Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Country Report

For:  Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Jason Aldean Hoping To Win CMA's Entertainer Award


Jason Aldean is a three-time nominee heading into this week's Country Music Association Awards.  But the singer admits there's one category he'd really like to take.


Aldean is facing Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, and Blake Shelton for this year's Entertainer of the Year prize.  Jason is also in the running for Male Vocalist and Single of the Year with his hit "Dirt Road Anthem."  He'll be performing at the event as well.  The 46th annual CMA Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Nashville, and air live on ABC on Thursday.


Alan Jackson Shares Admiration, Respect For Zac Brown


Alan Jackson says he likes Zac Brown's music, and also respects Brown as an artist.  Alan praises Zac as "the real thing."


Alan and Zac are sharing a nomination heading into the Country Music Association Awards.  Their latest collaboration, "Dixie Highway," is in the running for Musical Event of the Year.  The song is up against Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's "Feel Like A Rock Star;" Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, and Snoop Dogg's "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die;" Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars' "Safe & Sound;" and Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker's "Stuck On You."  The 46th annual CMA Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Nashville, and air live on ABC on Thursday.


The country stars have previously been honored for another track they recorded together.  "As She's Walking Away," Jackson's hit with Zac Brown Band, earned the nod for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the 2011 Grammy Awards.


More Stars Set For CMAs; Red Carpet Arrivals Getting Webcast


Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, and "Nashville" stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are some of the latest additions to this week's Country Music Association Awards.  They're all on board as presenters for the event, along with Jana Kramer, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, actor Tim Allen, and Brad Paisley's wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley.  Meanwhile, Love And Theft have been tapped to host the "Red Carpet Live Stream," which will be webcast prior to the televised awards event.


Numerous other stars have already been confirmed for the ceremony, including Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Keith Urban.  Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, The Band Perry, and Little Big Town are some of the other artists also slated to appear.  Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the 46th annual CMA Awards, airing live from Nashville Thursday night on ABC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.  Fans will find the Red Carpet Live Stream Thursday night at starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.


Taylor Swift To Co-Host Grammy Nominations Concert


Taylor Swift is joining LL Cool J to co-host the Grammy nominations concert event next month.  The six-time Grammy winner will join the rapper and "NCIS: Los Angeles" star in announcing nominees in some of the major categories during the live one-hour CBS telecast on December 5th.  The event will be held in Nashville for the first time since organizers began televising the Grammy nominations in a live show format from Los Angeles five years ago.  Performers will include country artist Luke Bryan and pop-rockers Maroon 5. 


Taylor Swift is currently making the rounds promoting her new album "Red."  She'll perform on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" on Tuesday night is scheduled to appear on Thursday night's CMA Awards in Nashville, where she is nominated for Entertainer of the Year.  Swift also just announced a 58-date tour set to begin March 13th next year.


Country Stars Perform On "Dancing With The Stars"


Several country stars are helping ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" go country.  Little Big Town kicked off the show's "Country Week" Monday night with a performance of their chart-topping hit, "Pontoon."


Big & Rich also performed on the show.  They sang their hit "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)" and teamed up with Cowboy Troy on his single "I Play Chicken With The Train" to provide the musical accompaniment for the stars' group dance.  "Country Week" will continue with Taylor Swift making a special appearance on Tuesday's show, while Jason Mraz will also be a guest.  "Dancing With the Stars" starts on ABC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Taylor Swift Earns First UK Number One Album


Taylor Swift isn't just making a splash on this side of the Atlantic with her new album.  The country-pop crossover star's latest studio effort, "Red," is debuting at number one on the UK's Official Albums Chart, and becomes Taylor's first British chart-topper.  Her last effort, 2010's "Speak Now," peaked at number six on the UK chart, while 2008's "Fearless" made it to number five in Britain.  In addition, Taylor has five tracks on the Official UK Singles Top 100.  Her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is currently perched at number nine, while her collaboration with Ed Sheeran, "Everything Has Changed," is debuting this week at number 50.  "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "Red's" title track are also on the list.  Meanwhile, the "Fearless" cut "Love Story" is at number 92 after 78 weeks on the chart.


"Red" is also on track to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales expected to top the one-million mark.  The new album chart will be revealed on Wednesday.


Carrie Underwood Extends "Blown Away" Tour


Carrie Underwood is going the distance on her "Blown Away Tour."  The country music star has tacked on 40 additional dates to her current trek, beginning February 13th in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Following its international launch last June, the new dates will bring the tour's combined total to more than 100 shows.  Hunter Hayes is expected to continue to tour as Carrie's special guest.  Tickets for the 2013 dates will be available in select markets beginning this Friday, November 2nd.  As with the current run, one-dollar from each ticket sold on the tour's 2013 leg will continue to support Red Cross disaster relief. 


Underwood is also gearing up to co-host the 46th Annual CMA Awards with Brad Paisley for a fifth time on Thursday.  She's also nominated in the CMA category for Female Vocalist of the Year and is up for two American Music Awards on November 18th.  ABC will air the CMAs live this Thursday from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, starting at 8:00 pm Eastern.


Here are the new 2013 dates for the Blown Away Tour:


February 13 - Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs - World Arena

February 14 - Broomfield, CO - 1STBANK Center

February 17 - Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena

February 19 - Billings, MT - MetraPark

February 21  - Spokane, WA - Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

February 22 - Yakima, WA - Yakima Sundome

February 25 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena

February 26 - Stockton, CA - Stockton Arena

March 2 - Las Vegas, NV -  Mandalay Bay Events Center

March 3 - Ontario, CA - Citizens Business Bank Arena

March 5 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center

March 8 - Rio Rancho, NM - Santa Ana Star Center

March 21 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Coliseum

March 23 - Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Civic Center

March 25 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center

March 26 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center

March 28 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum

March 30 - Kingston, ON - K-Rock Centre

April 2 - St. John, NB - Harbour Station

April 9 - Portland, ME - Cumberland County Civic Center

April 11 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre

April 13 - Lansing, MI - Breslin Student Events Center

April 14 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Allen County Memorial Coliseum

April 16 - Greenville, SC - BiLo Center

April 17 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena

April 19 - Augusta, GA - James Brown Arena

April 20 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

April 23 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

April 25 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum

April 27 - Cedar Park, TX - Cedar Park Center

April 29 - Lafayette, LA - Cajundome

May 2 - Bloomington, IL - U.S. Cellular Coliseum

May 3 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center

May 5 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center

May 8 - Charleston, WV - Charleston Civic Center

May 10 - Rockford, IL - BMO Harris Bank Center

May 12 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center

May 13 - Sioux City, IA - Tyson Events Center

May 15 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre

May 18 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place


Kenny Chesney To Play Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show


Kenny Chesney will be joining the "boys of fall" next month to help raise money for charity.  The country superstar has been tapped to be the featured halftime performer at the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day football game.  The annual event launches the Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraising campaign.  Chesney says he's looking forward to the event.  He explains that the Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game supporting the Salvation Army has become an American tradition, and he's "happy to be a part of it."  The Cowboys game, including Chesney's performance, will air on Fox on Thanksgiving Day -- November 22nd -- starting at 4:15 p.m. Eastern time.


A number of other country stars have lent their talents to the cause over the years.  Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, and Clint Black are just some of the singers who have taken part in the football event.


Kellie Pickler Turning The Grand Ole Opry "Pink" For Charity


Kellie Pickler is helping the Grand Ole Opry "go pink."  The country star is set to flick the switch to bathe the Opry's traditional barn backdrop in a pink light for the Opry's special breast cancer awareness show, taking place at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House Tuesday night.  Kellie will also perform at the fourth annual "Opry Goes Pink" event along with Kristen Kelly, Sarah Darling, The Farm, and others.  The show is a fundraiser for Women Rock For The Cure.  In addition to the music, the show will salute breast cancer survivors and honor those who are fighting the disease.


In recent weeks Pickler has really been standing out to bring attention to the issue.  In September the singer shaved her head to support a good friend who has breast cancer.  A couple of weeks ago, as her blonde locks began growing out, Pickler dyed her hair pink to highlight the cause.


Tom T. Hall Receiving BMI Honor At Awards Event Tonight


Tom T. Hall will be honored tonight as this year's BMI Icon.  The award recognizes artists who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."  Tom's impressive list of songwriting credits features seven of his own chart-toppers including "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died" and "I Care."  He also penned Alan Jackson's "Little Bitty" and Jeanne C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A.," while numerous other stars including Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, and Waylon Jennings have recorded Tom's songs.  Hall will receive his award at BMI's 60th annual Country Awards, taking place at the company's Nashville offices.  Tom will receive a musical salute at the event, which will also honor the BMI Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year, along with the past year's top 50 BMI country songs.


Tom will become part of an impressive list of BMI Icon recipients.  Previous honorees include country greats Hank Williams Jr., Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn, as well as the Bee Gees, James Brown, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, and John Fogerty.


The Band Perry Preview New Song Online


The Band Perry is giving fans a taste of their upcoming album.  The group is previewing the new song "Better Dig Two" via


Kimberly Perry sings the song from the perspective of a woman who's so devoted to her husband that she doubts she'd be able to survive his death.  The Band Perry has been working on their sophomore album throughout this year.  The sibling trio's still untitled disc is slated for release in the spring.


George Strait Unveils New Single


George Strait is unveiling his new single.  The country star released "Give It All We Got Tonight" on Monday.


"Give It All We Got Tonight" is the lead-off single from Strait's next studio album, which will be the follow up to 2011's "Here For A Good Time."  The release also provides George a new track to perform on his upcoming "Cowboy Rides Away" tour.  He'll launch the trek in Lubbock, Texas on January 18th.  The singer has said that the two-year road trip will be his last formal, extended tour.


Toby Keith Among Country Stars Releasing New Music Today


Toby Keith is among the country stars landing new material in stores today.  His new studio effort, "Hope on the Rocks," features the hit single "I Like Girls That Drink Beer."  Meanwhile, Kristen Kelly is releasing a four-track self-titled EP that includes her breakthrough hit "Ex-Old Man."  "Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection" is also arriving today.  The massive retrospective box set boasts 59 albums on 63 CDs, spanning more than three decades of Cash's career.  Meanwhile, the Civil Wars have a song on the new seasonal compilation disc "Holidays Rule."  The duo's version of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" sits along side tracks from Paul McCartney, The Shins, The Punch Brothers and others on the 17-track collection.


"Nashville" Cast Enjoying Working, Living In Music City


Cast members from ABC's new series "Nashville" are really enjoying working on location.  The show is shot in Nashville.  Actor Jonathan Jackson, who portrays aspiring musician Avery Barkley on the show, says he's had a great time living in Music City.


Actor Charles Esten, who plays the part of songwriter Deacon Clayborne on the show, adds that the city really takes center stage in the series.  He explains that while actresses Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere lead the cast lineup, he believes even they would agree that the city is "the real star of the show."  British actor Sam Palladio says he appreciates the community atmosphere in Nashville, and adds that it reminds him of his hometown of Cornwall, England.  "Nashville" airs on ABC on Wednesday night.



Country Birthdays Include


T. Graham Brown is 58.

SHeDAISY's Kassidy Osborn is 36.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1965, Ronnie Milsap and his girlfriend, Joyce, got married.


Today in 1984, Gary Morris opened in the opera performance of "La Boheme" in New York City opposite Linda Ronstadt.


Today in 1985, the album "Rockin' With The Rhythm" by the Judds was released.


Today in 1990, Dwight Yoakam's "If There Was A Way" album was released.


Today in 1992, Wynonna topped the country charts with her single "No One Else On Earth."


Today in 1995, Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander and his girlfriend, Claudia, were married.


Today in 1998, Reba McEntire's single "Forever Love" was at number one on the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart.


Today in 2000, Sweethearts of the Rodeo's Janis Oliver married Roy Cummins.


Today in 2000, John Michael Montgomery's single "The Little Girl" topped the country charts.


Today in 2001, Joe Diffie's "In Another World" album arrived in stores.


Today In 2004, Tim McGraw held his 10th annual Swampstock charity concert and softball game in Rayville, Louisiana.  The event had originally been scheduled for a month earlier, but Hurricane Ivan rained out the festivities.  Faith Hill, Martina McBride, The Warren Brothers, Jeff Bates, and Trent Willmon joined McGraw for the fundraiser.


Today in 2006, Barbara Mandrell and actress Jane Krakowski were co-hosts of the second annual "Broadway Meets Country" concert in Nashville.  Trisha Yearwood and company members from Disney's "The Lion King" along with Lee Ann Womack, Raul Malo, Josh Gracin, Lorrie Morgan, Jamie O'Neal and SHeDAISY took part.


Today in 2006, Nashville Metro Police issued arrest warrants for Shephen Shutts of the Honky Tonk Hall of Fame and Francine Boykin, who worked for an office cleaning company, in connection with a missing notebook in which Hank Williams had written 17 songs back in 1947.


Today in 2007, Mel Tillis was honored by his publishing company with an event at a honky-tonk in Nashville. Mel's daughter, Pam, Toby Keith, Jason Michael Carroll, Blaine Larsen, and Trick Pony's Ira Dean were among those who took part in the celebration.


Today in 2007, new releases included Josh Turner's "Everything is Fine," Phil Vassar's "Prayer of a Common Man," The Eagles' "Long Road out of Eden," and the reissue of Conway Twitty's "A Twismas Story."