Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Report: Trace Adkins Enters Rehab Following Brawl With Impersonator


It hasn't been smooth sailing on the "Country Crusing" trip for Trace Adkins. says the singer, who was slated to be the headlining performer on the cruise, is now in rehab after getting into a fight on the ship Monday with a Trace Adkins impersonator.  The two met up in the bar, where the fake Trace was singing karaoke.  No one is saying what sparked the fight, but it coincided with the end of Adkins' 12 years of sobriety.  Adkins left the cruise Wednesday when the ship docked in Jamaica.  The country star's rep confirms to "Country Weekly" that Trace is now in rehab "after a setback in his battle with alcoholism."  The spokesperson also asks the public to respect Adkins' privacy as he "faces these issues head-on."


Adkins' cruise performances have been cancelled.  Other stars on the ship include Montgomery Gentry, Wynonna, Craig Morgan, and Lonestar.  The cruise is expected to visit George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico before returning to Miami on Sunday.


Billy Currington To Appear On "The Bachelor"


Billy Currington is the latest country star to sign on for ABC's "The Bachelor."  On the upcoming episode, the singer helps set the mood for "Bachelor" star Juan Pablo during one of his one-on-one dates.  Billy treats the couple to a special performance, including his hits "Hey Girl" and "We Are Tonight."  Currington's episode is scheduled to air on ABC next Monday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Currington is adding to the growing list of country stars who have appeared on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette."  Luke Bryan, Dolly Parton, Gloriana, and Sarah Darling have previously lent their talents to the dating series.


Taylor Swift Hit Among "Worst" Driving Songs


Taylor Swift might have topped the chart with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."  But there are a number of motorist who never ever want to hear the song when they're on the road.  A quarter of the respondents in's survey of the Best and Worst Songs For Driving say the Swift hit makes them want to turn the radio off.  Her song ranks second on the Worst list, behind The Baha Men's "Who Let The Dogs Out?"  However, 12-percent name the country-pop superstar as one of their "guilty-pleasure listening favorites" in the car, putting Taylor at the top of that list along with Bruno Mars.  Other "guilty-pleasures" include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Journey -- who leads the Best Songs For Driving list with "Don't Stop Believin'."


Luke Bryan Launching 2014 Tour


Luke Bryan is back on the road.  The country star is kicking off his 2014 "That's My Kind Of Night Tour" with a show in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday night.  The first leg of the trek includes 19 concerts over the next eight weeks, wrapping up in Bossier City, Louisiana on March 8th.  All the dates are sold out.  Bryan has tapped Lee Brice and Cole Swindell to open the shows.  Brice and Swindell are also on board for on the second leg of the trek, which Bryan just announced earlier this week.  The second portion of the tour, which will begin in Vancouver, British Columbia in May, also includes Luke's first stadium concerts as a headliner.


Luke Bryan's 2014 "That's My Kind of Night Tour" - First Leg


January 16 - Columbus, OH        Schottenstein Center

January 17 - Lexington, KY          Rupp Arena

January 18 - Knoxville, TN           Thompson-Boling Arena

January 23 & 24 - Uncasville, CT         Mohegan Sun Arena

January 25 - New York City, NY  Madison Square Garden

January 30 - Lubbock, TX            United Spirit Arena

January 31 - Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena

February 6 - Moline, IL                   iWireless Center

February 7 - Cedar Falls, IA          UNI-Dome

February 8 - Omaha, NE               CenturyLink Center

February 13 - Greensboro, NC     Greensboro Coliseum Complex

February 14 - Wilkes Barre, PA    Mohegan Sun Arena

February 15 - Atlantic City, NJ      Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall

February 28 - Fargo, ND               Fargodome

March 1 - Bismarck, ND          Bismarck Civic Center Arena

March 2 - St. Paul, MN             Xcel Energy Solutions Arena

March 7 - Memphis, TN            FedEx Forum

March 8 - Bossier City, LA       CenturyLink Center


Dierks Bentley Announces Tour Plans


Dierks Bentley says he's "never been more excited about a tour."  The country star is planning to hit the road this spring behind his new album, "Riser."  The singer says the trek will be "the culmination of everything" he's been doing over the past two years, both on the road and in the studio, and with his show he's "going big!"  Dierks explains that he knows fans attending his concerts expect a great performance at an affordable price along with "a good parking lot scene to get the pre-gaming going."  And he plans to deliver.  He's tapped Chris Young, Chase Rice, and Jon Pardi -- three singers Dierks says "know how to put on a great live show" -- to be his opener for most of the dates.


Specific details haven't been announce yet.  But Bentley will launch his "2014 Riser Tour" in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 9th.  Bentley's album "Riser" will be in stores on February 25th.


First Announced Cities on the 2014 RISER TOUR First Leg:


Charlotte, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Washington, DC

Holmdel, New Jersey

Bossier City, Louisiana

Robinsville, Mississippi

Detroit, Michigan

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Hunter Mountain, New York

Thornville, Ohio

Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

St. Louis, Missouri

Morrison, Colorado

Los Angeles, California

Phoenix, Arizona

San Diego, California

Mountain View, California

Las Vegas, Nevada

Sixes, Oregon

Havelock, Ontario, Canada

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

Indianapolis, Indiana


Kacey Musgraves Sharing Her Grammy Prep


Kacey Musgraves is making plans for the Grammy Awards.  The country star tells "People" she'll be bringing her mom as her date to the event.  But her boyfriend will be with her as well, since he's a member of her band.  She also calls him and the group her good luck charms, explaining that they "keep each other calm."  Kacey is a four-time nominee heading into the event, but she's not sure if she'll write a speech ahead of the ceremony.  The singer believes that would be pointless, because anything prepared in advance will probably "go right out the window" if she gets to accept an award.  Musgraves adds that after the ceremony, no matter what happens, she'll be celebrating with "something bubbly."  The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles and air on CBS on January 26th.


And Kacey just might have more on her mind than the Grammy Awards.  She's been tapped to open select shows on Katy Perry's upcoming tour.  The pop star's "Prismatic" trek will begin in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 22nd.  Musgraves is currently an opener on Lady Antebellum's "Take Me Downtown" tour, which runs through the end of May.


Jon Pardi Thrilled To Have Debut Album In Stores


Jon Pardi admits he couldn't be happier that his debut album is now in stores.  The country newcomer explains that putting together "Write You A Song" was a long and difficult process.


Pardi describes his album as a mix of country and rock 'n' roll, and says it includes love songs and "beer drinkin' songs."  He adds that he doesn't know what listeners will think of the record, but he hopes they'll think it's "awesome" and "love it."  "Write You A Song" includes Jon's debut single, "Missin' You Crazy," as well as his current hit, "Up All Night."


Thomas Rhett Sees Benefits Of Chart-Topping Singles


Thomas Rhett says he's seeing just what kind of impact a chart-topping hit can have on a performer.  The country newcomer says after the title track from "It Goes Like This" went to number one -- but before the album was released -- he learned that fans were seeking out his music.


Thomas adds that he now plays all 12 songs from "It Goes Like This" in concert, and his fans are singing along with every one.  Rhett will be back on the road later this month.  He'll be opening the show for Rascal Flatts in Auburn, Alabama on January 24th.


"Hee Haw" Headed To Broadway


"Hee Haw" is being re imagined as a musical and the "New York Post" says the show is Broadway bound.  There's reportedly been a lot of interest among producers and theater owners, some of whom have gone to more than one of the three recent readings of the show.  Nashville hitmakers Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark are behind the music for the show, while "13" co-writer Robert Horn crafted the script.  The musical isn't just a reproduction of the TV series, featuring a mix of sketches, music, and comedy bits, but tells the story of a girl from "Kornfield Kounty" who wants to see the world before she marries her boyfriend.  Several characters from the show, including Grandpa Jones, Misty Rowe, and Junior Samples, are featured in the musical. 


While "Hee Haw: The Musical" is still in its early stages, the "Post" anticipates the show opening on Broadway next spring.


“Duck Dynasty" Premieres New Season After Controversy


The "Duck Dynasty" crew is back after controversial anti-gay and racist comments by family patriarch Phil Robertson.  Wednesday's season five premiere of the hit A&E show introduced viewers to two new castmembers.  Willie and Korie welcomed home Rebecca, a young woman who had previously stayed with the family as a foreign exchange student. 


In order to give Rebecca a proper welcome, the group decided to throw her a party.  As Willie distracted Rebecca by taking her out for ice cream, the rest of the crew prepped the Duck Commander warehouse for the festivities.  During the night's second episode, Willie hired Korie's family member, John David, as his new assistant.  Willie and John David found immediately hit it off by bonding over the film "Nacho Libre."  While Willie was fond of the newbie, John David butted heads with the rest of crew. 


Despite promising to launch a series of public service announcements promoting tolerance, the network didn't air the PSAs during the show's premiere.  In December, Phil Robertson came under fire for comments he made during an interview with "GQ" magazine.  The network initially suspended Robertson, but lifted the suspension after less than two weeks.  The suspension should not affect Robertson's presence on the show since they were not filming at the time. 


Country TV Today And Tonight


LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) Rosanne Cash is the musical guest.


Country Birthdays Include


Ronnie Milsap is 68.

Jim Stafford is 70.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1984, Alabama's "Roll On" album was released.


Today in 1998, Brooks & Dunn topped the charts with their single "He's Got You."


Today in 1999, Trisha Yearwood was invited to become a member of the Opry cast during a guest appearance on the historic Ryman Auditorium stage.


Today in 1999, Alan Jackson's single "Right on the Money" climbed to number one.


Today in 2001, the Warren Brothers issued a formal apology for their scuffle with a manager at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon during Fan Fair.  The charges filed in relation to the incident were officially dropped a week later.


Today in 2001, Trisha Yearwood announced that she was teaming up with the "4 Your Life: CPR" campaign to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to residents of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.


Today in 2001, the "When It All Goes South" album by Alabama was released.


Today in 2003, Kenny Chesney was in Tupelo, Mississippi to kick off his 2003 "Margaritas 'n' Senoritas" tour.


Today in 2005, Carrie Underwood was among the contenders as the fourth season of Fox's "American Idol" began.  She won the competition on the show, which served to launch her singing career.


Today in 2005, Darryl Worley, John Michael Montgomery, and Lee Greenwood were among the performers at "Saluting Those Who Serve," a military-themed concert at the MCI Center in Washington, DC which was part of the inauguration events for President George W. Bush.


Today in 2006, Dierks Bentley and Jace Everett went to London, Dublin, and Glasgow as part of the "New from Nashville" concert series in Europe.


Today in 2006, the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line" won three Golden Globes.  The film took the title of best musical or comedy film, while the best actor and actress nods went to Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon for their portrayals of Johnny and June Carter Cash.  In addition, Emmylou Harris' "A Love That Will Never Grow Old," from the movie "Brokeback Mountain," earned the Best Original Song prize for songwriters Bernie Taupin, who's Elton John's longtime lyricist, and composer Gustavo Santaolalla


Today in 2007, reps for Keith Urban confirmed that the singer had been released from rehab after a nearly-three month stint receiving treatment for alcohol addiction at the Betty Ford Clinic in Southern California.


Today in 2007, Clay Walker performed at the inaugural ball in Austin for Texas Governor Rick Perry.


Today in 2007, Taylor Swift's self-titled debut album was certified Gold.  Other albums earning Gold certification included Alan Jackson's "Like Red on a Rose" and Kenny Chesney's "Live Those Songs Again."


Today in 2007, Roy Clark celebrated 60 years in show business with a benefit concert.  Mel Tillis, Moe Bandy, Mickey Gilley and George Lindsey were among those who joined him at John Q. Hammons Arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the event.


Today in 2008, Reba McEntire was among the stars who took part in Lifetime Networks' "Every Woman Counts" campaign, encouraging women to vote in the upcoming elections.  Other stars on board for the campaign included singers Patti LaBelle and Mary J. Blige, and actresses Fran Drescher, Kim Delaney, Jodie Foster, and Halle Berry.


Today in 2010, Gretchen Wilson performed at the Indianapolis Colts-Baltimore Ravens NFL Divisional Round playoff game in Indianapolis.  She sang her hit "Work Hard, Play Harder" during halftime."


Today in 2010, Country Music Hall of Famer Carl Smith died at his Franklin, Tennessee home at the age of 82.  Smith was Carlene Carter's dad, and ex-husband of the late June Carter Cash.


Today in 2011, the final episode of "Hannah Montana," starring Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus, aired on the Disney Channel.


Today in 2011, Carrie Underwood, Julianne Hough, Keith Urban, and Nicole Kidman all attend the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.


Today in 2013, "American Idol," featuring Keith Urban as a new judge, began on Fox.


Today in 2013, Thompson Square apologized for scaring their fans by posting unexplained photos that gave the impression Shawna Thompson was hospitalized after being seriously injured.  The photos were from the duo's video shoot to the song "If I Didn't Have You."


Copyright © 2014

Metro Networks Inc.