Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Emmylou Harris Facing Hit-And-Run Charge In L.A.


Emmylou Harris will have to defend herself against a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge. says the Los Angeles County District Attorney formally filed a charge against the 65-year-old Grammy winner Wednesday.  It stems from an October incident in which the singer allegedly crashed her rental car into another car on the 405 freeway, then left the scene.  Harris' rep called the accident a "garden-variety accident that happens every day on the 405," adding that Harris only left the scene because she didn't realize she had hit another car.  She could face up to six months in jail if convicted on the charge.


Johnny Cash Part Of USPS's New Music Icons Stamp Series


The late Johnny Cash will live forever -- as a Forever stamp.  The country legend is being honored as part of the U.S. Postal Service's new Music Icons series.  The stamp features a black-and-white picture of Cash taken during the photo shoot for the 1963 album "Ring Of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash," with Cash's name in brown lettering at the bottom, in an image harkening back to the picture sleeves of old 45-rpm records.  A street date for the Cash stamp hasn't been announced yet, but it's slated to arrive later this year.  It'll be the second release in the Music Icons series, following a stamp honoring Tejano music legend Lydia Mendoza.


Gary Allan Needed Time To Know "Every Storm" Was A Hit


Gary Allan admits he didn't know right away that "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" would be a hit.  But the country star says that's true of all his songs, explaining that he needs some distance before he can evaluate them.


Allan is currently topping several charts, courtesy of "Every Storm."  The song is the new number one on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart as well as the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and "Music Row" lists.


The song's popularity also helped fuel sales of Gary's new CD, "Set You Free," which is giving the singer some career firsts.  The album is debuting at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, marking his first time in the peak position. says the album reached number one on sales of 106-thousand, making last week Allan's best-ever sales week.  It's also the first time he's sold more than 100-thousand albums in a week.  His previous best week came in 2005 with "Tough All Over, which launched with sales of 99-thousand.


Tim McGraw Opening Up About His New, Healthier Lifestyle


Tim McGraw appears to be taking his 2000 hit "My Next Thirty Years" to heart.  The country star is opening up to "People" about how he quit drinking and started taking better care of himself.  McGraw says he felt he "drank a lot," and "needed to stop" because he didn't think he "had any moral high ground" with his kids.  He adds that his family served as his motivation to lead a healthier lifestyle, which included adopting an intense weight training and workout routine.  But Tim also admits his career is benefiting from the changes as well.  He says exercise is "a great way to go out on stage," explaining that it gets his adrenaline going so he's ready to really put on a show.


Last year McGraw signed a new label deal, ending a 20-year relationship with the company that launched his career, and next week his first album with his new label will be in stores.  Tim says he's "in a good place right now," and feels "Two Lanes Of Freedom" is marking "a new beginning" for him.  He describes his life as "busy" but "fulfilling, and adds that his goals are to simply enjoy his family and career.  McGraw is featured on the cover of the new issue of "People," which will hit newsstands Friday.


Greg Bates Predicting San Francisco Win In Super Bowl 47


Greg Bates is looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday.  The country singer is also making a prediction on the big game.


But as excited as he is to see the San Francisco 49ers face off against the Baltimore Ravens, Greg admits that the Super Bowl is always a bittersweet event for him because it brings the football season to an end.  He also predicts that "it's gonna be a long off-season for a lot of football fans."  Super Bowl 47 will air live from New Orleans on CBS.


Little Big Town Launching Their "Tornado Tour"


Little Big Town is blowing across the country on their "Tornado Tour."  The group is kicking off the trek in Murray, Kentucky Thursday night.  The 33-date road trip includes six stops across the border in Canada, and one stop across the Atlantic.  Little Big Town will perform in London on March 16th as part of the inaugural Country To Country festival.  A U.S. festival is also part of the itinerary.  The group will make an appearance at New Orleans' JazzFest in May.  Kacey Musgraves is on board as the opener for first ten shows.  David Nail will take over the opening slot starting in Peoria, Illinois on March 7th.  Little Big Town is touring in support of their chart-topping album, "Tornado."


Little Big Town's "The Tornado Tour" Dates


January 31 - Murray, Kentucky, at the Lovett Auditorium

February 1 - Birmingham, Alabama, at the Alabama Theatre

February 7 - Los Angeles, California, at The Wiltern

February 12 - New York, New York, at Irving Plaza

February 14 - Washington, DC, at the 9:30 Club

February 15 - Atlantic City, New Jersey, at Harrah's AC Concert Venue

February 16 - Lowell, Massachusetts, at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium

February 21 - Montgomery, Alabama, at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center

February 22 - Huntsville, Alabama, at the Von Braun Center

February 23 - Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Tennessee Theater

March 1 - Huntington, West Virginia, at the Keith Albee Theatre

March 2 - Cherokee, North Carolina, at Harrah's Cherokee Resort

March 3 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the American Music Theatre

March 7 - Peoria, Illinois, at the Peoria Civic Center Theater

March 8 - New Buffalo, Michigan, at the Four Winds Casino Silver Creek Event Center

March 9 - Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

March 16 - London, England, at the O2 Arena at the Country To Country Festival

March 21 - Joliet, Illinois, at the Rialto Square Theatre

March 22 - Rochester, Minnesota, at the Mayo Civic Center

March 23 - Appleton, Wisconsin, at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

March 26 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre

March 27 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, at the TCU Place

March 28 - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, at the Conexus Arts Centre

March 30 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at the Winspear Centre for Music

April 1 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

April 3 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the Orpheum

April 19 - Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the Arkansas Music Pavilion

April 20 - Bossier City, Louisiana, at the Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino

April 26 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

April 28 - San Antonio, Texas, at the Majestic Theatre

May 4 - New Orleans, Louisiana, at JazzFest

May 8 - Augusta, Georgia, at the William G. Bell Auditorium

May 9 - North Charleston, South Carolina, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center


Miranda Lambert Recalls Effort To Get "Mama's Broken Heart"


Miranda Lambert says she wasn't supposed to record her current single, "Mama's Broken Heart."  The singer explains that it was "accidentally" pitched to her.  Kacey Musgraves co-wrote the song, and Miranda says she had to beg her for it.


Miranda says Kacey eventually said yes -- provided she could add the harmony vocals.  Lambert made her deal with Musgraves before Kacey broke through on her own with the hit single "Merry Go Round," and Miranda says she's happy that Kacey is "doing great on her own now."  She's also glad she got "Mama's Broken Heart."  Lambert calls it an "awesome song," and adds that she plans to make "an awesome video for it as well."  "Mama's Broken Heart" is the fourth single from Lambert's most recent album, "Four The Record."


Brantley Gilbert Launching 2013 Edition Of "Hell On Wheels" Tour


Brantley Gilbert is returning to the road.  The country singer is resuming his "Hell On Wheels" tour with a show Thursday night in Independence, Missouri.  With his first headlining trek Gilbert continues to support his 2010 sophomore album "Halfway to Heaven," which features the chart-topping hits "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" as well as his current single, "More Than Miles."  Kip Moore is on board as the opener for the 15-date run.  He's promoting his 2012 debut effort, "Up All Night," which includes the hits "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" and "Beer Money."  Kip just released his latest single, "Hey Pretty Girl."


Brantley Gilbert's "Hell On Wheels" Tour Dates


January 31 - Independence, Missouri, at the Independence Events Center

February 1 - Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Pershing Center

February 2 - Mankato, Minnesota, at the Verizon Wireless Center

February 8 - Corbin, Kentucky, at the Ag & Expo Center

February 9 - Morgantown, West Virginia, at the WVU Coliseum at West Virginia University

February 15 - Augusta, Georgia, at the James Brown Arena

February 16 - Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the UTC McKenzie Arena

February 22 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the SpiritBank Event Center

February 23 - Thackerville, Oklahoma, at the Winstar World Casino

April 13 - Auburn, Alabama, at the Adams Farm Rodeo Site

April 18 - Biloxi, Mississippi, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum

April 19 - Tupelo, Mississippi, at the BancorpSouth Arena

April 20 - Pikeville, Kentucky, at the East Kentucky Exposition Center

April 26 - Roanoke, Virginia, at the Roanoke Civic Center

April 27 - Columbus, Ohio, at the Schottenstein Center


Luke Bryan Announces 2013 "Spring Break" Release


Luke Bryan is getting ready to once again mark Spring Break with some new music.  The country star explains that the annual project provides him a departure from his regular work, and he tailors the songs to serve a specific purpose for a specific audience. 


Bryan is doing something a little different with his Spring Break release this year.  "Spring Break...Here To Party" features two new songs from the singer, along with select tracks from his previous four "Spring Break" EPs.  The new titles "Just A Sip" and "Buzzkill" sit alongside 2012's "Suntan City," 2011's "Shore Thing," 2010's "Wild Weekend," 2009's "Sorority Girl," and nine other "Spring Break" favorites.  "Spring Break...Here To Party" will hit stores on March 5th.  A week later -- on March 12th and 13th -- Luke will play his annual Spring Break concerts at Spinnaker's Beach Club in Panama City, Florida.


Luke Bryan's "Spring Break...Here To Party" Track List -


1. Suntan City

2. Just A Sip

3. Buzzkill

4. If You Ain't Here To Party

5. Little Bit Later On

6. In Love With The Girl

7. Shore Thing

8. Sorority Girl

9. Shake The Sand

10. Love In A College Town

11. Wild Weekend

12. Cold Beer Drinker

13. Spring Break-Up

14. Take My Drunk A** Home


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1967, Merle Haggard recorded "The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde" for Capitol Records.


Today in 1976, then-Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw launched a short-lived country career with the release of the single "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," which eventually reached the top ten on the charts.


Today in 1992, Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart topped the country charts with the single "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'."


Today in 1993, Garth Brooks sang the national anthem at Super Bowl 27.


Today in 1993, Travis Tritt was number one on the singles chart with "Can I Trust You With My Heart?"


Today in 1997, Mark Chesnutt hit number one with the single "It's A Little Too Late."


Today in 1997, LeAnn Rimes' album "The Early Years" was released.


Today in 1999, Reba McEntire closed her first European tour with a sold-out performance in Munich, Germany.


Today in 2000, Alan Jackson's father, Eugene, died. Two years later, Alan celebrated his life and legacy in the number-one song "Drive" (For Daddy Gene)."


Today in 2001, Dixie Chick Emily Robison revealed that she was planning on donating her winnings from an upcoming "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" appearance to the Nature Conservancy of Texas.


Today in 2002, Tim McGraw made a return visit to the set of "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."  After performing the title track of his album, "Set This Circus Down," he sat down to chat with Rosie.  The interview was one of the first he did since the arrival of his daughter, Audrey Caroline.


Today in 2002, Kenny Chesney kicked off his No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems tour in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Opening acts included Sara Evans and Phil Vassar, and the outing went on to become the biggest-grossing country tour of the year.


Today in 2003, George Strait was in Chicago for a show on his "Road Less Traveled" tour when staff members from a local radio station interrupted his concert at Allstate Arena to present George with a plaque commemorating his 50 number one songs.  Then, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn declared it "George Strait Day" in Illinois.


Today in 2003, after taping an episode of the NBC drama "American Dreams," LeAnn Rimes and her husband, Dean Sheremet were involved in an auto accident in Los Angeles.  A woman, later identified as Kimberly Sever, allegedly ran a red light and slammed into LeAnn's Jaguar convertible.  Ms. Sever was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.  Other than being rattled and bruised, LeAnn and Dean were OK, although LeAnn had to cancel a series of appearances planned for Europe as a consequence of the crash.


Today in 2004, "Toby Keith's Shock'N Y'All Super Bowl Party: A CMT Crossroads Special" aired.  Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and Van Halen's Sammy Hagar were among the rockers who took part in the show.


Today in 2005, digital Gold singles were awarded for Kenny Chesney's duet with Uncle Kracker, "When the Sun Goes Down," Alan Jackson's "Remember When," and Brad Paisley's collaboration with Alison Kraus, "Whiskey Lullaby."


Today in 2006, Chely Wright met with students and teachers from three schools in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Gulfport, Mississippi area, and gave musical instruments to the facilities through her Reading, Writing, & Rhythm Foundation.


Today in 2006, Alabama's "Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin':  The 25th Anniversary Collection" was released.


Today in 2007, Keith Urban's "Tonight I Wanna Cry" was featured in the climactic, message-from-beyond-the-grave scene in an episode of NBC's "Medium."


Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood's single "Jesus, Take The Wheel" was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and her single "Before He Cheats" was certified double-platinum.


Today in 2008, Carrie Underwood kicked off her first headlining tour in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with Josh Turner as the opening act.


Today in 2008, Rascal Flatts' album "Feels Like Today" was certified quintuple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.


Today in 2010, Taylor Swift was among the big winners at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards.  She captured four categories, including Album of the Year for her CD "Fearless," and at 20-years-old became the youngest artist ever to win the Recording Academy's top honor.  Other country winners included Zac Brown Band, who was named Best New Artist; Keith Urban; Lady Antebellum; Carrie Underwood; Randy Travis; and Steve Wariner.  Lady A was among the performers, while Zac Brown Band collaborated with Leon Russell and Underwood participated in a tribute to Michael Jackson.


Today in 20011, Willie's Place -- a truck stop and entertainment complex in Carl's Corner, Texas --closed for business in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings


Today in 2011, Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me" was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, while Carrie Underwood's single "Undo It" was certified platinum and Kenny Chesney's single "Somewhere With You" was certified gold.


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