Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, Wife, Expecting First Child


The Lady Antebellum family is growing.  Band member Dave Haywood and his wife Kelli are expecting.  The couple announced the good news Monday on Facebook, saying they're "so excited for a new Baby A on the way."  They add that their child is due in September, and they already know they're having a boy.  He'll be the first child for Dave and Kelli, who just celebrated their second wedding anniversary last week.  He'll also be the second baby for the country group.  Lady A's Hillary Scott gave birth to her daughter Eisele last July.  Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie, don't have any children.


Country Music Hall Of Fame To Reveal 2014 Inductees Tuesday


The Country Music Hall of Fame is building up its ranks.  The Class of 2014 will be revealed at an event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on Tuesday.  The announcement will be streamed live online at starting at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.  New members will be added in three categories -- the Modern Era, the Veteran Era, and Songwriter.  Artists who broke though on a national level at least 20 years ago are eligible for the Modern Era, while Veteran Era inductees earned national prominence more than 45 years ago.  Songwriter inductees are only added once every three years.  It's one of three rotating categories, along with Non-Performer and Recording and/or Touring Musician.


Last year's inductees included Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare, and the late "Cowboy" Jack Clement.  The Country Music Hall of Fame launched in 1961 with the inaugural inductees Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, and Hank Williams.


Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan Among Confirmed Performers For iHeartRadio Awards


Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will be taking part in the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards.  The country stars have signed on to perform at the event, along with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and others.  NBC and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment are teaming up to present the three-hour event live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on May 1st.  In addition to the main ceremony, the broadcast will feature storytelling and live performances from intimate L.A. venues such as The Roxy and the Hotel Café.


Category finalists were announced last month and, so far, music fans have cast more than 55 million votes for their favorite artists and songs.  Round two of voting will continue through Friday at  Shelton and Bryan are both nominees, with bids for Country Song of the Year.  Blake has two hits in the running -- "Boys 'Round Here" and "Mine Would Be You" -- while Luke is up with "That's My Kind Of Night."


Carrie Underwood Among Billboard Milestone Award Finalists


Carrie Underwood has made the cut.  She's among the three finalists for the fan-voted Billboard Milestone Award, along with Ellie Goulding and OneRepublic.  Balloting is under way now at  "Billboard" says the honor recognizes "true innovators" who are "breaking barriers and connecting with fans in original ways."  The winner will be announced during next month's Billboard Music Awards.  The ceremony will take place in Las Vegas, and air live on ABC on May 18th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

Craig Morgan Announces Annual Charity Event


Craig Morgan is making plans for his annual charity event.  The country star will launch the fundraiser with an autograph session with him and other celebrity friends.  Participants will then be treated to a motocross exhibition featuring some of the sport's top riders before everyone heads out on a group trail ride, followed by lunch.  Fans, friends, and other supporters will then reconvene later in the day for live and silent auctions as well as a concert featuring Morgan and others.  The lineups for the trail ride and concert haven't been announced yet.  Craig will host his 8th Annual Charity Event in Dickson, Tennessee on July 20th.  Money raised will go to the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation.


Thomas Rhett Enjoying Brantley Gilbert Tour


Thomas Rhett says he's really happy opening shows for Brantley Gilbert.  The country singer explains that being on Gilbert's gives him a great opportunity to perform before a particularly loyal and dedicated audience.


Rhett says Gilbert has also been really good to him.  He explains that the headliner has sort of taken him under his wing, and he "couldn't be more thankful for a guy like that."  Thomas adds that he really admires Brantley, and they're having "a lotta fun out there."  The next stop on the trek is coming up in Stockton, California on Thursday.


Jerrod Niemann Happy About Keith Urban's Tour For Many Reasons


Jerrod Niemann says he's looking forward to opening shows for Keith Urban for a number of reasons.


Jerrod adds that Keith is "extremely talented" and has "a great group of fans."  He says he suspects Urban's audience includes a lot of open-minded people who enjoy a wide variety of music, and he thinks it'll be fun to perform for that type of crowd.  Niemann also admits he's hoping to maybe win over a few fans in the process.


With the trek Niemann is supporting his latest album, "High Noon," which includes the chart-topping hit "Drink To That All Night."  Urban's "Raise 'Em Up" tour, which also features Brett Eldredge, will begin in Canada on July 12th.  Their first U.S. show is set for Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 17th.


Glen Campbell's Wife Describes Singer's Living Situation


Glen Campbell's wife admits it's been a tough adjustment as the singer's Alzheimer's progresses.  But Kim Campbell says they're doing what's best for him, and put a lot of thought and effort into finding a quality, appropriate facility for him.


Kim adds that Glen's "just a sweetheart," and the family isn't abandoning him as his condition deteriorates.  She explains that he isn't confined to the facility but can make visits home, and the family sees him every day.  But Kim admits they don't go out in public, because she wants to protect his dignity.  Campbell announced in 2011 that he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.  The singer is celebrating his 78th birthday Tuesday.


Marshall Tucker Band Reaping Reality Show Benefits


The Marshall Tucker Band is getting a boost from reality TV.  Finalists this spring on both Fox's "American Idol" and NBC's "The Voice" have sung the band's classic hit, "Can't You See."  The band's frontman Doug Gray tells he felt honored the aspiring singers chose to cover their song.  He admits that back in 1973 they didn't know if they'd "make it past the weekend," and could have never imagined seeing others perform their music more than 40 years later.  Doug adds that both contestants delivered great, soulful performances.


Gray also admits the reality show exposure is bringing new attention to the group.  He says after those performances the Marshall Tucker Band's website received thousands of hits, while their Facebook page was plastered with congratulation messages.  But Doug says all the attention is really a testament to the quality of the song penned by his late bandmate, Toy Caldwell.


Former "American Idol" Finalist Eying Country Music Career


Aspiring singer Dexter Roberts' days on "American Idol" might be over, but he believes his music career is just beginning.  Dexter, who was cut from the Fox competition last week, tells "USA Today" he's now making plans to try his luck in Nashville.  The Alabama-born singer says he intends to move to Music City after this summer's "American Idol" tour.  And Roberts already has a few country connections.  He says over the course of his "Idol" run he's received support from Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line, and other stars, while he and new buddy Craig Morgan are planning a hunting trip together.  The "American Idols Live" tour, featuring Dexter and season 13's other top finalists, will begin in Binghamton, New York on June 24th.


Country Birthdays Include


Glen Campbell is 78.

Ricochet's Heath Wright is 47.

Kellie Coffey is 43.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1961, the first annual Country Music Festival opened in Jacksonville, Florida.  The roster included Patsy Cline, Webb Pierce, Flatt and Scruggs, Porter Wagoner, and Mel Tillis.


Today in 1989, Clint Black made his Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 1994, Faith Hill topped the charts with her single "Piece Of My Heart."


Today in 1996, Diamond Rio released the single "That's What I Get for Loving You."


Today in 1997, new album releases included George Strait's "Carrying Your Love With Me," Joe Diffie's "Twice Upon A Time," and Little Texas' self-titled debut.


Today in 1998, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, were the big winners at the 33rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, taking four awards -- Single, Song, and Video of the Year and Top Vocal Event -- for their duet "It's Your Love."


Today in 1998, a Harris poll dubbed Garth Brooks the second-most popular singer among adult Americans.  Alan Jackson was fifth, while the Beatles and Alabama were tied for sixth place.  George Strait was seventh with Reba McEntire at eighth place.


Today in 2002, Johnny Cash received the National Medal of Arts from President George Bush in a ceremony at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.


Today in 2003, Billy Gilman was a co-headliner at a benefit concert for The Station Nightclub Fire Relief Fund.  The show raised money for those affected by the blaze two months earlier at the West Warwick, Rhode Island, club that killed 100 people and left nearly 200 more injured after pyrotechnics during a rock show ignited the ceiling tiles, engulfing the club in flames in a matter of minutes.


Today in 2003, Country Music and National Songwriters Hall of Fame composer Felice Bryant, who with her husband Boudleaux co-wrote numerous country and early rock hits, died at her home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  She was 77.


Today in 2003, Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors launched the second half of their "One Band Show" tour in New Orleans, Louisiana.  They also staged one of their Red Cross fundraising "Bread & Water" concerts at a local club after the big venue show.


Today in 2003, the Dixie Chicks got some support from Bruce Springsteen in the wake of the group's controversial remarks about President Bush and the war in Iraq.  He offered a post on his website saying the trio had a, quote, "basic right to express themselves."


Today in 2004, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, John Michael Montgomery and Jeff Bates were at Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas, taking part in the welcome home festivities for the Soldiers of Task Force Ironhorse, including the troops who captured former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.


Today in 2005, Toby Keith, Vince Gill, Joe Diffie, Jimmy Webb, Ty England, and Katrina Elam were among the performers at a tribute concert marking the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing.


Today in 2006, Megan Mullins made her solo Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 2007, Wynonna Judd was added to the Music City Walk of Fame, along with singer-songrwriters John Hiatt, Emmylou Harris, and Michael W. Smith; Buddy Holly's pioneering rock band The Crickets; and BMI Nashville founder Frances Preston.


Today in 2007, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performed at Sheryl Crow's "Stop Global Warming College Tour" show in Washington, DC.


Today in 2007, Blake Shelton launched his second Raindance charity event in Ada, Oklahoma.  The three days of activities included an archery tournament, team roping and a concert featuring Shelton with friends Steve Holy, Neal McCoy, and Craig Morgan.


Today in 2008, Rascal Flatts were the emcees and performers for the Symphony Spring Fashion Show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.  The show featured Oscar de la Renta's fall collection.


Today in 2008, Willie Nelson took the number two spot, behind pop singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, on's 2008 "Green Ten" list -- a tally of the most environmentally-conscious musicians.  Nelson's earned the distinction for his efforts in developing and promoting his BioWilie biodiesel fuel.


Today in 2008, new CD releases included Phil Vassar's "Prayer of a Common Man."


Today in 2009, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Big & Rich's Big Kenny took part in the benefit Nashville 4 Africa.  The event supported The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which will use the money to assist in building schools and promoting education in Africa.


Today in 2010, Brad Paisley's short film "When Mom's Away" had its premiere at the Nashville Film Festival.


Today in 2010, Faith Hill served as a guest judge on the seventh season finale of "Project Runway," which debuted on Lifetime.


Today in 2013, Kris Kristofferson took part in honoring Barbra Stresiand at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 40th Annual Chaplin Award Gala in New York.  Kristofferson starred with Streisand in the 1976 film "A Star Is Born."


Today in 2013, Hunter Hayes joined Stevie Wonder to perform Wonder's "Ain't Gonna Stand For It" on "Dancing With The Stars."


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