Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Wynonna, Cactus Discuss Motorcycle Crash, Aftermath


Wynonna Judd is sharing more details about her husband's motorcycle accident.  Cactus Moser, who's also the drummer in the country star's band, lost his leg and nearly lost his life in last summer's crash.  Wy tells "Us Weekly" she remembers "standing over Cactus, wondering whether he was alive or not," and repeating to herself, "Be calm, be calm."  She says once she knew he was alive, she "noticed the leg was gone," and "saw remnants" of it "all over the highway."  The singer adds that she "just stood there, trying to make sense of it all."  Both Wy and Cactus admit they've each been going through a healing process over the past seven months, which hasn't always been easy.  Cactus explains that they're "living two different realities," and they've "learned to respect" that they each have their "own pain."  Wynonna and Cactus are featured on the cover of the new issue of "Us Weekly," which will be on newsstands Friday.


The crash occurred last August in Deadwood, South Dakota.  Wy and Cactus were riding together on separate bikes when Cactus collided with an oncoming vehicle.  They were in Deadwood for a series of shows, which were cancelled.  Wynonna and Cactus were just married two months before the accident, but they've been a couple since 2009.


Man Arrested In Connection With Messina Stage Manager's Shooting Death


A suspect in the murder of Jo Dee Messina's stage manager is in custody.  The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says police arrested Troy Lynn King in Imperial Beach on Wednesday, and booked into the San Diego Central Jail.  He's expected to be extradited to Tennessee.  King has been accused of killing Thomas Colucci.  Colucci was fatally shot in his Coffee County, Tennessee home last November.  King has already been charged in the shooting.  The U.S. Marshals Service says King has been indicted for murder and theft by a Tennessee grand jury.  However, authorities haven't revealed any motive in the case.


Carrie Underwood Performing In Ireland, UK This Week


Carrie Underwood is venturing outside the U.S. on her "Blown Away" tour.  This weekend the singer will be performing at London's inaugural C2C: Country To Country festival, but that won't be her only stop on the overseas portion of the trek.


Carrie will make her performance debut in Ireland with a show in Dublin Thursday night, and travel to Northern Ireland for a show in Belfast on Friday.  Underwood will then cross the Irish Sea into Britain for C2C.  Carrie says she's both excited and curious about the event, explaining that she's "so interested to see what a country music festival in London looks like."  Underwood will close out the two-day event with her headlining performance Sunday night.  Tim McGraw is Saturday's headliner, while Vince Gill, Little Big Town, and LeAnn Rimes are a few of the other stars slated to appear.


More Stars Added To George Jones' Final Nashville Show


Billy Ray Cyrus, Don McLean, and Cyndi Lauper are the latest to sign on for George Jones' ever-growing Nashville concert finale.  The Country Music Hall of Famer is pleased with the new additions to the show, saying he has "love and respect" for all three.  He calls Billy Ray "an old friend," recalling that they've "spent many times together."  Jones adds that he's moved that Billy Ray wants to appear with him at the special show.  George says he's known McLean since the '70s, and loves him as both a performer and a songwriter.  Jones admits that Lauper might seem like an odd choice for the show, but says he's been a fan of hers for years, and that it was "a thrill" to hear she was on board.


With the new additions the lineup for "George Jones & Friends" has now climbed to 41.  Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Dierks Bentley, and Tanya Tucker are just some of the many other country stars who'll be taking part in the event, which will take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 22nd.  The show will mark Jones' final performance in Music City, but it won't be his last concert.  The country legend will bring his "Grand Tour" to a close with recently added dates in Tulsa, Oklahoma on December 6th and 7th.  His next show is set for Joliet, Illinois on Friday.


Taylor Swift Unveils New Video For "22"


Taylor Swift's feeling "22" and showing what that feels like in her new video.  Ahead of the launch of her Red tour Wednesday, the country-pop superstar unveiled the clip for her new single "22" on ABC's "Good Morning America." In the video's opening, Taylor sports a T-shirt that reads: "Not a whole lot going on at the moment."  Throughout the clip she's seen  letting loose with her best friends; hanging out by the pool and at a beach; table top dancing in a sparkly dress at a house party; and shopping cart surfing.  "Twenty Two" is the fourth single from Swift's latest album "Red."


Kacey Musgraves Isn't Judging Small Town America With Debut Single


Kacey Musgraves says she's grateful for her single "Merry Go Round."  The country newcomer says the song, which paints a rather bleak picture of small-town America, was inspired in part by her own life growing up "in a tiny little Bible belt town in a conservative area."  But Kacey says she's not intending to criticize anybody's way of life.


Kacey co-wrote "Merry Go Round" with Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally, whom she calls one of her "favorite songwriting combos."  The song has become Musgrave's breakthrough hit, peaking at number ten on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.  And now it's also her first gold record.  "Merry Go Round" earned the certification for U.S. sales topping the 500-thousand mark.


Miranda Lambert Rescues Another Dog


Miranda Lambert's family has grown -- at least temporarily.  The country star reveals via Twitter that she found another dog Tuesday.  In a series of tweets she explains that she "just picked this up on the west side of Tishomingo on hwy 22."  She says he was "in the middle of the hwy with his food bowl and bed...If it wasn't an accident someone is really sick."  Miranda admits she doesn't exactly need any more dogs, but says she'll be keeping him until she can find him a home.  She adds that she's named him "Pistol Andy," since she found him on the day Pistol Annies announced the upcoming release of their new album, "Annie Up."  Lambert has also attached photos of Pistol Andy, and adds "Please contact Tish animal shelter if he is yours."


Lambert has taken in countless canine companions.  Last spring the dog count at the home she shares with husband Blake Shelton totalled nine.  Delilah, Delta Dawn, Jessi, Waylon, Dixie and Molly are just some of the dogs she has rescued.


Keith Urban Tries To Be Sensitive With His "Idol" Critiques


Keith Urban says that as an "American Idol" judge, he's doing his best to be sensitive to the singers in the competition.  The country star explains that he strives to provide the hopefuls with constructive feedback in a compassionate manner, and doesn't want to come across as some ultimate authority.


Urban explains that each finalist handles criticism in different ways, so he's trying to "get a feel" for what each of them are "comfortable hearing."  He adds that he'll never just outright bash a performer.  Keith says he sees no "worth" in telling a singer "something that's just straight soul-crushing, and not helpful to them."  "American Idol" airs live on Fox on Wednesday and Thursday nights.  The first of this season's top ten will be leaving on tonight's elimination show, starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Steven Tyler Expresses His Admiration For Taylor Swift


Taylor Swift can count Aerosmith's Steven Tyler among her fans.  When asked to name who he'd be willing to serve as an intern, the singer tells "Us Weekly" his choice is "blonde with all the hits.  Taylor Swift.  She's hot."  But it's not just her looks that the 64-year-old rocker finds appealing.  He adds that Taylor is "beyond talented," and that he'll "have to write a song with her."  If Tyler does collaborate with the 23-year-old country-pop sensation, it won't be the first time he's worked with a young female country singer.  Carrie Underwood -- who just turned 30 last Sunday -- and 18-year-old Lauren Alaina -- who competed on "American Idol" when Tyler was a judge -- both make guest appearances on Aerosmith's latest album, "Music From Another Dimension."


Quick Bites


Luke Bryan is celebrating some new career accomplishments.  He's topping the all-genre Billboard 200 for the first time with his latest release, "Spring Break...Here To Party."  He's also enjoying his best sales week ever with the disc, which went to number one with 150-thousand copies sold.  Luke's previous best was his last album, 2011's "Tailgates & Tanlines," which peaked at number two with sales of 145-thousand.


Justin Moore is kicking off his first headlining tour.  The country singer is launching his "Outlaws Like Me" trek with a show in Pikeville, Kentucky Thursday night.  Dustin Lynch and Jon Pardi are on board as openers.



Country Birthdays Include


Michael Martin Murphey is 68.

Sugarland's Kristian Bush is 43.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1968, Elvis Presley's 26th movie, "Stay Away, Joe" had its premiere.


Today in 1992, about 40-thousand people attended Farm Aid 5 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.  The 12-hour concert featured Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Kirs Kristofferson, along with John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie, Paul Simon, and Tracy Chapman.


Today in 1992, the single "Straight Tequila Night" became John Anderson's first number one hit in nine years.


Today in 1998, Grand Ole Opry president Bob Whittaker surprised Diamond Rio with an invitation to become members of the Opry.  On the same night, Jo Dee Messina made her Opry debut.  Her mother, sister, and brother were among those in the audience.


Today in 1998, The "Nokia Presents The George Strait Chevy Truck Country Music Festival" -- George's inaugural stadium tour -- opened to a sell-out crowd of about 56-thousand people.


Today in 2002, Toby Keith kicked off his first major headlining tour in Evansville, Indiana.


Today in 2002, the soundtrack to the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" reached the top slot on the pop album charts, just two weeks after the project snagged four Grammy awards.


Today in 2004, Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley were in Washington, D.C. to tape a performance for the 24th annual "American Celebration at Ford's Theatre."


Today in 2006,  Big & Rich were guests on the fourth season premier of "Nashville Star."  The fourth year of the USA Networks show was hosted by Wynonna and Cowboy Troy.  Phil Vassar and movie industry exec Anatasia Brown provided feedback and commentary during each episode.  Chris Young emerged as the winner.


Today in 2006, Trace Adkins became a spokesman for IdleAir Technologies to promote the company's products to long-haul truck drivers.


Today in 2006, new releases included SHeDAISY's album "Fortuneteller's Melody" and Danielle Peck's self-titled debut CD.


Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts had to scrap their appearance at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo because band member Gary LeVox was ill.  Jack Ingram, Joe Nichols, and Clay Walker stepped in as last-minute replacements.


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