Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Carrie Underwood Denies Feud With Taylor Swift


Carrie Underwood says she's not aware of any feud between her and Taylor Swift.  The country singer tells "CBS This Morning's" Gayle King she believes it's one of many tabloid fabrications.


Carrie adds that one of her favorite Taylor Swift songs is Taylor's latest hit "I Knew You Were Trouble," explaining that it's "a lot different for her."  Carrie's full "CBS This Morning" interview will air on the morning program this Wednesday.


Mindy McCready In Outpatient Care


Mindy McCready is now said to be in outpatient care after entering a medical treatment facility last week for reported substance issues.  The country singer was ordered into treatment last Wednesday after family members questioned her ability to care for her two sons following the death of her boyfriend David Wilson last month.  Citing a source, E! News says McCready was released from the medical facility and placed into outpatient treatment a day later because doctors believed she was stable enough and determined there were no signs of drugs or alcohol.  Another source says "Being involuntarily committed and having her children taken away from her was eye opening for Mindy, adding that it helped her realize she needs to focus on putting her family back together.  McCready's kids are reportedly with Family Services in Arkansas.  The singer is expected to remain in outpatient care for 21 days.


Blake Shelton's New Album Arriving Next Month


Blake Shelton is calling his new album "Based On A True Story..."  The country singer announced the CD's title Monday morning on NBC's "Today."  The disc will feature Blake's current single, "Sure Be Cool If You Did."  He also debuted the video to the song on the morning show.  "Based On A True Story..." will arrive in stores on March 26th, and Shelton will return to "Today" next month to celebrate the album's release.  The upcoming record is Blake's follow up to his 2011 effort "Red River Blue."  Shelton enjoyed four chart-topping hits from that album, including "Honey Bee," "God Gave Me You," "Drink On It," and "Over."


Zac Brown Shares Band's Many Projects


Zac Brown says his group has a few projects in the works.  The Zac Brown Band frontman tells that the group is planning to release the follow up to their Grammy-winning disc "Uncaged" "a little later on in the year."  He adds that the band is also working on "an acoustic record, too."  Meanwhile, the country singer says his group might also team up with T Bone Burnett.  He explains that they've "been hanging out" and "talking to him," and he's hoping they'll "get to do a project with him this year."  Zac Brown Band also remains dedicated to a non-musical project.  The group has been raising money to launch Camp Southern Ground, which will provide a variety of recreation programs for kids with special needs.  Zac says it's his "calling" to "help this thing to get built."


Ray Price's Health "Improving Daily," Cancer In Remission


Ray Price says he's doing very well in his cancer battle.  The country legend explains in a Facebook post that his latest tests all indicate that the disease is still in remission, and he's "improving daily."  Ray adds that his doctors "just shake their heads in amazement" every time he ends a visit "with good news."  The singer says he's "now entering a physical rehab program" to help him rebuild his strength and muscle tone.  Price also extends his gratitude to his fans for all their support, saying their prayers have carried him through his treatment process.


Price revealed that he was battling pancreatic cancer last fall.  He explained to that doctors discovered the cancer while removing his gallbladder, and he then underwent six months of chemotherapy in battling the disease.


Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney Made An Honorary Ohioan


Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney is back to being the odd-man out in the group.  But over the weekend, he was able to join bandmates Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus in claiming Ohio as his home state.  "The Lantern" says that before Rascal Flatts' show Saturday in Columbus -- Gary and Jay's hometown -- Ohio's First Lady Karen Kasich met with the group and made Joe Don an honorary Ohioan for the day.  Rooney received a certificate giving him the title, along with other Ohio-themed goodies including a buckeye necklace and some chocolate buckeyes.  Joe Don was born in the small town of Baxter Springs, Kansas and raised in Picher, Oklahoma, which is now a ghost town.


Toby Keith Has His Own Signature Guitar


Toby Keith now has his own signature guitar.  The country star recently teamed up with Takamine to create the instrument, which was modeled after Toby's go-to guitar.  The new Takamine EF250TK Toby Keith Signature acoustic-electric guitar has all the features the singer would want in a six-string.  It's also clearly identifiable as a Toby Keith guitar.  The instrument includes Toby's signature on the heel cap, while the head is adorned with a medallion with a silhouette of Keith's image.  Fans can learn more about the guitar, which carries a retail price of three-thousand-599-dollars-and-99-cents, at


Toby is the latest country star to get his own signature guitar.  Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, and Dierks Bentley are some of the others who also have their own guitar models, while Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Steve Wariner specifically have Takamine signature guitars.


Keith Urban Shares Thoughts On Relationships And Romance


Keith Urban says it's important to keep the romance alive in a relationship.  The country singer explains that after the newness wears off people often stop making their special someone a priority, after previously lavishing their significant other with lots of gifts, affection, and attention.


Urban says he believes that "just staying present" is key to sustaining a relationship.  He explains that it's important for couples to maintain a certain level of romance and not start taking the feelings they have for each other for granted.  Keith seems to be doing well in keeping the love alive between him and wife Nicole Kidman.  This Thursday will be their seventh Valentine's Day as a married couple.


Charlie Worsham Making Debut With Valentine's Day-Appropriate Single


Country newcomer Charlie Worsham says his debut single, "Could It Be," is about a possible budding romance.


Charlie recently released the official video for the song, which is posted on his website.  "Could It Be" will be on Worsham's upcoming debut album.  The singer says he's wrapping up work on the project, and is hoping the disc will be ready for release later this year.



Quick Bite


Country stars fell short at this year's Pollstar Awards.  Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's Brothers of the Sun" tour and Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" trek were both in the running for Major Tour of the Year, but Roger Waters took the prize.  Meanwhile, Eric Church was up for Best New Touring Artist, which went to Alabama Shakes.  The Pollstar Awards, which recognize excellence in various aspects of the touring industry, were presented in Los Angeles last week.


Country Birthdays Include


Moe Bandy is 69.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1981, the "Greatest Hits" album by Ronnie Milsap was certified Gold.


Today in 1983, the single "You And I" by Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1986, the Judds' album "Rockin' With the Rhythm" was certified Gold.


Today in 1993, Diamond Rio hit number one with their single "In A Week or Two."


Today in 1994, Rhett Akins' daughter Kasey Lee was born.


Today in 1996, BlackHawk released the single "Like There Ain't No Yesterday."


Today in 1997, Kevin Sharp's debut album, "Measure of a Man," was certified Gold.


Today in 2002, Faith Hill's work was among the songs up in the Best Original Song category for the 74th annual Academy Awards.  Her soaring ballad, "There You'll Be," which was written by Diane Warren for the "Pearl Harbor" soundtrack, joined tracks from Paul McCartney, Sting, Enya and Randy Newman in the category.


Today in 2004, Buddy Jewell's self-titled debut album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.


Today in 2005, Sammi Smith died in Oklahoma City.  She was 61.  Smith is perhaps best remembered for her hit rendition of Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through The Night."


Today in 2005, longtime RCA recording artist Eddy Arnold was honored with The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at a pre-Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.


Today in 2007, Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery, Trisha Yearwood, and Steve Azar helped launch Country Week on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."


Today in 2008, The Statler Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Emmylou Harris, and the late Pop Stoneman were named as the 2008 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame .


Today in 2008, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, T.G. Sheppard, and Ronnie McDowell joined Pat Boone, B.J. Thomas, and Elvis Presley's former girlfriend, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson for the tribute concert "Belmont University Presents: Nashville Celebrates Elvis!"


Today in 2010, Taylor Swift made her feature film debut with the opening of the movie "Valentine's Day."


Today in 2010, The all-star remake of the charity single "We Are The World," renamed "We Are The World 25 for Haiti," was unveiled during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.  Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles was among the soloists on the song, which was a fundraiser for earthquake relief in Haiti, while Zac Brown, Julianne Hough, and Sugarland's Kristian Bush are also among the 85 stars featured on the track.


Today in 2010, Rascal Flatts released their special "Unstoppable (Olympics Mix)" digitally via iTunes.  The song was also incorporated into the TV coverage of the Winter Olympic Games, which were getting under way in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Today in 2011, Dolly Parton was honored as a Grammy Lifetime Acheivement Award winner at a special event in Los Angeles.


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