Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Tim McGraw's Album Promotion Includes Special Concert, TV Appearances


Tim McGraw will be celebrating the release of his new album with the troops.  The country star's latest studio effort, "Two Lanes of Freedom," arrives in stores today, and tonight he'll be playing a special concert aboard the USS Midway.  Tim says he thinks the special show is fitting.


Fans not aboard the military vessel will also get to check out the show.  McGraw's USS Midway concert will be streamed on Yahoo!'s "Ram Country Live," starting at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.  Tim's album promotion also includes an appearance today on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."  In addition, he'll be a guest on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Wednesday and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday.  McGraw has a date with E!'s "Chelsea Lately" next week.


Jewel's First "Greatest Hits" Disc Arriving In Stores


Jewel is busy this week promoting her first "Greatest Hits" disc, which arrives in stores Tuesday.  The singer-songwriter will be supporting the project with a number of media visits, including an appearance Wednesday on ABC's "The Chew" and Thursday on VH1's "Big Morning Buzz" and ABC's "ABC News Now."  Today she'll be a guest co-host on ABC's "The View."  Jewel's 16-track best-of set spans her career, with her first hit "Who Will Save Your Soul" as well as the top ten singles "Hands," "Down So Long," "Intuition," and "Standing Still."  The collection also features new recordings of a couple of other hits.  Pistol Annies contribute to the new version of "You Were Meant For Me," while Kelly Clarkson adds to a remake of "Foolish Games."  Jewel's new single, "Two Hearts Breaking," is on the album as well.


Emerson Drive "Roll" Along With New "Crazy" Single


Emerson Drive is back with some fresh music.  "She's My Kind Of Crazy," is the lead-off single from the Canadian group's new album, "Roll."  Singer Brad Mates credits the group's followers on this side of the border for the release.  He explains that their fans have "been wonderfully loud" in asking them for "new music here in the U.S."  He says that as a result they've "worked hard the last few months" to make the song available digitally, and they're also hoping radio stations will give it "a shot."  "Crazy" is getting a lot of airplay on satellite radio.  The single and album are both available now.  "Roll" is Emerson Drive's follow up to 2009's "Believe."


Jon Pardi Excited To Be Part Of Justin Moore Tour


Jon Pardi says he appreciates getting the chance to join Justin Moore as Moore makes his debut as a headliner.  Jon adds that he's really excited about the trek, and glad Dustin Lynch is also on board as a co-opener.


Moore will be leading up the "Outlaws Like Me" trek this spring.  The 12-date road trip will begin in Pikeville, Kentucky on March 14th.


Travis, Tucker, Johnson Among Guests For George Jones' Concert FInale


Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, and Jamey Johnson are among the stars slated to help George Jones wrap up his career.  The country legend just launched his farewell tour over the weekend.  He'll bring the trek to a close with a show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena this fall, and he's invited a number of friends to join him for the occasion.  Charlie Daniels, Lorrie Morgan, and Gene Watson are also on board for the special show, while more guests are expected to be added to the lineup.  Jones will play his last date on November 22nd, but he has more than 30 other concerts scheduled between now and then.  Jones' next show is coming up in Lakeland, Florida on Thursday.


Hunter Hayes Added To Grammy Presenters List


Hunter Hayes is the latest addition to the Grammy Awards lineup.  The country singer is among the newly announced presenters for the upcoming ceremony, along with Jennifer Lopez, Prince, and "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette.  The performance roster has also grown.  Kelly Clarkson is now on board, while Sting, Bruno Mars, and Rihanna will be teaming up at the ceremony.  LL Cool J will host the 55th annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented in Los Angeles and air on CBS this Sunday.


Hayes has three nominations heading into the event, including a bid for Best New Artist.  Other country stars taking part in the ceremony include Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Dierks Bentley, as well as Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Keith Urban.


Zac Brown Band To Play Daytona 500 Pre-Race Concert


Zac Brown Band will be taking part in the festivities surrounding the Daytona 500.  The group is on board to play a special concert in advance of "The Great American Race," taking place at Daytona International Speedway in Florida later this month.  The group will turn in several songs for the Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show.  In addition, Zac Brown Band's Clay Cook has been tapped to sing the national anthem to help launch the race.  Zac Brown Band is the latest country star to perform at the Daytona 500.  Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Clint Black are among those who've played at the race in previous years.  This year's Daytona 500 will air on Fox on February 24th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.


Country Stars Taking Part In Charity Golf Tournament This Week


Jake Owen is spending time this week playing golf.  He's taking part in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Celebrity Challenge.  Jake says he's excited about the tournament.  He explains that he's "a very competitive person," and since this event is for charity he's ready to give it his all.  But Owen isn't the only country star hitting the links.  Clay Walker, Darius Rucker, and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley are also participating in the event, along with a number of others including Tony Romo, Bill Murray, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano, and Kenny G.  The event raises money for a variety of charities in Northern California that support a range of causes including art, education, children, and the environment.


The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am runs through Sunday.  The Celebrity Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday.


Carrie Underwood Can't Explain Her "Idol" Success


Carrie Underwood knows she owes her career to "American Idol."  But even now, nearly eight years after taking the title, the singer admits she can't explain her success on the Fox reality show.


Underwood says that when she was on the show in 2005 those behind the scenes were predicting a man would get the nod, and she wasn't expected to win.  Carrie adds that she'd like to see another female vocalist take the title this year.  Of the show's eleven winners only four are women.  The last female "American Idol" champ was Jordin Sparks in 2007.


Country Birthdays Include


Sara Evans is 42.

Claude King is 90.  He's best known for the 1962 hit "Wolverton Mountain."



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1963, Patsy Cline recorded "Sweet Dreams," just one month before her death.


Today in 1977, George Jones and Tammy Wynette topped the charts with "Near You."


Today in 1998, Patty Loveless earned a Gold certification for her album "The Trouble With the Truth."


Today in 2001, Oak Ridge Boy William Lee Golden and his wife, Brenda, announced that they were expecting a baby in August.  The couple welcomed their new son into the world on August 10th at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.  Even though he arrived 12 days early, William Solomon Golden tipped the scales at a healthy six-pounds, 13-and-three-quarters ounces.  While William Lee has three sons from a previous marriage, William Solomon is his first child with Brenda.


Today in 2003, Shania Twain found herself in the record books as her album "UP!" held the number one spot on the Canadian album charts for the eleventh consecutive week. That achievement broke the record for the longest run on top of the album charts in Canadian Nielsen SoundScan history. The record was previously held by the 1998 compilation "Now! 3," and Eminem's 2000 album, "The Marshall Mathers LP."


Today in 2004, Clay Walker took part in the four-day AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am.


Today in 2005, Jo Dee Messina took part in CMT's "Lynyrd Skynyrd's Super Bowl Saturday Night Special," while Lonestar headlined the Budweiser One Night Stand Super Bowl concert in Jacksonville, Florida that also featured Sara Evans and Andy Griggs, and Shelly Fairchild performed a free show in downtown Jacksonville.


Today in 2006, Willie Nelson performed at the 3rd Annual Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in Toronto while Anne Murray was an honoree, receiving the Legacy Award at the event.


Today in 2007, Waylon Jennings' long form video "Live from Austin Texas" was certified Gold.


Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney and his wife Tiffany were featured on "In Style Weddings" on ABC.


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift hosted CMT's "Online Awards" from the bedroom of her home.  Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Kellie Pickler joined her to announce the winners, along with Josh Turner, Jason Michael Carroll, and Bucky Covington.  Other presenters and guests included Jennifer Hanson, Shooter Jennings, Danielle Peck, and Rodney Carrington, while Lady Antebellum served as house band and performed from Swift's garage.  Swift and Covington were also winners, along with Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, and Reba McEntire.


Today in 2008, Jewel's single "Stronger Woman" and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's "Home" were released digitally.  New CDs included the compilation "How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites Live From The Grand Ole Opry," featuring Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band with Mac Powell, Sara Evans, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, and Carrie Underwood; and "The Best of SHeDAISY."


Today in 2011, Lonestar and Greenwood performed at The Concert For America - A Tribute to Ronald Reagan, which took place at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.  The event, which commemorated what would have been former President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, also featured the Beach Boys and the Jonas Brothers.


Today in 2011, Lady Antebellum got the nod for Best New Touring Artist at the Pollstar Touring Awards in Los Angeles.


Today in 2012, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton teamed up to perform "America The Beautiful" as part of the Super Bowl 46 pre-game show in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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