Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Florida Georgia Line Promoting Outnumber Hunger


Florida Georgia Line is throwing their support behind Outnumber Hunger.  The country duo is the new leading artist for the General Mills campaign, and will be featured on the boxes of a number of the company's products.  And they've already taken part on one high profile event for the charity effort.  Florida Georgia Line was performed along with Rascal Flatts, Justin Moore, and others at the Academy of Country Music's Party for a Cause Festival earlier this month in Las Vegas, which supported Outnumber Hunger.  Later this week highlights from the April 4th concert will air as a TV special.  The show will be carried on participating stations and online at Friday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Jerrod Niemann Hoping To Help Kids Through New Charity


Jerrod Niemann is encouraging kids to take up music with his new charity, Free The Music USA.  The country star says he's hoping that through the organization he can really make a difference.


Through Free The Music USA, Niemann is collecting and purchasing musical instruments to give to children who otherwise wouldn't have access to them.  Jerrod says he's hoping his charity will inspire kids to pursue other studies as well, and go to college.  The singer adds that he'd be thrilled to one day share the stage with someone who got their start in music through his charity.


Taylor Swift Attends Fan's Bridal Shower


Taylor Swift is making one bride-to-be's shower as memorable as the wedding itself.  "USA Today" says fan Gena Gabrielle had met the country-pop superstar at several meet-and-greets, so when she planned her wedding, she gave the singer an invite to both her bridal shower and her ceremony.  And Swift came to the shower.  Gabrielle detailed the experience on Twitter.  She tweeted that Taylor had "promised" to be a part of Gena's special occasion, and the singer insisted on going to the shower since she knew she couldn't attend the wedding.  Gena added that she was "in awe" that Taylor did this for her.  Swift also brought a number of gifts for the newlyweds, including Le Creuset cookware and a KitchenAid mixer.  Taylor also took plenty of pictures with Gena, her fiance, and her bridesmaids.


Ceremony Planned To Mark First Anniversary Of George Jones' Death


The late George Jones' widow is planning to commemorate the first anniversary of the country legend's passing.  Nancy Jones will host a memorial event on April 26th at George's monument at Nashville's Woodlawn Cemetery.  The ceremony is open to the public.  Nancy is encouraging George's friends and fans to attend to help "keep his legacy alive."  The event will include the planting of two dogwood trees at the monument.  The Country Music Hall of Famer died at a Nashville hospital on April 26th, 2013, at the age of 81.


Dolly Parton Covering Bon Jovi Hit On New Album


Dolly Parton is putting a new spin on a Bon Jovi classic.  The country star is reinterpreting the New Jersey band's top ten hit "Lay Your Hands On Me" as a gospel song on her new album, "Blue Smoke."  "Something Else!" says the singer discussed her remake in a media conference call Monday.  She explained that she grew up in the Pentecostal church, where the congregation "believed in healing and laying your hands," and when she first heard the rock song she thought it "sounds so much like a gospel tune -- with asking God to lay his hands on you."


But Dolly didn't go about transforming "Lay Your Hands" on her own.  She said she reached out to Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora to not only ask permission but to collaborate with them on the revision.  She explained that the three of them got together and "everybody threw in their thoughts and their ideas."  Parton added that Bon Jovi and Sambora "certainly condoned" her ideas for the song.  Dolly's "Blue Smoke" will arrive in stores on May 13th.


"Nashville" Tour Sells Out, New Date Added


The "Nashville" stars are putting another stop to their upcoming trek.  The actor-singers are extending their run to four shows with addition of a Philadelphia concert on May 5th.  Tickets go on sale Saturday.  And interest in the tour seems to be high.  Tickets for the other three dates -- in Chicago; Washington, DC; and New York City -- all sold out quickly.  The "Nashville" Concert Tour features Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio, who portray Scarlett and Gunnar; Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne; and Chris Carmack, who's Will Lexington on the show.  Will Chase, "Nashville's" Luke Wheeler, is also part of the New York concert's lineup.


"Nashville" Concert Tour dates


April 25 - Chicago, Illinois, at Joe's Bar

May 4 - Washington, DC, at the Lincoln Theater

May 5 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Tower Theater - tickets go on sale April 19th

May 6 - New York, New York, at the Best Buy Theater


Keith Urban Pleased With Openers For Upcoming Tour


Keith Urban says he's glad Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge are on board for his "Raise 'Em Up Tour."  The country star explains that Niemann's latest album, "High Noon," really impressed him.


Urban says Eldredge's "Bring You Back" is "a great record too."  He adds that he's toured with Eldredge before, and knows Brett is a "cool cat" and an "incredible singer."  Urban will launch his "Raise 'Em Up Tour" at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada on July 12th.  The first U.S. show is set for Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 17th.


Miranda Lambert Describes Herself As "Nostalgic"


Miranda Lambert admits she's nostalgic, and has an appreciation for the past.


The 30-year-old country star reflects on the way things were when she was young in her current single, "Automatic."  The track is on Miranda's upcoming album, "Platinum," which is slated for release on June 3rd.


Brantley Gilbert Shares His Favorite Toast


Brantley Gilbert admits he doesn't drink anymore.  But the country star says he recently heard a friend make a toast that he really likes.


Brantley's latest single gives a nod to drinking.  "Bottoms Up" is the lead-off release from the singer's upcoming album, "Just As I Am," which will be in stores on May 19th.


Vince Gill To Perform At Country Music Hall's Expansion Unveiling


Vince Gill is set to help the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum unveil its final phase of expansion.  An additional ten-thousand-square-feet will open, including a hand-on, interactive exhibit gallery and a viewing area for visitors to see museum staff members working on projects.  The new areas are part of a massive 210-thousand square foot expansion project which also includes the Taylor Swift Education Center, an 800-seat CMA Theater, and more.  Vince is slated to perform at the latest unveiling, along with Lee Ann Womack, Ricky Skaggs, and others.  The event will take place in Nashville Tuesday afternoon.


Quick Bites


Natalie Stovall and the Drive have another first coming up.  The country group is slated to make their Grand Ole Opry debut next month, with an appearance on the May 6th show.  Meanwhile, Natalie and the band will make their national TV debut this morning.  They're slated to perform a number of songs from their upcoming album on Fox Business' "Imus in the Morning."


Alan Jackson has his own day.  Last Saturday, Auburn, Alabama Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. declared April 12th, 2014 "Alan Jacks Day" in the city.  The country star performed before a capacity crowd at the 50th Annual Alpha Psi Rodeo and Concert Saturday night.


Celebrity Birthdays Include


Country Music Hall of Famer Roy Clark is 81.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1992, Reba McEntire's video "For My Broken Heart" was certified Gold.


Today in 1993, Trisha Yearwood's "Hearts in Armor" album was certified Platinum.


Today in 1994, the Statler Brothers' album "Partners In Rhyme" was certified Gold.


Today in 1996, Alan Jackson released the single "Home."


Today in 1997, Sawyer Brown's album "Six Days On The Road" and Aaron Tippin's "Greatest Hits and Then Some" collection arrived in stores.


Today in 1998, CMT launched Faith Hill's album "Faith" with a live concert.


Today in 1999, Shania Twain's self-titled debut album was certified Platinum.


Today in 1999, Elvis Presley came in at number two on the British music magazine "Mojo's" list of the Top 100 Singers of All Time.  Other country stars making the top 50 included Emmylou Harris at number 43, Johnny Cash at number 45, and Willie Nelson at number 47.  In addition, Patsy Cline took number 55, Charlie Rich landed at number 70, and Hank Williams Sr. ranked number 91.  The late Beatle John Lennon topped the list.


Today in 2003, Tracy Lawrence and his wife Becca welcomed their second daughter Mary Keagan into the world.


Today in 2003, Darryl Worley's album "Have You Forgotten?" arrived in stores.  The same day Darryl turned in an appearance on Howard Stern's nationally syndicated radio show, becoming the first country artist to perform on the program.  Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam had previously been guests on the show, but they didn't sing.


Today in 2005, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, and Terri Clark launched their collaborative Two Hats and a Redhead tour with a show in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Today in 2005, Dolly Parton's guest appearance on Reba McEntire's sitcom "Reba" aired for the first time on the WB.


Today in 2006, Diamond Rio sponsored Willie Allen at the ARCA RE/MAX PFG Lester 150, which took place at the Nashville Superspeedway.


Today in 2007, Little Texas sang the national anthem and "God Blessed Texas" at the Samsung 500 race at the Texas Motor Speedway.  Jack Ingram was also part of the NASCAR event.


Today in 2008, new releases included Lady Antebellum's self-titled album.


Today in 2009, Hank Williams Jr. chose Tax Day to unveil his new single, "Red White and Pink-Slip Blues," which addressed the country's economic crisis.


Today in 2011, Kris Kristofferson received the 2011 Career Achievement Award from the Nashville Film Festival with a special presentation prior to a screening at the event of his film "Bloodworth."  Chely Wright was also at the Nashville Film Festival for the premiere of her documentary "Wish Me Away."


Today in 2011, Foster & Lloyd -- featuring Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd -- launched their reunion tour in Driftwood, Texas.  The two country performers hadn't worked together as Foster & Lloyd in more than 20 years.


Today in 2013, Faith Hill announced that she would no longer sing the theme to NBC's "Sunday Night Football," ending a six-year run.  Carrie Underwood was later tapped as Hill's replacement.


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