Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Tribute Concert Being Planned For Mindy McCready


A tribute concert honoring the late Mindy McCready is in the works.  "USA Today" says Music City News Media & Marketing has issued a statement saying Mindy's "friends in music" are organizing a public event in her honor "to complement formal family arrangements."  Details, including who's involved and when or where the concert will take place, haven't been announced yet.  Meanwhile, Nashville's Fox17 entertainment reporter Stacy McCloud says via Twitter that the singer's remains are expected to be sent to her family in Florida.  Mindy was born and raised in Fort Myers.  Funeral arrangements also haven't been revealed yet.


McCready's death continues to send shock waves through the country music community, and more stars are speaking out about her passing.  LeAnn Rimes calls Mindy's death "a horrible tragedy."  She says they spent "lots of time around one another" in the mid-'90s, when they were both starting out.  She adds that Mindy -- who was seven years older than LeAnn -- was "always so kind and very protective" of her, and was "like a big sis."  Carrie Underwood and Clay Aiken both note they grew up listening to McCready's music, while Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott says her "heart is breaking" over the loss.  McCready died Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  She was 37.


Taylor Swift Sued Over Canceled Concert Refunds


Taylor Swift's concert engagement with a Canadian promoter broke up before getting to the altar last summer.  Now that promoter is suing to get its ring back.  According to a new lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, the country-pop superstar kept the two-point-five-million-dollars she was paid up front to perform at Ottawa's Capital Hoedown event last August - even though the event got canceled.  Reps for the ticket company had to refund one-point-eight-million-dollars in tickets. They think Swift should put up the money for the cost of the refunds.  Taylor's reps, however tell, she never made a deal with the ticket company.  They also say they have yet to see the lawsuit.


Vince Gill Working On Several Albums This Year


Vince Gill's been very busy lately.  The country star tells he has "a little bit of everything going on" right now.  He explains that he recently recorded a duets album with Paul Franklin.  He describes the project as "a real traditional country record," saying it includes five Buck Owen songs and five Merle Haggard tracks that "really feature the steel guitar" along with his guitarwork and vocals.  Vince says he plans to start recording his own album next month and he'll "probably also do a bluegrass record this year," because he's "just got the bug to be creative in a bunch of different places."  Gill has also been doing more producing.  He was at the board for Ashley Monroe's upcoming album, "Like A Rose," which will arrive in stores on March 5th.  Vince also has a standing engagement as a member of The Time Jumpers.  The group performs at the Nashville club 3rd And Lindsley every Monday night.


Over the past ten years Gill has only put out three studio albums -- but his 2006 effort, "These Days," was a massive, four-disc 43-track set.  His 2003 project "Next Big Thing" featured the hit title track along with the singles "Someday," "Young Man's Town," and "In These Last Few Days."  Gill's most recent album was 2011's "Guitar Slinger," which includes his Grammy-nominated single "Threaten Me with Heaven."


Vince Gill, Kip Moore, Pam Tillis To Appear On "Nashville"


More country stars are headed to "Nashville."  Vince Gill, Kip Moore, and Pam Tillis are all slated to appear on next week's episode of the ABC drama.  They'll be portraying themselves in scenes surrounding the surprise birthday party for Deacon, actor Charles Esten's character.  Rocker Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys will also be featured on the show, which is scheduled to air on February 27th.  Gill, Moore, and Tillis are the latest actual country star to take part in the fictional country music series.  Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert also recently appeared on the show.  They played themselves at a fictional number one party for Connie Britton's character, Rayna, and Hayden Panettiere's character Juliette.  "Nashville" is part of ABC's Wednesday night lineup.


Luke Bryan Says He Doesn't Worry About Making Public Family Outings


Luke Bryan says his fame has grown to the point where he often gets approached by fans in public.  But that doesn't mean he and his family lock themselves inside and worry about taking pictures with people.


Bryan adds that his kids are starting to wonder why people are paying so much attention to their dad, and he says it's fun to watch as they begin to realize what's going on.  Luke is currently interacting with fans on his Dirt Road Diaries Tour.  He took the stage in Bloomington, Illinois on Monday, and is now making his way to Ft. Wayne, Indiana for a show on Thursday.


“One Of Those Nights" For Tim McGraw Includes "Downton Abbey"


Tim McGraw admits fans might be surprised by what some of "those nights" are for him.  The country star's latest single, "One Of Those Nights," is about experiences that become lasting memories, and Tim says he just recently had one of those special moments watching TV with wife Faith Hill and their three daughters.


McGraw says he thinks it's "pretty cool" that he can "sit here with my girls and watch a show like this," adding that it was "just a nice night."  "One Of Those Nights" is from McGraw's most recent CD, "Two Lanes Of Freedom," which is currently perched at number one on the Top Country Albums chart.


Justin Moore Says He'd Like To Have A Big Family


Justin Moore says he and his wife definitely plan on having more children, but he explains that they'll be waiting a few years at the request of his mother-slash-babysitter.


And when the time is right, Moore says he wouldn't mind welcoming multiple new additions to the family.  The singer explains that he grew up an only child and never had the big family experience, so he and his wife like the idea of providing something different for their kids.  As for whether the father of two girls is hoping for a son, he says it doesn't matter much as long as they're healthy.  Although Moore admits it would be great to have a little boy, he says anyone else in his situation will agree that there's nothing better than the relationship between a dad and his little girl.


Bentley, Bryan, Aldean Headlining New Faster Horses Festival


Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean are set to headline the new Faster Horses festival.  Dierks has been tapped to close out the main stage entertainment on the first night of the three-day event, which will also feature Chris Young, Kix Brooks, and David Nail.  Bryan will cap off day two following sets from Thompson Square, Colt Ford, and others.  Aldean will wrap up the festival, along with Thomas Rhett, Jerrod Niemann, and Gregg Bates.  Others slated to perform include Ashley Monroe, Brett Eldredge, and Jon Pardi -- who'll perform on the event's first and second day.  The festival will also feature a second stage, but that lineup hasn't been announced yet.  Faster Horses, described as a "three-day country music and camping festival," is set for Brooklyn, Michigan from July 19th through the 21st.  Tickets go on sale February 25th.


Del McCoury Band Joins MerleFest Lineup


The Del McCoury Band is among the additions to this year's MerleFest.  The bluegrass group is slated to perform with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the event, while the Steep Canyon Rangers, Leon Russell, and Gov't Mule are also on board.  Previously announced performers include the Charlie Daniels Band, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Avett Brothers, Jim Laderdale, and many others.  MerleFest, which began in 1988  in honor Doc Watson's late son Eddy Merle Watson, will take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina from April 25th through the 28th.


Quick Bites


Taylor Swift is leading the way on a new list of the most powerful celebrities under the age of 30.  The 23-year-old country-pop superstar ranks first on the "Celebuzz" rundown, which is based on a votes, accolades, endorsement deals, tabloid interest and earnings.  Swift's Grammy wins, recent Diet Coke endorsement, best-selling album "Red," and the interest in her love life helped propel her to the top of the list.


Former Nickle Creek singer Sara Watkins is returning to the road with Jackson Browne.  She was also featured on the singer-songwriter's 2012 trek.  Watkins will perform with Browne over the summer.  Their ten-date tour is scheduled to begin in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 19th.


Country Birthdays Include


Country TV personality Lorianne Crook is 56.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1974, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner announced they would no longer be working together.


Today in 1977, Ronnie Milsap, Larry Gatlin, and Emmylou Harris took top country honors at the 19th annual Grammy Awards.


Today in 1987, Willie Nelson's movie "Red Headed Stranger" premiered in Austin, Texas.


Today in 1993, Dolly Parton's album "Slow Dancing With The Moon" was released.


Today in 1993, Sawyer Brown topped the country charts with the single "All These Years."


Today in 1998, country legend Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones -- the star of TV's "Hee-Haw" and host of the Grand Ole Opry -- died from complications of a stroke he'd suffered a month earlier.  He was 84.


Today in 1998, Lorrie Morgan issued a strongly worded denial over an article in the "Star" tabloid magazine that claimed she'd taken, quote, "a wild ride in the back seat of a limousine with President Bill Clinton."  She contended, quote, "The only accurate information in the article with regard to my relationship with President Clinton was that I joined him on stage for the Christmas tree lighting in Washington."


Today in 2002, Blake Shelton was named the Best New Artist of 2001 in the annual "Radio & Records" Country Radio Readers Poll.


Today in 2002, Tim McGraw and Lonestar were named as members of the American Red Cross' newly developed 12 person celebrity board.  As part of the honor, Tim and the band also committed to serving the Red Cross for a one-year term of volunteer service.


Today in 2004, Ricky Skaggs was among the inductees into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.  In addition, Dwight Yoakam and Montgomery Gentry received awards during the induction ceremony in Frankfort, Kentucky.


Today in 2004, when Brooks and Dunn's "Red Dirt Road" tour rolled into Terre Haute, Indiana, officials renamed the portion of Cherry Street outside the ISU Hulman Center in honor of the concert.  In addition, Mayor Kevin D. Burke proclaimed it Brooks & Dunn Day.


Today in 2004, Illness forced George Strait and Alabama to cancel shows.  Strait postponed a concert in Detroit because he was suffering from a throat infection.  Alabama scrapped a scheduled performance in Springfield, Illinois because frontman Randy Owen was still recovering from a viral condition affecting his inner ear.


Today in 2005, Darryl Worley Home Furnishings, a 38-hundred square-foot store, opened in Enterprise, Alabama.


Today in 2008, the book "Random Memories," by The Statler Brothers' Don and Harold Reid, arrived in stores.  New album releases included Chris Cagle's "My Life's Been A Country Song."


Today in 2008, Chris Cagle made an in-store appearance at a Dallas-Fort Worth-area Wal-Mart, playing an acoustic concert and signing autographs for fans, in conjunction with the release of his CD "My Life's Been A Country Song."



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