Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Brad Paisley Launching "Beat This Summer Tour"


Brad Paisley is ready to hit the road.  The country superstar is launching his "Beat This Summer Tour" with a show in St. Louis, Missouri tonight.  Paisley will make 35 stops throughout the U.S. and Canada on the trek in support of his new album, "Wheelhouse."  And he's bringing along Chris Young, Lee Brice, and The Henningsens to serve as his openers.  Paisley has also created a way for the fans to be a part of the show.  Concertgoers who download and activate the free Brad Paisley Lightshow app will add to the ambience, as their phones will glow with continually changing vibrant colors throughout the show.  Brad is also using the trek to raise money for charity.  One-dollar from each ticket sold is going to Live Beyond, an organization that provides medical care, clean water, and developmental activities to impoverished communities in Haiti.


Brad Paisley's "Beat This Summer Tour" Dates


May 9  --  St. Louis, MO  --  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

May 10  --  Indianapolis, IN  --  Klipsch Music Center

May 11  --  Chicago, IL  --  First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

May 16  --  Holmdel, NJ  --  PNC Bank Arts Center

May 17  --  Boston, MA  --  Comcast Center

May 18  --  Hartford, CT  --  Comcast Theatre

May 31  --  Toronto, ONT  --  Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

June 1  --  Pittsburgh, PA  --  First Niagara Pavilion

June 2  --  Saratoga Springs, NY  --  Saratoga Performing  Arts Center

June 6  --  Cincinnati, OH  --  Riverbend Music Center

June 7  --  Charlotte, NC  --  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

June 8  --  Raleigh, NC  --  Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion

June 14  --  Tuscaloosa, AL  --  Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

June 15  --  Orange Beach, AL  --  The Amphitheater at the Wharf

June 21  --  West Palm Beach, FL  --  Cruzan Amphitheatre

June 22  --  Tampa, FL  --  Live Nation Amphitheatre

June 23  --  Atlanta, GA  --  Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood

June 28  --  Virginia Beach, VA  --  Farm Bureau Live

June 29  --  Washington, DC  --  Jiffy Lube Live

June 30  --  Camden, NJ  --  Susquehanna Bank Center

July 12  --  Darien Center, NY  --  Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

July 13  --  Ft. Loramie, OH  --  Country Concert at Hickory Hills Lake

July 20  --  Twin Lakes, WI  --  Country Thunder Festival Grounds

July 27  --  Dallas, TX  --  Gexa Energy Pavilion

July 28   --  Houston, TX  --  Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

August 1  --  Denver, CO  --  Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

August 2  --  Salt Lake City, UT  --  USANA Amphitheatre

August 4  --  George, WA  --  The Gorge Amphitheater

August 16  --  Mission, BC  --  Rockin' River Festival-Mission Raceway Park

August 17  --  Brownsville, OR  --  Williamette Country Music Festival

August 22  --  Mountain View, CA  --  Shoreline Amphitheatre

August 23  --  Sacramento, CA  --  Sleep Train Amphitheatre

August 24  --  San Bernardino, CA   --  San Manuel Amphitheatre

August 30  --  Stateline, NV  --  Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena

August 31  --  Las Vegas, NV  --  Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino


The Henningsens Manage To Blend Work, Family Relationships


The Henningsens' Aaron Henningsen admits it's sometimes strange to be in a band with a parent and a sibling.  The country newcomer explains that they each have family roles they can't shed even though they're in a professional setting.


But Aaron adds that they do see each other as equals in their working relationship.  But he's hesitant to call their musical partnership a "business," because "it's fun more than anything."  The Henningsens, featuring Aaron, his sister Clara, and their father Brian, are hitting the road.  The trio is an opening act on Brad Paisley's "Beat This Summer Tour."  And The Henningsens are already getting a taste of what it's like to be on the road with a well-known tour prankster.  Brad jokes that he loves "The Hemingways," and he's wishing "Mariel and Ernest the best."  Paisley's tour begins in St. Louis, Missouri tonight.


Darius Rucker Launching "True Believers Tour"


Darius Rucker is hitting the road.  He's heading out in support of his upcoming album, "True Believers," kicking off his "True Believers Tour" with a show in Estero, Florida tonight.  Jana Kramer is on board as the opener, while select stops will also feature either Justin Moore or Rodney Atkins.  The 24-date run includes the singer's fourth annual Darius and Friends benefit in Nashville on June 3rd, supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  He also has two festival dates set.   Darius will perform at the Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 25th, along with Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Thompson Square, and Aaron Lewis.  And Rucker, Atkins, and Kramer will join Sheryl Crow and Gloriana in performing at the Taste Of Country festival in Buffalo, New York on June 14th.  Rucker's album "True Believers" will be in stores on May 21st.


Darius Rucker's "True Believers Tour" Dates


May 9 - Estero, Florida, at the Germain Arena - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer

May 10 - Pensacola, Florida, at the Pensacola Civic Center - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer

May 17 - Savannah, Georgia, at the Savannah Civic Center - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer

May 18 - Alpharetta, Georgia, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer

May 19 - Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

May 24 - Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Riverfront Park - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

May 25 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Tiger Stadium

May 26 - Bossier City, Louisiana, at the Horseshoe Bossier City-Riverdome

May 30 - Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer

May 31 - Simpsonville, South Carolina, at the Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer

June 1 - Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the Patriotic Festival - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer

June 3 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Wildhorse Saloon - Darius & Friends Benefit

June 6 - Morrison, Colorado, at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

June 9 - Grand Prairie, Texas, at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

June 13 - N. Lawrence, Ohio, at the Clay's Park Amphitheater - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

June 14 - Buffalo, New York, at Coca Cola Field - with Sheryl Crow, Rodney Atkins, Gloriana and Jana Kramer

June 15 - Baltimore, Maryland, at Pier Six Pavilion - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

June 20 - West Long Branch, New Jersey, at The MAC at Monmouth University - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

June 21 - Bangor, Maine, at Waterfront Park - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

June 22 - Gilford, New Hampshire, at the Meadowbrook-US Cellular Pavilion - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

June 27 - Toledo, Ohio, at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

June 28 - Highland Park, Illinois, at the Ravinia Festival - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

June 29 - Normal, Illinois, at The Corn Crib - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

June 30 - Clarkston, Michigan, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer


Taylor Swift Announces Landmark Australian Stadium Tour


Taylor Swift says she's really enjoying her "Red" tour.  The country-pop superstar adds that she's now making plans for the international portion of the trek.


Swift will launch her foreign tour "down under."  She'll kick off the trek in Auckland, New Zealand on November 29th, and follow with four shows in Australia in December.  With the dates Taylor is also becoming the first solo female artist in 20 years to stage an Australian stadium tour.  The last woman to do so was Madonna, when she brought her "Girlie Show" tour to Australia in 1993.


Swift is currently on the road in this country.  The next stop on the North American leg of the "Red" tour is coming up in Washington, DC on Saturday.


Kris Kristofferson To Play Benefit To Help At-Risk Youth


Kris Kristofferson is ready to support anyone's redemption story.  "The Los Angeles Times" says the country legend is slated to headline a benefit for Homeboy Industries, an organization that helps gang members and troubled kids find jobs and turn their lives around.  Kris says it's a cause he can really get behind.  He calls it "an honor" to lend his talents to the group and support it's mission of "advancing the lives of thousands of young men and women who have made the decision to better their lives."  The fundraising event will also feature a performance from singer-songwriter John Flynn.  The show will take place at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California on June 23rd.


Chesney Tops Chart, Randy Rogers Band Makes Top Ten Debut


Kenny Chesney is leading the way on the charts.  The country superstar's new album "Life on a Rock" is debuting at number one on both the all-genre Billboard 200 and the Country Albums lists.  Kenny's album is opening with better than anticipated sales of 153-thousand, but says it's still his lowest first-week sales for a regular studio set since his 1999 effort "Everywhere We Go," which logged sales of 30-thousand.  "Life on a Rock" is Chesney's tenth consecutive number one on the Country Albums chart, and his seventh career Billboard 200 chart-topper.


The Randy Rogers Band's new album is also starting its chart run in the top ten.  The group's new release "Trouble" is taking the number nine spot on the Billboard 200 and number three on the country chart, with first-week sales of 26-thousand.  Chesney and the Randy Rogers Band are the only artists making top ten debuts on the chart this week.


Keith Urban Previews New Single


Keith Urban is giving fans a very brief preview of his next single.  The country star played a few seconds of the track in his latest "Urban Chat Video."


Urban doesn't even share the title.  But he does say the song has "a little bit of everything in it."  The single is slated to have its debut on country radio stations Monday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  It's from Urban's upcoming album, which is due later this year.  The project is Keith's first studio effort in a few years.  The new disc is his follow up to 2010's "Get Closer."


Lee Brice Showing Off "Fun" Side With New Single


Lee Brice is changing things up with his next single.  After releasing a couple of more serious ballads, the country singer is moving forward with "Parking Lot Party."  But Lee says the song shouldn't come as much of a surprise to his fans.


Brice adds that it's a great time to launch the track.  He explains that a spring release will give "Parking Lot Party" the chance to build momentum as a "fun summer song," and eventually peak in the fall "when all the people are taligating for football."  Lee adds that he's looking forward to performing the song in his opening sets on Brad Paisley's tour, which begins tonight in Maryland Heights, Missouri.  "Parking Lot Party" is the fourth single from Lee's 2012 album, "Hard 2 Love." 


Danielle Peck Excited About New Album


Danielle Peck is excited about her upcoming album.  The country singer says she's thrilled the disc will include several songs she wrote, but she's hoping for even more.


A title and release date haven't been announced yet for Danielle's third studio effort.  But the project will include her current single, "Impossible Dreams."  Peck adds that while her last album, 2008's "Can't Behave," was only released digitally, her next record will be available both digitally and as a physical disc.


Country Birthdays Include


Guitarist Sonny Curtis is 76.  He was a member of The Crickets and Waylon Jennings' band.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1975, John Denver's single "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" topped the country charts.


Today in 1989, Keith Whitley was found dead of alcohol poisoning in his Nashville home.


Today in 1989, Dwight Yoakam scored his first Platinum certification for the album "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc."


Today in 1989, Tim McGraw arrived in Nashville to pursue his music career.


Today in 1992, Brooks and Dunn topped the "Billboard" country chart with "Neon Moon."


Today in 1994, Billy Ray Cyrus' wife, Leticia, gave birth to the couple's second child -- Braison Chance -- in Nashville.


Today in 1998, Martina McBride brought her new daughter Emma, who was just a day short of six-weeks-old, to the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.


Today in 2000, new album releases included Steve Wariner's "Faith in You," The Judds' "Judds Reunion: Live," and Craig Morgan's "Something To Write Home About."


Today in 2001, Toby Keith hollered a resounding, "How do you like me now!?," as he accepted his very first Academy of Country Music award in the Album of the Year category.  He also won in the Top Male Category.  Other winners included Dixie Chicks -- who took Entertainer of the Year, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack and Sons of the Desert, Brooks & Dunn, and Rascal Flatts.


Today in 2002, Vince Gill and his wife, Amy Grant announced that they had raised 300-thousand-dollars with the help of their famous friends at the 10th annual Vinny Pro-Celebrity Golf event.


Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger were married in a 15-minute ceremony on the beach on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The couple had met four months earlier.  Their union was annulled four months later.


Today in 2005, Sara Evans was the only country artist on "People" magazine's annual list of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.


Today in 2006, Jack Ingram scored his first number one single with "Wherever You Are," which was also the first number one for Ingram's record label, Big Machine Records.


Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney held a party in Nashville to celebrate the chart-topping success of his hit "Beer In Mexico," while Carrie Underwod attended two Nashville events honoring her number one hit "Wasted."


Today in 2007, Keith Anderson performed at a special celebration to mark the opening of the Nashville chapter of Musicians on Call, which brings live and recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities.


Today in 2010, Blake Shelton proposed to Miranda Lambert while they were out in the woods by her home in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.  She said yes.  They were married almost exactly one-year later.  Blake and Miranda will be celebrating their first anniversary on May 14th.


Today in 2012, Kenny Rogers played his first of two shows as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 2012 Artist-in-Residence.


Today in 2012, Lee Ann Womack performed at two special events in Washington, DC.  She sang at the Centennial First Ladies Luncheon at the invitation of Helen Green, wife of Texas Representative Gene Green.  She later performed at the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song event, which honored songwriting legends Burt Bacharach and Hal David.


Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" debuted at number one on the charts.


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