Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Country Music Hall Of Famer Ray Price Dies At 87


Country music's "Cherokee Cowboy" has died.  Pay Price's family confirmed Monday that the singer had passed away -- roughly 24 hours after his death had been mistakenly announced.  Price had been battling pancreatic cancer.  His death comes just a few weeks before his birthday.  Ray would have turned 88 on January 12th.  The Country Music Hall of Famer started his lengthy and successful career in the late 1940s after leaving the U.S. Marine Corps.  He began singing on the radio in his home state of Texas, including a stint on the Dallas-based show "Big D Jamboree."  Price moved to Nashville, in 1951.  He became friends with Hank Williams, and helped him secure membership into the Grand Ole Opry -- an honor that eluded Price.  Ray became the go-to performer whenever Williams missed a show, and he even gained Williams' backing band, the Drifting Cowboys, after Hank died.


By the mid-'50s Price began to make his own mark.  He scored his first chart-topper in 1956 with "Crazy Arms," which features the honky tonk shuffle known as the "Ray Price beat."  Ray remained a top ten fixture on the country charts for the next 20 years with such classics as "City Lights," "Heartaches By The Numbers," "The Same Old Me," and "For The Good Times" -- which earned him his first Grammy Award.  By the 1980s his chart success began to fade -- his last Billboard top ten was 1981's "Diamonds in the Stars."  But Price continued his recording career into the 21st century, making country and gospel albums.  His last studio project was "Last of the Breed," a collaborative effort with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.  In addition to Grammys, Price has earned Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards.  He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.


Stars Expressing Admiration For Ray Price


Country stars are starting to express their love, respect, and admiration for the late Ray Price.  Reba McEntire tweets that we are "so blessed to have had his beautiful voice all these years," and that she'll "always be a huge fan."  Josh Turner shares that "the world of music will surely miss the smooth voice of the Cherokee Cowboy," while Rodney Atkins references the opening line to Price's hit "Heartaches By The Number" as he tweets, "Heartache #1 was when we lost Ray Price!"  Alan Jackson says "we've lost another Country Great," and James Otto offers, "If you make it to 87 years old and accomplish half as much as Ray did you lived a full life."  Ray Price died Monday following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley Weds


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley is a married man. says the country star and his bride, Brittney Cole, exchanged vows in a small ceremony Monday at the singer's home in Nashville.  Brian admits everything about their wedding has been "non-traditional" -- he never formally proposed but they had "just fallen in love."  Brian and Brittney tied the knot after seven months of dating, but Kelley says they've known each other for a few years.  He explains that when they first met they were both in other relationships.  But Kelley says Cole was his "dream girl," and he knew if he became single again he'd want "a chance with her."  He adds that when he and Brittney met again earlier this year, they could tell instantly that they had "something real."


Kelley says he and Brittney want to have kids -- eventually.  He explains that his life is just "too crazy" right now to start a family.  However, Brian says they are planning on getting a dog next year.


Wynonna Accused Of Putting Tracker On Ashley Judd's Car


Actress Ashley Judd claims a tracking device discovered on her car last month was the work of her sister, Wynonna.  ABC News says the police report of the incident shows that Ashley told two different police officers she believed the country singer was behind the wireless GPS.  The report also states that Ashley and Wy are involved in an "ongoing custody dispute" over the car's unnamed female driver.  Ashley claimed that she "had custody" of the driver, and that the device was an attempt to "track their movement."  The Tennessee police investigation led to a private investigator who was "working for Wynonna Judd," who allegedly gave the device to Wy who passed it along to her ex-husband Arch Kelley, who is said to have placed it on Ashley's car.  Kelley is denying any involvement in the matter.


While Wy isn't commenting to ABC, says the singer has admitted to installing the device.  Her lawyer reportedly told police that the driver was Wy's daughter, and that she's trying to keep track of the girl's whereabouts.  According to ABC, authorities are no longer actively pursuing the matter.


Taylor Swift On List Of Possible Oscar Contenders


Taylor Swift could get more recognition for her contribution to the film "One Chance."  "Sweeter Than Fiction" is among the 75 tracks eligible for an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.  Taylor recently received a Golden Globe nomination for the tune.  Her competition for Oscar contention includes songs she's facing at the Golden Globes -- Coldplay's "Atlas" from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," U2's "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," and Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" from the animated movie "Frozen."  The lengthy list also features Paul McCartney with the surviving members of Nirvana, Celine Dion, Lana Del Rey, and many others.


Swift will find out if she makes the cut when the Oscar nominees are announced on January 16th.  The 86th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on March 2nd.


Chris Young Unveils New Single


Chris Young is ready with his next single.  The country star is following "Aw Naw" with the ballad "Who I Am With You."  Chris says he "fell completely in love" with the song the moment he heard it, and he knew he "had to have it" for his album.  The singer explains that it's "a song that speaks to being totally in love with someone and the feelings you get from a connection like that."  "Who I Am With You" is the second release from Young's latest album, "A.M."  Chris will debut "Who I Am With You" on "A Home For The Holidays," a TV special highlighting adoption airing on CBS Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Kip Moore Uses Concerts To Showcase His Music


Kip Moore says he might toss the occasional cover song into his sets.  But the country singer explains that the point of performing is to share his music with an audience.


Moore adds that while the crowd might enjoy his version of somebody else's song, he delivers a very "passionate, intense show," and cover tunes usually aren't a part of the really memorable moments.  Kip just wrapped up his "Burn The Whole World Down Tour" with a performance before a capacity crowd at the House of Blues in Cleveland Saturday night.  The singer will be returning to the road as an opener on Lady Antebellum's "Take Me Downtown" trek, which begins in Peoria, Illinois on January 10th.


Tyler Farr Celebrates Chart-Topping Song With Gun Purchase


Country star Tyler Farr says he treated himself to something special when his single "Redneck Crazy" went to number one.


But while the gun is a popular weapon against grizzly bears in Alaska, Tyler doesn't expect to have any grizzly encounters in Tennessee.  He jokes that the only "bear" he typically sees is staring back at him when he looks in the mirror first thing in the morning.


Keith Urban Shares Christmas Memories


Keith Urban says when he was a kid he loved Christmas.  But the country star admits the holiday always went by too quickly.


But Keith says they found other ways to occupy their time.  He explains that in Australia it's summertime in December, so his family would usually pile into their station wagon and drive off for a day at the beach.


Celebrity Birthdays Include


Country star Tracy Byrd is 47.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1955, Carl Perkins laid the groundwork for the song "Blue Suede Shoes," reportedly on a paper bag in the early morning hours while he was suffering with a severe bout of insomnia.


Today in 1983, the Judds debuted on the chart with their first single, "Had A Dream (For the Heart)."


Today in 1993, the single "I Don't Call Him Daddy" by Doug Supernaw topped the country charts.


Today in 1996, two of Charlie Daniels' band members showed real dedication by scheduling outpatient operations to coincide with a procedure Charlie was having.  Bass player Charlie Hayward had a tonsillectomy and drummer Jack Gavin underwent shoulder surgery on the same day and at the same hospital that Charlie had both knees realigned.  Coordinating the medical work kept the band from having to cancel any tour dates.


Today in 1999, Garth Brooks was named "Country Star of the Century" by "People" magazine.


Today in 1999, cowboy singer Rex Allen died after being hit by a car in his driveway in Phoenix, Arizona.


Today in 2000, Lonestar's Dean Sams and his wife, Kim, welcomed their son, Bryson Dean Sams.


Today in 2002, Brad Paisley made a guest appearance on ABC's "According to Jim" starring Jim Belushi and Kimberly Williams -- who later became Paisley's wife.


Today in 2005, Ralph Stanley and Marty Stuart were among the performers at the 17th annual Christmas Jam, a charity event hosted by Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes in Asheville, North Carolina.


Today in 2006, Katrina Elam sang the national anthem before the football game at Lambeau Field when the Green Bay Packers hosted the Detroit Lions.


Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood was named the number one best selling female artist of 2007 across all musical genres, as well as the Top Country Artist, Top Female Country Artist, and Top Country Album Artist by "Billboard."  Meanwhile, "Billboard" and "Radio & Records" named Jason Michael Carroll the Top New Country Artist.


Today in 2007, Blake Shelton began his run on NBC's "Clash of the Choirs."  For the four-night TV singing competition Blake joined Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, Kelly Rowland, and Nick Lachey in assembling and leading amateur vocal ensembles from their hometowns in vying for a 250-thousand-dollar prize for charities in their community.  Miranda Lambert, her mom and sister, and his mom were among those in the audience cheering on Team Shelton, whose debut number was Tom Cochrane's "Life is a Highway" -- a song that was also a hit for Rascal Flatts.


Today in 2007, Ricky Skaggs, Amy Grant, Grand Ole Opry stars The Whites, and Collin Raye were among those who performed at "Red Cross Night at the Ryman: A Celebration of Volunteers."  Top volunteers were recognized with awards at the event, which took place in Nashville.


Today in 2012, Darius Rucker was in Lindenhurst, New York to buy ten-thousand-dollars worth of toys to give to children in communities on Long Island still recovering from Hurican Sandy.


Today in 2012, Taylor Swift's "Red" took fifth place on "Billboard's" list of the "10 Best Albums of 2012: Critics' Picks."  She was the only country artist on the list.


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