Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Dolly Parton's "Big Interview" Airs On AXS TV Monday Night


Dolly Parton is featured on Monday's edition of AXS TV's "The Big Interview."  For the hour-long show, the country superstar discusses her life and career with TV news legend Dan Rather.  In a preview of the show, Dolly jokes that she'll do whatever it takes to maintain her looks.  But she adds that her attitude has a lot to do with it as well.


Parton taped the interview in Tennessee at her "Dollywood" theme park, which is another topic of conversation.  She also discusses her acting career, music, and charitable efforts.  Dolly's "Big Interview" debuts on AXS Monday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 5:00 p.m. Pacific.  The episode will air again on May 12th in conjunction with the release of Dolly's new album, "Blue Smoke," which will be in stores on May 13th.


Reba McEntire Hosts Muhammad Ali's Annual Charity Event


Reba McEntire is once again throwing her support behind Muhammad Ali's annual Celebrity Fight Night.  "USA Today" says the country singer served as the emcee for this year's event, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona Saturday night.  She also brought in a million dollars for the cause with her auction donation of a dinner with her at her home.  Two separate bidders each shelled out 500-thousand dollars for the prize.  Other country stars took part in the event as well.  The Band Perry and Kenny Rogers both performed at the fundraiser.  Reba sang as well, joining Kenny for the duet "Islands in the Stream."  The  Celebrity Fight Night fundraiser supports the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix along with more than a dozen other charities.


Lady Antebellum Tweets About Missed Alabama Concert


Lady Antebellum is extending their concerns to their fans in Alabama.  The country trio was forced to postpone their concert Saturday in Birmingham after heavy rains caused flooding that damaged the venue where they were to perform.  In a Twitter post Saturday band members said they "hate to not be playing" the show.  They add that they "pray y'all stay safe and hope the flood recovery goes smoothly."  Lady A has already scheduled the make-good date for May 3rd.


Martina McBride Maintains Her Sound On "Everlasting"


Martina McBride admits "Everlasting" isn't really a country album.  The singer tells "CMT Hot 20 Countdown" the disc features "a different kind of music," but she doesn't "sound like a totally different person."  She explains that as always, she did her best at "interpreting the lyrics and feeling it and making it as emotional and heartfelt" as she could.  But Martina says one track was particularly challenging for her.  She recorded her version of Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" with the song's writer in the studio.  McBride admits that was a little intimidating, especially since "he's heard Aretha sing it."  "Everlasting" is in stores now.


Eric Church "Honest" About Fame, Social Media, Other Stars


Eric Church admits he's glad he's able to record albums and play shows, because that's where his passion lies.  The country star tells "Spin" magazine he hates the other aspects of his career, like "the fame part" and "getting recognized" and dealing with the press, and he just wants "to make music."  Church adds that he's "been very honest with the fans" about his aversion to Twitter, Facebook, and other forms of social media.  He says the music and live show are "what you're gonna get" from him, and what he's "gonna focus on."


Church also says he's not out to make nice with every other music star.  He admits he doesn't "like everybody," even though such an attitude is "not popular in country music."  But Eric says it's honest.  He also believes it's "normal" and "real," explaining that a person can go to "any industry...any family, or go anywhere," and it's doubtful they'll "like everybody."  He adds that he's not trying to please everyone with his music.  Church says some people hate his latest album, "The Outsiders," but others love it.


Oak Ridge Boys' Live Album Arriving This Week


The Oak Ridge Boys are finally ready to release a live album.  Band member Duane Allen says fans have been asking the group for a concert disc, because the songs don't sound the same performed live.  The country star explains that the difference has to do with the concert experience.


And Allen says he believes they've done a good job of capturing that vibe on their album.  He calls "Boys Night Out" a "good representation" of an Oak Ridge Boys concert, explaining that they give a "high energy" performance that's "right in your face."  "Boys Night Out" features renditions of 14 hits and fan favorites including the group's signature hits "Elvira" and "Bobbie Sue."  The album will be in stores Tuesday.


Josh Turner Sees Book As Opportunity To Share More


Josh Turner says he's glad he's had an opportunity to write a book.  The country star explains that it's giving him an outlet to share things with his fans that he otherwise couldn't really say.


Josh adds that he's never felt comfortable deviating from the music when he's performing live, and with songwriting he's limited in what he can say and how he can say it.  But the singer explains that his book provides him a way to "just really open up" about his experiences and what he's learned from them.  Turner's "Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood" will be in stores on April 29th.


Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus Excited To Bring Daughter On Tour


Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus will have a family member with him when the group hits the road this spring.  The country star admits he's excited about bringing his three-year-old daughter Madeline on the band's next tour, and letting her see him in action.

Rascal Flatts will officially launch their "Rewind" trek in St. Louis, Missouri on May 16th.  Sheryl Crow and Gloriana are also on board for the shows.  The tour is in support of the group's new album, "Rewind," which will be released on May 13th -- just a few days before their trek begins.


Brantley Gilbert Reveals His Biggest Fears


Brantley Gilbert says there isn't much that really rattles him.  But the country star admits he's not completely fearless.


Gilbert is currently headlining his "Let It Ride Tour."  His next stop is coming up in Macon, Georgia on Thursday.  The singer's new album, "Just As I Am," will be in stores on May 19th.  The disc features Brantley's latest hit, "Bottoms Up."


Country TV Tonight


THE BIG INTERVIEW (AXS) Dolly Parton is featured.


Country Birthdays Include


Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn is 82.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1979, the "Classics" album by Kenny Rogers & Dottie West was released.


Today in 1983, Kenny Rogers' album "We've Got Tonight" was certified Gold.


Today in 1986, the video "Alabama's Greatest Video Hits" was certified Gold.


Today in 1992, the single "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus was released.


Today in 1995, Alabama hit number one with "Give Me One More Shot."


Today in 1997, Pam Tillis released her single "All the Good Ones Are Gone."


Today in 1998, Shania Twain was among the performers at a special benefit concert in New York City for "VH1 Save The Music."


Today in 1999, the body of Tammy Wynette was exhumed and an autopsy performed in Nashville at the request of her husband, George Richey.


Today in 2000, Brad Paisley was named International Rising Star at the HMV British Country Music Awards.  Other prizes went to Reba McEntire, who was dubbed the International Female Vocalist for the second consecutive year, and the Dixie Chicks, who scored trophies in the International Group/Duo and International Album categories.  George Jones snagged an award for International Male Vocalist while Dolly Parton won for International Independent Artist.  Alison Krauss & Union Station garnered their 7th consecutive win as International Bluegrass Group.


Today in 2002, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, and Lyle Lovett were among the artists saluting Willie Nelson at a special concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.


Today in 2004, Dolly Parton was honored as a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, and Trace Adkins were the big winners at the CMT Music Awards.  Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, and Brad Paisley also took awards, along with country-rock duets by Bon Jovi and LeAnn Rimes and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.


Today in 2008, Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery and his wife, Tracy, were honored for their charitable efforts on behalf of the Danville, Kentucky fire department's Christmas Toy Drive.  Danville is the singer's hometown.


Today in 2008, the inaugural series "Can You Duet?," featuring Naomi Judd as a judge, began on CMT.  Joey + Rory took third place in the competition, which helped them launch their career.


Today in 2009, LeAnn Rimes' book "What I Cannot Change" arrived in stores.


Today in 2010, Kenny Chesney attended a special advanced screening of his concert film "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D" in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee.


Today in 2010, Garth Brooks was in Washington, DC for Grammys on the Hill, a music advocacy and awards event.


Today in 2010, Lyric Street Records announced that the label was closing.  Rascal Flatts was among the acts with the company.


Today in 2011, Jason Aldean joined Kelly Clarkson to perform their chart-topping collaboration "Don't You Wanna Stay" on "American Idol."


Today in 2012, Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and his girlfriend, Kelli Cashiola, were married with a ceremony at the Front Porch Farms in Ashland City, Tennessee.  Lady A's Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott were among those on hand to celebrate with their bandmate and his new bride.


Today in 2012, Trisha Yearwood launched her cooking show, "Trisha's Southern Kitchen," on the Food Network.


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