Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Alleged Swift Stalker Gets Extended Restraining Order


A Los Angeles judge is putting more separation between Taylor Swift and a man who claims to be the singer's husband.  Timothy Sweet must stay at least 100 yards away from Swift and members of her family for the next three years.  He has also been barred from contacting the singer through any electronic means.  The 33-year-old man allegedly claimed to be married to Swift and threatened to kill anyone who stood between them.  Court papers say Sweet first began stalking the singer in 2011.  Swift obtained a temporary restraining order in March.  The extension granted Tuesday is effective through 2017.


Jerrod Niemann Surprised, Scared About Proposed Next Single


Jerrod Niemann says he's "very rarely speechless."  But the country star tells even he was taken by surprise with his label's suggestion for his next single.  He says he simply "sat there for about three minutes" then questioned "what in the world" he just heard when "Donkey" was proposed as the follow up to his current hit "Drink To That All Night."  Jerrod adds that he finds the idea of making "Donkey" a single a little scary, but says if the record execs have the guts to do it then he does too.  The singer admits the song attracts attention.  He says he had the demo to "Donkey" on his playlist on his bus, and -- without exception, "no matter who" was with him on the bus -- "every time it came on, it stopped everyone in their tracks."  "Donkey" is on Niemann's new album "High Noon," which is in stores now.


Justin Moore Pleased To Record With Miranda Lambert


Justin Moore has nothing but praise for Miranda Lambert's contribution to his song "Old Habits."  The country star tells when he first heard the work tape of the song he and his producer both agreed that it needed to be a duet -- and it needed Miranda.  Moore says Lambert "knocked it out of the park," which he "knew she would."  He adds that he's grateful to her for taking the time to sing on his song, which he says is a sign of a true friend.  Justin explains that "you really find out who our friends are when you call them and say, 'Sing this song with me,' and they just go, 'All right.'"  "Old Habits" is on Moore's most recent album, "Off The Beaten Path."


Tim McGraw Supports Campaign Against Texting And Driving


Tim McGraw says he's well aware of the dangers of texting and driving.  The country star adds that it's a message he and wife Faith Hill have worked hard to instill in their three daughters.


McGraw has supported the cause with the video to his hit "Highway Don't Care," which highlights the dangers of texting and driving.  But he says his clip was just a small thing supporting a major effort to bring awareness to the issue.  The singer adds that it's similar to the campaign promoting seat belt use in vehicles, explaining that the goal is to "get to the point to where it's just an automatic thought that you just don't do that."


Keith Urban Pleased, Surprised By Some Of His ACM Nominations


Half of Keith Urban's nominations for the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards stem from his guitar work on the Tim McGraw-Taylor Swift duet "Highway Don't Care."  Keith says he believes the song is worthy of the recognition, and he's tickled to be included in the nomination.


"Highway Don't Care" is up for Single Record, Video, and Vocal Event of the Year.  Urban is also in the Vocal Event category with "We Were Us," his duet with Miranda Lambert, as well as Male Vocalist of the Year.  The 49th annual ACM Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Las Vegas, airing on CBS on April 6th.


Nicole Kidman Talks Kids' Talents On "Jimmy Kimmel Live"


Looks like Keith Urban isn't the only musician in his household.  His wife Nicole Kidman says their youngest daughter Faith may have a knack for music.  On ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday, she said the toddler likes to imitate her father playing guitar while watching him on stage.  But Nicole added that Keith seems to be tougher on his little girl than he is on "American Idol."


Nicole said Keith is already helping her develop some more hard skills, and is even teaching her chords.  But the actress said their older daughter Sunday seems less interested in life on the road now that she's getting older.  Nicole admitted to indulging the kids at fast food chains and truck stops from time to time while traveling with Keith, although they are usually strict with the girls' schedules.


Band Perry Thrilled To Be Shelton's Advisers On "The Voice"


The Band Perry is glad they had the chance to work with Blake Shelton's team on "The Voice."  Kimberly Perry and her brothers Reid and Neil admit Shelton has been great to them throughout their career.


Kimberly adds that they didn't hesitate when they got the call.  She recalls when Blake made the offer they "thought about it for like point-two seconds" before saying "yes, absolutely!"  The Band Perry also said yes to touring with Blake later this year.  The trio is on board for Shelton's "Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014," which gets under way with a show in Austin, Texas on June 20th.


Michael McDonald Gives Update On Doobies Country Album


Michael McDonald is sharing a few details on the Doobie Brothers' upcoming country collaboration set.  The singer tells he's recorded a remake of "Takin' It To The Streets" featuring the duo Love And Theft while Sara Evans contributes to "What A Fool Believes."  He says a new version of "You Belong to Me" includes Vince Gill and the late Donna Summer's daughter Amanda Sudano Ramirez, but he's not sure if it's going to make the final cut.  McDonald adds that he's really enjoyed working on the project.  He admits he recorded his tracks alone, but has still had fun "hanging in the studio" with his former bandmates.


The Doobie Brothers' country project is expected to feature Evans, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, and others.  The album, which the group has been working on in Nashville, is expected to be released later this year.


John Prine Featured In Special Event, Exhibit


John Prine is getting a special showcase at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame.  The singer-songwriter will be featured in a special program at the Hall next month.  Prine will join music journalist Peter Cooper in a discussion of his life and music, including his influences, sources of inspiration, and songwriting style.  "A Conversation with John Prine" will take place at the Hall's CMA Theater on April 19th.  The event is in conjunction with the current exhibit "John Prine: It Took Me Years to Get These Souvenirs," which will remain open through May 4th.


Searching For "Country Music's Hottest Bachelor"


It's time for fans to weigh in once again on the best-looking single guy in country music.  A total of 24 unattached stars are in the running for "Country Weekly's" 2013 "Country Music's Hottest Bachelor" title.  Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, and Gary Allan are in the running, along with Hunter Hayes, Kip Moore, and The Band Perry's Neil and Reid Perry.  Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard is once again a contender, but his recently married bandmate Brian Kelley is no longer eligible.  Meanwhile, Jason Aldean is on the list this year following his divorce last spring.  Newcomers Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, and Jon Pardi are up for consideration as well, along with Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert, and others.


The ballot, which also includes a write-in option, is posted at  Voting closes on Sunday.  The results will be in the April 28th issue of "Country Weekly," which will hit newsstands on April 18th.


Quick Bite


Drake White will be on board when Lynyrd Skynyrd sets sail this fall.  The country singer has joined the lineup for Skynyrd's upcoming "Simple Man Cruise 8" to the Bahamas.  Blackberry Smoke, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, and the blues-Americana trio Heather Luttrell and the Possumden will also perform, along with classic rock giants Foghat, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, and others.  The "Simple Man Cruise 8" leaves Miami on November 16th.  Details are available at



Country TV Today And Tonight


ACM NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: 2014 (GAC) Florida Georgia Line hosts the special profiling the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year nominees Kip Moore, Justin Moore and Brett Eldredge.

ACM VIDEO PREVIEW 2014 (GAC) A look at some of the nominees for the upcoming 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

GREAT AMERICAN PLAYLIST (GAC) The fans pick the music for the video request show.


Country Birthdays Include


Kenny Chesney is 46.

Baillie and the Boys' Michael Bonagura is 61.

Dean Dillon is 59.

Charly McClain is 58.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1952, A Grand Ole Opry troupe featuring Hank Williams, The Carter Sisters, and Roy Acuff appeared on "The Kate Smith Show" show.


Today in 1955, the single "Ballad of Davy Crockett" topped the U.S. charts.


Today in 1961, Elvis Presley set a British chart first when he hit number one with three consecutive releases, "It's Now Or Never," "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "Wooden Heart."


Today in 1983, "We've Got Tonight" by Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1986, 23-year-old Kerry McCarver Lewis -- the sixth wife of then-51-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis -- filed for divorce.  The couple later reconciled.  However, the couple split again in 2003.


Today in 1993, Clint Black hit number one on the country charts with the single "When My Ship Comes In."


Today in 1997, Garth Brooks held a press conference on a New York City rooftop to announce that he'd be giving a free concert in Central Park on August 7th.  He also announced he would release his album "Sevens" the same day.


Today in 1998, Garth Brooks and rapper Warren G released a joint statement saying they had settled their five-month legal dispute over the use of the lower case letter "g."  Garth said he now had a whole new understanding of the alphabet, explaining he learned that in the rap world "g" represents young people who aren't into violence and drugs but who are making positive contributions to society.  He added, quote, "Knowing how much the symbol "g" means to Warren, I will strive to reach the standard that the "g" represents to him and to his community."


Today in 2000, Faith Hill subbed for Whitney Houston during a medley of old Oscar-nominated songs at the 72nd annual Academy Awards.  Garth Brooks was also involved in the segment.  Later he said he was thankful Faith was gracious enough to step in at the last minute and that he felt for Whitney, who was "so sick."


Today in 2002, Martina McBride was celebrating her second week at number one on the country charts with her single "Blessed."


Today in 2002, Phil Vassar married his longtime love, Julie Wood, in a private ceremony on a beach in Florida.


Today in 2002, the NItty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle be Unbroken" was re-released in a 30th anniversary by Capitol Records. It included additional tracks and new artwork.


Today in 2003, Darryl Worley's single "Have You Forgotten" was at number one.


Today in 2007, Kenny Chesney turned 39 by throwing a party at the Tin Roof in Nashville.  He performed for hours, and Kix Brooks, Gretchen Wilson, John Rich, Jewel, Sara Evans, and Montgomery Gentry joined him onstage.  Tim McGraw and Faith Hill attended the show.


Today in 2007, Danielle Peck organized her first Safe Haven event at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.


Today in 2007, Tim McGraw performed his single "Last Dollar" on CBS's "Early Show."


Today in 2008, Clay Walker hosted the "Clay Walker Charity Classic," a charity golf tournament in Houston, Texas, to support those battling multiple sclerosis.


Today in 2011, Styx frontman Tommy Shaw made his debut at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, performing in support of his solo bluegrass album, "The Great Divide."


Today in 2012, Kris Kristofferson received the Frances Williams Preston Lifetime Music Industry Award from the T.J. Martell Foundation at an event in Nashville.  Martina McBride, Ronnie Dunn, and Charlie Daniels were among the performers at the gala along with Vince Gill, who also served as the event's host.


Today in 2013, new country releases included Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story...," Thompson Square's "Just Feels Good," Alan Jackson's "Precious Memories, Volume 2," and Crystal Bowersox's "All That For This."


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