Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Shelton, Lambert Denying Breakup Rumors


Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are using humor to shoot down rumors that their relationship is in jeopardy.  In a Twitter exchange, Shelton told her that he'd "just read in a tabloid" that their "marriage is falling apart!!!"  Lambert replied, "Oh no! Can't wait to read if we make it or not."  Blake then retweeted her response, adding that he's "making her funnier."  The rumors were sparked by a tabloid headline claiming that Shelton was having an affair.  Shelton and Lambert will celebrate their second wedding anniversary in May.  They'd been a couple for five years prior to their marriage.


Kellie Pickler's Drummer Improving, Leaves Hospital


Kellie Pickler's drummer is out of the hospital.  Nashville's Fox 17 says Gregg Lohman is now walking and eating on his own, and is continuing his recovery at rehab center in the Louisville, Kentucky area.  Lohman was involved in a car crash in Hardin County, Kentucky, earlier this month.  He had been traveling along I-65 when his vehicle was hit from behind by a tractor trailer.  Gregg was admitted to a Louisville hospital in critical condition with head and neck injuries.  Fans who want to give Lohman words of encouragement are welcome to send cards to Glass Music, at PO Box 101, White House, Tennessee, 37188.


Kellie Pickler Says "Dancing," "Idol" Are Very Different Competitions


Kellie Pickler is now taking part in her second competitive reality TV show as she starts her run on "Dancing With the Stars."  But the country singer says her previous experience as an "American Idol" finalist doesn't really give her any sort of edge.


Pickler was the first to take the ballroom floor on the season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars," which aired Monday night on ABC.  She and partner Derek Hough earned sevens from all three judges for their cha-cha-cha.  She was one of three stars to get a 21, which was the second-highest score of the night.  Fans will get the chance to see how Kellie got ready for her dance on Tuesday's episode of "Dancing With the Stars," airing on ABC at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.  This week she and Derek will be preparing another routine, which they'll present next Monday.  This season's first elimination is coming up next Tuesday.


Wynonna Releases New Single, Makes "Dancing" Debut


Wynonna is coming off two big debuts.  In addition to starting her run on "Dancing With the Stars," on Monday the country star also unveiled her new single, "Something You Can't Live Without."


"Something You Can't Live Without" is from Wynonna's upcoming album.  The new disc, which is expected later this year, will be her first collection of new studio material in more than four years.  Along with the new music, Wy is trying something new with "Dancing With the Stars."  She took her first spin on the ballroom floor Monday night with partner Tony Dovolani, and earned an 18 for their cha-cha-cha.  Wy was one of three stars to earn a trio of sixes from the judges, and ended the night in the middle of the pack.  Ten of the 12 stars received scores spanning a five-point range between 17 and 21.  Tonight's episode of "Dancing With the Stars" will show how Wy and the other celebrities prepared for their first dance.  Wynonna and Tony will return to the ballroom floor with a new routine next Monday, and the first elimination of the season is coming up next Tuesday.


Kacey Musgraves Looking To Connect With Others Through Her Songs


Country newcomer Kacey Musgraves co-wrote every song on on her debut album, "Same Trailer, Different Park."  She says she's hoping listeners will be able to relate to her music.


"Same Trailer, Different Park" takes its name from a line in Kacey's hit "Merry Go Round," which is also on the album.  The CD arrives in stores Tuesday.  Musgraves will support her album with a release day performance on NBC's "Today."


Band Perry Going For Live Feel On New Album


The Band Perry admits that their upcoming album, "Pioneer," sounds a little different from their self-titled debut.  But the group's Neil Perry says the new disc also has elements fans that will be familiar to fans.


Perry explains that they realized while working on the album that their live performances give "the truest snapshot" of The Band Perry, and that's what they tried to capture on "Pioneer."  The new CD features the trio's most recent singles, "Better Dig Two" and "Done."  The Band Perry's "Pioneer" will be in stores on April 2nd.


Blake Shelton Gets Warning Tweet From Christina Aguilera


Blake Shelton is getting a warning as new season premiere of "The Voice" approaches.  Coach Christina Aguilera, who's taking a break from the series, has tweeted messages to the country star as well as Maroon 5's Adam Levine, reminding them to give her replacement, Colombian superstar Shakira, a warm welcome.  Aguilera also told them to watch their "locker room humor," and to treat Shakira "like the lady she is."  Blake and Adam are the only returning coaches this time around.  Coach Cee Lo Green is also taking this season off, and R&B star Usher is filling in for him.


"The Voice" will return next week.  Season four will begin with a two-hour episode on Monday.  The competition gets under way with the blind auditions.  Knockout rounds begin at the end of April, and the top 12 will be unveiled in a special Wednesday episode in May.  A winner will be crowned in June.


More Stars Sign On For ACM Awards


Top nominee Eric Church is on board for next month's Academy of Country Music Awards.  But the seven-time contender is just one of many stars who've now signed on for the show.  Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and Taylor Swift, and are also slated to perform, along with Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean,  Lady Antebellum, and Little Big Town.  They're boosting a lineup that already features Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, George Strait, and others.  All of the new additions are also nominees heading into the event.  Aldean and Swift are among those vying for Entertainer of the Year.  Chesney and McGraw are nominated together for their collaborative hit "Feel Like A Rock Star."  Lady A and Little Big Town's bids include Vocal Group of the Year.  Underwood is up for Female Vocalist and Album of the Year.  The 48th annual ACM Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Las Vegas, and air on CBS on April 7th.


Memorial Service Planned For Opry Star Jack Greene


Plans are under way to remember the late Opry star Jack Greene.  A Celebration Memorial service is in the works.  Details haven't been announced yet, but the event will take place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on March 27th.  Greene, who's best known for the 1966 chart topping hit "There Goes My Everything," passed away last Thursday at his home in Nashville.  He had been battling Alzheimer's disease, and died from complications of the illness.  The man known as the "Jolly Green Giant" had been an Opry member since 1967.  His other hits include the chart-toppers "All The Time," "You Are My Treasure," "Until My Dreams Come True," and "Statue of a Fool."  Greene was 83.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1957, Elvis Presley bought Graceland, a former church on the outskirts of Memphis that had been converted into a 23 room mansion.  It was named after the aunt of the previous owner.


Today in 1974, the "Would You Lay With Me" album by Tanya Tucker was released.


Today in 1984, RCA recording artists The Judds made their first stage appearance, opening for the Statler Brothers in Omaha, Nebraska.


Today in 1988, Porter Howell of Little Texas married his wife, Angela.


Today in 1988, Ricky Van Shelton scored his first number one with the Harland Howard classic "Life Turned Her That Way."


Today in 1991, new album releases included George Strait's "Chill Of An Early Fall" and Kathy Mattea's "Time Passes By."


Today in 1993, Patty Loveless' single "Blame It On Your Heart" debuted on the charts.


Today in 1994, Neal McCoy scored his first number one single "No Doubt About It."


In 1996, Shania Twain's album "The Woman In Me" officially became the best selling studio album ever by a female country artist after being certified for sales of six million copies.  Patsy Cline's "Greatest Hits" previously had that distinction.



Today in 1999, 67-year-old George Jones walked out of the hospital 13 days after his near fatal traffic accident.


Today in 1999, Kenny Chesney topped the "Radio & Records" charts with "How Forever Feels."


Today in 2002, Martina McBride's single "Blessed" hit number one on both the "Billboard" and "Radio & Records" charts.


Today in 2002, Diamond Rio's Brian Prout announced that he and his wife, songwriter Stephanie Bentley -- who wrote Faith Hill's "Breathe" -- were expecting their first child in October.  The happy couple welcomed their daughter, Lily Arlina Kay Prout, on September 25th in Nashville.


Today in 2003, Kenny Chesney was on the 50-yard line of the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium announcing plans for the "Back Where I Come From 3: One Night At Neyland" concert, which turned out to be one of the biggest shows of his career.


Today in 2003, Terri Clark was in Nashville to celebrate the chart-topping success of her single "I Just Wanna Be Mad."


Today in 2007, Billy Ray Cyrus began his stint on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."


Today in 2008, Charlie Daniels was recognized at a special reception in honor of his 50th anniversary in the music business.


Today in 2008, Wynonna and Travis Tritt were performers at the Lili Claire Foundation's First Annual "Everyone's A Miracle" Benefit Concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.  Jo Dee Messina and Lorrie Morgan also performed while Alison Krauss was among those attending the fundraising event.


Today in 2008, Kellie Pickler made a guest appearance on Fox's "American Idol."


Today in 2009, Jake Owen, Julianne Hough, and the Zac Brown Band received their trophies as the Academy of Country Music's "Top New" winners.  Owen took the title of Top New Male Vocalist, Hough was named Top New Female Vocalist, and Zac Brown Band earned Top New Duo or Group.  They received their awards on the TV special "ACM Top New Artists," hosted by Sara Evans.


Today in 2011, Craig Morgan received an award backstage at the Grand Ole Opry House in recognition of his heroics a few weeks earlier, in which he rescued two small kids from a burning house in Charlotte, Tennessee.  He also received an honorary lifetime membership to the Tennessee City Fire Department.


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