Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Brad Paisley Begins Shooting Song-Inspired Film In Haiti


Brad Paisley says he never knew he was a screenwriter.  The country star is writing the script for a movie inspired by his single "I Can't Change The World," and he admits he's surprised at how natural it feels to him.


But Paisley adds that even with a certain talent for writing screenplays, there's still a lot he doesn't know about being a filmmaker.  And he's learning by doing.  The singer tweeted a photograph of himself in Haiti Monday, along with the message that he "began filming last week on location."  Paisley recently announced his plans to make the movie, which he said would be a work of fiction based on real people and actual events.


Miranda Lambert Opening Another Pink Pistol


Miranda Lambert is expanding her retail business.  The country star is making plans to open a second Pink Pistol location.  She's setting up her new shop in her hometown on Lindale, Texas.  A grand opening weekend celebration is slated to take place on October 12th and 13th.  Lambert launched The Pink Pistol last fall in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, where she now makes her home with husband Blake Shelton.  The original boutique opened with an eclectic array of products, including antiques, gifts, boots, and jeans.  The Pink Pistol Texas Facebook page describes the new store as a wine bar and gift shop.


Country Stars Performing On "America's Got Talent" Finale


Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are putting some additional star power into the "America's Got Talent" season finale.  The country singers are among the special guests slated to appear on the show.  Bryan will be taking the stage to perform his latest chart-topper, "That's My Kind of Night," while Bentley will treat viewers to his new single, "I Hold On."  They're part of a lineup that also features Josh Groban, Il Divo with Heather Headley, Icona Pop, and the Rockettes.  And, along with all the guest performers, the season eight winner will be revealed.  The "America's Got Talent" star-packed finale will air on NBC Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


Taylor Swift An MTV Europe Music Awards Nominee


Taylor Swift is getting awards attention on the other side of the Atlantic.  The country-pop superstar is a three-time nominee for this fall's MTV Europe Music Awards.  Taylor is in the running for Best Female, Best Pop, and Best Live.  She's facing Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry in both the Female and Pop categories.  Lady Gaga and Taylor's pal Selena Gomez are also up for the Female award, while One Direction and Justin Bieber are other Pop contenders.  Swift's competition for the Live award includes Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Green Day, and Pink.  Timberlake and the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the list of nominees with five bids each.  The 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Amsterdam on November 10th.


Taylor has had two big hits overseas this year.  "Everything Has Changed," her collaboration with Ed Sheeran, peaked in the top ten in the UK, Ireland, and Belgium, while "22" reached the top ten in Britain and Belgium.


Harris, Crowell, Yoakam, Old Crow Set For Americana Music Awards


Emmylou Harris is among the top nominees heading into tonight's Americana Honors and Awards show.  The singer-songwriter is in the running in three of the event's six categories, including Artist of the Year.  She also has two bids with Rodney Crowell for their collaborative release "Old Yellow Moon."  The project is up for Album of the Year, while Harris and Crowell are among the contenders for Duo/Group of the Year.  The folk duo Shovels & Rope leads the list of hopefuls with four chances to win.  Emmylou's former touring guitarist and backing vocalist Buddy Miller is also a three-time nominee, and Dwight Yoakam could end up a winner as well.


Old Crow Medicine Show and the late Hank Williams are among this year's special award recipients.  Old Crow Medicine Show will be presented with the Americana Trailblazer Award, and Williams has been tapped for The President's Award.  Old Crow Medicine Show and Williams' granddaughter Holly Williams will also perform at the event, along with Harris and Crowell, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, and others.  Rosanne Cash, Jerry Douglas, and The Civil Wars' Joy Williams are among the scheduled presenters for the ceremony.  The Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards will take place in Nashville, and air live on AXS TV at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.


Nominees for the 2013 Americana Honors And Awards



"Buddy & Jim," Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale

"Cheater's Game," Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison

"From The Ground Up," John Fullbright

"O' Be Joyful," Shovels & Rope

"Old Yellow Moon," Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell



"Birmingham," Shovels & Rope

"Good Things Happen to Bad People," Richard Thompson

"Ho Hey," The Lumineers

"North Side Gal," JD McPherson



Buddy Miller

Dwight Yoakam

Emmylou Harris

Richard Thompson



JD McPherson

John Fullbright

Milk Carton Kids

Shovels & Rope



Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison

Shovels & Rope



Doug Lancio

Larry Campbell

Greg Leisz

Jay Bellerose

Mike Bub


T Bone Burnett Being Honored For Film, TV Work


T Bone Burnett is getting a nod for the music he's brought to both the big and small screens.  He's being honored by "Billboard" and "The Hollywood Reporter," both of which have named him the 2013 recipient of the Maestro Award.  The award recognizes those who've made a "lasting contribution" to music for movies and television.  Burnett will accept his award at this fall's Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference.  He'll also take part in a Q-and-A session at the event, which is slated for the W Hotel in Hollywood on October 29th and 30th.


Burnett has an impressive film and TV resume.  He earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy for "Crazy Heart" song "The Weary Kind," and got an Oscar nomination for the "Cold Mountain" track "Scarlet Tide."  He also has Grammys for his soundtrack work to the films "The Hunger Games," "Walk The Line," and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" 


Burnett's other film credits include "Across The Universe," "The Divine Secrets Of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," "The Big Lebowski," and the upcoming film "Inside Llewyn Davis."  He also served as the executive music producer for the first season of ABC's "Nashville," and was a co-producer on the show's first two soundtrack albums.


Old Crow Medicine Show Proud To Join The Opry


Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor says it's very special to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  But the country star explains that the honor in itself isn't the only thing making the occasion meaningful.

Secor says "something powerful" drew him and Darius Rucker together, and he's "really glad it happened."  Old Crow Medicine Show is the first act to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry since Rucker joined last fall.  The group received their formal welcome into the Opry family during Tuesday night's show.


Carrie Underwood Considers Nominations A Form Of Reinforcement


Carrie Underwood says she always appreciates getting nominated for awards.  The country star explains that accolades aren't a motivator for her, but serve as outside confirmation that she's on the right track.


Underwood adds that while she's excited about the different projects she does in her career, her level of interest doesn't really matter if nobody else cares.  She says nominations tell her others not only care, but like what she's doing.


Carrie is a three-time nominee heading into this fall's CMA Awards.  She's in the running for Female Vocalist of the Year, while her CD "Blown Away" is up for Album of the Year and the disc's title track is vying for Music Video of the Year.  Carrie will once again join Brad Paisley in hosting the event.  The 47th annual CMA Awards will take place in Nashville and air on ABC on November 6th.


Hunter Hayes Makes Big Impression On Elton John


Hunter Hayes has made a fan out of Elton John. says the veteran rocker praised the young country star at an event in Los Angeles promoting his upcoming album "The Diving Board."  At the special interview and performance event John gave an update on the "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" tribute album that's in the works, revealing that Hayes covers the title track of the 1973 release.  Elton said he was amazed by Hunter, who "played all the instruments" for the recording.


Veteran producer Peter Asher is behind the "Yellow Brick Road" 40th anniversary project, which also features contributions from Miguel, John Grant, and others.  The album is expected next year.  Elton's new disc, "The Diving Board," will be in stores next week.



Country TV Tonight


AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (NBC) Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are among the guest performers.

THE AMERICANA HONORS AND AWARDS (AXS) Emmylou Harris and Dwight Yoakam are among the nominees, while Old Crow Medicine Show and Hank Williams will be honored.  Participants include Harris, Rosanne Cash, Jerry Douglas, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, Holly Williams, and others.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1947, Carnegie Hall hosted its first country music show, with Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff as headliners.


Today in 1994, Willie Nelson, John Conlee, Billy Joe Shaver, Deana Carter, David Allan Coe, and Kris Kristofferson were among the performers at Farm Aid VII at the New Orleans' Superdome.


Today in 1997, Patty Loveless' "Long Stretch Of Lonesome" album was released.


Today in 1998, Reba McEntire received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  It was unveiled in front of the Johnny Grant Building.


Today in 1998, Jett Williams paid tribute to her late father, Hank Williams, who would have been 75 a day earlier, on the Grand Ole Opry.  She saluted her dad by performing "Your Cheatin' Heart," a song released after his death on New Year's Eve, 1952.  Jett told the crowd, quote, "He never sang the song on the Opry.  He never sang it live."


Today in 1999, Kenny Chesney's "You Had Me From Hello" topped the "Billboard" country singles chart.


Today in 1999, Faith Hill graced the cover of "TV Guide."


Today in 2000, Toby Keith was the benefactor of the first songwriter/artist endowment to support the work and mission of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.


Today in 2001, Martina McBride's "Greatest Hits" collection and Aaron Tippin's "A December To Remember" album arrived in stores.


Today in 2002, Joe Nichols' debut single, "The Impossible," hit number one on the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart.


Today in 2004, Willie Nelson joined fellow Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews for Farm Aid 2004, staged at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington.


Today in 2005, Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney were among the performers for Farm Aid, which took place in suburban Chicago.  Money raised from that year's event was designated specifically for farmers recovering from Hurricane Katrina.


Today in 2005, Pam Tillis, Ed Ames, Ray Stevens, Jim Stafford, and Marie Osmond were among the performers at the "Branson Cares" concert and telethon in Branson, Missouri.  The fundraiser supported the American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Chapter and the Salvation Army in their Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.


Today in 2006, Willie Nelson and several other musicians were issued misdemeanor citations for possession of marijuana and mushrooms after Nelson's tour bus was stopped on westbound I-10 west of Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a commercial vehicle inspection.


Today in 2006, George Strait broke Hall of Famer Conway Twitty's record for the most number one singles in a career. Strait's "Give It Away" went to the top of the "Billboard" country chart, giving the singer 53 number one singles.


Today in 2006, Tim McGraw announced that he was opening his own record label, StyleSonic Records. The first release was the soundtrack to the movie "Flicka," in which McGraw co-starred.


Today in 2007, Garth Brooks was among the performers at The Dream Concert" -- a fundraiser for the development of a memorial in Washington, DC for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr -- at Radio City Music Hall in New York.


Today in 2007, new releases included Reba McEntire's highly-anticipated "Reba Duets," Emmylou Harris' box set "Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems," Steve Earle's CD "Washington Square Serenade," and the DVD "The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show."


Today in 2008, Craig Morgan received his invitation to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  John Conlee made the offer during Morgan's concert for soldiers and their families at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  Morgan and his band had spent the day at the base.  Before the performance they worked with post volunteers to stuff thousands care packages for troops stationed overseas.


Today in 2008, Jimmy Wayne was caught with his pants down -- literally -- at Oakland International Airport.  After several unsuccessful attempts to pass through the metal detector, he thought he heard a TSA officer tell him to remove his shorts, so he did, after which Wayne said the security official, quote, "flipped."  Wayne was handcuffed and questioned for nearly a half-hour as he cleared up the misunderstanding.


Today in 2008, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan and Emily West took part in the second annual "Pub Crawl" concert series in Nashville.


Today in 2010, Dierks Bentley hosted his first "Miles & Music For Kids" charity event in Seattle.  The benefit raised 50-thousand-dollars for Seattle Children's Hospital.


Today in 2012, new country releases included Big & Rich's"Hillbilly Jedi," the duo's first album in five years, and Dwight Yoakam's album "3 Pears," his first collection of new music in seven years.


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