Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Keith Urban Says "Idol" Judges Work Well Together


Keith Urban says "American Idol" has a harmonious judges' panel.  The country star explains that he, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr. seemed to click instantly.


Keith adds that they've been having a lot of fun on the show this season, and he's hoping the viewers will be able to see that.  Urban is marking his second year as an "American Idol" judge.  He was also part of the panel last year with Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Randy Jackson.  Lopez is making her return as a judge on the show, while Connick has previously appeared on "Idol" as a guest mentor.  "American Idol" launches its 13th season on Fox Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Carrie Underwood Leads List Of Top-Earning "Idol" Alums


Carrie Underwood is "American Idol's" most successful alum -- at least from a financial standpoint.  The country star and season four winner on the Fox reality show is topping "Forbes" magazine's latest list of the Top-Earning "American Idols," with an income last year of 31-million-dollars.  The publication also points out that Underwood has raked in 83-million-dollars over the past five years.  The inaugural "Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson is taking a rather distant second place on the list, with earnings of seven-million.  Scotty McCreery and Kellie Pickler also make the cut.


"Forbes" Top-Earning "American Idols" 2013 List


1. Carrie Underwood - 31-million-dollars

2. Kelly Clarkson - seven-million-dollars

3. Phillip Phillips, Adam Lambert - five-million-dollars

5. Daughtry - four-million-dollars

6. Scotty McCreery - three-million-dollars

7. Taylor Hicks - two-point-five-million-dollars

8. Fantasia Barrino, Kellie Pickler - one-point-five-million-dollars

10. Katharine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson - one-million-dollars


Luke Bryan Adds More Dates To "That's My Kind Of Night" Tour


Luke Bryan is inviting fans to fill stadiums on the second leg of his tour.  The country star revealed his "big announcement" on schedule at a Tuesday press conference in Nashville.  Part Two of Bryan's "That's My Kind Of Night Tour" will include stops at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field on June 21st and Chicago's Soldier Field on August 31st.  And Luke has tapped a buddy to join him for those shows.


Bryan says in addition to Bentley, there will be more surprises to come.   Bryan will launch the second leg of his "That's My Kind Of Night" trek May 3rd in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Cole Swindell and Lee Brice, who are launching the tour with Bryan later this week, will remain on board as openers.


Fans hoping to catch Luke Bryan and company in concert had better act fast when tickets go on sale January 24th.  Tickets for Bryan's last tour dates sold out within minutes of going on sale.


Here are the dates for the second leg of Luke Bryan's That's My Kind of Night Tour:


5/3 - Vancouver, BC | Rogers Arena

5/4 - Kelowna, BC | Prospera Place

5/6 - Dawson Creek, BC | Encana Event Centre

5/9 - Calgary, AB | Scotiabank Saddledome

5/10 - Edmonton, AB | Rexall Place

5/29 - Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion

5/30 - Washington, D.C. | Jiffy Lube Live

6/1 - Holmdel, N.J. | PNC Bank Arts Center

6/6 - Virginia Beach, Va. | Farm Bureau Live

6/7 - Raleigh, N.C. | Walnut Creek Ampitheatre

6/17 - St. Louis, Mo | Verizon Wireless Ampitheater

6/19 - Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Center

6/21 - Pittsburgh, Pa. |  Heinz Field

7/24 - Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Ampitheatre

7/26 - Atlanta, Ga. | Aaron's Ampitheatre at Lakewood

8/15 - Philadelphia, Pa. | Lincoln Financial Field

8/16 - Darien Center, N.Y. | Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center

8/17 - Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center

8/22 - Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center

8/23 - Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center

8/30 - Indianapolis, Ind. | Klipsch Music Center

8/31 - Chicago, Ill. | Soldier Field

9/11 - Manchester, N.H. | Verizon Wireless Arena

9/12 - New York City, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden

9/13 - Hartford, Ct. | Comcast Theatre

9/18 - San Antonio, Texas | AT&T Center

9/19 - Houston, Texas | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

9/20 - Dallas, Texas | Gexa Energy Pavilion

9/26 - Tampa, Fla. | MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheatre

9/27 - West Palm Beach, Fla. | Cruzan Ampitheatre

10/16 - Sacramento, Calif. | Sacramento Valley Ampitheatre

10/17 - Concord, Calif. | Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord

10/18 - Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Ampitheatre

10/23 - Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion

10/24 - San Diego, Calif. | Sleep Train Ampitheatre


Musgraves, Urban Join Grammy Lineup


Kacey Musgraves is on board for the upcoming Grammy Awards.  The singer, who joins Taylor Swift as the top country nominees heading into the event. will be making her Grammy performance debut at this year's ceremony.  Keith Urban has also joined the show's lineup, while Swift's appearance has been confirmed.  The event will also feature a performance from surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who'll also receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.  And Carole King, who is this year's MusicCares Person of the Year, will also take the stage with Sara Bareilles.  John Legend and and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are also slated to appear.


LL Cool J will return to host the Grammys on Sunday, January 26th.  CBS will televise the event live at Staples Center in Los Angeles from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm Eastern.


Justin Moore's Third Child On The Way


Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, will soon be the parents of three.  The country star tells "People" their third child is due this summer.  The singer adds that he's thrilled to see his family grow, saying he and Kate feel "so blessed" that God has given them "this gift for the third time."  Moore also says the whole family is hoping the new baby will be a boy.  He explains that his young daughters Ella and Kennedy both "want a brother" and he wants that too.  But Justin admits as long as the baby is healthy, they'll all "be happy" -- whether it's a boy or another girl.


Taylor Swift Linked To Jared Leto Post-Golden Globes


Some photos filtering in from the Golden Globes after parties are linking country superstar Taylor Swift with actor and musician Jared Leto.  Following Sunday's awards, the two were reportedly spotted together getting cozy at the star-studded Instyle-Warner Brothers after party.  The rumors are being spurred along by Leto himself, who posted a photo with the 24-year-old blonde beauty on his Twitter page that night.  The 30 Second To Mars singer is 18 years Taylor's senior. Leto won a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe on Sunday night for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club."


Brad Paisley To Make Second Appearance On "Nashville"


Brad Paisley is returning to "Nashville."  The country star is slated to make a guest appearance on the ABC drama later this month.  Photos from the episode are posted on  On the show, Brad will be on hand to welcome Hayden Panettiere's character, Juliette Barnes, as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.  The scenes were shot on the Opry stage at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.  The episode will air on January 29th.


The episode marks Paisley's second appearance on "Nashville."  He was also featured in the season one finale last May.  In that episode he performed at an awards show with Connie Britton's character, Rayna Jaymes, and Charles Esten's character, Deacon Claybourne.  New episodes of "Nashville" return to ABC this Wednesday.


Chuck Wicks Returns With New Single


Chuck Wicks has new music on the way.  The country star's latest single is "Us Again."


Chuck says "Us Again" is "one of those songs that reminds us all why we fall in love in the first place."  He explains that it's a reminder to "never lose those moments that were so great and so simple in the beginning," but also affirms that "it's never too late to get them back again."  "Us Again" is the lead-off single from Wicks' upcoming album.  The song will be available digitally on January 21st.


Kix Brooks, Randy Houser Collaboration Debuts On CMT


Kix Brooks and Randy Houser are sharing their musical contribution to the new film "Ambush at Dark Canyon."  The video to "High in the Saddle" made its debut on CMT Tuesday.


Fans can see the clip at  The video for "High in the Saddle" features highlights from the movie along with footage shot as Brooks and Houser recorded the song.  Brooks crafted all the music for "Ambush at Dark Canyon," and also stars in the film.  Houser is featured in the movie as well.  "Ambush at Dark Canyon" is available now on DVD at Walmart and Sam's Club stores.


Justin Moore Says Latest Single Is For New Fans


Justin Moore says "Lettin' The Night Roll" is a little different from his earlier material.  But the country singer explains that he's noticing more women in his audience, and this song is for them.


Moore will resume his "Off The Beaten Path" tour later this month.  He'll launch the 2014 portion of the trek in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 23rd.  Randy Houser and Josh Thompson will also perform.


Museum Launches Martin Guitar Exhibit


A new exhibit at the Met in New York is bound to please music lovers.  "Early American Guitars" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a special collection of 35 instruments made by C.F. Martin.  The famed guitar maker first learned his craft in Vienna, before moving to New York City in 1833.  Johnny Cash’s signature guitar was a Martin, and his daughter Rosanne Cash will play a concert at the Met on February 22nd.  Martin later moved to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, which remains the homebase of the family-owned C.F. Martin & Company.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1992, Johnny Cash was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria.


Today in 2000, bluegrass great Ralph Stanley became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  He was a significant part of the "O, Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack and has also recorded with a number of other artists, including Josh Turner and Alabama.


Today in 2002, new album releases included Alan Jackson's "Drive" and Willie Nelson's "The Great Divide."


Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney performed on NBC's "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope," where he first met Renee Zellweger.


Today in 2005, Brad Paisley hosted his "Mudstock in the Valley" hometown concert in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Money raised went to the Brad Paisley Foundation, which donated the proceeds to the Northern Panhandle Long-Term Flood Recovery Committee to help area residents rebuild following then-recent floods.  It was Paisley's second charity homecoming event.


Today in 2005, Trick Pony sang the national anthem and Travis Tritt performed at halftime during the Atlanta Falcons-St. Louis Rams NFL playoff game in Georgia.  Meanwhile, Hank Williams Jr. sang "The Star Spangled Banner" in advance of the playoff game between the Steelers and the New York Jets in Pittsburgh.  In addition, Darryl Worley was the pre-game performer during the "High School Football All-Star Game: All-American Bowl" in San Antonio, Texas.


Today in 2006, Martina McBride was featured on celebrity chef Emeril's show on the Food Network.


Today in 2007, Keith Urban accompanied wife Nicole Kidman to a Golden Globes after-party, which was his first public appearance after leaving the Betty Ford Clinic in Southern California.  He'd been in the facility for nearly three months receiving treatment for alcohol addiction.


Today in 2007, Trick Pony announced that Aubrey Collins was the band's new singer, replacing Heidi Newfield in the group.


Today in 2007, John Anderson shot the video for his single "A Woman Knows" in Nashville.


Today in 2008, new CD releases included Trisha Yearwood's "Trisha Yearwood - Love Songs"  and Anne Murray's duets collection "Friends & Legends," which the singer said would be her last album of new material.  Martina McBride, Shania Twain, and Amy Grant are among those who joined Murray for the project.


Today in 2010, Charile Daniels suffered a stroke while snowmobiling during his winter vacation in Colorado.  While he was initially left with some lingering numbness in his left hand and stiffness in his left arm, he made a full recovery.


Today in 2010, T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham's "The Weary Kind," from the movie "Crazy Heart," earned the award for Best Original Song at the 15th Annual Critics Choice Awards took place in Hollywood.


Today in 2013, "X Factor" winner Tate Stevens signed a record deal with RCA Records Nashville.


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