Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

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Blind Auditions Continue On "The Voice"

 

The coaches continue to battle one another as they build their teams on NBC's "The Voice."  On Tuesday's show, both Blake Shelton and Adam Levine were both interested in soul singer Barry Black, whose vocal talents include a imitating a horn.  Adam admitted he turned his chair to see how Barry was creating such a unique sound, and said he initially mistook Barry's bow tie for some "weird harmonica."  That led Blake to direct his comments to Adam as he explained that he thought Barry is "a great artist."

 

Despite Blake's argument, Barry still chose Adam.  Adam also won over Tessanne Chin, a Jamaican singer who has toured as a backing vocalist for reggae great Jimmy Cliff.  All four coaches wanted to work with her.  But Blake's team is growing as well.  He added three singers, including E.G. Daily, who's also an actress and voice talent whose credits include the film "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" and "The Rugrats."

 

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green each picked up two new team members.  Team Christina features R&B singer Jacqui Lee, who at 16 is the youngest person in the competition.  Team Cee Lo's additions include rocker Jonny Gray.  The Blind Auditions will continue when "The Voice" returns next Monday.

 

Brad Paisley Feels A Sense Of Global Responsibility

 

Brad Paisley says as an American he feels a sense of responsibility to help his neighbor in the global sense of the word.  The country star explains that the poorest nation in the world -- Haiti -- is just 700 miles southeast of the Florida Keys, and he's driven to make a difference.  But Brad admits it can feel overwhelming, because the need is so great.

 

Paisley has traveled to Haiti as a volunteer with Live Beyond, a Nashville-based charity that is working to provide clean water, medical care, food, and other much-needed services and supplies to communities across Haiti.  Paisley has also been in Haiti shooting his movie inspired by his single "I Can't Change The World."  Brad says one of the storylines in the film focuses on an orphaned girl in Haiti and the woman who wants to adopt her.  Paisley is writing the script for the film, which he's said is a work of fiction but based on real people and actual events.

 

Band Perry Looking To Fire Up Stage

 

The Band Perry would like to adds some fire to their stage show, but they need to ask mom first.  The country trio's Neil Perry tells "Billboard" he and his brother and sister "are kind of spitfires" and they love pyrotechnics.  He explains that it all hinges on their mom getting "her pyro license," and she's "resisting."  Kimberly Perry admits they lean heavily on their mom, but says it's all her fault.  She explains that there's only three of them but "a hundred jobs" surrounding the group, so if their mom didn't want to take on so many roles she "probably should have had about a half-a-dozen more kids, and then they could have worn some of these hats." 

 

But Neil adds that there's also a security issue involved.  He says their mom is the only person they trust to "blow stuff up on stage" while they're performing.  The Band Perry officially launches their headlining "We Are Pioneers" tour in Sweden on November 8th.

 

Tim McGraw Logs 50th Top Ten Billboard Hit

 

Tim McGraw has hit the big 5-0.  Billboard.com says the country star's latest hit, "Southern Girl," has moved up three spaces this week into the number nine spot on the Country Airplay chart, marking his 50th top ten hit on the list.  He began his impressive chart career 19 years ago with "Indiana Outlaw, which peaked at number eight in April 1994.  Since then, he's placed 49 other songs into the top tier, with 26 of them going all the way to number one.  "Southern Girl" is McGraw's fourth single from his most recent album, "Two Lanes of Freedom," and they've all reached the top ten.  "Truck Yeah" peaked at number ten last October.  "One Of Those Nights" spent three weeks at number one in March of this year, and "Highway Don't Care" -- his duet with Taylor Swift -- topped the chart for two weeks in June.

 

"Billboard" adds that McGraw's name actually appeared in the top ten a 51st time -- again with Taylor Swift.  Her debut single "Tim McGraw" rose to number six back in 2007.

 

Miranda Lambert Adopts Dog In Florida

 

Miranda Lambert has a new member to her four-legged family.  Palm Beach County's WPTV says the country star made a stop over the weekend at the Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Wellington, Florida.  She received the invite to visit last month via YouTube from Riley Weinberger, a six-year-old volunteer at the shelter.  Riley asked Miranda to take a tour of the facility, see the work they do, and help promote the shelter.  Lambert obliged -- and she didn't leave alone.  Miranda ended up adopting a champagne-colored dog, which the Big Dog Ranch staff say she named Bellamy, after the Bellamy Brothers.

 

Jake Owen Happy With His Life

 

Jake Owen says his life is simply great.  The country star tells CMT Radio he's not longing for his bachelor days, but is happier than he's ever been as a family man with wife Lacey and daughter Pearl.  Jake adds that he's fortunate in the timing of his family.  He explains that if he were married or had kids five years ago, "it would have been a lot harder than it is right now."  But the singer says at this stage of his career he has his own tour bus and can bring Lacey and Pearl on the road with him.  He adds that when he performs, he sees "the two prettiest girls in the crowd" off to the side of the stage, not out in the audience.

 

Owen is currently opening shows for Jason Aldean.  They'll be performing in Spokane, Washington on Wednesday.  Jake is supporting his new single, "Days of Gold."  It's the title track to his next album, which is due later this year.

 

Kenny Rogers Impressed With Eric Paslay

 

Kenny Rogers admits he was surprised by country newcomer Eric Paslay.  Rogers recorded Eric's song "Turn This World Around" for his upcoming album "You Can't Make Old Friends," which includes guest vocals from the songwriter

 

Kenny adds that he's also impressed with Eric's songwriting skills.  He says he chose to record "Turn This World Around" because "it's a great statement to make," and Eric "makes it in a different way."  The lead-off single from "You Can't Make Old Friends" is the title track, featuring guest vocals from Dolly Parton.  The album will be in stores October 8th.

 

Tonight Kenny will be singing for a cause.  He's headlining a benefit at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for the Adolescent Treatment at Cumberland Heights, which addresses the specific needs of teenagers battling substance abuse.

 

Lynn Anderson Contributes To "Betty Swain Project"

 

Lynn Anderson says she's glad she was involved in "The Betty Swain Project."  The compilation album features material by one-time aspiring songwriter Betty Swain.  Lynn tells Billboard.com that as a young woman Swain set out to be a country songwriter without success.  Betty's songs ended up in a box in her attic, which she rediscovered decades later.  But instead of tossing them out, her friends and family assembled a group of musicians to finish off the songs, and Betty finally got to hear her songs performed live -- just weeks before she passed away.  But Betty's family wasn't going to let her music die with her, and took her songs to Nashville.

 

Lynn adds that after listening to Betty's songs she agreed to participate, calling it "a humanitarian kind of thing to do" and "a labor of love."  She describes the album as "kind of a retro project, a voice out of the past."  Lynn sings two songs on the 12-track disc -- "Sweet Memories" and "Prove You Care."  "The Betty Swain Project" is in stores now.

 

Taylor Swift's Different Ventures All Based On Music

 

Taylor Swift says music comes first for her.  The country-pop superstar explains that while she's involved in a number of other seemingly unrelated side projects, with each of them the "centerpiece" is music.

 

Taylor adds that she always draws inspiration from her music for her album art and other merchandising.  She says it seems like a natural way to do things, and gives the tasks a sense of purpose.  Swift explains that otherwise it would feel like "some sort of weird assembly line thing" in which she's just "doing things for the sake of doing them."

 

Country TV Tonight

 

LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) Blake Shelton is a guest.

 

 

Today In Country Music History

 

Today in 1962, Loretta Lynn joined the Grand Ole Opry.

 

Today in 1965, the Statler Brothers made their chart debut with "Flowers On The Wall."

 

Today in 1992, Collin Raye's single "In This Life" hit the top of the charts.

 

Today in 1993, the "Something Up My Sleeve" album by Suzy Bogguss was released.

 

Today in 1998, it was revealed that Johnny Cash had suffered a recurrence of pneumonia less than a year after nearly dying from the ailment.

 

Today in 1998, Tim McGraw was number one on "Radio & Records'" Country Top 50 chart with his single "Where the Green Grass Grows."

 

Today in 2000, Brooks & Dunn announced preliminary plans for their inaugural "Neon Circus & Wild West Show" tour.  The shows, which also included Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry and Keith Urban, went on to become one of the hottest tickets of the year.

 

Today in 2001, the album "Never Love You Enough" by Chely Wright arrived in stores. Other projects released on this day included Chad Brock's "III," SHeDAISY's remix album, "The Whole SHeBANG: All Mixed Up," and Willie Nelson's "The Great Divide."

 

Today in 2002, Diamond Rio's Brian Prout and his songwriter wife, Stephanie Bentley, welcomed their first child, daughter Lily Arlina Kay Prout.

 

Today in 2002, Dwight Yoakam's Bakersfield Biscuits went on sale nationwide.

 

Today in 2002, Loretta Lynn marked her 40th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

 

Today in 2003, Billy Ray Cyrus was formally named the Honorary Spokesperson for the 2003 Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Campaign.

 

Today in 2004, Lonestar's Keech Rainwater married CMT Canada's Elissa Landell.

 

Today in 2007, Shooter Jennings made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.  He called the invitation to perform at the Opry "a really significant milestone in my career."

 

Today in 2007, new album releases included Rascal Flatts' "Still Feels Good," Gene Watson - "In A Perfect World," Randy Travis' "Songs of the Season," Steve Earle's "Washington Square Serenade," Bobbie Nelson's "Audiobiography," and Whiskey Falls' self-titled effort.

 

Today in 2008, Willie Nelson joined fellow Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews in sending an open letter to Congressional leaders in response to the 700-billion-dollar Wall Street bailout plan, encouraging legislators to reconsider the plan and provide funds to farm communities instead.

 

Today in 2008, Taylor Swift's hit "White Horse" was featured in the season debut of the ABC drama "Grey's Anatomy."

 

Today in 2012, Loretta Lynn celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  The special show featured performances from Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins, Lee Ann Womack, Crystal Gayle, and others.

 

Today in 2012, new country releases included Jake Owen's EP "Endless Summer" and the Oak Ridge Boys' sixth holiday album, "Christmas Time's A-Coming."

 

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