Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

LeAnn Rimes Talking Against Doctor's Orders To "Kimmel"


LeAnn Rimes is keeping quiet.  The country star was supposed to sing on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night, but a severe bout with allergies has instead landed her on two weeks' vocal rest.  The singer explained that she's never battled allergies before, and has found both her symptoms and the treatment rather strange.


Rimes said that she's not even supposed to speak right now, and at home is using a dry erase board to communicate.  LeAnn is promoting her upcoming album, "Spitfire," which is due in stores in April.  She said the material was inspired by recent events in her life, which includes her ongoing battle with her husband's ex, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Brandi Glanville.  Rimes said she tries not to respond to the taunts and criticism, but every so often she can't help but lash out.


LeAnn is also speaking out in support of Beyonce, who is drawing criticism over her lip-synched performance at Monday's presidential inauguration.  Rimes, who has performed the national anthem at major events, said she's never lip-synched and in general is against it.  However, she admitted that there are reasons for not singing the song live, and added that sometimes the performers don't have a choice in the matter.


Randy Travis Reaches Plea Deal In Assault Case


Randy Travis has reached a plea deal in his assault case. Fort Worth's CBS 11 News says the country star was allowed to enter a plea of no contest or guilty, and received 90 days deferred adjudication, which means that provided Travis meets specific legal requirements over the next three months the case will be dismissed or he won't receive a formal conviction.  Travis' lawyer Larry Friedman adds that his client "expects a trouble free 2013 devoted to his very supportive fans and friends."


The case stems from a dust-up involving Randy and his girlfriend's estranged husband last August.  At a hearing last month the singer pled not guilty to the charge of simple assault, and at the time his attorney was saying that Travis was the victim.  Travis also still has a DWI charge pending relating to a single car crash in North Texas just a few weeks before the altercation.


Toby Keith Cancels Meet-And-Greets Over "Security Concerns"


Toby Keith fans won't get the chance to see the singer in advance of his shows on his current tour. says the country star has suspended his meet-and-greets for safety reasons.  A message posted under the "Meet & Greet Policies" section of his website reads, "Due to current security concerns, ALL personal meet and greet requests for friends, family, and Fan Club members have been discontinued. Thank you for your understanding."  He doesn't specify what those "security concerns" are, or what prompted them.  Keith performed in Durant, Oklahoma over the weekend.  His next performance is set for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in San Antonio, Texas on February 9th.


Rascal Flatts, Journey To Play Super Bowl Edition Of "Crossroads"


That Rascal Flatts-Journey "CMT Crossroads" pairing is finally coming together.  The two groups will team up for the special Super Bowl 47 edition of the CMT series, which pairs country stars with artists from other genres to share stories and swap songs and see where their musical paths cross.  Rascal Flatts and Journey will take the stage at the New Orleans Sugar Mill on February 2nd to tape the show, which will air that night at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.  Fans wanting to attend the concert can register for free tickets at


The Rascal Flatts-Journey episode has seemingly been in the works for a while.  Journey frontman Arnel Pinal first mentioned the collaboration in December 2011.  The two groups did work together last year, but it wasn't to tape an episode of "Crossroads."  Journey joined Rascal Flatts for the finale of the 2012 CMT Music Awards.


Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert On "Nashville"


Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert are demonstrating their acting chops.  The two country singers are making guest appearances on tonight's episode of ABC's "Nashville."  But their roles aren't much of a stretch.  They're portraying themselves at the fictional number one party for Connie Britton's character Rayna and Hayden Panettiere's character Juliette, who are celebrating the success of their collaborative single "Wrong Song."  Chris tells "Entertainment Weekly" the scene is "pretty true to life."  He explains that his label hosted his number one party for his hit "Neon" at the same venue.  Young adds that he really enjoyed taking part in the show, admitting "who doesn't jump at the chance to meet Connie Britton?"


Scotty McCreery To Appear Tonight On Fox's "American Idol"


Scotty McCreery is returning to "American Idol," and not straying far from home to do so.  The show's season ten winner will be featured on tonight's episode, which was taped last fall during the "Idol" auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina.  McCreery will stop by to lend encouragement to those hoping to perhaps follow in his footsteps.  Meanwhile, tonight's episode is also expected to feature the high-profile blow-out between new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj that left Keith Urban feeling like "Switzerland" -- the neutral party in the dispute.  "American Idol" airs on Fox at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Ronnie Dunn, Roger Miller Receive Texas Songwriters' Honor


Ronnie Dunn is joining the late Roger Miller in a special honor.  They're this year's inductees into the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association's Hall of Fame, along with The Crickets' Sonny Curtis.  Dunn says he's proud that the organization is bringing him "back home to accept this award," because his "music journey started in Texas."  He adds that it's "a privilege to join the Hall of Fame with other talented artists" he considers" friends and mentors."  Dunn and Curtis will also perform at the event, along with Toby Keith, who'll play a tribute in Miller's honor.  Jack Ingram and the Gatlin Brothers' Larry Gatlin will perform as well.  The 8th annual Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association's Hall of Fame Awards show will take place at The Moody Theater in Austin, Texas on March 3rd.


Lady A Unveils New Single


Lady Antebellum has unveiled their next single.  The trio's Hillary Scott says "Downtown" reflects yet another side of the group.


"Downtown" is the lead-off single to Lady A's next album, which is expected to be released later in the year.  The group will be promoting the song with a couple of TV appearances.  They'll play "Downtown" as the musical guest on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on January 28th.  Lady A will also visit CBS' "The Talk" on February 6th.


The Henningsens Making A "Beautiful" Splash With First Single


The Henningsens are now making their mark as performers with their debut single.  The trio's Clara Henningsens says they wrote "American Beautiful" with songwriter Brett Beavers.


In addition to Clara and her brother Aaron, The Henningsens also includes the siblings' father, Brian.  While "American Beautiful" marks the band's first release, country music fans have likely heard their music before -- performed by another family group.  They wrote The Band Perry's hits "You Lie" and "All Your Life."


Report: Taylor Swift Flies To London To Meet With Ex Harry Styles


Taylor Swift may be looking to salvage her relationship with her latest ex-boyfriend, One Direction's Harry Styles.  According to the "The Sun," Taylor flew over to London on Monday and could be there to meet up with Harry for the first time since their rumored breakup earlier this month.  Sources say the country star has taken a few days off and has no obvious reason to be in London right now.  Taylor's days off also happen to correspond with Harry's days off, as One Direction just returned home from a visit to Tokyo.  She is reportedly staying at a hotel close to Harry's hometown.  The couple was rumored to have broken things off abruptly following a trip to Richard Branson's Necker Island after New Year's Eve. 


Since then, Taylor has been the target of a number of jokes over her love life.  She was called out by Tina Fey at the Golden Globes who said she needed to "stay away from Michael J. Fox's son" and "take some 'me time' to learn about herself."  Fox later commented that Taylor wants to "build a career" by writing songs about all of her celebrity romances.  He later apologized.  Conan O'Brien also poked fun at Taylor's love life by airing a parody video of her "breakup song formula" on his late night show.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1957, Patsy Cline made her debut appearance on "Arthur Godfrey Time" morning television show after winning the prime time show "Talent Scouts."


Today in 1989, "Lyle Lovett And His Large Band" album by Lyle Lovett was released.


Today in 1991, the IRS began auctioning off Willie Nelson's property to satisfy the 16-point-seven-million-dollars in back taxes he owed.


Today in 1995, Alan Jackson's single "Gone Country" hit number one.


Today in 1996, Tracy Lawrence released his "Time Marches On" album.


Today in 2001, after weeks of speculation, Tracy Lawrence's representatives confirmed that the singer married again.  His record label released a statement that said Lawrence, quote, "appreciates all of the well wishes from his fans and respectfully requests that his personal life remain private."


Today in 2001, Dolly Parton's album "Little Sparrow" was released.


Today in 2002, it was announced that the Dixie Chicks would be heading to Salt Lake City to participate in the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. They were joined at the ceremonies by LeAnn Rimes, Sting, the Band's Robbie Robertson, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


Today in 2002, Alan Jackson's "Drive" unseated rock band Creed's "Weathered" to take the number one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart.


Today in 2005, Big & Rich's Big Kenny Alphin married wardrobe stylist Christiev Carothers on a mountaintop in Deadwood, South Dakota.


Today in 2005, Diamond Rio drummer Brian Prout's wife, "Breathe" songwriter Stephanie Bentley, gave birth to twins at Nashville's Baptist Hospital.  The babies were born four months early, so son Bentley and daughter Sophie remained hospitalized until March.


Today in 2005, Lee Greenwood performed during halftime at the National Football League AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh as the Steelers hosted the New England Patriots.


Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood was the big winner in's inaugural Loaded Awards.  Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban were also winners.


Today in 2007, Big & Rich Big & Rich headlined a private party sponsored by the National Hockey League at Gilley's nightclub during the NHL's All-Star celebration in Dallas.


Today in 2008, Brad Paisley's "Letter To Me" logged its sixth consecutive week at the top of the country singles chart.


Today in 2010, LeAnn Rimes and boyfriend Eddie Cibrian did a walk-in Tail Feathers in Henderson, Colorado, and LeAnn entertained with a karaoke version of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face."


Today in 2011, Montgomery Gentry traveled to South Korea to launch their second USO Tour.  During the eight-day trek the duo performed for U.S. troops stationed in Japan as well as in South Korea.


Today in 2011, Martina McBride sang the national anthem and Joe Nichols performed at halftime during the National Football League's AFC Championship Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets in Pittsburgh.


Today in 2011, Kenny Rogers donated ten-thousand-dollars to flood victims in Queensland while he was on tour in Australia.


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