Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

DWTS: Band Perry Performs, Pickler Remains, Hayes Appearing Next Week


The Band Perry continues to promote their new album, "Pioneer."  The trio performed the album's lead-off single, "Better Dig Two," on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday night.


Meanwhile, Kellie Pickler made it through another elimination on Tuesday.  The country star is making an impressive run on the reality show, and once again entered the results round with one of the highest scores from the judges.  Pickler is getting support from the viewers as well, and wasn't even at risk of being cut from the competition.


Kellie will have another country companion on the show next week.  Hunter Hayes will be making a guest appearance on Monday.  He'll be performing along with his ACM Awards collaborator, Motown legend Stevie Wonder.  The show is honoring Wonder next week, and Kellie will be dancing to one of Stevie's hits.


Billy Ray Cyrus Refers To Miley, Liam As "Friends"


Billy Ray Cyrus may be in some trouble with his daughter.  While Miley and actor Liam Hemsworth have insisted that their wedding is still on, the country star admitted to ABC News' "Nightline" that he wasn't sure how to write about the couple's plans in his autobiography.


When asked about the state of Miley and Liam's relationship, Billy Ray said "the great news is that they're great friends."  He added that he didn't know if they'd ever get married, but believes "whatever's meant to be, that's the way it's going to happen."   Cyrus' book, "Hillbilly Heart," is in stores now.


And Billy Ray's not the only one raising suspicion over the young couple's fate.  Last week, Chris Hemsworth's wife Elsa Pataky told "The Sun" that "if they get married," she'd like to go to the wedding, but doesn't know anything about it.


Sarah Darling Engaged


Sarah Darling is engaged.  The country singer tells that her British boyfriend James Muriel popped the question over the weekend, while they were vacationing in Key West, Florida.  She says James' proposal "was so perfect because it was on the beach," and the Atlantic Ocean had been the biggest obstacle in their relationship.  Sarah adds that "the significance of the scene made it really romantic and sweet."  While James now lives in Nashville, Darling admits that it "was very hard" when he was based in London.  She explains that they would Skype and even did Skype cooking where they cooked dinner together, despite the difficulty of their six hour time difference.


Sarah says she met James through his father, Andrew, a songwriter who had been making frequent trips from London to Nashville.  She explains that Andrew had tapped her to record a demo for him, and James worked on the session.  Sarah says she and James actually knew each other for years before they decided to start dating.  Sarah says it was a trip to Paris that sealed the deal for her, and she knew James was the man she "wanted to be with forever."


Kip Moore Explains His Unique Living Situation


Kip Moore might have a couple of top ten hits to his credit, but that doesn't mean he has a home.  But the country singer says he's satisfied with his current living situation.


Moore adds that he only gets to take hot showers when he's on tour, because the facilities in the studio only have cold water.  He admits that it "might sound crazy," but he likes the set-up because it's helping him keep his "edge."  Kip explains that it prevents him from "getting comfortable," and enables him to remain focused on writing for his next album.  Moore is working on the follow up to his 2012 debut, "Up All Night," which features the chart-topper "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" and the top ten hit "Beer Money" as well as his current single "Hey Pretty Girl."


Justin Moore Follows The Golden Rule With Opening Acts


Justin Moore admits he learned a lot from opening for such stars as Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert.  And now that he's a headliner, the country singer says the most important lesson he's bringing along with him is to follow the Golden Rule.


Moore adds that he believes treating opening acts with respect benefits everyone.  He explains that showing support for his tourmates inspires them to not only put on the best show they can for themselves, but they're also making an effort to leave the crowds impressed with the full lineup he's bringing to the stage.  Dustin Lynch and Jon Pardi are Moore's openers on the "Outlaws Like Me Tour," which is heading to Pennsylvania.  They be in Erie on Thursday and in Johnstown on Friday.


Easton Corbin Would Welcome Chance To Sing With Haggard


A country legend is at the top of Easton Corbin's collaboration wish list.  The singer calls Merle Haggard an "icon" and one of his "heroes," and tells he'd "love to do a song with him or something."  And Corbin wouldn't mind if that "something" included an introduction.  He says he's never had the chance "to meet him or anything," but he'd "like to one day."  Corbin has been busy supporting his sophomore album, "All Over The Road," which features the hit "Lovin' You Is Fun."  His current single is the disc's title track.


Lonestar Set June Release For Next Album


Lonestar has a new album on the way.  "Life As We Know It" will be the group's first studio effort in three years, following their 2010 CD "Party Heard Around the World."  It's also the band's first full disc since founding frontman Richie McDonald returned to the fold.  Richie says the album also marks the first time Lonestar has taken the reins and served as their own producer.  The singer tells he and his bandmates wrote nine of the 12 songs on the disc and "had a little more creative control" over the project.  He adds that they gave themselves some freedom with this record.  McDonald explains that they "just wanted to enjoy making music, enjoy being together, enjoy playing, performing live, and entertaining" their fans.  "Life As We Know It" features Lonestar's current single, "Maybe Someday."  The album will be in stores on June 4th.


Connie Britton Reflects On Age Dynamic In "Nashville"


On "Nashville," Connie Britton's character Rayna Jaymes is rivals with the young singer Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere.  But Connie says she doesn't believe the ABC drama is trying to depict a young versus old battle.


A second soundtrack album from the music-driven series is also on the way, featuring material from both Britton and Panettiere.  Hayden is featured on three of the disc's eleven tracks, while Connie sings two songs.  Cast members Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen, who play Gunnar and Scarlett on the show, have two duets on the album along with a solo track each.  Jonathan Jackson, who portrays Avery on the show; and Lennon and Maisy Stella, who play Rayna's daughters Maddie and Daphne, are also on the album.  "The Music of Nashville (Season 1, Volume 2)" will be in stores on May 7th.  "Nashville" airs on ABC on Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.


Track list for "The Music of Nashville (Season 1, Volume 2)"


1. "Fade Into You," performed by Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen

2. "Ho Hey," performed by Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella

3. "Gun for a Mouth," performed by Sam Palladio

4. "We Are Water," performed by Hayden Panettiere

5. "Looking for a Place to Shine," performed by Clare Bowen

6. "Stronger Than Me," performed by Connie Britton

7. "Bitter Memory," performed by Connie Britton

8. "Let There Be Lonely," performed by Jonathan Jackson

9. "Hypnotizing," performed by Hayden Panettiere

10. "I Will Fall" (Studio Version), performed by Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio

11. "Nothing in This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again," performed by Hayden Panettiere


LeAnn Rimes, Taylor Swift On "Most Hated Celebrities" List


LeAnn Rimes and Taylor Swift are getting some recognition they might not like.  They're among the famous folks on "Star" magazine's top 20 "most hated celebrities" list.  But neither country singer made the top ten.  Rimes has the number 12 spot, while Swift is coming in at number 18.  However, actress Gwyneth Paltrow -- who starred with Tim McGraw in the film "Country Strong" -- leads the list.  "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart ranks second, followed by Jennifer Lopez.  Swift's ex John Mayer has the number four spot, while Josh Kelley's wife Katherine Heigl completes the top five.  "Today" host Matt Lauer, Madonna, UJustin Bieger, Jay Leno, and Lindsay Lohan are also on the list.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1970, Johnny Cash performed at the White House at the invitation of President Richard Nixon.  Nixon asked Cash to perform "Okie From Muskogee," but Johnny refused since it wasn't his song.  Instead, he sang his hit "A Boy Named Sue."


Today in 1992, Aaron Tippin scored his first number one hit single, "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio."


Today in 1997, Toby Keith and his wife, Tricia, became parents to their third child, a son named Stelen Keith Covel.  The couple's other children are daughters Shelley and Krystal.


Today in 1998, Clint Black and Skip Ewing's song "Something That We Do" was selected as Song of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.


Today in 1998, Alabama was chosen by readers of "People" magazine as America's favorite band.  Garth Brooks topped the Male Vocalist category, with George Strait coming in third.


Today in 2000, ABC-TV began using Lonestar's hit "Amazed" in promotional spots for their primetime hit sitcom "2 Guys and a Girl."


Today in 2004, The Judds made their debut at the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 2005, Clay Walker was among those who completed the two-day BP MS 150 Bike Tour, a 150-mile fundraising trek in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  The course took participants from Houston to Austin, Texas.


Today in 2005, Lonestar took part in a fundraiser for the Fender Museum of Music and the Arts' Kids Rock Free program, which provides music lessons at no charge to children from the ages of seven to 17.  The event was staged in Corona, California.


Today in 2006, Van Zant were on "Emeril Live," and performed "Nobody Gonna Tell Me What To Do" and "I'm Doin' Alright."


Today in 2006, Jo Dee Messina ran in the 110th Boston Marathon.  Despite a knee injury, she finished with an impressive official time of five-hours-47-minutes.


Today in 2006, Sara Evans' "Always There," special Mother's Day CD, arrived in Hallmark Gold Crown stores.  She recorded two new tracks for the project -- "You Oughta Know By Now" and "Brooklyn and Austin" -- and it also included an acoustic version of "Born To Fly."


Today in 2007, Dierks Bentley, John Rich, Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson and Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus joined former Tennessee Titan Kevin Carter for his sixth annual Waiting for Wishes celebrity waiter's dinner in Nashville. The event benefits his foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee.


Today in 2007, Martina McBride mentored Fox's "American Idol" top seven finalists. She worked with the contestants as they prepped material for the show's "Country Music Week."


Today in 2007, new album releases included Clay Walker's "Fall," Pam Tillis' "Rhinestoned," and Bucky Covington's self-titled debut.


Today in 2008, Emerson Drive took part in the opening night party for the Nashville Film Festival.


Today in 2008, Willie Nelson was the subject of a Comedy Central roast.  The event, which took place in Los Angeles, aired a couple months later.


Today in 2009, Brad Paisley was on hand at the Nashville Film Festival to support William Shatner at the world premiere of "William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet."


Today in 2010, Montgomery Gentry hosted the ACM Chairman's Ride, a charity motorcycle event supporting ACM Lifting Lives.  The duo was also the headliner for the inaugural ACM Lifting Lives USO concert at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.  Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson, James Otto, and Anthony Smith also performed.  Both events were among the festivities leading up to the 45th annual ACM Awards.


Today in 2010, Miranda Lambert was the headliner for the second night of the ACM Concerts at Freemont Street Experience.  Luke Bryan and Gloriana were also among the performers.


Today in 2010, Kenny Chesney attended the official premiere of his concert film "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D" in Las Vegas.  A number of other celebrities were also on hand for the screening, including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Matthew McConaughey, and Morgan Freeman.

Copyright © 2013

Metro Networks Inc.