Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Brad Paisley Installing Water Purification Systems In Haiti


Brad Paisley is straying rather far from his "southern comfort zone" to help to bring clean water to Haiti.  The country star has spent the past few days in the Caribbean nation with the organization Live Beyond to open new water purification systems.  Brad has been posting pictures of his trip on Twitter, and tweets that they're "just getting started." says Brad traveled to Haiti with former Tennessee Senator Bill Frist, who's also a doctor, and former Olympic skater Scott Hamilton.  They've been installing the water purification systems in the town of Thomazeau, which is near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.


Kellie Pickler, Wynonna Rumored To Be Competing On "DWTS"


A couple of country singers could be among those competing on the next installment of "Dancing With the Stars." says Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd are part of the cast for the upcoming season of the ABC reality series, which will launch on March 18th.  Other rumored participants for the show's 16th season include "The Bachelor" Sean Lowe, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, comedian Andy Dick, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'" Lisa Vanderpump, and actor D. L. Hughley.  The only confirmed cast member is NFL star Jacoby Jones, who appeared in a promo for the show that aired Sunday night during the Oscars.  Reps for the show won't comment on the speculation.  The season 16 cast of "Dancing With the Stars" will be revealed Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."


George Strait -- Always A Singer


Even though George Strait is on his last formal tour, he's not giving up on performing.  The country great says he'll always be a singer.


Strait is set to be recognized for his lengthy and successful career with the Country Radio Broadcasters Career Achievement Award.  He'll be honored at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, taking place in Nashville Tuesday night.  Strait was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2006.


Easton Corbin Feels Honored To Play CRS New Faces Show


Easton Corbin says he's proud and honored to be performing at the New Faces show at the Country Radio Seminar.  The singer tells that getting invited to take part in the event is "confirmation from radio that they believe in what you're doing," so it's "a true confidence builder."  But Easton adds that being at the Country Radio Seminar serves another purpose for him.  He explains that he's developed friendships with a number of radio people since his debut single, "A Little More Country Than That," first arrived in August 2009.  Corbin says seeing these people at this year's CRS will give him the chance to build upon their relationship, which is important to him because "that's something that's long lasting."


The annual New Faces of Country Music Show is one of the highlights of the CRS.  In addition to Corbin, this year's concert will feature Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, and Jana Kramer.  The show will close this year's Country Radio Seminar on March 1st.


Fire Causes Damage At Loretta Lynn's Ranch


Loretta Lynn's Ranch has suffered more damage.  Nashville's WTVF-TV says a fire broke out at a concession stand on the property last Thursday.  That structure was destroyed and an eating area and a storage unit were damaged.  The fire occurred near the Ranch's Motocross track, and Lynn's home wasn't in danger of catching fire.  Officials believe either a power strip or the weather sparked the blaze.  Lynn later confirmed the incident via Twitter, tweeting that there had been "a small isolated fire" but that "everyone is alright."  The Motocross track at the Loretta Lynn Ranch has hosted the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship since 1982.  This year's event will take place from July 28th through August 3rd.


Late last month severe weather caused damage at Lynn's Hurricane Mills Ranch.  Following the storm Loretta said that the property looked "like a war zone."  However, Lynn is still expecting to open the Ranch, which is one the most popular tourist spots in Tennessee, as scheduled this Friday.


Taylor Swift OK With Exes Writing Songs About Her


Taylor Swift apparently believes turnabout is fair play.  The country-pop superstar -- who has a reputation for writing songs about her exes -- says she has no objections to a former boyfriend penning a tune about her.  She tells the UK's "InStyle" magazine "that's how it works," and if it happens she's "not gonna complain about it."  Swift explains that she's "not gonna sit there and say, 'I'm the only one who can write a song about this relationship,'" but feels it's "fair game."  Swift's dating history includes a few musicians.  Her most recent ex is British pop singer Harry Styles from the group One Direction.


Little Big Town Pleased With Current Tour


Little Big Town is enjoying their "Tornado" tour.  The band's Kimberly Schlapman says they're really enjoying performing songs from their most recent album -- and seeing the audience reaction.


The next stop on Little Big Town's trek is coming up Friday in Huntington, West Virginia.  Kacey Musgraves is on board as the opener.  David Nail will join the tour next week, starting with the show in Peoria, Illinois on March 7th.


Keith Urban Excited About "We're All For The Hall"


Keith Urban says he's really looking forward to this year's "We're All For The Hall" benefit.  The country star explains that they have an "insane" lineup slated for the show.


The show's roster is a reflection of this year's "Rebels and Renegades" theme, and Keith says he's proud to recognize the country music "outlaws."  He explains that they "play a pivotal role in the strength of country music's diversity," and made it possible for him to become a country star.  The upcoming "We're All For The Hall" concert will take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on April 16th.  Tickets go on sale this Friday.  Money raised will go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.


Taylor Swift Among Topics Of Kanye West On-Stage Rant


Taylor Swift is once again feeling the ire of Kanye West.  The rapper recalled his infamous interruption of Taylor's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards during his rant, which was captured in an amateur video posted on YouTube.  The rapper and father-to-be told the crowd that he still believes Beyonce deserved the award over Swift, and said he couldn't care less what the President had to say about it.  President Obama was caught on tape calling West a "jackass" shortly after the incident.  At the event, Swift's hit "You Belong With Me" beat Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" For the Best Female Video prize.  In his profanity-laced rant also lashed out about fellow rapper Jay-Z, the Grammys, and corporate sponsorships.


Quick Bite


The late Mindy McCready will be remembered at a private funeral today in Florida.  Family members will hold a ceremony for the country singer at the Crossroads Church in Mindy's hometown of Fort Myers.  McCready was found dead at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas earlier this month, after taking her own life.  Mindy was 37.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1955, Bill Hayes' "Ballad of Davy Crockett" broke into the top 40.


Today in 1983, John Anderson hit number one with the single "Swingin'."


Today in 1985, the Judds won their first Grammy, for their single "Mama He's Crazy."


Today in 1993, Toby Keith made his debut on the charts with his first single, "Should've Been A Cowboy."  The song eventually went to number one.


Today in 1994, John Michael Montgomery's "I Swear" completed its four-week run at number one on the country charts.  The cover of the song, by R&B group All-4-One, later spent eleven weeks at the top on the pop charts.


Today in 1997, LeAnn Rimes won two Grammys, for Best New Artist and Best Country Female Vocal Performance.  She was the first country artist ever to win the Best New Artist trophy.  Vince Gill won Grammys for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Vocal Collaboration, while Brooks & Dunn took a Grammy in the Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group category for "My Maria."  Lyle Lovett had the Best Country Album with "The Road To Ensenada."


Today in 1999, Wynonna appeared on the 500th episode of the "Rosie O' Donnell Show."  Other guests included Bette Midler and "Today" host Katie Couric.  They teamed up to sing the Cole Porter classic, "Friendship."


Today in 2001, Jamie O' Neal, Rascal Flatts, and Darryl Worley were dubbed country music's "Class of 2000."  The distinction included a performance at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon as part of the Country Radio Seminar wrap-up.


Today in 2001, just two weeks after going number one on the "Radio & Records" chart with his single "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This," Toby Keith's album "How Do You Like Me Now?!" was certified Platinum.


Today in 2002, Dixie Chicks, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, and Dwight Yoakam took part in a series of all-star concerts to support the Recording Artists Coalition in the Los Angeles area.


Today in 2002, Brad Paisley was named Best Country Guitarist (Male) at the 2002 Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards.


Today in 2002, new releases included the "We Were Soldiers" film soundtrack, which includes contributions from Tammy Cochran, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, Jamie O'Neal, Lee Ann Womack, and Johnny Cash.


Today in 2004, The Florida Strawberry Festival began in Plant City.  Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers performed on opening night.  Other stars who appeared during the ten-day event included Lonestar, Rascal Flatts, Wynonna, Tracy Byrd, George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Trick Pony, and the Bellamy Brothers.


Today in 2004, Martina McBride and Dolly Parton were among the 30 celebrities who contributed decorated firefighter helmets to the Heroes & Heroines Gala in Beverly Hills, which honored the firefighters who fought massive blazes in southern California several months earlier.  The event also served as a fundraiser for the firefighters and the D.A.R.E. America organization.


Today in 2005, Pat Green's band bus caught fire in Chattanooga, Tennessee while his musicians were sleeping.  The driver got the band out of the vehicle and used a fire extinguisher to control the flames until the fire department arrived.


Today in 2005, Restless Heart performed for corn and soybean growers at a convention in Austin, Texas.


Today in 2007, Craig Morgan celebrated the Gold certification of his album "My Kind of Livin'" with a party in Nashville.


Today in 2007, Kellie Pickler met Dolly Parton.  The former "American Idol" finalist said it was a dream come true to meet one of her idols.


Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney and his band launched the latest edition of their informal Keg in the Closet tour of college towns at the Jupiter Bar & Grill in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The brief tour also included stops in Tallahassee, Florida and Gainesville, Florida.


Today in 2008, Jimmy Wayne's single "Do You Believe Me Now?" became available through digital retailers.  Other new releases included Dolly Parton's album "Backwoods Barbie," Trent Willmon's CD "Broken In," and Jack Ingram's "Jack's Endurance Express" on Niki Sport Music, which is a remixed and resequenced version of his album "This Is It" for daily workout in which he also provides voiceovers.


Today in 2010, new releases included the late Johnny Cash's "American 6: Ain't No Grave."


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