Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Report: Jason Aldean Dating Woman From Photo Scandal


Jason Aldean is reportedly dating the woman who sparked his marriage-ending scandal.  Both "Us Weekly" and say the country star and former "American Idol" finalist Brittany Kerr are now an item.  They're said to have started their relationship last spring, after Jason filed for divorce from his wife, Jessica Ussery.  Aldean's marital problems became public 18 months ago, when flirtatious photos of him and Kerr surfaced online.  At the time Aldean apologized, saying he "had too much to drink" and "acted inappropriately," but also pointed out that he left the West Hollywood bar alone.


Jason and Jessica had been married for nearly 12 years, and have two children together.  They spent the rest of 2012 in an unsuccessful attempt to save their relationship.  They separated in January 2013, and Aldean took the steps to formally end his marriage that April.


Frankie Ballard Tops Chart For First Time


Frankie Ballard says his "heart is overflowing" with happiness over his first number one hit.  The country star's latest single "Helluva Life," has topped both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and the Billboard Country Airplay chart.  The song is also Frankie's fastest rising single of his career, and is approaching the 400-thousand mark in digital sales.  "Helluva Life" is the lead-off single from Ballard's second studio album, "Sunshine & Whiskey."  The singer will perform the song as a guest on NBC's "Today" on April 2nd.


And now Frankie needs to make an appointment with his tailor.  He recently told "Country Weekly" if "Helluva Life" went to number one he would celebrate by buying "a full-on Manuel suit," because he thought it would be "cool" to commemorate his first number one country hit with "something so country."


Brandy Clark To Appear On "Ellen" This Week


Brandy Clark says she's "so excited" about her upcoming appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."  The new country singer will make her debut on the syndicated talk show this Thursday.  On the show Brandy will perform her single "Stripes" -- the song Ellen danced to in the Beats Music Super Bowl commercial.  Brandy says it was "incredible" to have her song featured in the ad along with DeGeneres, and she's thrilled to now have the chance to meet Ellen and sing "Stripes" on her show.  "Stripes" is on Clark's critically-acclaimed 2013 debut "12 Stories."  The singer is supporting the album on the road, opening shows for Jennifer Nettles.


Trisha Yearwood Credits Cooking Show, Age For Helping Live Show


Trisha Yearwood says her current tour is the most fun she can "ever remember having" on the road.  And she credits that to her cooking show and her age.  The country star tells CMT she's always felt at ease in front of an audience, but since she started "Trisha's Southern Kitchen" she's become "a lot more comfortable on stage."  She explains that the show is "very ad lib" because "the recipes are the script," which she likes because "it comes off more natural."  Trisha adds that on her show she's "always talking and talking and talking," and she believes that has helped her live show.


But Yearwood thinks being 49 makes a difference as well.  She says at this age "you start to lose the filter," and she's found it's "kind of freeing to just be yourself."  Trisha is now on her first tour in five years.  The next stop on her "Just Because" trek is coming up in Austin, Texas on March 26th.


2014 ACM Awards ZinePak Available Tuesday


Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, and Luke Bryan are among the stars on the Academy of Country Music's "Official 2014 ACM Awards ZinePak."  The limited edition two-disc release is packaged with a 120-page magazine, an ACM Awards ballot, and six collectible guitar picks.  Swift's "Red," Shelton's "Mine Would Be You," and Bryan's "Crash My Party" are featured along with songs from George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, and many others.  A second disc showcases new country artists including Eric Paslay, The Swon Brothers, and Katie Armiger.  The "official 2014 ACM Awards ZinePak" is available Tuesday only from Walmart.


Fans can also find additional ACM material through the free ZinePak All Access app, which is available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.  The app provides access to exclusive videos and photo galleries.  The 49th annual ACM Awards will be presented in a ceremony airing on CBS on April 6th.


Bill Anderson Taps Willie Nelson For Latest Album


Bill Anderson says he's really pleased to have Willie Nelson on his latest album, "Life."  The country star explains that he tapped Nelson to play on the song "Bubba Garcia's."


Bill teamed up with Jamey Johnson and Buddy Cannon to write "Bubba Garcia's," which was originally slated to be recorded by George Strait.  But when two years passed and the track never made it onto a Strait album, Bill decided to record the song himself.  "Bubba Garcia's" is the lead-off track to "Life," which Anderson released last fall.


Miranda Lambert Excited About Her 30s


Miranda Lambert says she's "really excited to be 30."  The country star, who reached the milestone birthday last November, tells "Spin" magazine she didn't do anything special to celebrate.  She says she "literally sat" at home with husband Blake Shelton and had dinner.  Lambert adds that she thinks that's "an indication" of how the upcoming decade will go for her -- and she's looking forward to it.  Miranda explains that "in your 20s you're kind of running around trying to figure out who you are and screaming out, 'Listen to me, I have something to say!'"  She says she's eager to become more introspective and learn more about herself -- which she's already started doing with her upcoming album "Platinum."  Lambert's new disc, which features her current single, "Automatic," will be in stores on June 3rd.


Eric Paslay Opening Up More As Confidence Grows


Eric Paslay says he's glad he's becoming more of "a goofball."  The Texas-born country singer explains that it's taken him a while to feel comfortable around others in Nashville.


But Eric admits that while his confidence has grown he's still "pretty reserved and quiet" when he first meets someone.  He says he'll start to share more of himself "after a few times of hanging out."  Success might have played a role in Eric's confidence level as well.  His single "Friday Night" topped the chart last month to become his first number one hit as a performer.  Eric's new single is "Song About A Girl."  Both tracks are from Paslay's self-titled debut album.


Tim McGraw Shares Admiration For Bruce Springsteen


Tim McGraw has nothing bad to say about Bruce Springsteen.  The country star says he has a great deal of admiration for Bruce on all levels.


McGraw and Springsteen are both on the bill for the upcoming March Madness Music Festival in Dallas -- but they're playing on different days.  Tim will perform at the event on April 5th while Springsteen is the April 6th headliner.  Tim also helped honor Bruce as last year's MusiCares Person of the Year.  He was one of many stars who paid tribute to Springsteen at the 2013 Grammy event.  The concert will be released on DVD on March 25th.


Country TV Tonight


ACM VIDEO PREVIEW 2014 (GAC) A look at some of the nominees for the upcoming 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

GREAT AMERICAN PLAYLIST (GAC) The fans pick the music for the video request show.


Country Birthdays Include


Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride is 76.

Jaron and the Long Road to Love's Jaron Lowenstein is 40.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1983, Jonn Anderson's single "Swingin'" entered the charts.


Today in 1994, Mary Chapin Carpenter earned a number one hit with "He Thinks He'll Keep Her."


Today in 1997, Tracy Lawrence's album "The Coast Is Clear" was released.


Today in 2000, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 20-cent stamped postcard featuring the historic Ryman Auditorium.


Today in 2002, Brenda Lee and the late Chet Atkins were among the inductees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City.  The event, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, featured a star-studded slate of performers and presenters.  Jewel inducted Brenda, while Marty Stuart honored Chet -- who died the previous June -- in the Sidemen category.


Today in 2002, Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now" began a five week stay at the top of the country singles charts.


Today in 2003, Deana Carter's album "I'm Just A Girl" arrived in stores.


Today in 2004, Darryl Worley and Mark Wills took part in a homecoming event at Fort Campbell, Kentucky for soldiers of the 101st Airborn division.


Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney launched the first leg of his his "Guitars, Tiki Bars + A Whole Lotta Love Tour" with a show in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley joined Kenny for this portion of the tour, which ran through mid May.


Today in 2004, Blake Shelton made a guest appearance on "The Chris Isaac Show."


Today in 2005, Reba McEntire was a guest on "The View," offering a showcase of her new fashion line.


Today in 2006, Reba McEntire hosted Celebrity Fight Night 12 in Phoenix, Arizona, benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.


Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney began a three-week run at number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart with "Living in Fast Forward."


Today in 2007, Darryl Worley performed the national anthem at the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Race in Atlanta.


Today in 2008, Luke Bryan became the proud papa to son Thomas Boyer "Bo" Bryan, who was born in Nashville.  Bo arrived at 11:34 a.m. Central time, tipping the scales at six-pounds, 14-ounces and measuring 20-inches long.


Today in 2008, Ricky Skaggs received an honorary doctorate from Boston's Berklee College of Music during a performance on the Opry.


Today in 2009, rumors that LeAnn Rimes and her "Northern Lights" co-star Eddie Cibrian were having an affair started to surface.  While they initially denied the allegations, four months later they confirmed that they were a couple, and both Rimes and Cibrian's marriages ended in divorce later in the year.


Today in 2009, George Jones joined author Dr. Maya Angelou as guests on Sirius/XM Satellite's Oprah Radio channel.


Today in 2009, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood, and Brad Paisley performed on "American Idol" during the show's "Grand Ole Opry Week."

Today in 2010, Miranda Lambert launched her "Roadside Bars And Pink Guitars" tour in Beckley, West Virginia.  It was her first headlining tour.


Today in 2010, Blake Shelton made his headlining debut at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.


Today in 2010, Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison made their concert debut as the duo Courtyard Hounds at Antone's Nightclub in Austin, Texas during the South By Southwest Music Conference.


Today in 2013, Kellie PIckler and Wynonna Judd began their run on "Dancing With the Stars."  Wynonna's time on the show was short -- she was the first person voted out of the competition -- but Kellie went on to take the mirrorball trophy.


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