Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Jennifer Nettles Excited About Solo Tour


Jennifer Nettles says she's really looking forward to seeing her solo album, "That Girl," arrive in stores.  The country singer explains that it's giving her a reason to return to the road.


Jennifer adds that giving concerts is what she enjoys the most about being a musician.  Nettles' "That Girl" will be released on January 14th, and she'll launch her trek a month later.  The singer's "That Girl 2014 Tour" will begin in Washington, DC on February 14th.


Jennifer Nettles "That Girl 2014 Tour" Dates


February 14 - Washington, DC, at the Lincoln Theater

February 16 - Morgantown, West Virginia, at West Virginia University

February 20 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Ryman Auditorium

February 21 - Biloxi, Mississippi, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

February 22 - Atlanta, Georgia, at The Fox Theater

February 25 - Jacksonville, Florida, at the Florida Theater

February 27 - Clearwater, Florida, at Ruck Eckerd Hall

February 28 - Orlando, Florida, at the Hard Rock Live

March 11 - Detroit, Michigan, at the Motor City Casino

March 15 - Hinckley, Minnesota, at the Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center

March 22 - Denver, Colorado, at The Paramount

April 26 - Indio, California, at Stagecoach

July 18 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at Country Jam USA


Kellie Pickler Interested In Doing Broadway


Kellie Pickler says since her run on "Dancing With the Stars," her interest in signing on for a Broadway show has really grown.   The singer tells "Country Weekly" a musical would give her the chance to combine her two "passions -- dance and music."  She explains that she really wants theater producers to stage at biographical show about Tammy Wynette, because "if anybody lived a country song, it's Tammy."  Pickler's Broadway aspirations have one problem, though -- there are no Tammy Wynette musicals waiting to be produced.


But Kellie says there's also an existing show she'd like to take on.  The country star explains that her "Dancing" partner Derek Hough has told her she'd be great in the role of Roxie in the musical "Chicago."  Pickler says she'd love the opportunity to give it a try, especially since she's already done some of the prep work.  She explains that she's seen the film version of the show "a million times" and knows it "by heart."


Eli Young Band Guitarist Pleased With Current Profession


The Eli Young Band's James Young says he really enjoys the way he now makes his living.  But the country star admits he hasn't always been able to do what he loves to support himself.

          {EliYounBandBadJobs_1} mowing      000:13 Young will be back at work on the road later this month.  The Eli Young Band has shows scheduled in Lubbock, Texas on January 24th and Amarillo, Texas on January 25th.  The band will then head north and join Darius Rucker for the "True Believers" tour, which begins in Champaign, Illinois on January 29th.


Charlie Daniels Not Interested In Retiring


Charlie Daniels says he's not ready to bring his career to an end.  The 77-year-old singer explains that he still loves what he does for a living, and isn't eager to retire.


But that doesn't mean Daniels wants to keep going year after year non-stop.  He takes a break each winter, and spends some time in Colorado.  Charlie says the change of scenery is rejuvenating, and he can return to his Tennessee home refreshed and ready to get back to work.  Daniels is scheduled to launch his 2014 touring with his 10th annual free concert in Weston, Florida on March 1st.


Taylor Swift's Quiet New Year's Celebration


Taylor Swift is starting 2014 on a much quieter note than she did in 2013.  "People" says the country-pop superstar celebrated the launch of the new year at her Los Angeles home with a small group of friends -- and her cat Meredith.  Her guests included longtime friend actress Sarah Hyland, one of the stars of "Modern Family."  She documented the event with a photo she posted to Instagram.  Taylor rang in 2013 in New York's Times Square.  In addition to performing on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," she shared a midnight kiss with her then-boyfriend, One Direction's Harry Styles.  Their relationship reportedly ended with a big fight just two days later, while they were vacationing together in the British Virgin Islands.


Cassadee Pope Feels At Home With Current Country Sound


Cassadee Pope admits her sound isn't really traditional.  But the country newcomer says her music fits perfectly with the country-pop-rock hybrid that's prevalent today.


Pope launched her career through "The Voice," and with Blake Shelton's assistance became the show's season three winner in December 2012.  Cassadee released her debut album, "Frame By Frame," back in October.  The disc includes the hit single "Wasting All These Tears."


Garth Brooks Explains Casual Attire For Vegas Run


Garth Brooks says he hadn't intended to be quite so dressed down for his Las Vegas shows.  For the show, which was captured on DVD for his new box set, the country superstar wore a ball cap and hoodie with jeans and work boots.  Brooks blames it all on time zones -- and Steve Wynn.  He tells "Country Aircheck" that he was on his tractor at his home in Oklahoma prior to heading to Vegas for his very first show at The Encore Theater when a call from Steve had him suddenly rushing to the airport.  Garth says he looked "like crap," wearing work boots and smelling like diesel fuel.  He adds that it's how he appeared at the theater for the sound check, but not how he intended to look for the actual show.  Wynn, however, thought the extremely casual attire was part of the act, and loved it.


Garth doesn't give any indication of how he'll dress for his upcoming tour.  He announced last month that he'll be returning to the road this year.  He tells "Country Aircheck" he's planning to launch the trek in the fall.


Author Shares Challenges Putting Together Buck Owens' Autobiography


The man behind "Buck 'Em!: The Autobiography of Buck Owens" says it wasn't an easy project.  Author Randy Poe tells that crafting the book was "the most complicated jigsaw puzzle anyone has ever put together."  "Buck 'Em" stems from a collection of nearly 100 cassettes Owens made in the late 1990s with the intention of putting his life story in print.  Poe admits it helped that Buck had an incredible memory, and gave detailed accounts of his life going back to his childhood.  He says it was "fascinating" to hear Buck tell these stories, and then "go research them for backup and find how accurate he was."  But Poe says sometimes Buck would "interrupt himself" in the middle of "a really good story," and he'd have to rummage through the countless interviews Buck saved over the decades -- both published and unpublished -- to fill in the blanks.  Poe also admits it was sometimes frustrating that he couldn't ask questions and learn why Buck did certain things.


Poe was tapped to put together Owens' autobiography after he contacted Buck's family about writing an authorized biography of the singer.  He explains that he was given the tapes to help him write his book.  But Poe says after listening to them he went back to the family and suggested they "do what Buck wanted" and "create his autobiography from these cassettes."


Reba McEntire A Fan Of Juicing


Reba McEntire believes in juicing to stay healthy and fit.  The country star tells "Country Weekly" it's the way she starts her day, and she'll "do it every morning."  But the singer isn't speaking in favor of steroid use.  She's talking about food and nutrition.  Reba explains that she tries to keep her juice "more vegetable than fruit because there's more sugar in fruit."  She adds that she believes one juice meal a day is easier on the body, because "your digestive system needs a break," and it "doesn't have to digest the juice."


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Today In Country Music History


Today in 1974, actor-singer Tex Ritter passed away.  He charted twice in the Top 40 and starred in 80 Westerns.


Today in 1980, Alabama's first number one single, "My Home's In Alabama," entered the charts.


Today in 1999, Lee Ann Womack gave birth to a daughter, Anna Lise Liddell.


Today in 2001, George Strait received a Gold record for the holiday album "Merry Christmas Wherever You Are."  The award was George's 26th Gold certification, and it tied him with the legendary Frank Sinatra.


Today in 2003, SHeDAISY performed at the 2003 Fed Ex Orange Bowl halftime show.


Today in 2003, Mark Wills and his wife, Kelly, welcomed their daughter, Macey Marie.  She joined big sister Mally in the Wills clan.


Today in 2005, Jo Dee Messina sang "Bye Bye" and "Because You Love Me" during the NBC-TV skating special "Hyundia Presents Katrina & Friends."


Today in 2006, LeAnn Rimes kicked off the 117th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, despite the rain.  This was the first time since 1955 that it had rained on the legendary parade.


Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney topped the "Pollstar" list of the highest-grossing country tours of 2005, having sold more than 61-million-dollars worth of tickets while playing to more than a million people.


Today in 2006, Dolly Parton was named "Tennessean of the Year" by Nashville's newspaper "The Tennessean."  The singer earned the title in part because of her literacy program, Imagination Library, which puts books in the hands of children from birth until they enter kindergarten.


Today in 2007, Naomi Judd released her new book "Naomi's Guide to Aging Gratefully: Facts, Myths, and Good News for Boomers."  The book explores society's myths about aging.


Today in 2008, Hal Ketchum helped launch a benefit concert series at Nashville's Bluebird Café in support of Alive Hospice.


Today in 2013, Scotty McCreery started his year with some dental work -- he got his wisdom teeth removed.


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