Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

John Rich's Stalker Arrested In Nashville


A man who has allegedly been stalking John Rich is back on the streets.  Nashville's Fox17 says Metro Police arrested Mark Sevier on Sunday after the country star called authorities.  After being booked in the Nashville jail, Sevier was released on four-thousand-dollars bond.  A court date has been set for July 29th.  The singer, who twice last year took out restraining orders against Sevier, says the man has continued to harass him.  One e-mail Rich has received since getting the order of protection included a photograph of a man representing the singer, barely clothed, covered in a red, blood-like substance, with a U.S. flag draped over him.  Rich perceived another recent e-mail that mentions his "infant sons" as a threat to his family. 


Ray Price Released From Hospital


Ray Price is out of the hospital.  The country legend's wife Janie says in her latest Facebook post that the singer arrived back home late Monday night "tired but so happy."  She adds that Ray has been instructed to "take it easy and get rested up," and "also to EAT, EAT, EAT!! AND DRINK, DRINK, DRINK!"  Janie says Ray will begin his rehabilitation next week to help him rebuild his strength.  The 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer spent nearly two weeks in the hospital receiving treatment for kidney stones, which stemmed from the severe dehydration that left him hospitalized last month.


Marie Osmond Becoming A Grandmother


Marie Osmond's family continues to grow.  The singer revealed on Monday's edition of CBS' "The Talk" that her oldest child Stephen and his wife Claire were having a baby.


In making her announcement, Marie initially joked that she was pregnant, but quickly set the record straight.  She added that she's "so excited" to become a grandmother.  Marie is serving as a guest co-host on "The Talk" this week.


Carrie Underwood Joins Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert


Carrie Underwood is the latest star to sign on for Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert.  But the singer won't be there in person.  Since Carrie was already committed to performing on the Grand Ole Opry on the night of the show, she'll be appearing via satellite from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.  Underwood is joining a lineup that also features Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn, and Trisha Yearwood, as well as John Anderson, Mel Tillis, and Sammy Hagar -- who will all be in Norman, Oklahoma for the show.  Keith's sold-out Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert will take place at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on July 6th.  The event is supporting The United Way Of Central Oklahoma May Tornado Relief Fund.


Jake Owen Logs Fourth Consecutive Number One Hit


Jake Owen admits he's "incredibly amazed" by the success he's had with his most recent album, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night."  The latest single from his 2011 disc, "Anywhere With You," has topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart to become his fourth consecutive number one hit.  But the country star says he's not thinking about a song's hit potential when he's choosing material for his albums.


"Anywhere With You" is also the fastest-rising single of Jake's career, and it's been certified Gold.  The song has followed the path of the other three singles from "Barefoot," which have all topped the chart and earned sales certifications.  "The One That Got Away" is also a Gold record, while "Alone With You" has been certified Platinum.  The album's title track has gone double-Platinum.


Kenny Rogers Considering Ending Overseas Touring


Kenny Rogers says his days touring overseas may be numbered.  The country star, who is currently on an international trek, tells Reuters he doesn't like "being that far away" from his nine-year-old twin sons.  The singer also thinks it's wrong of him to spend a lot of time on the road.  He explains that there's "a fine line between being driven and being selfish," and he's "crossed that line a few times."  But Rogers isn't skipping out on his current trek.  He'll be performing at the Festival Timitar in Agadir, Morocco on Wednesday.  Kenny will follow the world music event with a ten-date European tour that will begin with a show in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday.


Natalie Maines Joins Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Festival Lineup


Natalie Maines appears to be easing her way back into the country music community.  While the Dixie Chicks singer has said she's uncertain about her future in the genre, she's on board for the Zac Brown Band's upcoming Southern Ground Music and Food Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.  Maines is part of a lineup that also features Willie Nelson and the Family Band, Kacey Musgraves, and Holly Williams, while Kenny Rogers and "Nashville" star Clare Bowen will be sitting in with Zac Brown Band.  ZBB members Clay Cook, John Driskell Hopkins, and Coy Bowles will also be playing their own sets.  The diverse rundown of performers also includes Fitz and the Tantrums, Band of Horses, Dawes, The Head and The Heart and others.  The two-day Southern Ground Music and Food Festival is set for Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island in Charleston on October 19th and 20th.


Taylor Swift Seeks To Continually Grow As A Songwriter


Taylor Swift admits it's becoming more more difficult to write new material.  The country-pop superstar explains that it's important to her to tap new resources and come up with fresh ideas, which makes the process challenging and a bit intimidating.


Swift says staying the same would be "the easy way to go."  But she explains that her goal is to grow creatively, which means trying different things, seeking out new inspiration, and taking risks.  Taylor has said she's starting to work on songs for a new album.  Her next studio effort will be the follow up to her 2012 disc, "Red."


Country Stars Share Firecracker Preferences


Chris Young says he enjoys fireworks.  The country star also admits he doesn't provide the best example when it comes to setting them off, because he doesn't play it safe.


Miranda Lambert says she enjoys fireworks as well, but doesn't have the need for quite as much firepower.  The singer says she's a fan of sparklers, explaining that they "bring out the little girl" in her for the holiday.


Country Birthdays Include


Gretchen Wilson is 40.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1970, Ray Stevens' "Everything Is Beautiful" single was certified Gold.


Today in 1971, Jerry Reed's "When You're Hot, You're Hot" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1971, John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" broke into the Top 40.


Today in 1976, The Oak Ridge Boys first appeared on the country charts.


Today in 1977, Elvis Presley made his last concert appearance, at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.  His last song was "Can't Help Falling In Love."


Today in 1979, Elvis' father, Vernon, died of a heart attack in Tupelo, Mississippi at the age of 63.


Today in 1981, "The Originals" album by Statler Brothers was certified Gold.


Today in 1985, "Big River" became the first, cast soundtrack album recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. The Broadway play was written by the late Roger Miller.


Today in 1989, Alan Jackson signed with Arista Records.


Today in 1992, Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Come On, Come On" album was released.


Today in 1992, Vince Gill's "I Still Believe In You" made its chart debut.


Today in 1994, Garth Brooks was among the musicians honored for their charity work by VH1 with an hour-long TV special.


Today in 2000, it was revealed that Randy Travis and his wife, Elizabeth, were selling their Ashland City, Tennessee residence named Dogwood Farms.  The 100-year-old, 88-hundred-square-foot log house, which had a gym and southwestern-style adobe fireplace, was put on the market for nearly one-point-nine-million-dollars.


Today in 2001, Patty Loveless' album "Mountain Soul," and Lila McCann's album "Complete" arrived in stores.


Today in 2002, A marker, also serving as a time capsule, was dedicated in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the former site of the Market Square Arena, where 25 years earlier Elvis Presley played his last concert ever.


Today in 2003, Alan Jackson joined Jimmy Buffett on stage in Indianapolis, Indiana to shoot a concert segment for the video for their collaborative hit "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."


Today in 2003, Reba McEntire received the Country Radio Broadcasters Career Achievement Award at the Country Radio Broadcasters' Country Music DJ Hall of Fame Ceremonies.  Sara Evans and Trisha Yearwood performed in tribute to Reba at the event.


Today in 2004, Martina McBride's single "This One's for the Girls" reached number one on the "Billboard" adult contemporary chart.  It had been a top ten country hit the previous fall.


Today in 2004, it was Josh Gracin Day in Westland, Michigan.  Gracin returned to his hometown to sign autographs at the local K-Mart.


Today in 2006, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman left Sydney, Australia for a lavish, week-long honeymoon in Bora Bora.


Today in 2006, Lee Ann Womack joined stars from the world of Broadway for Broadway Under the Stars in New York City's Central Park.


Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood was named PETA's World's Sexiest Female Vegetarian, earning the nod through an online vote.


Today in 2007, Former Trick Pony singer Heidi Newfield began recording her debut solo album.


Today in 2007, new releases included the Charlie Daniels Band CD "Live From Iraq."


Today in 2010, Vince Gill took part in Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago.  Vince had previously participated in the classic rocker's first guitar fest in 2004 as well as his second event in 2007.  Money raised went to Clapton's rehab facility, the Crossroads Centre, in Antigua.


Today in 2010, Carrie Underwood's bachelorette party took place at LAVO in the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas.


Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood made her Australian concert debut with a show at the Palais Theatre in Perth.


Today in 2012, new country releases included Chris Cagle's "Back in the Saddle," his first studio effort in four years.


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