Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Brad Paisley Shares His Idea For Protecting America's Schools


Brad Paisley admits he's not sure arming teachers is the best way to keep kids safe at school.  The country star tells CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" he believes America has an untapped group of people who might be perfect for the job.


An Arkansas school district is taking the controversial steps of giving firearms training to the staff so they can carry concealed weapons in class.  Paisley, a father with two sons ages four and six, says he'd "definitely want to know each of these teachers" if his boys were going to one of those schools.  But the singer adds that it's a very personal subject, and up to the parents in that Arkansas school district to decide what's best for their kids.


Brad Paisley To Debut New Single On "America's Got Talent"


Brad Paisley will be displaying his talent on "America's Got Talent."  The country star is slated to make a guest appearance on the NBC reality show Wednesday night to introduce his new single, "I Can't Change The World."  The track is from his most recent CD, "Wheelhouse."  It's the third single from the disc, following the chart-topping hits "Beat This Summer" and "Southern Comfort Zone."  "America's Got Talent" airs at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


Paisley will also visit the Fox News Channel's "Hannity" today, but he won't appear on that show live.  Brad will tape his segment, which will be aired later in the week.


Luke Bryan Release Second Single From Upcoming Album


Luke Bryan is offering fans another sample of his next album.  The country star has released the new single "That's My Kind Of Night."


"That's My Kind Of Night" is the follow up to the hit 'Crash My Party," the title track to Bryan's upcoming studio effort.  The album will be in stores on August 13th.


Vince Gill Takes Risk In Singing Haggard, Owens Songs


Vince Gill says it's "almost foolish" to try to sing songs originally made famous by such country legends as Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.  But that's exactly what he does on the new album, "Bakersfield."  Gill tells it's "a daunting task" to "take on any of these songs," even with the best of intentions.  He explains that he's covered this material out of a love for traditional country music and these artist in particular, but he knows he's "going to be judged."  But Vince adds that he welcomed the challenge that came with honoring these artists and their songs.  He says he pays homage to Merle and Buck with the way he sings the material, explaining that he modeled his vocals after Buck on the Owens songs, and adopted Merle's style for the Haggard songs.


Gill teamed up with steel guitarist on "Bakersfield," a ten-track set featuring their version of five Owens songs and five Haggard cuts.  The album is in stores now.


Florida Georgia Line Open To More Rap Collaborations


Florida Georgia Line has been dominating the chart with their 2012 debut single "Cruise," which found a new audience this year through their remix with Nelly.  The duo's Tyler Hubbard says he and Brian Kelley hope "Cruise" isn't an anomaly, but is just the first of many opportunities to work with rap stars.


Tyler adds that he and Brian have a sizable wish-list of collaborators, including Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa.  "Cruise," which previously topped the chart twice before, reclaimed the number one spot in April following the release of the Nelly remix and has yet to fall.  The track has now logged a record-tying total of 21 weeks at number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, and has ruled the list for the past 16 consecutive weeks.


Taylor Swift Learns Carly Simon's Song Secret


Taylor Swift has won Carly Simon's confidence, and has learned who's the subject of Simon's 1972 hit "You're So Vain."  But in a backstage video from her performance with Simon, Taylor is unsuccessful in getting the legendary singer-songwriter to divulge her secret publicly.


Swift welcomed Simon to her concert Saturday in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and they performed the song together.  Taylor, who has a reputation for writing about her exes, praises "You're So Vain" as the best break-up song ever.  Carly says she had a great time singing with Taylor, and would love to do it again.  But Simon will have to travel to the Heartland to make that happen.  Swift's next stop on her "Red" tour is coming up in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday.


Ed Sheeran Denies Making "Marriage Pact" With Taylor Swift


Taylor Swift's opening act is shooting down the latest rumor about his relationship with the country star.  British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran tells MTV News there's no truth to the recent reports that the two of them have made a "marriage pact," promising to marry each other if both are still single when they turn 30.  Sheeran, who is currently traveling with Taylor on her "Red" tour, says he has no clue where that rumor originated, adding that it's usually from an anonymous source "who doesn't know the person."  Ed and Taylor appear together in the video for their song "Everything Has Changed," which helped romance rumors along when it came out last month.  The "Red" tour continues this week in Des Moines and Kansas City.


Kelly Clarkson Admits To Crush On "Man Of Steel" Star


Kelly Clarkson admits she's a big fan of Henry Cavill.  The singer simply gushes over the British actor.


But Clarkson says her crush on Cavill began well before he donned a cape and stepped into the Superman role.  Kelly says she "fell in love with him" after seeing him in the TV series "The Tudors," explaining that he's not just some "pretty guy" who can't act.  She says he's "hot" and makes "one hell of a Superman." 


However, while Cavill is reportedly single, Kelly is spoken for.  She's engaged to Reba McEntire's stepson, Brandon Blackstock, and is said to be planning an October wedding.


Justin Moore Getting Early Start On Boyfriend Intimidation


Justin Moore is already getting practice intimidating boys who are interested in his daughters.  The country star says three-year-old Ella has a boyfriend at the gymnastics center, and he's let Ella's young suitor know he's not happy about it.


But Justin admits Ella played an active role in the budding relationship.  He says one day Ella went off with the boy and was caught "kissing all over him," which led to a father-daughter talk.  Justin says he explained that her gymnastics days were done if her behavior didn't change, and since then Ella's been less affectionate towards the boy.  The singer adds that he's glad he's been able to make such a strong impression on both Ella and the boy.  He says if he can "keep that going for the next 20 years" he’ll be "doing alright."  Moore is the father to two little girls.  His youngest, Kennedy, will turn two this fall.


Country TV Today And Tonight


AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (NBC) Brad Paisley is a guest performer.


Country Birthdays Include


Chad Brock is 50.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1964, Country Music Hall of Fame member Jim Reeves died when his single-engine Beechcraft plane crashed near Nashville, Tennessee.


Today in 1991, Travis Tritt's single "Country Club" went Platinum.


Today in 1992, Brooks & Dunn topped the charts with "Boot Scootin' Boogie."


Today in 1995, the single "You're Gonna Miss Me" by Brooks & Dunn hit number one.


Today in 1998, the Dixie Chicks garnered the first number one hit of their career when "There's Your Trouble" topped the "Radio & Records" country chart.


Today in 2000, Faith Hill received a nomination from the 2000 "VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards" in the "Most Fashionable Artist - Female" category.  Her competition included Toni Braxton, Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.


Today in 2001, Blake Shelton's single "Austin" topped the charts.  In addition, his self-titled debut album arrived in stores,  and folks in his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma dubbed it "Blake Shelton Day."  He accepted the honor while at an appearance in Ada surrounded by an elated crowd of family and friends.  A year to the day later the CD was certified Gold for sales reaching the 500-thousand mark.  Joining "Blake Shelton" as a new arrival to record racks was Cyndi Thomson's first CD, "My World."


Today in 2002, Toby Keith's CD "Unleashed" debuted at the top of the "Billboard" country and pop album charts, with first-week sales of just over 338-thousand copies.  It was Toby's first number one album on the all-genre "Billboard" Top 200 chart.


Today in 2002, the Dixie Chicks teamed up with singer-songwriter James Taylor to tape an episode of CMT's "Crossroads" in Nashville.


Today in 2003, Clint Black announced the formation of his own label, Equity Records.


Today in 2004, Lee Ann Womack performed at a George W. Bush campaign rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Today in 2006, Randy Travis' album "Worship and Faith" and Jason Aldean's single "Why" were certified Gold for sales hitting the 500-thousand mark.


Today in 2007, Toby Keith, Pat Green, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Anderson, Kellie Pickler, Chris Young, and Emerson Drive were among the winners in's 2007 AboutCountryAwards.


Today in 2007, Emerson Drive celebrated the success of their first chart-topping single, "Moments," with a party in Nashville.


Today in 2007, Hank Williams Jr.'s album "That's How They Do It In Dixie" was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.


Today in 2007, the book "It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life" by Alan Jackson's wife, Denise, arrived in stores.


Today in 2010, Jimmy Wayne arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, completing his seven-month, 17-hundred-mile "Meet Me Halfway" walk.  He began his journey in Nashville on New Year's Day in an effort to raise awareness of homeless teens and young adults -- especially those who are current or former foster kids.  He celebrated his arrival with a concert at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill in Mesa.


Today in 2011, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, The Band Perry, Justin Moor, Brantley Gilbert, and Thomas Rhett were among the performers taking part in pre-race festivities as their label sponsored NASCAR's Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Today in 2011, the Versus series "3 Gun Nation," featuring Mark Wills as the host, launched its second season.


Today in 2012, new releases included Gloriana's "A Thousand Miles Left Behind," the group's first album as a trio; and the CD and DVD "Johnny Cash Music Festival."


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