Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Dierks Bentley Helping "Fallon" Celebrate Pearl Jam


Dierks Bentley will be a guest on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday.  But the country star isn't promoting his own work.  He's lending his talents to the show's week-long celebration of the pioneering grunge band Pearl Jam.  Bentley will team up with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and The Roots for his performance.  Dierks says he's really looking forward to the show, since he's a big Pearl Jam fan.  The singer explains that he's played with McCready before, but this is the first time he's had the chance to join Mike in performing a Pearl Jam song on TV.


Bentley adds that he appreciates how Fallon pays tribute to different artists by dedicating a full week to them.  Pearl Jam isn't the first band Dierks has helped honor.  Back in 2011 Bentley took part in the "Late Night" salute to Pink Floyd with a performance of "Wish You Were Here."


Carrie Underwood To Be Honored At Country Radio Seminar


Carrie Underwood is getting recognized for her charitable work.  The country star has been tapped to receive the Country Radio Broadcasters' 2014 Artist Humanitarian Award.  CRS President Charlie Morgan admits that the country format is "rich with artists that are generous with their time and talents for a wide variety of worthy causes and needs."  But he says Carrie has "distinguished herself with her depth of kindnesses and commitment to making a positive difference."  He adds that the organization is "humbled by the good work she has done," and is "proud to highlight her efforts" with the honor.  Carrie will receive the award at the launch of next year's Country Radio Seminar, which will take place in Nashville from February 19th through the 21st.


Eric Church Releases New Single


Eric Church fans are finally getting to hear his latest work.  The country star released the new single, "The Outsiders," on Tuesday.


Coinciding with the song's arrival, Church sent a tweet that reads, "So here we are...the GLOVES ARE OFF! Go ahead and find out just who we are."  "The Outsiders" is the lead-off single from Eric's upcoming album.  His new studio project will be his follow up to 2011's "Chief."


Country Stars Up For Touring Awards


Luke Bryan is making a name for himself as a touring artist.  The country star is among the nominees for the Billboard Touring Awards.  The events honor the artists, venues, and behind the scenes people involved in staging the top tours between October 1st, 2012 and September 30th of this year.  Bryan has a bid in the Breakthrough category, along with Bruno Mars and One Direction.  Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's "Red Tour" and Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes Nation Tour" are both in the running for Top Package -- a category Chesney has dominated ever since it was introduced.  He's only not won the award once -- in 2010, when he didn't tour.  That year Taylor Swift won.


Chesney is also among the ten inaugural inductees into the Haul Of Fame, which recognizes the biggest touring acts of the past ten years.  One of the inductees -- which also include Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, and Tim McGraw -- will earn the title of Live Music Hauler Of The Decade.  The Billboard Touring Awards will be presented in a ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York on November 14th, capping off the 10th annual Billboard Touring Conference and Awards.


Select nominees for the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards follow



Bon Jovi, "Because We Can"

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, "Wrecking Ball"

"Michael Jackson Immortal"



Bon Jovi

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band




Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake "Legends Of Summer," with DJ Cassidy

Kenny Chesney "No Shoes Nation Tour," with Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves 

Taylor Swift "Red Tour," with Ed Sheeran, and Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Casey James



Bruno Mars

Luke Bryan

One Direction



Jeff Dunham

Michael McIntyre

Russell Peters



P!nk - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, July 7-Aug. 26

The Rolling Stones - O2 Arena, London, Nov. 25, 29 2012

The Rolling Stones - United Center, Chicago, May 28, 31, June 1





Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival



George Strait


Shell Rotella HAUL OF FAME

Bon Jovi

Brad Paisley

Dave Matthews Band

Kenny Chesney

Rascal Flatts

The Rolling Stones

Tim McGraw

Toby Keith


Vans Warped Tour


Jimmy Buffett Being Celebrated In Phoenix


Jimmy Buffett isn't just performing in Arizona this week.  The singer is being honored with his own day.  Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is designating this Thursday "Jimmy Buffett Day" in the city.  In his proclamation, he states that "Mr. Buffett's songs have delighted generations of listeners," and that he's "celebrated as an American artist and the creator of an idyllic state of mind known to Parrotheads everywhere as 'Margaritaville' -- where it's always 5 o'clock."  The mayor explains that while Arizona doesn't have a coastline, locals -- who have "have perfected the art of relaxing in warm breezes, soaking up rays, and enjoying frozen concoctions poolside" -- can still appreciate the sentiment in Jimmy's music.   Mayor Stanton also requests that "on this 24th day of October, in the year 2013," area residents "ease their minds, dream their lives away, and welcome Jimmy Buffett to Phoenix."


The city is also turning Buffett's concert into a day-long event.  A portion of downtown Phoenix will be converted into the "Ultimate Margarita Beach Party," beginning eight hours before Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band takes the stage Thursday night.


Tim McGraw Sheds Little Light On Upcoming Vegas Shows


Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will launch the "encore run" of their "Soul2Soul" show in Las Vegas this weekend.  Tim says they've altered the performance a bit, but he won't disclose what's new.


McGraw and Hill will resume their "Soul2Soul" run at The Venetian with four performances, giving two shows each this Friday and Saturday night. They're the first of the country couple's ten-weekend commitment, which extends over the next six months.  Additional details are available at


Chris Young Enjoying Time In Canada


Chris Young has is back on the road, opening shows for Brad Paisley in Canada.  Chris says he's enjoying his time north of the border.  The country star adds that his surroundings have been quite eye-catching.


Brad and Chris will play a few more Canadian shows before wrapping up the trek in Edmonton, Alberta on Saturday.  Young is also on board for Paisley's fall U.S. dates, which begin in Omaha, Nebraska on November 14th.


Dolly Parton Planning International Tour For 2014


Dolly Parton will be taking her music overseas next year.  The country legend has unveiled international dates for her "Blue Smoke World Tour," including stops in Europe and Australia.  Dolly will begin her trek "down under."  She has six shows booked in Australia, starting with a performance in Melbourne on February 11th.  Parton plans to cross the Atlantic four months later.  She'll kick off the trek in Liverpool, England on June 8th.  The majority of her 17 European dates are in the UK and Ireland, but she'll also visit Germany and Denmark before wrapping up the run in Oslo, Norway on July 9th.


Reba, Taylor, Shania Up For Country's "Most Beautiful" Title


First fans evaluated the men, and now they're being asked to weigh in on the ladies.  "Country Weekly" is following up their annual "Country Music's Sexiest Man" poll with "Country Music's Most Beautiful Woman" survey.  The publication's website offers up 34 nominees, including Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, and Shania Twain.  Miranda Lambert, Sara Evans, Kacey Musgraves, and Faith Hill are also in the running, along with The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry, Kellie Pickler, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, and Martina McBride.  There's also a write-in option.  Voting is under way now, and closes on Sunday.


Kelly Clarkson Enjoys Life With New Husband


Kelly Clarkson says she never imagined life could be this good.  The singer explains that her relationship with husband Brandon Blackstock has given her a newfound sense of stability, and she loves the closeness she feels with him.


Kelly adds that she loves her new family, which also includes Blackstock's two children from his first marriage.  Kelly and Brandon tied the knot on Sunday at Blackberry Farms in Walland, Tennessee, roughly 200 miles East of Nashville.


"Nashville" Star Enamored With Music City


"Nashville" star Eric Close says he really loves the city that serves as the show's setting.  The actor explains that Nashville is a great community that's full of friendly people.

Close adds that Nashville lives up to its "Music City" moniker, with countless opportunities to catch a live performance any night of the week.  Eric plays the part of Rayna Jaymes' husband Teddy Conrad on "Nashville," which airs on ABC on Wednesday night.


Country TV Tonight


LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) Dierks Bentley is a guest.

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) Keith Urban is the musical guest.


Country Birthdays Include


Dwight Yoakam is 57.

Former Ricochet fiddle and mandolin player Junior Bryant is 45.

Jimmy Wayne is 41.


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1992, the single "Seminole Wind" by John Anderson went to number one on the country charts.


Today in 1993, Suzy Bogguss hit the top ten with "Just Like The Weather."


Today in 1997, Barbara Mandrell gave her final musical performance at the Grand Ole Opry House, quitting music to concentrate on acting.


Today in 1999, Garth Brooks joined Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, John Mellencamp and others participates in Washington D.C. on the White House lawn for what was billed as the Concert of the Century.


Today in 2000, it was revealed that Garth Brooks had saved two boys from a house fire in Oklahoma three days earlier.


Today in 2000, John Michael Montgomery's single "The Little Girl" topped the country charts.  It was John Michael's biggest song since 1993's "I Swear" occupied the number one spot on the charts for four weeks straight.


Today in 2000, Billy Gilman was recognized by two Hollywood trade magazines.  He was named as one of the top ten youths in entertainment by "Daily Variety" and was nominated for the "Young Star Award" from "The Hollywood Reporter."


Today in 2001, Tracy Lawrence's self-titled album arrived in stores.


Today in 2003, Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss were among those featured on the Lifetime Network's "Women Rock!" concert.


Today in 2003, Tim McGraw held a party in Nashville to celebrate his number one hit "Real Good Man."


Today in 2003, Keith Urban and LeAnn Rimes launched a collaborative Australian tour in Brisbane.


Today in 2006, Keith Urban cancelled his participation in the upcoming Country Music Association Awards and suspended publicity appearances in conjunction with his album "Love, Pain, and the whole crazy thing."  The singer had checked himself into rehab four days earlier.


Today in 2006, George Jones had surgery on his right wrist.  The singer suffered a fracture in a fall three days earlier.  Doctors operated to make sure his wrist healed properly.


Today in 2006, Jimmy Webb was honored by the American Society of Authors, Composers & Publishers with the ASCAP Voice of Music Award on October 23rd.  The award recognizes artists and songwriters whose music illuminates people's lives through song.


Today in 2007, new releases included Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride," Gary Allan's "Hard Living," Shooter Jennings' "The Wolf," Dwight Yoakam's "Dwight Sings Buck," Tracy Lawrence's "All Wrapped Up," and Alison Krauss and Robert Plant's "Raising Sand."


Today in 2010, Blake Shelton was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 2012, new country releases included Billy Ray Cyrus' album "Change My Mind."


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