Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Carrie Underwood To Perform Emmys Tribute To 1963 TV


Carrie Underwood is set to honor TV's past at this weekend's Emmy Awards.  The ceremony will feature a segment recognizing TV milestones from 1963, which was a breakthrough year in TV history.  Don Cheadle will host the segment, which will include tributes to TV's coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, TV's rise to surpass newspapers as the public's primary source for news, and the launch of Beatlemania.  Underwood will cap off the segment with a performance of defining songs from the era.  The 65th annual Emmy Awards will be presented in a ceremony Sunday, airing live on CBS at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Trace Adkins, Danica Patrick To Host American Country Awards


Trace Adkins will once again host the American Country Awards.  This time around the singer will join NASCAR star Danica Patrick to oversee the ceremony.  Trace says he's looking forward to teaming up with Danica for the event.  He adds that he's eager to see if he has "what it takes to keep up with this racing superstar."  Trace will also perform on the show.  He'll sing "Little Drummer Boy," which is on his upcoming holiday album.  The American Country Awards honor the fans' favorite country artists, albums, songs, videos, and tours of the past year.  The two-hour ceremony will take place in Las Vegas, and air on Fox on December 10th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


This year marks Adkins' fourth consecutive turn at the helm of the ACAs.  He was the event's inaugural host in 2010.  Trace was paired with Kristin Chenoweth in 2011 and 2012.


Darius Rucker Trying To Get Bob Dylan For CMA Awards


Bob Dylan just might turn out for this fall's Country Music Association Awards.  The legendary folk-rocker is a first-time nominee at this year's event courtesy of Darius Rucker's hit "Wagon Wheel."  Dylan wrote the framework of the song back in the early '70s, and Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor finished the track three decades later.  Rucker's recent success with the tune earned it a bid for Song of the Year, which is a songwriter's award.  Rucker tells CMT Radio he's talking with Dylan's people about getting Dylan to the ceremony.  He says his "dream would be to get up there and sing that song with Ketch and Dylan," but he admits he doesn't know "what's gonna happen with that."  The 47th annual CMA Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Nashville on November 6th, and air on ABC.


Grammy Nominations Concert Set For Los Angeles In December


Plans are under way for this year's Grammy nominations concert.  The Recording Academy will once again reveal hopefuls in select categories with an all-star primetime TV special.  This year's "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on Friday, December 6th, and air on CBS at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.  Details on the show, including performers and presenters, but past winners and nominees are expected to participate.  The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26th, and air on CBS at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Jason Aldean Supports Luke Bryan Following Zac Brown Comments


Jason Aldean is showing that he's got Luke Bryan's back.  Aldean is speaking out in defense of Bryan on Instagram, saying he's heard another artist is "bashing" his buddy's latest chart-topper.  Jason directs his post to "those people runnin their mouths" calling "That's My Kind Of Night" the "worst song they have ever heard."  And he uses some choice language to say that nobody cares what the naysayers think.  Aldean adds that Bryan's song is "a big ol hit so apparently the fans love it which is what matters."  He gives a nod to Luke as well, telling him to "keep doin ur thing LB!!!!"


While Aldean never calls out the basher by name, Zac Brown recently told a Vancouver radio station "That's My Kind Of Night" is "the worst song" he's ever heard.  Zac explained that he likes Luke both as an artist and a friend, but he feels country music fans "deserve to have something better than that."


Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow Make Top Ten Chart Debuts


Keith Urban is leading the way on the Billboard 200. says the country star's latest release, "Fuse," is taking the top spot on the all-genre chart, with 98-thousand in sales.  He just edges out Weeknd's "Kiss Land," which is falling in at number two on sales of 95-thousand.  "Fuse" becomes Urban's second Billboard 200 number one.  He previously topped the chart in 2009 with "Defying Gravity."  "Fuse" is also starting its run at the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart.


Sheryl Crow is making a top ten debut as well with her first country effort.  "Feels Like Home" saw sales of 36-thousand, which puts the song at number seven on the Billboard 200.  She's opening at number three on the country chart behind Urban and Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party."  Bryan's disc logged another 53-thousand in sales last week, and occupies the number four spot on the all-genre list.


Tyler Farr Motivated By Chart Success


Tyler Farr is thrilled that "Redneck Crazy" has reached the top five on the chart.  The country star explains that it's a great motivator for him, because it's tangible evidence of the progress he's making in his career.


"Redneck Crazy" is Farr's highest-charting single, his first top ten hit, and his first single to be certified Gold.  The song is the title track to Tyler's debut album, which will be in stores September 30th.


Kacey Musgraves Launching Fall Tour


Kacey Musgraves is hitting the road.  The country singer-songwriter's "Same Trailer Different Park" trek features 19 shows over the next six week, starting with a headlining show at New York's Bowery Ballroom with Brandy Clark.  She'll also perform with Kip Moore at Ocean City, Maryland's Sunfest, Farm Aid, and Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music and Food Festival in Nashville before she heads overseas.  Musgraves will launch her eight-date European tour in Stockholm, Sweden on October 2nd.  She'll be back in the U.S. for an appearance at the Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Music Festival in Ozark, Arkansas on October 17th.  Kacey will wrap up the month with more fair, festival, and college shows, bringing the trek to a close with a Halloween performance at Ohio University in Athens.


Kacey will follow her headlining trek with another tour.  She's an opener on Lady Antebellum's "Take Me Downtown" tour, which begins in Southaven, Mississippi on November 8th.


Kacey Musgraves "Same Trailer Different Park" Tour Dates


September 19 - New York, New York, at the Bowery Ballroom

September 20 - Ocean City, Maryland, at the Ocean City Sunfest

September 21 - Saratoga Springs, New York, at Farm Aid at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

September 28 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival at Riverfront Park

October 2 - Stockholm, Sweden, at the Nalen

October 3 - Oslo, Norway, at the John Dee

October 6 - Berlin, Germany, at the Postbahnhof

October 7 - Amsterdam, Netherlands, at the Paradiso

October 9 - Glasgow, Scotland, at the Oran Mor

October 10 - Manchester, England, at the Academy 3

October 11 - Dublin, Ireland, at Whelans

October 13 - London, England, at the Shepherd's Bush Empire

October 17 - Ozark, Arkansas, at the Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Music Festival

October 18 - Dallas, Texas, at the State Fair of Texas

October 20 - Charleston, South Carolina, at the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival at Blackbaud Stadium

October 26 - Cullowhee, North Carolina, at Western Carolina University's Ramsey Regional Activity Center

October 29 - Columbia, Missouri, at Missouri University's Jesse Auditorium

October 30 - Richmond, Kentucky, at Eastern Kentucky University's EKU Center for the Arts

October 31 - Athens, Ohio, at the Ohio University-Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium


George Strait Explains Choices For 2014 Tour Guests


George Strait says he was looking for a mix of stars to join him on his final tour.  The "King of Country" explains that he asked another legend -- Merle Haggard -- as a show of gratitude and respect.


Strait adds that his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour will also feature some stars he's never worked with before, along with longtime friends he wanted to perform with one more time and "do a final blast-off."  Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, and Ronnie Dunn are just some of the many stars who'll be joining George over the course of his trek.  Strait will launch his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour in BOssier City, Louisiana on January 9th.


Justin Moore Making Compromises In Career


Justin Moore admits his albums don't exactly reflect his musical tastes.  The country star explains that his music is representative of him as an artist, but it's not what he'd be doing if he only had to please himself.


But Moore says he knows his music has to change and grow with the trends in the industry.  He explains that it's his job to produce albums that his label can market, so the company can help him develop as an artist and build his career.  He adds that his records show how much he "could bend" while remaining true to himself.  Moore just released his third CD, "Off the Beaten Path," which features his current hit, "Point At You."


Quick Bites


Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and Dwight Yoakam are among the winners at the Americana Music Honors & Awards show.  Nashville's "Tennessean" says Harris and Crowell were named the Duo/Group of the Year, while their collaborative CD "Old Yellow Moon" captured Album of the Year honors.  Yoakam took Artist of the Year honors at the event, which took place in Nashville Wednesday night.


Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan were among the special guest performers on the season finale of "America's Got Talent."  Dierks performed his latest single, "I Hold On," with finalist Jimmy Rose, who finished in third place.  Bryan got the crowd on their feet -- and even danced with judge Howard Stern -- as he performed his latest hit, "That's My Kind of Night."  Japanese-born dancer Kenichi Ebina was the NBC reality show's season eight winner.



Country TV Tonight


CONAN (TBS) Thompson Square is the musical guest.


Country Birthdays Include


Trisha Yearwood is 49.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1970, Crystal Gayle hit the country charts for the first time with "I've Cried The Blue Right Out of My Eyes."  Her sister, Loretta Lynn, wrote the song.


Today in 1981, Lee Greenwood made his chart debut with "It Turns Me Inside Out."


Today in 1981, Juice Newton's "Queen of Hearts" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1988, Patty Loveless released her album "Honky Tonk Angel."


Today in 1992, Alan Jackson topped the "Billboard" country chart with "Love's Got a Hold on You."


Today in 1994, George Jones was released from the hospital, just one week after undergoing triple bypass surgery.


Today in 1995, Tim McGraw's "All I Want" album was released.


Today in 2000, Trisha Yearwood was celebrating her induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and getting ready to kick off her European tour in Dublin, Ireland.


Today in 2000, Kenny Chesney visited his old stomping grounds of Luttrell, Tennessee, just outside of Knoxville.  While in his hometown, Kenny also made an appearance at an assembly at his former high school.   At the event, he was presented with a proclamation declaring it "Kenny Chesney Day" in Lutrell.


Today in 2000, new releases included George Strait's first self-titled album and Terri Clark's "Fearless."


Today in 2002, Brad Paisley launched the inaugural "CMT Most Wanted Live" tour in Phoenix.  The show's opening acts varied throughout the trek and included Steve Azar, Chris Cagle, Tammy Cochran, Andy Griggs, Steve Holy, Shannon Lawson, Rascal Flatts, Tommy Shane Steiner, Phil Vassar, Pinmonkey, and Darryl Worley.


Today in 2003, Alan Jackson's appearance on NBC's "Today" show was bumped for the network's coverage of Hurricane Isabel.


Today in 2004, Tim McGraw hosted his annual Swampstock charity event in Rayville, Louisiana.  Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Big & Rich, and The Warren Brothers were among the stars who joined McGraw for the fundraiser.


Today in 2004, Skeeter Davis, perhaps best remembered for the 1963 hit "The End of the World," died of breast cancer.  She was 72.


Today in 2005, Mindy McCready revealed that she was pregnant while testifying in a Williamson County, Tennessee court.  Her hearing was in conjunction with an arrest a month earlier for missing several appointments with her probation officer.  The singer explained that she had been working with her doctor to complete a month-long program following a suicide attempt, and admitted that she tried to take her own life after learning that she was pregnant.


Today in 2005, Big & Rich performed "Coming To Your City" and joined Cowboy Troy for a rendition of "I Play Chicken With The Train" on the season premiere of the NBC drama "Las Vegas."


Today in 2006, Amy Grant was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her husband Vince Gill was on hand to congratulate her.  She was the first artist with roots in contemporary Christian music to receive this honor.


Today in 2006, Emmylou Harris received the 2006 Dale Franklin Leadership Award at a gala event at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.  Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Dave Matthews, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Sam Bush, and Elvis Costello were among those who participated in the salute to her.


Today in 2006, new album releases included Kenny Chesney's "Live Those Songs Again," Emerson Drive's "Countrified," Carolina Rain's "Weather the Storm," Guy Clark's "Workbench Songs," and Robin English's self-titled effort.


Today in 2006, it was "Jerry Lee Lewis Day" in Memphis.


Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney's "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates" debuted at number on on the "Billboard" country albums chart.


Today in 2011, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, and Tom T. Hall were among the stars receiving special recognition from the Academy of Country Music at the 5th annual ACM Honors ceremony in Nashville.  Joe Nichols hosted the event, while Ronnie Dunn, the Oak Ridge Boys, Thompson Square, and Montgomery Gentry were among the performers.


Today in 2012, Hunter Hayes topped the Billboard Country Songs chart with "Wanted," and set a new chart record in the process.  He achieved the accomplishment just a couple of weeks after his 21st birthday, and became the youngest solo male country artist to top the chart.  The previous record holder was Johnny Rodriguez, who went to number one with "You Always Come Back To Hurting Me" in June 1973 -- six months after his 21st birthday.


Today in 2012, Little Big Town's "Tornado" topped the Billboard Country Albums chart and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 -- the group's highest entry on the all-genre list -- with first-week sales of 113-thousand, which was the band's best sales week to date.


Today in 2012, Scotty McCreery took fourth place on's "21 Under 21" -- a list of the 21 biggest artists under the age of 21.


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