Nashville News and Notes for THURSDAY

"Tennessee Waltz" Singer Patti Page Dies


Singer Patti Page has died.  One of the best-known female artists in traditional pop music, "The New York Times" reports Page died on New Year's Day, Tuesday, in Encinitas, California.  She was 85.  Born Clara Ann Fowler in  Claremore, Oklahoma, Page signed with Mercury Records in 1947 and became their first successful female artist, blending country music styles into many of her pop hits.  Her signature song, "Tennessee Waltz," was recorded in 1950 and later became one of two official state songs for Tennessee.  Between 1950 and 1953, Page also had number one hits with "All My Love (Bolero)," "I Went to Your Wedding," and "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?"  She continued recording through the early 1980s.  Page's last studio album "Brand New Tennessee Waltz" was released in 2000.


Patti Page was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 1997.  Her death comes just one month shy of the Recording Academy's plans to honor her with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.  Page was married three times.  Her third husband, Jerry Filiciotto, died in 2009.


Julianne Hough Opens Up About Childhood Abuse


Julianne Hough is opening up about her painful past.  The country singer, dancer, and actress tells "Cosmopolitan" that she can relate the character she plays in the upcoming film "Safe Haven," because she was abused, mentally and physically as a child.  She explains that she grew up in London studying dance at a prestigious arts school, so her parents weren't there to protect her.  Julianne says she was a ten-year-old girl "being a very sensual dancer" who looked 28.  She describes herself as "a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade," while she was really just "this innocent little girl" who "wanted so much love."  Hough adds that the abuse became worse as she "started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl."


But Hough won't give details or name names, saying she's "a very forgiving person" and "what's past is past."  She adds that she's always been very driven to meet her goals -- first to become a dancer, then to become a singer, and then to become an actress -- and her determination helped her achieve each of them before the age of 25.  Hough portrays a woman who survives an abusive relationship in "Safe Haven," which opens in theaters on February 14th.


Scotty McCreery Has Wisdom Teeth Removed


Scotty McCreery's using a break in his schedule to take care of some personal business.  The singer tweeted Wednesday morning that he was on his way to the doctor to have his wisdom teeth removed.  He also cautioned his followers about subsequent messages, saying he hoped there wouldn't be "any strange tweets" from him because he expected to be "out of it."  He offered a follow up message a few hours later, tweeting that he was "feeling good."  He added, "It's gonna be a sportscenter and couch day for me. Bring on the yogurt/jello/ and most importantly, ice cream."  Scotty has a few weeks to rest and recover before hitting the stage again.


Scotty's first scheduled show of 2013 isn't until Valentine's Day.  McCreery will be performing in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on February 14th.


Dierks Bentley Explains Connection To New Video Location


Dierks Bentley says he's glad he was able to shoot the video to "Tip It On Back" at the Georgia Theater.  The singer says the Athens, Georgia venue has always been special to him.


Dierks admits that he was sad when the Georgia Theater burned down, and says he actually went to Athens to visit the burnt-out shell.  Bentley adds that when it came time to pick a location for the "Tip It On Back" video, he knew he wanted a place that was "kind of college-y," and since the Georgia Theater had reopened he thought it was an ideal spot for the shoot.


Country Stars Sign On For Springsteen MusiCares Tribute


Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw are just a couple of the country stars on board to salute a rock icon.  They'll join Faith Hill, the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines, Emmylou Harris, and others in paying tribute to Bruce Springsteen as this year's MusiCares Person of the Year.  With the event Springsteen is being recognized for his work as a musician as well as his extensive charity work, which recently included fundraising efforts in support of Hurricane Sandy relief.  Numerous other stars, including Elton John, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, are also slated to take part in the event.  "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart will host the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, which will take place in Los Angeles on February 8th -- two days before the 55th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.


Blake Shelton Resolves To Clean Up His Tweets


Blake Shelton's Twitter page might start looking a little different.  The country star tells "Us Weekly" his New Year's resolution is to "work on being a less controversial tweeter."  Shelton has raised eyebrows and generated headlines with his use of the social media.  Last month some of his followers took exception to his tweet about the Connecticut school shooting, which led Shelton to admit he could have been more careful with his words.  Last summer Shelton drew fire from animal rights activists after he joked about running down a turtle with his car, and in 2011 he created a stir with a tweet that was perceived as homophobic.  With those incidents he initially lashed out at his critics for misunderstanding his sense of humor, but eventually apologized for inadvertently offending others.


Thomas Rhett Ends Great 2012, Looking Forward To 2013


Thomas Rhett says he just wrapped up an amazing year, and more is yet to come.  The country singer admits that a lot has happened for him, both professionally and personally.


Rhett reached the top 20 with his debut single, "Something to Do with My Hands," and his follow up, "Beer With Jesus."  Both songs are from Thomas' self-titled EP album, which he released in August.  Meanwhile, Rhett's self-titled debut album is slated for release on March 19th, and he has a couple of tours lined up this year.  Thomas will be opening shows on Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley's "Locked & Reloaded" trek starting in Baltimore, Maryland on January 24th.  He'll also join Jason Aldean on the road later this year.


Kip Moore Open To Variety Of Songwriting Partners


Kip Moore says he doesn't seek out new songwriting partners, but is open to the possibilities.  The singer says he's entertained the idea of collaborating with both Dierks Bentley and Eric Church.


Kip will be touring this year with Brantley Gilbert, but he says that doesn't mean they'll team up to write songs.  He says it'd "be great" if "something happens" and they "start to write," but if they don't get together that will "be fine" too.  The country stars will head out together on the "Hell On Wheels Tour," which begins in Independence, Missouri on January 31st.


Avett Brothers To Play 2013 MerleFest In April


The Avett Brothers will be going home this spring to take part in the 2013 edition of MerleFest.  The North Carolina-based folk-rockers first played the event back in 2004, and said in a statement on their website that they're excited to be back.  This year's MerleFest is scheduled to start on April 25th and run through the 28th on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.  And the Brothers won't be the only Avetts taking the stage.  Their dad, Jim Avett, will be a part of the festival's Gospel Hour show on Sunday, April 28th.


MerleFest began back in 1988 in honor Doc Watson's late son Eddy Merle Watson.  It's been dubbed a celebration of "traditional plus" music, which this year includes the Charlie Daniels Band, Delta Rae, and many more.  The full lineup and ticket information is available at


Hunter Hayes Shares His Attitude On Relationships


Hunter Hayes says there's nobody special in his life right now -- and that's how he wants it.  The country singer tells CMT he becomes totally devoted to whatever he's passionate about, and currently that's his music.  He adds that when he does meet someone he wants to "make sure" he's "not distracted," and can be "their biggest fan."  Hunter explains that he doesn't want to be "the guy who's not giving and is just there," but intends to give his relationship "everything" he has.  He adds that he wants to have a mutually supportive relationship in which they're there for each other through "whatever crazy thing" they have "going on."



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1989, Johnny Cash was released from Baptist Hospital in Nashville after undergoing bypass surgery.


Today in 1991, Billy Ray Cyrus signed his record deal with Mercury Records on stage at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky.  The mayors of Ashland and Billy Ray's hometown of Flatwoods were on hand and presented Billy Ray with the keys to their cities.


Today in 2001, the annual Orange Bowl got countrified as Toby Keith kicked sang the national anthem and Lee Ann Womack performed "I Hope You Dance" at halftime.


Today in 2002, LeAnn Rimes' "Can't Fight The Moonlight," from the soundtrack to the movie "Coyote Ugly," was named the number one single in Australia for the year 2001.


Today in 2004, Willie Nelson debuted his anti-war song "What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth" at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich.


Today in 2006, the Johnny Cash biopic "I Walk the Line" was screened for inmates at Folsom Prison near Sacramento, California.


Today in 2008, Trace Adkins team won the first competition on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice."  Adkins survived the entire competition, becoming one of the two finalists, and finished second as the runner-up to Piers Morgan.


Today in 2008, Carrie Underwood took the title of Female Celebrity with the Best Hairstyle in 2007 in a Sally Beauty Supply poll.


Today in 2011, Darius Rucker performed at the Allstate Fan Fest, which was part of the pre-game festivities in advance of the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.


Today in 2011, Darius Rucker performed at the Allstate Fan Fest, which was part of the pre-game festivities in advance of the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.


Today in 2012, Sara Evans' novel "Love Lifted Me" arrived in stores.


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