Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Tim McGraw's Old Record Label Sues For Copyright Infringement


Tim McGraw's former record label is still looking for a piece of the action.  Curb Records has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the country music superstar.  Curb claims Tim failed to make good on a contract promise to make a fifth and final project for the label before signing with Big Machine Records last September.  Citing court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Tennessee Monday, "The Tennessean" says Curb is staking ownership rights to McGraw's most recent album, "Two Lanes of Freedom," released back in February.  Curb says the album was recorded before their contract with Tim was dissolved and that it's entitled to damages for lost property, among other things.


Kenny Chesney Establishes Spread The Love Fund For Boston


Kenny Chesney is trying to "spread the love" to Boston.  He's teaming up with Boston Medical Center to establish the Spread The Love Fund.  The country superstar launched the charity with what's been described as a "sizeable donation."  He'll also continue to make donations through the sale of his new song "Spread The Love."  Chesney will be giving all the money from iTunes downloads of the track to the fund.  The money will help pay for prosthetics and other ongoing medical and rehab treatment for victims of the April 15th Boston Marathon bombing receiving treatment at both BMC and other Boston area facilities.  Additional information is available at


Chesney explains that it's "hard to imagine a world where taking your children to school, going to the movies or witnessing something as iconic as the Boston Marathon is a dangerous thing to do," so he established the fund to  "help give these people as much of their lives back as possible," and to also "counteract some of the negativity in the world."  "Spread The Love" is from the singer's new album, "Life on a Rock," which is in stores now.


Lady A Celebrate "Golden's" Arrival With TV Appearances, Benefit Event


Lady Antebellum has a number of TV appearances coming up in support of their new album.  The trio will celebrate the May 7th arrival of "Golden" on ABC's "Good Morning America," making a return to the show where they first announced the album back in February.  They'll also be featured on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."  Lady A will make consecutive appearances on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on May 8th, and 9th.  On both nights the group will perform and chat with the host.  Lady Antebellum is slated to be a guest on E!'s "Chelsea Lately" on May 13th, and perform on NBC's "The Voice" on May 14th.


Lady A will also spend time giving back.  On May 7th the group will play a special VIP concert at The McKittirck Hotel in New York.  The show is a LadyAID fundraiser in support of Musicians On Call, which brings live and recorded music to patients who are bedridden in health care facilities.


LeAnn Rimes' "Spitfire" Arriving In June


LeAnn Rimes is calling her new album "an intimate conversation" with her fans.  The country star explains that with "Spitfire" she's sharing her personal journey through her music, and admits it's taken her "a lot of work to get to this point."  She says the material "covers a range of emotions" she's experienced over her lifetime, "from anger to love, from frustrations to letting go."  Rimes adds that it's "still easier" for her to "sing these thoughts than it is to say them out loud," and she hopes she's conveying thoughts that are "hard for others to express" as well.


"Spitfire" also includes a few special guests.  Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminsky contribute background vocals to the song "What Have I Done?," while Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas and guitar great Jeff Beck are featured on "Gasoline & Matches."  "Spitfire," which also features the single "Borrowed," will be released as a physical CD exclusively through Walmart on June 4th.


Kenny Chseney's New Album One He Never Expected To Make


Kenny Chesney says his latest album, "Life on a Rock," wasn't a disc he expected to create.  The country star explains that he didn't write the material with the intention of recording and releasing it.


Chesney says the tracks on "Life on a Rock" reflect the experiences he's had, friends he's made, and stories he's heard over the years.  He adds that none of these songs would have been right for any of his other albums, but he believes they work well together.  Chesney's "Life on a Rock" features the hit single "Pirate Flag."  The album is in stores now.


Randy Rogers Band Faced Personal Challenges While Working On "Trouble"


Randy Rogers Band frontman Randy Rogers says their latest album, "Trouble," grew out of a difficult time for him and his bandmates.  But he explains that working on the disc was helpful for the group.


The group's personal challenges included the death of bassist Jon Richardson's brother.  But Randy says music has always calmed him, and helped him weather difficult situations.  He also admits that some of the songs he wrote for "Trouble" were "kind of like therapy" for him.  The Randy Rogers Band's new album includes the single "Fuzzy."  "Trouble" is in stores now.


Taylor Swift Considers "Girls" Star Lena Dunham A Role Model


Taylor Swift calls actress Lena Dunham one of her role models.  The country-pop superstar says she really admires the woman behind HBO's "Girls," and is thrilled to count her as a fan.


Taylor adds that "Girls" is her favorite TV show.  Dunham, who'll turn 27 this month, is the creator, executive producer, and star of the HBO series about an aspiring writer and recent college graduate trying to make her own.  Swift, meanwhile, has logged a few accomplishments of her own.  The 23-year-old singer-songwriter is currently on the road supporting her fourth studio album, "Red," which has logged sales of more than three-point-six-million in just six months.  Taylor's next show will be at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday.


Blake Shelton Recalls Worst Career Advice


Blake Shelton is sharing some of the worst career advice he's ever received.  The country star tells "Access Hollywood" that when he was younger a music producer once suggested he "start smoking in order to develop more of the rasp" in his voice.  Blake won't name this particular producer, but admits he tried to follow the advice and take up the habit.  He says he quit a few months later.  But not having a cigarette-induced rasp hasn't seemed to hurt Shelton's career.  He's the Country Music Association's reigning Male Vocalist of the Year.  It's an honor Blake has earned for the past three consecutive years.


Blake Shelton Solidifies His Team For "The Voice" Live Rounds


Team Blake is now set as NBC's "The Voice" heads into the live shows.  The knockout round wrapped up with Tuesday's episode, and which left coach Blake Shelton with four country artists.   Among those moving on in the competition with Blake are the Swon Brothers, who impressed with their effort on the Dobie Gray song "Drift Away."

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The Swon Brothers got the nod over quirky singer Grace Askew, who performed Tina Turner's "I Can't Stand the Rain."  Blake also chose Justin Rivers over Savannah Berry, Holly Tucker over Luke Edgemon, and Danielle Bradbery over Taylor Beckham to cement his team of four singers.  A special episode of "The Voice" will air tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.  The live shows begin next Monday.


Willie Nelson Spends 80th Birthday On Stage


Willie Nelson might have hosted his official birthday concert in Austin, Texas over the weekend, but he took the stage in Florida on the day he turned 80.  Fox 4 in Fort Myers says the fans were more than happy to help him celebrate.  Longtime fan Patti Colts was among those at Tuesday night's show.  She says she went to her first Willie Nelson concert at the age of 13, and four years later got "in big trouble" when her mom saw her dancing in a swimsuit at Willie's Fourth of July Picnic.  Other fans are expressing their appreciation for all the years Nelson has spent entertaining, along with their amazement that Willie's "on the road again" making music with his friends after all these years.


Quick Bite


The late George Jones' loved ones are gathering to say their last goodbyes.  The Country Music Hall of Famer's family is slated to hold a private funeral for the singer tonight in Nashville.  A public memorial is set for Thursday.  Jones died at a Nashville hospital last Friday.  He was 81.


Country Birthdays Include


Tim McGraw is 46.

Rita Coolidge is 69.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu.


Today in 1980, the Academy of Country Music named Loretta Lynn its '80s Artist of the Decade.


Today in 1982, Alabama's "Mountain Music" topped "Billboard's" country chart.


Today in 1989, new releases included Reba McEntire's album Sweet Sixteen" and the video compilation "The Real Patsy Cline."


Today in 1993, Tracy Lawrence's "Alibis" went to number one on the country singles chart.


Today in 1993, Charley Pride became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1996, Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road" was certified Gold.


Today in 1998, Garth Brooks announced that the four-billionth ticket had been purchased to his world tour.


Today in 1999, the Dixie Chicks' brood got a little bigger. Emily Erwin of the Texas-born country music group married fellow Texan and musician Charlie Robison. They made the wedding a Texas family-and-friends event rather than a Nashville extravaganza and did the planning themselves.


Today in 2000, Steve Wariner was in Colorado to help raise money for the construction of a new library at Columbine High School library.  He signed autographs in exchange for donations to "Hope Columbine," an organization formed by the Columbine High School families after the 1999 shooting tragedy.


Today in 2000, SHeDAISY staged a free concert at War Memorial Plaza in Nashville as part of the USTA festivities.


Today in 2001, new releases included Montgomery Gentry's album "Carrying On."


Today in 2002, Chely Wright was the only country artist to be featured in People magazine's annual "50 Most Beautiful" issue.


Today in 2002, Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" debuted at the top of "Billboard's" Top 200 Albums chart after selling more than 235-thousand copies in its first week of release.


Today in 2003, the Dixie Chicks launched their Top of the World tour with a show in Greenville, South Carolina.  It was the band's first U.S. show since Natalie Maines made her controversial comment about President Bush during a concert in London two months earlier.


Today in 2004, Trent Willmon made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 2004, Joe Diffie and his wife, Theresa, welcomed their daughter, Kylie Tarissa Diffie, into the world.  Kylie weighed in at six-pounds, ten-ounces, measured 19-inches long, and had lots of dark hair.


Today in 2004, Brad Paisley took part in at William Shatner's 14th annual Wells Fargo Hollywood Charity Horse Show in Los Angeles.


Today in 2005, Kris Kristofferson and Jim Foglesong were honored at an event recognizing them as the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.  Garth Brooks was among those who took part in the function.


Today in 2006, The Oak Ridge Boys, Gary Allan, Ricky Skaggs, Lorrie Morgan, the Whites, Del McCoury Band, Connie Smith, and T.G. Sheppard were among the performers for the "Night of Healing" benefit concert.  The fundraiser helped victims of the tornadoes that tore through Sumner County, Tennessee a few weeks earlier.


Today in 2006, Trick Pony hosted the Bridgestone Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament at Five Oaks Golf & Country Club in Lebanon, Tennessee.  The money raised went to the Arthritis Foundation.


Today in 2006, Tracy Byrd hosted the fifth annual Catch the Vision golf, shotgun, and music spectacular for the Catch-A-Dream foundation in West Point, Mississippi.  He was joined by friends Blake Shelton and Tracy Byrd.  It brought in 120-thousand-dollars for the foundation.


Today in 2006, the late Roy Orbison was honored in Nashville with a proclamation recognizing his talents and contributions to the local music scene.


Today in 2006, Tim McGraw was named the Mr. Mom that women would most like to clean their house and take care of their kids.


Today in 2007, Jason Aldean revealed at a listening party in Nashville for his then-upcoming album "Relentless" that his wife was pregnant with the couple's second daughter.


Today in 2007, Larry the Cable Guy performed as part of a USO visit to Andrews AFB, Maryland.  The appearance also featured a special screening of Larry's movie "Delta Farce."


Today in 2007, new CD releases included Blake Shelton's "Pure BS" and Miranda Lambert's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."


Today in 2008, Kellie Pickler performed at The Crown Royal Festival in the Field on the first of a two-day festival of music on the turf at Churchill Downs in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby.


Today in 2008, Sara Evans helped open the first ever CMT Crossroads Bar in Bossier City, Louisiana.  She sang "As If" and "Some Things Never Change" at the event.


Today in 2008, Jim Hager of the Hager Twins died of a heart attack last in Nashville.  Jim and his brother, Jon, were part of the "Hee Haw" cast for 19 years.


Today in 2010, Rascal Flatts sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the start of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.


Today in 2010, a record-setting two-day rainstorm began in Nashville, which caused the Cumberland River to overflow its banks and flood the city.  The Grand Ole Opry House was among the many structures that were damaged, while Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley were among the country stars whose homes were flooded.  Many country stars also lost instruments and touring equipment.  The storm struck Kentucky and Mississippi as well as Tennessee, resulting in more than 30 deaths and two-point-three-billion-dollars in damage across the three states.


Today in 2011, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, John Rich, and LeAnn Rimes were among those turning to Twitter to comment on the death of Osama Bin Laden.


Today in 2011, Shania Twain's OWN series, "Why Not? With Shania Twain" had its debut.


Today in 2012, new releases included Carrie Underwood's CD "Blown Away" and rapper B.o.B.'s album "Strange Clouds," featuring the Taylor Swift collaboration "Both Of Us," arrived in stores.


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