Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Kenny Chesney Helping Preserve Aquatic Habitats


Kenny Chesney is taking his love of the sand and surf in a new direction.  The country star has signed on as an honorary board member of the Building Conservation Trust, a Coastal Conservation Association program to protect marine habitats.  Chesney says such endeavors need to be a team effort, since "no one person can save the world -- or the water."  But he explains that by "bringing people who care together and creating projects that can have an impact," people can "start to slowly protect and build up this important natural resource.”


Chesney worked with the Trust on a project in the St. John's River in Jacksonville, Florida last year.  At the time Kenny said he felt honored to help the organization with the effort, because "in stewarding the health of the ocean, you’re insuring the survival of something very necessary for all of us."


Tim McGraw An Opening Week Guest For Fallon's "Tonight Show"


Tim McGraw is among the stars who'll help welcome Jimmy Fallon as the new host of "The Tonight Show."  The country singer is slated to appear during Fallon's opening week.  He'll be the musical guest for Jimmy's third show on Wednesday, February 19th.  McGraw doesn't say what song he'll perform on the show.  His current single is "Lookin' For That Girl," which is the lead-off release from his upcoming album.


"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" will launch on NBC on February 17th at 11:35 p.m. Eastern, with guests Will Smith and U2.  Other stars appearing during Fallon's first week include Jerry Seinfeld, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and First Lady Michelle Obama.


Jerrod Niemann Makes Mini-Wester To Promote New CD


Jerrod Niemann is taping his other talents to promote his upcoming album, "High Noon."  The country star displays his acting abilities in a ten-minute western he's made in support of the disc.  But Niemann admits it's not any kind of serious cinematic piece.


Niemann's "High Noon" trailer will debut at on Tuesday.  The film is just one of the exclusive, interactive features the singer has on the website, along with games, free downloads, and other goodies.  Niemann's album "High Noon" will be in stores on March 25th.  His latest single, "Drink To That All Night," is the lead-off release from the album.


Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss Teaming Up For Tour


Willie Nelson is returning to the road.  And this time around he's sharing the top spot on the bill with Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas.  They'll launch their co-headlining trek in Murray, Kentucky on May 1st.  The 35-date run will continue into the summer, wrapping up with a show in Toledo, Ohio on July 18th.  Nelson and Krauss have tapped The Devil Makes Three, Kacey Musgraves, and Jason Isbell to serve as openers.  The Devil Makes Three is on board for the May shows.  Musgraves will take over to open most of the June dates, while Isbell will be featured on the stops in the U.S. in July.


Willie Nelson & Family-Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas Tour Dates


May 1 - Murray Kentucky, at the CFSB Center

May 2 - Atlanta, Georgia, at the Chastain Park Amphitheater

May 3 - Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Thompson-Boling Arena

May 4 - Cary, North Carolina, at the Koka Booth Amphitheater

May 6 - St. Augustine, Florida, at the St. Augustine Amphitheater

May 8 - Charleston, South Carolina, at the Family Circle Stadium

May 9 - Simpsonville, South Carolina, at the Charter Amphitheater

May 10 - Greensboro, North Carolina, at the White Oak Amphitheater

May 11 - Huntington, West Virginia, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena

May 13 - Roanoke, Virginia, at the Roanoke Civic Center

May 14 - Columbus, Ohio, at the Schottenstein Center

May 16 - Nashville, Tennessee, at The Woods at Fontanel

May 17 - North Birmingham, Alabama, at the BJCC

May 18 - Augusta, Georgia, at the James Brown Arena

June 5 - Southaven, Mississippi, at the Snowden Grove Amphitheater

June 6 - Louisville, Kentucky, at the Louisville Waterfront Park

June 7 - Lewiston, New York, at Artpark

June 8 - Bethel, New York, at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

June 10 - New York, New York, at Radio City Music Hall

June 13 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Mann Center for Performing Arts

June 14 - Columbia, Maryland, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion

June 15 - Simsbury, Connecticut, at the Performing Arts Center

June 17 - Boston, Massachusetts, at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

June 19 - Bangor, Maine, at the Darlings Waterfront Pavilion

June 20 - Gilford, New Hampshire, at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

June 21 - Canandaigua, New York, at CMAC

July 6 - Kansas City, Missouri, at the Starlight Theater

July 7 - Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the Arkansas Music Pavilion

July 9 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the Zoo Amphitheater

July 11 - Council Bluffs, Iowa, at Harrah's Council Bluffs

July 12 - Highland Park, Illinois, at the Ravinia Festival

July 13 - Sterling Heights, Michigan, at the Freedom Hill Amphitheater

July 15 - Rama, Ontario, Canada, at the Casino Raman

July 17 - Interlochen, Michigan, at the Interlochen Center for the Arts

July 18 - Toledo, Ohio, at the Toledo Zoo


Luke Bryan To Perform At ACM Fan Jam


Luke Bryan is getting more involved in the Academy of Country Music Awards, which are coming up in Las Vegas this spring.  In addition to joining Blake Shelton in hosting the event, he'll be making an appearance at the ACM Fan Jam.  During the ceremony, Luke will leave the MGM Grand Garden Arena and head over to the Mandalay Bay Events Center to perform with Fan Jam hosts Florida Georgia Line.  Additional Fan Jam performers will be announced in the coming weeks.


Bryan might also be busy accepting awards at the event.  He's in the running for three honors, including his second consecutive Entertainer of the Year title.  Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw are the top nominees for the 49th annual ACM Awards, which will air on CBS on April 6th.


Florida Georgia Line Don't Care About Grammys


Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard says he and Brian Kelley haven't thought twice about the Grammys.  The duo had one of the biggest hits of 2013 with "Cruise," which was overlooked by the Recording Academy for Grammy consideration at this year's event.  But Tyler tells Canada's QMI Agency the Grammys "don't mean a ton" to him or Brian, because it's not a fan-voted award.  He says the opinions of their followers matter much more to them than "what a small group of select industry people care to think."


Last year Florida Georgia Line took trophies at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards and the American Music Awards, along with the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association award shows.  The duo is also a four-time nominee heading into this year's ACM Awards, which will air on CBS from Las Vegas on April 6th.


Another Song From Upcoming Johnny Cash Album Unveiled


Johnny Cash fans are getting another preview of the upcoming album "Out Among The Stars."  Johnny teamed up with Waylon Jennings for a cover of the Hank Snow classic "I'm Movin' On," which is making its online debut on


"Out Among The Stars" features a collection of recordings Johnny made with producer Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s, when Cash was signed to Columbia Records.  But the tracks were never released, and ended up locked in a vault and forgotten -- until John Carter Cash discovered them.  He found the material in 2012 while going through some of his famous father's possessions, and enlisted Carlene Cash, Buddy Miller, and Marty Stuart to help him restore the recordings for release.  The disc also features the song "She Used To Love Me A Lot," which was unveiled when the album was announced.  "Out Among The Stars" will be in stores on March 25th.


Eli Young Band Have To Plan Alternate Valentine's Day


The guys in the Eli Young Band appreciate how understanding their wives are when it comes to Valentine's Day.  Frontman Mike Eli says they don't like disappointing the women they love, but they're rarely home for the romantic holiday.

This year is no exception.  The Eli Young Band will be opening a show for Darius Rucker in Albany, New York on Valentine's Day, which is coming up this Friday.  But Mike adds that he and his bandmates don't use touring as an excuse to ignore Valentine's Day.  The country star explains that they just find an another date to do something special with their wives.


Dierks Bentley Adjusting To Life With Three Kids


Dierks Bentley says he's thrilled to see his family grow.  But the country star admits that having a third child is a bigger adjustment than some might think.


Little Knox is now four months old.  Dierks says his son is "really happy, smiley, and he's figuring out the sleep thing," while he and his wife Cassidy are learning how to juggle the needs of three young children.  Knox has two older sisters, five-year-old Evie and three-year-old Jordan.


Quick Bite


Eric Church and Frankie Ballard have new albums arriving in stores today.  Eric's fourth album, "The Outsiders," features his hit "Give Me Back My Hometown."  Frankie's sophomore effort, "Sunshine & Whiskey" includes his single "Helluva Life."


Country Birthdays Include


Sheryl Crow is 52.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1967, Loretta Lynn hit the top of the charts with "Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)."


Today in 1975, Alabama's Randy Owen married his wife, Kelly.


Today in 1984, Vince Gill debuted on the charts with "Victim of Life's Circumstances."


Today in 1984, a federal grand jury in Memphis indicted Jerry Lee Lewis on tax evasion charges.  He was acquitted the following October.


Today in 1992, new releases included Reba McEntire's video "For My Broken Heart" and John Anderson's album "Seminole Wind."


Today in 1994, George Strait hit number one with "I'd Like To Have That One Back."


Today in 1999, tornadoes earlier in the week forced a CD manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Illinois, to shut down production, causing a possible delay for Steve Wariner's single "Two Teardrops."  But his record label persuaded two manufacturing plants to press 400 copies of the single while volunteers addressed and stuffed envelopes to get the single shipped to radio stations on time.


Today in 2002, "The Essential Johnny Cash" album arrived in stores.


Today in 2003, Terri Clark's single "I Just Wanna Be Mad" hit number one on the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart.  It also marked a milestone -- it was the first time in 46 weeks that a solo female artist grabbed the top spot on the "Radio & Records" chart.


Today in 2003, new album releases included Vince Gill's "Next Big Thing," George Strait's live effort "For The Last Time - Live from the Astrodome," and the Dixie Chicks' DVD/video "Home."


Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney's album "When The Sun Goes Down" debuted at the top of the "Billboard" album charts.


Today in 2006, Trisha Yearwood sang with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra at the Grand Ole Opry house. Raul Malo was the host.


Today in 2007, The Dixie Chicks were the big country winner at the 49th annual Grammy Awards, taking all five categories in which they were nominated.  Other country winners included Carrie Underwood, who was named Best New Artist, as well as Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Bryan Sutton and Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, who got the nod for her collaboration with Bon Jovi on the group's hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home."  Bob Wills was acknowledged as a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.


Today in 2007, Trent Willmon and Lorrie Morgan were among the judges for The Corner Pub's 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff in Nashville.


Today in 2009, Brad Paisley led the pack of nominees for the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  Other multiple nominees included George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, and Heidi Newfield.  LeAnn Rimes was tapped to receive the ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian Award.


Today in 2009, Dierks Bentley's "Feel That Fire" debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, ending Taylor Swift's 12-week run in the top spot with "Fearless."  In addition, the title track to Bentley's CD was at number one on the country singles chart.


Today in 2009, Pat Green and Clay Walker were among those taking part in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am charity golf tournament.


Today in 2009, the Trace Adkins-voiced ad campaign promoting the Grand Ole Opry began its media run.


Today in 2010, Justin Moore became a dad with the birth of his first child, Ella Kole.


Today in 2010, Carrie Underwood's "Sesame Street" character made her debut on the longrunning PBS children's series.  "Carrie Underworm" is an orange worm with long blonde hair who sings.  On the show the country star's invertebrate alter-ego performs "The Worm Anthem."


Today in 2011, Kenny Chesney was officially honored as the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's "Tennessean of the Year" at an event in Nashville.


Today in 2011, LeAnn Rimes was among the performers at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Barbra Streisand.


Today in 2012, Dierks Bentley served as the Honorary Chairman of the Arizona Centennial Motorcycle Ride, which took place in his hometown of Phoenix as part of the state's 100th anniversary celebration.  Bentley's hit "Home" was the official song of the event.


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