Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Lady A To Receive A Grammys On The Hill Award


Lady Antebellum is getting a new honor.  The country trio has been tapped to receive the Recording Artists' Coalition Award at next month's Grammys on the Hill event.  The Recording Academy's Neil Portnow says they're "proud to honor Lady Antebellum for their artistry and inventiveness in the country arena," and for the group's charitable efforts through their LadyAID Fund to "make a difference for disadvantaged children here and abroad."  Other honorees include the House of Representatives Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, whom Portnow says are being recognized for their "tireless support of music."


The gala will include a cocktail reception and dinner along with the award presentations.  Dionne Warwick, Los Lonely Boys, Hanson, and the Lumineers' Wesley Schultz are among the music stars expected to attend.  The 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards will take place at the Hamilton Live in Washington, DC on April 2nd.


Hunter Hayes Reveals Details On New CD, Video Premiere


Hunter Hayes' new album will be in stores in a couple of months.  The country star will release his sophomore CD, "Storyline," on May 6th.  Hunter co-wrote all 14 of the tracks on "Storyline," including his current single, "Invisible."  The singer debuted the song several weeks ago at the Grammy Awards.  He's now ready to unveil his video for the track.  A preview of the clip will be featured on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday.  Following the segment, the full video will have a massive rollout, premiering on CMT, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Palladia, and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment platforms.  It will also be streamed at and other online outlets.


Danielle Bradbery Says "The Voice" Cured Her Stage Fright


Country newcomer Danielle Bradbery admits she used to have severe stage fright.  But the singer says when she stepped onto the stage on "The Voice," something "just clicked on" and she had no problem performing.  She adds that coach Blake Shelton was a huge help whenever those butterflies returned.


Danielle adds that she "just became this new person on stage," which "was really cool."  Bradbery went on to win season four of "The Voice," and she released her self-titled debut album last November.  She'll get the chance to experience her stage transformation once again this spring.  She'll be opening shows on Hunter Hayes' "We're Not Invisible" tour, which begins in Pikeville, Kentucky on March 20th.


Josh Turner Enjoyed Writing Book


Josh Turner admits he had fun writing his new book, "Man Stuff."  The country star says it also gave him an opportunity to share a different side of himself with his fans and other readers.

Turner explains that "Man Stuff" includes personal details and insights he wouldn't typically write about in a song or discuss in an interview, and he's glad they're getting an outlet through the book.  Thomas Nelson Publishers approached the singer about the project following a 2011 "People" magazine feature naming him the "Hottest Dad in Country Music."  "Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith and Fatherhood" will arrive in stores on April 29th.


Actual "Mona Lisa" Inspires Brad Paisley's "Mona Lisa"


Brad Paisley says the famed Leonardo da Vinci portrait inspired his current single, "The Mona Lisa."  The singer tells "Country Weekly" he's "read a lot" about the noted Renaissance artist and "wanted to see that piece in real life," because it's "unlike any other work in the history of painted art."  Brad eventually got his chance, and paid a visit to the Louvre in Paris during one of his European tours.  He says looking at the painting led him to think about the frame, and how it surrounds one of the most famous pieces of art that has ever been created.  Paisley eventually brought that concept to a songwriting session, and turned it into a love song.  "The Mona Lisa" is from Brad's latest album, "Wheelhouse."


Country Stars Help Raise Over Half-Million For Charity


Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, and Jake Owen are some of the country stars helping out in the fight against AIDS and cancer.  The singers were among the celebrities who took part in this week's T.J. Martell Foundation fundraising gala, which says brought in more than 500-thousand-dollars.  McGraw performed for honoree Mark Bloom, singing his hit "My Little Girl" at the request of the real estate developer.  Rucker took part in the tribute to record executive Mike Dungan, while Owen sang and Kenny Chesney spoke in honor of talent manager Dale Morris.  Sheryl Crow and Kenny Loggins' new group Blue Sky Riders performed as well.  Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Alabama's Randy Owen, and Big & Rich were some of the stars in the audience.


"Nashville" star Chip Esten served as host for the event, which he said had personal significance to him.  The actor shared that his daughter had battled leukemia, but is now "happy" and "cancer free."  The T.J. Martell Foundation supports research into treatments and cures for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS.  The organization's Honors Gala took place in Nashville Monday night.


Brantley Gilbert Making Georgia Hometown His Home Base


Brantley Gilbert says he's not living in Nashville anymore.  The country star explains that he recently built a log cabin in his Georgia hometown, which is where he calls home.


Brantley also he believes Georgia is where he's "meant to be."  He admits he likes being able to step out on his back porch "and shoot off and AR-15" rifle if he "feels like it."  But Gilbert says his hometown is also one of his biggest influences.  He explains that the people and the community "were everything" to him growing up, and are what inspired him when he began writing songs.  Brantley adds that he's "got to be around that" in order to continue writing the type of songs on which he's built his career.


Taylor Swift Shares Her Love Of Nashville


Taylor Swift says she loves living in Nashville.  The country-pop superstar tells "Time" magazine she was obsessed with Music City as a child, and was "relentlessly nagging, begging, and pleading" with her parents to take her there.  She recalls she was eleven when she made her first visit.  Taylor says her mom "drove up and down Music Row," and "would wait in the car" while she "scampered into record labels" dropping off her demo CD.  A couple of years later her family relocated to Nashville.


Swift admits people probably don't realize how much time she spends in Nashville, because there's not "much evidence" of her being there.  The singer explains that "every errand" she does in New York or Los Angeles "is photographed and documented," while "the cool thing" about Nashville is she's "not being photographed" everywhere she goes.  She says she loves being free to "wander around the grocery store and make casual conversation" with someone "in the produce aisle."  Taylor adds that with all the great clubs, shops, restaurants, and parks in and around Nashville, she's never at a loss for something to do.


Release, Premiere Dates Set For Travis Tritt-Narrated Walt Disney Biopic


The new Walt Disney biopic featuring Travis Tritt music and narration will be available this spring.  Five different pre-sale packages of "As Dreamers Do" are available at until April 11th, and include a digital download enabling buyers to watch the film a month before it's official release.  Two of the more expensive packages also come with tickets to the movie's Nashville premiere.  The Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee will host the event on May 13th.  A California premiere event is also scheduled to take place at the University of California, Los Angeles on May 19th.


Tritt provides the narration for "As Dreamers Do."  The country star also contributes the new original song "That's What Dreamers Do," which will be released to radio in conjunction with the film's May 13th release.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1975, George Jones and Tammy Wynette got a D.I.V.O.R.C.E. after six turbulent years of marriage and one child, daughter Tamla Georgette.


Today in 1991, Dolly Parton's "Eagle When She Flies" album was released.


Today in 2001, on the heels of their first anniversary, Vince Gill and Amy Grant welcomed their daughter, Corrina Grant Gill, into the world at 1:36 a.m. eastern time.


Today in 2002, Garth Brooks finally had his "golden" moment in Washington D.C. as he accepted the Golden Note Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.  The ASCAP event had been postponed from its originally scheduled night, September 11th, 2001.


Today in 2002, the albums "The Original Outlaw of Country Music" by David Alan Coe and "Color of Roses" by Lorrie Morgan arrived in stores.


Today in 2002, Pat Green was forced to cancel his concert in Corpus Christi after being assaulted the previous night.  He was attacked by two men while he, his wife, and some friends were on the beach at South Padre Island.  Pat suffered facial wounds in the incident.  An 18-year-old college student was later charged and convicted of aggravated assault.


Today in 2004, Johnny Cash's "American IV: The Man Comes Around" was named the Best Country Album of 2003 in "Playboy" magazine's annual music poll.


Today in 2004, Clint Black performed on ESPN's "Cold Pizza" and made an in-store appearance at a Wal-Mart in Washington, DC to promote his album "Spend My Time."


Today in 2006, "Ring of Fire," starring singer Lari White and featuring the music of Johnny Cash, opened at the Barrymore in New York City.


Today in 2007, Tim McGraw's "Last Dollar" hit number one on the Canadian singles chart.


Today in 2007, John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" became Colorado's second official state song, along with "Where the Columbines Grow," which was adopted as the state's song back in 1915.


Today in 2008, Trace Adkins was on hand at a news conference in Washington, DC when the Civil War Preservation Trust releases a report on Civil War battlefields. The report identified the ten most threatened Civil War sites, and gave details on what was being done to preserve them.


Today in 2008, Alan Jackson's album "Good Time" debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Top Country Albums charts.


Today in 2008, Emerson Drive was named the Best Major Performer by "Campus Activities" magazine in the publication's 2008 Readers Choice Awards.


Today in 2010, Dolly Parton was on hand for the grand opening celebration of her Nashville store Trinkets & Treasures.


Today in 2010, Justin Moore's guitar was stolen at a concert in Royal Oaks, Michigan.  The thief returned the instrument a few days later to a local radio station, and included a note apologizing for the incident.


Today in 2013, Luke Bryan played the first of his two annual Spring Break shows in Panama City, Florida.


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