Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott On Preparing For Motherhood


Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott isn't taking motherhood lightly.  The country star recently reflected on the powerful role she's playing in her child's life, explaining she had to be ready to be a parent the moment her baby arrived.


Scott became a mom on Monday with the birth of daughter Eisele Kaye Tyrrell.  Eisele is the first child for the singer and her husband, drummer Chris Tyrrell.  Hillary is also the first member of Lady A to become a parent.


Dierks Bentley Appreciates Support For "Country Cares Concert"


Dierks Bentley says he believes the "Country Cares Concert" has done some good for the community.  The country star was the headliner for the Prescott Valley, Arizona fundraiser supporting the families of the 19 firefighters killed last month battling the Yarnell Hill blaze.  Dierks tweeted during Monday night's concert, praising the other stars who joined him for the event.  He expressed his gratitude to David Nail, who kicked off the concert to "applause and yells," made note of Randy Houser's "strong" performance, and said he was "so appreciative" of The Band Perry for "giving up a Monday for this cause."  Bentley added that he was "relieved everyone wants to cut loose" at the show, and he could see there was "some RELIEF from the GRIEF happening..."


Monday's "Country Cares Concert" was the second benefit in two days for the fallen firefighters' families. says an event Sunday, featuring appearances from "American Idol" winner and Arizona native Jordin Sparks, actor Jon Voight, and others, raised more than 200-thousand-dollars.


Jimmy Wayne Helping Foster Kids, Shelter Dogs With New Venture


Jimmy Wayne has a new way to support both kids and canines in need.  The country singer has launched a line of dog treats, inspired by the dog he acquired during his 2010 walk from Nashville to Phoenix.  Jimmy explains that during his journey a couple in Amarillo, Texas offered him food and shelter for a night, and he found his new four-legged friend heading to their home.


Jimmy sent the dog, which he named Ruby, back to Nashville as he continued his walk.  He says once he returned home, he realized that Ruby's story could help raise money and awareness for his cause.  Wayne took his idea to a friend who owns a dog food company, which is now offering Ruby's Pet Treats.  A percentage of the profits from sales of the products will be split between Jimmy Wayne's Project Meet Me Halfway and The Humane Society of Genesee County, Michigan.  More information is available at


Jake Owen Sharing Details Of Go-Kart Accident


Jake Owen says he didn't realize how severe his injuries were immediately after his recent go-kart crash.  The country star tells when he emerged from the vehicle he thought he was "fine," but then looked at his hand and saw "the glove was just disintegrated."  He adds that the ER doctors in North Carolina "just sewed it up," but once he got back to Nashville he "had surgery right away."  The singer says he "shattered his fingers," explaining that the doctor had to "suture the bones back up to even make it a bone and then put a screw in there to keep it together."


Jake says his thoughts right after the crash were of his family, and even now "the worst part of it" is that he can't hold his eight-month-old daughter.  He also might never play the guitar again.  Owen says his doctors "don't know the prognosis," and he won't find out the extent to which he'll be able to use his hand for another eight weeks.


Taylor Swift Among Top-Earning Young Celebrities


Taylor Swift is on yet another "Forbes" list.  The country-pop superstar is in the top five on the magazine's rundown of "The Top-Earning Celebrities Under 30."  Between June 2012 and this past June the 23-year-old Swift raked in 55-million-dollars to take the number three spot.  Her hefty income stems from a variety of sources, including her four-times Platinum album "Red," her "Red" tour, and her endorsement deals.


Lady Gaga has the top spot on list with earnings of 80-million-dollars.  Justin Bieber just edges out Swift for second place with a bankroll of 58-million.  DJ-producer Calvin Harris and Rihanna round out the top five.  Katy Perry and Adele are also in the top ten, along with actors Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner -- whom Swift reportedly dated in 2009.


New Alabama Tribute Disc Features All-Star Covers, New Songs


Alabama is getting some help in celebrating their 40th anniversary.  Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan are among the stars singing the group's songs on the upcoming tribute album "Alabama & Friends."  Chesney tackles the chart-topper "Lay Down on Love" for the project, while Aldean covers "Tennessee River" and Bryan performs "Love In The First Degree."  Florida Georgia Line, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood, and Rascal Flatts are some of the other stars featured on the disc, which also includes two new Alabama tunes.  "That's How I Was Raised" and "All America" mark the first original studio tracks from the group in more than ten years.  "Alabama & Friends" will be in stores on August 27th.


"Alabama & Friends" Track Listing


1. Jason Aldean, "Tennessee River"

2. Luke Bryan, "Love in the First Degree"

3. Rascal Flatts, "Old Flame"

4. Kenny Chesney, "Lay Down on Love"

5. The Eli Young Band, "The Closer You Get"

6. Trisha Yearwood, "Forever's As Far As I'll Go"

7. Toby Keith, "She & I."

8. Florida Georgia Line, "I'm In A Hurry (And Don't Know Why)"

9. Alabama, "That's How I Was Raised"

10. Alabama, "All American"

11. Jamey Johnson, "My Home's In Alabama"


Neal McCoy Debuts Trace Adkins Collaboration From Charley Pride Tribute


Neal McCoy is debuting a track from his upcoming Charley Pride tribute album.  McCoy's version of "Roll On Mississippi" features guest vocals from Trace Adkins.


And Adkins isn't the only guest on the album. says The Mavericks' Raul Malo Darius Rucker is featured on "It's Just Me," and Neal teams up with Darius Rucker on Pride's signature hit, "Kiss An Angel Good Morning."  McCoy says he appreciates the support he's received from his famous friends, who "each did a great job."  "Pride: A Tribute To Charley Pride," is due in stores on September 24th.


Craig Morgan Unveils Track List, Album Art For Upcoming Album


Craig Morgan says he's "so excited about the new music."  The country star's next release, "The Journey (Livin' Hits)," features four fresh tracks including his current single, "Wake Up Lovin' You," along with eight fan favorites.  Craig explains that with the mix listeners can hear "the journey" he's taken to arrive where he is today.  The singer adds that the new material "looks ahead to the future" while the older songs showcase the "core" of who he is as an artist.  Morgan's "The Journey" will be in stores on September 3rd.


Craig Morgan's "The Journey (Livin' Hits)" Track Listing


1. "Wake Up Lovin' You"

2. "We'll Come Back Around"

3. "Party Girl"

4. "If Not Me"

5. "More Trucks Than Cars"

6. "This Ole Boy"

7. "International Harvester"

8. "Tough"

9. "Little Bit of Life"

10. "Redneck Yacht Club"

11. "That's What I Love About Sunday"

12. "Almost Home"


Luke Bryan Recalls Casting Wife In Latest Video


Luke Bryan has a special co-star in the video to his latest hit, "Crash My Party."  The country star says he enjoyed working with his wife, Caroline, during the shoot.


Luke admits Caroline was a little hesitant to agree to appear in the clip, and they considered the pros and cons to working together.  But the singer says ultimately he didn't want to "overthink it," and just encouraged her to do it.  "Crash My Party" is the lead-off single and title track to Luke's next album, which will hit stores on August 13th.


Shooter Jennings Extending Tour Into The Fall


Shooter Jennings will be following his summer tour with more shows. says the country star will be teaming up with Reverend Peyton for a series of co-headlining concerts, starting in Bloomington, Indiana on September 27th.  They'll play eight shows together, wrapping up the run with an appearance at the Magnolia Music Fest in Live Oak, Florida on October 20th.  In addition to the dates with Reverend Peyton, Shooter will also headline the Tybee Pirate Fest in Tybee Island, Georgia on October 12th.  Jennings is on the road supporting his most recent release, "The Other Life," and also has dates booked throughout the summer.  Fans can find his full schedule at


Shooter Jennings Fall Tour Dates


September 27 - Bloomington, Indiana, at the Bluebird Nightclub

October 3 - Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Bourbon Theatre

October 4 - Denver, Colorado, at the Bluebird Theatre

October 5 - Kansas City, Missouri, at Knuckleheads

October 9 - Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Revolution Music Room

October 10 - Birmingham, Alabama, at the Workplay Theatre

October 11 - Atlanta, Georgia, at the Masquerade

October 12 - Tybee Island, Georgia, at the Tybee Pirate Fest

October 20 - Live Oak, Florida, at the Magnolia Music Fest


Celebrity Birthdays Include


Alison Krauss is 42.

Shannon Brown is 40.

The Band Perry's Neil Perry is 23.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1977, Alabama debuted on the charts with their first single, "I Wanna Be With You Tonight."


Today in 1981, the Oak Ridge Boys' album "Fancy Free" was certified Gold.


Today in 1990, the "Livin' It Up" album by George Strait was certified Gold.


Today in 1993, Reba McEntire hit the top of the country singles charts with "It's Your Call."


Today in 1994, Alan Jackson hit the top of the "Billboard" singles chart with "Summetime Blues."


Today in 1997, Vince Gill won Songwriter/Artist honors for the third time at the Nashville Songwriters Association International's 30th Songwriter Achievement Awards.  In addition, Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine" took Song of the Year.


Today in 1997, Deana Carter's album "Did I Shave My Legs For This?" was certified triple Platinum.


Today in 2002, Toby Keith performed on the USS Battleship New Jersey for a roaring crowd of thousands.  Before the show began, the mayor of Camden, New Jersey presented Toby with a Key to the City.  The same day, his "Unleashed" album arrived in stores.  Other new releases included Joe Nichols' "Man With a Memory" album and Charlie Daniels' "Redneck Fiddlin' Man."


Today in 2002, Kenny Chesney topped the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart with his single "The Good Stuff."


Today in 2003, Sugarland performed a showcase in Nashville at 12th & Porter club which  resulted in a recording contract with Mercury Records.


Today in 2003, the 50-city "Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors' One Band Show" tour was ranked as the top country tour and the second largest tour in all music genres by "Billboard" magazine.


Today on 2003, Alison Krauss and Union Station's album "Live" was certified Gold.


Today in 2007, Mindy McCready said she was seeking legal advice and considering filing a lawsuit against the Lee County, Florida Sheriff's deputies, who she claimed used excessive force in arresting her two days earlier.


Today in 2007, Chely Wright began a four-day USO tour, performing for troops in Turkey and Italy.  It was her fifth outing with the military entertainment organization.  She'd previously performed for troops in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, Japan, Korea, Germany, and Afghanistan.


Today in 2007, Jason Aldean performed at a press event in New York City to launch the video game "NASCAR 08."  His hit "Johnny Cash" is on the soundtrack of the game, along with songs by Brooks & Dunn and Big & Rich.


Today in 2007, Keith Urban announced that he was postponing upcoming a fall tour including shows in Germany, the UK, and Ireland due to "international commitments."


Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney hit the top of the charts with his single "Never Wanted Nothing More." It had been out only seven weeks and was his fastest rising single to date.


Today in 2007, at a concert in New York City, The Wreckers' Michelle Branch announced that her singing partner Jessica Harp had become engaged a day earlier to their band mate Jason Mowery.


Today in 2009, Mel McDaniel was transferred from a Nashville-area hospital to a local rehabilitation facility to continue his recovery from a heart attack he suffered five weeks earlier.


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