Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Jason Aldean Excited About People's Choice Awards


Jason Aldean admits he'll be a bit out of his element at the People's Choice Awards.  The country star tells "Parade" magazine he's "not used to playing a lot of black-tie events," but he says he plans to "get onstage and have fun and bring a country-rock flair to the show."  Aldean is participating as a first time nominee, which he says makes the event even more special because it "comes from the fans."  Jason is in the running for Favorite Country Artist, and faces Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, and Tim McGraw for the honor.  Taylor, Carrie, and Blake each have multiple chances to win.  Swift also has a nomination for Favorite Song with her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and she joins Underwood in vying for Favorite Female Artist.  Shelton also has a nod for Favorite Male Artist.  The 2013 People's Choice Awards will take place at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live, and air on CBS Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


Luke Bryan Co-Hosting ACM Awards, Brad Paisley Hosting Fan Jam


Luke Bryan is on board to co-host this spring's Academy of Country Music Awards.  Bryan, a former ACM Top New Artist of the Year winner, will be joining Blake Shelton in overseeing the upcoming show.  He'll be filling the spot left vacant by Reba McEntire, who stepped down after last year's event.  Blake will be marking his third year as host with the upcoming ceremony, which will air live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7th.  Meanwhile, Brad Paisley has been tapped to host the 3rd annual ACM Fan Jam, taking place simultaneously at The Orleans Arena.  Additional Fan Jam performers as well as ACM Awards participants will be revealed soon, along with the nominees for the event.


Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes On Grammy Nominees Album


Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes are representing country music on the "2013 Grammy Nominees" album.  The 22-track all-genre disc covers select categories in the upcoming event.  Taylor's hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which is up for Record of the Year, is part of the mix along with Hunter's chart-topper "Wanted," a contender for Best Country Solo Performance.  Other tracks in the collection include Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait," and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe."  Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, and Ed Sheeran are some of the other nominees with songs on the disc.  The "2013 Grammy Nominees" album will be in stores on January 22nd.  The 55th annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on February 10th.


Both Swift and Hayes are three-time nominees heading into the event.  Taylor's other bids are for the song "Safe & Sound," her collaboration with The Civil Wars for the movie "The Hunger Games."  The track is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media.  Hunter is also in the running for Best New Artist, while his self-titled debut CD is up for Best Country Album.


"2013 Grammy Nominees" Track Listing


1. The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"

2. Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"

3. Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

4. Goyte (feat. Kimbra), "Somebody That I Used To Know"

5. Katy Perry, "Wide Awake"

6. Fun. featuring Janelle Monae, "We Are Young"

7. Florence + The Machine, "Shake It Out"

8. Pink, "Try"

9. Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa, "Payphone"

10. Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"

11. Miguel, "Adorn"

12. Ed Sheeran, "The A Team"

13. Hunter Hayes, "Wanted"

14. The Lumineers, "Ho Hey"

15. Alabama Shakes, "Hold On"

16. Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait"

17. Frank Ocean, "Pyramids"

18. Bruce Springsteen, "We Take Care Of Our Own"

19. Jack White, "Freedom At 21"

20. Muse, "Madness"

21. Coldplay, "Charlie Brown"

22. Adele, "Set Fire To The Rain"


Dierks Bentley Loves Hockey -- Even Though It Hurts


Dierks Bentley is among the hockey fans who are happy the NHL lockout is over.  The country star enjoys playing the game as well as watching it, and says he has a lot of fun on the ice.  But Dierks admits it's a very physical game, and it eventually catches up with him.


Dierks plays in an amateur league in Nashville.  He says he contributes to his team, and does "good work in periods one, two, and three."  But the singer says the "fourth period" -- the post-game gathering at a local bar -- is when you'll see him "really excel."  Bentley adds that the "fourth period" is one of his favorite parts of the game because, for him, playing hockey is as much about the camaraderie as it is the sport.


Jana Kramer Confirms Relationship With Brantley Gilbert


Jana Kramer is now confirming that she and Brantley Gilbert are an item.  She tells CMT that they're currently living together in a house she recently purchased in Nashville. Jana admits the property is "technically" just hers, and jokes that Gilbert is her tennant.  But she says the two of them "did pick it out together."  Jana and Brantley have been dating for several months.  Gilbert admitted to the relationship late last year, telling in November that they are an "unlikely couple" but "it works."  And if they need some space from one another, they'll soon get it.  Brantley is set to launch his "Hell On Wheels" tour in Independence, Missouri on January 31st.


Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves, High Valley Named "Artists To Watch"


Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe might soon be like bandmate Miranda Lambert, and have a name on her own.  She's among those on's "Artists To Watch" list for 2013.  Billboard says Ashley's upcoming solo album "Like A Rose," which is slated for release on March 5th, is one of Nashville's "most anticipated projects."  The site adds that Ashley "might be the most talented female traditional-based newcomer since Lee Ann Womack."  Others on the list include Kacey Musgraves, whose debut single "Merry Go Round" is now a top 20 hit.  She's drawing comparisons to Loretta Lynn, and is expected to "make quite an impact in 2013."  High Valley is also getting a mention.  Billboard says the Canadian trio, who made their Grand Ole Opry debut last weekend, is "poised to make an impact" this year with their single, "Love You For A Long Time."'s list of the "Ten Artists To Watch In 2013"


Amber Hayes

High Valley

The Lone Bellow

Ashley Monroe

Kacey Musgraves

Stars from the TV series "Nashville"


Coy Taylor

Christ Weaver Band

Drake White


Tim McGraw Hears Classic Bob Seger In Current Single


Tim McGraw admits his current single has a bit of a classic rock feel to it.  The country star says "One Of Those Nights" reminds him of a classic Bob Seger track.


"One Of Those Nights" is the second single off Tim's upcoming album, following last summer's hit "Truck Yeah."  McGraw's "Two Lanes of Freedom" will be in stores on February 5th.


"Chevy Van" Songwriter Dies


The man behind the quintessential '70s hit "Chevy Van" his died.  "The Charlotte Observer" says Sammy Johns passed away at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, North Carolina on Friday.  His funeral will take place at Bumgardner Chapel at McLean Funeral Directors Wednesday afternoon.  Johns was 66.  Over the course of his career the singer-songwriter penned several hits for other artists, including John Conlee's 1983 chart-topper "Common Man" and Conway Twitty's last number one, "Desperado Love."  But Sammy's only success as a performer came with "Chevy Van."  The single, which "Rolling Stone" dubbed "The Song of the Seventies," peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975.  Several other artists, including country stars Waylon Jennings, Sammy Kershaw, and Eric Church, have covered the song over the years.


"Nashville" Star Gives Advice To Aspiring Singers, Actors


"Nashville" star Connie Britton says her best advice to an aspiring singer or actor is to not give up.  She says performers need to really tap into what they do best and have faith in it, and uses a pencil analogy to explain that sooner or later your persistence will pay off.


Britton explains that it can take time to break through because everyone has has their own individual talents.  She adds that it's important for aspiring stars to remember their talent is unique, and to find outlets that provide the best showcase for their specific skills.  Connie stars as Rayna Jaymes on "Nashville."  New episodes begin airing on ABC Wednesday night.


Country Birthdays Include


Crystal Gayle is 62.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1976, C.W. McCall's single "Convoy" hit number one on the country and pop singles chart.


Today in 1977, Emmylou Harris married her producer, Brian Ahern.  They have since divorced.


Today in 1982, Johnny Cash became the first living inhabitant of Hendersonville, Tennessee, to have a road named after him, as the Johnny Cash Parkway was opened.


Today in 1995, Diamond Rio's single "Night is Fallin' In My Heart" peaked at number six on the chart.


Today in 2002, Tim McGraw earned two American Music Awards, for Favorite Album - Country with "Set This Circus Down" and Favorite Male Artist - Country.  Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, and Trick Pony were also winners.  In addition, Garth Brooks received the AMA's Award of Merit.


Today in 2003, Clint Black was named as a mentor to contestants on the upcoming competition series "Nashville Star."  In addition to helping the hopefuls throughout the show, he would be assisting the winner in the studio.


Today in 2003, Tracy Lawrence and his wife, Becca, announced that they were preparing for the arrival of their second child. Mary Keagan made her entry into the world on Tax Day -- April 15th -- joining big sister Skylar JoAnn.


Today in 2005, country artists received their own categories for the first time in the 31st annual People's Choice awards.  Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, and Brooks & Dunn were among the winners at the event.


Today in 2005, Willie Nelson headlined a tsunami relief concert for victims of the previous month's catastrophe that hit Asian countries bordering the Indian Ocean.  The show, which took place at the Austin Music Hall, also featured Joe Ely, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, and Dixie Chick Natalie Maines.


Today in 2006, Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" was certified double-Platinum, making it the fastest-selling debut country album to date, and the fastest-selling album released by an "American Idol" alumnus.


Today in 2007, Toby Keith's movie "Broken Bridges" was released on DVD.  Keith co-stars in the film, with Kelly Preston as his wife and Lindsey Hahn as his 16-year-old daughter.  The movie also features Willie Nelson and Burt Reynolds.


Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, and Kenny Chesney were among the winners at the 2007 People's Choice Awards.  Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles was also recognized in a less direct way, as Bon Jovi's "Who Says You Can't Go Home" took Favorite Rock Song.  Nettles is a guest vocalist on the track.


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift's self-titled debut CD returned to the top of "Billboard's" Country album sales chart, and climbed to number five on the magazine's all-genre Hot 200 album sales chart.  It marked Taylor's ninth week at number one on the country sales chart.


Today in 2009, Jon Hager of the Hager Twins died at his home in Nashville.


Today in 2010, Brad Paisley's dad helped save a life at his son's concert in Wichita, Kansas.  When a man collapsed backstage Doug Paisley went to his aid, performing CPR until paramedics arrived.


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