Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Kenny Chesney Releases Preview Of Next Single


New music is on the way from Kenny Chesney.  The country star has released a short video trailer to the song "American Kids."


The full single is expected to be released later this month.  Late last week Chesney offered up the cryptic tweet "9.30.14," sparking speculation that he'll be releasing his next album on September 30th.  Kenny's new studio effort will be his follow up to 2013's "Life on a Rock."


Taylor Swift Calls Next Album Her "Favorite" Yet


Taylor Swift says the wheels are already turning for her next album.  During a press conference in Shanghai over the weekend, the country star said there is an upside to closing the final leg of her "Red" tour in Asia.


She added that she's "very excited" to know she'll soon be returning home to wrap up the "Red" chapter of her career and open up a new one.  She says she's viewing the next two weeks as "the end of a musical era in [her] life that [she's] very proud of."  Taylor also opens up about why she's looking forward to the next stage, saying writing songs has always been her favorite part of the process.  She'll perform her last "Red" concert June 12th in Singapore.


Kip Moore To Headline Next "CMT On Tour"


Kip Moore is slated to lead the lineup for this fall's "CMT On Tour" run.  The country star will play more than 20 shows over the course of the trek, which is scheduled to begin in New York City on September 25th.  So far 13 dates have been set, including stops in Minneapolis, Tulsa, and Orlando before coming to a close in Boston on November 21st.  Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt will serve as openers.  Tickets for Kip's "CMT On Tour 2014: Up In Smoke" go on sale this Friday.


Kip Moore's "CMT On Tour 2014: Up In Smoke" Dates


9/25 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre

9/26 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre

10/2 - Rockford, IL - Coronado Theatre         

10/3 - Cedar Rapids, IA - Paramount Theatre

10/4 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre

10/16 - Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theatre

10/23 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom

10/24 - Helotes, TX - Floores Country Store

11/7 - North Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues

11/8 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues

11/14 - Athens, GA - Classic Center Theater

11/20 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom

11/21 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre Boston


Travis Tritt Lashes Out At Brantley Gilbert Over Stage Setup


Travis Tritt says Brantley Gilbert has a thing or two to learn about being a headliner.  After performing ahead of Gilbert at a weekend festival, Tritt tweeted that the earlier acts only had "8 feet of stage," and doubted that Gilbert even "knows how disrespectful his stage setup is to those who open for him."  He continued, tweeting that he means "no disrespect," and that Brantley "deserves" what he's achieved in his career.  But he believes Gilbert and his team "should be a little more aware of how he comes off to those he works with."  Travis added that as a headliner he "always personally made sure" his opening acts had "all the stage space and production that they needed," and he treated his "heroes and peers with respect."


Country Stars Participating In Concerts, Other Events For Charity


A number of country stars are lending their time and talents Tuesday to a variety of worthy causes.  Both Darius Rucker and John Rich are raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Randy Houser are among the stars who'll help Rucker wrap up his two-day "Darius and Friends" event with his "Celebrity Golf Tournament" in Nashville.   Houser will then head to Memphis for the 3rd annual "St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends" concert.  Clint Black and Deana Carter are some of the other artists slated to perform.


Back in Nashville, Florida Georgia Line will headline the 10th annual "Stars for Second Harvest" acoustic benefit for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.  Meanwhile, Montgomery Gentry and Dustin Lynch will join Clay Walker for his 5th annual Chords of Hope concert to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research.  Prior to the show, Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry will take part in the 3rd annual Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-AM, along with Brantley Gilbert, Daryle Singletary, and others.  The shooting competition supports The Tug McGraw Foundation's efforts to help veterans recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries.


Miranda Lambert Discusses New CD's Name


Miranda Lambert says she wasn't thinking about sales when she decided to name her new album "Platinum."  But the country star admits it might not have been the best idea.


Miranda adds that "Platinum's" title track isn't just any song, but one of her favorites on the disc.  The singer says platinum is also a meaningful word to her personally, since it's the color of her hair, her wedding ring, and even her Airstream trailer.  But Lambert is no stranger to platinum albums, either.  Her four previous major label releases have all reached the one-million mark to earn a Platinum certification.


"Platinum," featuring the hit "Automatic," arrives in stores Tuesday.  Miranda will support the album with appearances on ABC's "Good Morning America" and "The View" this week.  She'll also perform on the CMT Music Awards Wednesday night.


Lucy Hale Feels The Pressure With Her Debut Album


Lucy Hale says her debut album has been two years in the making, which she knows "an extremely long time" to make a record.  The "Pretty Little Liars" star tells "Time" magazine she didn't have a deadline for the project, which was a "luxury."  She says it enabled her and her team to make the process "a really fun, enjoyable experience" without "much stress around it."  Lucy adds that once she "nailed the tone of the album," things "just happened organically and the pieces fell into place."  But the country newcomer admits she still feels pressure with the project.  She explains that "you only get one first album," which has to "set the stage and tone for the rest of your musical career."  Hale's debut album "Road Between" will be in stores Tuesday.


Tim McGraw Believes Paparazzi Should Have Limits


Tim McGraw says he agrees that the paparazzi should have to work with certain restrictions.  The country star explains that he and wife Faith Hill accept that they're targets for the camera's lens, but other family members should be off limits.


McGraw adds that even celebrities should be allowed to occasionally say "no" to having their picture taken, especially if they're out doing something with their family.


Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Has Good Home For Entertaining


Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard says he likes entertaining -- both on and off the stage.  The country star explains that about 18 months ago both he and bandmate Brian Kelley purchased new homes, but his is a little more accommodating for company.


Hubbard adds that he likes having a home.  The singer explains that it's "definitely nice" to "have a spot to call your own."  But Florida Georgia Line won't have much time at home over the next several months.  The duo will be spending much of the summer and fall playing their own headlining dates as well as opening shows on Jason Aldean's tour.


Country Birthdays Include


Jamie O'Neal is 48.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1949, Hank Williams made his final appearance on the "Louisiana Hayride."


Today in 1949, Elvis Presley got his 8th grade report card, on which he scored an "A" in language, but a "C" in music.


Today in 1972, Donna Fargo topped the country music charts with her single "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA."


Today in 1982, the album "Strait From The Heart" by George Strait was released.


Today in 1989, Reba McEntire married her road manager, Narvel Blackstock, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  He had previously been her steel guitar player.  Reba joked that after she'd promoted him to road manager, she demoted him to husband.


Today in 1989, Steve Wariner's single "Where Did I Go Wrong" was number one on the country charts.


Today in 1990, Mark Chesnutt filmed his first video, "Too Cold At Home."


Today in 1991, Willie Nelson released the album "Who'll Buy My Memories: The IRS Tapes."  Sales of the album helped pay off the 16-million-dollars he owed the federal government in back taxes.


Today in 1997, New album releases included Tim McGraw's "Everywhere," Pam Tillis' "Greatest Hits" collection, and Sons of the Desert's debut, "Whatever Comes First."


Today in 2000, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney were arrested in Buffalo, New York, after Chesney rode off on a mounted police officer's horse and McGraw allegedly attacked sheriff's deputies who attempted to stop him.  The pair were acquitted on all charges related to the skirmish the following May.


Today in 2001, Reba McEntire was among the presenters at the annual Tony Awards ceremony.  She had recently completed her run on Broadway in the show "Annie Get Your Gun."


Today in 2003, Chely Wright hosted her annual Reading, Writing & Rhythm Benefit and Silent Auction in Nashville.  The event featured performances from Terri Clark, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Aaron Lines, Clay Walker and Darryl Worley.


Today in 2003, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson's "Beer For My Horses" hit number one on both the "Billboard" and "Radio & Records" top country singles chart.


Today in 2004, Alabama was among the inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.


Today in 2005, Garth Brooks revealed that he was ending his business relationship with Capitol Records Nashville.  Garth had sold more than 100-million records with the company.  The split was said to be mutual.


Today in 2006, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, and Ronnie Milsap were among the stars who took part in "A Ray Charles Tribute" at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.


Today in 2008, Brad Paisley's "I'm Still A Guy" marked its third consecutive week at number one on the "Country Aircheck" singles chart.


Today in 2008, Steve Wariner received the Hope Award from Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital Hall Family Center for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes in recognition of his work on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  It was the first time that the award had been given to someone from outside the medical field.


Today in 2008, Charlie Daniels received the 2008 Marine Corps Coordinating Council Tennessee Leadership Award Tuesday at his fan club party in Nashville.  He was honored for his civic activity and his generous contributions to the local veterans community.


Today in 2008, Emerson Drive's Dale Wallace and fishing pro Ramey Colson won the Porter Wagoner Memorial Artists & Anglers Memorial Fishing Tournament, while the group's lead singer Brad Mates and fishing pro Gary Clouse took home third place.  Bryan White and fishing pro Ron Colby took second place.


Today in 2008, Jewel's "Perfectly Clear," Richie McDonald's "I Turn To You," and Neal McCoy's "The Very Best of Neal McCoy" were among the new releases.  In addition, Jennifer Hanson's "Thankful" became available digitally, and former basketball star Wayman Tisdale's album "Rebound," featuring Toby Keith singing a cover of Barry White's "Never Gonna Give You Up," arrived in stores.


Today in 2011, singer-songwriter Andrew Gold died of a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 59.  While he's best remembered for the theme to TV's "The Golden Girls," over the course of his career Gold worked with a number of country stars including Wynonna Judd and Vince Gill.  He also released the country album "The Spence Manor Suite" in 2000.


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