Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Chris Young Undergoes Surgery After Cutting Hand


Chris Young is now out of the hospital after undergoing surgery on Friday.  The county star suffered tendon damage when he sliced open his left hand in a kitchen mishap Thursday night. says the accident occurred as the singer was preparing dinner after hosting his fan club party in Nashville.  The incident forced Chris to cancel a couple of appearances at the CMA Music Festival, including an autograph session Friday and his performance at the Nightly Concert at LP Field on Saturday.  Young is expected to make a full recovery.


George Strait Sets Attendance With Final Show Of Last Tour


George Strait is ending his touring career with a bang.  The country superstar played the final concert of his "Cowboy Rides Away" trek Saturday in Arlington, Texas, shattering an attendance record in the process.  "The Dallas Morning News" says King George held court before 104-thousand-793 -- the largest audience ever for a North American indoor concert.  The Rolling Stones set the previous record back in 1981 with a performance at the Louisiana Superdome, which drew a crowd of approximately 87-thousand-500 fans.


Strait played a total of 41 songs in his lengthy, star-packed show.  Highlights from the three-hour concert included collaborations with Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, and Martina McBride, Strait's performance of "I Believe," and the presentation of a home to a wounded Army veteran whose combat heroics earned him the Medal of Honor.  Asleep at the Wheel opened the show with an hour-long set.  Vince Gill, Eric Church, and Faith Hill were some of the other nine guests at the concert, which was the finale of what Strait has said is his last formal tour.


Eric Church Shares Favorite George Strait Memory


Eric Church says George Strait is called King George for a reason.  Church recalls that he and his wife once made a drinking game out of naming George Strait songs, which only highlighted the magnitude of Strait's work.


Church was among the special guests who joined Strait for his tour finale in Arlington, Texas over the weekend.  Eric teamed up with George in singing "Cowboys Like Us" and "Easy Come Easy Go" during the show.  He also took part in the encore along with all the other guests.  Saturday's concert was the last stop on Strait's "Cowboy Rides Away" trek, which George has said would be his last formal tour.  The show set an attendance record with a crowd of nearly 105-thousand fans.


Lee Ann Womack Performs At Maya Angelou Memorial


Lee Ann Womack is among the many mourners who said goodbye to Maya Angelou over the weekend.  The country star performed her signature hit, "I Hope You Dance," at a memorial for the legendary poet, author, and activist Saturday at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Womack, wearing a brilliant blue dress, was backed on the song by a guitar and a group of violins.  She was invited to sing at the service by the Angelou family, because "I Hope You Dance" was one of Maya's favorites.  The memorial also included tributes from Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and others.  Maya Angelou passed away on May 28th, at the age of 86.


Miranda Lambert Opens Boutique For Limited Nashville Run


Miranda Lambert's boutique is now open in Nashville.  But it won't be around for long.  The country star launched a temporary outlet for The Pink Pistol in Music City last week during the 2014 CMA Music Festival.  Miranda's mom, Beverly Lambert, tells Nashville's "Tennessean" the store offers "an eclectic shopping experience" with merchandise based on her daughter's lifestyle and preferences in clothing, music, perfume, decorative items, and more.  An employee from Lambert's original Pink Pistol in Tishomingo, Oklahoma is running the Nashville store, which will remain open for two months.  Miranda also has a Pink Pistol store in her hometown of Lindale, Texas.


Billy Ray Cyrus Explains Appeal Of Latest Film


Billy Ray Cyrus says there's a lot to like about his new movie, "Like A Country Song."


"Like A Country Song" tells the story of a rising country singer whose personal problems and character flaws could derail his chances for success.  Billy Ray plays the father of the aspiring star, who thought his dad was dead.  Cyrus took part in a special screening of "Like A Country Song" in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival last week.  The movie is playing now at select theaters throughout the country.


Kimberly Perry Trusting Mom With Wedding Plans


The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry admits she's not handling the preparations for her upcoming trip down the aisle.  But the country star says she trusts the person who is making the arrangements for her big day.


Kimberly is engaged to Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia, who popped the question last October.  The singer admits she and J.P. both have very busy summer schedules, but will find a time over the next few months to tie the knot.


Florida Georgia Line Takes Team's Softball Challenge Loss In Stride


Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard is keeping things in perspective.  The country star was on Team iHeart, which lost the City Of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge to Team Opry by a score of 13-to-11.  But Hubbard tells "Billboard" the outcome was less important that the event itself, explaining that it was "all about the fans, and giving to a great cause."  However, that doesn't mean the players didn't make an effort.  And Tyler's bandmate Brian Kelley played a big role in their team's attempted comeback, hitting a three-run home run during their final tun at bat.


Chase Rice, Scotty McCreery, and Chuck Wicks were some of the stand-out players for Team Opry, while Danielle Bradbery and Dustin Lynch also stepped up for Team iHeart.  The City Of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge took place in Nashville on Saturday.  The event was a fundraiser for the City Of Hope.


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Today In Country Music History


Today in 1973, Johnny Rodriguez's "You Always Come Back To Hurting Me" went to number one.


Today in 1989, Kathy Mattea had the number one single in the country with "Come From The Heart."


Today in 1995, Patty Loveless' "You Don't Even Know Who I Am" topped the country singles charts.


Today in 1999, Kenny Rogers received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th annual Songwriter's Hall of Fame Awards dinner.


Today in 2002, Trace Adkins performed a benefit concert supporting a variety of Tennessee charities.


Today in 2002, Cyndi Thomson's debut album, "My World," was certified Gold.


Today in 2003, Phil Vassar performed on the NBC soap "Days of Our Lives," making a guest appearance on the fictional "Jack and Jennifer Show" -- a talk show within the program hosted by two of the show's characters.


Today in 2005, Carrie Underwood shared the stage with Phil Vassar at the Nashville Coliseum on the first night of the CMA Music Festival -- her first such event since being named the winner of "American Idol" a few weeks earlier.


Today in 2005, Reba took part in a Carnegie Hall benefit performance of "South Pacific" at the famed New York City venue.


Today in 2005, Lonestar's "Mr. Mom" was certified as a Gold digital single for racking up more than 100-thousand purchased downloads.


Today in 2006, the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Nashville.  Marshall Grant from Johnny Cash's band, Scotty Moore and Bob Moore from Elvis Presley's band, and Duane Eddy were among the musicians who turned out for the grand opening ceremony.


Today in 2006, Trisha Yearwood returned to the concert stage for the first time in three years, launching her tour with a performance at the CMA Music Fest.  Other performers included  Trace Adkins, Terri Clark, Wynonna, Montgomery Gentry, Jason Aldean, and Billy Currington, while Kenny Chesney made a surprise guest appearance.  The days' activities also featured included Steve Azar hosting his Steve Azar and Friends Sports Challenge, and Brad Cotter and Lila McCann participating in cooking demonstrations.


Today in 2006, Dierks Bentley filmed a full-length concert DVD at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado.


Today in 2007, Ty Herndon caused a two-hour power outage in Warren, Arkansas, when the satellite dish on top of his bus clipped an electrical wire.  Herndon was in town to perform at the Pink Tomato Festival.


Today in 2007, Mel Tillis became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  His daughter, Pam Tillis, handled the induction.


Today in 2007, Martina McBride's annual Celebrity Auction during the CMA Music Festival brought in more than103-thousand-dollars for the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.


Today in 2008, the new season of "Nashville Star" premiered on NBC.  Billy Ray Cyrus hosted the show, while  John Rich, Jewel, and Jeffrey Steele served as judges and mentors for the finalists.


Today in 2008, Randy Owen accepted the Samaritan Award on behalf of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids at the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation's Celebration of Service to America Awards in Washington, DC.


Today in 2008, Trace Adkins showed his support for Tennessee's U.S. senators who co-sponsored legislation to help schools protect children with life-threatening food allergies.


Today in 2008, Chris Young and Brent Keith performed at the 5th Annual Stars for Hope Benefit Concert in Nashville.  The fundraiser supported the Lupus Foundation of America's Mid-South Chapter Research Program.


Today in 2009, Lorrie Morgan celebrated her 25th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry with a special Opry performance, which also included Trace Adkins, Carrie Underwood, the Charlie Daniels Band, Little Big Town, Ricky Skaggs, and Bill Anderson.


Today in 2009, Emerson Drive, Alabama's Jeff Cook, Daryle Singletary, Eric Church, and Trent Willmon took part in the 2nd annual Porter Wagoner Memorial Artists & Anglers Fishing Tournament, along with Bryan White, Bobby Bare, Mel Tillis, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Sammy Kershaw.


Today in 2009, Wynonna Judd and David Ball took part in a 42nd anniversary celebration honoring The Beatles' 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," performing with the popular Nashville Fab Four tribute group The WannaBeatles at the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School.  The event was a fundraiser for the school's music program.


Today in 2009, new releases included Darryl Worley's album "Sounds Like Life," Tracy Lawrence's inspirational effort "The Rock," and Trailer Choir's debut CD, "Off The Hillbilly Hook," as well as Justin Moore's "The 'You Asked For It' EP."


Today in 2010, Carrie Underwood was the big winner at the 2010 CMT Music Awards, taking two categories including Video of the Year with "Cowboy Casanova."  Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, and Brooks & Dunn were also winners, along with Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, and Chris Young.


Today in 2010, Brenda Lee was the Grand Marshal for "The Sixth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade," and lead participating celebrities in a ride through downtown Nashville.  Other stars participating in the parade included Rodney Atkins -- who was last year's Grand Marshal -- Lonestar, James Otto, Chuck Wicks, Gloriana, The Band Perry, and Pam Tillis, as well as Lynn Anderson, Trent Tomlinson, Bo Bice, Jerrod Niemann, Josh Gracin, Cold Ford, and others.


Today in 2010, Randy Houser was the headliner for the "The Fifth Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party."  Joe Nichols, Chuck Wicks, David Nail, and Jerrod Niemann also performed.


Today in 2011, Gary Allan played the kick-off concert to officially launch the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.


Today in 2011, Taylor Swift was to perform with a charity concert with the Black Eyed Peas in New York City, but stormy weather forced the event to be cancelled.


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