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Reba McEntire Excited About Country Music Hall Of Fame Exhibit


Reba McEntire is excited to have her life put on display.  The country star says she's provided the Country Music Hall of Fame with all sorts of things for the exhibit, and hasn't yet exhausted her collection.


Reba describes herself as "a pack rat." confessing that she tends to hang on to things.  But she says she "came by that honestly" through her mother, who "collects everything and keeps everything."  "Reba: All the Women I Am" will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on Friday, and run through June 8th, 2014.  And Reba anticipates having a new problem once the exhibit closes.  She says she has no idea where she's going put everything once the display items are returned to her.


Report: LeAnn Rimes, Husband Land VH1 Reality Show


Just in case fans weren't already getting enough of LeAnn Rimes' personal life, VH1 is reportedly giving the country singer a chance to share even more in a new reality show.  According to, the series is tentatively titled "LeAnn and Eddie," and will follow Rimes and her actor husband Eddie Cibrian as they go about their everyday lives.  The show -- which is produced by the team behind the A&E hit "Duck Dynasty" -- is scheduled to premiere sometime either this fall or winter.  Rimes and Cibrian say they're excited to give fans a glimpse of who they really are, "or better yet, who [they're] really not."


The Lady Antebellum-Stevie Nicks "CMT Crossroads" Gets Air Date


Lady Antebellum's installment of "CMT Crossroads" will have its premiere next month.  The country trio teamed up with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks for the show.  They taped the collaborative concert in January during Lady A's promotional trip to Los Angeles behind the single "Downtown" -- before the release of Lady A's most recent album, "Golden."  Their show features performances of Lady A's hits "Need You Now and "Love Don't Live Here" as well as Stevie's classics "Rhiannon," "Landslide," and "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," which Nicks originally recorded as a duet with Tom Petty. "CMT Crossroads" pairs up country stars with performers from other musical genres to play each other's songs, discuss their influences, and see where their musical paths intersect.  The Lady A-Stevie Nicks "CMT Crossroads" will debut on CMT on September 13th.


Scotty McCreery Resuming "Weekend Roadtrip Tour" This Week


Scotty McCreery will soon be busy studying and performing.  The country star, who's beginning his sophomore year at North Carolina State University, is set to resume his "Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013" with 21 new dates throughout the summer and fall.  McCreery says he "couldn't be happier" with the way his tour has been going.  He describes his show as "90 high-energy minutes of new material and country classics combined with video, lights and fan interaction."  McCreery will launch the trek this Friday with a show in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  The run includes two hometown performances at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh on October 21st and 22nd.


Scotty McCreery Tour Dates


August 9 - Hyannis, Massachusetts, at the Cape Cod Melody Tent

August 10 - Webster, Massachusetts, at the Indian Ranch

August 11 - Cohasset, Massachusetts, at the South Shore Music Circus

September 1 - Manteo, North Carolina, at the Roanoke Island Festival

September 6 - Madera, California, at the Madera District Fair

September 7 - Oroville, California, at the Gold Country Casino

September 13 - Council Bluffs, Iowa, at the Stir Cove at Harrah's

September 14 - Spencer, Iowa, at the Clay County Fair Grandstand

September 20 - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

September 21 - Baltimore, Maryland, at Rams Head Live

September 26 - Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, at the Bloomsburg Fair

October 4 - Salem, Virginia, at the Salem Civic Center

October 5 - Cherokee, North Carolina, at Harrah's Cherokee

October 21 & 22 - Raleigh, North Carolina, at the North Carolina State Fair

October 26 - Troy, Ohio, at the Hobart Arena

November 1 - Danville, Kentucky, at the Norton Center for the Arts Centre College

November 14 - Austin, Texas, at Stubb's

November 15 - Winnie, Texas, at Nutty Jerry's

November 22 & 23 - Lincoln City, Oregon, at the Chinook Winds Casino


Carrie Underwood Not Thinking About "Blown Away" Follow Up Yet


Carrie Underwood says it'll be a while before she starts focusing on the follow up to her most recent album, "Blown Away."  The country star tells "The Sound of Music" will consume her "entire fall."  She explains that she'll actually be living in New York City for a couple of months before the show, because it's going to require so much of her time and attention.  Underwood says that because it's a live TV performance, it's "going to take a lot of rehearsals" and involve "a couple of solid months" of work for "one big night."  She adds that she doesn't feel like she can "really buckle down and start working on the next album" until "The Sound of Music" is behind her.  Underwood is starring as Maria von Trapp in the special, live TV remake of the musical, which will air on NBC on December 5th.


Phil Vassar Debuts New Video


Phil Vassar's latest single now has a video.  The country star debuted the clip to "Love Is Alive" on CMT Pure and Wednesday, and it will soon move to other outlets.  Vassar shot the video during recent tour stops in Chicago and Milwaukee.  The clip tells a love story reminiscent of the John Cusack film "Serendipity," following the romantic journey of two people who meet in childhood then years later are reunited with a chance encounter as adults.  Fans can see Vassar's "Love Is Alive" on


Florida Georgia Line Surprised, Amazed By Career Path


Florida Georgia Line has seen their career skyrocket over the past year.  Country singer Brian Kelley admits the success of their hit "Cruise" has taken them by surprise, but the duo is no overnight sensation.


Kelley adds that he and Tyler Hubbard never imagined they'd ever pen a hit as big as "Cruise" when they started writing together.  He explains that they weren't expecting to come up with a multi-Platinum, record-setting chart-topping hit, but simply wanted to write "great songs" their friends and fans would like.  But "Cruise" has sold more than five-million copies in the U.S. alone, and just spent its 22nd week at number one to set the new record for total weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.


Jennifer Nettles Shares Concept Behind "That Girl"


Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is officially stepping out on her own with her debut solo single, "That Girl."  The country star says her songwriting partner Butch Walker came up with the concept behind the song.  She explains that it's sung from the perspective of a woman who, after discovering she's the "other woman" a in a man's affair, tries to make things right by contacting his wife.


"That Girl" is the lead-off single from Nettles' debut solo album.  The song will be released on August 20th, while the album is due later this year.


Tate Stevens On Board For Craig Morgan's Charity Event


Tate Stevens is throwing his support to Craig Morgan's charitable efforts.  The "X Factor" winner is among the first celebrities to sign on for Craig's upcoming fundraiser.  Stevens is on board for the concert portion of the event, along with singer Aaron Lewis.  They'll join Morgan in taking the stage at The Renaissance Center in Morgan's hometown of Dickson, Tennessee.  The show follows a motocross-filled morning, including a demonstration from some of the sport's top riders and a group trail ride.  Morgan will host his 7th Annual Charity Event on September 14th.  Money raised will go to Billy's Place, a local facility that assists foster children throughout Middle Tennessee.


Country TV Today And Tonight


LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) Jake Owen is the musical guest.


Country Birthdays Include


Mel Tillis is 81.

The Statler Brothers' Phil Balsley is 74.

Mark Wills is 40.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1975, Hank Williams, Jr. fell 500-feet while mountain climbing in Montana.  He suffered severe injuries and nearly died, but after two years of rehab, including many operations to rebuild his body, he returned to touring and recording.


Today in 1981, the single "Step By Step" by Eddie Rabbitt entered the Top 40 chart.


Today in 1987, K.T. Oslin's "80's Ladies" album debuted at number 15 on the "Billboard" country chart.  At that time, it was the highest entry ever for a female country artist.


Today in 1995, John Michael Montgomery and Tracy Lawrence earned some heavy metal.  Montgomery's album "John Michael" was certified Gold, Platinum, and double Platinum simultaneously, while his CD "Life's A Dance" was certified triple Platinum.  Meanwhile, Lawrence's album "Alibis" was certified double Platinum and his CD "I See It Now" was certified Platinum.  But they weren't the only stars hitting sales plateaus, as Shania Twain's single "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" and Neal McCoy's album "You Gotta Love That" were certified Gold.


Today in 1996,  Dwight Yoakam's album "This Time" was certified triple Platinum, while Faith Hill's album "Take Me As I Am" and Randy Travis' "No Holdin' Back" album were both certified double Platinum.


Today in 2000, new releases included the Kentucky Headhunters' album "Songs From The Grass String Ranch" and the soundtrack for the movie "Space Cowboys," featuring Willie Nelson, Clay Walker, Chad Brock, and Mandy Barnett.


Today in 2001, Billy Ray Cyrus' PAX-TV drama, "Doc," placed second on the Parents Television Council's annual "Top 10 Best Television Show" list.  CBS-TV's "Touched by an Angel" series topped the group.


Today in 2005, Josh Gracin picked up a Gold single for "Nothin' To Lose."


Today in 2006, Steve Holy released the album "Brand New Girlfriend."


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift donated 100-thousand-dollars to the Red Cross in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to help with the organization's reilef efforts following severe flooding in the community.


Today in 2008, Toby Keith's movie "Beer For My Horses" opened in theaters.  In addition to starring in the film, Toby also co-wrote the script and helping pick the cast.


Today in 2009, Steel Magnolia was the winner on the second season of CMT's "Can You Duet," and received a recording contract with Big Machine Records.


Today in 2010, at Brooks & Dunn's "Last Rodeo" tour stop in Chicago, Gary Allan wrapped up his run as an opener on the trek by hanging a banner from his tour bus that read "Thanks for having us on 82 shows over the past ten years!  You guys are the gold standard of how it should be done.  If we ever grow up, we want to be just like you guys."  The message was signed "Gary and the Gang."  Brooks & Dunn saw the banner as they arrived at the venue for the show.


Today in 2010, Craig Morgan performed an acoustic concert in his hometown of Dickson, Tennessee on the second day of his two-day Craig Morgan Charity Ride.  Aaron Tippin also took part in the show.


Today in 2011, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina both unveiled the videos to their debut singles.  Scotty presented the clip for "I Love You This Big," while Lauren introduced the clip for "Like My Mother Does."


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