Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Keith Urban Announces Country Music Hall Benefit


Keith Urban is once again raising money for Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  And he's tapped a number of stars to help him with his efforts.  Vince Gill will again co-host the event, which this year carries a "Songtellers" theme."  Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, and Lee Ann Womack are on board for the show, along with Brantley Gilbert, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, and others.  Each performer will play one of their own songs along with a classic country tune, and tell personal stories about the songs.


Urban will stage his fifth annual "We're All 4 The Hall" benefit at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on May 6th.  Tickets go on sale April 4th.  With his previous four events Urban has raised over two-million-dollars for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.


Charlie Daniels Staging "Scholarship For Heroes" Concert


Charlie Daniels is set to host his fifth annual "Scholarship For Heroes" benefit.  The singer says the special concert serves two purposes.


Clint Black, Kellie Pickler, and The Grascals are some of the performers on board for the show.  Charlie says the lineup also includes the U.S. Navy's own Sea Chanters as well as a "secret guest."  The concert will take place at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville Tuesday night.  Money raised will go to the Charlie Daniels' Scholarship for Heroes Fund, which provides financial assistance to veterans continuing their education at Lipscomb.


Dierks Bentley Tops Chart With Latest Single


Dierks Bentley has another chart-topping hit to his credit with his latest single.  The country star says "I Hold On" is a personal song that touches on some universal concepts.


"I Hold On" is Dierks' eleventh number one hit.  The single is from his most recent CD, "Riser," which debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart following its release last month.  Bentley will continue to promote the album on the road this spring.  The singer will launch his "Riser Tour" in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 9th.


Band Perry's Elton John Cover Debuts Online


The Band Perry's contribution to Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" 40th anniversary release has surfaced online.  The country group's version of "Grey Seal" is posted at


The Band Perry is one of several artists who covered songs from the classic album for the project.  The Zac Brown Band adds a new version of the song "Harmony," while Hunter Hayes reimagines the title track.  Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, and Miguel are some of the other stars featured on the disc.  The collection of covers are included in the two-disc deluxe edition and the five-disc box set release of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," which is being rolled out in five different forms.  The various sets will be available Tuesday, which is also Elton's 67th birthday.


"Lost" Johnny Cash Album Arriving In Stores Tuesday


The "lost" Johnny Cash album hits stores Tuesday.  "Out Among The Stars" is a collection of previously unreleased songs the late country legend recorded in the early 1980s.  The tapes had been locked in a vault and forgotten -- until Johnny's son John Carter Cash discovered them in 2012.  Marty Stuart and Country Music Hall of Fame pianist Hargus "Pig" Robbins were among the musicians who backed Cash on the original sessions.  John tapped Stuart as well as Carlene Cash and Buddy Miller to help him restore the recordings.


John tells "Parade" magazine his favorite song on "Out Among The Stars" is "Baby Ride Easy."  The track features both of his parents -- Johnny and June Carter Cash.  John says it's "so powerful and so cool," and reminiscent of Johnny and June's classic "Jackson."  He adds that he also really likes the Waylon Jennings duet "I'm Moving On" and the introspective "I Came To Believe," which Johnny wrote in 1983 while in rehab.  John explains that in treatment his dad "found a great clarity and spirit," and that's the man he hears when he listens to these songs.


ACM New Artist Nominees To Perform At Fan Jam


Kip Moore, Justin Moore, and Brett Eldredge have been added to the performance lineup for next month's Academy of Country Music Awards.  All in the running for New Artist of the Year, the singers will be featured during the televised ceremony from the ACM Fan Jam.  The New Artist winner will also be named at the remote concert event.  Last year's New Artist winners, Florida Georgia Line, is headlining the Fan Jam at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.  The concert will run simultaneously with the 49th annual ACM Awards at the nearby MGM Grand, and continue after all the trophies are given out.  The ACM Awards will air live on CBS on April 6th.


The fans are also getting a say in choosing the ACM's New Artist of the Year.  Voting is open now at


Chris Young Sets Fan Club Party For CMA Fest Week


Chris Young will be gathering with his fans during the CMA Music Festival.  The country star has set his annual Fan Club Party for June 5th in Nashville, aboard the General Jackson cruise ship.  The event will include a performance from Chris and his band along with individual meet-and-greets with the singer.  In addition, a buffet dinner will be served, and everyone will go home with a gift.  The show will also feature an opening set from students attending the Nashville School of the Arts.  Money raised through the event will go to the school.


Mickey Gilley Thrilled To Still Be Performing


Mickey Gilley says he's fortunate to still be able to perform.  The 78-year-old country star admits his stage career was in jeopardy a few years go, after he hurt his back helping a friend move some furniture.


Gilley says he had to relearn how to walk and sing again.  He admits he still can't play the piano again, but he's hoping that will be different by the fall.  Mickey adds that he'd like to be playing golf again before the year is over.  He's currently performing four shows each week at his Mickey Gilley Theater in Branson, Missouri along with other dates throughout the country.  His next show will be in Stafford, Texas, on Saturday.


Armstrong, Jones Release Video To Everly Brothers Cover


Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones continue to promote their Everly Brothers cover album with a new video.  The Green Day frontman and the jazz-pop singer have issued a clip to the song "Kentucky," from their collaborative release "Foreverly."  The album is a remake of the Everly Brothers' 1958 set "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us."  But the video doesn't really highlight the song's subject matter.  The track is an ode to the Bluegrass State, while the video is more of an ode to summer fun, including images of surfers on the waves and a young couple enjoying a day together in the wilderness.


Quick Bites


Jerrod Niemann's new album hits stores today.  The country star will mark the arrival of "High Noon" with a release day appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."  He's slated to perform the album's lead-off single, "Drink To That All Night."


Alabama, Willie Nelson, and The Band Perry have been tapped to headline the new Buckle Up Music Festival.  A host of  stars are on board for the three-day event, including Thompson Square, David Nail, Sugarland's Kristian Bush, Jamey Johnson, the Eli Young Band, and many others.  The festival is set for Cincinnati, Ohio from July 18th through the 20th.


Country TV Tonight


JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) Jerrod Niemann is a guest.


Country Birthdays Include


Ronnie McDowell is 64.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1939, "Billboard" magazine introduced the hillbilly chart, which has since become the country music chart.


Today in 1950, Hank Williams charted what would be come the number one single "Long Gone Lonesome Blues."


Today in 1960, Roy Orbison recorded "Only the Lonely."


Today in 1961, Elvis Presley made his last concert appearance for eight years with a show on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.  The show was a benefit concert, which raised 62-thousand-dollars for the USS Arizona memorial fund.


Today in 1966, Buck Owens played a sold-out concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall.


Today in 1969, Roy Orbison married his second wife, Barbara, in Nashville.


Today in 1972, Donna Fargo's "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" charted.


Today in 1985, Kenny Rogers performed for the first time in months following surgery to remove nodules from his vocal cords.


Today in 1989, Garth Brooks made his chart debut with "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)."


Today in 1991, Alan Jackson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1994, Alan Jackson scored another number one hit with "(Who Says) You Can't Have It All."


Today in 1997, new album releases included Tanya Tucker's "Complicated" and Alison Krauss' "So Long, So Wrong."


Today in 2002, the re-release version of LeAnn Rimes' "I Need You" album arrived in stores. While the original version of the project had ten tracks, the new edition had bonus cuts including "Light The Fire Within," the theme song of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.  There were also brand new radio mixes of four songs.


Today in 2003, Reba McEntire's WB sitcom, "Reba," was renewed for a third season on the network.


Today in 2004, the Georgia State House of Representatives voted unanimously to name a stretch of Interstate 85 in honor of Alan Jackson.  The measure had already passed in the State Senate.


Today in 2005, Blaine Larsen made his first career appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" during his first-ever trip to New York City.


Today in 2006, Buck Owens died at his home in Bakersfield, California of heart failure at the age of 76.


Today in 2006, Chely Wright performed at a USO show during the "Welcome Home" celebration at Fort Stewart, Georgia for members of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division.


Today in 2006, Mark Wills performed a benefit concert for the TASER Foundation for Fallen Officers & Untouchables Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. Money raised benefits families of fallen officers.


Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney's "Living in Fast Forward" was spending its third week at number-one on Billboard's country chart.


Today in 2007, Billy Currington sang the National Anthem prior to the Food City 500 NASCAR race in Bristol, Tennessee.


Today in 2007, Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Merle Haggard embarked on their "Last of the Breed" tour.  They were backed by Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel.


Today in 2008, new releases included "Clover Country," a compilation CD supporting the 4-H featuring Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, and Faith Hill, as well as Sugarland, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Luke Bryan, and Alabama.


Today in 2009, Lee Ann Womack performed at the T.J. Martell Foundation's first ever Honors Gala, which took place in NashvilleCountry Music Hall of Famer Frances Preston and former Vice President Al Gore were among those recognized at the event.


Today in 2009, Phil Vassar, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Lee Greenwood were among the celebrities who appeared on "Americans Feeding Americans," a Hallmark Channel special supporting the charity Feed The Children.


Today in 2010, Jamey Johnson, Mac McAnally, and Mac Davis were inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2011, the Texas prosecutor handling Willie Nelson's marijuana possession case proposed a deal in which the country legend could resolve the matter by paying a 100-dollar fine and performing approximately two-and-a-half-minutes of community service -- in the form of singing his 1975 chart-topper "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" in court.


Today in 2011, it was George Strait and Reba McEntire Day in New Mexico.  The singers' performance at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces set a new attendance record of 13-thousand-44.  The previous record had been set by Elton John, who in 2005 entertained a crowd of 12-thousand-560.


Today in 2012, the Eli Young Band and the Randy Rogers Band were the big winners at the second annual Texas Regional Music Awards, which took place in Arlington, Texas.


Today in 2013, Blake Shelton began his fourth season as a coach on "The Voice."  Danielle Bradbery was among the hopefuls who auditioned on the first night.  She chose to be on Team Blake, and brought Shelton his third consecutive win on the show.


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