Randy Travis Leaves Hospital, Continuing Treatment In Physical Therapy Facility
Randy Travis is out of the hospital. A statement from Baylor Heart Hospital says the country singer has been discharged from the facility and has been transferred to a physical therapy center where he'll continue his rehab. Travis' fiancée Mary Davis adds that she and the singer both appreciate all the prayers and support they've received "as Randy continues on the road to recovery."
Travis was hospitalized on July 7th suffering from cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. A few days later he had a stroke, and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Doctors say the operation was successful, but that Travis will need "months to recover from the stroke."
Steve Wariner Seeking Restraining Order For Alleged Stalker
Steve Wariner is looking to protect himself and his family while he's in Texas. The country star has filed a lawsuit in Harris County, Texas against a woman he claims has been stalking him since 1989. Wariner explains in his suit that they met under false pretenses, when Shinn brought her healthy son backstage through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, claiming the boy was dying of cancer. The singer says over the past 20 years Shinn hasn't let up in her efforts to contact him, and in recent years began harassing him through social media as well. Wariner adds that earlier this year Shinn notified him by e-mail that she was coming to Nashville, and threatened him and his family if he refused to see her. She was arrested at the Nashville airport on May 20th, and has since defied a judge's order to leave Wariner alone.
Wariner's complaint also alleges that Shinn has notified him she has tickets to some of his upcoming Texas concerts, and she's insisting that he not only see her at the concerts but that he divorces his wife before the shows. Wariner is seeking a restraining order barring Shinn from contacting him or coming within 500 yards of his scheduled concert venues.
Carrie Underwood's "Sunday Night Football" Theme Surfaces Online
Football and country music fans are getting their first listen to Carrie Underwood's new "Sunday Night Football" theme. A clip of the opening to NBC's weekly sporting event has surfaced online.
Underwood is taking over performing "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" this season, following Faith Hill's six-season "Sunday Night Football" run. The first game to feature Carrie's theme will air on NBC on September 8th.
Philadelphia Eagles Player Apologizing For Racial Slurs At Chesney Concert
One of Kenny Chesney's special guests at his Philadelphia concert last month is apologizing for his offensive off-stage language. Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper tweeted Wednesday that he's "so ashamed and disgusted" with himself, admitting that he has "been offensive" and wants "to apologize" to his coach, teammates, and fans along with the community in general. He adds that what he did "was wrong" and "there are no excuses," and that he'll "accept the consequences" of his actions. The Philadelphia sports blog "Crossing Broad" has unveiled off-stage video of Cooper using the N-word as he threatened to "fight" every African-American person at the Chesney concert, while another clip shows him getting into a parking lot dispute after the show.
Cooper had performed with Kenny at the event, which "USA Today" says was a concert highlight. The country superstar welcomed Cooper as well as Eagles coach Chip Kelly and center Jason Kelce to join him in singing his ode to football, "Boys Of Fall." Chesney has not commented on the matter.
Court Yard Hounds Launching Tour Dates Behind New Album
Court Yard Hounds are taking their new music on the road. The duo, featuring Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, has a series of dates over the next few months starting with a show in Fargo, North Dakota on Thursday. The trek includes some festival appearances. The ladies will make a stop at St. Louis' LouFest in September and perform twice during October's Austin City Limits Music Festival. Court Yard Hounds are also on board for Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend. In addition, they'll join Zac Brown Band for three shows later this month. Court Yard Hounds are supporting their sophomore studio effort, "Amelita," which is in stores now.
Court Yard Hounds Tour Dates
August 1 - Fargo, North Dakota, at the Fargo Theatre
August 3 - Chicago, Illinois, at Grant Park at Lollapalooza
August 15 & 16 - Mansfield, Massachusetts, at the Comcast Center (with Zac Brown Band)
August 17 - Bethel, New York, at the Bethel Woods Center For The Arts (with Zac Brown Band)
September 8 - St. Louis, Missouri, at Forest Park at LouFest
October 4 & 11 - Austin, Texas, at Zilker Park at the Austin City Limits Music Festival
Brad Paisley Debuts New Single On "America's Got Talent"
Brad Paisley is demonstrating that he's "got talent" by introducing his new single. The country star debuted "I Can't Change The World" as a guest performer on Wednesday's episode of NBC's "America's Got Talent." The singer put his vocal skills on display in giving the song a powerful finish.
The show also featured a performance from R&B star Robin Thicke, who sang the chart-topping title track to his new album, "Blurred Lines," while four acts advanced to the semifinals. Country singer Marty Brown pulled off a surprise victory even he admitted he didn't deserve following his less than impressive performance of Shania Twain's "You're Still The One" on Tuesday. The acrobatic dance team Innovative Force, the operatic trio Forte, and comic-impressionist Angela Hoover are also moving on.
Luke Bryan Proud Of Latest Single
Luke Bryan is really happy with his current single, "That's My Kind Of Night." The country star says the song instantly appealed to him.
Luke describes the song as a "big ol' party riot," explaining that "the second it comes on you gotta dance." "That's My Kind Of Night" is the second single from the singer's upcoming album "Crash My Party," and Luke's follow up to the disc's chart-topping title track. Bryan's new CD will be in stores on August 13th.
Ronnie Dunn To Release New Album This Fall
Ronnie Dunn's next album is on the way. The country star says in a new Facebook post that his second solo project is slated to hit stores in November, while the disc's lead-off single, "Kiss You There," just might start cropping up on the radio. Earlier this month Dunn posted the lyric video to the song on YouTube. But the singer says he plans to give fans a more extensive album preview, because "one single does NOT set the tone for the entire cd." But he's asking people to be patient, and give him and "the 'tech gurus' a minute to develop a site" where they can post "snippets of the entire 15 song project." Dunn adds that he'll be making the radio rounds, and already has 17 "required acoustic shows" scheduled.
Dunn first introduced "Kiss You There" along with the new song "This Country" last month with a flash mob event in downtown Nashville. The singer took over a portion of Fifth Avenue outside the Bridgestone Arena as the CMT Music Awards were letting out, and played a mini rooftop concert as a group of more than 200 people line danced in the street.
McCoy Vocally Faithful To Originals On Charley Pride Tribute Disc
Neal McCoy says he's really pleased with the way his upcoming Charley Pride tribute disc has turned out. The country star admits he hasn't completely made the songs his own. He explains that he tried to match Charley's phrasing as he sang the songs, out of respect to Pride's longtime fans.
But McCoy says his versions of Charley's hits still sound a little different. Neal explains that he includes an upright bass on the songs, which gives them a rockabilly feel. McCoy's "Pride: A Tribute To Charley Pride," featuring covers of such hits as "You're My Jamaica," "Someone Loves You Honey," and "Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone," will be in stores on September 24th.
Band Perry Siblings Say Becoming A Family Group Was Inevitable
The Band Perry's Kimberly, Neil, and Reid Perry haven't always been bandmates. Early on Neil and Reid had their own group while Kimberly was in another band. But Kimberly explains the problem was visual, not musical, and back then they simply wouldn't have looked right performing together.
Neil says he finds it "a lot more enjoyable" being in a family band, while Reid adds that their sibling bonds make it easier to work through disagreements. He explains that because they're family they're "able to have the hard conversations but still get along at the end of things." They also get to share their career achievements with one another. The Band Perry's latest single, "Done," recently became the trio's second consecutive chart-topping hit from their sophomore CD, "Pioneer."
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1973, Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors" album was released.
Today in 1977, Waylon Jennings' album "Are You Ready For The Country" was certified Gold.
Today in 1981, Kix Brooks married his wife, Barbara.
Today in 1983, Kenny Rogers' "Eyes That See In The Dark" album was released.
Today in 1989, Keith Whitley's "I Wonder Do You Think Of Me" album was released.
Today in 1992, Brooks and Dunn began a four-week stay at number one on the "Billboard" country chart with "Boot Scootin' Boogie."
Today in 1994, the album "I Still Believe In You" by Vince Gill was certified triple Platinum.
Today in 1995, John Michael Montgomery's self-titled album and the "Reba Live" video were released.
Today in 1996, the "Livin' In A Moment" album by Ty Herndon was released.
Today in 1996, Alan Jackson's CD "Everything I Love" was certified triple Platinum, while Patty Loveless' "The Trouble With The Truth" album was certified Gold.
Today in 2000, Jo Dee Messina's album "Burn" and Chris LeDoux's album "Cowboy" were released.
Today in 2000, Keith Urban began his stint as an online guitar teacher through the House of Blues website.
Today in 2001, Carolyn Dawn Johnson received a record ten nominations at the Canadian Country Music Awards.
Today in 2001, Jamie O'Neal cinched her second number one hit on "Billboard" with "When I Think About Angels."
Today in 2002, Gary Allan's "Alright Guy" album was certified Gold.
Today in 2003, Rodney Atkins made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
Today in 2003, "Kenny Chesney: Back Where I Come From," a concert special featuring highlights of a June 2003 show at the University of Tennessee, premiered on CMT.
Today in 2003, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," Alan Jackson's duet with Jimmy Buffett, climbed to number one on the "Radio & Records" country chart. Meanwhile, Jackson's single "Remember When" was released.
Today in 2004, Sara Evans sang the national anthem in Arlington, Texas prior to Texas Rangers-Oakland Athletics game.
Today in 2005, Keith Urban earned a Gold single for "Days Go By."
Today in 2005, Rascal Flatts went on their first USO tour to the Persian Gulf.
Today in 2006, "Buck Owens - The Ultimate Collection" was released on Rhino Records.
Today in 2006, Jake Owen sang his debut single "Yee Haw" on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Today in 2007, during an appearance on on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Brad Paisley performed his hit "Online" for the television audience and also played his hit "Ticks" for the studio audience. In addition, both songs along with an exclusive interview from his backstage dressing room was streamed online immediately after the broadcast.
Today in 2010, Jimmy Wayne officially finished his "Meet Me Halfway" walk with friends and supporters joining him for the final half-mile of his seven-month, 17-hundred-mile trek he started in Nashville on New Year's Day. Upon arriving at his destination -- the HomeBase Youth Services facility in downtown Phoenix, Arizona -- Wayne addressed the crowd, discussing his mission and sharing a few stories from the road. Jimmy later played a special invitation-only concert for foster kids in the Phoenix area at the local Hard Rock Cafe.
Today in 2012, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returned to the top spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 album chart in its third week. The disc had debuted at number one then fell to number two in its second week. "Uncaged" was marking its third straight week topping the Country Albums chart.
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