Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Country Report

For:  Tuesday, November 13, 2012


George Jones Announces First Dates Of Final Tour


George Jones is mapping out his "Grand Tour."  The country legend is starting to  reveal dates for the upcoming trek, which he has said will be his last.  So far only 18 stops have been set, but more dates are expected to be added.  Jones says fans can expect some "surprises" during the shows.  He explains that he has "lots of friends," and "you never know who may show up."  Jones announced his plans to wrap up his lengthy career with one more album and a final farewell tour back in August.  At the time he admitted that it wouldn't be easy for him to bring his 50-year touring career to a close, but said "the time has come."


The 80-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer's 2012 touring schedule has been hampered by his health.  A lingering respiratory infection landed him in the hospital twice and kept him off the road for the first half of the year.  His health also forced him to skip a couple of shows earlier this month.  Jones still has several more dates to play before the year is over.  He's expected to perform in Peoria, Illinois on Friday.


George Jones "The Grand Tour" Dates


February 2 - Tunica, Mississippi, at Sam's Town

February 7 - Lakeland, Florida, at the Youkey Theater

February 22 - Greenville, Texas, at Greenville Memorial Auditorium

February 23 - Forrest City, Arkansas, at the East Arkansas Community College

March 15 - Joliet, Illinois, at the Realto Square Theater

March 16 - Muncie, Indiana, at Emens Auditorium

March 22 - Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the Memorial Auditorium

April 5 - Fairfax, Virginia, at the Patriot Center

April 6 - Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Knoxville Coliseum

April 19 - Atlanta, Georgia, at the Fox Theater

April 20 - Salem, Virginia, at the Salem Civic Center

April 27 - Huntsville, Alabama, at the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall

May 17 - Charlottesville, Virginia, at the John Paul Jones Arena

May 18 - Spartanburg, South Carolina, at the Memorial Auditorium

June 1 - North Tonawanda, New York, at the Riviera Theater

June 2 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the American Music Theater

November 9 - Grant, Oklahoma, at the Choctaw Event Center

November 22 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Bridgestone Arena


Underwood Donates Money From Atlantic City Show To Sandy Relief


Carrie Underwood is helping out with Sandy recovery efforts.  The country star performed at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey Friday night, which marked the first major event in the community since the devastating late October storm.  Atlantic City's "The Press" says the significance of the occasion wasn't lost on Underwood, who told the crowd she always questions "whether the show should go on" following disasters like Sandy.  But she explained that since the venue was still operational she figured "it must be here for a reason."  She added that she "wouldn't feel right making any money" off the show, and promised that all of her earnings from the concert would be "going right back into the community here."


Underwood had already been using her "Blown Away" tour to support the Red Cross.  The trek began in September, well before Sandy struck, and since the start of the tour Carrie has been donating one-dollar from every ticket sold to the organization.  Her next show is coming up in State College, Pennsylvania Tuesday night.


Taylor Swift Excited About American Music Awards


Taylor Swift says she's looking forward to this weekend's American Music Awards.


Taylor admits she's not sure just what she'll do at the ceremony, and says she might play a new song at the event.  Swift is up against Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert for the Favorite Female Artist - Country title.  Just last weekend Taylor was honored on the other side of the Atlantic.  She captured three categories -- Best Female, Best Live, and Best Look -- at the MTV Europe Music Awards.  She also performed at the event, which took place in Frankfurt, Germany last Sunday.  The 40th annual American Music Awards are coming up in Los Angeles this Sunday, November 18th, and will air on ABC.


"CMA Country Christmas" To Air Three Times In December


The upcoming "CMA Country Christmas" now has an air date.  Fans will get three chances to see the holiday special.  The seasonal concert event will debut on ABC on December 20th, with rebroadcasts set for December 22nd and 23rd.  Jennifer Nettles is hosting the special, which features the stars sharing their holiday traditions and memories along with plenty of music.  Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, and Dierks Bentley are some of the stars participating in the show, along with Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and Scotty McCreery.  John Legend, Colbie Caillat, and Katherine Jenkins are also featured.  The stars all came together earlier this month to tape "CMA Country Christmas" at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.


Jo Dee Messina Runs, Performs At San Antonio Marathon


Jo Dee Messina admits she was "a bit nervous" about Sunday's Rock 'n Roll Marathon.  The country star took part in the weekend event in San Antonio, Texas in a big way.  After spending two-hours and 36-minutes running the half-marathon, Jo Dee took the stage to perform a 90-minute post-race concert.  The singer explains that her goal was to "finish the run and still have energy for the show."  She says she "made it through both," but admits she "definitely crashed hard" once her day was over.  A crowd of 25-thousand people gathered at the finish line for Jo Dee's set, which included the hits "Heads Carolina, Tails California," "I'm Alright," and "Lesson In Leaving" as well as the new tune "A Woman's Rant."  Messina says it was "an amazing experience," and she's "so glad" she did it.


First Single From "Nashville" Climbing The Chart


"Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere says it's "so unbelievable and wild" to hear herself on the radio.  The actress sang "Telescope" as her character, Juliette Barnes, on the second episode of the series on October 17th.  The track has become the first official single from the show, and it's climbing the Billboard Country Songs chart.  Hayden tells she's heard the song on the radio a few times, and each time it's been "overwhelming" and she's "just zoned out."


Panettiere -- as Juliette -- is also featured in a video for "Telescope."  She says making the clip was both fun and interesting, because she was doing something in character outside the scope of the show.  Big Machine Records is behind the release.  Label boss Scott Borchetta says Hayden will do more to promote "Telescope" once Hayden has a break in her "Nashville" shooting schedule.


Home Used As "Nashville" Character Rayna James' Residence For Sale


Fans of the ABC series "Nashville" now have the chance to live like fictional country star Rayna James.  While Connie Britton's character on the show isn't real, her home is -- and it can be yours for 19-point-five-million-dollars.  According to the listing at Fridrich & Clark Realty's website, the 20-thousand-533-square-foot home boasts 24 rooms including six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and three half-baths.  It also has a living room and a den -- both with fireplaces -- a formal dining room and kitchen and pantry.  The all-brick structure sits on six acres of land, and has a three-car attached garage, as well as a covered patio with a screened-in deck and a finished basement.  Numerous photos are also posted with the listing.


Those who've seen "Nashville" have already seen the house.  Nashville's "Tennessean" says scenes inside "Rayna's" home on the first three episodes were shot on location.  The home has since been recreated on a soundstage, where scenes at Rayna's home are now filmed.


Bellamy Brothers Writing Their Autobiography


The Bellamy Brothers are opening up about their lives in their upcoming autobiography.  The duo's Howard Bellamy tells many fans don't know a lot about him and his brother David because their lives haven't "been a reality show."  He adds that they got their start at a time when "you hid your problems, you didn't expose them."  Howard says people think of the Bellamy Brothers as "good time guys," which is what they wanted, but now they're ready to lift the veil.  And David admits they have a story to tell.  He describes their family as "bizarre, in a good way," explaining that their home life was "always kind of fun and positive and uplifting at the same time, even though it was completely crazy sometimes."  Meanwhile, the singer says their career has been "a roller coaster."


David and Howard Bellamy are still working on the book.  They say they're hoping it will be ready for release late next year.


Aaron Lewis' Family Influenced Tracks On Second Country Album


Staind frontman Aaron Lewis is ready with his second solo country album.  The rocker says "The Road" includes material inspired by his family.  He explains that the song "Forever" is about how tough it can be to stay connected while away from home, especially since he has a family.


Meanwhile, the album's lead-off single is more upbeat.  Aaron says the song "Endless Summer" tells the true story of his family's beach getaways.  Lewis' "The Road" arrives in stores today.



Quick Bites


Blake Shelton contributes to a new album arriving in stores today.  The country star teams up with his fellow "Voice" coach Christina Aguilera on a song called "Just a Fool" on Christina's new disc, "Lotus."



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1982, the single "You And I" by Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle entered the pop chart.


Today In 1993, Brooks & Dunn topped "Billboard's" country chart with "She Used to Be Mine."


Today in 1996, Trisha Yearwood made her TV acting debut on an episode of ABC's "Ellen," playing herself.


Today in 2001, Garth Brooks' highly anticipated project "Scarecrow" arrived in stores.


Today in 2002, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood were among those performing at the Stormy Weather 2002 benefit in Los Angeles, supporting the Walden Woods Project and the Thoreau Institute.  Other performers include Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks.


Today in 2002, Keith Urban celebrated his seventh week at the top of the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 with his single "Somebody Like You."  He was also enjoying his sixth week at number one on "Billboard's" Hot Country Singles chart.


Today in 2002, it was announced that Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana and Michelle Branch were the headliners for the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway.


Today in 2002, Troy Gentry's wife, Angie, welcomed their first child, daughter Kaylee Alexandra.  Kaylee joined Taylor Peyton, Troy's daughter from a previous relationship.


Today in 2004, Lonestar's "Mr. Mom" climbed to number one on "Billboard's" country chart, becoming the group's tenth chart-topper in less than ten years.


Today In 2005, Brooks and Dunn, Sara Evans, Montgomery Gentry, and Lonestar were among the celebrities walking the red carpet to attend the premiere of the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" at the Beacon Theater in New York.  The event took place two days before the 39th annual Country Music Association Awards, which were held at Madison Square Garden.


Today in 2006, The Judds performed at the groundbreaking ceremonies for a new memorial to be built in honor of the slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The mother-daughter team sang "Love Can Build A Bridge" for during the event.


Today in 2007, Tracy Byrd was in Washington, DC to take part in Wal-Mart's Operation:  Deck the Walls program, launching from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Byrd provided part of the entertainment and brought holiday cheer to local military families currently residing in the Fisher House at the WRAMC.


Today in 2007, Ronnie Milsap received the Legend award from Rocketown, a club in Nashville owned by singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith, in recognition of his music career and his example to young people by overcoming struggles in his life and going on to achieve extraordinary success.  Rocketown provides a home away from home for teens who might otherwise get into gangs and drugs with music, art, and extreme sports programs.


Today in 2007, new releases included Trisha Yearwood's album "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love," Pam Tillis' CD "Just In Time For Christmas," and Trace Adkins's book "A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions of a Freethinking Roughneck."


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