Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Brad Paisley Extending Tour Into Next Year


Brad Paisley will get an early start to touring in 2014.  The country star is extending his current "Beat This Summer" trek, but changing the name a bit to match the seasons.  He's announced dates for his "Beat This Winter" tour, which will begin in Greenville, South Carolina on January 9th.  Brad has 13 shows scheduled throughout January and February, and will close out the road trip in Charleston, West Virginia on March 1st.  Chris Young, who's been touring with Brad throughout this year, remains on board for the final leg of the trek.  Danielle Bradbery, who is opening Brad's fall U.S. shows, is also part of the lineup.


Brad Paisley's "Beat This Winter" Tour Dates


January 9         Bon Secours Wellness Arena                     Greenville, SC

January 10       Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center           Pikeville, KY

January 11       KFC Yum! Center                                      Louisville, KY

January 23       Germain Arena                                                  Estero, FL

January 24       Leon County Civic Center                        Tallahassee, FL

January 25       Amway Center                                                Orlando, FL

February 13     Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum     Long Island, NY

February 14     Mohegan Sun Arena                                  Uncasville, CT

February 15     Verizon Wireless Arena                          Manchester, MA

February 22     Bridgestone Arena                                       Nashville, TN

February 27     Allen County War Memorial Coliseum      Ft. Wayne, IN

February 28     Ervin J. Nutter Center                                     Dayton, OH

March 1           Charleston Civic Center                           Charleston, WV


Tim McGraw Not Ruling Out Singing In A Film


Tim McGraw says he wouldn't object to combining his singing and acting talents in a film.  But the country star explains that he's pretty particular about the scripts he accepts.


McGraw adds that he wouldn't rule out doing stage work.  The singer says he was once pitched a Broadway musical he liked, but had to turn it down for scheduling reasons.  Tim currently has a film in the works.  He's part of the cast of the upcoming Disney film "Tomorrowland," starring George Clooney.


Brad Paisley Sees Similarities To Songwriting, Screenwriting


Brad Paisley says writing a screenplay isn't much different from writing a song.  The country star adds that in some ways crafting a film script is the easier of the two.


Paisley admits there are also certain parameters to screenwriting.  But he says overall "anything your mind can dream up" can work as a film.  And because imagination is a key component to screenwriting, Brad believes any talented songwriter could also write a good film script.  Paisley is making his debut as a screenwriter with the film "I Can't Change The World."  The movie is named after Brad's most recent single, which inspired the cinematic project.  Brad is currently working on his movie in Haiti.


Dierks Bentley Getting Little Sleep With New Baby


Dierks Bentley admits it's "hard" having an infant in the house.  The country star tells CMT Radio that overall he and his family have been "doing pretty good" since the arrival of their son Knox, who's now five-weeks old.  But he says he and his wife Cassidy won't be sleeping through the night until the baby does.  The singer adds that Cassidy tends to sacrifice more sleep.  Dierks calls her "a trouper," and says he doesn't know she manages sleeping in "two-hour blocks."


Bentley adds that they're facing another obstacle with Knox -- his name.  He tells "People" they've filed all the necessary paperwork just calling in him "Knox Bentley," but that'll change "soon enough."  The singer says he and Cassidy are "still working on" a middle name for him.  Knox is Bentley's third child.  He and Cassidy also have two daughters, five-year-old Evie and Jordan, who'll turn three on Christmas Day.


Kellie Pickler Shares Husband's Influence In Her Songs


Kellie Pickler says one song on her new album was written especially for her.  She tells that her husband, Kyle Jacobs, was taking part in a writer's retreat when she called and asked him to write something for her new album.  The country star says that's when Kyle and three other writers came up with "No Cure for Crazy."  Kellie admits she's not sure "what they were trying to say," but she thought the song "was hilarious" and "so true."


Pickler adds that she might have a bit of an edge in getting material since Kyle is part of Nashville's songwriting community.  But she says she doesn't get the right of first refusal on everything he pens.  Kellie explains that she'll usually get a song if she tells Kyle it's something she really wants, but Kyle's co-writers also have a say in who their songs get pitched to.  "No Cure for Crazy" is one of the 12 tracks on Pickler's latest release, "The Woman I Am," which is in stores now.


Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Likes "Compass'" Message


Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott says she was really drawn to the lyrics of their latest hit, Compass."  The country singer explains that the song speaks to her as a mom.


Scott celebrated the birth of her first child, daughter Eisele , back in July.  "Compass" is from Lady A's new "Golden Deluxe," a revamped edition of their May release, "Golden."  The "Deluxe" version features three new songs including "Compass," as well as new versions of three earlier Lady A hits.  "Golden Deluxe" is in stores now.


Mandy Barnett Honoring Don Gibson With New CD


Mandy Barnett is honoring a good friend and a country legend with her latest album.  Mandy says "I Can't Stop Loving You - The Songs Of Don Gibson" was "a labor of love," explaining it's a project Gibson had asked her to do before he died.  She says she felt honored that Don wanted her to record his music, and she worked hard to make sure it'd be "something he would be proud to have his name on."  The 12-track set includes such classics as "Oh Lonesome Me," "(Yes) I'm Hurting," and "Sweet Dreams" -- which was also a hit for Patsy Cline -- as well as the title track.  Barnett's album is available now as a Cracker Barrel exclusive.  The timing of the release coincides with the tenth anniversary of Gibson's passing.  The Country Music Hall of Famer died on November 17th, 2003.


Armstrong Would Like To Play Everly Brothers Album Live


Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones aren't planning to tour behind their collaborative Everly Brothers remake.  But the Green Day frontman would like to take the material to the stage.  Armstrong tells "Rolling Stone" he thinks it "would be fun to do a couple of things" with Jones in support of the album.  However, he says right now they're "taking everything in stride."  Armstrong and Jones recently teamed up to record their own version of the Everly Brothers' 1958 album "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us," which they've titled "Foreverly."  Armstrong and Jones' disc will be in stores on November 25th.


"Nashville" Star Finds Music City Very Charitable


"Nashville" star Eric Close says he's found Music City residents to be very generous.  The actor, who lives in Nashville while working on the ABC series, explains that it's very easy to give back when he's there.


Close recently took part in Dierks Bentley's "Miles & Music For Kids" fundraiser.  The country star's event, which included a motorcycle ride and concert, raised over 307-thousand-dollars for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.  On "Nashville" Close plays the part of Rayna Jaymes' ex-husband, Mayor Teddy Conrad.  "Nashville" airs on ABC on Wednesday nights.


Country TV Tonight




LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) Thomas Rhett is a guest.

GARTH BROOKS: BLAME IT ALL ON MY ROOTS - FIVE DECADES OF INFLUENCES (GAC) Garth Brooks shares his musical roots through a behind-the-scenes look into his Las Vegas show.

BACKSTORY: JASON ALDEAN (GAC) An overview of Jason Aldean's career.

CELEBRITY MOTORHOMES (GAC) Lee Brice and Thompson Square's tour buses are featured in one episode, while Kix Brooks and Justin Moores' buses are included in a second episode.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1982, the single "You And I" by Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle entered the pop chart.


Today In 1993, Brooks & Dunn topped "Billboard's" country chart with "She Used to Be Mine."


Today in 1996, Trisha Yearwood made her TV acting debut on an episode of ABC's "Ellen," playing herself.


Today in 2001, Garth Brooks' highly anticipated project "Scarecrow" arrived in stores.


Today in 2002, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood were among those performing at the Stormy Weather 2002 benefit in Los Angeles, supporting the Walden Woods Project and the Thoreau Institute.  Other performers include Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks.


Today in 2002, Keith Urban celebrated his seventh week at the top of the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 with his single "Somebody Like You."  He was also enjoying his sixth week at number one on "Billboard's" Hot Country Singles chart.


Today in 2002, it was announced that Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana and Michelle Branch were the headliners for the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway.


Today in 2002, Troy Gentry's wife, Angie, welcomed their first child, daughter Kaylee Alexandra.  Kaylee joined Taylor Peyton, Troy's daughter from a previous relationship.


Today in 2004, Lonestar's "Mr. Mom" climbed to number one on "Billboard's" country chart, becoming the group's tenth chart-topper in less than ten years.


Today In 2005, Brooks and Dunn, Sara Evans, Montgomery Gentry, and Lonestar were among the celebrities walking the red carpet to attend the premiere of the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" at the Beacon Theater in New York.  The event took place two days before the 39th annual Country Music Association Awards, which were held at Madison Square Garden.


Today in 2006, The Judds performed at the groundbreaking ceremonies for a new memorial to be built in honor of the slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The mother-daughter team sang "Love Can Build A Bridge" for during the event.


Today in 2007, Tracy Byrd was in Washington, DC to take part in Wal-Mart's Operation:  Deck the Walls program, launching from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Byrd provided part of the entertainment and brought holiday cheer to local military families currently residing in the Fisher House at the WRAMC.


Today in 2007, Ronnie Milsap received the Legend award from Rocketown, a club in Nashville owned by singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith, in recognition of his music career and his example to young people by overcoming struggles in his life and going on to achieve extraordinary success.  Rocketown provides a home away from home for teens who might otherwise get into gangs and drugs with music, art, and extreme sports programs.


Today in 2007, new releases included Trisha Yearwood's album "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love," Pam Tillis' CD "Just In Time For Christmas," and Trace Adkins's book "A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions of a Freethinking Roughneck."


Today in 2012, Staind frontman Aaron Lewis' solo country album, "The Road," arrived in stores.


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