Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Scotty McCreery Supporting Organization Inspired By CT School Shooting


Scotty McCreery is helping to honor the victims of the December 2012 Connecticut school shooting.  The country star has been named 12.14 Foundation "National Goodwill Ambassador.  In this role the singer will help create awareness of the 12.14, promote the Foundation's arts programs, and assist in fundraising efforts for.  The Foundation was established to facilitate the building and operating of a performing arts center in Newtown, Connecticut.  The organization's website says the center will serve as a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14th, 2012, and support "many forms of healing and positive change."  More information is available at


Garth Brooks Adds Fourth Ireland Concert


Garth Brooks is extending his stay on the Emerald Isle.  An overwhelming demand for tickets is leading the country superstar to add a fourth night to his run of summer shows in Ireland.  He's now slated to perform to capacity crowds at Dublin's Croke Park on July 25th, 26th, and 27th, while tickets go on sale for his newly announced July 28th show this Thursday.


The singer's original plans for "The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event" included just two performances.  The strong initial interest in the shows led Garth to add a third concert before tickets went on sale.  And when tickets became available last week all 240-thousand were gone in just 90 minutes, making Brooks the first artist ever to sell out three shows at Croke Park in a single day.  The Ireland shows are serving as Brooks' warm up for his upcoming world tour, which he's expected to launch in the fall.  It will be Garth's first tour in 14 years.


Dierks Bentley, OneRepublic Teaming For "CMT Crossroads"


Dierks Bentley has a special show on the horizon.  The country star is teaming up with the band OneRepublic for the next installment of "CMT Crossroads."  The series pairs country artists with performers from other musical genres to swap stories and songs and see where their musical influences intersect.  An air date for their "Crossroads" episode hasn't been announced yet, but the show is expected to debut on CMT in March.


Bentley will release his next album just before the "Crossroads" episode airs.  His latest studio effort, "Riser," is due on February 25th.  OneRepublic's hits include "Apologize," "Good Life," and "Counting Stars," which is from the group's most recent album, 2013's "Native."


Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer" Creates Special Concert Moment


Luke Bryan says his latest hit has created a new bond between him and his audience.  The country star explains that his performance of "Drink A Beer" has become a special moment during his show.

Bryan adds that hearing the crowd sing the song back to him is "the highlight of the night" for him.  Luke and his fans are sharing that special "Drink A Beer" moment as he travels across the country on his "That's My Kind Of Night Tour."  Luke's next show is coming up in Moline, Illinois on Thursday.


Taylor Swift Happy To Be Single


Taylor Swift is single -- and loving it.  The country-pop superstar is denying the recent romance rumors connecting her with Jared Leto and Ed Sheeran.  And she tells Britain's "Event" magazine that despite what others might think, she's very happy on her own.  Taylor says being unattached is "one of the best things" about her life right now, and she's having "so much more fun" as a single woman.  She admits she loves that her time is her own, explaining that "it's great not to have to worry about calling someone every night."  Swift adds that she's really enjoying just hanging out with her friends and being able to do whatever she wants.


Rumors about Swift and Leto began last month following the Golden Globe Awards, when the two were reportedly seen together getting cozy at an after-party.  The rumors about Swift and Sheeran were circulating last year.


Eric Paslay's Debut Album Features Old, New Songs


Eric Paslay says he thinks every track on his debut album sounds current.  But the country singer admits he actually wrote some of them a long time ago.


Paslay adds that newer songs often got the priority, and bumped older ones off the final track list.  But he's not just tossing out those songs.  He says his older tunes deserve to be heard as well, and promises it will happen -- "eventually."  Eric's self-titled album arrived in stores this week.  The disc includes his debut single, "Never Really Wanted" along with his current hit, "Friday Night."


LeAnn Rimes Praises Jeff Beck's Work On Her Latest Single


LeAnn Rimes says she's thrilled to have Jeff Beck playing guitar on her current single, "Gasoline and Matches."


LeAnn says she was also glad to have Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas as her duet partner for the song.  The country star adds that the three of them made "the perfect little trio."  "Gasoline and Matches" is from LeAnn's latest album, "Spitfire."


Country Singer Sherry Lynn Releasing 2nd CD Next Month


Country newcomer Sherry Lynn says she's "eager to see what 2014 brings."  The singer says 2013 "was huge" for her, and now she's prepping for the release of her second album.  She adds that "the early response to the new music is exciting."  Lynn's upcoming album features her current single, "Girls Will Be Girls" and her hit "What a Day to Shake a Heartache," while Crystal Gayle is featured on the title track.  "A Beautiful Life" will arrive in stores on March 11th.


Olivia Newton-John Announces Las Vegas Residency


Olivia Newton-John is headed to Vegas.  The singer-actress will be making Sin City her home as she prepares to launch her show "Summer Nights" at the Flamingo Las Vegas.  Olivia describes her show as "a musical journey" through her life, telling NBC's "Today" her concerts will feature music from "Grease" and "Xanadu" along with her country songs, her "favorite oldies," and her "new healing music."  She adds that she loves the venue.  Newton-John will perform at the Flamingo's Donny & Marie Showroom, which she says is "a really lovely, old-style" performance space that's "very intimate."


Olivia will launch her "Summer Nights" run on April 8th, and has 45 shows scheduled through August.  Tickets go on sale this Friday.  They range in price from 69 to 139 dollars, while special meet-and-greet packages cost 249 dollars.  A portion of the money from each ticket sold will go to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, which the singer opened in Melbourne, Australia in 2012.


Olivia Newton-John's "Summer Nights" Schedule


April 8-12

May 6-10, 27-31

July 1-5, 29-31

August 1 & 2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30


Country Stars Taking Part In Charity Golf Tournament


Jake Owen is spending more time on the golf course.  After performing and teeing off at last week's Waste Management Phoenix Open, the country star is taking part in this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Celebrity Challenge.  But Owen isn't the only country star hitting the links.  Clay Walker, Darius Rucker, and Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney are also participating in the event.  The celebrity lineup also includes "Nashville" star Eric Close, Kid Rock, Tom Brady, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano, Kenny G, and others  The event raises money for a variety of charities in Northern California that support a range of causes including art, education, children, and the environment.  The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am runs through Sunday.  The Celebrity Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday.


Country TV Today And Tonight


THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Blake Shelton is a guest.


Country Birthdays Include


Sara Evans is 43.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1963, Patsy Cline recorded "Sweet Dreams," just one month before her death.


Today in 1977, George Jones and Tammy Wynette topped the charts with "Near You."


Today in 1998, Patty Loveless earned a Gold certification for her album "The Trouble With the Truth."


Today in 2001, Oak Ridge Boy William Lee Golden and his wife, Brenda, announced that they were expecting a baby in August.  The couple welcomed their new son into the world on August 10th at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.  Even though he arrived 12 days early, William Solomon Golden tipped the scales at a healthy six-pounds, 13-and-three-quarters ounces.  While William Lee has three sons from a previous marriage, William Solomon is his first child with Brenda.


Today in 2003, Shania Twain found herself in the record books as her album "UP!" held the number one spot on the Canadian album charts for the eleventh consecutive week. That achievement broke the record for the longest run on top of the album charts in Canadian Nielsen SoundScan history. The record was previously held by the 1998 compilation "Now! 3," and Eminem's 2000 album, "The Marshall Mathers LP."


Today in 2004, Clay Walker took part in the four-day AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am.


Today in 2005, Jo Dee Messina took part in CMT's "Lynyrd Skynyrd's Super Bowl Saturday Night Special," while Lonestar headlined the Budweiser One Night Stand Super Bowl concert in Jacksonville, Florida that also featured Sara Evans and Andy Griggs, and Shelly Fairchild performed a free show in downtown Jacksonville.


Today in 2006, Willie Nelson performed at the 3rd Annual Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in Toronto while Anne Murray was an honoree, receiving the Legacy Award at the event.


Today in 2007, Waylon Jennings' long form video "Live from Austin Texas" was certified Gold.


Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney and his wife Tiffany were featured on "In Style Weddings" on ABC.


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift hosted CMT's "Online Awards" from the bedroom of her home.  Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Kellie Pickler joined her to announce the winners, along with Josh Turner, Jason Michael Carroll, and Bucky Covington.  Other presenters and guests included Jennifer Hanson, Shooter Jennings, Danielle Peck, and Rodney Carrington, while Lady Antebellum served as house band and performed from Swift's garage.  Swift and Covington were also winners, along with Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, and Reba McEntire.


Today in 2008, Jewel's single "Stronger Woman" and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's "Home" were released digitally.  New CDs included the compilation "How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites Live From The Grand Ole Opry," featuring Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band with Mac Powell, Sara Evans, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, and Carrie Underwood; and "The Best of SHeDAISY."


Today in 2011, Lonestar and Greenwood performed at The Concert For America - A Tribute to Ronald Reagan, which took place at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.  The event, which commemorated what would have been former President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, also featured the Beach Boys and the Jonas Brothers.


Today in 2011, Lady Antebellum got the nod for Best New Touring Artist at the Pollstar Touring Awards in Los Angeles.


Today in 2012, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton teamed up to perform "America The Beautiful" as part of the Super Bowl 46 pre-game show in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Today in 2013, new country releases included Tim McGraw's "Two Lanes of Freedom" and Jewel's "Greatest Hits."


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