Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Chris Young Tweets Disappointment Over Limited Super Bowl Ads

 

Chris Young is among the millions of people who tuned in for Super Bowl 47 on Sunday.  And the country singer apparently paid attention to the ads as well as to the game.  He also sensed a difference from previous years, tweeting "Why so many network ads and so few company ads this year?  I love commercials, but I'm very let down."  But Chris added that he really enjoyed the game, in which the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 34-to-31.

 

Young was also among the many stars who were in New Orleans over the weekend to take part in the festivities surrounding the big game.  He added a little country music to the tailgating party at Direct TV's 7th annual Celebrity Beach Bowl, which took place Saturday.

 

Kip Moore Sells Out Boston Concert In 20 Minutes

 

Kip Moore says 2013 is "off to a crazy start and it's only February."  The country singer is seeing evidence of the growth in his popularity through his live shows.  Moore sold out the 25-hundred-seat House of Blues in Boston in just 20 minutes on Friday.  Kip will be headlining at the venue on March 23rd.  He says he's been building his career by "going out on the road and playing to as many people who would listen," and admits it "wasn't much at first."  Moore is thrilled to see his audience "getting bigger and bigger."  He adds that anyone who couldn't get tickets to his shows will get another chance, offering his "guarantee" that he and his band will "be back soon."

 

Moore's current road trip includes a mix of his own dates as well as opening dates on Brantley Gilbert's "Hell On Wheels" tour.  Kip's next show will be a sold out date in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday.  His next appearance with Gilbert will be in Corbin, Kentucky on Friday.

 

Justin Moore Announces First Headlining Tour

 

Justin Moore is taking that next step in his career.  After having opened shows for such stars as Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and Miranda Lambert, the country singer is now slated to go out on his fist headlining tour.  Moore says he's excited about his "Outlaws Like Me" trek, and he expects it "to be a blast."  He explains that he's "learned so much" from the headliners he's previously toured with, and he's now "ready to take everything" they taught him to build his own show.  Justin has a dozen dates booked for the "Outlaws Like Me" trek, starting in Pikeville, Kentucky on March 14th.  Dustin Lynch will be Moore's opener, while Jon Pardi will appear on most dates as well.

 

Justin Moore's "Outlaws Like Me" Tour Dates

 

March 14 - Pikeville, Kentucky, at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center

March 15 - Troy, Ohio, at the Hobart Arena

March 21 - Kearny, Nebraska, at the Viaero Event Center

March 22 - St. Joseph, Missouri, at the St. Joseph Civic Arena

March 23 - Farmington, Missouri, at the Farmington Civic Center

March 28 - Davenport, Iowa, at the Adler Theatre - with Dustin Lynch only

March 29 - Brookings, North Dakota, at the Swiftel Center

March 30 - Bismarck, North Dakota, at the Bismarck Civic Center

April 13 - Dodge City, Kansas, at the United Wireless Arena - with Dustin Lynch only

April 18 - Erie, Pennsylvania, at the Erie Insurance Arena

April 19 - Johnston, Pennsylvania, at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena

April 20 - Corbin, Kentucky, at The Corbin Arena

 

George Jones Announces First Dates Of Final Tour

 

George Jones is saying farewell to the road with his "Grand Tour."  The country legend launched the trek over the weekend, kicking things off with a show in Tunica, Mississippi Saturday night.  Jones has described the tour as "bittersweet," because he's wrapping up a career he loves.  But the 81-year-old country legend also tells Billboard.com that he's "been blessed" to be able to do what he loves for so long.  In addition to the final tour, Jones is also working on one last album, collaborating in the project with Dolly Parton.  George will continue with his 35-date trek this week.  His next show is coming up in Lakeland, Florida on Thursday.

 

George Jones "The Grand Tour" Dates

 

February 7 - Lakeland, Florida, at the Youkey Theater

February 9 - Coconut Creek, Florida, at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino

February 22 - Greenville, Texas, at Greenville Memorial Auditorium

February 23 - Forrest City, Arkansas, at the East Arkansas Community College

March 15 - Joliet, Illinois, at the Realto Square Theater

March 16 - Muncie, Indiana, at Emens Auditorium

March 22 - Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the Memorial Auditorium

March 23 - Evansville, IN, at The Center

April 5 - Fairfax, Virginia, at the Patriot Center

April 6 - Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Knoxville Coliseum

April 19 - Atlanta, Georgia, at the Fox Theater

April 20 - Salem, Virginia, at the Salem Civic Center

April 27 - Huntsville, Alabama, at the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall

May 17 - Charlottesville, Virginia, at the John Paul Jones Arena

May 18 - Spartanburg, South Carolina, at the Memorial Auditorium

June 1 - North Tonawanda, New York, at the Riviera Theater

June 2 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the American Music Theater

June 14 - Midland, Texas, at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

June 15 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Route 66 Casino

June 28 - Rome, Georgia, at The Forum

June 29 - Columbus, Georgia, at the Civic Center

August 2 - Columbus, Ohio, at the Ohio State Fair

August 3 - Watertown, New York at the Watertown Fairgrounds Arena

August 22 - Penn Forest Township, Pennsylvania, at Penn's Peak

September 13 - Biloxi, Mississippi, at the IP Casino

September 14 - Marksville, Louisiana, at the Paragon Casino

September 27 - Prior Lake, Minnesota, at the the Mystic Lake, Casino

September 28 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the Potawatomi, Casino

October 11 - Branson, Missouri, at The Mansion Theater

October 25 - Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, at the Soaring Eagle Casino

October 26 - Bowling Green, Kentucky, at the SKY Performing Arts Center

November 9 - Grant, Oklahoma, at the Choctaw Event Center

November 10 - Branson, Missouri, at The Mansion Theater

November 22 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Bridgestone Arena

 

The Oak Ridge Boys Celebrating 40th Anniversary With Many Events

 

The Oak Ridge Boys have plans to mark their classic lineup's 40th anniversary.  The group's Joe Bonsall tells Billboard.com the band is "ready to celebrate with a full year of music."  Events include a Caribbean cruise, which will set sail at the end of the month.  The Oaks will play a concert on each night of the four-day cruise, and Duane Allen says the set lists will be comprised exclusively of requests.  He adds that they've been receiving some "pretty phenomenal" submissions, and they'll be performing songs they haven't played in decades.  The group recently launched their 40th anniversary tour, which continues to grow.  In addition, the Oaks' manager Jim Halsey says a PBS special is in the works for later in the year.  The Oak Ridge Boys' next show is coming up in Chandler, Arizona on Friday.  The cruise will leave Miami on February 28th.

 

Tim McGraw Strives To Better Himself With Every Project

 

Tim McGraw says he's always looking to improve as an artist.  The country star explains that his goal with every album is to surpass what he's done previously.

 

McGraw says he looks to the artists he admires for motivation and inspiration.  He adds that those stars have set the bar quite high, and it's hard for him to believe he'll ever be "as good as that."  Tim is releasing his new album this week.  "Two Lanes of Freedom" will be in stores on Tuesday.

 

Kenny Chesney Shares Philosophy Of New Single

 

Kenny Chesney says he really connects with his new single, "Pirate Flag."  The country star explains that it's about giving yourself an escape and a sense of control, no matter the circumstances.

Chesney debuted "Pirate Flag" online last week.  It's the lead-off single to the singer's upcoming album "Life on a Rock."  The ten-track disc will be in stores on April 30th.

 

Eric Church Believes His "Smoke" Lit A Fire For Him

 

Eric Church says he "owes a lot" to his 2010 hit "Smoke a Little Smoke."  The country singer admits he was advised against releasing the song as a single, but he knew it was a fan favorite.

 

Church sees "Smoke" as a turning point of sorts for his career.  It was his final release from his sophomore CD, "Carolina," and seemed to set the stage for his follow up effort, "Chief."  "Smoke" has just been certified Platinum for downloads topping the one-million mark.  It's one of several new certifications Church has received for his music.  "Homeboy" and "Drink In My Hand" have also gone Platinum, while "Springsteen" has reached the double-Platinum level.  In addition, "Hell on the Heart" and Creepin'" have earned Gold certifications with 500-thousand downloads sold.

 

Voting For ACM's New Male, Female, Duo Or Group Ends Today

 

There's not much time left to take part in the first round of voting for the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year.  Fans still wanting to voice their choice have until 3:00 p.m. Eastern today to cast their ballots at VoteACM.com and GACtv.com/ACM.  Online voting got under way 12 days ago to determine the ACM's New Male, Female, and Duo or Group of the Year, who'll become the nominees for New Artist of the Year.  The winners will be announced this month, and a new round of voting will begin in March.  The ACM's New Artist of the Year will be revealed during the 48th annual ACM Awards, airing on CBS on April 7th.

 

Nominees in the "New Artist" Categories for the 48th annual ACM Awards

 

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST

Jana Kramer

Kacey Musgraves

Sunny Sweeney

 

NEW MALE VOCALIST

Lee Brice

Brantley Gilbert

Hunter Hayes

 

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP

Florida Georgia Line

Love and Theft

Thompson Square

 

Country Birthdays Include

 

Clint Black is 51.

 

 

Today In Country Music History

 

Today in 1976, the "Searchin' For A Rainbow" album by the Marshall Tucker Band was certified Gold.

 

Today in 1981, the "Oak Ridge Boys Greatest Hits" album was certified Gold.

 

Today in 1986, George Strait's album "Something Special" was certified Gold.

 

Today in 1994, the "Naomi & Wynonna - The Farewell Tour" video was certified Gold.

 

Today in 1994, John Berry's first number one hit, "Your Love Amazes Me," debuted on the country charts.

 

Today in 1997, Tracy Byrd's self-titled album was certified Gold.

 

Today in 2002, Sons of the Desert frontman Drew Womack welcomed a new son of his own after his wife, Tara, delivered their first child.  Arriving four weeks early, William Maxwell Womack weighed in at six-pounds, 13-ounces and was 18-and-a-half inches long.

 

Today in 2003, new CD releases included Blake Shelton's "The Dreamer," Steve Wariner's "Steal Another Day," and Alabama's "In The Mood: The Love Songs," while the DVD of the Dixie Chicks' NBC special, "An Evening with the Dixie Chicks," also arrived in stores.

 

Today in 2005, Dwight Yoakam, Jo Dee Messina, Chris Cagle, and Josh Gracin were among the performers for the Pepsi Smash Concert Series, in conjunction with Super Bowl 39.

 

Today in 2005, Diamond Rio frontman Marty Roe was honored as 2005 Alumnus of the Year for Nashville's Lipscomb University.  The band also headlined the night's University Homecoming concert.

 

Today in 2006, Aaron Tippin performed in the Bahamas in support of The Abaco Barb Foundation, an organization that raises awareness and money for the nine remaining horses of that breed.

 

Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts and Big & Rich were featured in commercials that aired during the Super Bowl 41.

 

Today in 2008, The Wreckers' Jessica Harp tied the knot with violinist and band mate Jason Mowery in a ceremony at CJ's Off The Square, a local art gallery in Franklin, Tennessee.

 

Today in 2008, Clay Walker began playing in the week-long AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.  It was his eleventh year to participate in the charity golf tournament.

 

Today in 2008, Taylor Swift made a guest appearance on ABC's "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann."

 

Today in 2009, Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy were named as the 2009 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

Today in 2011, Billy Dean became the first American country singer to appear on Chinese TV.  He took part in the annual Spring Festival Global Gala in Beijing, which was taped a month earlier, and was broadcast on this date as part of China's New Year's celebration.

 

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