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Country Report

For:  Thursday, December 6, 2012


Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift Among Top Country Grammy Nominees


Hunter Hayes admits he's stunned and amazed to be among the Grammy nominees.  The country star explains that such recognition was the furthest thing from his mind when he was working on his self-titled debut album.


Hunter is a three-time nominee.  He's up for Best New Artist, while his CD is in the running for Best Country Album and his chart-topping hit "Wanted" is a contender for Best Country Solo Performance.  Taylor Swift's name is also in a few categories.  Her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" has a shot at Record of the Year, while she's earned two bids for the song "Safe & Sound," her collaboration with The Civil Wars for the film "The Hunger Games."  Taylor and Hunter also had a hand in announcing some of the hopefuls at the televised "Grammy Nominations Concert," which took place in Nashville this year.


Other country contenders include Eric Church and Ronnie Dunn, who each have a couple of chances to win.  Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood are also on the list of nominees.  And Alison Krauss has the chance to extend her record as the Grammy's most awarded female artist.  "I Just Come Here For The Music," her collaboration with Don Williams, is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, and could account for her 28th career Grammy.  Fun. and Frank Ocean are the top nominees heading into the 55th annual Grammy Awards.  The ceremony is set to take place in Los Angeles and air on CBS on February 10th.


A list of nominees in select categories for the 55th annual Grammy Awards follows.




The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"

Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"

Fun. featuring Janelle Monae, "We Are Young"

Gotye "Somebody That I Used To Know"

Frank Ocean, "Thinking About You"

Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"




The Black Keys, "El Camino"

Fun., "Some Nights"

Mumford and Sons, "Babel"

Frank Ocean, "Channel Orange"

Jack White, "Blunderbuss"




Ed Sheeran, "The A Team" (performed by Ed Sheeran)

Miguel Pimentel, "Adorn" (performed by Miguel)

Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, "Call Me Maybe" (performed by Carly Rae Jepsen)

Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (performed by Kelly Clarkson)

Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, "We Are Young" (performed by Fun.)




Alabama Shakes


Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean




Zac Brown Band, "Uncaged"

Hunter Hayes, "Hunter Hayes"

Jamey Johnson, "Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran"

Miranda Lambert, "Four The Record"

The Time Jumpers, "The Time Jumpers"




Dierks Bentley, "Home"

Eric Church, "Springsteen"

Ronnie Dunn, "Cost of Livin'"

Hunter Hayes, "Wanted"

Blake Shelton, "Over"

Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"




Eli Young Band, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"

Little Big Town, "Pontoon"

Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars, "Safe & Sound"

The Time Jumpers, "On The Outskirts of Town"

Don Williams featuring Alison Krauss, "I Just Come Here For The Music"




Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, "Blown Away" (performed by Carrie Underwood)

Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, "Cost of Livin'" (performed by Ronnie Dunn)

Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" (performed by Eli Young Band)

Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, "So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore" (performed by Alan Jackson)

Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, & Ryan Tyndell, "Springsteen" (performed by Eric Church)




The Avett Brothers, "The Carpenter"

John Fullbright," From The Ground Up"

The Lumineers," The Lumineers"

Mumford & Sons, "Babel"

Bonnie Raitt, "Slipstream"




Dailey & Vincent, "The Gospel Side Of"

The Grascals, "Life Finds A Way"

Noam Pikelny," Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail"

Special Consensus, "Scratch Gravel Road"

Steep Canyon Rangers, "Nobody Knows You"




Carolina Chocolate Drops, "Leaving Eden"

Ry Cooder, "Election Special"

Luther Dickinson,"Hambone's Meditations"

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, & Chris Thile, "The Goat Rodeo Sessions"

Various Artists, "This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark"




Foster The People, "Houdini"

Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream, "No Church In The Wild"

M.I.A., "Bad Girls"

Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, "We Found Love"

Woodkid, "Run Boy Run"




Mumford & Sons, "Big Easy Express"

Sade, "Bring Me Home - Live 2011"

Esperanza Spalding, "Radio Music Society"

Tegan & Sara, "Get Along"

U2, "From The Sky Down"


Taylor Swift Tweets Her Appreciation For Grammy Nominations


Taylor Swift is sharing her excitement and gratitude over her Grammy nominations via Twitter.  After learning that her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is in the running for Record of the Year, the country-pop superstar posted a pair of photographs, one of the closed envelope labeled "Before" and one of the nominees list labeled "After," along with a host of exclamation points.  She later added that she also feels "honored" to share two nominations with The Civil Wars for their collaboration "Safe & Sound" from the soundtrack to the movie "The Hunger Games."  Select nominees for the upcoming Grammy Awards were revealed during the live TV broadcast of the "Grammy Nominations Concert," which Taylor co-hosted with LL Cool J.  The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Los Angeles, and air on CBS on February 10th.


Love And Theft's Eric Gunderson, Wife, Having A Boy


Love And Theft's Eric Gunderson and his wife, Emily, are having a son.  The country singer tells they learned their baby gender earlier this week.  Gunderson says he's "so excited to have a boy."  He also admits that while he and Emily would "be happy either way," he has been "secretly planning father-son hunting and fishing trips all along."  Eric adds that he might even let his son "try his hand at guitar, although, you know those musicians are a handful..."  Eric and Emily announced last month that they were expecting.  The baby, who's due on May 18th, will be the couple's first child.


McGraw, Underwood Headlining New UK Country Music Festival


American country music continues to make inroads overseas.  Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood have been tapped to headline Britain's inaugural C2C: Country to Country festival, taking place at London's O2 Arena on March 16th and 17th.  McGraw leads the day-one lineup, which will also feature Vince Gill, Little Big Town, and Sugarland's Kristian Bush.  Darius Rucker, LeAnn Rimes, and Brantley Gilbert will help Carrie close out the event, while more stars are expected to be added to the shows.  Both headliners say they're excited about the upcoming festival.  Tim calls the event one of the things he's "looking forward to the most" in 2013.  Carrie adds that she loves "the idea of a country music festival in London," and she feels "honored to help represent country music" at the British event.


Country to Country is one of three shows Carrie will be playing on the other side of the Atlantic next year.  Prior to her appearance at the London festival, Underwood will perform in Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Carrie just made her British concert debut earlier this year.  She played her first-ever UK show at London's Royal Albert Hall on June 21st.


Wynonna, Cactus Celebrating The Season On "Rockin' Christmas Tour"


Wynonna Judd is spreading some holiday cheer on her "Rockin' Christmas Tour."  The country star launched the seasonal trek in Canada last week with a performance in Regina Saskatchewan.  But the celebratory nature of the show wasn't just due to the holiday season.  The Regina "Leader-Post" says the concert marked drummer Cactus Moser's first performance since his motorcycle crash last summer.  Moser, who's also Wy's husband, lost part of his left leg in the accident.  The paper says he received lots of love during the show, including a "lengthy standing ovation."  Wy also discussed the accident, telling the crowd that she and Cactus have come "a long way" since the August 18th crash, calling it "truly a miracle."  The Regina show wasn't originally part of the Christmas tour.  Wy was slated to perform in the Canadian city on August 22nd -- four days after Moser's accident -- and this was the make-good date.


Wynonna's tour will continue through a December 22nd date in Sarasota, Florida.  The performances, which Wy stresses are Christmas concerts -- not holiday shows -- feature a mix of secular and sacred Christmas classics and hymns along with a few of her own hits.  Wynonna and The Big Noise will play their next "Rockin' Christmas" show in Newark, Ohio Thursday night.


Remaining "Wynonna's Rockin' Christmas Tour" Dates


December 6 - Newark, Ohio, at the Midland Theater

December 8 & 9 - Riverside, Iowa, at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

December 14 - Saint Michael, North Dakota, at Spirit Lake Casino

December 15 - Larchwood, Iowa, at the Grand Falls Casino Resort

December 16 - Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the Walton Arts Center

December 18 - Fort Worth, Texas, at Bass Performance Hall (symphony show)

December 20 - Fort Pierce, Florida, at the Sunrise Theater

December 21 - St. Petersburg, Florida, at the Mahaffey Theater

December 22 - Sarasota, Florida, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall


Country Christmas Albums Getting Seasonal Chart Boost


A few country Christmas albums are once again climbing the chart as the holiday season gets into full swing. says Lady Antebellum's "On This Winter's Night" saw a 13-percent sales increase over last week, and is returning to the top ten on the Billboard 200.  Fans picked up 59-thousand copies of Lady A's disc to propel it from the 19th spot to number eight.  Sales of Blake Shelton's "Cheers, It's Christmas" only rose by one-percent, but with 53-thousand units sold the album is rebounding from number 18 to number nine.  Meanwhile, Scotty McCreery's "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" actually saw an 18-percent decrease in sales last week, attributed to the typical sales lull that follows the busy Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend.  But the album is still making a jump from 21 to 12 on the chart.


Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Red" is holding on to the number two spot for another week.  She sold another 137-thousand copies of the disc last week, which is a 26-percent drop over the previous week.  But it brings her cumulative sales total for "Red" to more than two-point-one-million since the CD arrived in stores on October 22nd.


Scotty McCreery Put Himself Into His Christmas Covers


Scotty McCreery says he's pleased with the diverse mix of sounds on his holiday album.  But the singer explains that his goal with "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" was to make each track his own.

Fans will have a number of chances to hear Scotty perform his holiday music in the coming weeks.  The singer is among the stars featured on "CMA Country Christmas," which will debut on ABC on December 20th, and he's representing country music on "Christmas in Washington," airing on TNT on December 21st.  Meanwhile, GAC has multiple broadcasts of the special "Christmas with Scotty McCreery & Friends" scheduled throughout the month, including an airing on Christmas Eve.


Lee Brice Says New Single's Name Could Be Misleading


Lee Brice says his latest single, "I Drive Your Truck," has a rather deceptive name.  The country singer adds that he feels very fortunate to have been able to record the track.


Lee praises "I Drive Your Truck" as a "beautiful song" with a "beautiful message."  He explains that it stems from a true story that one of the song's writers heard on the radio.  But Brice says the song makes him think of his grandfather, and he believes most listeners will be able to personalize and relate to it as well.  "I Drive Your Truck" is the third single from Lee's most recent album, "Hard 2 Love."


Brad Paisley Shares Inspiration Behind "Southern Comfort Zone"


Brad Paisley says his latest single, "Southern Comfort Zone," was inspired by a trip overseas.  The country star explains that visiting Europe put everything in a new perspective for him.

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"Southern Comfort Zone" is the lead-off single from Brad's next album.  The singer released the track this fall, well in advance of his upcoming disc.  The still-untitled project, Paisley's follow up to his 2011 effort, "This Is Country Music," is slated for a spring release.



>>Country Birthdays Include


Helen Cornelius is 71.

Foster & Lloyd's Bill Lloyd is 57.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1968, aides to President Richard Nixon send out 66-thousand letters personally signed by Nixon to potential administrative office holders.  Among those receiving one was Elvis Presley.


Today in 1980, the single "I Love A Rainy Night" by Eddie Rabbitt entered the Top 40 chart.


Today in 1988, Roy Orbison died of a heart attack while on a visit to his mother near Nashville.  He was 52.


Today in 1998, Faith Hill was number one on the singles charts with "Let Me Let Go."


Today in 2001, Faith Hill gave birth to daughter Audrey Caroline McGraw.  While she arrived a month earlier than expected and suffered some complications initially, the littlest McGraw is just fine.


Today in 2001, Travis Tritt took part in the 78th annual Christmas Pageant of Peace in Washington, DC, which included the annual ceremony to light the National Christmas Tree.


Today in 2005, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were married.


Today in 2005, Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood were the big country winners at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards.


Today in 2005, Wynonna and Cowboy Troy were named as the new hosts for the next season of USA's "Nashville Star."


Today in 2006, Josh Gracin filled in for Richie McDonald at Lonestar's concert in Corpus Christi, Texas, which was a benefit for the South Texas Academic Rising Stars.  Richie couldn't make the show because he was still recovering from back surgery.


Today in 2007, Vince Gill and Taylor Swift were among those who took part in revealing the nominees for the 50th annual Grammy Awards.  Tim McGraw and Direks Bentley were the top country contenders, with four bids apiece.


Today in 2007, Sara Evans performed at the 84th annual Lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House in Washington, DC.


Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney announced that he and his wife were expecting their first child. 


Today in 2007, Emerson Drive sang the American and Canadian national anthems at the Nashville Predators-Vancouver Cannucks hockey game in Nashville.


Today in 2008, Big & Rich's John Rich married girlfriend Joan Bush in Nashville.  While only family members attended the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds hosted a larger reception for friends at the Fontanel Mansion.  Rich and Bush had been a couple for five years prior to their wedding, but had never publicly acknowledged that they were dating.


Today in 2008, George Jones attended a White House Reception in his honor in conjunction with his Kennedy Center Honors award.


Today in 2010, Carrie Underwood was the big winner at the inaugural American Country Awards.  Lady Antebellum and Easton Corbin were also among those recognized at the event.


Today in 2010, Aaron Lewis' video for the song "Country Boy," featuring Charlie Daniels, George Jones, and Chris Young, had its TV premiere on CMT.


Today in 2011, new albums releases included "This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark" featuring Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, and others.


Today in 2011, the late Roy Orbison's widow, Barbara Orbison, died on the 23rd anniversary of Roy's death.  Barbara passed away in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer.  She was 60.


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