David Nail On Voice Rest
David Nail isn't making the "sound of a million dreams" this week. He's been put on vocal rest, and isn't making any sound at all. The singer explains via Twitter that he lost his voice late last week, which forced him to cancel last Friday's show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. David said he was "heartbroken" over not being able to perform. He added that it was "a terrifying feeling to have such uncertainty" about his voice, given that's how he makes his living. Nail saw a specialist in Chicago on Saturday, and after receiving an injection in his neck he was able to perform in the Windy City as scheduled. On Sunday he tweeted that he was "exhausted," and that "reality just sank in" as he realized he needed to be silent for the next several days.
Nail is expected to have his voice back in time for his show Thursday in Carbondale, Illinois. He's also scheduled to perform in Columbia, Missouri on Friday.
Jamey Johnson Mapping Out "Living For A Song Tour"
Jamey Johnson is planning to hit the road behind his latest album. The singer-songwriter recently released the Hank Cochran tribute disc "Living For A Song." He'll kick off the "Living For A Song Tour" in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 9th. MusicRow.com says Johnson has eleven stops scheduled so far, including an appearance at the Thank God For Texas Festival in Winnie, Texas on November 24th, and a New Year's Eve performance in Montgomery Alabama. Additional shows are expected to be added to the trek.
Jamey Johnson's "Living For A Song Tour" Dates
November 8 - Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Tennessee Theater
November 9 - Huntsville, Alabama, at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall
November 15 - Paducah, Kentucky, at the Carson Center
November 16 - Columbus, Ohio, at the Palace Theater
November 17 - Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Egyptian Room
November 18 - Chattanooga, Tennessee, at Tivoli Theater
November 24 - Winnie, Texas, at the Thank God For Texas Festival at Nutty Jerry's
November 30 - Miami, Oklahoma, at the Buffalo Run Casino
December 14 - Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Riviera Royale Pavilion
December 15 - Wendover, Nevada, at the Peppermill Casino
December 31 - Montgomery, Alabama, at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center
Billy Ray Cyrus' New Album Arrives Today
Billy Ray Cyrus admits his new album, "Change My Mind," was an emotionally driven project. The country singer explains that songs "pour out" of him when he's "dealing with heavy stuff," because it's "the only way" he's truly comfortable expressing himself. Billy Ray adds that there's been "so much chaos" in his life over the past few years, and he's "lived through every emotion on every one of these songs" on "Change My Mind." Tracks on the album include the ballad "That's What Daddys Do," which Cyrus says he wrote when he was separated from his wife and kids, while the song "Tomorrow Became Yesterday" was inspired by his father. Cyrus says he also tapped into all his musical influences, including country, bluegrass, Southern rock, and gospel, for the project. The title track to "Change My Mind" is Billy Ray's current single. The album arrives in stores Tuesday.
Top Ten Chart Debuts Expected For Scotty McCreery, Jamey Johnson
Jason Aldean isn't the only country star expected to debut in the top tier of the upcoming Billboard 200. New releases from Scotty McCreery and Jamey Johnson are also on track to begin their run on the all-genre list in the top ten. Billboard.com says "Christmas With Scotty McCreery" appears poised to land in the top five with first-week sales of roughly 35-thousand. Meanwhile, with estimated sales of 25-thousand, Johnson's "Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochrane" will likely make the top ten -- and could debut in the top five.
Aldean's "Night Train" is the anticipated chart leader, with projected sales of at least 400-thousand. R&B star Brandy's new album, "Two Eleven" will likely take the number two spot, while the current number one album, Mumford & Sons' "Babel," is expected to remain in the top five for another week. The new Billboard 200 will be revealed on Wednesday.
Daryle Singletary Celebrates Birth Of First Daughter
Daryle Singletary is getting his wish. The singer and his wife, Holly, saw their family grow over the weekend with the birth of their daughter, who made her arrival into the world on Sunday. TasteOfCountry.com says little Nora Caroline wasn't expected until early November, but she still tipped the scales at a healthy seven-pounds, three-ounces, and measured 19-inches long at birth. She's the third child and first daughter for the Singletarys. Nora has two older brothers -- twins Mercer and Jonah, who'll turn two on Saturday. Back in April, when Daryle announced that he and Holly were expecting, the singer said he was primarily concerned about having a healthy baby. But he also admitted that he was hoping to have a girl.
Eli Young Band Give Back, Find Inspiration At VA Hospital
The Eli Young Band is supporting the troops with their music. The group took time Friday to visit patients at a VA hospital in Nashville. Frontman Mike Eli says it was a chance for them to give back.
The Eli Young Band performed and talked with patients receiving kidney dialysis at the medical facility. Bassist Jon Jones adds that hearing the veterans' stories and seeing their upbeat attitude was "really inspiring." The Eli Young Band's hospital visit was arranged through Musicians On Call, an organization that brings live and recorded music to patients who are bedridden in health care facilities.
Blake Shelton Recalls First Paid Performance
Blake Shelton says he can still remember the first time he was ever paid to perform. The singer tells "Cowboys & Indians" magazine when he was a teenager he made regular appearances in a "local Opry-type show" in his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma. Blake recalls that after performing about a half-dozen times, the man in charge of the show gave him 40-dollars, and he "was stunned." He says he couldn't believe what had happened, and adds that with the way he reacted "you'd have thought it was a million dollars." Shelton explains that he was just so taken by surprise, and admits that at the time he would have paid the man for the opportunity to take the stage and sing.
Garth Brooks Enjoyed His Country Music Hall Of Fame Induction
Garth Brooks says his Country Music Hall of Fame induction isn't just a special honor. On the red carpet heading into the Medallion Ceremony, the country superstar explained that he was also getting the chance to fulfill a dream that dates back 25 years.
Garth is part of the Country Music Hall's Class of 2012, along with Connie Smith and Hargus "Pig" Robbins. All three were honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, which took place in Nashville Sunday night. Bob Seger and James Taylor joined George Strait in honoring Brooks, while Merle Haggard, Ronnie Dunn, Lee Ann Womack, and Charlie McCoy are some of the other stars who participated in the event.
Lady A's Charles Kelley Describes His Perfect Winter's Night
Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley says that as he gets older and his life more hectic, time with loved ones has become more precious to him. As the holiday season approaches, the singer says the perfect winter's night to him would be a family gathering.
This year Lady A is also providing a soundtrack to the holiday season. The group just released their first Christmas CD, "On This Winter's Night." The 12-track disc features such classics as "Silent Night," "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "The First Noel," and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."
Taylor Swift continues her promotion behind the album "Red" with more TV appearances. She'll be a guest once again on ABC's "Good Morning America," and give a special performance on the show. Swift is also slated to be interviewed and perform on Tuesday's edition of CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman." "Red" is in stores now.
Scotty McCreery is promoting his new holiday album with a special TV appearance. He'll be performing songs from his latest release, "Christmas With Scotty McCreery," on QVC. The show starts at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.
Country Birthdays Include
Dwight Yoakam is 56.
Former Ricochet fiddle and mandolin player Junior Bryant is 44.
Jimmy Wayne is 40.