Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Trace Adkins Had Problems With Impersonator Before


Details behind Trace Adkins' ordeal that sent him to rehab are starting to surface.  A source tells the country star has been having problems with impersonator Michael Larsen since 2007.  Adkins has reportedly claimed that Larsen follows him around the country like a stalker, and has even signed autographs as Adkins.  The singer also apparently admits it's because he was drunk that he lost his cool when he discovered Larsen on the cruise ship.  TMZ now has photographs of the confrontation, which took place last week on the "Country Cruising" trip through the Caribbean.  Witnesses tell TMZ Adkins had had quite a bit to drink when he saw Larsen, and ran over to him yelling that "this has gone on long enough."  The singer also insisted that Larsen remove his cowboy hat -- which is identical to the one Trace always wears.  But while initial reports said Adkins got into a brawl with Larsen, those who where there say Adkins' attack was verbal, not physical.


Once the ship docked in Jamaica, Adkins left the cruise and checked into rehab.  Prior to the incident, the singer had been sober for 12 years.


Garth Brooks Books Shows In Ireland


Garth Brooks is planning a couple of pre-tour performances.  The country superstar has scheduled two shows in Ireland, which he's calling "The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event."  The concerts are set for Dublin's Croke Park, where he previously performed back in 1997.  Brooks says back then the venue was still under construction, but he was able to entertain more than 130-thousand "of the greatest fans in the world."  He also recalls saying back then that he wanted to return once the stadium was finished and "try to fill it again, this time to the brink."  Garth explains that before he kicks off his world tour this fall, he wants to give himself, his band, and his crew this "challenge" with the Croke Park shows. 


Brooks' Dublin concerts are set for July 25th and 26th.  Tickets for "The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event" go on sale January 30th.


Blake Shelton Making Plans For 2014 Tour


Blake Shelton says he "cannot wait to get back out on the road."  The country star is making plans for the 2014 edition of his "Ten Times Crazier" tour.  He admits that being in front of a crowd and seeing those people sing along with his songs is "one of the most validating things" to him.  Blake adds that he had so much fun on last year's tour, explaining that "no matter what" else he's doing, "absolutely nothing compares to playing live."


Details on the trek haven't been revealed yet.  But Shelton will hit at least 20 cities across the U.S., including Dallas, Chicago, New York, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Denver.  He'll also be making stops at various fairs and festivals across North America.  Specific dates and venues are expected in the coming weeks.  Shelton will launch his "Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014" in June.  The Band Perry, Neal McCoy, and Dan + Shay will be the openers.


Luke Bryan Praises His Opening Acts


Luke Bryan says he's really pleased with the opening acts joining him on his "That's My Kind Of Night" tour.  The country star explains that he and singer-songwriter Cole Swindell go way back.


Bryan adds that he has a lot of respect for Lee Brice, and praises Lee as "an amazing artist" and "an incredible vocalist." Swindell and Brice are on board for the entire run of Bryan's tour, which continues through October.


Luke just launched his "That's My Kind Of Night" tour last week.  The trek got off to a rough start.  Four crew members were injured while dismantling the stage after Bryan's first show.  The accident forced Luke to postpone one date, which has already been rescheduled.  And the tour is now back up and running.  Bryan, Swindell, and Brice will play a two-night stand in Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday and Saturday night.


Billy Currington Performs For "The Bachelor"


Billy Currington is adding to the romance on ABC's "The Bachelor."  The country star was featured on last night's episode, performing a private concert for "Bachelor" star Juan Pablo and his date, Chelsie, who was stunned by the surprise.


In addition to his chart-topping hit "Hey Girl," Currington also sang his current single "We Are Tonight" for his audience of two.  The performance behind Pasadena's City Hall capped of Juan Pablo and Chelsie's adventure-filled date.  Prior to seeing Billy and his band perform, the couple enjoyed Venezuelan music and food, took a bungee jump off Pasadena's Colorado Street Bridge, and shared romantic dinner during which Juan Pablo gave Chelsie a rose and let her know she's still a contender.


Rhonda Vincent Describes New Album's Musical Mix


Rhonda Vincent admits her upcoming album has a diverse mix of material.  But the bluegrass star says fans who've seen her in concert won't be surprised by the variety on "Only Me."


Rhonda adds that her band members are "all at the top of their game," and she's pleased with the material, musicianship, and instrumentation represented on the album.  Vincent's "Only Me" will be in stores on January 28th.  The album features guest appearances from Daryle Singletary, who contributes to the song "We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds," and Willie Nelson, who adds guitar and vocals to the title track.


Ken Burns' "Country Music" To Air On PBS In 2018


Ken Burns' "Country Music" will air on TV -- eventually. says PBS execs have confirmed that the documentary is slated for broadcast in 2018.  "Country Music" is expected to be a multi-part series covering the history and evolution of the genre over the past 100 years.  Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson is among the artists who have contributed to the series, sharing his knowledge and memories with Burns and his collaborator Dayton Duncan for the project.


"Country Music" is just one of several PBS programs announced Monday during the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California.  The network also has plans to present a five-part National Geographic series titled "Earth: A New Wild" in 2015.  Later this year PBS will roll out the second season of the British comedy "Last Tango in Halifax."  The network is also planning a number of specials to air in May in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied offensive into German-occupied France during World War Two.


Brantley Gilbert Saw Move To Nashville As A "Necessity"


Brantley Gilbert admits he was reluctant to relocate to Nashville.  The country star explains that he was concerned he'd be forced to make compromises and lose his own identity.


Brantley adds that he was happy doing his "own thing" from his home base in Georgia.  He admits he was "way way way broke for a lot of years in the beginning." But things eventually turned around for Brantley and he was soon selling out clubs throughout the Southeastern U.S. and "making a decent living."  Taking the risk and moving ended up paying off, and Brantley's fears of Nashville turned out to be unfounded.


ACM New Artist Voting Begins Today


Fans can begin voicing their choice for the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year.  This year's semi-finalists include Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, and Justin Moore, along with Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Lee Brice, and the group Parmalee.  The ACM professional members selected the semi-finalists.  But now the public is getting the chance to weigh in, and are welcome to join ACM professional members in the two-part voting process.  The first round will determine the three nominees in the category, while the second round will choose the winner.


Balloting begins today at noon Eastern at and, and will remain open until February 4th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  The nominees will be revealed a few weeks later.  The second round of voting will start on March 24th.  The winner will be revealed during the 49th annual ACM Awards, airing on CBS on April 6th.


Quick Bites


The "2014 Grammy Nominees" album arrives in stores today.  Five of the 18 tracks on the disc are country songs.  Taylor Swift's hit "Begin Again" and "Highway Don't Care," her collaboration with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, are included on the disc, along with Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round," Blake Shelton's "Mine Would Be You," and Jason Aldean's "Take A Little Ride."  The 56th annual Grammy Awards are coming up this Sunday, and will air on CBS.


Kris Kristofferson and T Bone Burnett are among those participating in a tribute to Neil Young.  The country stars are part of an all-star lineup for the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing gala, taking place in West Los Angeles Tuesday night.  Young is this year's guest of honor.  The rocker is being recognized for his efforts and attention to sound quality and technology.  The Producers & Engineers Wing gala is among the many Grammy Week events leading up to Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremony.


Country Birthdays Include


Mac Davis is 72.

Phil Stacey is 36.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1957, Patsy Cline got her big break when she performed on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts."  She sang "Walking After Midnight" and was signed to a recording contract by Decca Records a few weeks later.  "Walking After Midnight" went on to become her first hit.


Today in 1970, ABC-TV aired "The Johnny Cash Show," showing it during the network's regular season.  Previously, it had been a summer replacement.


Today in 1978, RCA recording artist Ronnie Milsap topped the "Billboard" country chart with "What a Difference You've Made in My Life."


Today in 1983, the "Strong Stuff" album by Hank Williams Jr. was released.


Today in 1987, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins were among the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Today in 1994, Clay Walker hit number one on the country charts with the single "Live Until I Die."


Today in 1996, Wynonna married Arch Kelley, who's the father of her children, in a Nashville church.  The couple has since divorced.


Today in 1997, "Colonel" Tom Parker -- Elvis Presley's manager who was credited with turning the singer into the King of Rock 'n' Roll -- died the day after suffering a stroke.  He was 87.


Today in 2000, Faith Hill's single "Breathe" topped the "Billboard" Country Singles chart for the sixth consecutive week.


Today in 2000, Garth Brooks' album sales totaled an astounding 99-million.


Today in 2004, Vince Gill announced that he wasn't going to return as the host of the Country Music Association Awards show, after serving 12 consecutive years at the helm of the event.


Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney launched his "Keg in the Closet" tour of college towns in the southeastern U.S. with a show at the University of Florida in Gainsville.


Today in 2004, Chris Cagle revealed that he was battling throat problems and would have to rest his voice for at least two months.  His condition forced him to cancel an appearance at the Super Bowl and to drop out of the Rascal Flatts "I Melt Tour."


Today in 2005, Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee underwent rotator cuff surgery to repair damage to her right shoulder.  Doctors said they believed the injury might have been caused by holding a microphone for five decades.


Today in 2005, Trace Adkins, Terri Clark, Bill Anderson, and Little Jimmy Dickens participated in the eight-day Grand Ole Opry Caribbean Cruise, which set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida.


Today in 2007, Sara Evans performed with Tony Dovolani on the "Dancing with the Stars" tour stop in Nashville.  The singer had been part of the show's previous season, but dropped out after filing for divorce.  It was the only date on the "Dancing" trek in which Evans participated.


Today in 2007, Jo Dee Messina headlined the festivities following Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen's second inauguration in Nashville, performing at the governor's Pioneer Ball at the Wildhorse Saloon.


Today in 2007, Earl Scruggs was honored in Nashville with a surprise party celebrating his 83rd birthday, which was earlier in the month.  His sons Gary and Randy Scruggs and friends Travis Tritt, John Anderson, Emmylou Harris, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band members Jeff Hanna and Jimmy Ibbotson, and Tom T. Hall were among those who gathered at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the special occasion.


Today in 2012, Lee Brice and his band escaped injury when their tour bus caught fire asthey were arriving in Mesa, Arizona for a show.


Today in 2012, Emmylou Harris marked her 20th anniversary as an Opry member with a special show, featuring Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin, and others.


Today in 2013, Brad Paisley and Charley Pride took part in events surrounding President Obama's inauguration.  Paisley helped kick off the Commander-In-Chief's Ball, honoring those serving in the military.  He also performed at The Inaugural Ball, the night's only other official event.  Pride, meanwhile, entertained at the Texas State Society's Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball, which also took place in Washington, DC.


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