Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Lady Antebellum Postpone Start Of Upcoming Tour


Lady Antebellum won't be hitting the road next month as originally planned.  The country trio says in a website post that they've had to delay the launch of their "Take Me Downtown" tour due to the arrival of their deluxe edition of their album "Golden."  Band members explain that they have a lot of events and performances slated in conjunction with the release, which has forced them to "move things around" with their tour schedule.  As a result, the group, which was set to kick off their trek in Southaven, Mississippi on November 8th, will now start their tour in Peoria, Illinois on January 10th.  Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves are still on board as openers.


Lady Antebellum's New "Take Me Downtown" Tour Schedule


January 10 - Peoria, Illinois, at the Peoria Civic Center

January 11 - Toledo, Ohio, at the Huntington Center

January 18 - Fargo, North Dakota, at the FargoDome

January 19 - Rapid City, South Dakota, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

January 23 - Denver, Colorado, at the Pepsi Center

January 24 - Salt Lake City, Utah, at the EnergySolutions Arena

January 30 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Wells Fargo Center

February 7 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Target Center

February 13 - St. Louis, Missouri, at the Chaifetz Arena

February 15 - Kansas City, Missouri, at the Sprint Center

February 28 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Air Canada Centre

March 1 - London, Ontario, Canada, at the Budweiser Gardens

March 6 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, at the Credit Union Centre

March 7 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at the Rexall Place

March 8 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at the Scotiabank Saddledome

March 10 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the Pacific National Exhibition

March 12 - Boise, Idaho, at the Taco Bell Arena

March 14 - Reno, Nevada, at the Lawler Events Center

March 15 - Ontario, California, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena

March 16 - Fresno, California, at the Save Mart Center

March 21 - Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center

March 22 - San Diego, California, at the Sleep Train Amphitheater

March 23 - Phoenix, Arizona, at the Ak-Chin Pavilion

March 28 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the BOK Center

April 11 - Birmingham, Alabama, at the Oak Mountain Amphitheater

April 12 - Atlanta, Georgia, at Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood

April 25 - Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater

April 26 - Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

April 27 - Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Thompson-Boling Arena

May 31 - Cleveland, Ohio, at the Blossom Music Center


Dates and venues TBA for the following cities


Omaha, Nebraska

Southaven, Mississippi

Evansville, Indiana

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Chicago, Illinois

Springfield, Missouri

Roanoke, Virginia

Greenville, South Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Wichita, Kansas

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tampa, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Washington, DC

New York, New York

Uncasville, Connecticut

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Ray Price Continues To Improve


Ray Price keeps making progress in his recovery from sepsis.  The 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer developed the life-threatening blood infection, and was admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit last Tuesday.  His sister-in-law Virgie Phillips says in a new Facebook post that if Ray's condition continues to improve he'll be able to leave the ICU.  Price's wife, Janie, reported over the weekend that Ray seemed to turn a corner on Saturday.  She described their ordeal as "the worst health crisis" they've "ever had," explaining that Ray's lungs had filled with fluid and his kidneys were failing.  But she said by Saturday he was showing signs of improvement, and it appeared that the antibiotics were working.


George Strait, Alan Jackson To Honor George Jones At CMAs


George Strait and Alan Jackson will be paying tribute to George Jones at the 47th Annual CMA Awards.  The County Music Association announced that the stars will team up to remember the late country legend during next month's award show.  Strait is the top CMA Award nominee of all time, and has a bid for Entertainer of the Year heading into this year's event.  Jones died earlier this year in Nashville at the age of 81.  Other new additions to the CMA lineup include Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, and Kacey Musgraves, while hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will also perform.  Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean are also on board for the show.  The 47th annual CMA Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Nashville, and air on ABC on November 6th.


Country Stars Nominated For Dove Awards


A number of country stars are up for Dove Awards.  Larry Gatlin is in the running for Song of the Year with Bill Gaither for the Gaither Vocal Band's song “Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored."  The Oak Ridge Boys have a bid for Country Album for “Back Home Again,” while the album tracks "Standing in the Need of Prayer" and "I Get To" are also up for awards.  Daily & Vincent have two songs -- "Living in the Kingdom of God" and "Peace That Covers All The Pain" -- vying for the Bluegrass Song honor.  They also have a few nominations with Devin McGlamery for their collaborative track “From My Rags to His Riches.”  And Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus is a five-time nominee as a producer, including a nod for Producer of the Year.


Dailey & Vincent and the Gaither Vocal Band are also among the performers slated for the ceremony, while Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin are set to host the event.  The 44th annual GMA Dove Awards will take place at the Allen Arena at Lipscomb University in Nashville on Tuesday.  The event will be taped for broadcast, and will air on UP TV on October 21st.


Taylor Swift Credits Fans For Her Charitable Efforts


Taylor Swift says she's glad she's able to do things that will make a difference.  But the country-pop star gives the credit for her charitable efforts to her followers.


Over the weekend Swift saw one of her donations come to fruition.  Last year she gave the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum a four-million-dollar gift to fund the Taylor Swift Education Center, which officially opened over the weekend.  The singer was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.  Taylor says she's glad she's been able to support music education and one of Nashville's most popular tourist attractions.


Scotty McCreery's New Album Reflects Musical, Personal Growth


Scotty McCreery is now ready with his second album, "See You Tonight."  The country singer says the two-year gap between his debut and sophomore effort has been time well spent.


Scotty adds that his new album reflects his growth -- both personally and musically.  The singer, who turned 20 last week, explains that he's learned a lot and matured some since launching his career two-and-a-half years ago.  "See You Tonight" arrives in stores Tuesday.  Scotty will play an album release party at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York's Times Square Tuesday night to celebrate the occasion.  He'll also support the project with an appearance on NBC's "Today" on Wednesday, and Fox News' "Fox and Friends" on Thursday.


Willie Nelson, Jason Aldean, Will Hoge Among New Releases


Willie Nelson's duets disc is arriving in stores.  The country legend is teaming up with a variety of female singers on the 18-track collection "To All The Girls..."  He joins Dolly Parton on a remake of her song "From Here to the Moon and Back," and recorded a new version of "Always on My Mind" with Carrie Underwood.  Willie and Loretta Lynn blend their voices on a cover of Merle Haggard's "Somewhere Between."  Miranda Lambert, Wynonna, Sheryl Crow, and Alison Krauss are also among Willie's duet partners, along with Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Norah Jones, and others.


Aldean is giving fans a glimpse of what it's like to see him in concert with the live DVD "Jason Aldean: Night Train To Georgia."  The disc features the singer's show back in April, when he performed before more than 66-thousand fans at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia.  The 18-song set includes such hits as "Take A Little RIde," "She's Country," "Big Green Tractor," and "My Kinda Party," and guest appearances from Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, and Ludacris.  And Will Hoge is releasing his latest studio effort, "Never Give In."  The eleven-track disc features his hit single, "Strong."


Shania Twain Uncertain About New Album's Sound


Shania Twain says her upcoming album will be "very personal."  The country superstar tells the Canadian Press she's "in love with the experience of writing again," and as she works on material for her next CD she says she's trying to express herself "more emotionally" than she's ever done before.  But Shania can't really tell fans what to expect from the project.  She admits she's not sure what her new songs will sound like, since it's been more than a decade since she's released an album, and the singer suspects even she's "going to be surprised" by what she hears.


Twain adds that she's currently looking for a producer, who will also have an influence on the sound.  Shania recorded her last three discs -- 1995's "The Woman in Me," 1997's "Come On Over," and 2002's "Up!" -- with her now ex-husband Robert "Mutt" Lange.  She says she want to work with someone she "can really, really trust" who'll "be sensitive" to her, and will also bring their own ideas to the project.  Twain also doesn't when she'll finish the album.  She's starting another run of "Shania: Still The One" shows in Las Vegas on Tuesday.


Justin Moore Enjoying Watching Daughters Grow


Justin Moore says his daughters are now both old enough to begin interacting with each other.  The country star admits it might sound "cheesy," but he's really enjoying witnessing them grow up together.


Justin adds that the girls spend time playing together, and have become "pretty close" sisters.  Moore's oldest, Ella, is three, while the baby, Kennedy, will celebrate her second birthday next month.


Country TV Tonight


CONAN (TBS) Jake Owen is a guest.



Country Birthdays Include


Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman is 44.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1955, ABC premiered the new hour-long series "Grand Ole Opry," which aired every fourth Saturday night.


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


Today in 1970, Bill Monroe and the Original Carter Family were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 1973, at the 7th annual CMA Awards, Chet Atkins and Patsy Cline were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Roy Clark was named Entertainer of the Year, and Loretta Lynn and Charlie Rich were named Female and Male Vocalists of the Year.


Today in 1988, Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens' duet "Streets of Bakersfield" hit number one.


Today in 1991, Tracy Lawrence's debut single, "Sticks and Stones," was released.


Today in 1997, John Denver's remains were cremated in California and his ashes then flown to Aurora, Colorado where a memorial service was planned by the late singer's mother and brother.


Today in 2002, Faith Hill's "Cry" album arrived in stores.


Today in 2004, Diamond Rio, Andy Griggs, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and Joe Nichols were among the performers who took part in the Grand Ole Opry's 79th birthday show.


Today in 2006, Jimmy Wayne was at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to sing the national anthem at the the start of the Pittsburgh Steelers - Kansas City Chiefs football game.  He also perform his single "That's All I'll Ever Need."


Today in 2006, Diamond Rio hosted their annual Arby's Charity Concert at the Wildhorse Saloon.  The concert supported the Arby's Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and other youth mentoring organizations.


Today in 2006, Trace Adkins was featured on ESPN's "The New American Sportsman" and the Food Network's "Emeril Live."  With the celebrity chef Trace discussed great baseball foods.


Today in 2007, Garth Brooks announced plans to release "Ultimate Hits: The Pink Version," a special edition of his best-of collection that included a DVD with information about breast cancer.  In addition, Brooks donated two-thirds of the money generated from the album's sales to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


Today in 2007, Kenny Rogers received the Golden Note Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers during the 45th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards ceremony in Nashville.


Today in 2007, Porter Wagoner was hospitalized in Nashville for observation.  He eventually learned that he had lung cancer.


Today in 2007, Diamond Rio performed at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon to wrap up their annual two-day golf tournament and concert supporting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.


Today in 2007, Reba McEntire joined Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell for a special benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall in support of The Actors Fund.


Today in 2007, Tracy Byrd performed at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta for Wal-Mart, which was recognizing its Atlanta-area outlets for selling the most Children's Miracle Network "miracle balloons" during the month of May.


Today in 2008, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell took part in the "All for the Hall" benefit in New York, supporting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.


Today in 2008, Rascal Flatts was in Birmingham Alabama to help build a playground at Princeton Alternative Elementary School in conjunction with their Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award.


Today in 2009, Garth Brooks announced his return to the stage with a performance agreement with Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn.  The singer's deal included playing 60 shows over 15 weekends each year for five years at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas.  Brooks launched the engagement two months later.


In 2010, Jason Aldean played his 5th Annual Concert for the Cure at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Indiana.  The show raised 132-thousand-dollars for Susan G. Komen for the Cure's efforts in fighting breast cancer.


Today in 2010, The Judds flicked the switch for the Grand Ole Opry's "Opry Goes Pink" show.


Today in 2011, Kenny Chesney took part in former President Bill Clinton's "A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating Ten Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation" benefit event in Los Angeles.


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