Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan Returning To Host 2014 ACM Awards


Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will be returning to host next year's Academy of Country Music Awards.  CMT revealed the news via Twitter with the message, "#bluke is back!  @blakeshelton & @LukeBryanOnline to host 2014 @ACMawards."  The ACM retweeted the post, and confirmed the news in a separate tweet.  Other details about the 2014 event haven't been revealed as yet.


Shelton and Bryan made their collaborative hosting debut at this year's event back in April.  The 2013 ceremony won the night for CBS, and saw a 39-percent increase in viewership from 2012, which featured Shelton and Reba McEntire as the hosts.


Lady Antebellum Happy For Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore


Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley says he's proud to see Kacey Musgraves and Kip Moore receive nominations for this fall's Country Music Association Awards.  Charles feels the recognition simply confirms the talent Lady A already saw in them -- which is why the group tapped them as openers for their tour.


Musgraves has six CMA nominations including a bid for New Artist of the Year -- a category that also features Moore.  Lady A has a couple of chances to win at the event as well.  The 47th annual CMA Awards will be presented in Nashville on November 6th -- two days before Lady A, Kacey, and Kip launch the "Take Me Downtown" tour in Southaven, Mississippi.


Darius Rucker Thrilled "Wagon Wheel" Songwriters Get CMA Nominations



Darius Rucker says he's thrilled to be bringing attention to the song "Wagon Wheel."  His revival of the track has resulted in a CMA Song of the Year nomination for writers Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor.  Rucker adds that he'd be happy to personally congratulate Dylan on the nod.


Rucker says he knows he'll get the chance to talk with Secor, and is looking forward to it.  Darius explains that he's "really excited and happy" for Ketch, because he's "such a great songwriter."  He adds that he thinks "Wagon Wheel" is an excellent song, and the accolades it's now getting are long overdue.  Rucker could also win an award for "Wagon Wheel."  His performance of the song has been nominated for Single of the Year.  The 47th annual CMA Awards will air from Nashville on ABC November 6th.


Will Hoge Recalls Getting Chevy Ad


Will Hoge says he had no idea he was going to become a voice for Chevrolet.  The country singer-songwriter explains that reps for the auto maker heard his song "Strong" while he was away on vacation -- not realizing it was just a "scratch" recording -- and picked it for a Silverado commercial.  Will adds that it wasn't just the song the company wanted for the spot.


The Chevy exposure has helped "Strong" become the fastest-rising single of Will's career.  The track will be included on his next album, "Never Give In," which will be released October 15th.


Taylor Swift Shows Interest In Australian Actor At Toronto Film Fest


Taylor Swift just might have met the inspiration for her next hit.  The country-pop superstar was reportedly seen getting flirty in Toronto with Australian actor Brenton Thwaites.  A witness tells "Us Weekly" the 23-year-old singer and the 24-year-old actor "seemed very into each other" at a private party in conjunction with the Toronto Film Festival.  The onlooker adds that Taylor "touched his leg a few times" while Brenton "had his arm around her back," and they were "making each other laugh."  Their little rendezvous is said to have lasted about an hour.


Taylor is at the Toronto Film Festival for the film "One Chance," which had its premiere Monday night.  Swift wrote the end credits song for the British film.  Thwaites is on hand promoting his movie, "Oculus."


Lionel Richie Expresses Empathy For Billy Ray Cyrus


Lionel Richie says he really feels for Miley Cyrus' dad.  The R&B singer tells "omg! Insider" he's "been Billy Ray" with his own daughter, Nicole.  He adds that there's nothing Cyrus can do to rein in Miley's behavior, because "there's no control" for the parents of teenage daughters growing up "in the business" in Hollywood.  Richie promises Billy Ray there's a light at the end of the tunnel, but admits it's not easy getting there.  He explains that Miley is "just going through a period in her life," and only thing those who care about her can do is "grit our teeth and hold our breath" and pray that it will "be over soon."


Richie experienced trying times with daughter Nicole.  A decade ago she became a tabloid fixture as she battled substance abuse issues.  But Nicole, who'll turn 32 later this month, is now doing well.  She's a mother of two, married to Good Charlotte's Joel Madden, and making her mark in the fashion industry.


Country Stars Share Best Advice They've Received With "Esquire"


Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson are sharing words of wisdom that have stuck with them over the years.  Tim tells "Esquire" magazine the best advice he's ever received came from Johnny Paycheck.  He recalls that Johnny looked him "right in the eye and said, 'Son, always go hard and fast, so when you hit the ditch you can come out the other side.'"  Both Shelton and Haggard took their fathers' words to heart.  Blake says he's been served well by his dad's simple suggestion to "be patient," while Hag says his dad advised him to "always be honest."  The four-times married Nelson admits the best advice he's heard came from an ex-father-in-law, who told him to "do what you want."


The country stars are just a few of the men reflecting on advice, accomplishments, hopes, and ambitions for "Esquire's" "Amazing Portrait of the American Man in 2013," commemorating the publication's 80th anniversary.  The special issue will arrive on newsstands September 17th.


Chris Young See Little Difference In Traditional, TV Career Launch


Chris Young says there's no easy way to launch a music career.  The country star tells "Parade" magazine "there are pros and cons" to both the reality TV route and "pounding the pavement in Nashville" in search of a recording contract.  He adds that the true test comes once a performer has a label deal, because "that's really where a lot of the work starts."  Chris -- who got his start through the TV series "Nashville Star" -- points out that he didn't have a number one hit until his fourth single, and nothing prior to that peaked higher than 37 on the chart.


Chris' current hit, "Aw Naw," is currently climbing the "Billboard" Country Airplay chart.  The song is from Young's new album, "A.M.," which will be in stores September 17th.


Remembering George Jones' Birthday


On this date back in 1931, country legend George Jones began his long and colorful life in Saratoga, Texas.   The man who was also known as "The Possum," "The Rolls Royce of Country Singers," and "No Show Jones" launched his career as a teenager, earned his first record deal in the early 1950s, and hit the fast track to fame with his 1955 breakthrough single "Why Baby Why."  His growing success in the music business seemed to facilitate an increasingly reckless lifestyle -- including multiple marriages and the infamous lawn mower incident -- that was fueled by alcohol and drugs.  But Jones eventually owned up to his storied past and changed his ways, living the last years of his life in sobriety.  And when the Country Music Hall of Famer died this past April at the age of 81, he left an incredible musical legacy, including such classics as "White Lightning," "Walk Through This World With Me," "The Race Is On," "Tender Years." and his signature hit, the Grammy-winning "He Stopped Loving Her Today," that continues to inspire country artists and other stars to this day.


Country Birthdays Include


Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is 39.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1948, a 13-years-old Elvis Presley moved with his parents from Tupelo, Mississippi, to Memphis, Tennessee.


Today in 1980, as a result of a television report on ABC-TV's "20/20," the official case surrounding the 1977 death of Elvis Presley was reopened.


Today in 1986, Eddie Rabbitt and Juice Newton's single "Both To Each Other (Friends & Lovers)" went to number one on the "Radio & Records" chart.


Today in 1990, Alan Jackson's "Here in the Real World" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1991, Dwight Yoakam's album "If There Was A Way" was certified Gold.


Today in 1994, on his 63rd birthday, George Jones underwent triple bypass surgery at Nashville's Baptist Hospital.


Today in 1998, Vince Gill made his 100th appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1998, Brooks and Dunn reached number one on the "Billboard" country chart with "How Long Gone."


Today in 1998, a concert by Shania Twain was televised live on DirecTV, in what the broadcast satellite service claimed was the first such TV event for the country star.


Today in 1999, Willie Nelson, Deana Carter, Sawyer Brown, Trisha Yearwood, and John Mellencamp were among the performers at Farm Aid '99, which drew a sold-out crowd of 23-thousand people.


Today in 2001, Martina McBride took part in a candlelight vigil at Nashville's Centennial Park to support the survivors of the terrorist attacks a day earlier.  She sang the national anthem at the ceremony.


Today in 2001, Garth Brooks postponed the release of the single "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)," his duet with George Jones, saying he didn't believe this was the appropriate time for the song to hit radio.


Today in 2002, George Strait launched his "Road Less Traveled" tour in Detroit, with Jo Dee Messina as his opening act.  It was George's first arena tour in five years.


Today in 2003, Johnny Cash died from complications from diabetes.  His death came just four months after wife June Carter Cash died following heart surgery.  Cash was 71.


Today in 2003, Darryl Worley hosted his 2nd annual Tennessee River Run at Pickwick Landing State Park near Savannah, Tennessee.  The two-day benefit supported the Darryl Worley Foundation.


Today in 2003, the third season of Reba McEntire's sitcom, "Reba," began on the WB.


Today in 2005, Brooks & Dunn helped load two of their tour semis with supplies bound for Jackson, Mississippi, to be distributed to victims of Hurricane Katrina.


Today in 2005, Tim McGraw's "I Like, I Love It" debuted as the season-long theme music to halftime highlights on ABC's "Monday Night Football."


Today in 2005, former "Nashville Star" finalist George Canyon was the big winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards, earning the Fans' Choice, Male Artist, Single, and Song of the Year titles.  Terri Clark, Amanda Wilkinson, and members of Emerson Drive also took home awards.


Today in 2006, Sara Evans began her abbreviated stint as a competitor on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."  She dropped out of the show a month later after filing for divorce from her husband.


Today in 2006, a host of artists helped George Jones celebrate his 75th birthday at the Grand Ole Opry.  Among those who performed were Dierks Bentley, Craig Morgan, Tanya Tucker, Joe Nichols, Alison Krauss + Union Station, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw and "Little" Jimmy Dickens.


Today in 2006, Tim McGraw performed an acoustic set for a fundraiser for Tennessee Governor Bredesen at the Ryman.  The two are friends, and the governor had asked Tim if he would help raise funds for his for re-election campaign.


Today in 2006, Rascal Flatts hosted a private party for kids at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.  The trio was joined by characters from Disney on their visit.


Today in 2007, Lonestar introduced Cody Collins as the group's new lead singer at a reception and showcase in Nashville.


Today in 2007, George Jones turned 76, and his wife, Nancy, threw a surprise party to celebrate the occasion.  When the singer entered Logan's Roadhouse in Franklin, Tennessee, he was greeted by 250 friends -- including Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Joe Diffie, and Tracy Lawrence -- singing "Happy Birthday."  Other famous friends at the party were Buddy Jewell, Mark Chesnutt, Tom T. Hall, Naomi Judd, "Little" Jimmy Dickens, and Oak Ridge Boys' Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, and Richard Sterban.  Jones admitted it was the biggest surprise he'd ever had.


Today in 2007, Martina McBride's "Waking Up Laughing" and Brad Paisley's "5th Gear" were certified Gold.


Today in 2008, Billy Ray Cyrus debuted his video for "Somebody Said A Prayer" on several websites including,, and


Today in 2010, Taylor Swift performed at the MTV Video Music Awards, singing a song inspired by her 2009 VMA incident with Kanye West.  The incident also helped fuel a number of jokes and comments throughout the show.  However, while Taylor's hit "Fifteen" was also a nominee for Best Female Video, the nod went to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance."


Today in 2012, The Civil Wars were among the winners at the 2012 Americana Music Awards, which took place in Nashville.

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