Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Kristian Bush Using Song To Raise Money For Veterans

 

Sugarland's Kristian Bush is honoring those who serve the nation with a song.  The country star says "Story of a Soldier" was inspired by his father and grandfather, who are both veterans.

 

Bush says he wrote "Story of a Soldier" on Memorial Day last year.  For Memorial Day this year the singer performed the song at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC.  Kristian adds that he "made a proper recording" of the track, which he's offering as a gift to those who make a donation to the American Veterans Center.  Details on the download and donations are available at KristianBush.com.

 

Jason Aldean Expects To Release New Album This Year

 

Jason Aldean admits it's "going to be a busy year" for him.  The country star tells Billboard.com that in addition to his "Burn It Down" tour, which continues into late October, he's working on a new album.  Aldean says he expects to release the disc before 2014 is over, and it could arrive as early as September.  The singer adds that the debut single from the project is "probably coming" at the end of June, and he's "getting geared up for all that stuff right now."  Aldean's next album will be his follow up to his 2012 effort, "Night Train," which features his current single, "When She Says Baby."

 

Josh Thompson Taps Real Life For Latest Single

 

Josh Thompson is calling his new single "the feel-good leaving song of 2014."  The country star tells Billboard.com "Wanted Me Gone" stems from something he heard last year on TV.  He recalls that in a discussion about Dale Earnhardt someone said "put the pedal to the firewall," which he thought was "just the coolest phrase in the world."  The song's story, however, is something Josh actually lived.  The singer explains that he had a girlfriend who abruptly ended their three-year relationship by disappearing, only to resurface later wanting to reconcile.  But Josh admits he had no interest in starting up with this woman again, saying "when it's over, it's over."

 

Josh wrote "Wanted Me Gone" with Brad and Brett Warren.  It's the second single from Thompson's latest studio album, "Turn It Up."

 

Rascal Flatts Promising Surprises With New Show

 

Rascal Flatts are bringing something different to the stage with their "Rewind" tour.  Band members Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus, and Gary LeVox explain that having Sheryl Crow on board has a lot to do with it.

 

They add that they've really changed up their set.  Gary explains that the band is playing "more new music" than they ever have before, while Jay says there will be "moments in this show that fans have never seen before" from the group.  The next stop on Rascal Flatts' "Rewind" tour is coming up in Solomons, Maryland on Thursday.

 

Eli Young Band Incorporating Kids With Touring

 

The Eli Young Band's Mike Eli admits it's a bit of a challenge to bring their children on the road with them.  But the country star says he thinks they've found a way to accommodate at least some of their little ones' needs.

 

Mike adds that the juggling act is "kind of a new thing" for them, and they hope it's successful.  He and bassist Jon Jones are the fathers in the group.  Mike's daughter will turn two this summer, while Jon's son is 17-months old.

 

The Eli Young Band is on the road in support of their latest album, "10,000 Towns."  The group's schedule includes their own headlining shows and festivals as well as dates with Jake Owen on his "Days of Gold Tour," which extends into the fall.  The Eli Young Band's next appearance will be with Owen in Gilford, New Hampshire this Thursday.

 

Miranda Lambert Previewing New Album On Special Listening Party Tour

 

Miranda Lambert continues to build excitement about her upcoming album.  The country star is sharing her new music in advance of the album's release with listening parties in select U.S. cities.  For the "Platinum Across America" trek she's using her 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream she calls "Wanda the Wanderer."  Lambert explains that she named the vehicle for her grandmother, who's "a feisty lady full of sass."  The Airstream, which Miranda says is the "queen of the road," has been decked out with an eye-catching three-foot tall, six-foot wide, crystal-encrusted aluminum crown to match her title.

 

The "Platinum Across America" listening party tour began in Los Angeles last week.  "Wanda" will be in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, and has stops coming up in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia.  Lambert's "Platinum" will be in stores on June 3rd.

 

Upcoming "Platinum Across America" Stops

 

May 27 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

May 29 - Chicago, Illinois

May 30 - Indianapolis, Indiana

May 31 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Martina McBride In "Exciting" Place In Her Career

 

Martina McBride says with the launch of her own label, the future is wide open to her.  And the country star already has lots of thoughts on how to fill it.

 

Martina says she's now focused on "getting all this music" out of her and making records for her fans, instead of getting involved in "the same game" she's "been playing for 20-some years."  The singer explains that she used to work under self-imposed guidelines and restrictions, with the goal of making commercially successful records.  But she says she's now lifted those boundaries and is allowing herself a "creative freedom" she's never had before, which she finds really exciting.  Martina adds that she hopes her fans will follow her on her new musical journey.

 

McBride became her own boss with the formation of her own Vinyl Recordings.  Her most recent studio effort, "Everlasting," is her first release with the label.

 

Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry Preview "CMT Crossroads" Special

 

Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry are letting fans in on what to expect from their upcoming installment of "CMT Crossroads."  In an interview with "Billboard"  the country star and pop singer talk about their connection as artists and how they've found a way to mesh their genres.  Katy explains that she brought Kacey into the studio last year, but the songs they worked on together never ended up making it to her latest "Prism" album.  But she says Kacey "struck a chord" in her, and they feel like kindred spirits.  Katy adds that in addition to performing some of her hits on "Crossroads," she'll sing background vocals on Kacey's songs, adding "a little of that country flair."  Kacey says her set will have a "storyteller vibe" to it.  Their episode will debut on CMT on June 13th.

 

Country Stars Featured On Don Henley's New Solo Album

 

Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert are lending their talents to Don Henley's new album.  The Eagles frontman tells "The New Zealand Herald" he tapped a number of country stars for his upcoming solo effort, which he describes as "kind of a Nashville thing" that's taking him back to his "country roots."  Henley explains that he's "referring to it as an album for grown-ups," because it's "not this modern country stuff" but is "more traditional country."  Don also says "a lot of incredible guest stars" are featured on the project, including Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, and Alison Krauss as well as Paisley and Lambert.  He adds that he thinks it's "a really good record."  But don't expect to see Henley doning a stetson anytime soon.  He says he's not going to start wearing a cowboy hat, explaining that's where he'll "draw the line."  Henley anticipates releasing his country album this fall.

 

Country Birthdays Include

 

Don Williams is 75.

 

Today In Country History

 

Today in 1961, Johnny Cash made a guest appearance on the TV show "The Deputy."

 

Today in 1968, Glen Campbell was at Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles working on the song "Wichita Lineman."

 

Today in 1978, John Conlee entered the country charts for the first time with "Rose Colored Glasses."

 

Today in 1981, Alabama's "Feels So Right" was certified Gold, becoming the group's first album to hit the sales plateau.

 

Today in 1989, Rodney Crowell's "After All This Time" hit number one on the Billboard country singles chart.

 

Today in 1994, Tim McGraw's album "Not A Moment Too Soon" was certified Gold, Platinum and double-Platinum simultaneously.

 

Today in 1994, Lorrie Morgan's divorce from Brad Thompson, who was Clint Black's former bus driver, became official.

 

Today in 1995, Ty Herndon's "What Mattered Most" hit number one on the Billboard country singles chart.

 

Today in 1996, LeAnn Rimes released her debut single, "Blue."

 

Today in 2001, Travis Tritt performed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol during the National Memorial Day Concert honoring veterans. The event aired on PBS.  Tom Wopat and Debby Boone also performed.

 

Today in 2001, Tracy Byrd sang the national anthem before the Coca-Cola 600 Winston Cup race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

 

Today in 2002, "Willie Nelson: Stars & Guitars" aired on the USA Network.  Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, and Emmylou Harris were among the performers for the show, which was filmed at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

 

Today in 2004, Gretchen Wilson was enjoying her second week atop the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart with "Redneck Woman," while her debut album, "Here For The Party," was at number one on the "Billboard" Top Country Albums chart for a second week.

 

Today in 2005, Billy Joe Shaver was named the Texas State Musician by The Texas Commission on the Arts.

 

Today in 2006, Toby Keith was in Iraq, where he performed for American soldiers at Forward Operating Base Warhorse.

 

Today in 2006, Jason Aldean's "Why" topped the chart.

 

Today in 2007, Josh Turner performed the national anthem and "Always on My Mind" during the National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol in Washington, DC.

 

Today in 2007, Reba McEntire played a benefit to help raise money for the Texoma Health Foundation in Texoma, Texas.

 

Today in 2008, Jessica Simpson's first country single had its debut airing on a Florida radio station.

 

Today in 2008, new CD releases included Steve Azar's "Indianola," One Flew South's "Last Of The Good Guys," and Jypsi's self-titled effort.

 

Today in 2010, a portion of Second Street in Austin, Texas won approval from the local city council to be renamed Willie Nelson Boulevard.  That same day photographs of Willie's new, shoulder-length haircut surfaced on the Internet.  The country legend reportedly chopped off his signature waste-long braids a week earlier in Maui, in what the singer dubbed on his website as "The Haircut Heard Around The World."  Nelson had been sporting long hair since the 1970s.

 

Today in 2012, Trace Adkins performed at PBS' live "National Memorial Day Concert" in Washington, DC.  The country star was able to sing two songs before a severe thunderstorm forced an early end to the show.

 

Today in 2012, Martina McBride sang the national anthem at the start of the Indianpolis 500.

 

Today in 2013, Trace Adkins served as an Honorary Grand Marshal with actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna at the 2013 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC.

 

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