Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town Participating In Country Radio Seminar


Carrie Underwood is getting recognized for her charitable work.  The country star will be honored as this year's recipient of the Country Radio Broadcasters' Artist Humanitarian Award.  The presentation ceremony is one of the opening day events at the Country Radio Seminar, which officially gets under way in Nashville Wednesday morning. says Little Big Town will also be on hand for the first day of the convention.  The group is slated to share their story in a panel about perseverance in the country music industry.  Carrie, meanwhile, will be back at the convention Wednesday night.  She's set to join Rascal Flatts, Chris Young, Thompson Square, and others to play a special Grand Ole Opry-sponsored show.


Little Big Town is also slated to perform during CRS.  The group is one of many artists who'll be featured at one of the label-sponsored events.  Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves, Darius Rucker, Kellie Pickler, and Craig Morgan are some of the other stars expected to appear.   The convention will come to a close Friday with the annual New Faces of Country Music concert, featuring Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Charlie Worsham, and Cassadee Pope.


Vince Gill Gives Emotional Acceptance To CRS Honor


Vince Gill admits he didn't know what to say in accepting his latest honor.  The singer is this year's recipient of the Country Radio Broadcasters' 2014 Career Achievement Award.  Gill became emotional during the presentation, as he shared how grateful he is for having the chance to make music for a living.  He said he can still remember the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio, and it gave him "such hope."  Vince added that it's not just a moment he'll never forget -- it's a feeling he still gets every time he hears his music on the radio.  The country star also said he believes his latest work is his best yet, and he has no intention to stop writing or recording songs anytime soon.


Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris presented Vince with the award.  In addition to expressing their appreciation and admiration, they performed in Gill's honor.  They teamed up to sing "Go Rest High on That Mountain," which Rodney called one of the most beautiful songs ever written.  Gill received his award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which took place in Nashville Tuesday night.


Tyler Farr Proud To Be A New Faces Performer


Tyler Farr says he's "humbled and honored" to be performing at the Country Radio Seminar's New Faces Show.  But the country singer tells he's also earned his spot in the lineup.  He explains that he's honed his skills through years of traveling in a van playing small clubs and honky tonks across the country.  But Tyler doesn't mind paying his dues.  He adds that putting that kind of effort into his music career makes him appreciate achievements like the New Faces Show "so much more," and he's "grateful to be selected" for the special event.


The annual New Faces of Country Music Show is one of the highlights of the CRS, which officially begins Wednesday in Nashville.  In addition to Tyler, this year's concert will feature Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge, Charlie Worsham, and Cassadee Pope.  The show will close this year's Country Radio Seminar on Friday.


Trisha Yearwood Touring "Just Because"


Trisha Yearwood is hitting the road.  The country star is launching her "Just Because" tour with a show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Wednesday night.  She tells the name reflects her reason for the trek.  The singer explains that she doesn't have a new album or single to promote, but is heading out simply because she wants to.  But Trisha admits it's something her fans want as well.  She says in recent year's she's been very preoccupied with her Food Network series, "Trisha's Southern Kitchen," and lately half of the tweets she gets are from fans asking if she's "done with music" and "just doing cooking" now.  Trisha's answer is an emphatic "no."  She calls "the cooking thing" a "happy accident," and says if she had to choose between the two "it would be music, no question."


Trisha adds that she's hoping to have a new album in stores later this year.  She says she plans to spend the spring and summer working on the project, so the disc will be ready for release before she hits the road with Garth Brooks this fall.  It will be Yearwood's first album since 2007's "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love."


Trisha Yearwood's "Just Because" Tour Dates


February 19 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

February 20 - Clearwater, Florida, at Ruth Eckerd Hall

February 27 - East Lansing, Michigan, at the Cobb Great Hall - Wharton Center

February 28 - Joliet, Illinois, at the Rialto Square Theatre

March 1 - Prior Lake, Minnesota, at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

March 2 - Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, at the Kewadin Casino - Dream Makers Theater

March 12 - New Brunswick, New Jersey, at the State Theatre

March 13 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the American Music Theater

March 14 - Westbury, New York, at Theatre at Westbury

March 15 - Mashantucket, Connecticut, at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods

March 26 - Austin, Texas, at the Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater

March 27 - Durant, Oklahoma, at the Choctaw Casino Event Center

March 28 - Bossier City, Louisiana, at the Horseshoe Bossier City - Riverdome

March 29 - Midland, Texas, at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

April 2 - Wabash, Indiana, at the Honeywell Center

April 3 - Carmel, Indiana, at The Center for the Performing Arts - The Palladium

April 4 - Robinsonville, Mississippi, at the Gold Strike Casino - Millennium Theatre

April 5 - Marksville, Louisiana, at the Paragon Casino - Mari Center

April 11 - Windsor, Ontario, Canada, at Caesars Windsor - The Colosseum

April 12 - Rama, Ontario, Canada, at Casino Rama


Greg Bates Engaged, Wedding Prep Includes Workouts


Greg Bates admits he's hurting after starting a new workout regimen.  But the country newcomer did it for his girl.  The "Did It For The Girl" singer proposed to his girlfriend, singer-songwriter Shelley Skidmore over the Valentine's weekend.  Greg shared his big news on Twitter, tweeting that he "asked" and Shelley "said yes!"  He also included a photograph of his bride-to be showing off her ring.  On Monday Bates revealed that he's getting ready for his trip to the altar by getting in shape -- and it's turning out to be a painful endeavor.  He tweeted, "Wedding Workout #1 is in the books. How am I already this sore?"  Greg doesn't say how much time he has to get fit -- he and Shelley haven't announced a wedding date.


Joey + Rory = Baby


Joey + Rory is seeing their family grow.  The country duo is celebrating the birth of their daughter, Indiana Boone Feek.  The singers announced the arrival of their new little bundle of joy on Facebook, saying Indiana made her entry into the world on Monday at 12:03 p.m., tipping the scales at a healthy eight-pounds, two-ounces.  They've also posted photographs of their "special gift" in the arms of her proud papa Rory and big sisters Hopie and Heidi -- Rory's daughters from a previous marriage.  Indiana is Joey and Rory's first child together.


Joey + Rory came to fame in 2008 through the CMT series "Can You Duet."  The duo is best known for the singles "Cheater, Cheater" and "This Song's For You."  The couple has been hosting "The Joey + Rory Show" on RFD-TV since 2012.  The series is now in its fourth season.


Dierks Bentley Glad He Made "Riser" Documentary


Dierks Bentley says he's glad he has a film documenting his latest album, "Riser."  But the country star admits he wasn't thrilled about the project when the idea first came up.


Dierks says the movie doesn't just focus on his work but is "very personal."  He adds that it's capturing "such an interesting time" in his life.  The singer explains that it not only shows how he's "going full bore" with his career but also features major changes like the death of his dad and the birth of his son, as well as his life with his daughters during their pre-school years.  "Dierks Bentley: Riser" will have its broadcast premiere on Palladia Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.  A special preview of the film will air on CMT Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.  Bentley's album "Riser" will arrive in stores on February 25th.


Rascal Flatts Would Like To "Rewind" To Special Moments


The guys in Rascal Flatts say recording their latest single led to some reminiscing, and thinking about the concept of "Rewind."  Singer Gary LeVox admits it would be nice to go back and relive certain events.

The band's Jay DeMarcus says some years "were going by at a lightning speed," and it was hard for them to really take in what was happening at the time.  The country star adds that it would have been nice to get a reminder to "take a couple of deep breaths and enjoy this, and hold on to these moments" as they occurred.  "Rewind" is the lead-off single from Rascal Flatts' next album, which is expected in stores on June 3rd.


Craig Campbell's "Royals" Cover Inspires New Medley, Minor Backlash


Craig Campbell says his performance of Lorde's "Royals" immediately after last month's Grammy Awards was just the beginning.  The country star tells the New Zealand star's hit has become a staple in his sets -- both with his full band and his solo acoustic shows.  He calls the song "an ear worm," explaining that "as soon as you hear it, it just get stuck."  But Craig adds that "Royals" has inspired another covers idea.  He says he's working on a ten-minute medley that incorporates all types of songs that will sound like scanning stations on a radio.  Craig explains that it "may bounce from R&B to pop to country to easy listening to whatever."


But Craig's cover of "Royals" hasn't pleased everyone.  He admits he's received "a few negative tweets about it" that include the hashtag "why."  But the singer says his response is "why not," adding that it's "a great song" and he's "having fun" with it.


Vince Neil Slow To Warm To Country Motley Crue Tribute Album


Motley Crue's Vince Neil admits he was initially skeptical about country stars covering his band's songs for a tribute album.  But the rocker tells Nashville's "Tennessean" as he thought more about the idea, "the cooler it got."  He says he was impressed with Carrie Underwood's cover of "Home Sweet Home," and it sparked his curiosity about how other country stars would interpret Motley Crue's music.  The Underwood track isn't part of the upcoming collection.  Justin Moore is covering that song for the album, which will also feature Rascal Flatts' rendition of "Kick Start My Heart," the Eli Young Band's version of "Don't Go Away Mad" and others.


Vince also admits he's not familiar with many of the names connected with the project.  But he says that's changing -- courtesy of his girlfriend.  He calls her "a country girl," explaining that she's "a barrel rider in the rodeo."  Neil adds that she was very excited by the list of participating country artists, and he's been learning about them from her.  The Motley Crue country tribute album is expected to be released through Big Machine Records this summer, in conjunction with the band's launch of their "Final Tour."  The trek will begin in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 2nd.


Swon Brothers Share Their Olympic Experience


The Swon Brothers say it was exciting to be a part of this year's Winter Olympics in Russia.  Zach and Colton even shared some of their experience from Sochi.

The guys add that they also had the chance to check out some of the events, and saw the U.S. team take the gold in snowboarding.  The Swon Brothers' next international adventure is coming up soon.  Their next performance will be aboard a Caribbean cruise this weekend.  And next month Zach and Colton will join Jerrod Niemann for his "High Noon Adventure" in Mexico at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.  The Swon Brothers, who came to fame through "The Voice," are promoting their debut single, "Later On."


Quick Bites


Tim McGraw and Krystal Keith are featured on the small screen today.  Tim is taking his turn as one of the inaugural week guests on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."  He'll be the musical guest, following an appearance from actor Bradley Cooper.  Krystal, meanwhile, will make a stop at CBS' "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."  The country newcomer is expected to perform on the show.


Garth Brooks is featured on the new album from legendary singer Steve Lawrence.  The covers collection includes Steven's rendition of "When You Come Back to Me Again," which Garth co-wrote and recorded for the movie "Frequency."  Garth contributes to Steve's version of the song as well.   He and wife Trisha Yearwood provide backing vocals on the song, which is the album's title track.  "When You Come Back to Me" is available now exclusively from


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Country Birthdays Include


Country TV personality Lorianne Crook is 57.  She's a host of the TV series "Crook & Chase."


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1974, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner announced they would no longer be working together.


Today in 1977, Ronnie Milsap, Larry Gatlin, and Emmylou Harris took top country honors at the 19th annual Grammy Awards.


Today in 1987, Willie Nelson's movie "Red Headed Stranger" premiered in Austin, Texas.


Today in 1993, Dolly Parton's album "Slow Dancing With The Moon" was released.


Today in 1993, Sawyer Brown topped the country charts with the single "All These Years."


Today in 1998, country legend Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones -- the star of TV's "Hee-Haw" and host of the Grand Ole Opry -- died from complications of a stroke he'd suffered a month earlier.  He was 84.


Today in 1998, Lorrie Morgan issued a strongly worded denial over an article in the "Star" tabloid magazine that claimed she'd taken, quote, "a wild ride in the back seat of a limousine with President Bill Clinton."  She contended, quote, "The only accurate information in the article with regard to my relationship with President Clinton was that I joined him on stage for the Christmas tree lighting in Washington."


Today in 2002, Blake Shelton was named the Best New Artist of 2001 in the annual "Radio & Records" Country Radio Readers Poll.


Today in 2002, Tim McGraw and Lonestar were named as members of the American Red Cross' newly developed 12 person celebrity board.  As part of the honor, Tim and the band also committed to serving the Red Cross for a one-year term of volunteer service.


Today in 2004, Ricky Skaggs was among the inductees into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.  In addition, Dwight Yoakam and Montgomery Gentry received awards during the induction ceremony in Frankfort, Kentucky.


Today in 2004, when Brooks and Dunn's "Red Dirt Road" tour rolled into Terre Haute, Indiana, officials renamed the portion of Cherry Street outside the ISU Hulman Center in honor of the concert.  In addition, Mayor Kevin D. Burke proclaimed it Brooks & Dunn Day.


Today in 2004, Illness forced George Strait and Alabama to cancel shows.  Strait postponed a concert in Detroit because he was suffering from a throat infection.  Alabama scrapped a scheduled performance in Springfield, Illinois because frontman Randy Owen was still recovering from a viral condition affecting his inner ear.


Today in 2005, Darryl Worley Home Furnishings, a 38-hundred square-foot store, opened in Enterprise, Alabama.


Today in 2008, the book "Random Memories," by The Statler Brothers' Don and Harold Reid, arrived in stores.  New album releases included Chris Cagle's "My Life's Been A Country Song."


Today in 2008, Chris Cagle made an in-store appearance at a Dallas-Fort Worth-area Wal-Mart, playing an acoustic concert and signing autographs for fans, in conjunction with the release of his CD "My Life's Been A Country Song."


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