Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Lady Antebellum Announces Fall Tour


Lady Antebellum is making plans to return to the road.  The country trio scrapped a number of summer tour dates earlier this year to accommodate Hillary Scott's pregnancy.  But the singer has now had her baby, and the group is wasting no time in getting back into action.  Lady A will launch their "Take Me Downtown Tour 2013" in Southaven, Mississippi on November 8th.  The 17-date trek will continue through a stop in Peoria, Illinois on December 14th.  Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves are also on board as openers.  Lady A is on the road in support of their most recent album, "Golden."


Lady Antebellum's "Take Me Downtown Tour 2013" Dates


November 8 - Southaven, Mississippi, at the Landers Center

November 9 - St. Louis, Missouri, at the Chaifetz Arena

November 10 - Evansville, Indiana, at the Ford Center

November 12 - Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the Van Andel Arena

November 15 - Chicago, Illinois, at the Allstate Arena

November 16 - Toledo, Ohio, at the Huntington Center

November 17 - Cleveland, Ohio, at the Quicken Loans Arena

November 19 - Fargo, North Dakota, at the Fargodome

November 21 - Rapid City, South Dakota, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

November 22 - Denver, Colorado, at the Pepsi Center

November 23 - Salt Lake City, Utah, at the EnergySolutions Arena

December 3 - Springfield, Missouri, at the JQH Arena

December 5 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Target Center

December 6 - Kansas City, Missouri, at the Sprint Center

December 7 - Omaha, Nebraska, at the CenturyLink Center

December 12 - Cincinnati, Ohio, at the U.S. Bank Arena

December 14 - Peoria, Illinois, at the Peoria Civic Center


Sugarland's Kristian Bush Helps Create New "My Singing Monsters" Character


Sugarland's Kristian Bush is turning into a monster.  The country star is the inspiration behind "Shugabush" -- a new character in the game "My Singing Monsters."  Like Kristian, Shugabush wears a fedora, plays mandolin, and sings, and Kristian is providing the voice and the strumming for the monster.  Bush explains that he learned about "My Singing Monsters" through his eleven-year-old son, and met the game's creator via Twitter.  He adds that working on the project "has been a blast."  Kristian admits he's always wanted to let his "inner monster out," and says being a part of "My Singing Monsters" just might do the trick and impress his son.  Shugabush made his "My Singing Monsters" debut on Monday.


Dierks Bentley To Host ACM Honors Ceremony


Dierks Bentley will once again help recognize some winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards who didn't get their due during April's televised ceremony.  The country star has been tapped to host the 7th annual ACM Honors event, which pays tribute to Special Award recipients and those who earned their ACM awards off-camera.  It's the second consecutive year Bentley will be at the helm for the special event, and the singer says he's glad he was invited back.  He admits he "really didn't know what to expect last year," but "it was a total blast."  Dierks explains that since the ceremony isn't televised, "anything goes."


Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and The Judds are among this year's ACM Honors recipients.  The ceremony will take place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on September 10th.


Kip Moore's Latest Single Becomes His Third Number One Hit


Kip Moore now has three chart-toppers to his credit.  His latest hit, "Hey Pretty Girl," is the new number one on the Mediabase country singles chart.  The singer says he's proud of the accomplishment, but knows it's no guarantee of future success.


Kip first topped the chart in 2012 with "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck," and his follow up, "Beer Money," went to number one as well."  Those songs as well as "Hey Pretty Girl" are on his debut album, "Up All Night."  Kip has spent much of this year on the road supporting his album.  He opened shows on Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert's tours earlier this year, and he's spending the summer warming up the crowds on Toby Keith's "Hammer Down" tour.  This fall Kip will be featured on Lady Antebellum's "Take Me Downtown Tour 2013," which begins in November.


Haggard Writes Liner Notes For Vince Gill, Paul Franklin's "Bakersfield"


Vince Gill and Paul Franklin's new CD "Bakersfield" is getting an endorsement from one of its subjects.  Merle Haggard contributes his thoughts on the album as part of the packaging.  Vince says Paul came up with the idea of getting Hag's input, and all they had to do was ask.


Vince adds that it means a lot to him that Merle likes the album.  He says Haggard is the one person on Earth that he "wanted to respect and enjoy this record."  Gill and Franklin pay tribute to Haggard and the late Buck Owens on "Bakersfield."  The album arrives in stores Tuesday.


David Nail Says New Album Reflects His Personal Growth


David Nail says the songs on his next album "took on a different tone," because he's "at a different place" in his life.  The singer tells "Country Weekly" that turning 33 last year was "an eye-opening experience," and he went through a personal growth spurt.  He explains that as a result, he's "a happier person" who's "more pleasant to be around."  David adds that it's given him the courage to "take some creative risks" he "never would've taken" just two or three years ago.


Nail's upcoming studio project is the follow up to his 2011 sophomore effort, "The Sound of a Million Dreams."  David says one track on the still-untitled disc is a duet with Lee Ann Womack.  He says they recorded a cover of one of his favorite songs, but he can't divulge the name just yet.  Nail's current single, "Whatever She's Got," is the lead-off single from the set, which is expected to be released early next year.


Carrie Underwood Proud Of Latest Music Video


Carrie Underwood admits the concept of the clip to "See You Again" is rather obvious.  But the country star says the director took a very broad approach to the subject, and even included those mourning loved ones who have passed away.


Underwood adds that she's really proud of the video, and she's received an "amazing response" to the clip. "See You Again" is the fourth single from Carrie's most recent album, "Blown Away."


Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton Make "Greatest Songwriters" List


Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton are getting praise for their abilities to craft a tune.  The country stars are included in a new readers' poll from the UK's, which has compiled a list of "The Greatest Songwriters of All Time."  Cash is in the top 20, landing at number 18.  He's praised as "a natural storyteller whose talent traversed country, folk, rockabilly and pop."  The site adds that Johnny's "rebel image and deceptively direct approach made him one of the early heroes of popular music."  Dolly has the number 54 spot on the list.  She's recognized as one of music's most prolific and best-selling artists.  Rock and pop artists make up the bulk of the list, which is lead by The Beatles songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.


Loretta Lynn's Daughter Dies Following Battle With Emphysema


Loretta Lynn is mourning the death of one of her children.  Nashville's says the country legend's 64-year-old daughter Betty Sue Lynn passed away Monday.  She had been battling emphysema, and died of complications of the disease.  Betty Sue had two children of her own, as well as five grandchildren.  She's the second of Loretta's six children to die before their mother.  Loretta's son Jack drowned in 1984, at the age of 34.


Country Birthdays Include


Neal McCoy is 55.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1990, Randy Travis' album "Always and Forever" was certified quadruple Platinum.


Today in 1991, the "Country Club" album by Travis Tritt was certified Platinum.


Today in 1993, the single "We'll Burn that Bridge" by Brooks & Dunn hit number one.


Today in 1993, Martina McBride's first big hit, "My Baby Loves Me," debuted on the country charts.


Today in 1996, Brooks & Dunn's album "Borderline" and George Strait's "Blue Clear Sky" CD were both certified Gold and Platinum simultaneously.


Today in 1997, Terri Clark's self-titled debut album was certified Platinum.


Today in 1999, Lila McCann made her Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 1999, Lee Ann Womack sang the national anthem when the Texas Rangers hosted the Kansas City Royals in Arlington, Texas.


Today in 2000, the Judds wrapped up their "Reunion Tour" in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Today in 2002, Brad Paisley celebrated the success of his number one single "I'm Gonna Miss Her" at a party in Nashville.


Today in 2003, Brad Paisley's album "Mud On The Tires" debuted at number one on the album charts.


Today in 2003, Marshall Lon "Deacon" Freeman, a founding member of the Oak Ridge Boys, died at his home in Rocky Face, Georgia.  He was 82.


Today in 2004, Toby Keith launched his "Big Throwdown Tour" with a show in Bonner Springs, Kansas.  Terri Clark and Scotty Emerick were also on the bill.


Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney performed at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.  The show was taped for inclusion in the ABC Thanksgiving special "Kenny Chesney: Somewhere in the Sun."


Today in 2006, Reba McEntire canceled three concert dates at the Las Vegas Hilton because it conflicted with the taping schedule of her sitcom, "Reba."


Today in 2007, Rodney Atkins received his college diploma.  He was presented with his degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee while hosting the Rodney Atkins Celebrity Golf Classic in Cookeville.  Atkins had left school a few credits shy of earning a degree in psychology.  When the school developed the new Interdisciplinary Studies major, Atkins' name surfaced in a search of students who would qualify for the degree.


Today in 2007, "Six Degrees of Martina McBride" aired on ABC.  The show was about singers who wanted to make it in music to find a way to reach Martina McBride.  Once they got in touch with her, they had to prove to her that they could sing.  The winner of the show went on to receive a recording contract.


Today in 2008, Gretchen Wilson was sued by the Black Crowes over her song "Work Hard, Play Harder," which the rock group though sounded too similar to their hit "Jealous Again."


Today in 2009, Julianne Hough became a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet, joining country stars Sara Evans, Rascal Flatts, Amy Grant, and Pat Green in volunteering with the organization.


Today in 2012, The Eli Young Band's Mike Eli became a father with the arrival of his first child, Kline Oivia Diaz, who was born in Dallas.


Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood debuted the video to her hit single "Blown Away."


Today in 2012, Eric Church celebrated the success of "Chief," which had just become his first Platinum album, with an event in Nashville.


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