Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Luke Bryan Making "Special Announcement" Next Week


Luke Bryan has something brewing.  The country star says he'll be making a "special announcement" in Nashville on January 14th.  The singer's big reveal will take place two days before he launches his "That's My Kind Of Night Tour."  Bryan is slated to kick off the trek in Columbus, Ohio on January 16th.  The first leg of the trek runs two months, wrapping up in Bossier City, Louisiana on March 8th.  Lee Brice and Cole Swindell are on board as openers.  Bryan is touring behind his latest album, "Crash My Party," which arrived in stores back in August.  The disc includes Luke's current single, "Drink A Beer."


"Idol" Alum Crystal Bowersox Comes Out As Bisexual


"American Idol" alum Crystal Bowersox is opening up about her sexuality.  The season nine runner-up recently paid a visit to Fox's "Good Day L.A.," where she came out as bisexual.  She told the show that she has been "for as long as [she] can remember," and also performed a song she wrote about her milestone called "Coming Out For Christmas."  After Crystal lost to Lee DeWyze during her cycle on "Idol," she had a brief marriage with a man named Brian Walker.  The two divorced last May.  Crystal also has a son from a previous relationship.  The singer recently spoke to LGBT website, adding that the fan reaction to her coming-out has been "overwhelmingly positive."


Bowersox isn't the first country singer to publicly announce her sexual orientation.  She's following Chely Wright, who revealed that she's a lesbian with the publication of her 2010 memoir, "Like Me."


Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" Sets Record For Country Digital Singles


Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" is earning the country duo new recognition. says the chart-topping track logged another 84-thousand downloads last week to set a new record as the best-selling country digital single.  The latest sales put the track's total downloads at six-point-33-million to surpass the previous record holder, Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now."  The Lady A track now sits at number two on the list with six-point-27-million downloads.  Florida Georgia Line's collaborative remix of "Cruise" with Nelly accounts for nearly 40-percent of the song's total sales.


Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum are the only artists with digital sales for one song topping the six-million mark.  Taylor Swift's "Love Story" ranks third with five-point-66-million downloads.  She also has the number five spot on the list with "You Belong WIth Me," which has sold four-point-41-million downloads.  The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" has sold four-point-74-million downloads to take fourth place.  The rankings are based on figures from Nielsen SoundScan, which began tracking digital music sales in 2003.


Keith Urban On Board For Beatles Tribute


Keith Urban is set to honor The Beatles.  The country star is among the first performers announced to take part in the upcoming TV special "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles."  Maroon 5 and John Mayer are also on board for the event, along with Alicia Keys and John Legend.  In addition, the Eurythimcs are reuniting for the occasion.  More participants will be added in the coming weeks.  "The Night That Changed America" will be taped on January 27th -- the day after the 56th annual Grammy Awards.  It will air on CBS on Sunday, February 9th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time that The Beatles made their debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show."


Jake Owen Planning Headlining Tour


Jake Owen will be spending a lot of time this year on the road.  The country star is mapping out a 55-date "Jake Owen's Days Of Gold Tour 2014."  The singer says he's excited about the upcoming trek.  He explains that his road trip "is going to be one big party, and everyone is invited."  Jake adds that after touring with such stars as Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, and Jason Aldean, he's eager to apply what he's learned to his own show.  The "Days Of Gold Tour" is Jake's second major headlining trek.  The Cadillac Three is also on board as an opener, while the Eli Young Band, Parmalee, and Thomas Rhett will appear at select shows.  Owen is supporting his latest album, "Days Of Gold," with the tour.


Jake is slated to launch his tour in Brookings, South Dakota on March 20th, and bring the run to a close in his hometown of Vero Beach, Florida on October 25th.  The road trip includes a number of festival stops.  However, venues for most dates haven't been announced yet.


Jake Owen's Days Of Gold 2014 Tour Dates


March 20 - Brookings, South Dakota

March 21 - Fargo, North Dakota

March 22 - Bemidji, Minnesota

April 10 - Casper, Wyoming

April 11 - Rapid City, South Dakota

April 12 - Bismarck, North Dakota

April 24 - Bowling Green, Kentucky

April 25 - Dayton, Ohio

May 1 - Ft. Wayne, Indiana

May 2 - Indiana, Pennsylvania

May 3 - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

May 15- Huntington, West Virginia

May 16 - Greensboro, North Carolina

May 29 - Gilford, New Hampshire

May 30 - New York, New York

May 31 - Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the Patriotic Festival

June 12 - North Lawrence, Ohio, at Country Fest

June 13 - Buffalo, New York, at the Taste of Country

June 19 - Grand Junction, Colorado, at Country Jam USA

June 20 - Rio Rancho, New Mexico

June 21 - Pueblo, Colorado, at Bands in the Backyard

June 27 - Greeley, Colorado, at the Greeley Stampede

June 28 - Norfolk, Nebraska

June 29 - Wichita, Kansas

July 10 - Reading, Pennsylvania

July 11 - Uncasville, Connecticut

July 17 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at the Country Jam Fest

July 18 - Valparaiso, Indiana, at the Porter County Fair

July 24 - Green Bay, Wisconsin

July 25 - Moline, Illinois

August 1 - Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, at Sunfest Country

August 2 - Sweet Home, Oregon, at the Oregon Jamboree

August 9 - Las Vegas, Nevada

August 21 - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

August 22 - Orange Beach, Alabama

August 23 - New Orleans, Louisiana

September 5 - North Charleston, South Carolina

September 6 - Augusta, Georgia

September 11 - Fayetteville, Arkansas

September 13 - Terre Haute, Indiana

September 18 - Cape Girardeau, Missouri

September 20 - Sioux City, Iowa

September 25 - Tupelo, Mississippi

September 26 - Huntsville, Alabama

October 3 - Roanoke, Virginia

October 4 - Pikeville, Kentucky

October 9 - Battle Creek, Michigan

October 10 - Saginaw, Michigan

October 11 - Toledo, Ohio

October 16 - La Crosse, Wisconsin

October 17 - Mankato, Minnesota

October 18 - Lincoln, Nebraska

October 23 - Atlanta, Georgia

October 24 - Tallahassee, Florida

October 25 - Vero Beach, Florida


Danielle Bradbery Appreciates, Admires Brad Paisley


Danielle Bradbery says she's a Brad Paisley fan.  But the country newcomer likes more than just his music.  She explains that Brad isn't just a great musician but a great person.

Bradbery is benefiting directly from Paisley's support of up-and-coming artists.  Brad has tapped Danielle to open shows on his "Beat This Winter" tour, along with Chris Young.  The trek will begin in Pikeville, Kentucky on Friday.


Dierks Bentley Sets Release Date For New Album


Dierks Bentley fans won't have to wait much longer for his new album.  The country star's "Riser" is now slated for release on February 25th.  Dierks says the disc contains "a lot of really intense material," but he's also included "a lighter side" that is "equally important in telling the story" of his last two years.  Dierks explains that when he began the project he was grieving the death of his father.  But he says the 18 months that followed included the birth of his son, Knox, and he's "ended in a place of real joy and gratefulness."


Bentley adds that he's hoping his fans will be able to tell how much of himself he's put into the record.  The singer says he made "Riser" the title track because the lyrics "perfectly articulate" the man he's striving to be.  Other songs on the disc include the Kacey Musgraves duet "Bourbon in Kentucky," as well as Dierks' current single, "I Hold On."


Kix Brooks The Leading Man In New Western


Kix Brooks stars in the new Western "Ambush at Dark Canyon."  The country singer says he put a lot of time and effort into making sure he was prepared for the role in every possible way.


Brooks admits he took the job very seriously.  He explains that starring in a film doesn't simply mean having the most lines or getting the most camera time, but it carries "a lot of responsibility for what the movie's gonna be like."  Brooks stars alongside actor Ernie Hudson in the film, while country singer Randy Houser is also part of the cast.  "Ambush at Dark Canyon" is currently available for viewing On Demand, and will be available at Walmart on January 14th.


Florida Georgia Line Like Being Part Of Current Country Music Scene


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says the duo has been marking their breakthrough during a great time in country music.


Kelley adds that he feels a real sense of community between country artists.  The singer explains that they're all very supportive of one another, and nobody holds back when they hear something they love.


Florida Georgia Line Singer Shares Details On Recent Wedding


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says he and his new bride are both rather unconventional, so they didn't pay attention to tradition when they tied the knot.  The country star married his girlfriend Brittney Marie Cole three weeks ago, after seven months of dating.  Brian tells "People" he never gave Brittney a formal engagement ring, and his parents provided their wedding bands.  In their official wedding photo, Britney's wearing a short, off-the-shoulder lace dress she found on Etsy, along with a feathered headband.  Brian is sporting blue jeans and a white shirt with a brown belt and vest.


The couple held their wedding on the property they recently purchased.  Kelley says after exchanging vows in an outdoor ceremony, they served a tapas-style dinner in their renovated barn then welcomed everyone into their home for drinks and dancing.  Brittney admits their reception playlist featured "a lot of country music," but they also included tunes that were familiar to her 84-year-old godmother.  Kelley's Florida Georgia Line partner, Tyler Hubbard, was also among the 40 guests attending the ceremony.


Quick Bite


Hunter Hayes is getting the nod as a superstar of tomorrow.  The 22-year-old country singer is among those included in "Forbes" magazine's "30 Under 30," a rundown of the 30 most talented people in a variety of fields who haven't yet reached their 30th birthday.  Hayes is included in the Music list, along with Taylor Swift.  Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Lorde, and Katy Perry are some of the others highlighted by the publication.


Country TV Tonight


REBA (CMT) Five episodes of Reba McEntire's former CW series air in a two-and-a-half-hour block.


Country Birthdays Include


David Lee Murphy is 55.

Big & Rich's John Rich is 40.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1950, "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry hit number one on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1968, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition appeared on "The Smothers Brothers Show."


Today in 1978, Johnny Paycheck hit number one with "Take This Job And Shove It."


Today in 1988, Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens performed "The Streets of Bakersfield" for the first time, during a taping of the CMA's 30th anniversary special at the Grand Ole Opry house.  The song went over so well with the Opry House audience that the following summer, Buck and Dwight released it as a single.


Today in 1992, the U.S. postmaster-general announced that a stamp commemorating Elvis Presley would be issued the following year.


Today in 1998, legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley died at Nashville's St. Thomas Hospital.  He was 82.  Many folks considered him the architect of the Nashville sound.  He produced numerous artists, including Bill Anderson, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Webb Pierce, Ernest Tubb, and Kitty Wells.


Today in 2000, Lonestar made their debut on NBC-TV's "Tonight Show."  The group performed the hit "Amazed."


Today in 2003, Alan Jackson was the top country contender for the 45th annual Grammy Awards.  He had four nominations, including a bid in the all-genre Song of the Year category.


Today in 2005, Craig Morgan made his 90th appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 2007, Travis Tritt performed at the inauguration of Georgia's Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. The show was held at The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.


Today in 2008, Jason Michael Carrol surprised families and Marines of Mike Battery 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment in Chattanooga, Tennessee, entertaining as part of a special lunch before roughly 150 Marines shipped out for two months of training in advance of their deployment to Iraq.  Carroll is a former Marine reservist.


Today in 2008, reps for Keith Urban's wife, actress Nicole Kidman, confirmed that the couple was expecting their first child together.  Kidman gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose


Today in 2008, Bill Belew, the man who designed Elvis Presley's jumpsuits, died.  While he had reportedly been battling a lengthy illness, he was said to have suffered a fatal heart attack.


Today in 2009, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, and Jewel were among the performers at the People's Choice Awards.  Underwood took three categories at the event, while Rascal Flatts was also a winner.  The trio also announced during the event that they were inviting fans to take part in creating the album art for the group's then-upcoming album "Unstoppable," which was released in April.


Today in 2010, Taylor Swift was named the top-selling digital artist ever, with more than 24-point-three-million digital sales to her credit.


Today in 2011, Frankie Ballard made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 2012, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott was married.  She and her husband Chris Tyrrell tied the knot in a sunset ceremony in upstate New York, with family and friends in attendance.


Today in 2013, Zac Brown Band sang the national anthem at the start of college football's 2013 BCS National Championship game in Miami.


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