Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

ACM Award Nominees Revealed Today With Digital Press Conference


Darius Rucker and Jerrod Niemann are among the stars who'll help reveal the nominees for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.  The country stars will join actress and aspiring country singer Lucy Hale, "Duck Dynasty's" Willie and Korie Robertson, "Two Broke Girls" star Beth Behrs, and others in announcing the hopefuls in a digital press conference on the ACM's Facebook page and Twitter feed.  The stars will reveal different categories in real-time videos that will be posted on the sites.  Other stars participating in the unveiling include "Entertainment Tonight's" Nancy O'Dell; "The Talk" hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, and Sheryl Underwood; Fox Sports' Erin Andrews; and others.  The ACM's digital press conference will take place today starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.  The 49th annual ACM Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Las Vegas, and air on CBS on April 6th.


Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris Headlining 2014 "All For The Hall"


Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris are once again leading the lineup for the annual "All For The Hall" show.  The event, which promotes and supports Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, is also making its return to the West Coast.  Actress Rita Wilson is slated to host this year's show, which will take place at the Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on March 4th.  Heart and Jason Mraz are also on the lineup, along with other "special guests."


The show resembles an old-fashioned "guitar pull" featuring songs, stories, and unique musical collaborations among the participants.  Taylor Swift, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Jason Aldean, and Martina McBride are just some of the many country stars who have taken part in "All For The Hall" shows over the years.


Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Deny Copyright Infringement Allegations


Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are standing up against accusations that they stole their 2011 hit "Remind Me." says lawyers for the country stars have filed documents denying "any wrongful conduct, omissions, infringement or any other activities alleged" by songwriter Amy Bowen.  Bowen, who's also known as Lizza Connor, filed a copyright infringement suit over the song last May claiming "Remind Me" has the same melody and unique phrases that are in a song she wrote and copyrighted six years ago.  She says she performed her song in public several times in 2008, including a songwriting workshop with Nashville songwriters Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace.  DuBois and Lovelace share songwriting credits with Paisley on "Remind Me."  Bowen is seeking damages of more than ten-million dollars.  Paisley and Underwood's suit is asking a judge to dismiss the case.


Meanwhile, DuBois has filed his own countersuit against Bowen, accusing her of breach of contract.  He claims that before entering the songwriting workshop she signed a consent form that prohibits participants from filing copyright infringement suits pertaining to any songs they brought in with them.


Trace Adkins Steps Out Of Rehab To Buy A Guitar


Trace Adkins' rehab apparently includes some music therapy. says the country star was seen over the weekend at a music shop in Lake Worth, Florida.  He picked up a used Martin guitar, dropping eleven-hundred-dollars on the instrument.  A source tells TMZ that Adkins' therapist suggested the singer write songs while he undergoes treatment, because music is one of the positive things in his life.  Workers from the rehab facility accompanied Adkins to make his purchase.


Adkins voluntarily checked in to a treatment center earlier this month to address his drinking following an incident on a cruise ship, where he was the headline performer.  Adkins was drinking in the ship's bar when he was surprised by an impersonator he says acts more like a stalker.  An alcohol-fueled confrontation followed.  Adkins had maintained his sobriety for 12 years prior to the incident.


Eric Church Explains Song Selection Process For Upcoming Album


Eric Church says choosing the material for his upcoming album, "The Outsiders," wasn't as tough as it might seem.  The country star explains that he began with ten-times as many tracks as he needed, but throughout the recording process the songs made some decisions for him.


Eric adds that as the work progressed he wrote even more songs.  He explains that as the disc came into focus he could hear what was missing, so he wrote songs to fill those gaps.  "The Outsiders," which includes Eric's most recent single "Give Me Back My Hometown," will be in stores on February 11th.  The disc is Church's follow up to his 2011 release, "Chief."


Country Stars Saluting Motley Crue With Tribute Album


As Motley Crue wraps up their career, the band is getting a special send-off.  Big Machine Records founder Scott Borchetta is putting together a Motley Crue country tribute album.


Borchetta admits he wasn't sure what the response would be when he proposed the project, but says it's been met with a great deal of enthusiasm so far.  He also anticipates more stars will want to sign on now that he's gone public with the idea.  One Big Machine artist Borchetta doesn't expect to hear from is Taylor Swift, but he adds "who knows?"  The album is expected to be released this summer, in conjunction with the launch of Motley Crue's Final Tour.


The Cadillac Three Frontman Shares Inspiration For "The South"


The debut single from the new country group The Cadillac Three has its roots in classic rock.  Frontman Jaren Johnston tells his goal in writing "The South" was to come up with the Southern rock equivalent of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir."  He explains he was trying to write something akin to an anthem, which would create a powerful moment in the group's live show.  Jaren also compares his efforts to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama."  He recalls being "just mesmerized with it" when he heard the song for the first time, and he "wanted to write something that would resonate with kids" the same way the Skynyrd classic did with him when he was younger.


The Cadillac Three will get many opportunities to perform "The South" for fans in the coming months.  The group will be heading to Europe with Eric Church and joining Jake Owen on his upcoming North American tour.  The Cadillac Three will be opening the show for Thomas Rhett at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma this Thursday.


Rhonda Vincent Shares Origins Of Latest Album


Rhonda Vincent says the late George Jones helped inspire her latest album, "Only Me."  The bluegrass star explains that the idea to include country songs came to her last April, as she performed "When The Grass Grows Over Me" on the Grand Ole Opry as a tribute to George.


Vincent's "Only Me" also features contributions from a couple of country stars.  Daryle Singletary joins her on the song "We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds," while Willie Nelson adds guitar and vocals to the title track.  Rhonda's new two-disc set is in stores now.


Johnny Cash Museum To Hold Cash Birthday Bash


Plans are in the works to celebrate the birth of the legendary Man In Black. says next month the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville will be hosting the Johnny Cash Birthday Bash.  JCM founder Bill Miller tells he launched the annual event several years ago, and he's now bringing the festivities to Music City.  He adds that the 2014 event will be the biggest one yet.  Miller says he'll be bringing together several generations of the Cash family for the event, including Johnny's sister Joanne Cash Yates, his brother Tommy Cash, his son John Carter Cash, and his grandson, John's son Joe.  The emcee for Johnny Cash's 1960s package tours, Johnny Western, will also be on hand.  Miller says "there are a few others who got to experience the crazy side of Johnny Cash" more than Western.  He adds that Western and Cash "were very close."


Miller explains that there is no backstage at the Bash and "everybody hangs with everybody," so the event is a "celebration in the truest form where everybody is relaxed and everybody loves Johnny."  The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash at the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville will start on February 28th -- two days after Cash's actually birthday -- and run through March 2nd.  Cash, who passed away in 2003, would have turned 82 this year.


Emmylou Harris Remembers Pete Seeger As Genuine, Kind


Emmylou Harris says she's been a Pete Seeger fan for decades.  The 66-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer tells Nashville's "Tennessean" when she was 16 she wrote Seeger a letter -- and he wrote back.  She recalls telling him how she wanted to be a folk singer like him, but feared that living at home with her parents gave her too sheltered of a life.  Emmylou says he told her to be patient, and in time she'd eventually gain the life experience she was seeking.  But that wasn't her only encounter with him.  Harris says she later got to know the folk music icon, and "he was exactly like you thought he'd be from his music."  She adds that he once told her he remembered her letter, and that her sincerity made a big impression on him.  Seeger passed away on Monday at a New York hospital.  He was 94.


Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus Watches "Nashville"


Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus says he tunes in to ABC's "Nashville."  But the country star admits it doesn't exactly present a realistic image of the city's country music scene


DeMarcus says he supports the show because he's become friends with "Nashville" stars Chip Esten, who plays Deacon, and Hayden Panettiere, who's Juliette.  He adds that he believes the show is "good for the city and it's good for country music."


Jay made a guest appearance on last week's episode, while this week's show will feature a cameo from Brad Paisley.  "Nashville" airs on ABC Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.


Quick Bites


Darius Rucker is returning to the road.  The singer will launch his "True Believers" tour with a show at the University of Illinois in Champaign Wednesday night.  The Eli Young Band and David Nail are on board as openers.  Rucker is supporting his album, "True Believers," with the trek.


Country TV Today And Tonight


THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Jennifer Nettles is the musical guest.

NASHVILLE (ABC) Brad Paisley makes a guest appearance.


Country Birthdays Include


The Mandrell Sisters' Irlene Mandrell is 58.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1969,  the "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" debuted on CBS.


Today in 1977, Kenny Rogers launched his country music career when his first single, "Lucille," entered the country singles chart.


Today in 1993, Travis Tritt topped the country charts with the single "Can I Trust You With My Heart."


Today in 1994, Diamond Rio's single "Sawmill Road" peaked at number three on the charts.


Today in 1996, Garth Brooks made headlines when he declined his American Music Award for Favorite Overall Artist, saying it should have gone to Hootie & the Blowfish, quote, "who kept music alive in '95."  As a result of the controversy, the entire category was eliminated from the awards.  Hootie & the Blowfish later thanked Garth in the liner notes of the band's next CD.


Today in 2002, Garth Brooks was tapped as one of the stars to honor Billy Joel as MusiCares Person of the Year.  The ceremony took place in Los Angeles on February 25th of that year.


Today in 2006,  LeAnn Rimes Mary Chapin Carpenter were among the celebrities who appeared in the Animal Planet special "Trail Mix," about stars and their horses.


Today in 2006, Brooks & Dunn opened for the Rolling Stones in Omaha, Nebraska.


Today in 2007, Big & Rich were among the performers at the dedication ceremony for The Center for the Intrepid, a new, high-tech rehab and recovery facility at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas for members of the military who are severely injured in combat.


Today in 2008, Rascal Flatts arrived in Britain for a week of live shows and media appearances throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, and gave their first performance, an acoustic concert for industry guests and fans at The 100 Club in London.


Today in 2008, Sara Evans joined Maroon 5 to tape their episode of CMT's "Crossroads" in front of an invitation-only audience in Nashville.


Today in 2008, Phil Vassar shot a video for his single, "Love Is A Beautiful Thing."  The final product also incorporated personal wedding photos and video footage fans submitted for the clip.


Today in 2008, new album releases included Willie Nelson's "Moment Of Forever" and The Wrights' self-titled effort.


Today in 2010, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Lucinda Williams, Patty Grffin, Emmylou Harris, and T Bone Burnett were among those who took part in the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year salute to Neil Young.  The gala was among the special events in conjunction with the Grammy Awrads ceremony in Los Angeles.


Today in 2012, Danny Gokey and his girlfriend Leyicet Peralta were married in a ceremony in Florida.


Today in 2013, Chris Young received the CMA's Triple Play Award for the songs "Voices," "Tomorrow," and "You," three hits he co-wrote that all topped the chart within a 12-month span.


Today in 2013, new releases included Kris Kristofferson's album "Feeling Mortal."


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