Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Toby Keith Announces Spring-Summer Tour


Toby Keith is making plans to return to the road.  The country star revealed the dates for his "Shut Up & Hold On" trek Monday  in a YouTube video, featuring a montage of friends and fans saying -- and sometimes singing -- the phrase, "Get in, sit down, shut up, and hold on."  The 40-second clip ends with a rundown of the first confirmed stops for the trek, with the promise there'll be "more TBA."  As it stands the tour will begin with an appearance at the Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City, Iowa on May 25th.  The 20 dates are scattered throughout the spring and summer, with the last show of the list in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 27th.


Toby Keith "Shut Up & Hold On" Tour Dates


May 25 - Forest City, Iowa, at the Tree Town Music Festival

May 30 - San Bernardino, California, at the San Manuel Amphitheater

May 31 - Mountain View, California, at the Shoreline Amphitheater

June 1 - Sacramento, California, at the Sleep Train Amphitheater

June 13 - Burlington, Iowa, at the Burlington Steamboat Days

June 14 - Winsted, Minnesota, at the Winsted Music Festival

June 20 - Cleveland, Ohio, at the Blossom Music Center

June 28 - Washington, DC, at Jiffy Lube Live

July 12 - St. Louis, Missouri, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

July 13 - Chicago, Illinois, at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

July 19 - Tooele, Utah, at the Tooele County Fairgrounds - Desert Peak Complex

July 25 - Holmdel, New Jersey, at the PNC Bank Center

July 26 - Hartford, Connecticut, at the XFINITY Theater

July 27 - Bethel, New York, at the Bethel Woods Center

August 1 - Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, at the Boots and Hearts Festival

August 8 - Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Riverbend Music Center

August 9 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the First Niagara Pavilion

August 23 - Lima, Ohio, at the Allen County Fair

September 13 - Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Klipsch Music Center

September 27 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Susquehanna Bank Center


Danielle Bradbery Visiting Hometown On Music Education Bus Tour


Danielle Bradbery is promoting music education on the "Music In Our Schools" national bus tour.  But the 17-year-old country singer admits she's a little apprehensive about Tuesday's stop at Cypress Ranch High School, where she attended before competing on "The Voice."


Danielle adds that being a teen herself means she can relate to the students.  She says she hopes she'll be able to encourage them, and serve as living proof that dreams really can come true.


The bus tour honors March as National Music In Our Schools Month.  The cross-country trek began Sunday in Anaheim, California, and made a stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Monday.  Bradbery will also visit schools in Oklahoma City, the Nashville area, and Charlotte, North Carolina before coming to an end in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Saturday.


Danielle Bradbery's "Music In Our Schools" remaining bus tour stops


March 4 - Cypress, Texas, at Cypress Ranch High School

March 5 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at Classen School of Advanced Studies

March 6 - Antioch, Tennessee, at Antioch High School

March 7 - Charlotte, North Carolina, at Northwest School for the Arts

March 8 - Lake Buena Vista, Florida, at the Walt Disney World Resort


Brad Paisley Kicking Off RodeoHouston Concerts Tuesday


Brad Paisley is launching this year's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concerts.  The country star will take the stage at Houston's Reliant Park Tuesday night to kick off the 21-date event.  Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean are also on board, along with Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, and The Band Perry.  Florida Georgia Line, Easton Corbin, and Hunter Hayes will be making their RodeoHouston debuts this year.


The Eli Young Band is slated for the event's Armed Forces day, while R&B star Usher will perform on Black Heritage day.  Pesado and Banda MS are set for Go Tejano day.  REO Speedwagon, Robin Thicke, and Selena Gomez will also play shows before the Zac Brown Band closes out the run of concerts on March 23rd.


2014 Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo Concerts Lineup


March 4 - Brad Paisley

March 5 - Eli Young Band - Armed Forces Day

March 6 - Reba

March 7 - Usher - Black Heritage Day

March 8 - Chris Young

March 9 - Selena Gomez

March 10 - REO Speedwagon

March 11 - Jason Aldean

March 12 - Jake Owen

March 13 - Maroon 5

March 14 - Keith Urban

March 15 - Hunter Hayes

March 16 - Pesado and Banda MS - Go Tejano Day

March 17 - Luke Bryan

March 18 - Robin Thicke

March 19 - Florida Georgia Line

March 20 - Blake Shelton

March 21 - Easton Corbin

March 22 - The Band Perry

March 23 - Zac Brown Band


Gill, Harris Headlining L.A. "All For The Hall" Show Tuesday


Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris are playing "For The Hall."  The country stars are once again leading the lineup for the annual "All For The Hall" show, which is marking its return to the West Coast.  The event will take place at the Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles Tuesday night.  Actress Rita Wilson is slated to host the show, which promotes and supports Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  Heart and Jason Mraz are also on the lineup, with other "special guests" expected to appear.


The show resembles an old-fashioned "guitar pull" featuring songs, stories, and unique musical collaborations among the participants.  Taylor Swift, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Jason Aldean, and Martina McBride are just some of the many country stars who have taken part in "All For The Hall" shows over the years.


Tammy Wynette's Daughters Hope To Move Forward On Crypt Renaming


The late Tammy Wynette's daughters are encouraged following a petition launched over the weekend to have their mother's stage name restored to her crypt.  Jackie Daly tells Nashville's "Tennessean" she and her sisters want to get a court order this week, "since the momentum is going."  It only took a few days for the petition at to get more than one-thousand-100 signatures from fans wanting the name "Tammy Wynette" back on her final resting place.  Wynette's daughters can't simply make the change because they don't own the crypt.  Legally it belongs to their stepsister, Dierdre Richardson Hale, who hasn't approved the change.


The name "Tammy Wynette" was removed in 2012 in connection with a sale of Tammy and her late husband George Richey's intellectual property.  The sisters reportedly agreed to the change on the advice of Hale, who's a lawyer, and they thought it would only be temporary.  George's remains, meanwhile, are no longer at the crypt.  Sheila Richey, whom George married after Tammy's death, has relocated her husband's remains.  She explains in a statement that George left instructions to be moved "if Tammy's children or his family caused any trouble."


David Nail's New CD Includes Tribute To Glen Campbell


David Nail is honoring a country legend on his new album.  "I'm a Fire" features a cover of the Glen Campbell classic "Galveston."  David tells "Country Weekly" Campbell is "a huge hero" of his, and has been a "big-time influence."  He says he doesn't know if the track will be released as a single, but that doesn't really matter to him.  Nail explains that his goal is simply to "let people know just how much" Glen has meant to him.  He adds that if his version of the song is never played on the radio he's still confident that Glen will eventually hear it, because "somebody will play it for him."


Nail recorded "Galveston" with Lee Ann Womack, who provides the harmony vocal.  He says he's glad he was able to record the song with her -- and not just because she's one of his favorite female singers.  He explains that of all the people he's come to know through his career, "Lee Ann probably has the strongest appreciation for the history of country music."  "I'm a Fire" arrives in stores Tuesday.  The album also features David's recent chart-topper, "Whatever She's Got" and his new single, "Kiss You Tonight."


Billy Currington Eager To Release New Music


Billy Currington says he's at no shortage when it comes to new songs.  The singer tells "Country Weekly" he's proud of his latest recordings, but admits they might not technically be considered "country" music.  He says he's not sure "what you would actually call these songs," but he "can't wait to finish" them up "so the world can hear them."  Currington worked on the material in Los Angeles with songwriter-producer Shy Carter, whose credits include Sugarland's "Stuck On You." and Currington's "Hallelujah," from Billy's latest album "We Are Tonight."


Currington recalls recording "Hallelujah," explaining that they were "just messing around in the studio" and "there was no intention" of including the track on the album.  But the country star admits he's "sure glad it did."  Currington will be launching his "We Are Tonight Tour" later this week.  The trek, which also features Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice, will begin in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Thursday.


Kenny Loggins' Country "Danger Zone" Premieres On "Archer"


Kenny Loggins admits he was skeptical about turning "Danger Zone" into a country song.  But the singer tells he's impressed with the new arrangement, which premiered Monday night at and on the animated FX series "Archer."


Loggins sings the song with Cherlene, the country persona of Cheryl on "Archer."  Actress Judy Greer voices the character on the show, but Jessy Lynn Martens provides Cherlene's singing voice.  In addition to the song's premiere, Monday's episode also featured an animated appearance from Loggins.  And Kenny says he "really enjoyed doing it."  He explains that he played an exaggerated version of himself, and admits he "laughed out loud" when he read the script.  Loggins adds that he was really pleased with the way the episode turned out, and he's "hoping to get to do it again."


A repeat of the episode, titled "Archer Vice: Baby Shower," will air as part of FX's overnight programming next week.  The rebroadcast is set for Tuesday, March 11th at 12:30 a.m.  But the song is available now.  It's one of 12 tracks on the album "Cherlene (Songs from the Series Archer)," which was released in conjunction with the episode's premiere.


Tim McGraw Enjoys Producing Records


Tim McGraw says he likes working in the studio with new artists.  The country star explains that one benefit is having a different skill set to tap.


McGraw adds that he also likes producing his own records, because it gives him a different perspective on the work.  He explains that it gives him the opportunity to "step outside" himself as an artist and "look at it from the other side of the window."  Tim co-produced his current single, "Lookin' For That Girl."  The track is the lead-off release from McGraw's next album, which is expected to hit stores in May.


The Band Perry Move Boldly Into Their Future


The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry admits it's not easy to move forward, even with the positive things in life.  The country star explains that as she and her brothers Neil and Reid worked on their most recent album, "Pioneer," they had to learn to "bust right through the fear."  But Kimberly says it applies to most things in life.


Kimberly adds that to approach each new thing "with boldness" is simply The Band Perry's way.  She says she, Neil, and Reid decided early on to tackle each aspect of their career with confidence, and agreed to not second-guess themselves as they made decisions.  The Band Perry is currently on their "We Are Pioneers World Tour."  The group's next show is coming up in Savannah, Georgia on Friday.


Country Birthdays Include


Jason Sellers is 43.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1978, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson topped the charts with "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys."  The song remained at number one for four weeks, which was the longest chart-topping streak that any song had that year.


Today in 1983, George Jones married Nancy Sepulveda in Woodville, Texas.


Today in 1994, Reba McEntire's "Greatest Hits" album was certified double Platinum, making her the first woman in country music history to have five multi-Platinum albums.


Today in 2000, Montgomery Gentry's debut album, "Tattoos and Scars," was certified Gold.


Today in 2001, Terri Clark was among the winners at The Junos, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys.


Today in 2002, plans were announced to make Rascal Flatts' hit single "I'm Movin' On" a book.


Today in 2003, Gary Allan snagged his very first number one song with "Man To Man."


Today in 2004, Lonestar presented an award during opening ceremonies of the 2004 Country Radio Seminar.


Today in 2008, Charlie Daniels was honored with the Career Achievement Award at the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony, while Joe Nichols, Phil Vassar, Shooter Jennings, Jennifer Hanson, and Randy Houser performed at the first annual Country Radio Broadcasters Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame post-induction party.  The events took place in Nashville during the annual Country Radio Seminar.


Today in 2008, Bill Anderson was honored by the University of Georgia in Athens and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame for his long and productive career in the entertainment industry.  The ceremony included the unveiling of a historical marker noting the recording of his first hit song, "City Lights," at the former WGTV studios in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.


Today in 2008, new releases included Alan Jackson's album "Good Time," Carlene Carter's CD "Stronger," and Ashton Shepherd's debut disc "Sounds So Good," while LeAnn Rimes released the video for her single "Good Friends and a Glass of Wine."


Today in 2009, Randy Owen received the Country Radio Broadcasters' artist humanitarian award at a Country Radio Seminar event.  He was recognized for his efforts to raise money to fight cancer and help children battling the disease through the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids.


Today in 2009, Tim McGraw was the host and headline performer at the Country Radio Seminar's Music City Jam, while Jimmy Wayne led the bill for the KCRS Live! event, which also featured Kelley Lovelace, Ashley Gorley and Jonathan Singleton.


Today in 2010, Rascal Flatts appeared as themselves in an episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."


Today in 2011, Alan Jackson made his performance debut in Australia with a performance in Melbourne to launch his first Australian tour.


Today in 2011, Thompson Square made their national TV debut with an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."


Today in 2011, The Band Perry, Lee Brice, and Easton Corbin were among the performers at the Country Radio Seminar's New Faces of Country Music Show, along with Jerrod Niemann, Steel Magnolia, and Josh Thompson.


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