Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Ray Price Hospitalized For "Severe Dehydration"


Ray Price is in the hospital.  The country legend revealed the news himself via Facebook, explaining in a post Monday afternoon that he'd been admitted for "severe dehydration."  Price added that doctors were "pouring the fluids" into him, and that he was "feeling much better."  The 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer said he wanted fans to get the information from him first, before it was picked up by the media.  He also said his wife Janie was going to "keep you all posted."  Price doesn't say if his dehydration is related to his cancer.  The singer revealed last fall that he was being treated for pancreatic cancer.  Earlier this year he announced that his condition was improving, and the cancer was in remission.


Carrie Underwood Pleased Tennessee's Governor Vetoed "Ag Gag" Bill


Carrie Underwood is expressing her pleasure over Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's veto of the so-called "Ag Gag" bill.  She tweeted Monday "Great news!," and included a link to the "Tennessean's" coverage of the story.  The Nashville newspaper says Governor Haslam vetoed the much debated legislation, but not because he opposes the idea.  He explained that he found aspects of the bill too vague.  He added that he saw conflicts with existing Tennessee law, and thought there could be constitutional issues as well.  The governor also encouraged lawmakers to continue to pursue the matter, but suggested they rewrite the bill instead of trying to override his veto.


Underwood has been among the more outspoken opponents of the bill, which led to a brief war of words between the country star and Tennessee Representative Andy Holt.  The measure would have required would-be whistle blowers to report animal abuse and hand over their evidence within 48 hours of an incident.  Supporters of the bill said it would help end the abuse of livestock on farms, but those against it said it hindered and discouraged efforts to protect the animals.


First Performers Announced For CMT Music Awards


If Luke Bryan wins any CMT Music Awards next month, he'll be there to accept them in person.  The country star is among the first confirmed performers for the ceremony, along with Taylor Swift, Pistol Annies, Hunter Hayes and Little Big Town.  All the announced performers are also nominees, and are among the 12 stars vying for the top prize of Video of the Year.  Bryan, Pistol Annies' Miranda Lambert, and Eric Church are leading the way with four bids each.  Jason Aldean is set to host the ceremony with actress Kristen Bell.  Additional performers and other participants will be revealed in the coming weeks.


Balloting in the fan-voted event is under way now via, CMT Mobile, and the "CMT Insiders" app, and will remain open through June 2nd.  The 2013 CMT Music Awards will take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on June 5th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Miranda Lambert Addresses Tabloid Rumors, Marriage, Guilty Pleasures


Miranda Lambert admits she used to be bothered by tabloid rumors about her, but now she can laugh at them.  However, the country star tells NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" they can spark some strange encounters.  She recalls how one person treated her following reports that she was expecting.


Rumors of babies and infidelity have been circulating around Lambert and her husband Blake Shelton, who are celebrating their second wedding anniversary Tuesday.  Miranda says they won't be doing anything special to mark the occasion, because they're both too busy.  But the singer admits married life has included a few surprises.  She explains that since she and Blake had been a couple several years before tying the knot she didn't think formally exchanging vows would make a difference, but that's "so not true."  Lambert admits Shelton has a few annoying habits, like using her toothbrush, but she can "overlook that."  She also opens up about one of her own guilty pleasures -- TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."  Miranda says she's been a fan since seeing the family on "Toddlers & Tiaras," and back then predicted they would get their own series.


Lambert is promoting the new Pistol Annies album, which is in stores now.  In addition to chatting with Jay, Miranda joined bandmates Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley to perform "I Feel A Sin Comin' On," from the trio's new album, "Annie Up."


Keith Urban Releases New Single


Keith Urban is unveiling his new single.  "Little Bit Of Everything" made its debut on Monday.


"Little Bit Of Everything" is expected to be the lead-off single from Urban's next album, which is due later this year.  The upcoming project will be Keith's first studio effort in three years.  His last album was "Get Closer," which arrived in November 2010.  "Little Bit Of Everything" is available from iTunes now.


Dierks Bentley Exploring Change, Growth, Resiliance On New Album


Dierks Bentley is calling "Riser" his most personal album yet.  He says the name of his next studio effort comes from the track "I'm A Riser," which is about making a return following a setback.  In a trailer for the project, Dierks explains it's something everybody has experienced at some point in their life.


Change is one of the album's themes, as Bentley explores the growth that comes from weathering life's storms.  The country star worked on the project during a time of change in his own life.  He wrote and recorded the songs for "Riser" after the death of his father.  "Riser" is due later this year.  It's Dierks' follow up to his 2012 release, "Home."


Tim McGraw Impressed With Performances On Upcoming Concert Special


Tim McGraw says he really enjoyed performing with Ne-Yo on his upcoming TV special.  Tim explains that the R&B star is one of those artists who brings out the best in his collaborators.


Tim also points to Florida Georgia Line's performance with Nelly as one of the show's highlights, along with his wife, Faith Hill.  A variety of artists are featured on "ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night," including Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, and Lady Antebellum.  Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, and Dierks Bentley are also featured, along with rocker John Fogerty  and hip-hop star Pitbull.  The special will air on CBS on May 19th.


Pistol Annies Proving They're "The Real Deal" With Second Album


Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe says she really likes the group's new album.  She admits "Annie Up" is currently one of her favorite CDs.


Miranda Lambert adds that the trio's sophomore CD is proof that Pistol Annies aren't just a casual side project or a flash in the pan, but are "the real deal."  "Annie Up" features the group's current single "Hush Hush" as well as "I Feel A Sin Comin' On," which the ladies performed on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Monday night.  Pistol Annies will be a guest on CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" tonight.


Tate Stevens Glad His Kids Are Excited, Proud Of Him


Country newcomer Tate Stevens says his kids are enjoying his success -- almost a little too much.  The "X Factor" winner explains that his son Hayden sings along with "Power of a Love Song" every time he hears it.


Stevens also admits his son's enthusiasm for the song isn't going over well with everyone in the family.  He says Hayden's singing tends to annoy his younger sister, Rylie, who'll "just stare at him, like, 'Oh my God, dad, do you hear that?'"  But Tate says it's "cool" that his children are excited and proud of what he's accomplished.


Grammy Dates Set For 2014, 2015


CBS and the Recording Academy are setting the stage for music's biggest night for the next two years.  Dates have been announced for the 2014 and 2015 Grammy Awards.  Next year's ceremony will be held on January 26th, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The 2015 follow up will be held on February 8th.  Both shows will air live on CBS.  According to Nielsen, more than 28 million people tuned in to this year's Grammy telecast.  It was the second largest audience for the program since 1993.  Last year's telecast drew almost 40 million people in the aftermath of Whitney Houston's sudden death just one day before the awards.


Quick Bites


Taylor Swift's episode of "New Girl" airs tonight.  On the show the country-pop superstar reportedly plays the part of an important wedding guest as Hannah Simone's character Cece ties the knot.  It's the season two finale of the Fox comedy, airing at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


There are more indications that Keith Urban won't be returning as an "American Idol" judge next season.  None of the show's current judges joined host Ryan Seacrest for Fox's upfront presentation to advertisers in New York on Monday.  "The Wrap" notes that with the show's finale coming up this week, it's possible Urban and his fellow "Idol" judges were busy to go.  However, NBC had the judges on "The Voice" record a video message to advertisers since they couldn't attend the event in person. 


George Strait and Trace Adkins have new albums hitting stores today.  George's 27th studio effort, "Love Is Everything," features his current single, "Give It All We Got Tonight."  Trace is delivering his eleventh CD, "Love Will..."


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1952, Tex Ritter recorded the classic "High Noon."


Today in 1984, Alabama took home three trophies -- Entertainer, Top Vocal Group and Album of the Year -- for "The Closer You Get" during the 19th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.


Today in 1984, Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias's duet single "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" was certified Gold.


Today in 1991, Alan Jackson's album "Don't Rock The Jukebox" was released.


Today in 1995, "Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge" debuted on NBC as a two-part mini-series.  Kathleen York and Viveka Davis starred as The Judds.


Today in 1999, Randy Travis was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame, and Governor Jim Hunt proclaimed Randy Travis Day in the state.


Today in 1999, Clay Walker and his wife, Lori, became parents to their daughter, Skylor Clayanne.


Today in 2000, Wynonna appeared on CBS-TV's "Touched By An Angel."


Today in 2001, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's trial, stemming from a scuffle backstage at the George Strait Country Music Festival in Buffalo nearly a year earlier, began in upstate New York.


Today in 2002, Rascal Flatts celebrated the Platinum success of their self-titled debut album.


Today in 2005, bluegrass great Jimmy Martin died.  He was a member of the late Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys.


Today in 2006, Craig Morgan broke his leg in a cross-country motorcycle accident in a race in Vanleer, Tennessee.  But he finished the race -- taking fifth place -- before going to the hospital.


Today in 2006, Blake Shelton launched his first annual Raindance! Benefit.  The three-day charity event, which featured a team roping competition, archery competition, silent auction and a sold-out concert by Shelton and pals Andy Griggs, Tracy Byrd, and Keith Anderson, raised 106-thousand-dollars to aid victims of the state's debilitating drought and subsequent wildfires.


Today in 2006, after months of dodging the question, Nicole Kidman confirmed to "People" magazine that she and Keith Urban were engaged.


Today in 2006, the Dixie Chicks gave an interview to CBS' "60 Minutes," during which Natalie Maines said they received one death threat after her comment about President Bush in 2003 that was taken very seriously.


Today in 2007, several Academy of Country Music charity events took place.  Vince Gill hosted the annual ACM Celebrity Golf Classic, Big & Rich hosted the ACM's first Charity Poker Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Academy of Country Music New Artists' Party for a Cause showcased Rodney Atkins, Craig Morgan, Chris Young, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift, Heartland, Little Big Town and The Wreckers.


Today in 2007, LeAnn Rimes launched her new website, in conjunction with the promotion for her then-upcoming album "Family!"


Today in 2008, Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" and Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" are among the latest selections for inclusion in the National Recording Preservation Board's National Recording Registry.


Today in 2008, the late Eddy Arnold's public funeral and private burial were held in Nashville.  Vince Gill was among the country stars who took part in the service.


Today in 2011, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were married in a ceremony at the Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas.  Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, and Josh Kelley were among the 550 guests in attendance.


Today in 2011, Josh Turner surprised then-"American Idol" finalist Scotty McCreery at Scotty's hometown concert, joining him on stage in Garner, North Carolina to perform Turner's hits "Your Man" and "Long Black Train."


Today in 2011, Vince Gill received an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Belmont University at the school's graduation ceremony in Nashville.


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