Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Taylor Swift Rep Slams Rumors About Movie Role


Taylor Swift won't be appearing in the upcoming British spy movie, "The Secret Agent."  A rep for the country star is denying the rumors started by "GossipCop," calling them "completely untrue."  The site reported that Taylor was being tapped to star in the movie alongside David Beckham and Colin Firth.  Apparently its director, Matthew Vaughn, was interested in casting her in the role of a young girl who gets kidnapped by Samuel L. Jackson.  It's not the first time the director has been rumored to look to the music world to cast his movie.  Last month, both Adele and Elton John were reportedly at the top of his list to cast as the villain. 


Meantime, Taylor's "Red" tour continues this week in Fargo, North Dakota and Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Luke Bryan Says Country Women Have Tougher Time Breaking Through


Luke Bryan says he's noticed the male domination among the newer country stars.  The singer tells "Entertainment Weekly" he thinks it's "a weird phenomenon" that he finds "disappointing."  Luke also admits he doesn't know why it seems to be harder for female artists to achieve their breakthrough, and he doesn't know "what can be done to solve it."  Bryan explains that he believes "historically it's always been that way a little bit," but he thinks right now is "the toughest time ever for women."


Luke says two factors might be at play.  He explains that "the landscape in the minor leagues for women are tougher in country," because "it's tough for a girl to, at the age of 16, start hitting the honky tonks."  Bryan adds that when he was starting out, for a radio tour he could "wake up, throw on a hat," and go to the station.  But he says the women "have to be able to hang with the guys but also be feminine and pretty, and it's just a tough dynamic."  "EW" points out that the last solo female country artist to have her first two singles reach the top ten was Taylor Swift back in 2007.


Loretta Lynn Hoping To Work Again With Jack White


Loretta Lynn says she'd like to team up again with rocker Jack White.  The country legend tells "Billboard" she intends to "go after" the former White Stripes frontman and "give him another call to do another album.  Lynn and White previously teamed up on 2004's "Van Lear Rose," which earned a Grammy for Best Country Album while the track "Portland, Oregon" was named Best Country Collaboration with Vocals."  But a CD with White is just one of several projects on Lynn's plate.  She says she's also completed both a Christmas album and a religious album as well as "a CD of mountain songs with Shawn Camp."  Loretta adds that she's been busy preparing for the 2013 Gospel Music Festival, which she'll be hosting at her Hurricane Mills ranch on September 28th and 29th.


Sara Evans Celebrates New Single With Reddit Chat


Sara Evans says she really likes her new single.  In a Reddit "As Me Anything" chat the country star admits "Slow Me Down" is her favorite song from her next album.  She adds that a video to the song is on the way, explaining that she just shot the clip last week.  Sara says she does "a little acting" in the video, and would like to do more.  When asked about taking on a film or TV role, Sara said she's "been sent a lot of scripts, but it's either not been the right part or the right timing."  Evans also admits she'd "LOVE to write a cook book," but she's "too dang busy at the moment" to tackle such a project.  "Slow Me Down" is Sara's first single since 2012's "Anywhere."  The track is available digitally now.


Kenny Rogers New CD Features Dolly Parton Duet


Kenny Rogers is reuniting with an old friend for his new single.  The country veteran teams up with Dolly Parton on his latest release, "You Can't Make Old Friends."


Rogers calls "You Can't Make Old Friends" a "special song," and adds that it was "a thrill" to collaborate with Parton again.  He explains that "working with Dolly is always a little like going home.  Everything felt comfortable."


"You Can't Make Old Friends" is also the title track to Kenny's next album.  The singer says his upcoming release "may be the best album" he's "ever recorded."  He explains that the project features a "musical diversity" that's "extraordinary," going from songs he "would normally sing" to songs he "would normally never even listen to."  Kenny also says the album features the "best songs" he's "ever had access to."  The eleven-track set spans a variety of styles, including rock, gospel, soul, zydeco, and Southwestern-flavored sounds.  Rogers' album "You Can't Make Old Friends" will be in stores October 8th.  Kenny and Dolly's duet is available now from iTunes.


Florida Georgia Line Inspired By Their Surroundings


Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard says he and Brian Kelley are writing songs for their next album.  The country singer adds they're keeping their audience in mind as they work on the material.


Tyler explains that he and Brian tend to draw inspiration from the people and events in their lives at the moment.  He adds that right now much of their time is occupied "with fans and playing shows and traveling on a bus and all that good stuff," so their followers are definitely influencing their new music.  Florida Georgia Line's next album will be the follow up to their hit debut effort, "Here's To The Good Times," which features the chart-toppers "Cruise" and "Get Your Shine On" along with their current top ten single "Round Here."


In addition to writing songs, Florida Georgia Line is prepping for the launch of their "Here's To The Good Times Tour 2013," which is coming up in Brookings, South Dakota on October 3rd.  The duo also has concerts scheduled throughout this month, including their own headlining dates and shows with Luke Bryan.  Florida Georgia Line's next appearance is coming up in Akron, New York on Thursday.


Chris Young Reveals Dancing History


Chris Young says fans shouldn't expect him to show up on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" anytime soon.


But even though Young is focusing on his music, he says he's not a bad dancer.  Chris says he actually used to teach dance, and despite his six-foot-four frame, he enjoyed going out to show off his break dancing moves on a regular basis.  But that was long before Young won "Nashville Star" and started his career as a country musician.  He's now set to put out his fourth album, "A.M." on September 17th.


Kelly Clarkson Calls Christmas Album Her Favorite


Labor Day is barely in the rear-view mirror, but Kelly Clarkson is already looking forward to Christmas.  Clarkson calls herself a nerd when it comes to Christmas music, and she says she was really excited to make her own holiday album.


Kelly even admits that her Christmas disc -- titled "Wrapped in Red" -- may be her favorite among all her studio releases.  She recently wrapped the recording of the new album, which is due out October 29th.


Ed Sheeran Clears Up Taylor Swift's "F-Bomb" Controversy


Taylor Swift's opening act says people watching last month's MTV Video Music Awards accurately read the country singer's lips as One Direction was accepting an award.  But Ed Sheeran says Taylor wasn't commenting on the band.  He tells 105.1 The Buzz Taylor went to him immediately after the incident and said she thought she'd "messed up."  Ed says Taylor then explained that Selena Gomez had mentioned that she thought she was going to lose the Best Pop Video award to Miley Cyrus -- and Taylor used the f-word in reassuring Selena about her chances.  Swift made headlines following the event for her private remark that was caught on camera, with many speculating it was about her ex, One Direction singer Harry Styles.  Neither Swift nor Gomez has spoken about the incident.


Celebrity Birthdays Include


Gloriana's Tom Gossin is 32.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1954, Elvis Presley made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.  It was the only time he ever performed there.


Today in 1961, the single "I Fall To Pieces" by Patsy Cline peaked at number 12 on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1973, Charlie Rich's single "Behind Closed Doors" was certified Gold.


Today in 1981, the album "Saddle Tramp" by Charlie Daniels Band was certified Gold.


Today in 1981, George Strait's album "Strait Country " was released.


Today in 1990, the "Rumor Has It" album by Reba McEntire was released.


Today in 1991, Dottie West died at the age of 58 as a result of injuries she suffered five days earlier in a car accident.  As the first female country Grammy Award winner, Dottie was considered by many as a trailblazer for women country performers.


Today in 1996, Bryan White's album "Between Now And Forever" was certified Gold.


Today in 2001, Trace Adkins and his wife, Rhonda, welcomed their second child, Brianna Rhea.


Today in 2001, Jeff Carson's album "Real Life" and Hal Ketchum's "Lucky Man" project arrived in stores.


Today in 2002, the Dixie Chicks' album "Home" debuted at number one on the multi-genre Billboard 200 chart and the Billboard Country Albums charts.  With 779-thousand-828 copies of the CD sold in its first seven days out, the trio had the highest first-week sales of any female group in the SoundScan era.


Today in 2003, Diamond Rio received a special racing helmet from NASCAR driver Tony Stewart after he won the Craftsman Truck Series Virginia Is for Lovers 200 in Richmond, Virginia.  The band was on hand to congratulate him when he drove into victory lane.


Today in 2005, Faith Hill showed up in Gulfport, Mississippi with three truckloads of supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims, which she personally delivers to a shelter.


Today in  2005, the "Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon" got underway with Billy Gilman among the four co-hosts.  Country stars appearing during the marathon fundraiser included Charlie Daniels and Keith Anderson.


Today in 2006, it was Toby Keith Appreciation Day in Palm Beach, Florida.


Today in 2006, Steve Holy was among the stars who took part in Jerry Lewis' annual telethon in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The singer received a standing ovation for his performance of "Brand New Girlfriend."


Today in 2007, Garth Brooks' "More Than A Memory" became the first song to debut at the number one spot on the "Radio & Records" country singles chart.


Today in 2007, new releases included Suzy Bogguss' CD "Sweet Danger" and the book "I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny," written by Johnny Cash's first wife, Vivian.


Today in 2008, Keith Urban performed in New York City's Columbus Circle for the NFL Kickoff Party launching the 2008-2009 football season.


Today in 2008, Trace Adkins sang the national anthem at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Today in 2011, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Jimmy Webb were among the stars participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's MDA Labor Day Telethon.


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