Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Glen Campbell's Wife Addresses Singer's Condition At Movie Premiere


Glen Campbell's wife admits the singer's Alzheimer's disease is progressing.  But Kim Campbell tells "Country Weekly" Glen is "doing pretty well, considering everything."  She explains that Glen "has trouble communicating," but is "happy and content and still has his sense of humor."  Campbell recently moved into an Alzheimer's care facility.  But Kim adds that she and other family members see him every day, and Glen still makes trips out to their Nashville home.  Kim joined Glen's children Ashley, Shannon, and Cal for the premiere of "Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me," which was screened at the Nashville Film Festival Friday night.


"Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me" features Glen on his final tour, which he staged as a farewell to fans after going public with his Alzheimer's diagnosis.  The documentary also includes footage of other stars, including Keith Urban and Bruce Springsteen, who reflect on Campbell's career and the influence he had on them.


Country Singer Kevin Sharp Dies At 43


Country singer Kevin Sharp has died.  A post on his website says he passed away Saturday night after suffering "ongoing complications" from previous stomach operations and digestive problems.  Kevin was 43.  The California-born performer began his recording career with 1996's "Measure of a Man."  His debut album featured the hit "Nobody Knows," which spent four weeks at number one on the chart.  Sharp also logged two other top ten hits in the late '90s -- "She Sure Is Taking It Well" and "If You Love Somebody."  His last release was the 2011 single, "Let Me Rock You to Sleep."  Sharp launched his career with the help of David Foster.  He met the legendary producer through the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a teenager, as he was battling cancer.  Kevin told his story in the 2004 book "Tragedy's Gift: Surviving Cancer."


During his final years Sharp made appearances throughout the U.S. as a motivational speaker, and served as a spokesman for Make-A-Wish.  Kevin's family is asking fans who want to honor him to make a donation to their local Make-A-Wish chapter.  Funeral arrangements haven't been announced.  A memorial service is being planned for Nashville.


Darius Rucker Featured On AXS TV's "The Big Interview"


Darius Rucker is featured on the latest edition of AXS TV's "The Big Interview."  In a preview of the episode, the singer discusses going from the pop-rock band Hootie and the Blowfish to becoming a solo country star.  Rucker explains that his transition was successful because it's genuine.


Rucker adds that he's been particular about the material he records.  He explains that country music these days includes a family focus, and he's had the most success with songs that are about "living just a regular great life with the people that you love."  Darius adds that he's always recorded country songs.  He says he's never wanted to "take pop songs and put fiddle on it and call it a country song."  Rucker will be featured on "The Big Interview" airing on AXS TV Monday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.


Kellie Pickler's Charity Auction Ending, "Nashville" Appearance Coming Up


There's not a lot of time left to place a bid on Kellie Pickler's Academy of Country Music Awards jewelry.  The singer is raising money for charity by auctioning off the Pandora charm bracelets she wore at the ceremony earlier this month.  The bracelets are worth two-thousand-dollars.  Bidding has surpassed that figure.  The auction at closes today at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.  The money raised will go to the Academy's charity, ACM Lifting Lives.


A charity event also provides the setting for Pickler's upcoming appearance on ABC's "Nashville."  The country star will portray herself on the show.  She'll be featured attending a charity event that Connie Britton's character, Rayna James, is hosting.  First Lady Michelle Obama will also appear on the episode, airing May 7th.


Tim McGraw Explains Strategy, Concept Behind Tour Prep


Tim McGraw says he's open to suggestions when he's putting together a tour.  The country star explains that in planning sessions he welcomes ideas from everyone -- including those not directly involved with the trek.


McGraw says his goal is to come up with something that will "energize" him and his band.  The singer explains that when they're on a tour that's exciting for them, that feeling "bleeds into the audience."  Tim will launch his "Sundown Heaven Town" tour next month.  The trek is scheduled to begin in Fresno, California on May 8th.


Chris Young Named Country Music's "Hottest Bachelor"


Chris Young is once again "Country's Hottest Bachelor."  The singer is getting the nod in the annual "Country Weekly" poll, capturing a title he's won before.  And the magazine says it's not surprising Young is taking the top spot on the list, given his "gotta-touch-it crop of chocolate waves, knee-weakening dimples and come-hither grin."  Dwight Yoakam, meanwhile, has earned the runner-up spot.  Gary Allan is landing at number three and Scotty McCreery has fourth place.  Meanwhile, singer-actor Christian Kane -- who's perhaps better known for the TV series "Leverage" than his music -- earned enough write-in votes to come in at number five.  A rundown on all the "hottest bachelors" is included in the current issue of "Country Weekly," on newsstands now.


"Country Weekly's" Top Ten "Hottest Bachelors" List


1. Chris Young

2. Dwight Yoakam

3. Gary Allan

4. Scotty McCreery

5. Christian Kane

6. Brantley Gilbert

7. Kip Moore

8. Jason Aldean

9. Easton Corbin

10. Casey James


Billy Currington's Latest Single Reminds Him Of His Youth


Billy Currington says his current single has a "young vibe" that makes him a bit nostalgic.  The country star explains that the song "We Are Tonight" inspires memories of his past.


Billy adds that he's glad "We Are Tonight" was released as a single.  He explains that the song has "amped up energy" he knew would go great at arena and stadium shows, and he definitely wanted to include it in his live set.  "We Are Tonight" is the title track to Currington's latest album.  The singer is on the road in support of the disc.  Billy's next appearance is set for the Toadlick Music Festival in Dothan, Alabama on Thursday.


Cassadee Pope Describes Her Relationship Style


Cassadee Pope says she's not one to just jump into relationships.  The country star explains that she tends to take things slowly after she meets someone new.


Cassadee says she believes it's important at the beginning of a relationship to set boundaries and get to know the other person, to make sure that person "is worth you completely exposing yourself emotionally."  But the singer admits there's a risk to being too cautious and aloof, because "you start to close yourself off from love."  Pope's latest single, "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart," tells a relationship story that's up to interpretation.  It could be about someone lamenting that their partner has all the power, or about someone wishing they could seek revenge after getting their heart broken.  The track is Cassadee's follow up to her debut hit, "Wasting All These Tears."


Randy Houser Enjoying His Career Friendships


Randy Houser says he didn't just launch a music career when he arrived in Nashville -- he also started some lasting friendships.  The country star tells he, Jerrod Niemann, and Lee Brice began "running together" years ago as they were each trying to get their careers off the ground, and now their relationship is "as strong as an old oak."  Randy explains that there's never been any "sense of competition" between them, and they've "always been supportive of each other."  Houser adds that he's on the road with friends on Justin Moore's "Off The Beaten Path" tour.  The singer says Justin has "been a buddy for a long time," while he and fellow opener Josh Thompson "have become good friends" over the course of the lengthy trek.  Randy's next show with Justin and Josh is coming up in Fort Smith, Arkansas on Thursday.



Country TV Tonight


THE BIG INTERVIEW (AXS) Darius Rucker is featured.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1956, Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" became his first number one single on the pop chart.  It stayed there for eight weeks.


Today in 1974, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner stopped performing together due to a feud between them that lasted until 1988.


Today in 1987, the "Hillbilly Deluxe" album by Dwight Yoakam was released.


Today in 1990, Amy Grant sued Marvel Comics over the company's use of her likeness without her permission.  Her image appeared in a "Dr. Strange" comic.


Today in 1992, the "Holding My Own" album by George Strait was released.


Today in 1995, Brooks and Dunn scored a number one hit with "Little Miss Honky Tonk."


Today in 1998, new album releases included George Strait's "One Step At A Time," Faith Hill's "Faith," and Steve Wariner's "Burnin' the Roadhouse Down."


Today in 1999, Brooks & Dunn debut their video "South of Santa Fe" while the website simultaneously streamed the clip.  It was the first time that a country video debuted simultaneously on TV and the Internet.


Today in 1999, Reba McEntire performed "Everybody's Talkin'," the theme from the movie "Midnight Cowboy," at an American Film Institute salute to Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman.


Today in 2000, Craig Morgan made his Opry debut.


Today in 2000, The movie "Family Tree" opened with Naomi Judd.  It was her first starring role.


Today in 2001, John Michael Montgomery made his Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 2004, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney were the big winners following the CMT 2004 Flameworthy Video Music Awards.


Today in 2006, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "Soul2Soul II" tour kicked off in Columbus, Ohio. It was the first time Faith had been on the road in six years.


Today in 2006, Chely Wright performed for Air Force personnel on a USO tour to David Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.


Today in 2007, Alan Jackson helped raise money for charity with The Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes' 6th Annual Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show and Alan Jackson Yard Sale in Brentwood, Tennessee.


Today in 2007, Blake Shelton launched his second annual Raindance charity event in Ada, Oklahoma. The four-day event included an archery tournament, team roping and a concert featuring Shelton with friends Steve Holy, Neal McCoy, and Craig Morgan.


Today in 2007, Wynonna and Patti LaBelle performed a "Divas Nashvegas" concert in Nashville.  Proceeds benefited the Oasis Center.


Today in 2007, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were among the celebrities attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, which honors members of the Washington, DC press corps.


Today in 2008, Chris Cagle was ordered to stand trial in connection with an incident four months earlier in Tucson, Arizona.  In December 2007, after performing a benefit concert, Cagle allegedly hit a Tucson resident after the man's girlfriend became belligerent towards the singer when he didn't sign an additional autograph for her.  Cagle's attorney said the singer acted in self-defense.


Today in 2008, George Strait's single "I Saw God Today" topped the charts to become his 56th number one single, giving him the distinction of having the most chart-topping songs for any artist in any genre.


Today in 2008, the book "Willie Nelson: An Epic Life" arrived in stores.  Meanwhile, Willie was overseas, launching a tour of Europe with a show in Amsterdam.


Today in 2009, Toby Keith was the featured speaker at an National Press Club luncheon in Washington, DC.  He talked about his experiences with the USO and his relationship with the media.  Later in the day Keith received the Distinguished Service Award from the Military Officers Association of America in honor of his commitment to the troops -- just before he left the U.S. on his seventh USO tour.  He spent eleven days, performing 17 shows and visiting with troops stationed at bases throughout the Persian Gulf.


Today in 2009, Lady Antebellum was the host as well as the performer at the Symphony Spring Fashion Show in Nashville.  The event, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, was a fundraiser for the Nashville Symphony and the Thor Johnson Scholarship Fund.


Today in 2009, new releases included the enhanced edition of Kenny Rogers' "There You Go Again" and the reissue of his "She Rides Wild Horses," Shania Twain's "The First Time...For the Last Time," Charlie McCoy's "Classic Country Hymns" the reissues of George Jones' "A Picture of Me (Without You)" and Eddie Rabbitt's "Horizon" and "Rocky Mountain Music," Randy Travis DVD "I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis, and both the CD and DVD of "The Best of the Oak Ridge Boys."


Today in 2010, the concert film "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D" opened in theaters.  Even with its limited release, the movie earned more than one-million-dollars in just four days.


Today in 2010, Carrie Underwood took part in "American Idol's" annual charity event, "Idol Gives Back."  She performed the song "Change" at the event.  The show raised just under 45-million-dollars for a variety of charities including Malaria No More, the Children's Health Fund, Feeding America, Save the Children's U.S. Programs, and the United Nations Foundation.


Today in 2010, Diamond Rio, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Ty Herndon were among the winners at the 41st annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.


Today in 2011, Lee Ann Womack and Michael Martin Murphey took part in the ceremony honoring the late John Denver as the first inductee into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2012, Keith Urban was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.  With the honor, Urban became the first Opry member who was born outside the U.S.


Today in 2013, Mumford and Sons' "Babel" was named International Album of the Year at Canada's Juno Awards, while k.d. lang was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.  Taylor Swift and Emerson Drive were up for awards as well, but fell short at the event.


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