Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Taylor Swift To Break Staples Center Record


Taylor Swift is about to reach a special career milestone.  Following her shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this weekend, she will claim the record for most sold-out shows by a solo artist in the venue's history.  According to "Los Angeles Times," Taylor sold out all four of her concerts on her "Red" tour, bringing her total up to eleven and tying her with Mexican pop group Mana.  She's already beat out acts like Madonna, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. 


Next week, the Staples Center will celebrate Taylor's achievement with a special ceremony attended by the venue's management and her concert promoters, the Messina Group.  Taylor's "Red" album has sold almost three-point-nine million copies since its October 2012 release.


Brad Paisley Welcomes Chris Young Back To Tour


Brad Paisley is thrilled to have Chris Young back on tour with him.  Chris had to cancel a few shows because he had surgery after contracting a bad skin infection.  Brad admits a lot of times guys think they can just sleep off an illness, and he thinks Chris was lucky to have someone insist that he go to the hospital when he did.


Brad says he didn’t know Chris well when the "Aw Naw" singer joined the "Beat the Summer" tour.  But now that they've spent some time together, he thinks he may be the nicest guy he's ever had out on the road with him.  Young rejoins the “Beat the Summer” tour Thursday night in Mountain View, California.


Keith Urban Offers Special Listening Party For Fans


Keith Urban is offering fans a special listening party for his upcoming album, “FUSE.”   The singer will mark the release of his seventh studio album with a pre-release party and performance on September 6th in Nashville.  Fans can watch the special performance via the singer’s first ever live digital performance on Yahoo! Music’s "Ram Country Live.”  It'll air at 9:00 pm Eastern on September 6th, just four days before the September 10th release of “FUSE.”  By going to, fans can also win tickets to the show through special contests that will be announced in the coming weeks.


Keith returns to the next season of “American Idol.”  He's currently he on his “Light the Fuse” tour, with concerts scheduled through the end of the year.


Court Yard Hounds Will Perform for VH1


The Court Yard Hounds believe in music in schools. The duo will help the Save The Music Foundation when they perform at a VH1 Noteworthy concert on September 12th. Comprised of Emily Robison and Martie Maguire from the Dixie Chicks, the two will give an intimate performance at the William Hill Estate Wines in Napa Valley.  Emily says she and Martie are excited to do their part to tell people about the great work the Foundation is doing for schools.  The organization helps restore music education programs in elementary and middle public schools in the U.S.


The evening includes a dinner, auction and performance. Special ticket purchases also include a meet and greet with Emily and Martie.  The Court Yard Hounds have a new album, “Amelita,” released in July. Billing themselves as a folk duo, Emily and Martie are performing a series of concerts while taking a break from the Dixie Chicks.


Larry Gatlin Nominated For Dove Award


Larry Gatlin is nominated in the Song of the Year category for the upcoming Dove Awards. Gatlin co-wrote “Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored” with Bill Gaither, which was recorded by the Gaither Vocal Band.  The Oak Ridge Boys are nominated for Bluegrass Song of the Year for their arrangement of the traditional gospel song “Standing in the Need of Prayer.”  They also have nods for Country Song of the Year for “I Get To” and Country Album for “Back Home Again.”  Bluegrass duo Daily & Vincent are featured on the tune “From My Rags to His Riches,” with Devin McGlamery.  It's nominated for Song, Country Song and Bluegrass Song of the Year. Daily & Vincent have two additional nods for Bluegrass Song with “Living in the Kingdom of God” and “Peace That Covers All Pain.” 


The 44th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards will be held October 15th in Nashville. It will be televised by UP TV.


Dolly Plans to Expand Dollywood


Dolly Parton says her wildest dreams are coming true. The singer will expand Dollywood, the theme park in her hometown area of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.  Parton is investing 300-million-dollars into new Dollywood projects that are expected to add hundreds of new jobs.  According to, construction is already underway for a new roller coaster, dubbed the FireChaser Express.  The new coaster will roll down its tracks in March of 2014.


Dollywood celebrates its 30-year anniversary in 2015. Dolly will open the Dollywood DreamMore Resort, which includes meeting rooms and 300 hotel rooms. A special feature will be Dolly’s Suite Dreams celebrity suite, with decor inspired by the singer. The singer says she hopes that by increasing the size of the park, she will offer families a place where they can come to play together and make wonderful memories. She adds that new development will take place over the next ten years.


Charlie Daniels Releases “Devil” As E-Book


Charlie Daniels is releasing his book “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” as an E-book. Originally published as a collection of short stories and vintage photos in 1985, the E-book version can be purchased on Kindle through and Apple iBooks.  Charlie pulled together a compilation of stories about some of his famous songs and a brief biography.  There are also a few original tales about some very eccentric characters.  Also included in the book is the favorite holiday story “A Carolina Christmas Carol,” which Charlie reads to friends and family every Christmas Eve.


The Charlie Daniels Band is currently on across the U.S. His annual Christmas for Kids concert is scheduled for November 25th in Nashville.


Thomas Rhett Checks in With Fans


Thomas Rhett is giving fans an opportunity to see the cover of his debut album, picture by picture. The singer is allowing fans a glimpse into his upbringing as he shares exclusive home videos with them through his just announced campaign. The first video shows Rhett singing John Michael Montgomery’s tune “Beer and Bones.”  Thomas will add new clips as he gets additional mentions on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Fans can go to to help reveal the cover.


As a singer, Thomas Rhett has sold over one million tracks on iTunes, including “Something to do With My Hands” and “Beer with Jesus.”  Thomas is also hot as a songwriter, with three songs on the country singles charts.  He is garnering airplay with Jason Aldean’s “1994,” “Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here.”  Thomas is out with Jason Aldean on his “Night Train” tour through October.


Easton Corbin Revels In New Video's Action Star Role


Easton Corbin loves playing the part of an action star in the video for his latest single, "All Over the Road."  He says he had a lot of fun filming the clip, which is actually very different from what the lyrics of the song might suggest.


But Corbin says he knew the video was perfect for him as soon as he read the script.  He jokes that it has everything a guy could want -- cops, a car chase, a girl, money, and guns.  Corbin is out with Blake Shelton’s "Ten Times Crazier" tour through the end of the year.  He joins the Band Perry for their "We Are Pioneers" world tour beginning January 9th in Penticton, British Columbia.


The Henningsens Ready to Film Second Video


The Henningsens may be trading freezing weather for a lot of heat as they begin to film their second video.  When shooting “American Beautiful,” the family group was working in 20-degree weather.  The video concept for “I Miss You” is about people frozen in time.  Aaron Henningsen says this time they may be wearing jackets and heavy clothing on non-air conditioned sets.  He says it really doesn’t matter to them, as they are all excited to see exactly how the video will play out on film.


Aaron says the good thing going into this second video is they all feel like old pros now that they have the first one behind them.  He says they were very nervous when they did “American Beautiful," adding that they're much more comfortable going into the second one.  The Henningsens continue opening Brad Paisley‘s “Beat This Summer” tour.  They join friend Lee Brice on the trek.


Country Birthdays Include


Holly Dunn is 56.

Collin Raye is 53.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1968, George Jones and Tammy Wynette announced they were married, even though they didn't actually tie the knot until the following February.


Today in 1980, Waylon Jennings' "Music Man" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1983, Crystal Gayle and husband Bill Gatzimos, welcomed their first child, Catherine, into the world.


Today in 1987, Roy Clark became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1989, Reba McEntire's "Sweet Sixteen" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1990, Willie Nelson's "Willie & Family Live" album was certified double Platinum.


Today in 1994, the Mavericks' "What A Crying Shame" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1996, "Mooney" Lynn, the husband of Opry legend Loretta Lynn, passed away.


Today in 1997, Mark Wills sang his hit single "Jacob's Ladder" for his Grand Ole Opry debut.  He was so excited about the big night that he even had new soles and heels put on his boots.


Today in 1997, Kenny Chesney's "She's Got It All" topped the "Radio & Records" country chart.


Today in 1998, after Garth Brooks performed his first concert in South America, in front of a sold-out crowd of 50-thousand during the Rodeo Barretos in Brazil, he pledged to return.


Today in 2000, Neal McCoy's album "24-7-365" and Bill Engvall's "Now That's Awesome" CD arrived in stores.


Today in 2001, Travis Tritt was honored with the 2001 VFW Hall of Fame Award.


Today in 2001, Reba McEntire was in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame to give folks the first look at her WB sitcom, "Reba."  She was also given a plaque from the Country Music Hall of Fame in appreciation of her contributions to the entertainment industry.


Today in 2001, Alan Jackson's "When Somebody Loves You" album was certified Platinum.


Today in 2003, the Alan Jackson-Jimmy Buffett duet "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" was spending its fifth week at number one on the "Radio & Records" country chart.


Today in 2006, new CD releases included Pat Green's "Cannonball" and "Believe: Songs of Faith," including material from Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley with Dolly Parton, Sara Evans, Phil Vassar, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, and Carrie Underwood.


Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts visited the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University.  The guys played an acoustic show for the children and their families, then signed autographs and talked to the patients who could not come to the show.


Today in 2007, Taylor Swift found out her self-titled debut album was number one for the fifth week in a row on the "Billboard" country album chart, and that she was the only country artist to accomplish the feat so far that year.


Today in 2011, Shania Twain raised nine-thousand-dollars auctioning off the shoes she blamed for her stumble at the CMT Music Awards a couple of months earlier.  The money went to Shania Kids Can, a charity the singer established to help school-aged children who are struggling with problems in their homelife.


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