Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Dolly Parton To Renew Wedding Vows In 2016


Dolly Parton says she has plans to renew her wedding vows in 2016.  In an interview with "Closer Weekly," the country music legend reveals that she and husband Carl Dean want to plan something special to mark their 50th wedding anniversary that year.  The 67-year-old tells the magazine that she may have "another big wedding" at her Tennessee home with family and friends.  The singer was just 20 years old when she married Carl back in May 1966.  Dolly says that their marriage is still going strong, despite the fact that she's "happy traveling" and he's "happy staying home."  She jokes that the they are "pretty much old mountain goats."


New Year's Eve Always Rough For Tyler Farr


Tyler Farr says he typically has a tough time getting through the holiday season.  The country star explains that late December is when personal dramas tend to erupt in his life.


But Tyler knows what to do if the craziness leads to a little overindulging.  The singer swears by Pedialyte as a cure for hangovers.  He admits it doesn't necessarily tastes very good, but after downing two bottles he always feels better.


Florida Georgia Line Share Hopes For 2014


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says the duo's fans really took him by surprise this year.  The country star tells "Glamour" that as he and Tyler Hubbard's career took off, nobody ever told them "how cool and passionate" their followers would be.  And Florida Georgia Line is hoping to maintain the excitement level into next year.  Hubbard says if 2014 is like 2013, they'll "be pretty happy."  The singer explains that he's hoping next December he and Brian will be looking back on a year in which they played "a lot of sold-out shows" and put their sophomore album in stores.


Country Stars Up For Golden Moose Awards


Craig Morgan, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Clay Walker are all getting recognition as outdoorsmen.  The country stars are among the nominees in some of the fan-voted categories for the Outdoor Channel's 14th annual Golden Moose Awards.  "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors;" "Buck Commander" -- Bryan and Aldean's series with "Duck Dynasty's" Willie Robertson; and "Trophy Hunters TV," which features Walker; are all in the running for Fan Favorite Best Overall Series and Fan Favorite Hunting Series.  In addition, the country singers are each vying for Fan Favorite Host for their respective shows.


Voting at closes Sunday.  The Outdoor Channel's 14th Annual Golden Moose Awards will take place in Las Vegas on January 16th, in conjunction with the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show and Conference.


Taylor Swift Enjoys Writing Songs For Movies

Taylor Swift says she likes writing songs for films.  The country-pop superstar, who's known for her autobiographical material, says it's "a bit of a relief" to shift the focus away from herself.  She explains that doing such personal writing "can get pretty intense" and put her in "a very vulnerable place."  While Taylor admits there's "a specific type of thrill" she gets from writing about her own life, she says there's a "different kind of thrill" in hoping that she's "accurately portrayed someone else's emotions" in song.  Swift wrote the song "Sweeter Than Fiction" with fun.'s Jack Antonoff for the film "One Chance," about "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts.  Taylor says the film's stars "did such a great job" in the roles of Potts and his wife that it was "fairly easy" for her to "get inside their heads."


"Sweeter Than Fiction" is Taylor's second movie song.  She also co-wrote and recorded "Safe & Sound" for "The Hunger Games."  "Safe & Sound" won a Grammy, and was nominated for a Golden Globe.  Swift is again in the running for a Golden Globe with "Sweeter Than Fiction."


Kacey Musgraves Leads "Country Weekly" Top Albums List


Kacey Musgraves continues to get praise for latest studio effort, "Same Trailer Different Park."  The singer's major label debut is leading the way on "Country Weekly's" rundown of the Top Ten Albums of 2013.  The publication calls Kacey a "breath of fresh air" in "a country music world of oversingers," and praises her for simply allowing her "honest, effortless vocals" to "shine."  The magazine adds that Musgraves' musical arrangements and lyrics are just as "distinctive" as her voice.


Brandy Clark's first album, "12 Stories," is taking the number two spot on the list.  Her disc is getting recognition as a "staggeringly great collection of original tunes that paint vivid, honest portraits of real life."  Gary Allan's "Set You Free completes the top three.  "Country Weekly" says Allan's CD "doesn't sound like every other album" coming out of Nashville, and adds that it's "definitely a good thing."  Brad Paisley's "Wheelhouse" and Ashley Monroe's "Like A Rose" are also in the top five.


"Country Weekly's" Top Ten Albums Of 2013


1. Kacey Musgraves, "Same Trailer Different Park"

2. Brandy Clark, "12 Stories"

3. Gary Allan, "Set You Free"

4. Brad Paisley, "Wheelhouse"

5. Ashley Monroe, "Like A Rose"

6. Keith Urban, "Fuse"

7. Thomas Rhett, "It Goes Like This"

8, Billy Currington, "We Are Tonight"

9. Randy Houser, "How Country Feels."

10. "High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama" (various artists) AND "Alabama & Friends" (various artists)


Thompson Square Added As Country Thunder Headliner


Thompson Square is helping to complete the lineup for next spring's edition of Country Thunder.  The husband-and-wife country duo has been tapped to serve as the opening day headliner for the four-day event.  Thompson Square will help launch the festival along with Will Hoge, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Chad Brownlee.  Meanwhile, Easton Corbin, Tyler Farr, Cassadee Pope, and LoCash Cowboys have also signed on for the festival, and are slated to perform over the course of the long weekend.


Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and The Band Perry are the other spring Country Thunder headliners.  The festival will take place in Florence, Arizona from April 10th through the 13th.  Additional information is available at


Celebrity Birthdays Include


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Bob Carpenter is 67.

Sons of the Desert drummer Brian Westrum is 51.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1926, The WSM Barn Dance began regular Saturday night broadcasts.


Today in 1958, Johnny Cash received the top billing at the Showboat Hotel in Las Vegas.  Other performers included Tex Ritter and the Sons of the Pioneers.


Today in 1960, the single, "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," by Brenda Lee peaked at number 14 on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1970, Lynn Anderson's single "Rose Garden" began a dozen week sweep as the number one song on the country charts. It also made it to number three on the Top 40 charts.


Today in 1971, George Jones and Tammy Wynette's first duet, "Take Me," charted.


Today in 1976, the Gatlin Brothers joined the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1987, Highway 101's "Somewhere Tonight" became the group's first chart-topping single.


Today in 1991, Opry legend Roy Acuff became the first country music entertainer lauded at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C.


Today in 1992, Vince Gill's "Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away" hit number one on the Billboard country chart.


Today in 1996, Johnny Cash's Kennedy Center Honors tribute aired on CBS.  Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, and Lyle Lovett were among those who participated in the event.


Today in 1998, Terri Clark's "You're Easy On The Eyes" became her first song to hit number one on the Billboard chart.


Today in 2001, Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack shot the video to "Mendocino County Line" in Austin, Texas.


Today in 2006, Dolly Parton's Kennedy Center Honors tribute aired on CBS.  Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain, Vince Gill, and Carrie Underwood were among those who participated in the event.  Jessica Simpson also took part in the pre-taped ceremony, but she asked to be left on the cutting room floor after forgetting the lyrics to Parton's "9 to 5."  Simpson even re-taped her segment, but still wasn't happy with the results.


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