Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Laura Bell Bundy Signs On For FX's "Anger Management"


Laura Bell Bundy has a new TV gig.  The country singer and actress has joined the cast of Charlie Sheen's FX series, "Anger Management."  A post on her website says she's taking the part of Dr. Jordan Denby, who's described as "an alcoholic recent divorcee who will be a source of emotional whiplash in Charlie’s life as the two embark on a sex study."  Laura will be on the set this week taping her first episode.


But Bundy hasn't abandoned her music career.  She'll be opening for Rascal Flatts in Wichita, Kansas on Friday.  And her new single, "Two Step," will be released on August 19th.


Jewel Prepping Second Christmas Album


Jewel is getting ready to spread some holiday cheer.  The country-pop singer-songwriter will release a Christmas album later this year.  She tells she had "an amazing time" working on "Let It Snow."  Jewel explains that recording a Christmas album opens up musical boundaries, and she can "cover a lot of territory, from country to jazz style vocals to classical music."  She adds that she "couldn't be happier with the outcome."  "Let It Snow" features ten holiday classics, including "Silver Bells,"  "Sleigh Ride," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," and the title track.  Vince Gill adds guitar to "White Christmas," while Jewel penned two original tunes for the project.  Jewel's "Let It Snow" is expected to hit stores in December.


"Let It Snow" is Jewel's second Christmas album.  She released her previous seasonal effort, "Joy: A Holiday Collection," in 1999.


"Dork Face" Brett Eldredge Pleased To Finally Release Debut Album


Brett Eldredge admits he's very excited about the arrival of his debut album.  "Bring You Back" hit stores Tuesday, and in a release-day Facebook post Brett said he was "totally gonna be that dork face who buys his own album at the store the day it comes out!"  Eldredge has waited a long time for this day to come.  The country singer released the lead-off single from "Bring You Back" three years ago, launching his recording career with 2010's "Raymond."  "Raymond" just missed the top 20 on the charts, and his follow up, 2011's "It Ain't Gotta Be Love," didn't even fare that well.  But Eldredge has hit it big with his latest single, "Don't Ya," which is a top ten hit and his first gold record.  Brett tells that while the wait has been tough -- on both him and his fans -- "going through those ups and downs and trying to figure it all out" has made the album's arrival "that much sweeter."


Brett will be supporting "Bring You Back" on the TV.  He'll make his late-night TV debut as the musical guest on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Wednesday night.  Eldredge will be featured on NBC's "Today" and visit the syndicated "Live with Kelly and Michael" on Friday.


Casey James Loves Seeing Fans Singing Along In Concert


Casey James says he likes to hear the audience sing along with him in concert.  The country star adds that the "coolest thing" is to see people chiming in on songs that weren't released as radio singles.


Casey says there's nothing better than realizing that somebody somehow heard one of his songs and then took the time to further discover his music beyond the radio hit.  Casey adds that he owes a debt of gratitude to radio for taking a chance on his music and introducing him to potential fans he otherwise might not ever reach.


James is also getting the chance to introduce himself to a new audience as Taylor Swift's opener.  He began his run on the "Red" tour with Tuesday's concert in Wichita, Kansas, and will remain on board through the end of the North American trek next month in Nashville.  Casey's next show with Swift will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma tonight.


Tim McGraw Sees A "Wide Open" Future Ahead Of Him


Tim McGraw doesn't believe he's even come close to meeting his career potential.  The country star says he thinks he still has lots of room to grow.


This doesn't mean Tim isn't recognizing his accomplishments.  He knows he's done a lot in his career, and "would have been more than happy" with even half the success he's had.  But McGraw says he also knows there are many more musical avenues for him to explore, both in the studio and in concert as well as through movies, TV, and even Broadway.


Eric Church Has Wish List Of Classic Rock Collaborators


Eric Church says he'd love the chance to work with Bruce Springsteen.  The country star tells "Paste" magazine that The Boss is "the obvious one" when it comes to dream collaborations, "just 'cause the guy has done a lot" for his career.  But he adds that there are a other classic rockers he'd love to team up with, including Bob Seger and Bob Dylan.  Eric adds that he has one rock collaboration already lined up.  While he doesn't offer any details, Church says he'll "get to do a thing pretty soon with Gregg Allman."


Allman is making plans to work on another solo album.  He tells he's been trying to arrange a time to get together with producer T Bone Burnett, but their schedules haven't been cooperating.  Allman says he's hoping they'll be able to start the project in November.


Carrie Underwood Explains Country Music To UK Media


Carrie Underwood says her interest in bringing her music overseas simply stems from her passion for the songs.  She tells the UK's "Metro" she's started performing in Britain because she loves country music and jokes that "everyone else should, too."  Carrie says she's drawn to the genre because it's real.  She explains that the songs are "just about life" and "about being honest with your feelings," adding that country stars aren't "trying to be cool."  Underwood also points out that even the events are real, and "you won't see people lip-synching" at country music awards shows.


Underwood admits it "might take a while" for some country stars -- perhaps even herself -- to crack the UK market, but she says she's "honored to be in a the ground floor" as country stars begin to really branch out beyond North America.


David Nail Recalls Meeting His Wife


David Nail says he could tell there was something special about his wife, Catherine, from the moment he met her.  The country star explains that she wasn't from Nashville, but he still found a way to spend a little more time with this out-of-towner who had captured his attention.


And David apparently made an impression on Catherine as well.  He recalls he overheard Catherine tell a friend she thought he was funny, and she wished she could pack him in her suitcase and take him home with her.  Nail says he took her comments as his "invitation," so he "manipulated the situation" to create a way to maintain contact with her.  David adds that he was ready to swoop in if her boyfriend "ever messed up," which happened.


Nail has said his current single, "Whatever She's Got," reminds him of when he met Catherine.  The song is the lead-off release from David's next album, which is expected to arrive early next year.


Country TV Tonight


LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) Brett Eldredge is the musical guest.


Country Birthdays Include


Rodney Crowell is 63.

The Mavericks' Raul Malo is 48.

B.J. Thomas is 71.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1954, Johnny Cash married Vivian Liberto in San Antonio, Texas.  Singer Rosanne Cash is their daughter.


Today in 1981, Hank Williams Jr.'s album "The Pressure Is On" was released.


Today in 1984, the "Poncho & Lefty" album by Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson was certified Platinum.


Today in 1991, Willie Nelson sold his Colorado ranch for 803-thousand-dollars to help pay off the back taxes he owed the IRS.


Today in 1991, Travis Tritt's album "It's All About To Change," Reba McEntire's CD "My Kind Of Country," and Vince Gill's "Pocket Full Of Gold" were certified Gold.


Today in 1992, Doug Stone's "From The Heart" album was released.


Today in 1996, Randy Travis' "Always & Forever" album was certified for sales of five-million.


Today in 1997, the Mayor of New York City declared it to be "Garth Brooks Day" as the singer played his historic concert in Central Park.  A record 980-thousand people showed up to see Garth perform with special guests Billy Joel and Don McLean.  HBO's live telecast of the free concert in New York also set a ratings record for the cable network.


Today in 2001, Carolyn Dawn Johnson's debut album, "Room With a View," arrived in stores.


Today in 2002, Garth Brooks' "Double Live" album was certified for multi-Platinum sales of 15-million.


Today in 2003, the late Sun Records founder Sam Phillips was honored with a public memorial in Memphis and a tribute at the Rockabilly Fest in Jackson, Tennessee.


Today in 2006, Toby Keith filmed the video "Crash Here Tonight" in Los Angeles.  Heather Locklear played the love interest in the clip.  The song was also included on the soundtrack of Keith's movie "Broken Bridges."


Today in 2006, Phil Vassar released the single "The Woman In My Life."


Today in 2006, Reruns of Reba McEntire's sitcom "Reba" debuted on the Lifetime TV channel.


Today in 2007, Vince Gill, Mel Tillis, and Ralph Emery were named as the new inductees into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.


Today in 2007, LeAnn Rimes was in Atlanta filming scenes for the movie "Good Intentions."  The singer had the role of Pam, the younger sister of a woman who turns to a life of crime to finance her sons' college education.


Today in 2007, new album releases included the import version of Clay Walker's "Platinum Collection," Billy Joe Shaver's "Everybody's Brother," and Gretchen Peters' "Burnt Toast and Offerings."


Today in 2008, Jewel married rodeo champ Ty Murray in a ceremony at the Atlantis/Cove Resort in the Bahamas.


Today in 2008, a severe case of tonsilitis forced LeAnn Rimes to cancel a concert at Joe's Bar in Chicago.


Today in 2008, Rascal Flatts set a new record at the WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  More than 47-thousand tickets were sold for the group's performance, giving it the record for the largest one-day show in the event's history.


Today in 2010, Taylor Swift was recognized for her bowling and for helping to keep the sport cool with her fan-voted induction into the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.


Today in 2010, Craig Morgan launched his two-day Craig Morgan Charity Ride benefit event with a motorcycle ride starting in Van Leer, Tennessee.


Today in 2011, Taylor Swift was the big winner at the Teen Choice Awards, taking five of the six categories in which she was nominated as well as the event's top prize of Ultimate Choice.  Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum were also winners.


Today in 2011. Marshall Grant, the original bassist in Johnny Cash's backing band Tennessee Two, died of an aneurysm at a Jonesboro, Arkansas hospital.  He was 83.


Today in 2012, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced plans for their "Soul2Soul" residency at The Venetian in Las Vegas.


Today in 2012, new releases included the live CD and DVD "We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash" and Colt Ford's "Declaration of Independence."


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