Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

John Rich's Alleged Stalker Nearly Loses Bond, Pleads Not Guilty


The man accused of stalking John Rich isn't making a very good impression on the court.  Nashville's "Tennessean" says at a hearing Wednesday the assistant district attorney wanted the judge to revoke Mark Sevier's bond, claiming he's "playing games with the court order" to give notice of his travel plans.  Sevier, who had been living in Alabama, currently isn't allowed to be in the same state as the country singer.  He recently gave a vague, short-term notice that he was "moving" to New York -- where Rich is scheduled to be next week.


The judge didn't revoke Sevier's bond, but put additional requirements on his travel notices to the court.  He added that Sevier's "snide remarks" in his notices had to stop.  At the hearing Sevier also entered a not guilty plea to the stalking charges.  A trial date has been set for October 6th.  Sevier was arrested last summer for the alleged stalking, which Rich says has gone on for years and was starting to include threats to him and his family.


Luke Bryan Returns To Top Of Country Albums Chart


Luke Bryan is seeing renewed interest in his most recent studio album.  Last week's sales of "Crash My Party" totaled just under 33-thousand-300, which is a 77-percent increase over the previous week.  It's also enough to propel Bryan's CD back to the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart, while it climbed back up to the number six spot on the Billboard 200.


It also marks the fifth time Luke's album has topped the country chart.  The disc debuted at number one following its release last August, and enjoyed a four week chart-topping run.  "Crash My Party" returned to number one two more times last fall, and topped the chart once again in January.  The album features four number one singles, including the title track and Luke's current hit, "Play It Again."


Justin Moore To Spend Less Time On The Road


Justin Moore says he won't be playing as many dates this year as he has in the past.  The country star explains that he wants to devote more time to his family, now that he's at a point in his career that he has the luxury to do so.


Justin says he'll take a little time off once he wraps up his "Off The Beaten Path" trek this weekend.  He'll spend the next two days in his home state of Arkansas, performing in Fort Smith on Thursday and Jonesboro on Friday, before bringing the tour to a close in Biloxi, Mississippi on Saturday.  And that doesn't mark the end of Justin's road work for the year.  The singer has festival dates and other shows scheduled throughout the spring and summer.  His full schedule is posted at


Miranda Lambert Explains Origins, Plans For Shoe Line


Miranda Lambert says she got into the boot business out of frustration.  The country star tells "Women's Wear Daily's" Footwear News she "literally wore off the soles" of her favorite boots, then discovered they were "really hard" to replace.  She says her difficulties in finding a new pair got her thinking about launching her own shoe line, so she wouldn't have this problem again.  Lambert explains that she acted on the idea because she had the time, and felt it was the right "next step" for her career.


But Miranda adds that she's "a singer-songwriter first and foremost," and her shoe line is something she wants "to be fun."  However, she's taking her new venture seriously.  Lambert says she's hoping the business will be successful and "grow organically," and eventually expand beyond boots and shoes to include accessories like belts or handbags.


Barry Gibb Sells Johnny Cash Property


A Bee Gee no longer owns a piece of classic country real estate.  Nashville's "Tennessean" says Barry Gibb has sold the land in Hendersonville, Tennessee where the late Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash made their family home.  Documents show the company Lakehouse Holdings paid two-million dollars for the property last month.


Gibb purchased the country legends' seven-bedroom, 13-thousand-880-square-foot home in December 2005 for two-point-three-million dollars.  He said he intended to restore the rundown house and make it a songwriter's retreat.  But during the restoration process the house was destroyed by fire.  However, Gibb seemed determined to carry out an altered version of his plans, saying he would build a new structure on the property and preserve the original Cash house foundation as "sacred land."


Dolly Parton Shares Details Behind Upcoming Album


Dolly Parton admits the cover of her upcoming album, "Blue Smoke," features a manufactured image. 


Dolly also thinks the name "Blue Smoke" is appropriate for the record.  The country star explains that it references the Smoky Mountains, which is where she was raised.  She adds that the disc has "a lot of bluegrass flavors to it," so she believes the "blue" in the title sort of reflects the album's sound.


"Blue Smoke" will arrive in stores on May 13th.  Parton will support the release with an appearance on QVC this weekend.  She'll give a special performance of songs from the album along with a selection of hits.  "Dolly Parton Q Sessions Live from Nashville - featuring Blue Smoke" will air on QVC Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.  In addition, QVC will offer an exclusive deluxe edition of the album that includes a bonus disc of live tracks.


Vince Gill Honored To Sing On Ray Price's Last Album


Vince Gill says he glad he contributes to Ray Price's final album, "Beauty Is..."  He tells "Rolling Stone" he "thought the world" of the late country legend, calling Price "the real deal."  Gill adds that it "meant a lot" to him to provide "good harmony singing" and not simply background vocals, because on Ray's records "the harmony singer was a big deal."  Vince says he only wishes he could have actually teamed up with Ray in the studio to record the songs, but at the time Ray "was battling health issues" so they "didn't have that luxury."  The Country Music Hall of Famer died of pancreatic cancer last December, just a few weeks before his 88th birthday.


Gill is featured on two songs on the album -- "Beauty Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder" and "Until Then."  The album also includes the Martina McBride's duet "An Affair to Remember."  Price's "Beauty Is..." is in stores now.


Leah Turner Taps Personal Experience For Second Single


Country newcomer Leah Turner says she has no problem relating to her new release, "Pull Me Back."  The singer explains that she's lived it.


"Pull Me Back" is Leah's follow up to her debut single, "Take the Keys."  Both songs will be on Turner's self-titled EP, which is slated for release on May 6th.


WIlliam Shatner "Covers" Luke Bryan Hit


Luke Bryan is hearing a new interpretation of one of his hits.  "Star Trek" legend William Shatner put his spin on "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" during an appearance Tuesday on Los Angeles' KKGO/Go Country 105.


Shatner's no stranger to the country community.  He's worked with Brad Paisley, appearing in the singer's videos for "Celebrity" and "Online."  Shatner's radio appearance supported his upcoming Hollywood Charity Horse Show.  Wynonna and The Big Noise will perform at the fundraising event, taking place in Burbank, California on Saturday.


Country Birthdays Include


The Oak Ridge Boys' Richard Sterban is 71.

Rebecca Lynn Howard is 35.

Danny Gokey is 34.

Kelly Clarkson is 32.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1953, Hank Williams' single "Take These Chains From My Heart" was released.


Today in 1984, Jerry Lee Lewis married his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver.


Today in 1988, "Hee Haw" celebrated its 20th anniversary with highlights from past shows.

Guests included Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Barbara and Louise Mandrell, Highway 101 and Tanya Tucker.


Today in 1991, Garth Brooks swept the Academy of Country Music Awards, winning in all six of the categories he was nominated for -- including Entertainer of the Year.


Today in 1992, the "Don't Overlook Salvation" album by Ricky Van Shelton was released.


Today in 1992, Tracy Lawrence hit number one on the charts with "Today's Lonely Fool."


Today In 1992, Brooks and Dunn's "Neon Moon" topped the "Radio & Records" country chart.


Today in 1993, Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp -- along with Travis Tritt, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Bruce Hornsby and Ringo Starr -- performed at Farm Aid Six in Ames, Iowa.  The now-divorced Roseanne and Tom Arnold did a short musical segment, closing with the theme from the TV series "Green Acres."


Today in 1995, Alan Jackson was named Top Male Vocalist, Patty Loveless was named Top Female Vocalist, Brooks & Dunn were named Entertainers of the Year at the 31st annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  In addition, Bryan White was named Top New Male Vocalist, Terri Clark was named Top New Female Vocalist, and Lonestar was named Top New Vocal group.


Today in 1998, LeAnn Rimes' "Sittin' On Top Of The World" album was released.


Today in 1999, Jessica Andrews made her Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 2002, Jewel broke her collar bone and a rib when she was thrown from a horse at the Fort Worth, Texas, area ranch of her rodeo star boyfriend, Ty Murray.


Today in 2003, Johnny Cash's album, "American IV: The Man Comes Around," was certified Gold.  It was his first release to do so in 30 years.


Today in 2005, Tracy Lawrence launched his 9th annual Tracy Lawrence Golf Classic, a two-day fundraising event supporting various charities in the Texarkana, Texas area.


Today in 2005, Travis Tritt joined the Special Operations Warrior Foundation in honoring those who volunteered to rescue American hostages being held in Iran back in 1980, performing at the Special Operations Warrior Foundation event in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.


Today in 2006, Trace Adkins debuted his single "Swing" on "Fantasy 411" on the Major League Baseball site.  It was the first time had presented the premier of a musician's song.


Today in 2007, Willie Nelson and his tour manager David Anderson each paid a fine of one-thousand-24 dollars and received six months probation as part of a plea deal with Louisiana prosecutors.  The pair were facing misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms stemming from a vehicle inspection of Nelson's tour bus in September 2006.  While Nelson's sister Bobbie and two bus drivers were also initially cited, charges against them were dropped as part of the plea agreement.  It was the first time Nelson had ever been convicted on a drug charge.


Today in 2007, Tim McGraw and Big & Rich's Kenny Alphin hosted a party celebrating the chart-topping success of McGraw's "Last Dollar," written by Alphin.  Big Kenny turned the gala into a charity event, giving away a total of 100-thousand-dollars to three organizations.


Today in 2007, Josh Turner celebrated the double-Platinum success of his album "Your Man" with an event in Nashville.


Today in 2007, Wynonna Judd's estranged husband Dan Robert Roach pled not guilty to charges of child molestation.  He had been arrested in Texas a month earlier and brought to Nashville to face the charges.


Today in 2008, while on his sixth USO Tour, Toby Keith's performance at a U.S. base in Kandahar, Afghanistan was interrupted by mortar fire, forcing the singer and his audience of 25-hundred soldiers to take cover in nearby shelters.  While they waited for the all clear, Toby posed for photos and signed autographs for his military fans.


Today in 2008, John Michael Montgomery hosted the second annual Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Golf Scramble at the Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond, Kentucky.  All proceeds from the event went to the Hall of Fame's continued education outreach programs.


Today in 2010, Vince Gill received the Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence from Nashville's Belmont University.  The honor acknowledges people in the music industry who have excelled in the field and have used their status to support both the school and the local community.


Today in 2010, Keith Urban and Sugarland were the headliners for the first day of the Stagecoach festival in Indio, California.  Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Billy Currington, Phil Vassar, and Joey + Rory were some of the other performers at the event.


Today in 2010, Heidi Newfield performed at the post-race concert for the 11th annual Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon in Nashville.


Today in 2013, Glen Campbell's daughter Ashley spoke before a special Senate Committee on Aging about the need to do more to find a cure for Alzheimer's.  Glen, who has the disease, also attended the hearing but did not speak.


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