Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Taylor Swift's "Red" Could Top One-Million In Sales, Set Records


Taylor Swift is on track to have landmark first-week sales with her new CD, "Red." says more than 500-thousand copies of the album were sold Monday, the day the disc arrived in stores.  "Red" set a record for the most release-day sales at Target, which is reporting more than 168-thousand copies sold.  The retail giant is the only outlet selling the deluxe edition of "Red," which features six bonus tracks.  Swift's album could also see first-week sales top the one-million mark.  If "Red" sales match the expectations, Taylor would become the first female artist in the Nielsen SoundScan era, which began in 1991, to log first-week sales of more than one-million with consecutive releases.  Her previous disc, "Speak Now," sold one-million-47-thousand copies following its release in October 2010.  "Red's" debut week will end on Sunday.  The album's final sales tally will be announced on October 30th.


Since 1991 only three other acts have had back-to-back first-week sales of more than a million, and no one has achieved the feat in the past ten years.  The Backstreet Boys were the first, with 1999's "Millennium" and 2000's "Black & Blue."  'N Sync followed with 2000's "No Strings Attached" and 2001's "Celebrity."  Eminem topped the one-million mark with 2000's "The Marshall Mathers LP" and 2002's "The Eminem Show."


Taylor Swift Talks Multiple Car Accidents On "Late Show"


Taylor Swift says she's a really safe driver, but she unfortunately failed to prove that point while her actions were recently being documented by a writer for "Rolling Stone" magazine.  On CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday night, the country-pop superstar talked about the in-car portion of her interview with Brian Hiatt, who actually turned out to be pretty understanding after Swift backed into another car.


After Taylor convinced her bass player that she'd pay for the repairs, she and Hiatt made their way to the restaurant they were originally trying to get to.  But Swift says once they finally got to the point where they could laugh about the fender-bender after dinner, another car came out of nowhere and hit them.  But this time around, Swift says Hiatt didn't help calm her down much because he was screaming himself.


However, Swift claims Hiatt eventually thanked her for saving his life with her "defensive driving skills," although she noticed that fact didn't make it into the article.  Nevertheless, Taylor says she appreciated the, quote, "delicate" way Hiatt handled her driving mishaps.  The issue of "Rolling Stone" with Swift on the cover is on newsstands now, while her new album "Red" just arrived in music stores on Monday.


Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley Announce Co-Headlining Tour


Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are planning to hit the road together next year.  The country stars are mapping out their 2013 "Locked & Reloaded Tour."  While specific dates and venues haven't been announced yet, the country stars have revealed more than 30 cities where they intend to perform.  Stops span the U.S., from San Diego, California to Portland, Maine.  The trek is expected to get under way on January 17th.


Both stars say they're excited about the upcoming tour.  Lambert explains that she's looking forward to hitting the road with someone she respects "as an artist and human being," and she's expecting it will be "a tour of 'epic badassery.'"  Bentley uses the word "killer" to describe his expectations.  He adds that he's enjoyed the previous times he's tour with Miranda, and believes both they and their fans "have a lot in common."


Anticipated Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley's 2013 "Locked & Reloaded Tour" stops


Columbia, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Roanoke, Virginia

Baltimore, Maryland

Reading, Pennsylvania

Atlantic City, New Jersey

DeKalb, Illinois

Dayton, Ohio

Huntington, West Virginia

Ames, Iowa

Champaign, Illinois

East Lansing, Michigan

Rochester, New York

Albany, New York

Portland, Maine

Wichita Falls, Texas

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Kansas City, Missouri

Macon, Georgia

Jacksonville, Florida

Estero, Florida

Bossier City, Louisiana

Springfield, Missouri

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Syracuse, New York

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Uniondale, New York

San Diego, California

Irvine, California

Las Vegas, Nevada

Phoenix, Arizona

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Denver, Colorado


Bill Anderson Involved In Moose Accident


Bill Anderson says he had an unfortunate encounter over the weekend.  The country legend is currently on the road.  A website post explains that he was in the Northwestern U.S., driving through Idaho on his way to a concert in Libby, Montana, when his bus hit a "huge moose."  Anderson says he and the others in his vehicle made it through the collision without injury.  But he notes the moose wasn't quite as fortunate, and "she paid the ultimate price."  Whisperin' Bill is now performing across Canada.  His next show is set for Sherwood Park, Alberta Wednesday night.


Country Stars To Appear Next Week On "Dancing With The Stars"


Little Big Town, Big & Rich, and Cowboy Troy will be on hand to help "Dancing With the Stars" go country.  Next Monday will be "Country Night" on the ABC reality show, and the country stars will add some music to the mix.  Next week's performance will mark Cowboy Troy's second appearance on the show in less than six months.  The hick-hop star was also featured on the "Dancing With the Stars" season 14 two-night finale.  He sang "I Play Chicken With The Train" to accompany Donald Driver both in his initial performance, and again the following night when Donald gave the encore dance.  Donald ended up becoming the season 14 winner.


Sara Evans Working On New Album


Sara Evans says she's making progress on her next album.  The singer tells "Country Weekly" she's "really excited" because she's almost finished with the writing, and she's been "writing a ton" over the past six months.  Sara says she wants to have about a dozen songs for the disc that will "showcase a little bit different side" of both her voice and her personality.  She adds that she's also really happy with the material she has.  Evans explains that she's always on the lookout for "a great lyric" because "you can pretty much do anything with it," and some of the songs she's currently considering for the album "say some really neat things."  Musically, Sara describes the album as "a bit more country," but "a few songs are very pop-sounding."  Evans' still untitled studio effort will be her follow up to 2011's "Stronger."


Kristen Kelly Shares Origins Of Debut Single


Country newcomer Kristen Kelly says her breakthrough single, "Ex-Old Man," is a true story.  But the singer admits it wasn't a story she set out to tell in a song.


Kelly adds that had she intended to put her marital issues to music a few years ago, it "might have been a different song."  "Ex-Old Man" is one of the tracks on Kristen's upcoming self-titled EP.  The four-track set will hit stores on October 30th.


Love And Theft Enjoying A Big Year


Love And Theft's Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles admit 2012 has been a big year for them.  Gunderson says it was particularly gratifying to see their self-titled album arrive in stores.


Gunderson adds that they're very proud of the disc, which is Love And Theft's first release as a duo.  He explains that sometimes projects don't turn out the way they're intended, but with their album they "started off with a vision" and "didn't let it get off track."  Love And Theft's album features the hit "Angel Eyes," which has brought them some award attention.  The song is in the running for Music Video: Group or Collaboration at the upcoming American Country Awards, which will air on Fox on December 10th.  Meanwhile, Love And Theft are in the running for Vocal Duo and New Artist of the Year heading into the Country Music Association Awards, which will air on ABC on November 1st.


Country Stars Reflect On Halloween


Alan Jackson admits he hasn't always been very keen on the way his girls have dressed for Halloween.  The singer recalls one costume he thought was a particularly bad choice.


Darius Rucker says Halloween is big at his home.  He explains that it's his kids' favorite holiday, so that makes it an important holiday to him.  Halloween is just a week away.  October 31st is coming up next Wednesday.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1975, John Denver's "Rocky Mountain Christmas" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1980, Eddie Rabbitt's albums "The Best Of Eddie Rabbitt" and "Horizon" were both certified Gold.


Today in 1981, Juice Newton's "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)" debuted on the country singles charts.


Today in 1991, Garth Brooks' "No Fences" album was certified for sales of five-million copies.


Today in 1991, Alan Jackson's album "Don't Rock The Jukebox" was certified Platinum.


Today in 1993, Garth Brooks gave a fan a signed guitar at a North Dakota concert after she gave him a picture she had commissioned for him.


Today in 1993, Clay Walker and his wife, Lori, were married.


Today in 1993, George Strait topped the charts with the single "Easy Come, Easy Go."


Today in 1997, the Garth Brooks-Trisha Yearwood duet, "In Another's Eyes," was at number one on "Radio & Records'" Country Top 50 chart.


Today in 1998, Sawyer Brown played show number three-thousand, taking the stage before 15-thousand fans in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The concert offered the band a bit of déjà vu, as the venue was where they performed their first gig as a headline act in the mid-'80s.


Today in 2000, it was revealed that Clint Black and his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, were expecting their first child.  Lily Pearl was born on May 8th, 2001.


Today in 2000, Faith Hill topped the list of nominees for the first annual "My VH1 Music Awards" with 5 nods.  At the ceremonies that followed on November 30th, Faith scored trophies in the Woman of the Year, Do You Want Fries With That Album? and Sexxxiest Video categories.


Today in 2000, the "Another Rosie Christmas" album, which featured the Dixie Chicks singing with Rosie O'Donnell, was released.  Chris Cagle's debut album, "Play It Loud," also arrived in stores for the first time -- it was re-released the following June with bonus tracks.


Today in 2003, Bryan White and his wife, Erika Page White, celebrated the birth of their first child, Justin Daniel.


Today in 2003, June Carter Cash's daughter Rosey and a fellow musician were found dead inside a converted school bus.  While some drug paraphernalia was found in the bus, their deaths were attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning and any drug use wasn't a factor.


Today in 2004, Tracy Byrd shot the video for his single "Revenge of a Middle-Aged Woman" in Nashville.


Today in 2006, Trace Adkins sang the national anthem before Game Three of the World Series in St. Louis, while Jo Dee Messina performed "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch.


Today in 2006, new releases included Montgomery Gentry's album "Some People Change," Taylor Swift's self-titled debut, George Jones and Merle Haggard's disc "Kickin' Out The Footlights...Again," Alabama's "Songs of Inspiration," and the Holly Hobbie & Friends DVD "Christmas Wishes" featuring LeAnn Rimes.


Today in 2010, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson played the inaugural concert at The Woods at Fontanel, Nashville's newest venue -- which at one point was Barbara Mandrell's home.


Today in 2010, Don Williams and the late Jimmy Dean were formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with the traditional Medallion Ceremony, which took place in Nashville.


Today in 2011, new releases included Toby Keith's album "Clancy's Tavern," Vince Gill's "Guitar Slinger," and Sammy Kershaw's "Icon."