Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Vince Gill To Be Honored By Country Radio Broadcasters


Vince Gill is getting recognized for his contributions to country music. He's set to receive the Country Radio Broadcasters' 2014 Career Achievement Award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, taking place in Nashville Tuesday night.  Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are slated to make the presentation to Vince and perform in his honor.  The gala serves as the informal kickoff of the Country Radio Seminar, which officially begins Wednesday and continues through Friday.


Country Radio Seminar Executive Director BIll Mayne believes Gill is more than deserving of the award.  He says Vince is not only "one of the greatest artists in the country genre," but also "a remarkable ambassador for country music."  Previous recipients include Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, George Strait, and Brooks & Dunn.


Brett Eldredge Excited About New Faces Show


Brett Eldredge is accomplishing a special goal this week -- in a big way.  The country star tells he's "always wanted to go to the New Faces Show" at the annual Country Radio Seminar, but "literally couldn't get in."  The singer explains that he "didn't have the right pass or whatever," and "wasn't cool enough" to get through the doors.  But Brett is going to this year's event -- and he doesn't even need a ticket.  He's one of the performers at the new artist showcase.  Eldredge admits he's very proud to be invited to play.  The singer says it's "a very cool feeling" to "be thought of as one of the top newcomers in country music," and to have the chance to "get up in front of the industry and play." 


The New Faces Show will cap off this year's CRS, which takes place in Nashville from Wednesday through Friday.  Brett is part of a New Faces lineup that also includes Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Cassadee Pope, and Charile Worsham.


Cole Swindell Excited About Debut Album's Release


Cole Swindell admits he's excited about the release of his debut album.  The country newcomer tweeted Monday it was hard for him to believe he was finally going to see his record in stores, adding that he'd "been waiting so long for this."  But that's not the only reason the singer is excited.  Cole will be making his national TV debut with a release-day appearance on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday.


Swindell was already in New York City Monday night.  He posted a photo on Facebook of him across the street from the Ed Sullivan Theater, pointing over his shoulder at the "Late Show" marquee.  Cole said he'd bet nobody would believe him if he told them he was Dave's musical guest Tuesday.  He added that he "can't wait to walk into a store" and buy his album.  Swindell's self-titled CD includes the hit single "Chillin' it."


Brantley Gilbert Looking Forward To Mexico Trip


Brantley Gilbert says he's looking forward to next week's "Boots in the Sand" event in Mexico next week.  The country star admits he intends to enjoy himself both on and off the stage.


"Boots in the Sand" includes five days and four nights of concerts and other activities at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, and Jana Kramer are also slated to take part in the fun, which gets under way this Sunday.


Justin Moore Adjusting Schedule For Family


Justin Moore says he'll be spending less time on the road this year.  The singer tells "Country Weekly" he's limiting his performances to roughly 100 concerts this year -- half as many dates as he played just two years ago.  The country star explains that it's important to him to spend more time at home, especially once his third child arrives this summer.  Moore adds that in addition to adjusting to life with three kids, he and his wife Kate "have to get to thinking about" a name for their littlest bundle of joy.  He admits he thought they were set if they have a son on the way, but Kate no longer wants to use the boy's name they had picked out.


Justin says they had a tough time coming up with a name for their second child as well.  He recalls that they settled on the name Kennedy only a week before she was born.  In addition to their two-year-old, Justin and Kate are also parents to daughter Ella, who just celebrated her fourth birthday last week.


Tim McGraw Praises Wife Faith Hill As A Role Model


Tim McGraw says he does his best to set a good example for his daughters.  But the country star says his wife Faith Hill is a much better role model for their girls.


Tim, meanwhile, has started rolling out dates for his upcoming road trip.  The singer has announced six dates in May for his "Sundown Heaven Town 2014 Tour," including five stops in California and a show in Phoenix, Arizona.  In addition, Tim will be one of the first guests on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."  He's set to appear as the musical guest on Wednesday show.


Tim McGraw Tour Dates


May 8 - Fresno, California, at the Save Mart Center at Fresno State

May 9 - Sacramento, California, at the Sleep Train Amphitheater

May 10 - Mountain View, California, at the Shoreline Amphitheater

May 16 - Phoenix, Arizona, at the Ak-Chin Pavilion

May 17 - San Diego, California, at the Sleep Train Amphitheater

May 18 - Irvine, California, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater


Miranda Lambert Helps Eleven Dogs Find Homes


Miranda Lambert continues to make an effort to find homes for animals in need.  The country star spent Saturday in Tishomingo, Oklahoma hosting a dog adoption drive in the park next to her Pink Pistol store.  She also offered updates and pictures from the event on her Twitter page, and later apologized for "spamming" her followers with photos of the dogs.  But she explained that it makes her "so happy to get these shelter dogs good homes."  Lambert was also happy with the results.  By the end of the day eleven dogs had new owners.


Eric Church's Music Reflects His Values


Eric Church says he still believes many of the things he was taught as a kid.  The country star adds that those values are reflected in his songs. 


Church adds that those values provide his "foundation" when he's on the road, and they're part of what he brings "to the stage every night."  Eric will be hitting the stage overseas later this month.  The singer will launch a 12-date European tour with a show in Dublin, Ireland on February 24th.  He'll also visit the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden before wrapping up the trek in Oslo, Norway on March 12th.  Once back in the U.S. Church will launch a run of spring festival dates with an appearance at the iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin, Texas on March 29th.  Eric is touring behind his new album, "The Outsiders."


CMA Fest's Nightly Concerts Sell Out In Record Time


Country music fans hoping to catch one of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during this summer's CMA Music Festival are out of luck -- unless they already have a ticket.  The CMA's Sarah Trahem says four-day packages for the event sold out in record time, 15 weeks in advance of the event and nine weeks sooner than last year, which means there won't be any single-day tickets available for the concerts.  Trahem adds that the enthusiasm reflected in the ticket sales "speaks volumes about the strength of this festival" and the popularity of country music, since no performers have been announced yet for the shows.


The Nightly Concerts are just one aspect of the four-day event.  The festival includes several stages of free concerts, meet-and-greets and autograph signings, fan club parties, and other activities.  The 2014 CMA Music Festival will take place throughout downtown Nashville from June 5th through the 8th.  More information is available at


Country TV Tonight


LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) Cole Swindell is a guest.


Country Birthdays Include


Juice Newton is 62.

Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins is 37.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1989, Dan Seals' single "Big Wheels In The Moonlight" topped the charts.


Today in 1994, Mark Chesnutt topped the country charts with "I Just Wanted You to Know."


Today in 1998, Travis Tritt and his wife, Teresa, welcomed their first child, daughter Tyler Reese.


Today in 2000, Faith Hill's chart-topping country single "Breathe" became her first top five pop single.  Her previous crossover smash, "This Kiss," had peaked at number seven.


Today in 2000, "InStyle" magazine selected LeAnn Rimes as the "Best-Tressed" celebrity for their March issue.


Today in 2002, Alan Jackson's album "Drive" was certified double Platinum -- just one month after it was released.


Today in 2002, Tim McGraw became the first artist in the history of Broadcast Data Systems -- the company that electronically monitors airplay for "Billboard" magazine -- to have two singles in the top five of "Billboard's" Hot Country Singles chart.  His two charting cuts were "Cowboy In Me" and his duet with Jo Dee Messina, "Bring on the Rain."


Today in 2003, Johnny Paycheck died in his sleep at age 64, following a lengthy battle with emphysema.


Today in 2003, Chely Wright was named the official spokesperson for the Nashville SuperSpeedway for the 2003 racing season.


Today in 2004, Merle Kilgore told Nashville's "Tennessean" newspaper he didn't mean to upset the Cash family when he said he thought it would be funny to see the song "Ring of Fire" used in a Preparation H commercial.


Today in 2004, Montgomery Gentry's video "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" made its debut on CMT.


Today in 2005, Stetson Fragrances announced Shania Twain had agreed to develop her own line of scents for the company.


Today in 2005, Wynonna portrayed a rich, snobby, Manhattan housewife on ABC-TV's "Hope And Faith."


Today in 2005, Blaine Larsen sang the national anthem before the "Rookie Challenge" event in conjunction with the NBA All-Star Game in Denver.


Today in 2006, Charlie Daniels spoke out during his performance at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in response to Willie Nelson's support of gay cowboys.  Between songs Charlie told the crowd, quote, "I have not seen 'Brokeback Mountain,' and I don't intend to," adding that he has, quote, "too much respect for John Wayne."


Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney appeared on "60 Minutes," in which he explained his annulment from Renee Zellweger and tried to put to rest rumors that he's gay.


Today in 2007, Wynonna Judd and her husband, D.R. Roach, separated.  The two were married in an elaborate ceremony in Nashville in November 2003, but they had been a couple since 1999.


Today in 2007, the series finale of Reba McEntire's sitcom, "Reba" aired on the CW, bringing the show's six-season run to a close.


Today in 2007, Big & Rich sang the national anthem prior to the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Today in 2007, Trace Adkins made an appearance on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." He performed a concert in Austin, Texas to help raise money to renovate a couple's home for their children.


Today in 2009, Toby Keith launched his TK Steelman clothing line with an event at his I Love This Bar & Grill in Harrah's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.


Today in 2011, Miranda Lambert played the first of two sold out shows at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth.  With the concert Lambert became the first female artist to perform a sold out show at the famed venue.  It was also the first time Billy Bob's hosted back-to-back sold out shows.



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