Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Ray Price Doing Well Following Kidney Stone Surgery


Ray Price is reportedly doing well following surgery Wednesday.  The country legend underwent a procedure at a Nashville hospital to remove kidney stones.  His wife Janie said in a Facebook post shortly after the operation that Ray "came through the surgery with no complications of any kind."  She added that his pain was subsiding, and he was "finally getting a peaceful look on his face."  Janie also said the surgeon put stents into Ray, which should "prevent future complications."  Price was readmitted to the hospital last week in "severe pain" from the kidney stones, which developed as a result of the dehydration that landed him in the hospital last month.


Janie also noted in another post that the surgeon was playing a Ray Price CD during the operation.  She said the surgical nurse told her everyone in the operating room was "all so pleased to get to be listening to Ray Price music while Ray Price himself is on the table!"


Slim Whitman Dies at 90


Country singer Slim Whitman is dead at age 90.  The accomplished yodeler died in Florida early Wednesday.  Whitman scored his first hit "Indian Love Call" in 1952 and became a global sensation with 1955's "Rose Marie."  Whitman probably gained more notoriety in the 1980s when his albums were sold through direct marketing on TV.  Whitman made more than 100 albums and sold more than 70-million records during his career.


Luke Bryan To Premiere New Video On "Today"


Luke Bryan is ready to unveil his clip to his latest hit "Crash My Party."  The country star's video will have its premiere on NBC's "Today" Thursday morning during the show's fourth hour.  The clip will also be posted for viewing Thursday on and  It will arrive at other outlets on Friday.  Bryan made the video with director Shawn Silva, who was at the helm for a number of Luke's other clips including "Drunk On You," "Do I," and "All My Friends Say."  "Crash My Party" is the lead-off single from Bryan's still-untitled upcoming album, which is due in stores August 13th.


Carrie Underwood, Husband Selling Their Canadian Home


Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are letting go of their Canadian home.  The "Edmonton Journal" says the country star and her hockey player husband's custom-made house was built in 2010.  The two-story structure sits on an eleven-acre lot in the village of Carp, Ontario, near Ottawa.  It boasts five bedrooms and five bathrooms, a home theater, and a gym, as well as a wine cellar, a wet bar, and an enclosed porch that can be used year-round.  There's also a laundry room on each floor and a three-car garage.  The celebrity couple is hoping to get two-point-two-million-dollars for the home.  Paul Rushforth Real Estate is handling the sale, and has posted a five-minute video tour of the house on YouTube.


Thompson Square Publish Novel Based On Debut Single


In addition to their two albums, Thompson Square's Keifer and Shawna Thompson now have a book to their credit.  The duo teamed up with writer Travis Thrasher on the novel "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?," which shares its title with the song that inspired the project.   Shawna admits she's amazed that she can now call herself an author.


"Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?: A Novel" tells the story of Daniel and Casey, an unlikely couple whose journey together starts in high school when they're enlisted to write music for an event.  They find success together musically, but their rocky personal relationship leads to them splitting up.  Years later, after struggling on their own, they meet up and romance blooms again -- and this time things are different.  Keifer and Shawna insist that despite some apparent similarities between them and their characters, the book is a complete work of fiction.  "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?: A Novel" is in stores now.


Brett Eldredge Thrilled Trace Adkins, Colbie Caillat Sing His Song


Brett Eldredge says he couldn't be happier that Colbie Caillat is featured with Trace Adkins on "Watch The World End."  Brett, who's one of the song's writers, believes pairing them up was a brilliant idea.


Eldredge says he knew Colbie before she recorded the song with Trace.  He explains that they met at an awards event "randomly," and struck up a friendship.  Brett adds that Colbie was eager to cut the track with Trace.  He admits he's not sure how she heard about the song, but recalls that once she received it she was excited about recording it.  "Watch The World End" is the first single from Adkins' most recent album, "Love Will..."


Lady Antebellum Appreciate Having International Fans


Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley says the group is proud to have an international fan base.  The country star admits he hopes Lady A will always be able to maintain a strong connection with their audiences in other countries.


Kelley says Lady A's international fans are truly dedicated, and really know the music.  He explains that the foreign crowds will sing along throughout the show -- and not just chime in on the hits.  Charles adds that prior to touring with Lady Antebellum, he'd never been outside the U.S., and he appreciates the opportunities the group has given him to travel the world.


Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild Sharing Her Style Sense


Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild says "country music fashion" has become "an everyday girl's fashion."  The singer tells people her own sense of style is "a little downtown" and "a little hippie," explaining that she likes to "mix vintage with modern."  She admits her closet includes designer items from Gucci and Alexander McQueen along with a pair of cowboy boots that were "a 40-dollar find" at an Austin, Texas vintage store.  Comfort is key for Karen when she's performing.  The country star explains that when she's on stage she doesn't want to feel like she's "wearing somebody else's clothes," but wants them to "feel lived in."  Regarding her wardrobe for Little Big Town's upcoming run on Keith Urban's tour, Fairchild says "it'll be the summer of denim shorts and dresses."  She adds that "you can never go wrong with cowboy boots!"  Urban's "Light The Fuse Tour 2013," featuring Little Big Town as well as Dustin Lynch, starts in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 18th.


Reba Credits God, Parents, Curiosity For Her Career


Reba McEntire is sharing the credit for her success to three things.  The country star tells "Jetset" magazine she's received "a special talent" from God, and adds that she knows if she "hadn't used it, He would have given it to someone else."  But Reba says it's taken more than talent to get to where she is today -- and for that she thanks her parents.  The singer explains that her mom and dad instilled in her "a hard-work ethic," and taught her to "finish your project once you've started it," which has helped her sustain her career.  Reba adds that "curiosity plays a large part, too."  She admits she doesn't "fear anything new," and always wants to "see what different projects would be like."  And Reba has taken on a variety of projects over the course of her career, including acting on Broadway and in her own TV sitcoms, as well as developing her own fashion and product line.


Country Birthdays Include


Anne Murray is 68.

Keith Urban's wife Nicole Kidman is 46.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1981, "Queen Of Hearts" by Juice Newton entered the Top 40 chart.


Today in 1981, Dolly Parton's single "But You Know That I Love You" graced the top of the country charts.


Today in 1992, The Mavericks debuted on the charts with the single "Hey Good Lookin'."


Today in 1995, George Jones and Tammy Wynette released the reunion album "One."


Today in 2000, Martina McBride and Loretta Lynn were among the acts set to kick off the Opry's series of Tuesday matinee shows.


Today in 2000, Sammy Kershaw's album "Sammy Kershaw Covers The Hits" arrived in stores. The project was a collection of cover tunes that he recorded over the previous seven years and includes such classics as "Third Rate Romance," "Memphis, Tennessee" and "If I Fell."


Today in 2000, Amanda Wilkinson became a high school graduate.


Today in 2001, it was announced that Chely Wright was tapped to join Luther Vandross, the Irish Tenors, the Pointer Sisters and event host actor Barry Bostwick for the annual "Capitol Fourth Concert."


Today in 2001, K.T. Oslin told that her latest album, "Live Close By, Visit Often," would probably be her last release.


Today in 2003, in its second week on the chart, Alan Jackson's collaboration with Jimmy Buffett, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" leaped into the Top 20 on the "Radio & Records" country chart.  In Alan's entire career, only "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" had scaled the charts faster.


Today in 2003, Alabama kicked off their "American Farewell" tour in Atlanta, Georgia.  The tour ran twell into 2004.


Today in 2003, The Dixie Chicks lost Lipton as a sponsor of the group's summer tour because of Natalie Maines' controversial comment about President Bush in London at the start of the war in Iraq three months earlier.


Today in 2005, Martina McBride gave birth to her third child, daughter Ava Rose Kathleen.  But there was also another doll she was excited about.  It was announced that a new Barbie doll modeled after the singer was going into production.


Today in 2005, Trace Adkins appeared on the Disney Channel's "Higglytown Heroes," voicing the character of the Cowboy who helps the Higgly kids wrangle a cow that wanders into the street.


Today in 2006, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman celebrated her 39th birthday amid media scrutiny in Australia as they prepared for their upcoming wedding.  They were married five days later.


Today in 2006, Sara Evans made a surprise appearance at Nashville's Exit In during a 3 Doors Down show.  Evans previously met the band when they both performed at a charity concert in Los Angeles.


Today in 2006, Phil Vassar's "Last Day of My Life" hit number one on the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart.


Today in 2006, new releases included Willie Nelson's "The Complete Atlantic Sessions."


Today in 2007, Dolly Parton, the late Waylon Jennings, Don Williams, and songwriter Harlan Howard received the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award for their contributions to country music, and the late Buck Owens was recognized with the Jim Reeves International Award for his efforts in spreading country music throughout the world at an Academy of Country Music special awards ceremony at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.  Marty Stuart served as host for the event.


Today in 2007, Miranda Lambert was presented with a resolution honoring her for the success she has had in music.  The proclamation was given to her at her fan club headquarters in Lindale, Texas by Texas House Representative Tommy Merritt.


Today in 2007, Toby Keith's album "Big Dog Daddy" debuted at number one on both the Billboard country albums chart and the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.


Today in 2009, the second season of CMT's "Can You Duet?" had its premiere, with Naomi Judd and Big & Rich's Big Kenny Alphin as judges.  Steel Magnolia was the winner.


Today in 2010, the visitation for the late Jimmy Dean took place in Richmond, Virginia.


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