Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Report: Shelton's Oklahoma Fundraiser Being Planned For Early Next Week


There's been no official word yet on Blake Shelton's proposed benefit concert to support tornado recovery efforts following the devastating storm that struck Moore, Oklahoma earlier this week.  But is reporting that the country star is hoping to stage the event early next week.  A list of performers as well as the show's location haven't been decided yet.  Shelton, who was born in Oklahoma and still lives in the state, announced late Tuesday that he was organizing the fundraiser -- which will likely be televised -- with NBC.


Taylor Swift A Top Nominee For Teen Choice Awards


More awards could be coming Taylor Swift's way.  The country-pop superstar is among the top nominees for the upcoming Teen Choice Awards.  She's in the running in three categories, including Choice Female Artist, Choice Female Country Artist, and Choice Smile.  But a number of other country artists are up for awards as well.  Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, and Jana Kramer are Taylor's competition in the Female Country category, while Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, and Hunter Hayes are among the contenders for Choice Male Country Artist.  In addition, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, and Thompson Square are all vying for Choice Country Group.


Julianne Hough is up for an award for her acting.  She has a bid for Choice Movie Actress: Romance for the film "Safe Haven," which is in the running for Choice Movie: Romance.  The TV series "Nashville," and the reality shows "The Voice" and "American Idol" could also win awards.  The 2013 Teen Choice Awards will take place on August 11th, and air live on Fox.  Voting is open now at TeenChoice


Country related nominees for the Teen Choice Awards


Choice Female Artist:

Selena Gomez

Demi Lovato



Taylor Swift


Choice Male Country Artist:

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Hunter Hayes

Blake Shelton


Choice Female Country Artist:

Jana Kramer

Miranda Lambert

Kacey Musgraves

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood


Choice Country Group:

Florida Georgia Line

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

The Band Perry

Thompson Square


Choice Smile:

Selena Gomez

Taylor Lautner

Demi Lovato

Harry Styles

Taylor Swift


Choice TV Show: Drama:

Gossip Girl


Pretty Little Liars


Switched At Birth


Choice TV Actress: Drama:

Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars

Blake Lively, Gossip Girl

Vanessa Marano, Switched At Birth

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville

Emily VanCamp, Revenge


Choice TV: Reality Competition Show:

American Idol

The Bachelor

Dancing with the Stars

The Voice

The X Factor


Choice Movie: Romance:

Beautiful Creatures

Les Miserables

Safe Haven

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Warm Bodies


Choice Movie Actress: Romance:

Jessica Biel, Playing for Keeps

Alice Englert, Beautiful Creatures

Julianne Hough, Safe Haven

Amanda Seyfried, Les Misérables

Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2


Strait Tops Country Album Chart; Takes Second On Billboard 200


George Strait says seeing an album top the chart is still special -- even the 25th time around.  But the country star isn't willing to take all the credit for the accomplishment. says "Love Is Everything" is entering the Country Albums chart at number one, with first week sales of 125-thousand.  It's starting its run on the all-genre Billboard 200 at number two, behind Vampire Weekend's "Modern Vampires of the City."  "Love Is Everything" has become King George's 18th top ten album on the Billboard 200, and puts him tied with Paul McCartney at number four on the list of male artists with the most top ten albums.  Frank Sinatra leads the way with 33, Elvis Presley follows with 27, and Bob Dylan is third with 20.  Meanwhile, "Love Is Everything" is Strait's 25th album to top the country chart, and extends his record for the most country number ones.  Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are tied in second place on that list, with 15 each.


Last week George earned his 60th number one country single with "Give It All We Got Tonight," which is more chart toppers than any other artist in any musical genre.  The song is the lead-off single from "Love Is Everything." 


Tim McGraw Offering Concert Material Through "McGraw Overdrive Series Live"


Tim McGraw is sharing his "Two Lanes of Freedom" tour with fans in a new way.  Over the next eight weeks, the country star will be releasing live tracks recorded at his shows.  The singer explains that he wants to give his fans a new way to experience his music.  Tim explains that "the sound and energy from a live show gives an entirely new perspective to any song."  He adds that live records give those who attended his concerts a chance to relive the memories, while fans who couldn't get a ticket are getting the chance to "hear some of what happened and maybe feel like" they were there. Tim will be making the tracks available on his website as part of his new "McGraw Overdrive Series Live."  He'll launch the project with "Southern Girl," which will be posted this Friday.  Four other tracks will be added throughout June and July.


Shelton, Fellow "Voice" Coaches Being Featured On "Oprah's Next Chapter"


Blake Shelton is opening up to Oprah Winfrey.  The country star will be featured along with his fellow coaches on "The Voice" on an upcoming episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter."  According to "The Wrap," NBC has granted Oprah exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the set of the reality show.  The episode will include a full tour, including the coaches' trailers where she will sit down with them.  She'll speak with Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira, and Usher, as well as the show's host Carson Daly and social media correspondent Christina Milian.  Oprah also paid a surprise visit to the show's top ten contestants just before they went into this week's elimination episode.  She tweeted a photo with Shelton on Tuesday, when he and wife Miranda Lambert performed a tribute to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.  "The Voice" cast will be featured on OWN's "Oprah's Next Chapter" on June 2nd.


Johnny Cash Museum Ready For Visitors


The Johnny Cash Museum is now open in Nashville.  Founder Bill Miller tells that bringing the project to fruition has been "the longest journey" of his life.  He explains that there were "so many challenges," along with a "deep-rooted responsibility" he felt to "create authenticity and present something to people to make them feel as if they knew Johnny."  Miller adds that he and his team spent "hundreds of nights" painstakingly going over every detail, "wording, re-wording, designing, and scrapping."  He says visitors will range from "a five year old child to their great grandmother," and include longtime Cash fans along with those who are just now discovering his music, so "putting something like this together isn't simply a matter of taking a bunch of cool memorabilia and hanging it on the wall."


And Miller appears to have succeeded in meeting his goals.  Johnny's brother Tommy Cash says he's very pleased with the museum.  He calls it "indescribable," and says there's "so much to comprehend."  Tommy also admits that seeing the wide array of Johnny Cash memorabilia and artifacts all assembled in one place is "an awesome experience."  He adds that the Johnny Cash Museum is a place people "from all over the world will want to see."  The Johnny Cash Museum opened its doors in late April  A grand opening event is in the works for May 30th.


Jewel Talks About Playing June Carter Cash In New Lifetime Movie


Country star Jewel is admitting she knows comparisons are going to be made between her upcoming Lifetime movie about June Carter Cash and "Walk The Line" for which Reese Witherspoon won an Academy Award. 


Jewel added she knew there would be extra pressure because of the fact she's not an actress and her portrayal would be scrutinized.  The Lifetime movie, called "Ring of Fire," was based on the book written by June and Johnny Cash's son John, called "Anchored in Love," which told his parents' love story.  Jewel says it "meant a lot" to her to have John's blessing to play his mother and she went into it very aware of how much she meant to her many fans. 


She also talked about the singing and dancing scenes in the movie, saying those parts actually turned out to be the hardest for her.  As a performer herself it was difficult to take on another persona on stage and not slip back into her own mannerisms.  "Ring Of Fire" premieres on Lifetime on Monday, May 27th.


Toby Keith Describes The Pride, Community Spirit In Moore Residents


Toby Keith admits that people living in Oklahoma should have storm shelters.  But the country star and longtime Moore resident says everyone in the area -- even those without shelters -- have a safe place to go when a tornado hits.


Keith was away from home when the deadly tornado struck Moore on Monday, and he returned the next day.  He says he's already done some repairs on his sister's home, while his sister-in-law and niece's homes were also damaged in the storm.  The singer adds that despite the destruction and loss of life from the massive storm, he -- like most Moore residents -- intend to rebuild, not leave the area.  Keith explains that there's a real community spirit in Moore, and the people who live there simply accept that tornadoes are a part of life.


Air Force Veteran Among Opry's Salute To The Troops Perfomers


Air Force veteran Angie Johnson admits she was too nervous to enjoy the first time she performed on the Grand Ole Opry.  But the singer says she had a great time this week helping the Opry honor the military.


Angie, who's now a Tech Sergeant in the Missouri Air National Guard, performed her debut single "Sing For You," on Tuesday's show.  She says she believes she's not just entertaining the troops with her music, but is playing an important role for the military as a musician.  Johnson explains that veterans are "the most in need" of "some soul healing," and "music is a way to do that."  "Sing For You" is the title track to Angie's debut EP, which was released this week.


Country Birthdays Include


Judy Rodman is 62.

Shelly West is 55.  Her mom was the late country star Dottie West.

Brian McComas is 41.

Jewel is 39.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1953, Jim Reeves made his debut appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1975, B.J. Thomas received a Gold record for "(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."  The number one hit marked Thomas' first appearance on the country singles chart.


Today in 1989, the "Absolute Torch & Twang" album by k.d. Lang & The Reclines was released.


Today in 1992, "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus entered the Top 40 chart.


Today in 1993, Alan Jackson's single "Chattahoochee" topped the charts.


Today in 1995, Dwight Yoakam's "Dwight Live" album was released.


Today in 1996, "The Woman In Me" album by Shania Twain was certified for sales of seven million. It was the first album by a woman to achieve that success.


Today in 1997, Tim McGraw released the album "Everywhere."


Today in 2000, the official keith urban Fan Club was established.


Today in 2000, Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" was released.


Today in 2001, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney were acquitted on all charges in the "horse incident" trial.  Tim was accused of assaulting a sheriff's deputy backstage at a concert in a suburb of Buffalo, New York when the officer and his partner were trying to remove Kenny from a police horse he was riding.  Tim said he wasn't attacking the officer but just trying to keep Kenny from falling from the horse.


Today in 2001, Mark McGuinn's self-titled album entered "Billboard's" country album sales chart at number 18.  This marked the first time in the history of Soundscan that a new artist on an independent label debuted in the top 20.


Today in 2002, Sugarland's Kristian Bush and his wife Jill had a son, Tucker.


Today in 2004, Alabama received the Merit Award from the USO in Washington, D.C.


Today in 2004, Michelle Branch of The Wreckers married the group's bass player, Teddy Landau, in Mexico.


Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney and wife Renee Zellweger were featured on the cover of "People" magazine.  The publication also included numerous photos of the couple sharing romantic moments on the beach.


Today in 2005, Big & Rich and Willie Nelson took part in the TV special "Nick & Jessica's Tour of Duty," featuring "Newlyweds" stars Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson.  The show was taped in Germany for an audience of military personnel.


Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney earned his second consecutive Entertainer of the Year nod at 41st annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  Other big winners included Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, and Carrie Underwood, while Vince Gill received the ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian Award.


Today in 2006, new album releases included the Dixie Chicks' "Taking The Long Way" and The Wreckers' "Stand Still, Look Pretty."


Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood performed on the sixth season finale of "American Idol."  She was also honored in a special segment with the presentation of a multi-Platinum disc for her debut album "Some Hearts."


Today in 2007, Gretchen Wilson's "One Of The Boys" debuted at the top of the Billboard country albums chart.


Today in 2010, Dierks Bentley hosted his first "Miles & Music For Kids" charity motorcycle ride and concert in Atlanta.  Josh Thompson was among the stars who took part in the event.


Today in 2010, Ferlin Husky and producer Billy Sherrill were officially welcomed into the Country Music Hall of Fame with the Medallion Ceremony in Nashville.  Craig Morgan, Lee Ann Womack, and Charley Pride took part in the ceremony, along with Ricky Skaggs, Shelby Lynne, and Ronnie Milsap.


Today in 2011, new releases included Brad Paisley's "This Is Country Music."


Today in 2012, Reba McEntire and Scotty McCreery were among the guest stars taking part in the season finale of "American Idol."  Reba performed with finalist Skylar Laine, while Scotty -- the 2011 winner -- presented the trophy to new winner Phillip Phillips.


Today in 2012, Trace Adkins played a free "Fleet Week" show for sailors in New York City.


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