Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Mindy McCready Denies Shooting Boyfriend In "Dateline" Interview


Mindy McCready says she doesn't know how her boyfriend died but denies having anything to do with the shooting that claimed his life.  The country singer's statements come as Arkansas law enforcement investigate the January 13th death of David Wilson.  In an interview with NBC's Andrea Canning for "Dateline," McCready denies suggestions that she may have played a role in her boyfriend's death.


It's been widely reported that Wilson committed suicide, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  But the Cleburne County Sheriff's Department say it has not ruled out the possibility of murder.  McCready admits the two were arguing on the night Wilson died.  There were reports that he had been having an affair, but she denies he stepped out on her.  McCready has had a long history of troubles including drug addiction and jail.  She is not considered a suspect in Wilson's death.  The 34-year-old music producer was also the father of McCready's nine-month-old son Zane. 


Lady A Credits Stevie Nicks For Their "Crossroads" Pairing


Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott says she really likes how the group was paired with Stevie Nicks for an episode of "CMT Crossroads."  Scott explains that it was the Fleetwood Mac singer who got the ball rolling on it.


Scott adds that she's very impressed with Nicks, and calls her an "amazing" woman.  She says she was "floating" after the group's conference call with Stevie, who was "so kind" and "so excited" about the show.  Lady A teamed up with Nicks to tape their episode of "CMT Crossroads" in Los Angeles Tuesday night.  An air date for the show hasn't been announced yet.


Blake Shelton Offered Opening Spot For Ray Price's Branson Show


Blake Shelton is getting a special opportunity to support country legend Ray Price.  While the two singers have put their dispute behind them, a promoter is now giving them the chance to perform together.  Up Close Concerts' Bob Cannella is offering Shelton the opening spot at Price's upcoming show in Branson, Missouri.  In a statement he calls it "a good opportunity" for Blake "to show the appreciation he has expressed for those who came before him."  Cannella promises to compensate Shelton with "a guaranteed payment of 350-dollars, plus catering (six inch turkey sub -- no cheese) and complimentary black coffee."  He adds that as the opener Blake would have to "limit his set to no more than 30 minutes."  Price will be headlining at the Americana Theater in Branson on June 8th.


Shelton sparked the ire of Price with comments made taping an update to his GAC "Backstory" profile, saying it's kids who are buying records these days and they don't want to "listen to their grandpa's music."  When Price took exception to Shelton's remarks Blake apologized, but stood behind his sentiment.  Ray accepted in a Facebook post, calling Blake "a fine young man with a big future in Country Music."  He added that he "would regret it" if his earlier criticism sparked a backlash against Shelton.


Terri Clark Releases New Covers Disc


Terri Clark is paying homage to vintage country music on her new album.  "Classics" features covers of songs from the '50s through the '80s.  Terri says she's wanted to record an album like this her "whole life."  She explains that it "represents so many things" to her, including her family roots and influences, the Opry, and "many of the songs that make up the fabric of country music."  The disc features a number of collaborations.  The CD's first single is a remake of the George Jones-Tammy Wynette hit "Golden Ring," which Terri sings with Dierks Bentley.  Terri recorded her own version of "Delta Dawn" with Tanya Tucker and "How Blue" with Reba McEntire.  Other guests include Canadian stars Dean Brody and Jann Arden.  Clark's "Classics" is available now.


John Denver Tribute Album Arriving This Spring


John Denver is being honored with a new tribute album.  The 16-track compilation features a wide variety of artists performing the late singer-songwriter's songs.  Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris team up on "Take Me Home, Country Roads" for the project, and Old Crow Medicine Show sings "Back Home Again."  Train covers the hit "Sunshine On My Shoulders," while My Morning Jacket contributes "Leaving on a Jet Plane."  Dave Matthews, Amos Lee, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and The Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando also add to the disc.  "John Denver: The Music Is You" will be in stores on April 2nd.  Some of the money generated by sales of the album will go to The Wilderness Society.


Justin Moore Is A Big Sports Fan


Justin Moore will likely be tuning in to the Super Bowl this Sunday.  The country singer says football is his favorite, but adds that he enjoys watching a variety of sports.


But Moore says he doesn't watch every sporting event that comes along.  He explains that soccer and hockey "weren't too big" where he grew up, and even today he "just can't get into those" games.


Carrie Underwood Appreciates Twitter -- Especially On The Road


Carrie Underwood admits it took her some time to warm up to Twitter.  But the country singer says now she really enjoys it, especially when she's on the road.  She explains that it gives her a post-concert connection to her audience.


Underwood will be returning to the road in a couple of weeks.  She'll launch the 2013 edition of her "Blown Away Tour" with a show in Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 13th.  Hunter Hayes is once again on board as the opener.


Blake Shelton To Sing At Kelly Clarkson's Wedding


Looks like Blake Shelton is making good on his word to manager Brandon Blackstock.  Brandon's fiancee Kelly Clarkson tells "Taste of Country" that Shelton will be singing at their wedding reception.  Last month, after Kelly announced that she and Brandon were engaged, Shelton took the credit for the proposal.  Blake told "US Magazine" he did everything he could think of to persuade Brandon to pop the question, and even promised "on the record" to "do the music at the wedding."  But the size of Shelton's audience at the reception hasn't been determined yet.  While Kelly says she and Brandon want to keep it small, she admits they're having a tough time paring down the guest list.  Clarkson and Blackstock, who's Reba McEntire's stepson, are planning to get married this fall.


Miley Cyrus Clarifies Interview, Not Married


Billy Ray Cyrus doesn't have a new son-in-law yet.  The country singer's daughter Miley, who is engaged to actor Liam Hemsworth, is backpedaling on her words during a recent interview with "Cosmopolitan."  The 20-year-old singer may have had a slip of the tongue while chatting with the magazine, and the Internet started buzzing about the status of their relationship.  In the interview Miley got to talking about how she was glad that she didn't have to worry about dating in the public eye anymore, and said, quote, "I'm so happy I'm married, because you guys are cruel!"  A rep is now telling "People" that Miley just misspoke and that the couple is "definitely not married" yet.  Miley also told the magazine that she doesn't understand why people think her wedding is going to be a big event when she "can't even get coffee without a million paparazzi following" her.


It's not the first time the couple's had to make that announcement.  Last month, Cyrus and Hemsworth were rumored to have secretly tied the knot after posting photos on Twitter wearing what appeared to be wedding bands.  The two have been engaged since May.


Country Birthdays Include


Jeanne Pruett is 76.

Tammy Cochran is 41.

Josh Kelley is 33.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1956, Elvis Presley recorded his version of "Blue Suede Shoes."


Today in 1958, a 20-year-old Merle Haggard was convicted of second degree burglary, after a botched break-in attempt at a Bakersfield, California nightclub.   He served two years and nine months in prison at San Quentin, and he really did "turn 21 in prison," as he sang in his hit "Mama Tried."   He was paroled in 1960, and eventually pardoned by then-California governor Ronald Reagan in 1972.


Today in 1988, Kathy Mattea earned her first chart-topping single with "Goin' Gone."


Today in 1989, Alabama's album "Southern Star" was released.


Today in 1999, Jo Dee Messina's "Stand Beside Me" hit number one on the chart.


Today in 2000, Faith Hill sang the national anthem at Super Bowl 34, with Travis Tritt performing in the pre-game show.


Today in 2001, LeAnn Rimes' album "I Need You" arrived in stores.  Around the time of the release, LeAnn took the highly unusual step of publicly distancing herself from the project.  She even denounced the existence of the album, saying it was an unauthorized move by the record company.


Today in 2001, Shania Twain, and LeAnn Rimes were among those who made "Stuff" magazine's list of the "2001 Sexiest Women," while Faith Hill was one of the top picks in the seventh annual Hanes Hosiery Sexy Legs Survey.


Today in 2002, Alan Jackson's "Drive" debuted on the Canadian album charts at number one.


Today in 2002, Freddy Fender was released from a San Antonio, Texas, hospital after having a kidney transplant the week before.  Fender had been having problems related to diabetes and hepatitis C.


Today in 2005, Digital gold singles were awarded for Kenny Chesney's duet with Uncle Kracker, "When the Sun Goes Down," Alan Jackson's "Remember When" and Brad Paisley's collaboration with Alison Krauss, "Whiskey Lullaby."


Today in 2006, Dierks Bentley celebrated the chart-topping success of his single "Come a Little Closer" with a party in Nashville.


Today in 2006, LeAnn Rimes was included in the ABC special "InStyle: Celebrity Weddings."


Today in 2007, Julie Roberts traveled to Europe on behalf of the Country Music Association, launching her trip in Ireland.


Today in 2007, new album releases included Clint Black's "The Love Songs," Tracy Lawrence's "For The Love," and the compilation "Totally Country Vol. 6," which featured songs from Faith Hill, The Wreckers, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Sugarland, as well as Gary Allan, Lonestar, Keith Anderson, and Gretchen Wilson.


Today in 2008, Emerson Drive drummer Mike Melancon married Heather Zradicka on a beach near Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  Band members David Pichette and Danick Dupelle were his best men.


Today in 2008, Tim McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, performed with the Nashville Symphony.  The event at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center supported Nashville's Habitat For Humanity.  In addition, Hill posted her covers of Elvis Presley's "That's All Right Mama" and "Peace in the Valley" on her website.  It was online debut of her video for "That's All Right Mama." 


Today in 2008, Gary Allan appeared on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman," and performed the hit "Watching Airplanes."  The singer had been booked on the CBS show four previous times but couldn't keep the dates because they were all during the writers' strike.


Today in 2010, Loretta Lynn, Bobby Darin and Michael Jackson received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards.


Today in 2011 Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher made a surprise appearance during Brad Paisley's concert at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.  They joined Brad, Darius Rucker and Jerrod Niemann on the grand finale number, "Alcohol."


Today in 2011, Vince Gill sang "Go Rest High On That Mountain" for Charlie Louvin's funeral in Nashville.


Today in 2011, Montgomery Gentry concluded an eight-day USO tour of American military bases in Japan and South Korea.


Today in 2011, Ronnie Dunn's "Bleed Red," his first single as a solo artist after the Brooks & Dunn split, was released.


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