Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Chris Young Out Of The Hospital


Chris Young is finally home after being hospitalized for a leg infection.  The singer tweeted “Wound still healing up from surgery, but hopefully I will see you guys out on the road soon.”


Chris was rushed to a Denver hospital last Wednesday with what was termed a serious leg infection. He cancelled all concerts through August 17th.  At the time it was announced that he would resume his tour with his Redding, California show on August 21st.  It's not known at this time if he will make that concert or will have to cancel additional shows.


Brett Eldredge Tops Both Country Singles Charts


Brett Eldredge is riding high with his single “Don’t Ya.”  The song is sitting at the top of the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart and also continues its ride in the top spot of the Billboard Country Airplay Chart.  Brett's first album “Bring You Back,” debuted at number one on iTunes Country Albums Chart after its release on August 6th.  A week earlier, Brett was surprised with Gold certification of his single “Don’t Ya,” for sales of 500-thousand copies of the song. 


Brett says his goal with his music has always been to make people feel real emotions when they hear him singing.  He adds that for his fans to respond to his music by buying his first album and requesting the single means he has reached that goal.


Sara Evans Gives Fans Preview of New Music


Sara Evans is giving fans a preview of her new single.  Fans can log on to the singer's website to hear "Slow Me Down.”  Sara says she offered fans this opportunity to hear the single track because she wanted to say thank you to them for their support.  She says she thought it would be a fun way to let them hear the single and get a sampling of the music that will be on her upcoming album.


It has been just over a year since Sara released new music.  She has been working on the new album since last summer.


Tracy Lawrence Talks "Edgy" New Album


Tracy Lawrence says his new album "Headlights, Taillights, and Radios" is a bit of a departure from his usual sound.  He explains that he pushed the envelope in order to bring a more modern country sound to the album, which hits stores today.


But Lawrence hastens to add that "Headlights, Taillights, and Radios" also includes songs fans would associate with him.  The singer will take part in a Twitterview event on The Boot Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.  Fans can visit for the event or use #tracyontheboot on Twitter to participate in it.


Brad Paisley Celebrates Number One Single "Beat This Summer"


Brad Paisley is celebrating his 22nd number one single.  The singer teamed up with his co-writers Chris DuBois and Luke Laird at a luncheon in Nashville Tuesday honoring them for the success of “Beat This Summer.”  Brad says he had the title when he went in to write with Luke and Chris, and says it sounded like a summer song title to him.


Luke created the cool loop that can be heard throughout the tune.  Brad says when he went in to record, he played that for the band and told them it was the feel he was looking for.  "Beat This Summer" is featured on Paisley's ninth album "Wheelhouse," which came out back in April.


Keith Urban Inspired By Nicole Kidman's Fearlessness


Keith Urban is learning how to be more fearless from his wife, Nicole Kidman.  The singer tells ABC News Radio that his Oscar-winning other-half is "really inspiring as an artist" because of her "fearless" creative choices.  He explains that Kidman not only accepts projects she's interested in, but also "gravitates towards things that she's terrified of."  He adds that she often chooses to play certain characters simply because the role is a little uncomfortable. 


Keith is gearing up to release his eighth album "Fuse" on September 10th.  Urban was recently confirmed to return as a judge on the upcoming season of Fox's "American Idol."


"The Voice" Winner Danielle Bradbury Could Be Cutting Hair


Danielle Bradbury has found her place in country music after winning Season Four of “The Voice.”  The singer, who was coached to victory through Blake Shelton's team, says she often thinks about what she would do if she was not singing.  Being a hairdresser is at the top of her list. Danielle explains that her mom is a hair stylist, and she always thought it would be cool to create the hairstyles like her mother did.  Danielle’s other choice of career would be an actress in an action movie. She says she doesn’t know if she can act, but she would love the opportunity to be in a cool fighting scene. 


With her music career well underway, Danielle might find Hollywood calling soon to give her the chance to become the next action star.  Danielle’s single “Heart of Dixie” continues to climb the country singles chart.  She is working on her debut album in between promotional trips to radio.


Oak Ridge Boys Celebrate 37 Years at Kentucky State Fair


The Oak Ridge Boys played the Kentucky State Fair for the 37th consecutive year Monday night.  In 1976, the first year the group performed at the fair, they were still singing gospel music. It wasn’t until the next year that they switched to country music, releasing their debut country album, “Ya’ll Come Back Saloon.”


This year, the Oaks are celebrating 40 years with their current lineup of members. The quartet is made up of Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, Richard Sterban and William Lee Golden. Included in the year-long celebration is band's current 40th Anniversary Tour, a commemorative CD project, an Oak Ridge Boys cruise and a network television special.


Tim McGraw Talks Finding Success In Struggles


Tim McGraw says his best work has been done during some of the most challenging times in his career.  He compares those days in music to his days playing baseball.


The singer says during his hard times, when he was struggling to make things work, he realized he was at his most creative.  Things are going well for Tim these days, but he says he never forgets the days when he thought he might give up on music and go do something else for a while.


Country Birthdays Include


The Gatlin Brothers' Rudy Gatlin is 61


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1986, the album "My Home's In Alabama" by Alabama was certified double Platinum.


Today in 1993, Little Texas topped the country charts with "What Might Have Been."


Today in 1996, Billy Ray Cyrus released "Trail of Tears" and the Beach Boys released "Stars and Stripes Volume 1," which featured the group collaborating with such country artists as Lorrie Morgan, Sawyer Brown, Toby Keith, and Collin Raye.


Today in 1997, A 50-mile stretch of Interstate 65 running through Alabama was renamed the "Hank Williams Memorial Lost Highway."


Today in 2000, Shania Twain's album "Come On Over" set a new record for the most weeks at number one on the "Billboard" Country Albums chart, marking its 44th week at the top.  The previous record was Randy Travis' "Always and Forever," which spent 43 weeks at number one.  In addition, Shania was named the Sexiest Female Musician in an "In Style" magazine poll.


Today in 2000, Kenny Chesney's third album, "I Will Stand," which includes the hits "That's Why I'm Here" and "She's Got It All," was certified Platinum.


Today in 2002, Diamond Rio's "Completely" and Lee Ann Womack's "Something Worth Leaving Behind" albums arrived in stores.


Today in 2003, Alan Jackson's "Greatest Hits, Volume 2" debuted at the top of the pop and country album charts after selling 330-thousand copies during its first week of release.


Today in 2005, Garth Brooks was an honoree at the Starkey Hearing Foundation's 5th annual So the World May Hear Awards Gala in St. Paul, Minnesota, earning recognition for his charitable efforts through his Teammates for Kids Foundation.


Today in 2006, Danielle Peck sang the national anthem at the GFS 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup Event in Brooklyn, Michigan.


Today in 2007, Jason Aldean and his wife, Jessica, celebrated the birth of their third daughter, Kendyl.


Today in 2007, T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang were married in a ceremony at Old Hickory Lake in Gallatin, Tennessee.  The Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan, Jeannie Seely, and members of Sheppard's band were among those in attendance.


Today in 2007, Brad Paisley's "Time Well Wasted" was the longest-running CD on the then-current "Billboard" Top 200 Albums chart, logging its 104th week on the tally.  At the time, the 2005 disc was the only album that had been on the chart for more than 100 weeks.


Today in 2008, Whiskey Falls' Damon Johnson and his wife Lynda became the proud parents of a baby girl with the birth of their daughter, Jolene Lucinda.


Today in 2011, Chely Wright married her girlfriend Lauren Blitzer in a ceremony in Connecticut.  The wedding took place 15 months after the singer came out as a lesbian with the release of her autobiography, "Like Me," which arrived in May 2010.  More than 200 guests attended the ceremony, which Lauren's aunt hosted.


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