Country Stars Taking Time Today For Charity Events
A number of country stars will be out today raising money for charity, with John Rich, Darius Rucker, and Rodney Atkins all leading up different events. Big & Rich, Wynonna, and Larry the Cable Guy will be in Memphis for the "St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends" benefit concert, supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Meanwhile, Rucker will be helping out the medical facility with his "St. Jude Darius and Friends Golf Classic." Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, and J.T. Hodges are some of the stars who'll join Darius at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee for this morning's event.
Adkins will also be in Nashville to host the 3rd annual Music City Gives Back concert, which this year is supporting the storm relief efforts in Oklahoma. Donations of work gloves, flashlights, duct tape, and other supplies will be collected at the free outdoor show in downtown Nashville. Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, and Jana Kramer will join Rodney in performing at the event.
Shania Twain's Vegas Show Wins SMItty Award
Shania Twain is getting some unique recognition with her Las Vegas show. The country superstar has earned a SMItty Award for the Most Innovative Use of Scent Marketing. The singer's "Shania: Still The One" is a multisensory show, and she's incorporated her own fragrance into the performance. The scent of Twain's Still The One Day and Night perfume fills the venue, and eventually transitions into a leathery aroma associated with a saloon and then into the scent of a campfire. Shania calls the recognition an "unexpected achievement." She says putting together her Vegas show was "artistically fulfilling" for her, and getting a SMItty for her efforts is "yet another level of reward" she "hadn't even imagined." Shania's show was one of two nominees in the category. She got the nod over a South Korean Dunkin' Donuts bus campaign.
Twain just wrapped up her spring run of "Shania: Still The One" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace over the weekend. She'll launch her next slate of shows in October.
Charlie Daniels' Backing Singer Headed To Ms. Senior America Pageant
A member of Charlie Daniels' band is demonstrating that she's more than just a pretty voice. Carolyn Corlew is the latest Ms. Tennessee Senior America. She began her pageant journey last year, taking the Ms. Senior Wilson County title at the Wilson County Fair last August. Carolyn took the state crown at an event a few weeks ago. She's now headed to the finale. Corlew will be representing Tennessee in the national Ms. Senior America Pageant, which will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey from October 20th through the 25th.
The Ms. Senior America Pageant is open to women who are at the "age of elegance," which is 60 and older. According to the Senior America Mission Statement, the event is "a search for the gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all senior Americans."
Jana Kramer Excited About Being A CMT Music Awards Nominee
Jana Kramer is proud to be a nominee heading into this week's CMT Music Awards. The country newcomer tells MSN's Wonderwall she never expected to be recognized at the event, so to be in the running in two categories is "just really, really awesome." Kramer's bids are for her breakthrough single, "Why Ya Wanna." She's facing Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs," Faith Hill's "American Heart," Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round," Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart," and Taylor Swift's "Begin Again" for Female Video of the Year. Jana is up against Musgraves' clip again for Breakthrough Video of the Year, along with Dustin Lynch's "Cowboys and Angels," Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise," Kip Moore's "Beer Money," and Randy Houser's "How Country Feels." The 2013 CMT Music Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Nashville, and air on CMT Wednesday night.
Tim McGraw-Taylor Swift Duet Tops Chart
Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift are leading the way on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with their collaborative hit "Highway Don't Care." The single has made its way to the top after being perched at number two last week. The success of "Highway" gives Tim the 26th number one single of his career, and his first back-to-back chart-toppers in nearly a decade. "Highway" is McGraw's follow up to "One Of Those Nights," which went to number one back in March. Tim's last run of consecutive chart-topping hits started with "Real Good Man," which spent two weeks at number one on the Hot Country Songs chart in October 2003. His next three singles -- "Watch the Wind Blow By," "Live Like You Were Dying," and "Back When" -- all topped the chart in 2004.
LeAnn Rimes, Lonestar Releasing New Albums Today
LeAnn Rimes and Lonestar have new albums hitting stores today. Rimes' "Spitfire" is her follow up to 2011 covers disc "Lady & Gentlemen," but her first full collection of new studio material since 2007's "Family." LeAnn will be making a number of TV appearances over the next two weeks to promote the project. She's starting her media blitz with a release day performance on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." She'll be a guest on E!'s "Chelsea Lately" on Wednesday, and next Monday pay a visit to ABC's "Good Morning America." Rimes will be featured on ABC's "The View" on June 11th, and appear on "The Wendy Williams Show" on June 12th.
Lonestar's "Life As We Know It" is the country group's first studio effort in three years, following their 2010 CD "Party Heard Around the World." It's also the band's first full disc since founding frontman Richie McDonald returned to the fold. The group will concentrate their promotional efforts in Nashville, since thousands of country music fans will be in town for this week's CMA Music Festival. Lonestar has several performances and CD signing sessions scheduled throughout the week. They'll also host their annual Lonestar Nation Fan Club Party at Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley on Wednesday afternoon.
Little Big Town Proud Of Latest Single
Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook says the group is very proud of their latest single, "Your Side of the Bed."
Westbrook explains that it's "almost like crying out," and that's "what country songs have always been about -- that saddest of sads." Little Big Town wrote "Your Side of the Bed" with singer-songwriter Lori McKenna. It's the third single from the group's most recent album, "Tornado."
Jake Owen Prepping Fourth Album
Jake Owen says he's making progress on his fourth studio effort. The country star tells Billboard.com he's "in the middle of almost wrapping it up," has has eight to 12 songs that "are great." He adds that his fans shouldn't be disappointed with his upcoming effort. Jake describes his new material as the same "good-time, good feeling songs" he's become known for. Owen describes the new track "Beachin'" as the "sister song" to his hit "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," while he might make "Days of Gold" the album's title track. The singer says he's hoping to release the album's lead-off single next month, and have the disc in stores in December. Owen's new album will be the follow up to his 2011 chart-topper "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," which features his current hit, "Anywhere With You."
Dierks Bentley Shares How One Fan Shows Her Dedication
Dierks Bentley says he has some very loyal fans who have followed him for years. The country star adds that one longtime supporter has really really demonstrated her dedication to him.
Bentley says he considers it a "big deal" for a fan to ink his name onto her body, because it's "a life-long commitment." Dierks will be getting together with many of his fans later this week. He's one of many stars who'll be hosting a fan club gathering during the CMA Music Festival, which officially begins in Nashville on Thursday. Bentley's "Last Call Ball 9" is scheduled for Sunday.
Thomas Rhett Would Love To Hunt With "Duck Dynasty" Cast
Thomas Rhett is a "Duck Dynasty" fan. And the country singer says he's hoping to become a friend of the guys on the A&E series.
Rhett explains that he met "Duck Dynasty" stars Willie and Jase Robertson back in April during an event in conjunction with the Academy of Country Music Awards. Thomas adds that these guys are genuine, and what you see on the show is the same way they are off camera.
Country TV Today And Tonight
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) LeAnn Rimes performs.
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) Lady Antebellum performs.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1974, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed together for the last time as a duo on the Grand Ole Opry.
Today in 1982, Alabama held their first June Jam in their hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama.
Today in 1984, Lorrie Morgan joined the Grand Ole Opry.
Today in 1996, new album releases included Kenny Chesney's "Me & You," Lorrie Morgan's "Greater Need," and Neal McCoy's self-titled effort.
Today in 1998, Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire performed a special concert simulcast via satellite on TV screens in over 12-hundred Wal-Mart electronics departments nationwide. The show was part of a benefit for Children's Miracle Network in which Wal-Mart stores across the country gave the charity a dollar from the sale of every Brooks & Dunn and Reba album.
Today in 1998, George Strait's "One Step At A Time" album was certified Gold and Platinum simultaneously.
Today in 1999, Tim McGraw and more than 400 fans were forced to evacuate his charity concert at the 7th House in Pontiac, Michigan, after a woman used pepper spray against a man she claimed groped her. But McGraw was affected by the spray, and in the middle of a song he fell to his knees choking. Frightened audience members also fled the hall, coughing and holding shirts over their faces.
Today in 1999, the Kinleys earned their first Gold album for "Just Between You and Me."
Today in 2000, after performing on the George Strait Country Music Festival's stop in Landover, Maryland, Martina McBride took the stage in Alexandria, Virginia to raise money for a reward fund for help in finding the person who killed Kevin Shifflett. Two months earlier, the eight-year-old boy was stabbed to death as he played outside his grandparents' home in Alexandria. The show brought in 100-thousand-dollars for the fund.
Today in 2001, John Hartford, who wrote "Gentle on my Mind," passed away from cancer at the age of 63.
Today in 2002, Shannon Lawson's debut album, "Chase The Sun," and Hometown News' disc "Wheels" arrived in stores.
Today in 2004, The Oak Ridge Boys took part in MSNBC's coverage of the 60th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy, France.
Today in 2004, Vince Gill was among those who took part in the Crossroads Guitar Festival, a fundraiser for Eric Clapton's rehab center in Antigua.
Today in 2005, Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn became the first person to receive the distinguished alumni award from St. Andrews-Sewanee Academy in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Today in 2006, Loretta Lynn broke her shoulder in a fall at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. A few days later she had surgery to repair the joint. The injury forced Lynn to cancel several upcoming concerts.
Today in 2007, Lonestar hosted the group's third annual Lonestar & Friends Strike Out for the Kids bowling party fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Buddy Jewell, Emerson Drive, and Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander were among the celebrity bowlers, while Chris Young was on hand to mingle with the crowd. Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry, Darryl Worley, Tracy Lawrence, Trent Tomlinson, and Danielle Peck also participated in the event.
Today in 2007, Dierks Bentley made country music history when he became the first country artist to stream a live performance online to residents from 100 countries around the world. For the event Dierks partnered with Nashville's Bluebird Café and virtual community Second Life to kick off "Superstars of the Bluebird" week at the legendary Nashvile club.
Today in 2007, Porter Wagoner received the International Fan Club Organization's Tex Ritter Award at the 40th Annual IFCO FunFest Show in Nashville. Joe Diffie, Trick Pony, Aaron Tippin, Chris Young, and Ty Herndon performed at the event, which raised money for Nashville's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Today in 2008, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Montgomery Gentry, and Phil Vassar were among the players who took the field for the 18th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge. Keith Anderson, Sara Evans, Jo Dee Messina, Jake Owen, Chuck Wicks, and Chris Cagle also participated in the charity event, along with Luke Bryan, Jimmy Wayne, Joe Nichols and Danielle Peck.
Today in 2008, James Otto served as Grand Marshal in the CMA Music Fest parade. Lonestar, Michael Martin Murphey, Trent Tomlinson and Chris Young also participated in the event.
Today in 2008, Chris Young, Tammy Cochran, and T. Graham Brown were among the performers at the "Countriest of the Country" show in Nashville. The benefit supported Christmas for the Children, a non-profit organization that raises money throughout the year to take local underprivileged children Christmas shopping.
Today in 2008, Neal McCoy hosted the "Country Weekly" Fashion Show in Nashville. Participants included Jimmy Wayne, Chuck Wicks, Alabama's Jeff Cook, Danielle Peck, and Phil Stacey, and Sarah Buxton. he event supported Musicians on Call, which provide live music and recordings for patients in healthcare facilities.
Today in 2008, Charlie Daniels met fans and signed copies of his CD "Deuces" at the Charlie Daniels' museum in downtown Nashville. Later, The Charlie Daniels Band performed during Marty Stuart's 7th Annual Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium. The event supported MusiCares and the CMA's Keep The Music Playing programs.
Today in 2008, The Oak Ridge Boys performed at the annual Congressional Barbeque at the White House in Washington, DC.
Today in 2008, Mel Tillis received the International Fan Club Organization's Tex Ritter Award at the 2008 IFCO Fun Fest Show.
Today in 2009, Kenny Chesney came in at number 31 on "Forbes" magazine's list of the 100 most powerful celebrities. Other country stars making the list included Rascal Flatts at number 42, Toby Keith at number 59, Taylor Swift at number 69, and Carrie Underwood at number 75.
Today in 2011, Trace Adkins' Brentwood, Tennessee home was destroyed by fire. The singer was on his way to play shows in Alaska when the fire broke out, but he returned home immediately after receiving the news. Adkins' wife was also away when the fire started. Trace's daughters, a guest staying with the girls, and the family's pets all escaped unharmed, but the house was deemed a total loss.
Today in 2011, Willie Nelson turned the Country Throwdown tour stop in Orange Beach, Alabama into a benefit concert to help tornado victims across the state. All the artists on the trek, which included Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, and others, donated their performance fees from the show to various storm relief charities in Alabama.
Today in 2012, Darius Rucker hosted his 3rd annual "Darius and Friends" concert and golf tournament in Nashville. The event supported St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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