Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

David Allan Coe Injured In Florida Car Crash


David Allan Coe is recovering from injuries suffered in a car crash early Tuesday morning.  The "Ocala Star-Banner" says the 73-year-old country star had been taken to an area hospital following the accident.  Coe's road manager says the singer is "doing OK," and his his wife at his side.  Ocala Police say witness reports indicate Coe was at fault.  Lt. Corey Taylor says people who saw the crash say Coe was running a red light when a semi, which had the right-of-way, struck the passenger side of the singer's 2011 Suburban.  The truck overturned in the wreck, and knocked out a traffic control box.  Coe had to be removed from his mangled vehicle by firefighters.  The truck driver was admitted to the hospital in serious condition.  His passenger was treated and released.  Coe's concerts this week in St. Louis and Louisville, Kentucky have been cancelled.


Willie Nelson To Receive Honorary Music Degree


Willie Nelson is getting some academic recognition.  The country legend has been tapped to receive an honorary degree from Berklee College of Music.  He's one of three honorees being awarded at this spring's commencement ceremony.  Nelson is joining Carole King and Annie Lennox as recipients of an honorary doctor of music degree.  Their all being recognized for musical contributions and achievements as well as their influence on the cultural landscape both in the U.S. and abroad.  In addition to participating in the commencement ceremony, Willie and his fellow honorees will receive a concert salute from the students on the night before graduation.  The Berklee College of Music graduation will take place at the Agganis Arena at Boston University on May 11th.


Alan Jackson Headlining Cancer Charity Benefit Tonight


Alan Jackson is singing out against cancer.  The country star is the headliner for the 5th annual Stars Go Blue benefit concert supporting the Colon Cancer Alliance.  The cause is one that's personal to Alan.  He learned what it was like to watch a loved one go through the battle when his wife, Denise, was diagnosed with the disease in 2010.  He says that after receiving the shocking news, he was left feeling like there was nothing he could do to help her through her illness.  Jackson adds that it was through Denise's experience that he discovered the CCA and all the work the organization does for cancer patients.  The Stars Go Blue concert will take place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Wednesday night.  Money raised through the show will go to the CCA's Blue Note Fund, which provides one-time grants to colon cancer patients with no restrictions on the use.


Band Perry Make A Deliberate Effort With Second Album


The Band Perry says there are no accidents on their new album.  The trio's Neil Perry tells "Billboard" that he and his sibling bandmates Kimberly and Reid all labored over the material for the disc.  He says he believes every track received at least four re-writes, just to make sure every note was exactly right.  He adds that when they previewed their new songs in concert, afterwards they would "watch the video of that show like a game tape" to see how they could make the song better.  Kimberly says even the album's title -- "Pioneer" -- has a meaning.  She explains that they "see it as a journey," taking them "from point A to point B and every step along the way."  The Band Perry's "Pioneer" will be in stores on April 2nd.


Crystal Bowersox To Release Sophomore Album Next Week


Crystal Bowersox has a new album on the way.  The former "American Idol" finalist tells her sophomore effort isn't quite as heavy as her 2010 debut, "Farmer's Daughter."  She says she's "in a much more positive head space" these days, and "All That For This" is a reflection of her more optimistic outlook.  Crystal explains that she's "not as angry" as she was a couple of years ago, and is "really grateful for all the good things and the blessings" she's received.  While Bowersox says some tracks are about things that have upset her, she explains that she doesn't want to "write songs that point fingers anymore," and wants to "share the positive things in life."


Crystal says that's why she includes a cover of The Sundays' "Here's Where The Story Ends."  She admits she didn't know the song until producer Steve Berlin played it for her, and while "the lyrics are dark and melancholy" the song still has a "poppy happiness" to it.  "All That For This" also includes Bowersox's latest single, "Dead Weight."  The album will be in stores on March 26th.


Tracy Lawrence Going "Beyond" His Comfort Zone On New Album


Tracy Lawrence says his upcoming album will sound a little different.  The country star tells that "Headlights, Taillights and Radios" has "edgier" production, which was what he wanted to do when he started his career in the early '90s.  He recalls that he "wanted to have a lead guitar solo on his 1994 chart-topper "If the Good Die Young" but "the label flipped out," claiming that was "too rock and roll," and "made" him include a fiddle solo instead.  But Tracy says today "everything is so guitar-heavy," so he's now getting his chance.  Lawrence admits he's not straying too far from his signature sound, but says he wanted to "go above and beyond" his comfort zone.  He explains that he wants to grow as an artist, and also remain current.  Tracy says he worked with younger people on the disc and compared his material to what's being played on radio today, because he wants his record "to be able to compete."  "Headlights, Taillights, and Radios," featuring Tracy's current single, "Stop Drop and Roll," is slated for an August release.


Miranda Lambert Looking To "Build An Empire"


It's now been ten years since Miranda Lambert got her first big break through competing on the reality series "Nashville Star."  But even a decade later the country singer says she feels like she's only getting started.


Lambert says she aspires to use her music "for greater things" and "bigger ideas," and to "always find things" that inspire her.  She cites Pistol Annies as an example of her goals.  Miranda describes her trio with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley as a project that inspires her as an individual artist as well.  She adds that she thinks it's "a good thing to just always keep growing."  Lambert will soon release her second album with Pistol Annies.  "Annie Up" is due in stores on May 7th.


Keith Urban Enjoys Being A Mentor


Keith Urban is glad to be able to help emerging artists.  The country star and current "American Idol" judge says he loves being a mentor.


Urban admits that everyone has to "make their own mistakes."  But he explains that there are "certain habits and things that young performers do," and ways he and others in his position can "be of help to them."  However, it's not something the singer wants to do in an overt way.  Keith adds that on "Idol" he'd want his mentoring to be "just a quiet thing from one artist to another," and something "the audience shouldn't know anything about."  The nine remaining "Idol" finalists will be performing on Wednesday night's show, airing on Fox at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Lee Brice Keeping Busy Behind The Scenes


Lee Brice has a number of other things going on besides his performing career.  The country singer says he's currently working in the studio producing a record for the new duo American Young.


Brice adds that Faith Hill also recently recorded a song he wrote.  But while he admits "there's a bunch of stuff kind of going on," he doesn't want to say much about any of it just yet.


Lee's latest single, "I Drive Your Truck," has become his third consecutive top ten hit.  He's promoting his own music on the road, and will be performing in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday.  Brice will be opening shows for Brad Paisley starting in May.  And next month Lee will be taking time for himself.  He and his fiancée Sara will be getting married in April.


Country Birthdays Include


Riders in the Sky's Ranger Doug Green is 67.

Shenandoah's Jim Seales is 59.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1960, Elvis Presley returned to Nashville's RCA studios for his first post-Army recording session.


Today in 1963, George Hamilton the Fourth recorded the number one single "Abilene."


Today in 1965, the single, "King of the Road," by Roger Miller peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1989, Kathy Mattea's "Willow In The Wind" album was released.


Today in 1993, David Bellamy married his wife, Susan.


Today in 1995, a judge in Waco, Texas dropped marijuana possession charges against Willie Nelson.  He ruled that the police search of the singer's car was illegal.


Today in 2002, the soundtrack album "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" was at number one on the charts.


Today in 2003, Aaron Tippin was the guest of honor at the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission Meeting.  He received an American flag that had been flown over the capital in honor of his patriotic efforts, a certificate naming him Colonel Aide de Camp, Governor's Staff, and a letter of thanks from Tennessee Senator and Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.  Aaron said he was thrilled, honored, and overwhelmed by the tribute.


Today in 2003, The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on the Dixie Chicks to make a public apology for statements made against President Bush, and to back up their words with a concert for the families of troops stationed in Iraq.


Today in 2005, Trick Pony was on hand to host the Price Oil Celebrity charity event in Destin, Florida.  The three-day event included golf, deep-sea fishing, and a concert finale with Trick Pony as the headliner.


Today in 2006, a series of country concerts featuring Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, and Earl Scruggs began at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  The series continued through April 9th.


Today in 2007, Craig Morgan was at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego Bay to help assemble ten-thousand USA Care packages for U.S. troops abroad.  He also performed for all the volunteers at the "Toast to the Troops Stuffing Party." It was Morgan's fourth time participating in a care package project.


Today in 2007, new releases included Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price's album "Last of the Breed" and Dierks Bentley's first live DVD, "Live and Loud at the Fillmore."


Today in 2010, Reba McEntire was the host for the 16th annual Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix, Arizona.  She also performed at the event, which raises money for a variety of causes and organizations including the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.


Today in 2011, Jimmy Wayne -- as the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association's new national spokesman -- told his story of growing up in foster care at the 30th annual National CASA conference in Chicago.


Today in 2012, The Band Perry made their UK performance debut with a show at Kings College in London.


Today in 2012, a day after Blake Shelton cut "The Voice" finalist Gwen Sebastian from his team on the show, he invited her to join his backing band for his next tour.


Today in 2012, new releases included Casey James' self-titled debut album.


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