Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Returning To Nashville


A couple of country stars are plotting their return to Music City.  Trisha Yearwood tells that she and husband Garth Brooks are relocating to Nashville.  And she says she's looking forward to the move.  The singer explains that Nashville has "an energy" that she loves and misses.  She adds that being in Nashville "makes sense," admitting that "it's been a bit of a challenge" to have to "fly in and out for work."  But Yearwood has no regrets about the time they've spent in Oklahoma.  She says she's loved living there, and it was "the right thing" to do for their family.  But Trisha says it's now time for them "to do the next thing," which is taking them back to Nashville.


Garth is planning to relaunch his touring career with a world tour this fall.  The country superstar has a five-night run of shows scheduled in Ireland as a warm-up for the trek.  He'll stage the "Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event" at Dublin's Croke Park from July 25th through the 29th.


Luke Bryan Topping Billboard Country Chart With Latest "Spring Break" Set


Luke Bryan has another chart-topping "Spring Break" EP.  "Spring Break 6...Like We Ain't Ever" is leading the Billboard Country Albums list with first week sales of more than 74-thousand.  It's matching the success of last year's "Spring Break" set, which also opened at number one on the chart.  "Spring Break 6" is debuting at number two on the all-genre Billboard 200, behind the "Frozen" soundtrack.  Luke released the digital EP last week in conjunction with his Spring Break concerts in Panama City Beach, Florida.  Highlights from the event will be featured on GAC's "Headline Country" on Thursday, and on CMT's "Hot 20 Countdown" on Saturday.


Sara Evans is also debuting in the top ten on the Billboard 200.  Her new release, "Slow Me Down" saw sales of 27-thousand to take the number nine on the all-genre chart.  Meanwhile, Eric Church remains in the top ten, with "The Outsiders" rounding out the list.


John Rich Launches "Redneck Riviera" Product Line


John Rich has a new business venture.  The country star has developed a product line under the name "Redneck Riviera."  He says while the term typically references the Gulf Coast, he's found it's "not just a place" but "a state of mind" that's found all across America.  The singer adds that his goal is to "make sure this product lives up to the lifestyle."  The "Redneck Riviera" line includes t-shirts, tank tops, and caps for men and women along with accessories such as koozies and decals.  A kids' line is in the works.  Rich officially launched "Redneck Riviera" in Panama City Beach, Florida on Tuesday.  More information is available at


Jake Owen Launching "Days Of Gold" Tour


Jake Owen is hitting the road, but he's not leaving his family behind.  The country star tells "People" his wife Lacey and their one-year-old daughter Pearl are joining him for the trek.  Jake says he's glad they're coming with him, but he admits it will require some juggling on his part.  He explains that in some ways it's "the best of both worlds," and "like having home" with him wherever he goes.  The singer says he's glad he can still do things like give Pearl a bath before putting her to bed.  But Owen explains that it's also sometimes hard to have them with him, because touring is part of his job.


Jake is launching his "Days of Gold" tour in Brookings, South Dakota on Thursday.  He'll bring his 70-date run to a close in his hometown of Vero Beach, Florida on October 25th.  The road trip includes a number of festival stops, and venues for many of the later dates haven't been announced yet.  The Cadillac Three is on board as an opener for most of the confirmed stops.  Thomas Rhett, Parmalee, the Eli Young Band, and Frankie Ballard will be featured at select shows. 


Jake Owen's Days Of Gold 2014 Tour Dates


March 20 - Brookings, South Dakota, at the Swiftel Center

March 21 - Fargo, North Dakota, at the Scheels Arena

March 22 - Bemidji, Minnesota, at the Sanford Center

April 10 - Casper, Wyoming, at the Casper Events Center Arena

April 11 - Rapid City, South Dakota, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena

April 12 - Bismarck, North Dakota, at the Bismarck Civic Center

April 24 - Bowling Green, Kentucky, at the Diddle Arena

April 25 - Dayton, Ohio, at the Nutter Center

May 1 - Ft. Wayne, Indiana, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

May 2 - Indiana, Pennsylvania, at the Ed Fry Arena

May 3 - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

May 15 - Huntington, West Virginia, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena

May 16 - Greensboro, North Carolina, at the White Oak Amphitheater

May 29 - Gilford, New Hampshire, at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook

May 30 - New York, New York, at the Hammerstein Ballroom

May 31 - Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the Patriotic Festival

June 12 - North Lawrence, Ohio, at Country Fest

June 13 - Buffalo, New York, at the Taste of Country Music Festival

June 14 - Orillia, Ontario, Canada, at the Casino Rama Entertainment Centre

June 15 - Windsor, Ontario, Canada, at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor

June 19 - Grand Junction, Colorado, at Country Jam USA

June 20 - Rio Rancho, New Mexico, venue TBA

June 21 - Pueblo, Colorado, at Bands in the Backyard

June 27 - Greeley, Colorado, at the Greeley Stampede

June 28 - Norfolk, Nebraska, at the Divots Event Center

June 29 - Wichita, Kansas, venue TBA

July 10 - Reading, Pennsylvania, venue TBA

July 11 - Uncasville, Connecticut, at the Mohegan Sun

July 12 - Schaghticoke, New York, venue TBA

July 17 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at the Country Jam USA

July 18 - Valparaiso, Indiana, at the Porter County Fair

July 24 - Green Bay, Wisconsin, venue TBA

July 25 - Moline, Illinois, venue TBA

July 26 - St. Cloud, Minnesota, venue TBA

July 30 - Great Falls, Montana, venue TBA

August 1 - Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, at Sunfest Country

August 2 - Sweet Home, Oregon, at the Oregon Jamboree

August 3 - George, Washington, at the Watershed Festival

August 7 - Ventura, California, venue TBA

August 8 - Los Angeles, California, venue TBA

August 9 - Las Vegas, Nevada, venue TBA

August 14 - Des Moines, Iowa, at the Iowa State Fair

August 15 - Sedalia, Missouri, venue TBA

August 16 - Springfield, Illinois, venue TBA

August 21 - Tuscaloosa, Alabama, venue TBA

August 22 - Orange Beach, Alabama, venue TBA

August 23 - New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square

September 4 - Gainesville, Florida, venue TBA

September 5 - North Charleston, South Carolina, venue TBA

September 6 - Augusta, Georgia, venue TBA

September 11 - Fayetteville, Arkansas, venue TBA

September 12 - Tunica, Mississippi, venue TBA

September 13 - Terre Haute, Indiana, venue TBA

September 18 - Cape Girardeau, Missouri, venue TBA

September 20 - Sioux City, Iowa, venue TBA

September 25 - Tupelo, Mississippi, venue TBA

September 26 - Huntsville, Alabama, venue TBA

September 27 - Cherokee, North Carolina, venue TBA

October 3 - Roanoke, Virginia, venue TBA

October 4 - Pikeville, Kentucky, venue TBA

October 5 - Baltimore, Maryland, venue TBA

October 9 - Battle Creek, Michigan, venue TBA

October 10 - Saginaw, Michigan, venue TBA

October 11 - Toledo, Ohio, venue TBA

October 16 - La Crosse, Wisconsin, venue TBA

October 17 - Mankato, Minnesota, venue TBA

October 18 - Lincoln, Nebraska, venue TBA

October 23 - Atlanta, Georgia, venue TBA

October 24 - Tallahassee, Florida, venue TBA

October 25 - Vero Beach, Florida, venue TBA


Hunter Hayes Launching "We're Not Invisible" Tour


Hunter Hayes is returning to hit the road.  The country star is launching his "We're Not Invisible" tour with a show in Pikeville, Kentucky Thursday night.  Danielle Bradbery and the duo Dan & Shay are on board as openers.  The 19-date trek takes its name from Hunter's latest single, "Invisible," which he debuted in January at the Grammy Awards.  The track will be on Hunter's next album, "Storyline," which will be in stores May 6th. 


Hunter Hayes' "We're Not Invisible" Tour Dates


March 20 - Pikeville, Kentucky, at the Eastern Expo Center

March 21 - Huntington, West Virginia, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena

March 22 - Youngstown, Ohio, at the Covelli Centre

March 27 - Peoria, Illinois, at the Peoria Civic Center

March 28 - Toledo, Ohio, at the Huntington Center

April 10 - Southaven, Mississippi, at the Landers Center

April 11 - Cape Girardeau, Missouri, at the Show Me Center

April 12 - Springfield, Missouri, at the JQH Arena

April 17 - Huntsville, Alabama, at the Von Braun Center

April 18 - Roanoke, Virginia, at the Roanoke Civic Center

April 19 - Asheville, North Carolina, at the U.S. Cellular Center

April 23 - Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the Colorado Springs World Arena

April 24 - Salt Lake City, Utah, at the UCCU Center

May 1 - Bangor, Maine, at the Cross Insurance Center

May 2 - Boston, Massachusetts, at the Tsongas Center at UMASS Lowell

May 3 - Uncasville, Connecticut, at the Mohegan Sun

May 29 - Augusta, Georgia, at the James Brown Arena

May 30 - Pensacola, Florida, at the Pensacola Bay Center

May 31 - Estero, Florida, at the Germain Arena


Danielle Bradbery "Addicted" To Starbucks


Danielle Bradbery says she's "addicted" to Starbucks.  The country singer explains it's something she picked up while competing on "The Voice."

Danielle admits that while she tries to "change it up," her go-to drink is the Iced Green Tea Latte -- which isn't decaf.  She adds that her Starbucks consumption is probably what keeps her awake.  Danielle might appreciate that energy boost over the coming weeks.  She's hitting the road with Hunter Hayes, opening shows on his "We're Not Invisible" tour.  The trek begins Thursday in Pikeville, Kentucky.


Dierks Bentley Posts Video From London Concert


Dierks Bentley is sharing a bit of his set from last weekend's Country2Country Festival.  On Thursday he posted a video of his performance of Avicii's "Hey Brother" on YouTube.


The clip was taped during Bentley's performance in London on Saturday.  He was also featured at the C2C show in Dublin, Ireland last Friday.  Dierks was part of a lineup that also included the Zac Brown Band, and the Dixie Chicks, while Martina McBride was on board for the London show.


Performers Set For CMA Festival Nightly Concerts


Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, and Florida Georgia Line are among the stars slated to perform at the CMA Music Festival.  They're on board for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field, along with Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, and others.  Thomas Rhett will be making his LP Field debut at the event.  A total of 20 stars will be featured at the Nightly Concerts over the course of the four-day event.  All the shows are already sold out.  The CMA Music Festival takes place from June 5th through the 8th, and also features other concerts, meet and greets, fan club parties, and more activities throughout downtown Nashville.


The CMA Music Festival Nightly Concerts at LP Field Lineup (in alphabetical order; schedules haven't been set yet)


Jason Aldean

Dierks Bentley

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Florida Georgia Line

Brantley Gilbert

Hunter Hayes

Lady Antebellum

Miranda Lambert

Little Big Town

Tim McGraw

Brad Paisley

Rascal Flatts

Thomas Rhett

Darius Rucker

Blake Shelton

The Band Perry

Keith Urban

Chris Young

Zac Brown Band


The Oak Ridge Boys To Release Live Album Next Month


The Oak Ridge Boys' long-awaited live album is less than a month away.  The group's Joe Bonsall says his bandmate Duane Allen deserves the credit for making it finally happen.


The Oak Ridge Boys pared down those 60-plus songs to a 14-track set packed with chart-topping hits and fan favorites such as "American Made," "Come On In," and "(I'm Settin') Fancy Free."  The album closes with the group's signature hits "Elvira" and "Bobbie Sue."  The Oak Ridge Boys' live "Boys Night Out" will be in stores on April 15th.


The Oak Ridge Boys' "Boys Night Out" live album track list


1. "You're the One"

2. "American Made"

3. (I'm Settin') Fancy Free"

4. "Love Song"

5. "Y'all Come Back Saloon

6. "Sail Away"

7. "Dream On"

8. "This Crazy Love"

9. "Trying to Love Two Women"

10. "Come On In"

11. "Make My Life With You"

12. "Thank God For Kids"

13. "Elvira"

14. "Bobbie Sue"


Taylor Swift Makes Short Appearance In "The Giver" Trailer


A new trailer for "The Giver" has been released -- and fans of Taylor Swift are getting a first look at the star in character.  Taylor, who plays Rosemary in the upcoming film starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, appears in the trailer for just a short flash.  The frame captures her with a new look sporting brunette locks.  Taylor has tweeted out a link to the trailer, saying she's "so excited to have been a part of this."  Her character Rosemary is mentioned in the best-selling 1993 novel, described as the daughter of Bridges' "Giver," who was the first to apply to be released from the futuristic society.  The movie is set to hit theaters on August 15th.


Sheryl Crow "Diner" Musical Gets Opening Date


Sheryl Crow's long-in-the-works musical adaptation of "Diner" finally has been given an opening date.  "The Hollywood Reporter" says the production is now slated to debut on December 9th at the Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia.  "Diner," which Sheryl is leading alongside the original movie's Barry Levinson, has struggled to make its way to the stage after repeated delays both on Broadway and in San Francisco.  Its new home in Arlington is set to run for over a month.  "Diner" is the story of a group of high school friends who reunite at their old hangout when one is about to get married.  A cast has yet to be unveiled.


Dan Rather To Serve As Grand Ole Opry Guest Announcer


Grand Ole Opry listeners will hear a familiar but new voice on the show this weekend.  Legendary newsman Dan Rather will be on hand as a guest announcer this Friday.  His appearance comes as the long-running show continues the 40th anniversary celebration of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.  Performers joining Rather for Friday's show include Charlie Daniels, the Oak Ridge Boys, Kathy Mattea, and The Grascals.


Country TV Tonight


HEADLINE COUNTRY (GAC) Luke Bryan's recent Spring Break concerts are featured, along with Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, and others.


Country Birthdays Include


Riders in the Sky's Ranger Doug Green is 68.

Shenandoah's Jim Seales is 60.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1960, Elvis Presley returned to Nashville's RCA studios for his first post-Army recording session.


Today in 1963, George Hamilton the Fourth recorded the number one single "Abilene."


Today in 1965, the single, "King of the Road," by Roger Miller peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1989, Kathy Mattea's "Willow In The Wind" album was released.


Today in 1993, David Bellamy married his wife, Susan.


Today in 1995, a judge in Waco, Texas dropped marijuana possession charges against Willie Nelson.  He ruled that the police search of the singer's car was illegal.


Today in 2002, the soundtrack album "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" was at number one on the charts.


Today in 2003, Aaron Tippin was the guest of honor at the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission Meeting.  He received an American flag that had been flown over the capital in honor of his patriotic efforts, a certificate naming him Colonel Aide de Camp, Governor's Staff, and a letter of thanks from Tennessee Senator and Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.  Aaron said he was thrilled, honored, and overwhelmed by the tribute.


Today in 2003, The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on the Dixie Chicks to make a public apology for statements made against President Bush, and to back up their words with a concert for the families of troops stationed in Iraq.


Today in 2005, Trick Pony was on hand to host the Price Oil Celebrity charity event in Destin, Florida.  The three-day event included golf, deep-sea fishing, and a concert finale with Trick Pony as the headliner.


Today in 2006, a series of country concerts featuring Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, and Earl Scruggs began at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  The series continued through April 9th.


Today in 2007, Craig Morgan was at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego Bay to help assemble ten-thousand USA Care packages for U.S. troops abroad.  He also performed for all the volunteers at the "Toast to the Troops Stuffing Party." It was Morgan's fourth time participating in a care package project.


Today in 2007, new releases included Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price's album "Last of the Breed" and Dierks Bentley's first live DVD, "Live and Loud at the Fillmore."


Today in 2010, Reba McEntire was the host for the 16th annual Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix, Arizona.  She also performed at the event, which raises money for a variety of causes and organizations including the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.


Today in 2011, Jimmy Wayne -- as the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association's new national spokesman -- told his story of growing up in foster care at the 30th annual National CASA conference in Chicago.


Today in 2012, The Band Perry made their UK performance debut with a show at Kings College in London.


Today in 2012, a day after Blake Shelton cut "The Voice" finalist Gwen Sebastian from his team on the show, he invited her to join his backing band for his next tour.


Today in 2012, new releases included Casey James' self-titled debut album.


Today in 2013, Steel Magnolia's Meghan Linsey confirmed that she and Joshua Scott Jones had split up, both personally and professionally, but the duo would still play all their scheduled shows.


Today in 2013, Alan Jackson was the headliner for the 5th annual Stars Go Blue benefit concert supporting the Colon Cancer Alliance.


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