Paisley, Underwood To Co-Host CMA Awards Again
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are teaming up once again to host the Country Music Association Awards this fall. The event will mark the sixth time the singers have been at the helm for the annual ceremony, which honors the biggest stars in country music. CMA Board of Directors President Ed Hardy says he's glad to have Brad and Carrie back for another year. He calls them "the consummate hosts," adding that they have "a quick-witted, genuine rapport that makes them popular with our audience and the viewers at home." Winners will be announced at the 47th Annual CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville on November 6th. ABC will carry the three-hour ceremony, which will begin at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Carrie Underwood Developing A Nail Polish Line
Carrie Underwood will soon be helping fans add a little flair to their fingertips -- or toes. The country star is teaming up with Nicole by OPI on a new line of nail polish Nicole by OPI rep Suzi Weiss-Fischmann says the company has worked "closely with Carrie" to come up with 14 different nail lacquers that "truly encapsulate her soulful spirit and showcase different facets of her personality." She also drops a few of the product names in adding that "with shades as 'American as Apple Pie,' you'll get 'Carrie'd Away' by her 'Southern Charm.'" Other hues include the deep purple "Fisher Queen," the sparkling "Party Bus," and the burgundy "Backstage Pass." "Some Hearts," "Love My Pups" and "Color Me Country" are all in the pink family, while "Goodbye Shoes" has a green tint. The "Shades from Carrie Underwood" line is expected to hit stores in January.
Darius Rucker Gets Hometown Street Named For Him
Darius Rucker is thrilled to see his name on a street sign. The city of North Charleston, South Carolina renamed Coliseum Drive Darius Rucker Boulevard in a ceremony on Monday. The singer tells WCBD-TV that "cool is not the word" to describe the experience. He says it's "amazing," and he feels "truly honored" and "flattered" by the recognition. Rucker explains that he never got into music to receive such accolades, and he's been blessed to have the career he's had. He also admits he gets a kick out of knowing every act that comes to perform at the North Charleston Coliseum will have to drive down Darius Rucker Boulevard to get to the venue.
Ricky Skaggs Publishes His Autobiography
Ricky Skaggs is opening up about his life and career in the new autobiography "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music." The country and bluegrass great was a child prodigy. At the age of six he performed with the legendary Bill Monroe, who became his mentor, and at seven-years old he was sharing the stage with Flatt and Scruggs. After establishing himself in the bluegrass world Ricky delved into mainstream country, and was a success in that arena as well. But Skaggs' professional pursuits came at a personal cost, which led to his decision to embrace Christ, rededicate himself to his family, and return to his bluegrass roots.
Skaggs' "Kentucky Traveler" arrived in stores Tuesday, and he's now on the road supporting the release. The next stop on his book tour will be at The Rosborough Cultural Arts and Wellness Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland Wednesday night.
Ricky Skaggs Book Tour Dates
August 14 - Gaithersburg, Maryland, at The Rosborough Cultural Arts and Wellness Center
August 16 - Ridgewood, New Jersey, at Bookends
August 19 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the LifeWay Christian Store
August 20 - Virginia Beach, Virginia, at Barnes & Noble
August 21 - Roanoke, Virginia, at Barnes & Noble
August 22 - Charleston, West Virginia, at Books A Million
August 23 & 24 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Opry Shop
August 27 - Woodstock, Georgia, at the Fox Tale Book Shoppe
August 28 - Crestview Hills, Kentucky, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Country Star Tompall Glaser Dies Following Illness
Country music has lost another pioneer. Billboard.com says Tompall Glaser passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 79. Few details have been released, but the singer had been ill. His family is planning a private funeral. Glaser first made his musical mark with siblings Jim and Chuck as the trio Tompall & the Glaser Brothers. They launched their career in the 1950s, and were discovered by Marty Robbins. The trio split up in the 1970s, and Tompall pursued a solo career. He aligned himself with such "outlaw" legends as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and with them and Jessi Colter recorded the hit album, "Wanted: The Outlaws." Glaser was also a behind-the-scenes pioneer in country music, starting his own publishing company and opening his own studio with Chuck and Jim. Jennings recorded his first chart-topping album, "Dreaming My Dreams," at the Glaser's "Hillbilly Central" facility.
Glaser is perhaps best remembered for the hit "Put Another Log on the Fire (Male Chauvinist National Anthem)," as well as the Tompall & the Glaser Brothers top ten singles "Rings" and "Lovin' Her Was Easier Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again."
Bellamy Brothers Tap "Friends" For Eclectic Music Mix
David Bellamy says the latest Bellamy Brothers album "just sort of evolved." The singer tells Billboard.com he and Howard didn't set out to do a collaborations disc, but they really enjoyed the project. He adds that they particularly liked recording "Swiss American Yodel" with the Swiss family yodeling group Oesch's de Dritten .
"The Bellamy Brothers & Friends: Across The Sea" features the duo teaming up with some other Swiss acts as well, along with more familiar country names such as Kris Kristofferson, Carlene Carter, and Crystal Gayle. They also team up with two other sibling duos, The Bacon Brothers and David's own sons Jesse and Noah. David admits the album is quite unusual -- even for the Bellamy Brothers -- but "that's what keeps you alive." "The Bellamy Brothers & Friends: Across The Sea" debuted at number five on the Swiss Albums Top 100 chart, and is a best-seller in that country. It's also available in U.S. stores.
Luke Bryan Loves Being A Musician
Luke Bryan says he's doing what he loves. Over the past year the country star has seen his career really take off, but he explains that he's not driven by fame or fortune.
Bryan says what excites him the most is finding or writing a great song, recording it, and watching it climb the charts. He adds that it would be a sad day if he were to ever lose any enjoyment in any aspect of his music career.
Bryan just released his fourth studio album, "Crash My Party." He'll be supporting the disc with an iHeartRadio Live Series concert in New York Wednesday night. Luke will remain in New York for a pair of appearances on NBC's "Today" Thursday and Friday. He'll also play a special record release show at Irving Plaza Thursday night.
Lady Antebellum Praises Stevie Nicks' Attitude, Work Ethic
Lady Antebellum have nothing but praise for their "CMT Crossroads" partner Stevie Nicks. Lady A's Hillary Scott says the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman was very easy to work with. She explains that Nicks had a familiarity to her that made the group instantly comfortable.
Scott adds that Nicks "did her homework" and came to the "Crossroads" taping prepared to sing Lady A songs. Hillary also says it was "so humbling" that a rock legend had spent time learning the trio's music, because "she's Stevie Nicks, she could have rolled in there and just done whatever she wanted to do." Lady A and Stevie Nicks taped their episode of "Crossroads" in Los Angeles earlier this year. The show will premiere on CMT on September 13th.
Eli Young Band Learning To Merge Touring, Family
The Eli Young Band's tour bus isn't just carrying the group members and their crew anymore. Drummer Chris Thompson says they've started bringing their families on the road with them. He explains that Little Big Town showed them how it can be done last year, when they were both openers on Rascal Flatts' tour.
The guys in the Eli Young Band weren't family men at the time, but they knew that was going to change. Before 2012 was over both frontman Mike Eli and bassist Jon Jones had become fathers. Mike's baby girl celebrated her first birthday on July 30th, while Jon's son was born on New Year's Eve.
The Eli Young Band is now playing their own dates and opening shows on Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes Nation" tour. Thompson says the group also has some "longer road trips coming up in the future." The Eli Young Band will be performing at the State Fair of West Virginia in Lewisburg on Wednesday, and will then head to Toronto for a show with Chesney on Thursday.
T.G. Sheppard is sharing his memories of Elvis. The country star is among the participants in today's "Conversations on Elvis" session, which is part of the Elvis Week activities in Memphis. Sheppard met Elvis while working in the promotions department at Presley's label, RCA Records. The two became good friends. When Sheppard launched his performing career, Elvis gave T.G. his first tour bus.
Country Birthdays Include
Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith is 72.
Actor, comedian, and bluegrass performer Steve Martin is 68.
>>Today In Country Music History
Today in 1956, Washington D.C. DJ, Bob Rickman, created the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis Presley. Much of the national coverage of the singer had been critical, as evidenced by the many headlines, which referred to him as a hillbilly.
Today in 1958, Elvis Presley's mother, Gladys, died of a heart attack due to liver complications. She was 42.
Today in 1969, Johnny Cash's single "A Boy Named Sue" was certified Gold.
Today in 1992, Mark Chesnutt hit number one with the single "I'll Think of Something."
Today in 1993, Wynonna Judd was presented with a plaque commemorating her self-titled solo debut album being certified triple-Platinum.
Today in 1995, Shania Twain's album "The Woman in Me" was certified double-Platinum. The project went on to become the best-selling country album ever by a female artist.
Today in 1997, Rick Trevino and his wife, Karla, welcomed their first child, Ricardo Luke Trevino.
Today in 1998, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw hit the top of the "Radio & Records" country singles chart with their duet "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me."
Today in 2000, Naomi Judd filed for divorce from her husband, Larry Strickland. The couple reconciled soon after.
Today in 2001, Keith Urban was nominated for three Christian Country Music Awards -- Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "But For The Grace of God" and Musician of the Year.
Today in 2002, Reba McEntire and the rest of the cast and crew on her WB sitcom, "Reba," began work on the show's second season.
Today in 2003, a massive power outage caused a blackout across much of the northeastern United States, forcing Brooks & Dunn to cancel a scheduled performance the next day on NBC's "Today" show. The duo's gear -- situated at three different locations in the New York City area -- had to be gathered amidst the chaos and transported to Louisiana for a scheduled concert two days later.
Today in 2003, Toby Keith visited with troops at the Marine Corp Naval Air Station at Mirimar.
Today in 2003, Wynonna's CD "What the World Needs Now" debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Today in 2004, remnants of Hurricane Charley forced Kenny Chesney to postpone a Virginia Beach, Virginia stop on his Guitars, Tiki Bars and a Whole Lotta Love tour by a day.
Today in 2005, Kathy Mattea performed on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
Today in 2006, Johnny Duncan died of a heart attack at the age of 67.
Today in 2007, Dwight Yoakam and Raul Malo took part in a special tribute to the late country legend Buck Owens to mark his birthday. Owens' band The Buckaroos and other artists also took part in the event, at Buck's club, The Crystal Palace, in Bakersfield, California.
Today in 2007, Heartland's lead singer, Jason Albert and his wife Kelly, welcomed the arrival of their baby girl, Kelson Noël.
Today in 2007, Cowboy Troy visited Nashville's Pearl Cohn High School as part of Sharpie's "Autographs for Education" program, which resulted in the pen company donating more than six-thousand dollars worth of supplies to the school.
Today in 2007, new CD releases included Luke Bryan's "I'll Stay Me," Halfway to Hazard's self-titled effort, Lori Mckenna's "Unglamorous," and "Dean Martin: Forever Cool," which featured a remade version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" featuring Martina McBride.
Today in 2009, Carrie Underwood was the headliner for the first of two Salute to the Troops Concerts at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Hank Williams Jr., John Rich, and Jake Owen also performed.
Today in 2009, Toby Keith's video for "American Ride" had its broadcast debut on CMT.
Today in 2012, Taylor Swift's single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was one of the 40 most played songs on radio, just 24 hours after the singer-songwriter released the track.
Today in 2012, Ricky Skaggs was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Today in 2012, George Jones announced plans to retire after one more album and a final tour. The country legend passed away eight months later, two months after launching "The Grand Tour."
Today in 2012, new releases included Radney Foster's "Del Rio, TX: Unplugged."
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