Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Gary Allan, Sheryl Crow Planning Co-Headlining Tour


Gary Allan and Sheryl Crow will be hitting the road together later this year.  The singers have announced plans for their "Free And Easy" fall tour -- drawing its name from Gary's most recent album, "Set You Free," and Sheryl's debut country single, "Easy."  So far the two only have three confirmed dates for the trek -- all in California.  They'll be appearing at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara on September 13th, The Greek Theater in Los Angeles on September 14th, and the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield on September 15th.  More dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.


Kacey Musgraves, Others Sign On For Farm Aid


Kacey Musgraves is on board for this year's Farm Aid concert.  The country singer is among a host of stars who have been added to the event's lineup.  Carlene Carter, Jack Johnson, and Amos Lee have also signed on for the show, along with Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, and Pegi Young and The Survivors.  Bahamas and JD and The Straight Shot are slated to take part in the fundraiser as well.  Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews just announced plans for the next Farm Aid concert last week.  Nelson, Young, and Mellencamp will also perform, while Matthews will share the stage with longtime partner Tim Reynolds. 


Farm Aid 2013 will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York on September 21st.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday.


Craig Morgan's Survivalist Skills Handy During Polar Race


Craig Morgan admits he loves an extreme challenge, which was part of what drew him to the Fjällräven Polar dogsled race earlier this year.  The country star took on the adventure with his son, Kyle.  Craig says on the third night of the race they weren't allowed to use their tents, but that didn't pose a problem for him and Kyle.


Morgan says they had to build their shelter using the snow, trees, and anything else they could find around them.  The singer also admits it was very gratifying to provide the example for everyone else in the race.  Fans will get the chance to learn more about Craig's experience north of the Arctic Circle on the new season of his Outdoor Channel series "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors," which launches on July 7th.


Bill Anderson Featured In New PBS Country Music Documentary


Bill Anderson is sharing his knowledge and memories with PBS.  A post on the country star's website says he's one of several artists contributing to an upcoming, multi-part documentary detailing the history of country music.  Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan are developing the project.  They were also behind several other award-winning PBS series, including "The Civil War" and "Baseball."  The new series is expected to explore the evolution of country music, from its roots to today.  But it'll be a while before the series will hit the tube.  The untitled show is slated to debut on PBS in 2018.


Billy Currington Enjoys Latest Single


Billy Currington says he really enjoys his latest single.  The singer tells "Country Weekly" the demo for "Hey Girl" instantly took him back to his high school days, walking along the beach with his friends.  He admits it might sound "goofy," but when he was a teenager the "perfect way" to start a conversation with someone he wanted to get to know was "just to say, 'Hey girl!'"  Billy adds that he's thrilled the song was accepted as the lead-off single from his next album, because he was eager to include it in his live sets.  He says "the tempo is great" for his shows, and "the energy automatically goes up" as soon as the crowd hears "that first guitar riff." 


"Hey Girl" is from Currington's upcoming album "We Are Tonight," which will be in stores on September 17th.


Brad Paisley Finds Way To Make A Home Studio Work


Brad Paisley admits he can get very wrapped up in his work, which is why he never wanted a home recording studio.  The country star uses an analogy from childhood to explain how obsessive he can get once he starts on a project.


But Paisley says he found a way to have his own recording studio, which is where he recorded his most recent album, "Wheelhouse."  The singer explains that the facility is a converted farmhouse on his property, and isn't physically part of the home he lives in.  Brad says even though it's not far away, he still has to walk out the door and go to another building -- which really made a difference.  He admits it was a lot harder for him to return to the studio at night after he'd decided he was done for the day.


HLN's Robin Meade Proud Of Second Country Album


Robin Meade says it was "so important" to her that she not only make a second album, but that she put out something good.  The TV personality tells she believes "a lot of public figures, before they go to Nashville, arrive in town and say that country music means a lot to them, and they do what amounts to a vanity project," and "then you never hear from them again."  Meade explains that she did not want to be lumped into that category, so she's "delighted" to now have her second album out.


"Count On Me features a mix of original material and covers -- including her version of Garth Brooks' "The Dance" and what she calls a "bluegrassy" rendition of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors."  Robin says she thought it was important to include some cover tunes on the disc, because people "will inevitably look at the track list" scanning for "something familiar."  The set also features guest appearances from Kenny Loggins' new group, Blue SKy Riders, and blues great Keb' Mo'.  Meade's "Count On Me" is available exclusively from Target and iTunes.


Country Stars Contributing To Sandra Boynton's CD


Josh Turner is among the country stars lending their talents to the debut country album from children's author Sandra Boynton.  Turner's deep baritone is featured on the song "Alligator Stroll," which the singer says is quite appropriate.  He tells Nashville's "Tennessean" that alligators make a sound that's "a lot lower that people can actually hear," so he felt it "made sense" because he sounds "most like an alligator."  Boynton adds that she's thrilled to have Josh on the project, saying she felt "giddy" hearing him sing her words.


Sandra says she was able to ask the stars she "most loved" to help her with the album.  In addition to Turner, the album features Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Dwight Yoakam, Alison Krauss, and Kacey Musgraves.  Boynton's CD "Frog Trouble" will be in stores on September 3rd.


Thomas Rhett Happy It's Summer


Thomas Rhett is glad summer has officially arrived.  The country singer says he's unquestionably a warm-weather fan, and hates being cold.


Thomas says when he first got his dog he'd be bundled up in a parka to take her out to do her business, and he was "so miserable" on those walks.  He adds that even on tour, he's "the guy that walks up on the bus and turns off all the air conditioners."  Rhett should be in his comfort zone later this week.  He's slated to perform Thursday at Country Stampede in Manhattan, Kansas, where -- according to The Weather Channel -- it'll be 102 outside.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1986, George Strait's daughter Jennifer was killed in a car accident near San Marcos, Texas.


Today in 1987, Reba McEntire filed for divorce from Charlie Battles.


Today in 1991, Travis Tritt's video "It's All About To Change" was released.


Today in 1996, new album releases included Trace Adkins' debut, "Dreamin' Out Loud" and Wade Hayes' second effort, "On A Good Night."


Today in 1998, Johnny Cash returned to a Nashville stage and performed for the first time since he was stricken with Shy-Drager Syndrome the preceding October.  He joined a surprised Kris Kristofferson, who was singing at a tribute to Johnny and Waylon Jennings at the Ryman Auditorium.


Today in 1999, Tanya Tucker gave birth to her third child, daughter Layla, who arrived at 5:48 p.m. in a Nashville hospital.  She also has two other children, daughter Presley and son Beau.


Today in 1999, Shania Twain's "Shania Twain Live" video was certified Gold.


Today in 2000, a 12-year-old Billy Gillman made his Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 2000, the Dixie Chicks announced during a concert in Salt Lake City that Natalie Maine had married Adrian Pasdar in Las Vegas.


Today in 2002, SHeDAISY's album "Knock On The Sky" and Ty Herndon's "This Is Ty Herndon: Greatest Hits" arrived in stores.


Today in 2002, Trace Adkins made his tenth and final appearance on ABC-TV's "Politically Incorrect."


Today in 2002, the Dixie Chicks received a Diamond Award certification for the album "Fly" reaching the ten-million mark in sales in the U.S.


Today in 2003, Shania Twain was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame with a star in Toronto's theatre district.


Today in 2003, Andy Griggs announced that he'd finalized his divorce from Stephanie, his wife of eight years.  He noted, quote, "We're friends and we always will be.  I can't say anything came between us.  We just knew we could have better lives if I went right and she went left."


Today in 2005, "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.  Carrie became the first country artist to debut at the top of the Hot 100.  She's also the first country artist to top that chart since Lonestar took "Amazed" to number one in 2000.


Today in 2006, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were married in a ceremony in Sydney, Australia, at a clifftop chapel overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


Today in 2006, Lynyrd Skynyrd and 3 Doors Down's Double Trouble tour began in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant is also part of the duo Van Zant.


Today in 2006, noted producer Arif Mardin passed away in New York after a year-long bout with pancreatic cancer.  He was 74.  Over the course of his career he'd worked with numerous artists of various genres, including Willie Nelson.


Today in 2007, Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet revealed that his wife, Rebecca, was pregnant.  Penelopi Jane Sweet made her arrival in December.


Today in 2007, Chris Cagle headed to Korea to entertain U.S. troops.


Today in 2007, Charlie Daniels received the Secretary of Defense Medal at a ceremony at the Pentagon in recognition of his unwavering support for U.S. troops.


Today in 2007, Dwight Yoakam and Crystal Gayle were named as two of the next inductees into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.  They were formally welcomed into the Kentucky Music Hall the following February.


Today in 2008, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman celebrated their second anniversary.  They started the day with a trip to their favorite Starbucks in Franklin, Tennessee.  Later they had lunch at a Whole Foods store with songwriter Monty Powell and his wife.


Today in 2009, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley announced that he and his girlfriend Cassie McConnell were legally married in a ceremony in Nashville.


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