Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Country Report

For:  Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Blake Shelton Challenging NBC Censors With Upcoming Holiday Special


Blake Shelton's upcoming NBC holiday special is reportedly living up to its name.  The country star taped "Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas" show over the weekend, which "Country Weekly" says includes some "irreverent sketches" along with the music.  Even the singer believes he and his guests "went too far with every single bit" they did, but he says his goal was to really push the envelope.  He adds that if they crossed any lines NBC won't air those segments, so he's letting the network "make those judgment calls" and "decide which ones are acceptable to the public." 


The special also features plenty of music, including duets with wife Miranda Lambert, mom Dorothy Shackleford, and good friends Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson.  "Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas" will debut on NBC on December 3rd at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.


Scotty McCreery Tapes Christmas Special


Scotty McCreery will be adding to the holiday spirit with his own TV special.  The season ten "American Idol" winner taped "Christmas With Scotty McCreery & Friends" over the weekend.  Gloriana, Brett Eldredge, and Jana Kramer are the "friends" featured on the show.  For the special Scotty treats his audience to renditions of "Let it Snow" and "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" as well as  the new original tune "Christmas in Heaven."  Gloriana contributes "O Holy Night and "Silent Night."  Kramer's songs include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland."  Eldredge sings "Mary Did You Know" and "Jingle Bell Rock."  "Christmas With Scotty McCreery & Friends" will debut on GAC on December 1st at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.


Scotty's own show is one of two holiday specials for the singer.  He's also featured on "CMA Country Christmas," which also taped last weekend.  Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, and Dierks Bentley are some of the other country stars featured on the ABC show, which will air during the holiday season.


Willie Nelson Weighs In On President Obama


Willie Nelson says he'll "probably" vote for President Obama in Tuesday's election.  But at last week's CMA Awards, the country legend told CNN he's "one of the undecided" voters.  However his wife Annie disagreed, calling Willie "an Obama guy."  The singer said Annie is "an Obama gal," and that Obama is "the guy" for women.  He added that he believes Obama is "on the right side of history," which he thinks will "have a big influence on the election."


Nelson also praised the president for the way he's handled the disaster in the Northeast following superstorm Sandy, saying Obama has "acted very presidential."  He added that he likes the way Obama is working with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who's a Republican.  He said they're "showing us what's it like when two people who were originally on opposite sides come together for the good of the country."


Taylor Swift Interested In Acting -- In The Right Film


Taylor Swift says she'd like to do more acting.  But the singer-songwriter tells "Time" magazine it would have to be "the right role" and "the right script."  She explains that making a movie would take her away from her music and require her to pour her emotions into "being someone else."  Taylor admits that to make it worth her time and effort, it would "have to be a story worth telling."  Swift adds that she's been reading film scripts for the past five years, and she's learned that getting a script doesn't mean the movie is actually going to be made.  While Taylor is reportedly set to portray Joni Mitchell in an upcoming film about singer-songwriters Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carole King, Swift says that hasn't been confirmed yet.  She adds that she "can't talk about it unless it's the real thing."



Jerrod Niemann Making TV Appearances


Jerrod Niemann is promoting his latest work with TV appearances.  The singer will be featured on today's edition of GAC's "On The Streets."  He'll give an acoustic performance of his current single, "Only God Could Love You More."  "On The Streets" will air on GAC four times today, at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m.  All times are Eastern.  Jerrod also played the song during an appearance on Marie Osmond's Hallmark Channel talk show, "Marie," on Monday.  He also discussed the song's origins with the host.  "Only God Could Love You More" is from Niemann's most recent album, "Free The Music."  He's also supporting the album on the road.  Jerrod's next tour stop will be at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Thursday.


Jason Aldean Excited About Prepping New Show For Tour


Jason Aldean says he's really excited about the stadium shows on his upcoming tour.  The singer explains that they're giving him an opportunity to do something really different with his concerts.


Aldean just announced 23 cities he'll visit on his "2013 Night Train Tour."  While specific dates and venues haven't been revealed yet, Jason is expected to launch the trek in Bossier City, Louisiana on February 21st, and complete the first leg in May.  Aldean previously announced three stadium dates for the tour.  He'll perform at Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia in Athens on April 13th, Fenway Park in Boston on July 13th, and Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 20th.  Aldean is supporting his new album, "Night Train," with the trek.


Newly Announced Cities For Jason Aldean's "2013 Night Train Tour"


Austin, Texas

Biloxi, Mississippi

Bossier City, Louisiana

Charleston, West Virginia

Columbia, Missouri

Duluth, Minnesota

Evansville, Indiana

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Greenville, South Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Houston, Texas

Knoxville, Tennessee

Lafayette, Louisiana

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Little Rock, Arkansas

Louisville, Kentucky

Lubbock, Texas

Madison, Wisconsin

N. Charleston, South Carolina

Omaha, Nebraska

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Uncasville, Connecticut

Wichita, Kansas


Little Big Town Happy With "Tornado" Video


Little Big Town has a video for their latest single, "Tornado."  Band members admit it's not exactly a light, fun clip.


Jonathan Schaech is featured in the clip.  His credits include the films "How To Make An American Quilt" and "That Thing You Do."  Band members praise the actor's efforts in the video.  Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild says Johathan is "such a nice guy" who plays "such a mean guy," but Kimberly Schlapman adds that he's "still very cute."  Fans can check out Little Big Town's "Tornado" video on the band's website.


Justin Moore Remaining True To Traditional Country


Justin Moore says he's without a doubt a country singer.  He adds that his goal is to keep the more traditional sound a viable part of the genre.


Moore explains that the popularity of the different styles of country music ebb and flow, which is primarily driven by the radio.  But he says regardless of what's currently hot, he'll always remain true to his roots.  Moore is currently working on his new album.  His upcoming studio effort will be the follow up to his sophomore CD, "Outlaws Like Me."


George Strait Recalls First Time Hearing Himself On Radio


George Strait says he can still remember the first time he ever heard his music on the radio.  The country star admits it wasn't a very spontaneous moment.  He tells "People" magazine he was at a San Antonio, Texas station on a radio tour behind his debut single, 1981's "Unwound," and he simply asked the disc jockey if he'd play the song.  When the answer was "yes," George recalls he told the DJ to wait a few minutes to give him time to go out to his car and listen.


More than 30 years later Strait is now getting ready to enter a new phase of his career.  He's making plans for his final extended, produced tour.  George will launch "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour" in Lubbock on January 18th.


Country Birthdays Include


Stonewall Jackson is 80.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1961, "Crazy" by Patsy Cline entered the Top 40 chart.


Today in 1961, "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean peaked at number one on the pop singles chart and stayed there for five weeks.


Today in 1964, singer and actor Tex Ritter was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 1990, K.T. Oslin's "Love In A Small Town" album and Clint Black's "Put Yourself In My Shoes" album were both released.


Today in 1992, Reba McEntire escaped injury when her twin-engine jet crash-landed in Nashville.


Today in 1999, Lee Ann Womack married Frank Liddell.


Today in 2000, Tim McGraw became the first artist ever to chart a single from a fan-taped version of an award show performance.  His live performance of "Things Change," which was recorded from 2000's CMA Awards Show telecast was uploaded by unknown fans to the Napster Internet site and country radio stations picked up on it.


Today in 2001, new releases included George Strait's "The Road Less Traveled" and Danni Leigh's "Divide and Conquer."


Today in 2002, Alan Jackson was the big winner at the 36th annual Country Music Association Awards ceremony, taking five categories in which he was nominated.  Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, the Dixie Chicks, and Martina McBride were also among the winners.


Today in 2002, Rascal Flatts' second album, "Melt," debuted at number one on the "Billboard" country albums chart, and at number five on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.


Today in 2005, Mark Wills made an appearance on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."


Today in 2006, Brooks & Dunn were the big winners at the 40th annual CMA Awards, taking three trophies, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were both two-time winners, and Kenny Chesney captured Entertainer of the Year.  Faith Hill caused a stir when she appeared to be angry that Underwood took Female Vocalist of the Year.  She later said her reaction was in jest.  Sara Evans made her first public appearance since leaving "Dancing With the Stars" amid her high-profile divorce filing.  In addition, George Strait was among the inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2006, Steve Azar, Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson, and Mac Davis were among the celebrities who played in the Golf Digest Celebrity Invitational at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation.


Today in 2007, Willie Nelson received the BMI Icon honor at the annual BMI Country Music Awards in Nashville.  Keith Urban, Josh Turner, Kris Kristofferson, and Emmylou Harris were among those who took part in the salute to Nelson at the event.


Today in 2007, Clay Walker turned over a check in the amount of 25-housand-dollars to help further Vanderbilt hospital's multiple sclerosis research.  The money came from the singer's foundation Band Against MS.  He also pledged to donate the same amount for the next two years.  Walker made a similar donation last month, fulfilling his commitment for this year.  The singer was diagnosed with the disease in 1996.


Today in 2007, reps for Rosanne Cash revealed that the singer was going to have brain surgery at a New York hospital to treat, quote, "a rare but benign condition."  While she was expected to make a full recovery, her health situation forced her to cancel the last four dates of her fall tour.


Today in 2007, Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson died of lung cancer at his home in Keller, Texas.  He was 82.


Today in 2007, Jo Dee Messina played a concert in Nashville for local volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and the families benefiting from the organization's efforts in the city's Providence Park community.


Today in 2007, new releases included Garth Brooks' "Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Hits," Little Big Town's "A Place To Land," Lonestar's "My Christmas List," and the CD/DVD dual set "The Taylor Swift Limited Deluxe Edition."


Today in 2010, Garth Brooks set the new record for ticket sales in Tennessee when more than 140-thousand tickets were sold for his nine flood relief benefit concerts. The previous record holder was Michael Jackson, who sold 72-thousand tickets in one day for his concert at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.


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