Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Country Stars On "Voice" Finale Featuring Two Team Blake Members


Hunter Hayes is adding to the star power on tonight's season finale of "The Voice."  E! Online says the country star will perform his latest hit, "I Want Crazy" with the finalists.  Coach Blake Shelton will be taking the stage as well.  He's reportedly been tapped to cover The Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends" along with his fellow coaches.  Florida Georgia Line is also on board for the event.  The duo is expected to sing their hit "Cruise" with Nelly.  The star-packed show will also include performances from Cher, Christina Aguilera with Pitbull, OneRepublic and Bruno Mars in addition to naming the winner.  Shelton has once again coached two hopefuls into the finale.  Team Blake's Danielle Bradbery and the Swon Brothers are vying for the title along with Team Usher's Michelle Chamuel.  The show will air on NBC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Team Blake has a very good track record on the show.  Throughout his run on the show Shelton has never had his entire team eliminated prior to the finale, and this isn't the first time two Team Blake members have made it to the finale.  Season three winner Cassadee Pope as well as runner up Terry McDermott were both on Team Blake.  Shelton also coached season two winner Jermaine Paul to victory, while Team Blake's Dia Frampton took second place on the inaugural season of "The Voice."


Hunter Hayes Playing MTV Concert As "Encore" Hits Stores


It's a big day for Hunter Hayes.  The country star will be playing a special show in New York City tonight as part of MTV's live series Artist to Watch.  He'll be taking the stage at New York's Webster Hall for the performance, which will also be carried live online at and  The webcast begins at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.  Hayes will likely play material from the new, revamped edition of his self-titled debut album, which arrives in stores today.  The 17-track "Hunter Hayes (Encore)" features the singer's current hit, "I Want Crazy," collaborations with Jason Mraz and Ashley Monroe, and other highlights.  The set also contains Hunter's hits "Storm Warning," "Wanted," and "Somebody's Heartbreak" along with other select cuts from the original Grammy-nominated album.


Farm Aid Concert To Take Place In New York In September


Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews are making plans for this year's Farm Aid.  The 2013 edition of the annual event is slated to take place at the Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York on September 21st.  Ticket pre-sales for Farm Aid members start today, while the general public can begin purchasing tickets on June 28th.  Tickets range in price from 45-dollars to 150-dollars.  Nelson, Mellencamp, Young, and Matthews are the first confirmed performers for the show, while more artists are expected to be added to the lineup.


Through the concerts, the Farm Aid organization raises awareness and money to assist family farmers.  Since its start in 1985, the charity has brought more than 43-million-dollars to fund programs that support family-run farms and promote the food they grow.


McGraw Glad To Again Take Part In Giving Veterans Homes


Tim McGraw is pleased to be working again with Operation Homefront and Chase in giving homes to America's veterans.  The country star says he's proud to be a part of the Homes on the Homefront program.


Just as he did during his tour last year, this summer McGraw is taking part in giving a military family a mortgage-free home at every stop on his "Two Lanes of Freedom" trek.  This year they intend to give away a total of 31 homes to veterans through the program.  The next stop on McGraw's tour is coming up in Beaumont, Texas on Thursday.


Mumford & Sons Bassist Posts Photo, Thanks


Mumford and Sons bassist Ted Dwane is showing off his new 'do in his latest recovery update.  The British folk-rocker posted a picture of himself and his recently-shaved head on the band's official website Monday.  Dwane underwent emergency surgery last week to remove a blood clot on his brain, forcing Mumford and Sons to cancel a number of live appearances, including a spot at this past weekend's Bonnaroo festival.  But Dwane told fans in the photo's caption that all of their much-appreciated "well wishing" seems to be working, adding that he's now recovering at home.


Joe Diffie Releases First Single In Nearly A Decade


Joe Diffie is making a comeback of sorts.  The country star has released "Girl Ridin' Shotgun," his first single in nearly ten years, under a new record deal.  Joe credits his return to Jason Aldean's tribute single "1994," telling the hit sparked a renewed interest in his career.  But Diffie says he hadn't really gone away.  He explains that he "never stopped touring or writing songs," but since 2004's "Tougher Than Nails" he's issued a best-of set and a bluegrass album and had "been having a lot of fun."  He adds that he's been writing songs with a number of new artists, including Tyler Farr, Tate Stevens, Brett Eldredge, and Josh Thompson, while "Girl Ridin' Shotgun" is a collaboration with the hick-hop group Jawga Boyz.  Diffie says he's also working on an album for his new label, which will likely include "Girl Ridin' Shotgun."


Alleged Taylor Swift Tweet Surfaces About Kanye's Baby


Taylor Swift might be among the celebrities sending well wishes to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on the birth of their baby.  And in the process, she just might be getting the latest word in their MTV Video Music Awards incident that has never died. has posted the image of a tweet allegedly sent Saturday by Swift that reads, "@KimKardashian @Kanyewest Yo I'm happy for you and imma let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best labors of all time."  When West infamously interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech at the 2009 VMA's, he told her, "Yo, Taylor. I'm really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time."


If the tweet is authentic and was originated by Swift, it didn't remain on her Twitter account for long.  TasteOfCountry refers to it as a "mock tweet," and suspects it's the work of "a Photoshop genius."


Luke Bryan Considers Concerts Parties With His Fans


While Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" isn't really about joining in on a festive occasion, the country singer says he enjoys having a good time.  He explains that the type of revelry he likes the most involves entertaining his fans.


Luke adds that his annual spring break shows are "the party of the year" for him, and he tries to give all of his concerts a "kind of a spring break feel."  Bryan's next show is coming up in Canada.  He'll be performing at Dauphin's Countryfest in Dauphin, Manitoba on June 29th.


Brad Paisley Says He's Giving Sons A "Well-Rounded" Upbringing


Brad Paisley says he believes his kids will really benefit from spending their childhood in both Nashville and California.  The country star explains that it's providing his sons with a variety of experiences.


Paisley adds that the diversity his sons are experiencing will give them a well-rounded background -- something he didn't get as a child.  The singer says that when he arrived in Nashville he was "the least well-rounded human being in the world."  But Brad thinks "growing up exposed to all kinds" is going to be good for his sons.  Paisley is dad to two boys, six-year-old Huck and four-year-old Jasper.


Country TV Tonight


THE VOICE (NBC) Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, and Florida Georgia Line are among the stars slated to perform on the season four finale.


Country Birthdays Include


Blake Shelton is 37.

Marty Haggard is 55.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1915, A.P. Carter married Sara Dougherty in Virginia, starting the country music dynasty that produced June Carter and Carlene Carter.


Today in 1973, Loretta Lynn appeared on the cover of "Newsweek" magazine.


Today in 1976, Hank Williams Jr. married his third wife, Becky, in Louisiana.


Today in 1977, "Lucille" by Kenny Rogers peaked at number five on the pop singles chart and topped the UK singles chart.


Today in 1984, the movie "Rhinestone" co-starring Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone premiered at the Roy Acuff Theatre in Nashville.


Today in 1993, Aaron Tippin's hit single "Working Man's PhD" entered the country charts.


Today in 1994, Neal McCoy scored his second number one hit with the single "Wink."


Today in 1996, Marty Stuart released his album "Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best."


Today in 1997, Brooks & Dunn played a special show for their fan club at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, and afterward stuck around to meet and sign autographs for attendees -- even though there were more than two-thousand people waiting.  The guys didn't stop until they'd taken care of everyone there, which took until 5:00 a.m. the following morning.


Today in 1998, a memorial for former Oak Ridge Boy Steve Sanders was held at the McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville.  Sanders had taken his own life a week earlier at his home in Cape Coral, Florida.


Today in 2002, Brad Martin's debut album, "Wings Of A Honky Tonk Angel," arrived in stores.


Today in 2003, Lee Ann Womack performed for American troops at camp Talil, Iraq.  Chely Wright, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert DeNiro and Wayne Newton were also on the show.

 Today in 2004, Willie Nelson took part in the funeral for music legend Ray Charles in Los Angeles, singing Charles' hit "Georgia On My Mind" at the ceremony.  Glen Campbell, Stevie Wonder, and B.B. King also performed, while Cicely Tyson, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Clint Eastwood were among those in attendance.  Charles died eight days earlier from complications related to liver disease.


Today in 2004, Gretchen Wilson made her "Tonight Show" debut.


Today in 2004, Dierks Bentley was named as one of "People" magazine's "50 Hottest Bachelors," getting a mention as one of America's "most eligible single men."


Today in 2005, Brad Paisley wrapped the "Two Hats and a Redhead" tour with Reba McEntire and Terri Clark.


Today in 2006, Naomi Judd was the graduation day speaker at National University in San Diego, California. 


Today in 2007, Tracy Lawrence filmed a video for his hit "Find out Who Your Friends Are" in Enterprise, Alabama.  Close friends who made cameo appearances in the clip included George Jones and Darryl Worley.


Today in 2007, Taylor Swift performed on the "Gracie" awards, which honor achievements by women in TV and radio.


Today in 2008, Trace Adkins celebrated the chart-topping success of his hit "You're Gonna Miss This" at an event in Nashville.  In addition, the truTV series "Black Gold" had its premiere.  Adkins provided the theme song for the series.


Today in 2009, Clint Black, Jack Ingram, and Joe Nichols participated in the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  Honorees included Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; and the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati.


Today in 2010, Trisha Yearwood's first article as "People" magazine's Food Columnist appeared in the publication.


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