Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Team Blake Wins On "The Voice," Country Stars Perform


Blake Shelton continues his winning streak on NBC's "The Voice."  This time around the show's country coach led Danielle Bradbery to victory.  And prior to taking the title, she had the chance to perform Hunter Hayes' latest hit, "I Want Crazy," with Hunter.


The show also featured an appearance from Florida Georgia Line, who performed their hit collaborative version of "Cruise" with Nelly.  Cher, Bob Seger, Christina Aguilera, Pitbull, and Bruno Mars also added to the star power of the season four finale of "The Voice," which aired Tuesday night.


Danielle's success also marks the third consecutive year a Team Blake member has earned the win on the show.  Shelton also had another act competing in the finale.  The Swon Brothers ended their run in third place.  Team Usher's Michelle Chamuel took the runner-up spot.


Miranda Lambert Among Nominees For Tonight's O Music Awards


Miranda Lambert could win a new award.  The country star is up for Best Interactive Music Video with her hit "Fastest Girl In Town" at tonight's O Music Awards.  Her competition in the category includes Linkin Park's "Lost in the Echo," Tanlines' "Not the Same," Yung Jake's "," and Beck & Chris Milk's "Sound and Vision."  Beck and Frank Ocean are the top nominees heading into the event with two bids each.  The fan-voted event celebrates songs, artists, and technology as well as the innovators and counter culture with a 24-hour live-streaming party.  More than 50 bands will be performing throughout the country for the ceremony, which begins this evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.


Ray Price Hospitalized With Kidney Stones


Ray Price is back in the hospital.  His wife Janie says in a Facebook post that the country legend is slated to undergo surgery on Wednesday for kidney stones.  She explains that Price's severe dehydration, which landed him in the hospital last month, caused him to develop the kidney stones.  She adds that Ray was "in severe pain" when he was readmitted last week.  Janie says doctors were able to get Ray's pain "under control" with medication, and he's currently "resting comfortably."  But after consulting with his team of doctors, they decided that the best course of action would be to surgically remove the stones.


Janie adds that Ray has been moved by the outpouring of support he's receiving from the fans.  She says she's "reading him your messages of prayers and good wishes for his speedy recovery," and she can "see the emotional response he has to them, and that you are a true blessing to him."  Janie also says Ray is eager to get back to work, and that his "long awaited album" is "finally mastered!!!!"


George Jones Biopic In The Works


The life of the late country legend George Jones is headed to the big screen. says 28 Entertainment has secured the rights to the iconic singer's story, and has tapped Dennis Baxter to craft the script.  He'll also serve as the producer along with Jay and Brian Hoffman.  The plot will revolve around Jones' career, including his rise to fame and his success amid a backdrop of substance abuse.  While Jones passed away in April, he and his wife Nancy had begun work on the cinematic project with Baxter six years ago.  Nancy remains on board as an executive producer.  She adds that she feels comfortable teaming with Baxter.  She says "knowing George had input in this film and that it will be told the way he wanted it told" leaves her feeling like the project is in "good hands."


Sammy Kershaw Honoring George Jones With Latest Single


Sammy Kershaw says his current single is one he hadn't intended to record himself.  The country singer tells he penned "The Route That I Took" for George Jones several years ago, but the country legend never had a chance to cut it before he died.  He explains that on the day Jones died one of his engineers discovered his demo, and after he listened back to it he felt he "needed to put it out as a tribute.


Sammy admits that he'll always love and miss George, and the legendary Possum will always be his hero.  But that's not the only new music from Kershaw.  He recently teamed up with Joe Diffie and Aaron Tippin on the new album "All in the Same Boat."  Sammy says the project grew out of their "Roots & Boots" tour, explaining that "it just made sense" for them to make a CD together "for the folks who came to the shows."  He adds that he, Diffie, and Tippin really enjoy working with one another, and they'll be playing more shows together.  Kershaw says they're hoping to continue their tour into 2014.


Thompson Square's Second Number One Very Meaningful To Duo


Thompson Square is celebrating another chart-topping hit.  The duo's Shawna Thompson says going to number one is just as special the second time around, because it's with "If I Didn't Have You" -- which was inspired by a very painful, personal experience.

And while "If I Didn't Have You" is Thompson Square's second chart-topper, it's their first number one as songwriters, which Keifer Thompson says also makes the accomplishment meaningful.  He explains that through their support, the fans were "telling the world this song is worthy of a number one," which is "the hugest compliment you can have as a songwriter."


Dierks Bentley Admires Kacey Musgraves


Dierks Bentley says he has a lot of respect for his "Bourbon In Kentucky" duet partner.  Bentley explains that while Kacey Musgraves is just now making a name for herself, she's not afraid to take risks.

Bentley adds that Musgraves' independence is even more admirable given how unforgiving the music industry has become.  He says artists used to have time to develop over the course of several albums, but now if a performer's debut single isn't a hit that artist might not get the chance to release a second song.  Bentley and Musgraves' "Bourbon In Kentucky" is the lead-off single from Dierks' next album, "Riser," which will be in stores later this year.


J.D. Souther Only Recognizes Two Musical Categories -- Good, Other


J.D. Souther says he doesn't put much stock in music categories.


But the singer-songwriter is primarily known for a particular type of music.  He came to fame as part of the Southern California country-rock sound of the 1970s, along with the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, and others.  Souther is also identified with a particular genre in his latest acting gig.   He has a recurring role on ABC's country music drama "Nashville," playing the part of the fictional country legend Watty White.


Brantley Gilbert Not A Big Video Game Player


You won't find Brantley Gilbert playing a lot of video games on his tour bus.  The country singer says he used to enjoy them, but they've become too involved for his taste.


But Gilbert has a few go-to movies when he's on the road.  He says he and his crew really like the films "Trailer Park Boy" and "Run Ronnie Run."  Brantley admits "Ronnie" is a rather obscure title, but promises if you can find it, "it's worth watching."  Gilbert is currently opening shows on Tim McGraw's "Two Lanes of Freedom" tour.  Their next show is coming up in Beaumont, Texas on Thursday.


Country Birthdays Include


Doug Stone is 57.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1960, Grand Ole Opry member Loretta Lynn made her debut on the country charts with her first single release, "Honky Tonk Girl," on the Zero label.


Today in 1976, Country Music Hall of Fame member Eddy Arnold entered the charts with "Cowboy," his 100th country hit.  He was the first artist to accumulate a three-digit figure of hits on that chart.


Today in 1982, Conway Twitty scored a chart topper with the Pointer Sisters' pop hit "Slow Hand."


Today in 1982, George Strait's first number one single, "Food Hearted Memory," was released.


Today in 1992, Diamond Rio hit number one with the single "Norma Jean Riley."


Today in 1995, following his admission of guilt on drug possession charges, Ty Herndon released a videotaped apology to his fans while in rehab.


Today in 1998, Loretta Lynn made a special appearance on the Friday Night Opry, opening with her first number one country hit, "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'," from 1966.


Today in 1998, Brooks and Dunn topped the "Radio & Records" country chart with "If You See Him, If You See Her," a song they recorded with Reba McEntire.


Today in 2000, Garth Brooks was certified as selling 100-million albums.


Today in 2001, new album releases included K.T. Oslin's "Live Close By, Visit Often," the reissue of Chris Cagle's "Play It Loud," Asleep At The Wheel's "The Very Best of Asleep At The Wheel," and Willie Nelson & Friends' "Joy."


Today in 2001, Martina McBride, Lonestar and Phil Vassar were among the participants in an all-star recording of "America the Beautiful" in Nashville.  The recording was made for an ABC-TV Fourth of July special to mark the 225th anniversary of America's independence.


Today in 2003, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn and Alabama took part in a "Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert" at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.  The event aired later as a Fox TV special.


Today in 2004, George Strait headlined a star-studded, thank-you concert for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  Other acts on the bill included Vince Gill, Collin Raye, Lane Brody, Dobie Gray and Richard Marx.  The free concert was open to all active-duty service members, Army Reservists, National Guardsmen, Fort Campbell contractors and their families and guests.


Today in 2005, Big & Rich were made honorary marshals of Deadwood, South Dakota.  The city's mayor gave them badges during their concert.


Today in 2005, Shania Twain's pop version of the duet "Party for Two," which she recorded with Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, took the MuchMoreMusic Award at the 2005 MuchMusic Video Awards ceremony in Toronto.


Today in 2006, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban arrived in Syndney, Australia for their wedding six days later.


Today in 2006, Gretchen Wilson and Josh Gracin performed at the annual President's Dinner in Washington, D.C.  The fundraiser generated 27-million-dollars to be used by Republican candidates in the November elections.   


Today in 2006, Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler launched a tour behind the album "All the Roadrunning" with a show in Toronto.


Today in 2007, the late publishing great Buddy Killen was honored with the renaming of a Nashville roundabout Buddy Killen Circle.  Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson and songwriters Bobby Braddock and Curly Putnam were among those on hand for the special renaming ceremony.


Today in 2007, Brad Paisley's "5th Gear;" Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway," which was recorded in Nashville and includes guest appearances from LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich; and the CDs "Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash," a tribute featuring a variety of artists including Brad Paisley, Rosanne Cash, Loretta Lynn, Ralph Stanley, Carlene Carter, and Brooks & Dunn's Ronnie Dunn, were among the new albums arriving in stores.


Today in 2008, Loretta Lynn was among those inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Lee Ann Womack performed as part of Lynn's induction.  Blake Shelton also took part in the event with a salute to inductee Albert Hammond.  Anne Murray was honored as well, receiving the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award in recognition of her impressive career.


Today in 2010, LeAnn Rimes' divorce from husband Dean Sheremet was finalized.


Today in 2011, Taylor Swift's "Mean" was among the nominees at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards.  It was one of 24 clips vying for the Most Watched Video of the Year honor.  The prize went to Taio Cruz's "Dynamite."


Today in 2011, Montgomery Gentry performed a special post-game concert after the Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field in conjunction with Major League Baseball's campaign to promote awareness and early detection of prostate cancer.  The duo's Eddie Montgomery had just successfully battled the disease six months earlier.


Today in 2012, new releases included Kenny Chesney's "Welcome to the Fishbowl" and Don Williams' "And So It Goes" -- his first studio project in eight years.


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