Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

"The Crazy Ones" Not What Kelly Clarkson Expected


Kelly Clarkson says she was expecting to portray herself on "The Crazy Ones."  But the singer claims the people who convinced her to sign on for the sitcom appearance "totally lied."


Clarkson says despite the deception she's glad she did it.  She admits she was very nervous on the set, but the other cast members were very nice to her and she ended up having a lot of fun.  Kelly adds that she was thrilled to work with Robin Williams, who's been one of her favorite stars since she was a kid.


Williams stars as advertising executive Simon Roberts on "The Crazy Ones," which begins its run on CBS tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.  In the series premiere, Simon taps Kelly to appear in a commercial he's making for a major fast food chain.


Little Big Town To Debut New Single On TV


Little Big Town is introducing their new single with a TV appearance.  The country group will give "Sober" its premiere TV performance as the musical guest on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Thursday night.  The song, which is slated for release at the end of the month, is the fourth single from Little Big Town's album, "Tornado."  It follows the award-winning chart-topper "Pontoon," the top ten title track, and their most recent single, "Your Side of the Bed."


Little Big Town will remain in California after their "Tonight Show" appearance.  The group is an opener on Keith Urban's "Light The Fuse" tour, and has shows scheduled in Los Angeles on Friday and San Diego on Saturday.


Tim McGraw's Video A Warning Against Texting, Driving


Tim McGraw's latest video includes a message.  The clip to "Highway Don't Care" highlights the dangers of texting and driving.  But the country star says this isn't the start of a new trend for him.


McGraw explains that he remembers the days when phones didn't leave people's homes, but today's youngest drivers grew up with cellphones, and it's "all they know."  He adds that he believes it's an important message to send to all drivers -- especially teenagers -- and with "Highway Don't Care" he felt he had "the right opportunity" to convey it.


Scotty McCreery Among Top Stars Under The Age Of 21


Scotty McCreery is once again getting recognition as one of music's most powerful young stars.  The former "American Idol" winner ranks eighth in's "21 Under 21" -- a list of the 21 biggest artists under the age of 21.  "Billboard" notes that Scotty will soon release his sophomore CD, "See You Tonight," and he's climbing the chart with the album's title track.  In addition, this year Scotty went on his first headlining tour, and he's teamed up with the Bojangles fried chicken chain for endorsement deal.


However, Scotty is taking a dip in the rankings.  Last year he took fourth place on the list.  The British boy band One Direction is this year's list leader.  Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus round out the top three.  Ariana Grande, Early Sweatshirt, Lorde, and Austin Mahone also come in ahead of Scotty this time around.


Three Country Stars Making Billboard 200 Top Ten Debuts


Justin Moore is leading the way among country debuts on the Billboard 200.  His latest studio effort, "Off the Beaten Path," is entering the all-genre list at number two behind Jack Johnson's "From Here To Now To You."  The disc is also giving Justin his best sales week to date, with 97-thousand copies sold, and tops the new Country Albums chart.  But "Off The Beaten Path" is just one of three country debuts in the Billboard 200 top ten.  Chris Young's "A.M." follows Moore's disc, landing at number three with 54-thousand in sales.  Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight" saw first-week sales of 26-thousand to round out the top ten.


And Moore, Young, and Currington aren't the only country stars in the Billboard 200 top ten.  Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" has the number six spot on the new chart, while Keith Urban's "Fuse" is at number eight.  It marks the first time since October 30th, 2010 that country albums held half of the top ten spots on the Billboard 200.


George Jones Remembered With Two Corn Mazes


The late George Jones is being remembered in corn. says two Tennessee farms have created corn mazes in the likeness of the country legend.  They were both made by The Maize Inc., which cut the same image of "the Possum" in each field but created different designs around his face and shoulders.  Jones is featured as an older man, and sports the glasses he wore in his later years in concert.  The Honeysuckle Hill Farm's George Jones Corn Maze occupies seven acres in Springfield, Tennessee, which is roughly 30 miles north of Nashville.  The farm is welcoming visitors through November 2nd.  The George Jones Corn Maze at Lyon Family Farm in Taft, Tennessee, 95 miles south of Music City, will be open through Halloween.


The Maize Inc. also created the Kellie Pickler Corn Maze, which is now open in Shelby, North Carolina.  In addition, a farm in Bastrop, Texas is honoring Willie Nelson with a corn maze, but the country legend's face isn't part of the design.


Toby Keith Announces First-Ever Australian Tour


Toby Keith is turning his Australian concert debut into a tour.  The country star will head "down under" for a series of shows in March, which will mark his first-ever Australian shows.  Keith will kick off his "Hammer Down Under Tour" in Brisbane on March 14th before playing his previously announced headlining set at the CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival.  He'll close out the event in Hope Estate on March 16th.  Toby will then visit Sydney on March 18th, and wrap up the trek in Melbourne on March 19th.  Keith has tapped the Eli Young Band and Kellie Pickler to join him on the tour.


Martina McBride Planning Annual Christmas Tour


Martina McBride will once again spread some holiday cheer to her fans.  The country star is making plans for her 2013 "The Joy Of Christmas" tour.  The singer has 12 dates scheduled between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  She's slated to kick off the trek in Huntington, West Virginia on November 29th and wrap up her run in Chicago on December 21st.  Martina says she's looking forward to the tour, because she loves "bringing Christmas to life on stage and putting everyone in the Christmas spirit."  She adds that she really enjoys the Q-and-A portion of the show, because "you never know what is going to happen."


Martina will sing a mix of both popular and religious songs, with sets including such favorites as "Let It Snow," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," O Come All Ye Faithful," and "O Holy Night."  She'll be backed by a 12-piece band for the shows.  And like last year, McBride is planning to once again invite local celebrities at each stop to take part in the show and read "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." 


Dates for the 2013 Pandora Jewelry Presents Martina McBride: "The Joy of Christmas" Tour - venues haven't been announced


November 29 - Huntington, West Virginia

November 30 - Louisville, Kentucky

December 4 - Nashville, Tennessee

December 6 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

December 7 - La Crosse, Wisconsin

December 8 - Sioux City, Iowa

December 11 - Knoxville, Tennessee

December 12 - Muncie, Indiana

December 13 - St. Louis, Missouri

December 19 - Green Bay, Wisconsin

December 20 - Bloomington, Illinois

December 21 - Chicago, Illinois


Taylor Swift Debuts New Look At Movie Premiere


Taylor Swift is showing off her latest look while supporting a friend.  "USA Today" says the country-pop superstar walked the red carpet at Tuesday night's Hollywood premiere of "Romeo and Juliet."  The singer's friend Hailee Steinfeld stars in the film as Juliet.  Taylor's new 'do is a little shorter, with her blonde locks curled under and falling just past her shoulders.  Her severe, eye-level blunt cut bangs are now shorter, softer, and wispy, and brushed off to the side.


And Hailee was thrilled to see Taylor at the event.  The 16-year-old actress tells the paper they'd talked about Swift attending the gala, but she also realized Taylor just ended her tour a few days ago. Steinfeld says she'd been "wanting to show her the film for so long," and adds that it "means so much" to her that Taylor was there.  Taylor reportedly sat with Hailee during the screening, and kicked off the thunderous applause that followed the film.  She also accompanied Hailee to the after-party. "Romeo and Juliet" will open in theaters on October 11th.


"Opry Country Classics" Returning Next Month


"Opry Country Classics" is back.  The show will launch a five-week fall run next month.  Lorrie Morgan will serve as the first Spotlight Artist of the season, with her showcase scheduled for October 3rd.  Over the summer she released the album "Dos Divas," a collaborative project with Pam Tillis.  Neal McCoy will follow on October 10th.  He'll perform songs from his new album "Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride."  Bobby Bare's Country Music Hall of Fame induction will be the focus of the October 24th show, and Charlie Daniels will bring the season to a close headlining a Halloween-themed show on October 31st.  In addition, Larry Gatlin is on board to host the last three shows.  Additional information is available at



Country TV Tonight


THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Little Big Town is the musical guest.


Country Birthdays Include


David Frizzell is 72.

Lynn Anderson is 66.

Olivia Newton-John is 65.

Carlene Carter is 58.

Doug Supernaw is 53.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1956, Tupelo, Mississippi held "Elvis Presley Day."


Today in 1986, Exile's "It'll Be Me" hit number one on the "Radio & Records" country chart.


Today in 1989, new album releases included Dwight Yoakam's "Just Lookin' For A Hit" and Randy Travis' "No Holdin' Back."


Today in 1995, Little Texas' album "Greatest Hits" and the Mavericks' CD "Music For All Occasions" were released.


Today in 2000, new CDs on store shelves included John Michael Montgomery's "Brand New Me," SHeDAISY's "Brand New Year," Allison Moorer's "The Hardest Part," Ricochet's "What You Leave Behind," and Kenny Chesney's "Greatest Hits."


Today in 2001, it was revealed that Dixie Chick Martie Seidel had become Martie Maguire when she married Gareth Maguire on August 10th after a secret ceremony in Hawaii.


Today in 2003, Reba McEntire Reba McEntire helped her dad celebrate his induction into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in Wyoming.  Clark McEntire was the World Champion Steer Roper in 1957, '58, and '61.


Today in 2005, Billy Joe Shaver Married Wanda Lynn Canady at a ceremony in Corsicana, Texas.  Billy Joe's uncle officiated at the service.


Today in 2006, Vince Gill was in New Orleans to help build a playground at the relocated campus of the International School of Louisiana.  The playground, built with materials from Home Depot, was part of Gill's 2006 Academy of Country Music Humanitarian Award prize.


Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney celebrated his career accomplishment of reaching the 25-million mark in total album sales with an island-themed gala at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville.


Today in 2006, Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson was honored with the Will Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Western Artists in Dallas.


Today in 2006, new album releases included Alan Jackson's "Like Red on a Rose," The Oak Ridge Boys' "Front Row Seats," and Mark Collie's "RoseCovered Garden," as well as the reissue of Dwight Yoakam's "Guitars, Cadillacs, etc., etc.," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Last Man Standing" -- which features guest appearances from Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, and Merle Haggard -- and Tony Bennett's "Duets" -- which features guest appearances from the Dixie Chicks and Tim McGraw.


Today in 2007, Dolly Parton made a guest appearance on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," where she gave the TV debut performance of the song "Better Get To Livin'."


Today in 2007, Reba McEntire's "Reba Duets" sold 300-thousand copies in its first week to debut at number one on the all genre Billboard 200 album chart, becoming her first disc to take the top spot on the tally.  It was also the best first-week sales figures of Reba's career.


Today in 2007, Steve Azar took part in the Pro-Am Viking Classic at the Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Mississippi, his home state's largest professional sporting event.  The tournament served as a fundraiser for charities across Mississippi.


Today in 2007, Craig Morgan hosted a concert, silent auction, and four-wheeler ride in Dickson, Tennessee to launch the Craig Morgan Xtreme Team Makeover Initiative, which provides funding and services to local facilities and homes in need of renovations.  Tracy Lawrence and Blue County joined him for the event.


Today in 2011, Reba McEntire's video for "Somebody's Chelsea" had its broadcast premiere on CMT.


Today in 2012, George Strait announced plans for "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour, a two-year trek he would begin in January 2013 that would wrap up his formal touring career.


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