Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Florida Georgia Line Singer Injured In Dirt Bike Accident


Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard is recovering from a back injury. says the country star's bandmate Brian Kelley discussed the incident at a Country Radio Seminar event Tuesday night, saying Tyler hurt his back on Sunday while attempting a jump on a dirt bike.  He joked that Hubbard is "no Evel Knievel," but also admitted that his buddy has been in a lot of pain since the accident.  Kelley added that Hubbard has sought treatment from doctors and chiropractors.  Hubbard's injury forced Florida Georgia Line to skip their performance at the event, which featured sets from Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, and others.  But Brian said the duo still intends to open the show for Jason Aldean in Grand Rapids, Michigan Thursday night as scheduled.


Carrie Underwood Honored By Country Radio Broadcasters


Carrie Underwood is getting recognized for her charitable efforts.  The singer is this year's recipient of the Country Radio Broadcasters Artist Humanitarian Award.  She tells Nashville's "Tennessean" she's particularly interested in helping children and animals, because "they need us."  She explains that "they haven't made any wrong decisions in their lives" and "haven't done anything to anyone that could be malicious," so "it's our jobs to take care of them."  In addition to supporting other organizations -- like her one-million-dollar donation to the American Red Cross last year -- the country star also established the C.A.T.S. Foundation in her hometown of Checotah.  C.A.T.S. stands for Checotah Animal, Town, and School.


Underwood received her award Wednesday morning during the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.  Big & Rich's Kenny Alphin and John Rich -- last year's recipients of the honor -- made the presentation.  In giving Carrie her award, Big Kenny praised her for being "aware of the platform she’s been given" and wanting to "use it to save the world."


Tracy Lawrence Proud Of His "MusicRow" Award


Tracy Lawrence says he appreciates being recognized for his work.  The country star was named Independent Artist of the Year at this week's "MusicRow" CountryBreakout Awards.  Tracy says the honor is really meaningful to him and his team, given all the effort they've put into revamping his career.


Other winners at the event include Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, who got the Male and Female Artist of the Year awards.  The Band Perry captured Group/Duo of the Year honors, while Kacey Musgraves was named Breakout Artist of the Year.  The 12th annual "MusicRow" CountryBreakout Awards were presented at an event in Nashville on Tuesday.


Shelton Disappointed, Understanding About Cee Lo's "Voice" Departure

Blake Shelton admits he's disappointed that Cee Lo Green won't be returning to NBC's "The Voice."  The country star says he actually made an effort to keep the hip-hop star from leaving the show.


But Blake adds that he can understand why Green would want to move on and pursue something else.  He says Cee Lo is an incredibly creative person with more ideas and interests than anybody could possibly explore in a single lifetime.  Green wasn't expected to take part in the upcoming season of "The Voice," which begins next Monday.  But this week he revealed that his departure would be permanent.


The Henningsens' Brian Henningsen Loses Guitar, Other Possessions In Break-In


The Henningsens' Brian Henningsen is dealing with a burglary.  The country singer shared his anger over the break-in on Facebook, using such terms as "low life" and "miscreant" to describe the thief.  He says a number of things were taken, but he's particularly upset about losing his first Martin guitar.  Brian explains that they "were poor back then," when his wife Debby "scrimped and saved to buy it and surprise" him with it one year at Christmas.  He adds that Debby is an example of "how human beings live," explaining that "they work hard and earn their own money" while "scum sucking misanthropes steal and live off of other people's work."  Henningsen is also sending out a warning to the burglar, promising to "fix you good" if "you ever come back here."  Brian accompanies his post with a photograph of a ransacked room.


Eric Church Tops Charts Following His Biggest Sales Week Yet


Eric Church's new album is topping the charts in a big way.  "The Outsiders" is debuting at number one on both the Country Albums list and the all-genre Billboard 200 with first week sales of 288-thousand.  By comparison, the number two disc is the "Frozen" soundtrack, which had sales of 100-thousand last week.  The country star's disc has also had the best sales week of any album so far this year.  "The Outsiders" is marking the biggest sales since Beyonce's self-titled effort arrived in early December.  It's also the best sales week for a country artist since the release of Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" last August. 


Meanwhile, "The Outsiders" has given Eric the best sales week of his career.  His previous best was his last album, "Chief," which also opened at number one on the charts with sales of 145-thousand.


Sara Evans Explains Decisions Behind New Album's Name, First Single


Sara Evans says her latest single was one of those songs that just grabbed her instantly.  The country star recalls finding "Slow Me Down," explaining that it really stood out among the tracks being pitched to her.


Sara says the song's appeal continued to grow as she recorded it, which led to "Slow Me Down" becoming the lead-off single from the album.  She adds that her love of the song never diminished as she worked on her album, prompting her to make "Slow Me Down" the disc's title track.  Evans' album "Slow Me Down" will arrive in stores on March 11th.


David Nail Describes Frightening Road Accident


David Nail admits last week's bus accident is something he never wants to experience again.  The country star, who's an opener on Darius Rucker's "True Believers" tour, says he was on his way to Albany, New York for their Valentine's Day concert when his bus hit an icy patch and "ran off the road into the median."  Nail admits he was rattled by the incident.  The singer says he could "totally feel" the bus "going out of control," and he was "just praying that it ends somewhere soft" and doesn't "tip over or flip."  David still made it to Albany for the show, courtesy of the headliner.  When Rucker learned of the accident he sent his buses out to pick up Nail and his band.


Last week's severe winter weather prompted Rucker to postpone his show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which was scheduled to take place the night before the Albany concert.  But icy roadways shouldn't be a problem for Nail this weekend.  They'll be traveling through the Carolinas, where the temperatures will be well above freezing.  David will join Rucker for shows in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday; Columbia, South Carolina on Friday; and Asheville, North Carolina on Saturday.  They'll head back to Pennsylvania next month.  Their make-good date in Hershey is set for March 3rd.


Taylor Swift-Lorde Collaboration Not Out Of The Question


Taylor Swift might have a new songwriting partner.  Rumors of a Swift-Lorde collaboration have been surfacing since the two were seen hanging out together late last year, and Lorde says she isn't ruling it out.  She tells the U.K.'s Capital FM that while they do have different musical styles, Taylor has proven herself to be an adaptable artist.  She adds that Taylor is "pretty willing to go a lot of places" and that "the sky is the limit" for someone like her.  Lorde also gives a nod to the country star's most recent album "Red," praising it for having covered "a lot of ground" musically. 


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Today In Country Music History


Today in 1955, Elvis Presley joined a WSM Grand Ole Opry road show in Little Rock, Arkansas, which also featured Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters and comedian the Duke of Paducah.


Today in 1965, Buck Owens topped the charts with "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail."


Today in 1988, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed together for the first time since their 1974 break-up.


Today in 1989, Randy Travis, the Judds, and K.T. Oslin were the big winners at the 31st annual Grammy Awards.


Today in 1990, Alan Jackson began his first major tour, opening for Clint Black in Belton, Texas.


Today in 1991, Pam Tillis was number one on the charts with the single "Don't Tell Me What To Do."


Today in 1991, Kathy Mattea won the Best Country Female Vocal Performance Grammy for "Where've You Been."  Vince Gill won the Best Country Male Vocal Performance Grammy for "When I Call Your Name," and the Kentucky Headhunters took home the Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Group.  Meanwhile, Kitty Wells received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.


Today in 1997, the TV show "Diagnosis Murder" went country as it featured appearances from Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Linda Davis, Billy Dean, Joe Diffie, Barbara Mandrell, and Eddie Rabbitt.


Today in 1998, "USA Today" first reported that Alan Jackson had separated from his wife Denise.  The couple reunited after four months.


Today in 2001, Lee Ann Womack's chart-topping song "I Hope You Dance" won Single of the Year honors in "Radio & Records'" annual Country Readers' Poll.


Today in 2001, Keith Urban was confirmed as an act on the inaugural "Neon Circus & Wild West Show" tour with Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, and Montgomery Gentry.


Today in 2001, Tim Rushlow's self-titled solo debut album was released.


Today in 2003, the Dixie Chicks unveiled the details for their highly successful "Top of the World" tour with a special announcement in New York's Central Park.


Today in 2005, LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich performed at halftime during the NBA all-star basketball game in Denver.


Today in 2005, Clint Black performed at the pre-race concert for the Daytona 500 in Florida.


Today in 2007, Rodney Atkins made his debut on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."  During the program fellow guest Bill Maher made an insulting remark about country music, prompting an apology from Leno and an invitation to return to the show.


Today in 2007, new releases included the Dixie Chicks' DVD "Shut Up and Sing," Tammy Cochran's album "Where I Am," and John Starling and Carolina Star with Emmylou Harris' disc "Slidin' Home."


Today in 2008, Garth Brooks made an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."


Today in 2011, Brad Paisley and Martina McBride performed at the Daytona 500.  In addition, Paisley drove the pace car at the start of the NASCAR race.


Today in 2011, Kenny Chesney's second football documentary, "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story," had its premiere on ESPN.  The film is about the University of Tennessee's early 1970s star player Condredge Holloway, who became the first African-American starting quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.


Today in 2012, The Band Perry made their headlining debut at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.  Tickets for the show went on sale six months prior to the show, and the 23-hundred-seat venue was sold out in just 20 minutes.


Today in 2013, preliminary autopsy results indicated that Mindy McCready died of single gunshot wound to the head, suggesting she took her own life, but authorities were still reluctant to rule her death a suicide.


Today in 2013, Taylor Swift performed at the UK's Brit Awards.  She was also a nominee heading into the event, but left empty-handed.


Today in 2013, Taylor Swift's "Red" returned to the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, following a 106-percent increase in sales attributed to the Grammy Awards.  Swift performed at the ceremony and was among the winners, while Target ran a special promotion for her album that included commercials that aired during the event.


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