Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Country Stars Appearing On Various New Year's Eve TV Specials


Florida Georgia Line fans will likely be tuning in to "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve."  The country duo is among the many groups slated to appear on the longrunning ABC holiday special, featuring segments originating from New York's Times Square and Los Angeles.  The star-packed show, which starts with a "Primetime" edition at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, will also feature Miley Cyrus, Blondie, Fall Out Boy, Robin Thicke The Fray, and many others.  Meanwhile, Blake Shelton will be on hand to support "The Voice" host with his special.  "NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly" will also feature Mariah Carey and "Glee" star Jane Lynch."  And Rodney Atkins is set to appear on Fox News Channel's "All-American New Year." along with the group Blues Traveler and Susan Boyle.


Hank Williams Jr. Headlining Nashville's "New Year's Eve Bash"


Hank Williams Jr. is doing something he used to avoid -- performing on New Year's Eve.  The country great is headlining Nashville's "2013 Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway" Tuesday night.  For many years Williams wouldn't perform on the holiday, since New Year's Day is the anniversary of his father's death.  Country legend Hank Williams Sr. died on January 1st, 1953, when his son was just three years old.  Hank Jr. tells Nashville's "Tennessean" New Year's "used to be a real special thing," but now "it's been quite a few years."  The singer adds that he'll really deliver on stage.  He says fans are often surprised by his high-energy show.  But he explains that can give each show his all, because he's cut back on performing and isn't "worn out" from playing over 150 concerts a year.  Williams says he's put in his time "living in a bus," and "it ain't gonna happen" again.  He now typically plays only about 25 shows a year.


Brett Eldredge, Blackberry Smoke, and Robert Randolph are some of the other artists slated to perform at the event.  The "2013 Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway" will also include a "Music Note Drop" -- Nashville's equivalent of the crystal ball in New York's Times Square -- and a fireworks display.


Country Stars Share Their Hangover Cures


Dierks Bentley admits there isn't much that helps ease the pain after overindulging on New Year's Eve.  But Kacey Musgraves has a couple of rather tasty suggestions.


Eric Church also has two suggestions.  The country star says 5-Hour Energy tends to help because it's packed with B-vitamins, while a couple of Advil and a beer first thing in the morning "works every time."


Taylor Swift's "Red" 2013's Top Country Tour


Taylor Swift made the most money of any country star on the road this year.  The country-pop superstar has the number seven spot on "Pollstar's" 2013 Year-End Top 20 Worldwide Tours list.  She played 73 shows in 52 cities on her "Red" tour this year, and earned 133-point-four-million-dollars for her efforts.  Swift is the only country act to make the top ten.  And Kenny Chesney is the only other country star on the list.  His "No Shoes Nation" tour included 44 shows in 41 cities, and raked in 90-point-nine-million-dollars.


Bon Jovi leads the rundown.  The group played 102 shows in 97 cities across the globe, earning 259-point-five-million-dollars. adds that it was a record year for the concert industry, with the top 20 tours generating two-point-43-billion-dollars from ticket sales.  That's a 24-percent increase over the 2012 total.


Taylor Swift Gains Most Social Media Fans In 2013


Taylor Swift can add another accolade to her collection this year.  According to U.K.'s "Telegraph," analytics experts Musicmetric have determined that the country-pop star has added more fans and followers on social media sites than any other celebrity in 2013.  Twenty-nine-point-five million people added Taylor on sites like Facebook and Twitter over the past year.  Close behind is Katy Perry, who added 29-point-two million more fans to her various online communities.  Justin Timberlake, who made his musical comeback to much fanfare back in March, came in third with 28-point-eight more social media followers.


Toby Keith's Restaurant Policy Upsets Gun Owners


Some gun owners are not happy with Toby Keith.  The country star and restaurateur is facing a backlash after posting a "No Guns Permitted" sign outside of his diner in Woodbridge, Virginia.  Several comments on the restaurant's Facebook page say: "I'll never eat here. Lawfully armed and spending my money elsewhere."  A statement on behalf of Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill said they respect the right to own and bear arms, but they're complying with the State of Virginia and insurance regulators to provide a safe, enjoyable and entertaining experience.


Kellie Pickler Returns From USO Tour


Kellie Pickler is back home.  The country star tweeted over the weekend that she's "back from the Middle East," after wrapping up a ten-day USO tour.  On the singer's latest trek, Kellie visited several Forward Operating Bases and played five concerts, including a Christmas Day performance for troops at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield.  Pickler says she feels honored to be able to support members of the military in this way, and calls her involvement with the USO the "highlight" of her career.  Kellie's latest trek was her seventh USO tour since 2007.


Zac Brown Band Wants To Work With Dave Grohl Again


Zac Brown Band's Clay Cook says the group really enjoyed working with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.  The country star tells Grohl's methods in the studio "opened up something" in them that they "were not tapping into before."  He explains that since Grohl records to tape, "there's no editing going on as far as in ProTools and computers and stuff like that," and it brought out "the real musicians" in them.  Clay admits that the way Zac Brown Band typically makes albums, they "kind of play it about 90-percent well," and then "fix the other ten-percent of it and make it sound great."


However, Clay doesn't know when they'll be teaming up with the rocker again.  He says their EP "The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1" includes "literally everything" they recorded with Dave.  But Cook explains that they named it "Vol. 1" because they "liked the idea of adding to this at some point," and "Dave  loves the idea of making more music, too."


Brett Eldredge Looking Ahead To Sophomore Album


Brett Eldredge says the success of his debut album has him excited about returning to the studio.  The singer tells "Country Weekly" he feels like he has "a head start on it," since he already has some songs he wants to record for the project.  Brett adds that he has "a lot of confidence to write" for his sophomore album along with "a place to go from," courtesy of his first CD.  Eldredge explains that "Bring You Back" "set the groundwork," and gave him a musical "map."


Eldredge released "Bring You Back" in August.  The disc peaked at number two on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and just missed the top ten -- peaking at number eleven -- on the all-genre Billboard 200.  Brett co-wrote eleven of the 12 tracks on the album, including the chart-topping hit "Don't Ya."


Florida Georgia Line Not Feeling Pressure To Match 2013 Success


Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard admits 2013 has been an incredible year for the duo.  But the country star says as they head into 2014, he and Brian Kelley aren't putting pressure on themselves to match or surpass what they accomplished this year.


Hubbard adds that he and Kelley are looking ahead to a busy 2014.  The singer explains that they'll be spending a lot of time on the road next year, touring with Jason Aldean and performing their own headlining shows.  He says they also plan to record the follow up to their debut album, "Here's To The Good Times."  Tyler explains that their goal is career longevity, and he and Brian hope Florida Georgia Line is around for many years to come.


Danielle Bradbery Explains Her Song Selection Process


Danielle Bradbery says it was important to her that her debut album be a reflection of her.  But the country newcomer admits that complicated the selection process as she chose material for the self-titled disc.


The singer says she didn't just pick the songs she liked.  Bradbery explains that as she reviewed her options she considered whether she could relate to the lyrics, along with how the experiences conveyed in the songs applied to her own life.  Danielle admits she initially found the process a bit intimidating, but now working in the studio is what she enjoys the most about her music career.


Country TV Today And Tonight


DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE (ABC) Florida Georgia Line is among the performers.

NBC'S NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) Blake Shelton is among the performers.

ALL-AMERICAN NEW YEAR (FOX NEWS) Rodney Atkins is among the performers.

LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) Lady Antebellum performs on this repeat episode.

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) Kellie Pickler is a guest on this repeat episode.

TOP 50 VIDEOS OF 2013: PARTS 1-5 (GAC) A rundown of the most popular videos of 2013, along with special appearances from Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Thompson Square, and Brett Eldredge.

INTRODUCING (GAC) David Nail is featured.

JUNK GYPSIES: DIERKS BENTLEY AIRSTREAM (GAC) The Junk Gypsies give Dierks Bentley's Airstream trailer a makeover.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1986, George Strait performed a New Year's Eve show in Dallas, Texas, that was taped for his CD and video "George Strait Live."


Today in 1990, Lisa Hartman first met Clint Black backstage at his New Year's Eve concert in Houston, Texas.


Today in 1999, Trisha Yearwood and Kenny Rogers took part in CBS-TV's landmark TV special, "America's Millennium: A Celebration" in Washington DC.


Today in 2001, Billy Joe Shaver suffered a heart attack while performing at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas.


Today in 2003, Toby Keith headlined the big year-end show in Nashville at the Gaylord Entertainment Center for the first time.  The show also included performances from Scotty Emerick, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton.


Today in 2005, Sugarland performed "Something More" on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve."


Today in 2005, Brooks & Dunn closed the year as headliners at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center, joined by Big & Rich, The Warren Brothers, and The Grascals.


Today in 2005, Buck Owens hosts his annual New Year's Eve concert at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, featuring Dwight Yoakam and Vince Vaughn.


Today in 2006, Rascal Flatts took part in the annual "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" special in New York City.  Other country stars participating in other TV New Year's Eve specials included Hank Williams Jr., Montgomery Gentry, Jo Dee Messina, Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, Aaron Tippin, Josh Gracin, Van Zant, Heartland, Shannon Lawson, and Rhonda Vincent.


Today in 2006, Lonestar took part in a huge concert at Underground Atlanta for the 18th Annual Peach Drop Celebration.  The Peach drop is one of the largest New Year's Eve countdown celebrations in the southeast.


Today in 2006, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins, and Jason Aldean were the performers for Nashville's New Year's Eve celebration, while Montgomery Gentry, Gary Allan, and Rodney Atkins performed in Lexington, Kentucky.  Other country stars playing New Year's Eve concerts included Sara Evans, Jake Owen, Jack Ingram, and the Del McCoury Band.


Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift were among the country stars taking part on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" special.  Miranda Lambert and Big & Rich were also included on TV New Year's Eve specials.  A segment of Lambert's concert in Atlanta was included on CNN's "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper," while the duo hosted "MuzkiMafia New Year's Eve."


Today in 2007, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean performed a New Year's Eve concert in Lexington, Kentucky, while Josh Gracin took the stage in Artesia, New Mexico and Chuck Wicks entertained in Cypress Gardens, Florida.


Today in 2007, Pat Green's New Year's Eve concert in Waco, Texas was cancelled, because the singer was still recovering from a recent unplanned surgery.  He underwent an emergency appendectomy five days earlier.


Today in 2008, Kellie Pickler was a reporter for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," giving updates on the festivities in New York's Times Square, while Taylor Swift was among the performers on the annual TV event.


Today in 2008, Julianne Hough was featured at Atlanta's 20th annual Peach Drop New Year's Eve celebration, and The Lost Trailers performed at Wild Bill's Atlanta in Georgia.  In Nashville, Craig Morgan headlined an event at the Wild Horse Saloon, while the Del McCoury Band had top billing for the New Year's Eve show at the Ryman.


Today in 2009, a number of country stars -- including Merle Haggard, Gary Allan, Chris Young, Jack Ingram, and the Randy Rogers Band -- rang in 2010 with concerts.  Lady Antebellum was the headliner for the "Allstate Fan Fest" in New Orleans, which was staged in conjunction with the Sugar Bowl, while Rodney Atkins led the list of talent for Nashville's New Year's Eve celebration.  Montgomery Gentry, Justin Moore, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, and Gloriana were also performing.


Today in 2010, Love And Theft's Brian Bandas made his last appearance with the group, at a New Year's Eve show in Chesapeake, Virginia.  He'd previously announced that he would be leaving the band at the end of the year.  Instead of completely disbanding, remaining members Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles chose to continued on as a duo.


Today in 2010, Phil Vassar was the headliner for the 2nd annual Bash on Broadway in Nashville.  Heidi Newfield also performed at the event.


Today in 2010, Lee Greenwood was the halftime performer at the 77th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso.


Today in 2011, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, and The Band Perry were among the country stars who appeared on various New Year's Eve TV specials, while Wynonna and Willie Nelson were some of the stars who rang in 2012 with concerts.


Today in 2012, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, and Blake Shelton were among the country stars taking part in New Year's Eve specials.  Swift, who performed in New York's Times Square, was also seen sharing a midnight kiss with her then-boyfriend, One Direction's Harry Styles.


Today in 2012, Lee Brice was the halftime performer at the Sun Bowl college football game in El Paso, Texas.


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