Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Pistol Annies Cancel All June Appearances Without Explanation


Pistol Annies are making an abrupt change of plans.  The country trio has scrapped all their upcoming shows, without much of an explanation. says the promoter offers in a brief statement that "due to unforeseen circumstances, Pistol Annies are unable to appear on any dates in June."  The promoter adds that band member Miranda Lambert will honor all of Pistol Annies' performance commitments with solo shows.  Pistol Annies also missed last week's CMT Music Awards.  The group was expected to perform at the event -- instead Lambert and Ashley Monroe performed individually, while Angaleena Presley wasn't seen at the ceremony.  However, the trio reportedly hasn't split up.  Pistol Annies just released their second album, "Annie Up," last month.


Craig Morgan Helps On Scene Of Traffic Accident


Craig Morgan is once again coming to the aid of those in crisis.  Nashville's NewsChannel 5 says the country star and former Army Ranger jumped into action Sunday morning after witnessing three tractor trailers collide on Interstate 40 in Humphreys County, Tennessee.  The singer and a couple of crew members helped emergency personnel in putting out a fire and tending to the drivers.  Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis says Morgan was "a huge help."  He explains that the singer's EMT training kicked in, and he "responded and did exactly what he had been taught to do."  Davis adds that the incident just demonstrates "the kind of guy" Morgan is.


This isn't the first time Morgan has taken action in an emergency.  Two years ago he rescued two children from a burning house in his hometown of Dickson, Tennessee.  Once the kids were safe Craig remained on the scene to help firefighters put out the blaze.


Carrie Underwood, Hubby Pulled Over For Speeding


Carrie Underwood's career may be on a fast track but she still needs to slow down on the streets of Nashville.  The Grammy winner and "American Idol" alum tweeted late Sunday that she and hockey hubby Mike Fisher, were pulled over for speeding.  Seemingly putting the blame on Fisher, Underwood wrote, "Mr. 'I'm gonna start a driving school in Nashville' just got us pulled over for going 56 in a 45."  Earlier in the evening, the couple attended the 2013 CMA Music Festival where Underwood performed a shortened set due to stormy weather.


Dierks Bentley, Wife Expecting First Son This Fall


Dierks Bentley is sharing more about the baby that's on the way for him and wife Cassidy.  At his fan club party Sunday in Nashville, he revealed the gender -- after having the crowd guess first.

Entering the "Last Call Ball 9" fans were also asked to guess the baby's gender and submit ideas for names, and Dierks read some of them at the event.  Suggested boys names included Deacon Cash and Jack Daniels.


Bentley announced back in April that Cassidy was pregnant.  The new bundle of joy will be their third child together, but their first son.  Their other children include daughters Evie, who'll turn five in October, and Jordan, who was born on Christmas Day in 2010.  Bentley hasn't offered a due date for his son, but has said the baby will be arriving this fall.


Vince Gill's New Album A Tribute To Buck Owens, Merle Haggard


Vince Gill is paying homage to a couple of country legends with his next album.  The country star has teamed up with steel guitarist Paul Franklin on "Bakersfield," a ten-track tribute disc honoring Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and their backing bands.  Vince says he really enjoyed making the album, calling it "fun" to sing "a whole record of the greatest songs ever."  Gill adds that he's really proud of the way he uses his vocals to salute the country legends.  He explains that he adapted Owens and Haggard's vocal style, so listeners "won't find much vibrato" in his voice on the Owens songs, and with the Haggard tracks "it will come down to a low note and that quiver."


Tracks on "Bakersfield" include Buck's hits "Foolin' Round" and "Nobody's Fool But Yours," along with Haggard's "Branded Man" and "The Fightin' Side Of Me."  Haggard is even endorsing the album.  He writes in the liner notes that he can "only give the entire project a big ole double, thumbs up!"  Gill and Franklin's "Bakersfield" will be in stores on June 30th.


Billy Currington Sets September Release Date For New Album


Billy Currington isn't letting his legal troubles keep him from putting out new music.  The country star has a new album on the way.  The ten-track "We Are Tonight" features Billy's most recent single "Hey Girl" as well as a cover of Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes," while Willie Nelson contributes to the song "Hard To Be A Hippie."  Currington says that for the first time in his career he worked with three different producers, which he admits wasn't "planned."  But he adds that it was "a great experience to be able to bring a different sound to this album," and he's hoping his fans like it as much as he does.  "We Are Tonight" is due in stores on September 17th.  It will be Currington's first album in three years, following his 2010 release "Enjoy Yourself."


In addition to making a new record, Currington is also involved in a legal dispute with Charles Ferrelle, a tour boat captain who claims the singer threatened him when he brought some customers near Billy's home in Tybee Island, Georgia back in April.  Eight days after the incident an arrest warrant was issued for Currington, and he turned himself in to authorities.  He's been free on bond.


Carrie Underwood Explains Extensive Tour Wardrobe


Carrie Underwood admits fans who visit the new exhibit about her recent "Blown Away" tour might be blown away by her extensive wardrobe for the trek.  But the country star says it was in part for her fans that she varied her look, and would pick different costumes for each performance.


Underwood also says she likes to "change stuff up, too," and doesn't want to "wear the same thing to work every day."  She adds that "being a lady," there are days she feels "smaller than others," so it was important to her to "have things for every occasion."  "Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour" will be up at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum through November 10th.


Brett Eldredge Recall Learning Trace Adkins Was Recording His Song


Brett Eldredge is behind Trace Adkins' latest single, "Watch The World End."  Brett says that as the song's co-writer he was able to sit in on the session, and it was a great experience.  He adds that he's really pleased with what Trace did with the song.

Brett says he came up with the song one day while thinking about the idea of true love, and it occurred to him that the person you really, truly love is the one you'd run to if the world were coming to an end.  "Watch The World End," which Trace recorded with pop singer Colbie Caillat, is the first release from Adkins' most recent album, "Love Will..."


"Duck Dynasty" Stars Recording Holiday Album


The stars of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" aren't limiting their music career to country videos.  Korie Robertson says they're working on a holiday album.


Korie explains that "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" will feature a few guest artists, but she's not at liberty to divulge any details yet.  The album is due October 29th.


"Duck Dynasty" stars are featured in a couple of recent country music clips.  Korie, Willie, Jase, and Si appear in the video for Darius Rucker's hit "Wagon Wheel."  Willie Robertson also makes a cameo in Tyler Farr's clip for the song "Redneck Crazy."  Meanwhile, Rucker and country singer Thomas Rhett have both expressed an interest in going duck hunting with the Robertsons.


Country Birthdays Include


Van Zant's Donnie Van Zant is 61.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1949, Hank Williams made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.  He sang "Lovesick Blues" and got an unprecedented six encores.  Ironically, Opry bigwigs had been reluctant to book him at first, because his wild lifestyle was at odds with the Opry's clean and wholesome image.


Today in 1988, Patty Loveless became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1993, Patty Loveless topped the country charts with "Blame It On Your Heart."


Today in 1994, Brooks and Dunn topped "Billboard's" country singles chart with "That Ain't No Way To Go."


Today in 1994, "Don't Take The Girl" by Tim McGraw peaked at number 17 on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1996, Paul Brandt's first album, "Calm Before the Storm," and Mark Wills' self-titled debut album arrived in stores.


Today in 1996, Carl Perkins was inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk in Los Angeles.


Today in 1996, Garth Brooks set a Fan Fair record by signing autographs for 23 hours straight.


Today in 1999, the Dixie Chicks album "Wide Open Spaces" was certified for sales of six-million, making it the best selling album by a duo or group in country music history.


Today in 2000, Lila McCann became a high school graduate.


Today in 2002, the members of Lonestar were be honored with the 2002 Fatherhood Award at the National Fatherhood Initiative's 5th Annual Awards Gala Dinner in San Antonio.


Today in 2002, Sawyer Brown's "Can You Hear Me Now?,"  Aaron Tippin's "RCA Country Legends," Conway Twitty's "The Late Great Conway Twitty" and the Marie Sister's self-titled debut album were among the new country albums arriving in stores.


Today in 2003, Jamie O'Neal and her husband, Rodney Good, welcomed their daughter, Aliyah.


Today in 2003, Martina McBride's 90-week-old "Greatest Hits" CD became the longest-running album on the Billboard Top 200 at that time. After more than 20 months on the list, the album was still ranked inside the Top 100.


Today in 2004, Faith Hill officially made her big screen debut when the film, "The Stepford Wives," opened in theaters nationwide.


Today in 2005, Jo Dee Messina, Jimmy Wayne, Miranda Lambert, and Keith Anderson took care of things at the "Celebrity Auction with Martina McBride" during the CMA Music Festival.  Martina couldn't be there personally.  She was pregnant, and due to give birth within the next several days.  Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, and Wynonna Judd were among those contributing memorabilia for the fundraiser.


Today in 2006, on the last day of the CMA Music Festival, Hot Apple Pie took part in a pie eating contest.  Clint Black, Ronnie Milsap and Los Lonely Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Joe Nichols, SHeDAISY, Sugarland, and Keith Anderson were the performers for the Nightly Concert at the Coliseum finale.  Gretchen Wilson was also supposed to make a surprise appearance, but she wasn't able to fit into the rain-shortened show.  In addition, a new attendance record was set, with 161-thousand-590 people enjoying concerts, fan club parties, and other activities over the course of the four-day event.


Today in 2007, Willie Nelson joined John Mellencamp and New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg to announce plans for the next Farm Aid concert, which was set for Randall's Island in September.


Today in 2008, Jewel's first country album, "Perfectly Clear," debuted at number one on the "Billboard" country album chart.


Today in 2009, Reba McEntire took part in her first CMA Music Fest meet and greet in 13 years, signing autographs at the Greased LIghtning Fan Fair Hall.  She also performed at the Nightly Concert at LP Field.  Jimmy Wayne was also supposed to appear -- and make his Nightly Concert debut -- but a lengthy rain delay threw the show off schedule, and other commitments kept him from waiting out the storm.  Earlier in the day Gretchen Wilson played the event's kick-off concert, and Wayne, as well as Mark Wills, Trent Willmon, and Joey + Rory's Joey Martin participated in some of the day's non-musical activities.


Today in 2009, George Jones' 1980 classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and The Stanley Brothers' 1960 song "Rank Stranger" were among the material selected for inclusion in the National Recording Preservation Board's National Recording Registry.


Today in 2009, the exhibit "Carrie Underwood: All-American Girl" opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.


Today in 2010, Jake Owen launched his first official fan club party.  He hosted the two-day event in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival.


Today in 2010, Chris Young was on hand for the 2nd annual Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction in Nashville.  He also decorated a guitar for the fundraiser.  Others with designs in the auction included Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, George Jones, and Darius Rucker, as well as Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Danny Gokey, and The Judds.  Money raised went to the Opry Trust Fund's Middle Tennessee flood recovery efforts.


Today in 2010, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library distributed its 25-millionth book.


Today in 2011, Dolly Parton made her first appearance at the CMA Music Festival in more than 30 years.


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