Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Tim McGraw Part Of "Tomorrowland" Cast


Tim McGraw is heading to Canada. says the country star will be in Vancouver next week to begin shooting on the new Disney film "Tomorrowland."  A Disney description of the movie says it stars George Clooney as a "former boy-genius inventor" who teams up with an intelligent teenager, played by Britt Robertson, to "unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as 'Tomorrowland.'"  Details on McGraw's role haven't been revealed. 


"Tomorrowland" is Tim's ninth movie.  He launched his acting career with the 2004 film "Black Cloud."  His other credits include "Friday Night Lights," "Flicka," "The Blind Side," and "Country Strong."


Zac Brown Unhappy With Country Radio, Luke Bryan's Latest Hit


Zac Brown admits his group doesn't play "traditional country."  But he tells Vancouver's JRFM the Zac Brown Band follows the country tradition of writing songs that "come from life," which he finds lacking on country radio.  Zac says a lot of what he hears on the radio today has him feeling "ashamed" to be considered in the same format, and he calls Luke Bryan's latest chart-topper, "That's My Kind Of Night," "the worst song" he's ever heard.  He says he likes Luke -- as an artist and a friend -- but he feels country music fans "deserve to have something better than that."  Brown explains that a good song "has something to say" and "makes you feel something," but a "tailgate in the moonlight, Daisy Duke song" just leaves him feeling sick to his stomach.


Brown says he's "opinionated" because he cares "so much about the music and the song," and adds that there is good country music out there.  He raves about Sheryl Crow's new CD, "Feels Like Home," and calls the track "Waterproof Mascara" the "most country song" he's heard "since George Jones back in the day."  Zac also calls it "sad" that Crow's track won't get played on the radio because "they're playing dance club songs that have some country cliché lyrics in it."


More Stars Added To George Jones Tribute Concert


George Strait, Miranda Lambert, and Blake Shelton are among the latest additions to this fall's George Jones tribute concert.  Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama have also signed on for the all-star event.  They're part of a hefty lineup that also features Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, the Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt, and many others.  Jones' widow, Nancy, says she's "thrilled and honored that so many of George's friends" will be taking part in the special show.  The concert is set for Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 22nd -- the date Jones was scheduled to give his last performance in Nashville. 


The Country Music Hall of Famer had planned to wrap up his career this year, and was two months into his farewell tour when he passed away in April at the age of 81.


Old Crow Medicine Show Officially Becoming Opry Members Tonight


Old Crow Medicine Show is joining the Opry.  The group will officially become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry during tonight's show.  A number of other stars will be on hand to help with the celebration.  Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, and Dustin Lynch are also on board to perform, along with Diamond Rio, Eric Paslay, and the Del McCoury Band.  Old Crow Medicine Show received their formal invitation last month from Marty Stuart, who surprised them with the honor at a show in Cleveland.  The Ohio crowd showed their approval with a standing ovation when the group accepted.


The Opry induction is just one of a few honors to come the group's way in recent weeks.  Earlier this month Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor received a CMA nomination for "Wagon Wheel," stemming from Darius Rucker's chart-topping success with the song.  And the band will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americana Honors & Awards Show, taking place in Nashville on Wednesday.


Chris Young Proud To Be Releasing His Fourth Album


Chris Young says he never takes making an album for granted.  The country star admits he' thrilled to see his fourth studio effort, A.M.," arriving in stores today.


Young adds that making records is never easy for him, but he wouldn't have it any other way.  The singer explains that he has to "think about so many things," because each album is different from what came before.  He says he believes his albums also need to reflect not only where he is now, but give a sense of direction for the future.


New Albums From Billy Currington, Justin Moore In Stores Today


Billy Currington and Justin Moore are among the country stars releasing new albums today.  Currington is offering up "We Are Tonight," his fifth studio effort.  The singer has described the set as a collection of "happy songs," and has said he hopes his audience is left with "a sense of joy and peace" after they listen to the disc.  "We Are Tonight," features Currington's top ten hit "Hey Girl."  It's Billy's first release since 2010's "Enjoy Yourself."


Moore is coming out with his third disc, "The Beaten Path," the singer's follow up to his 2011 release, "Outlaws Like Me."  The singer's new album includes a couple of collaborations.  Miranda Lambert is featured on the track "Old Habits," while Justin teams up with Charlie Daniels on the song "For Some Ol' Redneck Reason."  The disc also includes Moore's current single, "Point At You."


Linda Ronstadt Opening Up About Her Memoir, Parkinson's


Linda Ronstadt is sharing stories from her life in her new memoir, "Simple Dreams."  The singer tells ABC's "Good Morning America" the project wasn't something she'd planned to do, but it gave her the opportunity to set the record straight.


Ronstadt adds that when a publisher came to her and said they didn't need a "kiss-and-tell book," she told them she was "your girl."  Linda opens up about her life and career in "Simple Dreams," including her lifelong passion for singing and the time spent with such friends as Jackson Browne and James Taylor -- before they all became famous.


But Ronstadt explains that she doesn't address her battle with Parkinson's disease in the book because her diagnosis came too late -- she was already working on the acknowledgments when her doctor told her he suspected that she had Parkinson's, which was confirmed six months later.  And she seems to be taking her illness in stride.  Linda admits that living with the disease is "a very different process."  But she says eventually "something's gonna get you," and she feels "lucky" that she made it to 67 before having to face a major health issue.  Ronstadt's "Simple Dreams" arrives in stores Tuesday.


Keith Urban Wanted To Record With Eric Church


Keith Urban says he has a lot of respect for Eric Church.  Keith explains that it's led to a friendship, and to a collaboration for Urban's new album.  Keith says when he came across the song "Raise 'Em Up," he knew he found the right track for him to record with Church.


"Raise 'Em Up" is one of two duets on Urban's new album, "Fuse."  Keith teamed up with Miranda Lamber on "We Were Us," which is Urban's current single.  "Fuse" is in stores now.


Darius Rucker, Ketch Secor Celebrate "Wagon Wheel" At The Ryman


Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor calls "Wagon Wheel" a "classic country song."  Darius Rucker agrees, and says it's why he covered it for his most recent album, "True Believers."


Rucker's version of "Wagon Wheel" topped the charts back in the spring, but he's just now getting around to celebrating that success.  He joined Secor -- who co-wrote the song -- for an event at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Monday night.  Secor says he felt it was an appropriate venue for the gathering, because the Ryman is a "classic country location."


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1960, Loretta Lynn made her Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 1977, Reba McEntire made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.  She performed "Invitation to the Blues."


Today in 1996, new album releases included Ty England's "Two Ways to Fall," John Berry's "Faces," and Alabama's "Alabama Christmas 2."


Today in 1996, the mayor of Rhinelander, Wisconsin proclaimed it "Trace Adkins Day," and presented the singer with the key to the city.  The previous month, the mayor of Trace's hometown of Sarepta, Louisiana had made a similar a declaration.


Today in 1999, the Dixie Chicks' album "Fly" began its second straight week at number one on both the pop and country albums charts.


Today in 1999, Lisa Hartman Black joined her hubby Clint Black on stage for their first public performance of their hit, "When I Said I Do."


Today in 2000, Alan Jackson, Sawyer Brown, and Travis Tritt joined Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young and a host of other performers in Bristow, Virginia for the 15th annual Farm Aid concert.


Today in 2002, Clay Walker's album "Christmas" arrived in stores.


Today in 2002, Tracy Byrd and his wife, Michelle, finally had a name for their third child, who had arrived two weeks earlier at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.  Baby Jared James rounds out a family that includes daughter Evee Elisabeth and son Logan Lynn.


Today in 2002, Faith Hill was in Los Angeles to tape an NBC concert special, which aired on Thanksgiving.


Today in 2003, Martina McBride received the Recording Academy's Heroes Award, which recognizes people who use music to improve the lives of Americans.  Martina was honored in Washington, D.C., for her work on behalf of domestic violence organizations.


Today in 2005, Terri Clark married her longtime love, Greg Kaczor, in Canada.


Today in 2005, Patty Loveless joined the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, performing "Here I Am" and the traditional "Georgia On My Mind" during the event.


Today in 2005, Sara Evans hits the number one spot on the "Billboard" country chart with "A Real Fine Place to Start."


Today in 2006, Big & Rich were at the "Save Darfur Now: Voices to Stop Genocide" rally at Central Park in New York City. The event brought together musicians, celebrities, activists, faith leaders and key decision makers who were asking world leaders to take immediate and clear action to end the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.


Today in 2006, Sara Evans raised more than 45-thousand dollars at her "Fashion for Every Body" event.  The event benefits the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee and the Sara Evans Fund.


Today in 2008, Brad Paisley performed in Gustavus, Ohio as part of "Good Morning America's" "50 States in 50 Days" initiative.


Today in 2008, The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Thursday recognizing Toby Keith's commitment to members of the U.S. Armed Forces.


Today in 2008, Martina McBride hosted the first Academy of Country Music Honors, a ceremony in Nashville to recognize off-camera winners from the spring ACM Awards and Special Award recipients.  The Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Anderson, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Brenda Lee, Dick Clark, and the late Fred Rose were among the honorees.


Today in 2008, Jessica Simpson's first country CD, Do You Know," debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.


Today in 2009, Carrie Underwood was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2009, Asleep at the Wheel received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance at the 8th Annual Americana Honors & Awards in Nashville.


Today in 2009, Martina McBride was among the performers at the VH1 Divas Concert at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music.


Today in 2010, Kid Rock and some of his associates were ordered to pay a total of 40-thousand-dollars in damages for their role in a brawl at a Georgia Waffle House in 2007.


Today in 2012, Rascal Flatts received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Today in 2012, Tim McGraw debuted the video to his single "Truck Yeah."




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