and for using her songs to tackle real-life situations faced by many women.  The presentation was made on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, where Lynn performed that evening.

 

Today in 2008, two former Dallas policemen accused of assaulting Steve Holy and Holy's friend the previous December were indicted on felony charges.  Both were facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, while one of the ex-officers was also charged with kidnapping.

 

Today in 2008, Steve Azar took part in Gino Torretta's Celebrity Golf and Gourmet Weekend, golfing for charity at the Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation, Florida.

 

Today in 2009, Willie Nelson cancelled his show in Clearwater, Florida, along with his next five consecutive nights of concerts, reportedly due to "illness."  Shows in Melbourne and Panama City, Florida; Choctaw, Mississippi; Marksville, Louisiana; and Springdale, Arkansas were affected.

 

Today in 2009, Jewel took the "Dancing With the Stars" stage -- to sing.  Leg injuries forced her to drop out of the competition before the show launched, but she was regularly on hand to support husband Ty Murray -- who was still a contender -- and on this night she also promoted her then-upcoming CD "Lullaby" with a performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

 

Today in 2009, Randy Travis was the guest mentor for "American Idol" finalists for the show's "Grand Ole Opry Week."  In addition, his CD "I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis" arrived in stores, while Brad Paisley's single "Then," Rascal Flatts' song "Forever," and Alabama's Jeff Cook's solo CD "Ashes Won't Burn" were released digitally.

 

Today in 2010, Taylor Swift was honored for a number of her career accomplishments at an event in Nashville.  Her list of achievements included record sales of more than 13-million units and 25-million digital downloads.  In addition, her CD "Fearless" was the best-selling album in the U.S. in both 2008 and 2009, and is the only disc ever to be named Album of the Year by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and capture the same honors at the GRAMMY Awards and the American Music Awards.

 

Today in 2010, Larry Gatlin became a member of Fox Business Network's "America's Nightly Scoreboard" panel as a celebrity political analyst.

 

Today in 2011, Country Music Hall of Famer Ferlin Husky died at his daughter's home in Westmoreland, Tennessee.  He had been suffering from congestive heart failure.  Husky was 85.

 

Today in 2011, Kenny Chesney launched his "Goin' Coastal" tour in West Palm Beach, Florida, marking his official return to the concert circuit after taking a year off touring.

 

Today in 2011, the Zac Brown Band made their RodeoHouston debut.

 

Today in 2013, George Strait's appearance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which was part of his "Cowboy Rides Away" final tour, drew a record crowd of 80-thousand-28 people.

 

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