Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Shania Twain Working On New Album


Shania Twain is heading back to the studio.  The country star says in a Facebook post that she plans to spend "a lot of the summer" working on material for her "next album."  She adds that "a break from the stage" is allowing her to get back to "writing the songs."  It's been more than a decade since Shania's last album, "Up!," which arrived in late 2002.  Since then she's only released three songs.  Following 2005's "Shoes," which Twain recorded for the "Desperate Housewives" soundtrack, the singer was sidelined with personal and health problems.  She made her vocal return with the 2011 single "Today Is Your Day," and recorded a new version of "Endless Love" with Lionel Richie for his 2012 duets album, "Tuskegee."  The singer launched her concert comeback late last year with her Las Vegas show "Shania: Still The One."  Twain recently wrapped up her spring performance schedule.  She'll resume her run at The Colosseum at Caesars palace on October 15th.


Country Stars Receive More Nominations For "Teen Choice 2013"


Taylor Swift's chances to win a Teen Choice award have doubled.  A new slate of categories have been announced and Swift's name crops up three times, bringing her nomination total to six.  Her new bids include Choice Country Song and Choice Break-Up Song with her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."  She's also up for Choice Single: Female Artist with "I Knew You Were Trouble."  But Swift isn't the only country star getting more nods.  Blake Shelton is in the running for two more awards.  He's nominated with wife Miranda Lambert's group, Pistol Annies, for his most recent chart-topper, "Boys 'Round Here," as well as for his work on "The Voice."  Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, and Florida Georgia Line have also earned additional bids, while The Band Perry has their first nomination for this year's event.


Voting is under way now at, and closes on August 10th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.  "Teen Choice 2013" will air on Fox on August 11th.  The two-hour ceremony begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Newly announced country-related nominees for "Teen Choice 2013"


Choice Country Song

“Boys ’Round Here,” Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies & Friends

“Crash My Party,” Luke Bryan

“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line

“I Want Crazy,” Hunter Hayes

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift


Choice Single: Female Artist

“Come & Get It,” Selena Gomez

“Cups (Pitch Perfect’s  ‘When I'm Gone’),” Anna Kendrick

“Heart Attack,” Demi Lovato

“I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift

“We Can't Stop,” Miley Cyrus


Choice Break-Up Song

“Come and Get It,” Selena Gomez

“DONE.,” The Band Perry

“Stay,” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift

“When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars


Choice TV Personality - Male

Nick Cannon, “America's Got Talent”

Simon Cowell, "The X Factor"

Adam Levine, “The Voice”

Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"

Blake Shelton, “The Voice”


Taylor Swift Joins "Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular"


Taylor Swift is adding a little more country to one of our country's Independence Day celebrations.  The singer-songwriter is among the latest stars to sign on for "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular."  She'll be joining Tim McGraw in representing country music on the TV special.  Taylor's good friend Selena Gomez is also on board on for the show, along with pop superstar Cher and hip-hop star Pitbull.  Mariah Carey is on the performance lineup as well, while Usher is playing a prominent role in the show's pyrotechnics.  "America's Got Talent's" Nick Cannon will host the event, which will feature music along with a fireworks display over New York's Hudson River.  "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" will air on NBC Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Toby Keith Shares A Few Details On Upcoming Oklahoma Benefit


Toby Keith says he's not sure just how much playing time he'll get at this weekend's "Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert."  But he indicates concertgoers can expect a full day of music.  The country star tells his set length will depend on how long his guests perform, and if they're "ahead of schedule" he'll deliver his full show.  But he admits he'll be keeping an eye on the clock, and "if it's 10:00" before he takes the stage he'll "shorten" his set up.  The show is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. local time.  Toby adds that there will be collaborations between the artists.  He says he knows he'll be sharing the stage with Willie Nelson, and he'd "love to jump up there" with Garth Brooks -- provided Garth is open to it.


Ronnie Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, and Sammy Hagar are also scheduled to perform, while Carrie Underwood will appear via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.  Keith's "Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert" will take place at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday.  The event is supporting The United Way Of Central Oklahoma May Tornado Relief Fund.


Toby Keith Tour Bus Catches Fire In Indiana


Toby Keith has lost one of his tour buses.  Indianapolis' "Indy Star" reports the vehicle caught fire early Monday morning while traveling through Indiana from Chicago to Nashville.  Lebanon Fire Department Chief Jason Lee says the bus driver first saw flames coming from the back of the bus while looking in a side mirror.  The bus then lost power, and the driver coasted out of traffic.  Toby was not among the passengers, who all got off the vehicle without injury.  Lee says band members on board were able to salvage some of their possessions, but puts the initial damage estimate at 250-thousand-dollars.


Toby is currently on his "Hammer Down Tour"  His next show is his "Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert," coming up on Saturday.  Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, and Carrie Underwood are among the performers for the fundraiser, which will take place at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.


Dierks Bentley Looking Forward To Launching His Own Bar


Dierks Bentley is inviting fans to tip one on back at his place.  The country star is getting ready for the grand opening of his new bar, Whiskey Row, in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Bentley says he's pleased with the establishment he's opening.


into the bar business feels natural to him.  The singer explains that he's spent plenty of time in bars and knows them "really well," so it's "about time" he opened one of his own.  Dierks has picked the Fourth of July to officially launch Whiskey Row.  He's also tapped Jon Pardi to perform at Thursday's grand opening event.


Luke Bryan Shares July 4th Memories


Luke Bryan says remembers having lots of fun on the Fourth of July.  The country star says he really enjoyed going back home to Georgia for his family's gatherings at Lake Blackshear.


Fourth of July isn't the only time Americans express their patriotism.  The singer says people do it every time they stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or "The Star-Spangled Banner," and by remembering the sacrifices others have made to protect our way of life.


Neal McCoy Saluting Charley Pride With New Album


Neal McCoy says Charley Pride has always been so good to him.  He admits he was a bit intimidated when he paid his first visit to the country legend's office in Dallas, but says Charley instantly put him at ease.


became a father figure to him.  He says Charley has not only helped him in his career but also with family matters and other issues he's faced over the years.  McCoy is now giving Pride a musical thank you.  Neal's next album, "Pride: A Tribute To Charley Pride," is due in stores on September 24th.


Country Birthdays Include


The Wreckers Michelle Branch is 30.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1956, Elvis Presley recorded "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" at the RCA Records' New York studios.  That session marked the first time that Elvis used the gospel trio the Jordanaires as his backup group.


Today in 1964, Jim Reeves went into the studio for what turned out to be his last recording session.  He was killed in a plane crash less than a month later.


Today in 1984, the "City Of New Orleans" album by Willie Nelson was released.


Today in 1991, Dolly Parton's "Eagle When She Flies" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1991, Trisha Yearwood's self-titled debut album was released.


Today in 1999, Andy Griggs made his Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 2000, George Jones' album "Cold Hard Truth" was certified for sales of 28-thousand copies its first week out.  Those numbers were good enough for the project to debut at number five on the "Billboard" country album chart and number 53 on the pop albums chart.  Both of those positions marked George's highest album debuts to date.


Today in 2002, Travis Tritt's sold-out concert in Chattanooga, Tennessee was recorded for a concert DVD.


Today in 2003, Kenny Rogers played his first career concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  He was a guest of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.


Today in 2004, Marty Stuart pled guilty to drunken driving in a Sumner County court.  He received a sentence of eleven-months and 29-days in jail -- all suspended except for two days -- and a 350-dollar fine.  The case related to an arrest a couple weeks earlier in Henderson, Tennessee.


Today in 2005, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Keith Urban were among the numerous stars who participated in the global Live 8 concert event to promote international aid for developing African nations.  The shows were staged in conjunction with the annual G-8 summit.


Today in 2005, Rushlow frontman Tim Rushlow and his wife, Mary Jane, celebrated the birth of their first son, William River.  He was the couple's third child, joining big sisters, Emma and Bailey in the family.


Today in 2006, Willie Nelson led a service at the Methodist Church in his hometown of Abbot, Texas.  He and his sister Bobbie had purchased the church after it had closed a couple months earlier.  The Nelsons wanted to revive the church because it's where their grandmother had taken them for services when they were children.


Today in 2006, Keith Urban and new wife Nicole Kidman's honeymoon officially ended.  The couple returned to the U.S., taking a private jet from Bora Bora to Nashville.


Today in 2007, George Strait's "Wrapped" hit number one on the Mediabase chart, giving him his 55th chart-topping single.  The accomplishment gave him the record for the most chart-topping singles for a solo artist in any format, and tied him with Conway Twitty for the most number one country recordings.  Twitty's chart-toppers weren't all solo hits; some were duets with Loretta Lynn.


Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts released the single "Take Me There."


Today in 2007, the first "American Idol" winner, Kelly Clarkson, announced that she'd signed a new management deal with Narvel Blackstock's Starstruck Entertainment, and that Blackstock, who's Reba McEntire's husband, was her new personal manager.


Today in 2008, The Oak Ridge Boys were made honorary members of the Barbershop Harmony Society during the Society's 70th Annual International Convention in Nashville.


Today in 2011, Taylor Swift had her first concert cancellation.  She was forced to postpone a show in Louisville, Kentucky due to illness.


Today in 2012, just two months after tying the knot, Jake Owen announced that he and wife Lacey Buchanan had their first child on the way.  The couple celebrated the birth of their daughter Olive Pearl on Thanksgiving Day.


Today in 2012. Taylor Swift launched a three-concert run with James Taylor at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts.


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