Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Jason Aldean Interested In Doing More Acting


Jason Aldean wouldn't mind adding some more acting credits to his resume.  The country star tells he really enjoyed appearing in the film "Sweetwater," and he'd "definitely" like to tackle more roles.  Jason says he approached the project with an open mind, hoping to learn as much as possible from the more seasoned actors in the cast.  The singer adds that he felt really fortunate to make his big-screen debut alongside such stars as Ed Harris and Jason Isaacs.  He admits he learned more from watching them work than he could have any other way.  "Sweetwater" is in theaters now.


Thomas Rhett Logs New Chart Accomplishments


Thomas Rhett now has a chart-topping single to his credit, and has logged another "first" in the process.  "It Goes Like This" has reached the peak position on the Billboard Country Airplay chart to become the country singer's first number one hit.  It also marks the first time a father and son have both had a record top this particular chart as solo artists.  Thomas' dad, Rhett Akins, went to number one on the Country Airplay chart in August 1996 with single "Don't Get Me Started."


But Thomas and Rhett aren't the first parent and child to independently top the chart.  Hillary Scott has topped the Country Airplay list a number of times as a member of Lady Antebellum.  And her mom, Linda Davis, was at number one on the chart with Reba McEntire with their collaborative hit, "Does He Love You" in November 1993.


Chase Rice Carving Out Own Identity Beyond "Cruise"


Chase Rice says that as one of the co-writers of Florida Georgia Line's mega-hit "Cruise," he knows he's now linked with the duo in many people's minds.  The country newcomer tells he's good friends with Florida Georgia Line, and he feels honored to have the association.  But he says he's trying to carve out his own identity as a singer and songwriter.  He explains that with his new EP, "Ready Set Roll," his "goal was not to sound like Florida Georgia Line," although he admits they're similar artists.  Chase adds that he "also didn’t want to sound like Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, or whoever," but worked to create his own style.


He also believes he's seeing some indications that he's succeeding.  Chase says the title track to his EP hasn't been officially issued as a single, but it's getting a strong reaction when he performs it in concert.


"CMA Country Christmas" To Air In December


The upcoming holiday TV special "CMA Country Christmas" now has an air date.  ABC will carry the two-hour show on Monday, December 2nd at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.  Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is on board as host for a fourth consecutive year, while the lineup includes Luke Bryan, Trace Adkins, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, and many others.  The show will feature the stars singing songs and sharing stories of the holiday season.  In addition, "Duck Dynasty's" Robertson family will be on hand for a fireside chat.  "CMA Country Christmas" will be taped at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 8th -- two days after the 47th annual CMA Awards.


Wynonna Judd Promoting New Shoe Line, Holiday Tour


Wynonna Judd is hoping to play a role in your holidays in more than one way.  As the shopping season approaches, the country star is introducing a new shoe line.  Wy is bringing sparkle to footwear with Got Soul, featuring sneakers, flats, and wedges.  The singer tells "Women's Wear Daily" she got the idea to market the shoes from her fans.  She explains that audience members have continually been commenting on her concert footwear, which is decorated with rhinestones, sequins, and other eye-catching adornments.  Wy says it eventually dawned on her that maybe she had a non-musical product people wanted to buy.  She adds that the shoes are "unique and full of attitude."


Judd is also making plans for a holiday tour.  She has ten dates scheduled so far, but more stops could be added.  Wy's "A Simpler Christmas" trek is set to begin in Bakersfield, California on December 3rd.  She'll share more about Got Soul and "A Simpler Christmas" with an appearance on CBS' "The Talk" on October 28th.


Wynonna's "A Simpler Christmas" Tour Dates


December 3 - Bakersfield, California, at the Fox Theater

December 4 - San Jose, California, at the San Jose Civic Auditorium

December 8 - Tucson, Arizona, at the Fox Tucson Theater

December 11 - Eagle Pass, Texas, at the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel

December 13 - St. Charles, Illinois, at The Arcada Theater

December 15 - Ralston, Nebraska, at the Ralston Arena

December 19 - Newberry, South Carolina, at the Newberry Opera House

December 20 - Charlottesville, Virginia, at The Paramount Theater

December 21 - Verona, New York, at The Turning Stone Resort & Casino

December 22 - York, Pennsylvania, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center


Shania Twain Announces New Vegas Dates


Shania Twain has more Vegas dates booked.  The country star has announced her first performances of "Shania: Still The One" for 2014.  The singer will take the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on January 22nd to launch a 15-date run.  She'll give a total of seven performances in January, and follow with eight dates in February, wrapping up on February 15th.  Tickets for the new dates go on sale this Friday.  Twain just launched her last round of shows for this year.  She has dates booked over the next ten weeks, and will wrap up her run on December 14th.


Band Perry Covering All Aspects Of Being A Headliner


The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry says she believes her group is ready to be a headliner.  The country singer admits the responsibilities go beyond what the fans see on stage, explaining that the headliner also sets the tone backstage.  But she says stars like Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley have served as headlining role models for the group.


Perry says McGraw taught them how to run a classy tour, while they saw how much attention Paisley paid to maintaining the morale among his openers and crew.  Kimberly says The Band Perry plans to apply all those lessons on their "We Are Pioneers" tour, which officially begins in Sweden on November 8th.


Kenny Rogers Shares Origins Of Latest Dolly Parton Duet


Kenny Rogers admits it's not often that he'll just come up with a song out of the blue.  The country star says more typically something happens that sparks an idea.


Kenny says he shared the line with songwriter Don Schlitz -- who penned Rogers' signature hit, "The Gambler" -- and the next day Don gave him the song "You Can't Make Old Friends."  Rogers adds that he knew right away it was the "perfect" song for him to record with Parton.  "You Can't Make Old Friends" is also the title track to Kenny's latest album, which is in stores now.


"Nashville's" Scarlett Enamored With Southern Accent


"Nashville" star Clare Bowen says it wasn't difficult for her to give her character a Southern accent.  The Australian-born actress explains that she was already very familiar with the sound when she had to adopt it into her own speech.


Bowen says she could already imitate a Southern accent when she auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Connor.  She adds that she thought there was "no way" she was going to get the role, so she went into the casting "head first" with her own concept of the character in mind and "they liked her."  "Nashville" airs on ABC on Wednesday nights.


Country TV Tonight


THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Little Big Town is the musical guest on this repeat episode.


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1954, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show and was given a year's contract to appear on the program.


Today in 1972, Loretta Lynn became the first woman to win the CMA's Entertainer of the Year trophy.


Today in 1992, Reba McEntire topped the country charts with the single "The Greatest Man I Never Knew."


Today in 1992, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rosanne Cash took part in the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.


Today in 1992, Barbara Mandrell's tour was disrupted when her tour bus caught fire in North Dakota.


Today in 1998, Lonestar was number one on "Radio & Records'" Country Top 50 chart with their single "Everything's Changed."


Today in 2001, the Dixie Chicks were included in the 2002 edition of "The Guinness World Records Book" for having the all-time best selling country album by a group with "Wide Open Spaces."


Today in 2003, Martina McBride and rocker Pat Benatar teamed up for an edition of CMT's Crossroads series.  The performance, taped in Nashville, aired a couple months later.


Today in 2004, Alabama wrapped the group's American Farewell Tour with a concert in Bismarck, North Dakota.  The final show ran 45 minutes past the venue's usual "close time."  The tour had begun more than a year earlier.


Today in 2004, The Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center officially opened in Clintwood, Virginia.


Today in 2005, Trick Pony began a tour of South Korea, playing five shows for U.S. soldiers in three days.


Today in 2005, Brad Paisley was named Songwriter/Artist of the Year at the Nashville Songwriters Association's awards event.  Rascal Flatts' "Bless The Broken Road" was named Song of the Year, with honors going to writers Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna and Marcus Hummon.  Vince Gill and Jerry Reed were among those added to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Today in 2005, Vince Gill and Jerry Reed joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with "Prisoner of the Highway" songwriter Mike Reid, "What Matters Most" composer Gary Burr and "Don't Rock the Jukebox" co-writer Roger Murrah.


Today in 2006, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was honored by the International Entertainment Buyer's Association for marking 40 years in the music business.  The band's album "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" is still recognized as one of the most important recordings to come out of Nashville.


Today in 2006, Sara Evans' lawyers filed extra paperwork in conjunction with the singer's divorce from Craig Schelske after he apparently took 275-thousand-dollars from an account he shared with Evans and put it into an account that only he can access.


Today in 2006, Willie Nelson and Big & Rich performed at a benefit in Austin, Texas for the Freddy Powers Parkinson's Foundation.


Today in 2007, Porter Wagoner was honored night at the annual International Talent Buyer's convention in Nashville.  Dierks Bentley performed a tribute in honor of "The Wagonmaster."


Today in 2007, Montgomery Gentry took part in the 4th Annual Kenny Beard & Friends Writers in the Round, along with Paul Overstreet, Jeff Bates and newcomer Aly Cutter.  The fundraiser supported the Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.


Today in 2007, Toby Keith's holiday album "A Classic Christmas" was released, and Amy Grant's memoir "Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far" arrived in stores.


Today in 2011, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Today in 2011, Dierks Bentley hosted his 6th annual Miles & Music For Kids" charity concert and motorcycle ride in Nashville.  Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, Josh Thompson, the Eli Young Band, Craig Campbell, and Colt Ford were among the stars who participated in the event.


Today in 2012, Darius Rucker was officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 2012, new releases included Scotty McCreery's "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" and "A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary," featuring holiday songs from Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Jewel, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, and others.


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