Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Taylor Swift Among Nominees For Kids' Choice Awards


Taylor Swift is getting attention from some of her youngest fans.  The country-pop superstar is a two-time nominee for the upcoming Kids' Choice Awards.  She's in the running for Favorite Female Singer along with Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, and Katy Perry.  Swift is facing Perry again for Favorite Song.  Her hit "I Knew You Were Trouble" is up against Perry's chart-topper "Roar" as well as Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and One Direction's "Story Of My Life."


Meanwhile, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban are indirect nominees.  "The Voice," where Shelton serves as a coach, and "American Idol," which features Urban as a judge, are up for Favorite Reality Show along with "America's Got Talent" and "Wipeout."  The fan-voted Kids' Choice Awards covers entertainment and pop culture, and includes categories on sports, books, video games, and apps as well as music, movies, and TV.  Voting is open now at and other Nickelodeon digital platforms.  Actor Mark Wahlberg will host the 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards, airing on Nickelodeon on March 29th.


Dierks Bentley Supporting New CD With TV Appearances


Dierks Bentley fans will get plenty of opportunities to see him on TV this week.  The country star has a number of appearances set in conjunction with the release of his new album, "Riser," which arrives in stores today.  Bentley is starting his promotional blitz with a visit this morning to ABC's "Good Morning America."  On Wednesday Dierks will be the musical guest on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."  He'll also be featured on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live.  Bentley wraps up his TV run on Thursday with a stop at ABC's "The View."  "Riser" feature's Dierks' latest hit, "I Hold On."  The disc is Bentley's follow up to his 2012 effort, "Home."


Reba, Loretta Lynn Sign On For Johnny Cash Music Festival


Reba McEntire and Loretta Lynn lead the lineup for this year's Johnny Cash Music Festival.  Bobby Bare has signed on for event as well, while singer-comedian Mark Lowry is on board to host the show.  The Johnny Cash Music Festival honors the late Man In Black while raising money for the restoration of Cash's childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas, which Arkansas State University now owns.  A portion of the proceeds also helps fund the scholarship the school established in Cash's name.  The 2014 Johnny Cash Music Festival is set for the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro on August 15th.  Tickets go on sale this Friday.


Ralph Stanley Celebrating Birthday With Nashville Concert


Ralph Stanley plans to celebrate his birthday with his fans.  The legendary country and bluegrass performer -- who's turning 87 on Tuesday -- will play a special "Birthday Celebration" concert place at the Station Inn in Nashville on Thursday.  He'll perform with his longtime band, The Clinch Mountain Boys.  And they'll remain in Nashville through the weekend, following the birthday concert with appearances on the Grand Ole Opry on both Friday and Saturday night.


The shows are part of Stanley's "Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.'s Farewell," which he has said will be his final tour.  Ralph's latest album, "Side By Side," arrived in stores last week.  The 14-track set features Stanley and his son teaming up on a mix of traditional and new songs.


Luke Bryan Enjoys His Spring Break Shows


Luke Bryan admits that at the age of 37, his spring break days are likely numbered.  But the country star says he enjoys his annual shows.


Bryan will play this year's Spring Break shows at Spinnaker’s Beach Club in Panama City, Florida on March 11th and 12th.  The free concerts coincide with the arrival of Luke's new Spring Break set, "Spring Break 6...Like We Ain't Ever."  The six-track digital EP will be available March 11th.


Jake Owen To Perform At The Players Championship


Jake Owen will be taking in more golf this spring.  The country star has been tapped to perform for Military Appreciation Day at The Players Championship.  Jake says he's excited about the upcoming event.  The singer calls performing for the troops "a true honor," explaining that he admires the sacrifices they make in service to the country.  Owen's performance will cap off a day of events celebrating the men and women in uniform.  His show will take place at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse Lawn in Ponte Vedra, Florida on May 7th.


Jake has also performed -- and played -- at other golf events this year.  In January he was in Arizona for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and earlier this month he took part in The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Monterey, California.


Country Stars To Perform At T.J. Martell Gala


Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and Darius Rucker are on board for next month's T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala.  The event serves as a fundraiser for the T.J. Martell Foundation, and recognizes leaders in a variety of fields, including music, sports, and business.  "Nashville" star Charles Esten is also on board as the Master of Ceremonies, while Jake Owen, Sheryl Crow, and the Blue Sky Riders are also expected to perform.  The T.J. Martell Foundation supports research into treatments and cures for diseases including leukemia, cancer, and AIDS.  The T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala will take place at Nashville's Omni Hotel on March 10th.


Eli Young Band Optimistic About Upcoming Album


The Eli Young Band is excited to finally have a new album arriving in stores.  Bassist Jon Jones says they're optimistic that "10,000 Towns" will continue to move the group forward.


Frontman Mike Eli adds that the band is hoping "10,000 Towns" will add to their collection of hits.  He explains that their goal is to eventually be able to put together shows in which even a casual fan knows all they songs they perform.  Eli Young Band is off to a strong start with "10,000 Towns."  The lead-off single from the disc, "Drunk Last Night," recently became the group's third chart-topper.  The album will be in stores on March 4th.

Kelly Clarkson The Public's Pick For New "Voice" Coach


With Cee Lo Green's announcement that he's permanently left "The Voice," the public is weighing in on possible replacements.  And according to a poll, many would like to see a woman take his red swivel chair.  The top choice among the survey's 12 options also has some reality show experience.  Kelly Clarkson, the first "American Idol" winner, is the favorite, earning 21-percent of the vote.  Pharrell Williams and Michael Buble -- who's previously served as an advisor on the show -- are tied for second place, with each earning nods from 12-percent.


Nine-percent would like to see No Doubt's Gwen Stefani come on board, while eight-percent think either Alicia Keys or John Legend would be a good choice.  Jennifer Hudson and are getting support from seven-percent each.  Just six-percent like Fergie, and less than five-percent want Robin Thicke, Mary J. Blige, or David Guetta to get the job.  Usher, who's currently filling Cee Lo's spot, wasn't included among the options.


Country Birthdays Include


Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley is 87.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1949, Hank Williams Sr.'s "Lovesick Blues" was released.  It was the song that got him his first invitation to perform on the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1956, Elvis Presley had his first number one country hit with "I Forgot To Remember to Forget."


Today in 1989, Dwight Yoakam hit number one on the charts with "I Sang Dixie."


Today in 1992, Garth Brooks won his first Grammy for the album "Ropin' The Wind."  Mary Chapin Carpenter also took home her first Grammy, for "Down at the Twist and Shout."


Today in 1993, Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Toy Caldwell died of respiratory failure at his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  He was 45.


Today in 1994, Vince Gill topped the country charts with "Tryin' to Get Over You."


Today in 1998, Trisha Yearwood took home trophies in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category for "How Do I Live" and in the Best Country Vocal Collaboration category for "In Another's Eyes," her duet with Garth Brooks, the 40th annual Grammy Awards.  Other winners included Alison Krauss & Union Station, who earned Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with "Looking in the Eyes of Love," and Vince Gill, who received his 11th Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance with "Pretty Little Adriana."


Today in 2000, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence praised the Dixie Chicks for raising public awareness of the issue.


Today in 2002, Garth Brooks helped honor Billy Joel as the 2002 MusiCares Person of the Year.


Today in 2002, the Dixie Chicks made the first of two appearances on "Sesame Street."


Today in 2003, Johnny PayCheck was laid to rest at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville.  Johnny was buried in a plot donated by and next to one reserved for his longtime friend, George Jones.


Today in 2005, Kathy Mattea, Pam Tillis, and Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely performed during the Nashville stop of "The Vagina Monologues" touring production.


Today in 2007, Collin Raye, Mel Tillis, The Bellamy Brothers, and Suzy Bogguss set sail on an eight-day "Country Cruise" from Ft. Lauderdale to the ports of San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Catalina Island, Domincan Republic; and Nassua, Grand Bahamas.


Today in 2008, John Rich, Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson and Kellie Pickler were among the performers for "Phoenix Rising! Musicians United to Benefit the Victims of the Station Nightclub Fire."  The Providence, Rhode Island concert raised money for the those injured and the families of those killed in the fire at the West Warwick, Rhode Island nightclub five years ago during a Great White concert.  One-hundred people were killed, while nearly 200 others were injured.


Today in 2009, Martina McBride took part in a concert at the White House honoring Stevie Wonder as the recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.


Today in 2009, Jewel began rehab for tendinitis in her knees, which she developed with her intense rehearsals for her participation on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."


Today in 2009, Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel performed the second of two shows at the Earth Bio-Willie Theater in Carl's Corner, Texas.  The concerts were part of the Willie's World 5th Annual Grand Opening celebrations.


Today in 2010, Easton Corbin and Tom T. Hall were among the performers at the Country Radio Seminar's CRS Live Show.


Today in 2011, Eric Church got the nod as the Academy of Country Music's Top New Solo Vocalist, while The Band Perry was named Top New Vocal Duo or Group.  With their wins they also became the nominees for Top New Artist at the 46th annual ACM Awards, which took place five weeks later.


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