Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Brad Paisley To Appear On "Nashville" Finale


Brad Paisley will be helping "Nashville" wrap up its inaugural run.  The country star has been tapped to make a guest appearance on the season one finale next month.  Few details on the episode have been revealed.  However, he'll be portraying himself on the show, and will perform with Connie Britton's character Rayna Jaymes and Charles Esten's character Deacon Claybourne.  Brad's wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who has a recurring role on the show, will be in the episode as well.  She plays the part of Peggy Kenter.  Paisley's episode will air on ABC on May 22nd.


Brad is just one of many country stars who have made guest appearances on "Nashville" this season.  Vince Gill, Chris Young, Kip Moore, Brantley Gilbert, and Pam Tillis are some of the other singers who have had guest spots on the show.


"We're All For The Hall" Raises Nearly 650-Thousand


Keith Urban and Vince Gill are giving the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum a hefty sum.  The country stars raised nearly 650-thousand-dollars with last week's "We're All For The Hall" show.    This year's figure well surpasses the 2012 show, which brought in 465-thousand-dollars, and Museum Director Kyle Young says the 2013 concert was "the biggest and best ever."  The four-year total for "We're All For The Hall" shows has now topped the two-million mark.


This year's theme was "Rebels and Renegades," and featured performances from such stars as Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, and Trace Adkins.  Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Billy Joe Shaver, and Montgomery Gentry took the stage as well, along with Brantley Gilbert, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, and Jessi Colter.  The benefit concert took place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on April 16th.


Willie Nelson Celebrating Birthday With Special "CMT Crossroads" Episode


Willie Nelson's birthday celebration has already begun, and will continue well after the country legend turns 80.  Jamey Johnson and Ashley Monroe were among the stars on hand last week to tape a special episode of "CMT Crossroads" in Willie's honor.  Neil Young and Sheryl Crow also took part in the event, along with Leon Russell and Norah Jones.  Rocker Jack White hosted the concert at his Third Man Records studio in Nashville.  Willie turns 80 at the end of the month, but the premiere of "CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records" is slated for June.


Willie Nelson's birthday is also being celebrated with a special video campaign.  Details on how to submit a clip are posted on Nelson's website.


Gary Allan Explains His Unconventional Golfing Attire


If you see a man on the golf course wearing knickers, it just might be Gary Allan.  The country singer says he's making a fashion statement with his unusual attire, which he found was necessary after he took up the sport.


Gary admits that the folks at the country club "didn't know what to think" of him and his bandmates at first, but they've since won people over.  Fashion is important to the stylish country star, who opened the men's boutique The Label in Nashville in 2011.


Justin Moore Approached Third Album Without A Clear Vision


Justin Moore says he knew exactly what he wanted his first two albums to sound like.  But the country star admits that wasn't the case with his upcoming disc.


Moore's current single, "Point At You," is the lead-off single from the still-untitled project, which is expected to hit stores later this year.  Justin's next album will be the follow up to his 2011 sophomore effort, "Outlaws Like Me."


Steve Martin Teaming Up With Edie Brickell For New Bluegrass Album


Steve Martin has found another partner in bluegrass.  He's teaming up with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell on a new album.  Brickell says she initated the collaboration.  But she tells CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" she wasn't sure if Martin was serious at first when he agreed to work with her.


Martin and Brickell described their songwriting process, explaining that Edie would put words to Steve's banjo music.  Edie is the primary vocalist on the album, although Steve chimes in for one duet.  But Martin says he was happy to let Edie do the singing, "because she's great at it."  Martin and Brickell also took the stage to perform "When You Get To Asheville."  The song is on their album "Love Has Come For You," which is in stores now.


Country Stars Sing Songs By Children's Hospital Patients


Faith Hill, Vince Gill, and Kix Brooks are some of the country stars lending their voices to songs penned by some special writers.  "Everybody Has a Story" features tracks by patients at a Nashville children's hospital.  Brooks' song is called "My Sweet Ride."


Faith performs a track titled "You Have To Believe," while Vince's song is called "That's Who I Am."  Amy Grant, Alison Krauss, and Amy Grant also contribute to the disc, which was created through the Music Therapy Program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.  "Everybody Has a Story" will be released on May 14th.   More information about the album and additional song previews are available at  Money raised from the disc will support the hospital's Music Therapy Program.


Little Big Town Looking Forward To Keith Urban Tour


Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman says she and her bandmates are looking forward to hitting the road this summer with Keith Urban.  She tells "Shape" magazine that Keith is "just a good friend and is so supportive."  The singer adds that her group has a history with Urban.  She explains that the members of Little Big Town have served as Keith's backing vocalists "a few times," and her band's first arena tour was as an opener for Urban back in 2005.


Urban's "Light The Fuse Tour 2013" begins in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 18th.  The extensive trek continues throughout the fall, and wraps up in Louisville, Kentucky on December 8th.  Little Big Town is currently on their own headlining trek.  The next stop on "The Tornado Tour" is coming up in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday.


Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Reflects On Being Remembered


Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott says she knows she and bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood will be remembered for their music.  But the singer explains that she's hoping their legacy will extend beyond their musical career.


Hillary explains that through LadyAID the group gets to "speak up for those that can't always speak up for themselves."  But she isn't downplaying Lady A's contributions through their music.  Scott explains that music can be a powerful form of communication that "gives people a way to describe how they feel better than they can."  Hillary adds that while she's a songwriter, she's also heard many songs that have expressed how she's feeling better than she's been able to do herself.


Quick Bites


Martina McBride is on board for a special Grand Ole Opry show later this summer.  The audience for the August 24th Opry show will include thousands of women who have successfully battled cancer.  The women will be in Nashville for the National Women's Survivors Convention, which will be taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center during the fourth weekend in August.


Kellie Pickler is continuing on "Dancing With the Stars."  She made it through Tuesday's results show without much worry.  Once again she wasn't even in jeopardy of being eliminated.  The country star entered the episode with the highest judges' score from Monday night.


Country Birthdays Include


The Oak Ridge Boys' Richard Sterban is 70.

Rebecca Lynn Howard is 34.

Danny Gokey is 33.

Kelly Clarkson is 31.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1953, Hank Williams' single "Take These Chains From My Heart" was released.


Today in 1984, Jerry Lee Lewis married his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver.


Today in 1988, "Hee Haw" celebrated its 20th anniversary with highlights from past shows.

Guests included Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Barbara and Louise Mandrell, Highway 101 and Tanya Tucker.


Today in 1991, Garth Brooks swept the Academy of Country Music Awards, winning in all six of the categories he was nominated for -- including Entertainer of the Year.


Today in 1992, the "Don't Overlook Salvation" album by Ricky Van Shelton was released.


Today in 1992, Tracy Lawrence hit number one on the charts with "Today's Lonely Fool."


Today In 1992, Brooks and Dunn's "Neon Moon" topped the "Radio & Records" country chart.


Today in 1993, Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp -- along with Travis Tritt, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Bruce Hornsby and Ringo Starr -- performed at Farm Aid Six in Ames, Iowa.  The now-divorced Roseanne and Tom Arnold did a short musical segment, closing with the theme from the TV series "Green Acres."


Today in 1995, Alan Jackson was named Top Male Vocalist, Patty Loveless was named Top Female Vocalist, Brooks & Dunn were named Entertainers of the Year at the 31st annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  In addition, Bryan White was named Top New Male Vocalist, Terri Clark was named Top New Female Vocalist, and Lonestar was named Top New Vocal group.


Today in 1998, LeAnn Rimes' "Sittin' On Top Of The World" album was released.


Today in 1999, Jessica Andrews made her Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 2002, Jewel broke her collar bone and a rib when she was thrown from a horse at the Fort Worth, Texas, area ranch of her rodeo star boyfriend, Ty Murray.


Today in 2003, Johnny Cash's album, "American IV: The Man Comes Around," was certified Gold.  It was his first release to do so in 30 years.


Today in 2005, Tracy Lawrence launched his 9th annual Tracy Lawrence Golf Classic, a two-day fundraising event supporting various charities in the Texarkana, Texas area.


Today in 2005, Travis Tritt joined the Special Operations Warrior Foundation in honoring those who volunteered to rescue American hostages being held in Iran back in 1980, performing at the Special Operations Warrior Foundation event in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.


Today in 2006, Trace Adkins debuted his single "Swing" on "Fantasy 411" on the Major League Baseball site.  It was the first time had presented the premier of a musician's song.


Today in 2007, Willie Nelson and his tour manager David Anderson each paid a fine of one-thousand-24 dollars and received six months probation as part of a plea deal with Louisiana prosecutors.  The pair were facing misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms stemming from a vehicle inspection of Nelson's tour bus in September 2006.  While Nelson's sister Bobbie and two bus drivers were also initially cited, charges against them were dropped as part of the plea agreement.  It was the first time Nelson had ever been convicted on a drug charge.


Today in 2007, Tim McGraw and Big & Rich's Kenny Alphin hosted a party celebrating the chart-topping success of McGraw's "Last Dollar," written by Alphin.  Big Kenny turned the gala into a charity event, giving away a total of 100-thousand-dollars to three organizations.


Today in 2007, Josh Turner celebrated the double-Platinum success of his album "Your Man" with an event in Nashville.


Today in 2007, Wynonna Judd's estranged husband Dan Robert Roach pled not guilty to charges of child molestation.  He had been arrested in Texas a month earlier and brought to Nashville to face the charges.


Today in 2008, while on his sixth USO Tour, Toby Keith's performance at a U.S. base in Kandahar, Afghanistan was interrupted by mortar fire, forcing the singer and his audience of 25-hundred soldiers to take cover in nearby shelters.  While they waited for the all clear, Toby posed for photos and signed autographs for his military fans.


Today in 2008, John Michael Montgomery hosted the second annual Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Golf Scramble at the Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond, Kentucky.  All proceeds from the event went to the Hall of Fame's continued education outreach programs.


Today in 2010, Vince Gill received the Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence from Nashville's Belmont University.  The honor acknowledges people in the music industry who have excelled in the field and have used their status to support both the school and the local community.


Today in 2010, Keith Urban and Sugarland were the headliners for the first day of the Stagecoach festival in Indio, California.  Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Billy Currington, Phil Vassar, and Joey + Rory were some of the other performers at the event.


Today in 2010, Heidi Newfield performed at the post-race concert for the 11th annual Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon in Nashville.


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