Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Garth Brooks Announces More Las Vegas Shows


Garth Brooks is heading back to Las Vegas.  The country superstar has announced plans to return to the Wynn Las Vegas' Encore Theater for two weekends this fall to play a total of eight shows.  He'll hit the stage on October 18th and 19th and November 8th and 9th, giving two performances each night.  Tickets, which cost 175-dollars plus taxes and fees, go on sale Tuesday.


The new dates mark Brooks' second return to the Encore Theater since he wrapped up his three-year engagement at the venue last year.  He played sets of weekend shows in May and July, which were taped for a DVD release.


Blind Auditions Under Way As "The Voice" Returns


The four original coaches on "The Voice" are back as the NBC reality series launches a new season.  Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton kicked off the show with a performance, collaborating on a rendition of the Joan Jett classic "I Love Rock and Roll."


And once they took their red swivel chairs they began building their teams with the Blind Auditions.  Each singer who was picked had their choice of coaches, who occasionally threw barbs at each other to win over the hopefuls.  And after the first night, Adam is off to the strongest start with three singers on his team.  Christina and Cee Lo each persuaded two vocalists to join them, and Blake has secured one team member.  The age range among contenders spans more than 35 years, from 17-year-old pop singer Caroline Pennell to 54-year-old Donna Allen -- a former member of Gloria Estefan's Miami Sound Machine.  The Blind Auditions will continue with the next episode of "The Voice," which airs Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


"The Voice" Teams



Donna Allen

Nic Hawk

James Wolpert



Josh Logan

Matthew Schuller



Kat Robichaud

Caroline Pennell



Shelbie Z


Kelly Clarkson To Appear In "Crazy Ones" Premiere


Kelly Clarkson says she's not an actress, but sometimes she thinks Hollywood producers don't realize this.  The singer explains it's why she initially turned down an offer to appear in the series premiere of Robin Williams' new comedy, "The Crazy Ones."


Williams has the role of advertising executive Simon Roberts on "The Crazy Ones."  In the premiere episode Simon lands an account with a major fast food restaurant, and enlists Kelly to appear and sing in his commercial.  "The Crazy Ones" launches on CBS Thursday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


Kellie Pickler Corn Maze Opens In North Carolina


Kellie Pickler is getting an unusual honor in her home state.  She's providing the design for this year's Shelby Corn Maze in Shelby, North Carolina.  Maze operator Alice Pyron tells Charlotte's WBTV she and her husband were inspired by the country star's run on "Dancing With the Stars."  She recalls that they watched her compete on the ABC reality series, and agreed that if she won they would "put her in the maze."  Pyron adds that she got the approval of the singer and her management before creating the design.


The Shelby Corn Maze website describes the cut cornfield as "an eight-acre puzzler of twists and turns -- and some dead ends" that provides "fun for kids from 2 to 92."  It's based on a 2012 image of Kellie, when she still had long hair.  It typically takes those who take on the challenge an hour to navigate their way through the maze.  The Kellie Pickler Corn Maze will be open through October 27th.


Carrie Underwood Wearing 25-Million-Dollars In Jewels At Emmys


Carrie Underwood didn't just bring her talent to the Emmy Awards Sunday night. says she was decked out in more than 25-million-dollars worth of diamonds.  The country star sparkled on stage courtesy of Johnathan Arndt, and was decked out with more than 152 carats.  Carrie's necklace was reportedly worth 18-million-dollars, while the matching earrings are worth three-point-two-million.  She also flashed a four-million-dollar diamond solitaire ring on her right hand.


Underwood took part in the ceremony, performing The Beatles' "Yesterday" in a tribute to TV milestones from 50 years ago.  But Carrie says the "coolest thing" about the experience was "the sweet letter" she received from Paul McCartney, who gave her "his blessing to sing it!"


Taylor Swift Meets With Young Fan Who Was Hit By Car


Taylor Swift has wrapped her "Red" tour, but not without making it up to one young fan who missed out after a tragic accident.  The mother of seven-year-old Grace Markel is sharing her story about the country star's generosity in an interview with "People."  Grace was supposed to attend Taylor's concert in Chicago back in August, but was struck by an SUV while exiting a taxi at the venue.  The driver was uninsured and on a suspended license.  The girl suffered a severe concussion, skull fractures and spent several days in the hospital following the ordeal.  When Taylor heard the story, she surprised the family by inviting them backstage at her Saturday concert in Nashville. 


Grace's mother calls the singer "warn and genuine" and says they feel "very lucky" that she survived the ordeal.


Brad Paisley Announces Fall Tour Dates


Brad Paisley is extending the summer another couple of months.  The country star has announced a dozen dates for the fall leg of his "Beat This Summer Tour."  The singer will launch the trek in Canada, with a performance in Hamilton, Ontario on October 17th.  He'll play six more concerts north of the border before playing his first Stateside show in Omaha, Nebraska on November 14th.  Brad will wrap up the trek in Auburn Hills, Michigan on November 23rd.  Chris Young, who toured with Paisley over the summer, will also be featured on the fall dates.  The Canadian shows will also feature Lee Brice as an opener, while Danielle Bradbery will warm up the crowds in the U.S.


Brad Paisley "Beat This Summer Tour" Dates


October 17 - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at Copps Coliseum

October 18 - Ottawa, Ontario Canada, at Scotiabank Place

October 19 - London, Ontario, Canada, at the Budweiser Gardens

October 23 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, at the MTS Centre

October 24 - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, at the Brandt Centre

October 25 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at the Scotiabank Saddledome

October 26 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at the Rexall Place

November 14 - Omaha, Nebraska, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha

November 15 - Rockford, Illinois, at the BMO Harris Bank Center

November 16 - St. Paul, Minnesota, at the Xcel Energy Center

November 21 - Springfield, Illinois, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center

November 23 - Auburn Hills, Michigan, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.


Scotty McCreery Says New CD Better Reflects Him


Scotty McCreery says his upcoming CD, "See You Tonight," is more representative of him than his 2011 debut.  The country star explains it's because he wasn't rushed through the process.


Scotty says he had roughly a year to make "See You Tonight," which enabled him to write songs for the project.  By comparison, his first album, "Clear As Day," arrived in stores just five months after he was crowned the "American Idol" winner.  And in addition to working on the album he was also busy performing on the "American Idol" tour.  McCreery's "See You Tonight" will be released on October 15th.


Tracy Lawrence Plans Out His Albums


Tracy Lawrence admits he's not very spontaneous when it comes to making albums.  The country star explains that he puts in a lot of effort and plans things out in advance.


Tracy adds that he rarely accepts late submissions, because he already has "the flow of the album" in his head and knows what he wants his record to sound like.  Lawrence is currently promoting his latest release, "Headlights, Taillights, and Radios," which features his current single, "Footprints on the Moon."  Tracy's next tour stop is coming up at the Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida on Friday.


Jackson, Nelson, McCoy Releasing New Albums Today


Country fans will find new albums from Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, and Neal McCoy in stores today.  Jackson is expanding his catalog into bluegrass with his latest effort.  "The Bluegrass Album" features 14 songs, including covers of John Anderson's "Wild and Blue," The Dillards' "There Is A Time," and Bill Monroe's classic "Blue Moon Of Kentucky."  The country star also wrote eight songs for the set.  Willie  is teaming up with a variety of female vocalists for "To All The Girls..."  The 18-song set features collaborations with many country singers including Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, and Carrie Underwood, as well as duets with Mavis Staples, Norah Jones and others.  And Neal McCoy is honoring his friend and mentor with "Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride." 


Neal offers up his renditions of such hits as "You're My Jamaica," "Someone Loves You Honey," and "Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone."  Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, and The Mavericks' Raul Malo also contribute to the disc.


'50s Country Star Marvin Rainwater Dies At 88


Country music has lost an elder statesman. says Marvin Rainwater passed away last Tuesday at the age of 88 following a short illness.  Rainwater was a musically inclined child whose first love was classical piano.  But as a teen he lost part of his right thumb in an accident, which ended any aspirations he had to pursue his dream.  His interest in music was reignited while serving in the Navy.  Marvin began writing songs and performing throughout Virginia with his brothers, eventually landing a spot on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" in 1955.  His win on the show earned him an MGM recording contract.


Vocal problems led him to end his recording career in the early '60s after charting such songs as "Whole Lotta Woman," "Nothin'' Needs Nothin' (Like I Need You," and the crossover hit "Gonna Find Me A Bluebird."  But Rainwater continued his career as a songwriter and performer, and he remained active on the rockabilly circuit.  He was the 73rd inductee into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.



Country TV Tonight


THE VOICE (NBC) Blake Shelton continues to build his team through the Blind Auditions.


Country Birthdays Include


Ricochet drummer Marty Mitchell is 44.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1962, Flatt and Scruggs recorded "The Ballad of Jed Clampett."  It became the theme song of "The Beverly Hillbillies" TV show.


Today in 1973, Loretta Lynn's signature single, "Coal Miner's Daughter," was released.


Today in 1996, Clint Black released his "Greatest Hits" and John Michael Montgomery released "What I Do the Best."


Today in 1997, Garth Brooks was named Entertainer of the Year at the 31st annual Country Music Association Awards, which was his first CMA win since 1993.  Other winners included Trisha Yearwood, George Strait, Deana Carter, and LeAnn Rimes.


Today in 1998, Elvis Presley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2002, Tennessee's Governor Don Sundquist appointed Dolly Parton as the Official Ambassador for the Tennessee Film and Music Industries.


Today in 2002, Clint Black and Dixie Chick Martie Maguire were among the famous folks on hand at a California State Senate hearing on artists' rights and the accounting practices of record labels.


Today in 2002, the compilation album "Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to the Songs of Johnny Cash," featuring a variety of artists including Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Travis Tritt, Hank Williams, Jr., and Marty Stuart, was among the new releases.  Travis Tritt's "Strong Enough," Joe Diffie's "Super Hits," Doug Stone's "The Long Way,"  and Tanya Tucker's "Tanya" were other CDs arriving in stores.


Today in 2003, Alan Jackson's "Greatest Hits, Volume 2" was the best-selling country album in America for the sixth consecutive week.


Today in 2005, Sara Evans was spending a second week at number one on "Billboard's" country chart with "A Real Fine Place to Start."


Today in 2006, Taylor Swift performed at the NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals, singing "The Star Spangled Banner" during the pre-game show and returning to the field to play a few of her own songs during the game's half-time festivities.


Today in 2007, Jack Ingram took part in a Grammy in the Schools event during a tour stop in Lubbock, Texas, allowing 30 students to watch the set-up process for his sound check, participate in a question and answer sessions, take part in an autograph session and meet and greet, and attend the concert.


Today in 2008, Toby Keith ranked third in the "Forbes" magazine list of the World's Best-Paid Music Stars, with earnings of 48-million-dollars between June of 2007 and June of 2008.


Today in 2008, Darius Rucker's solo country debut, "Learn to Live" hit number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.


Today in 2009, Miranda Lambert gave a special performance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, performing her CD "Revolution" in its entirety.  Her sold-out show took place five days before the album arrived in stores.


Today in 2010, Travis Tritt was in Cairo, Georgia filming the movie "Fishers Of Men."


Today in 2011, Carrie Underwood was among the performers at Tony Bennett's Drive To End Hunger benefit concert in Los Angeles.


Today in 2012, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, and Dwight Yoakam were among the honorees at the 6th annual ACM Honors event in Nashville.


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