Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Rascal Flatts Admit To Lip Synching At ACM Awards


The members of Rascal Flatts are admitting they didn't perform live at last weekend's Academy of Country Music Awards.  The band received a rash of criticism on social media following their rendition of "Rewind," with many questioning whether the group was actually playing the song.  The guys are coming clean, explaining that lead singer Gary LeVox had lost his voice.  They say it was a "last minute decision" to lip synch rather than cancel the appearance.  Band members add that they've "never done it before," and are "obviously not very good at it."


And Rascal Flatts seems to have learned their lesson.  A review of Monday's "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" taping says it was "very clear" Gary and his bandmates "were singing live" at the show.  The ACM concert special will air on CBS on May 20th.


Carrie Underwood Debuts New Song At ACM Concert


Carrie Underwood is creating a buzz with her performance at Monday's taping of the Academy of Country Music's upcoming concert special.  Fan-shot videos are cropping up online of her singing "Keep Us Safe" at the event. says Carrie wrote the "Keep Us Safe" specifically for the show, which honored members of the U.S. military.  She's also reportedly going to offer the song as a free download to those who make a donation to the Academy's charity, ACM Lifting Lives.  The concert special "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" was a fundraiser for the organization.  The show was taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will air on CBS on May 20th.


Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan To Host 50th Annual ACM Awards


The Academy of Country Music is sticking with "Bluke."  Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan have already been tapped to host the 2015 ACM Awards, which will mark their third consecutive year at the helm for the ceremony.  And the Academy is making big plans for next year's 50th anniversary event.  To honor the occasion, the Academy is leaving Las Vegas to hold the ceremony at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  Festivities surrounding the awards event will include the 3rd annual ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories, taking place at Arlington's Globe Life Park on April 17th and 18th, 2015.  The 50th annual ACM Awards will air on CBS on April 19th, 2015.  Tickets for the awards show go on sale to the public next Tuesday, April 15th, 2014.


Kellie Pickler Auctioning Off ACM Bracelet For Charity


Kellie Pickler is making good on her promise to auction off a piece of jewelry for charity.  The country star has put the Pandora charm bracelets she wore at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards up for bid at  The bracelets are valued at two-thousand-dollars.  Money raised through the online auction will go to the Academy's charity, ACM Lifting Lives.  Pickler announced her intentions on the red carpet heading into Sunday's ceremony.  The auction closes on April 21st at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.


Craig Morgan To Entertain U.S. Troops Overseas This Spring


Craig Morgan continues to show his support for the men and women in uniform.  The country star and Army veteran is making plans to head overseas this spring to perform for U.S. military members stationed in Southwest Asia.  He'll be making the trip with Armed Forces Entertainment and Stars For Stripes, and he's eager to go.  Morgan says he'll "always jump at the chance" to give back to the troops.  The singer explains that as a former soldier it's important to him to do whatever he can to "help keep morale high."  The upcoming trek will be Craig's eleventh trip to entertain U.S. troops in foreign lands since the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.


Country Stars On Board For Charity Shoot To Help Veterans


Brantley Gilbert and Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry are among the country stars who'll be supporting veterans with their own skills as marksmen.  They're slated to take part in the 3rd annual Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am, taking place at the Nashville Gun Club on June 3rd.  Trick Pony's Heidi Newfield and Ira Dean, Rhett Akins, and Daryle Singletary are some of the other celebrities who've already signed on for the charity event.  Money raised will go to The Tug McGraw Foundation, which will use the funds to help military members recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries.  Additional details are available at


Wade Hayes Battling Cancer Again


Wade Hayes says he has so many surgery scars he now looks "like a baseball."  The singer tells "Country Weekly" after learning last year that his cancer had returned, doctors opened him up "from stem to stern, literally."  He explains that they removed "a big part" of his large intestine, "most" of his liver, "part" of his diaphragm, and his lymph nodes -- which is where the new cancer was discovered.  Wade says he also had to undergo "several small surgeries" to get what was left of his liver to "work correctly."  He admits it was "a bad deal," but doctors tell him the surgeries were a success.


Hayes is also doing his part to restore and preserve his health.  He explains that he got "really skinny" while battling stage four colon cancer a few years ago, so once a month he'll treat himself to his favorite meal -- a cheeseburger -- to help him gain weight.  But Wade says otherwise he's eliminated red meat, dairy, and most sweets from his diet and spends as much time as possible in the gym, because "maintaining a healthy diet and exercise are imperative" for him right now.  Hayes adds that he's getting stronger every day, and he's optimistic about his recovery.


Dierks Bentley Shares Origins Of "Drunk On A Plane"


Dierks Bentley says he had fun writing the song "Drunk on a Plane" with Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear.  The country star admits Kear's suggestion instantly grabbed his attention.


Dierks adds that when they were finished he knew "Drunk on a Plane" would be a great addition to his live show.  But he admits he was less certain about adding it to his latest album, "Riser."  "Drunk on a Plane" not only made it onto the disc, Bentley is now releasing it as his follow up single to his chart-topper "I Hold On."


Justin Moore's Mom "Ecstatic" About Another Baby


Justin Moore says he's not sure what happened with his mother.  The country star explains that his mom had been discouraging him and his wife, Kate, from adding to their family, then started singing a different tune. 


Justin and Kate have two daughters, four-year-old Ella and two-and-a-half-year-old Kennedy, and the singer says his mother helps Kate out when he's on the road.  He adds that both his mom and dad just love being grandparents.  Moore admits he's never seen his folks happier than when they're with the girls, and he expects "that's just gonna escalate" with the arrival of baby number three.  Justin and Kate's third child is due this summer.


Tim McGraw Shares His Keys To Success


Tim McGraw says his success stems in part from the mindset he has in approaching the things he does.  The country star explains that he focused on whatever he's doing and giving it his all, and isn't concerned about the results.


McGraw admits there have been times when he's spent all day in the recording studio only to be dissatisfied when listening back to his work.  But he says if he strives to do his best every day and meets that goal most of the time, "the end result's gonna be success."


Country Birthdays Include


Hal Ketchum is 61.

Restless Heart's Dave Innis is 55.


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1961, Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces" entered the country charts.


Today in 1987, the "Heartland" album by the Judds was certified Gold.


Today in 1990, Tanya Tucker's "Tennessee Woman" album was released.


Today in 1991, the album "Something In Red" by Lorrie Morgan was released.


Today in 1991, Patty Loveless earned her first Gold album certification for "Honky Tonk Angel."


Today in 1997, songwriter Mae Boren Axton died at the age of 82.  She co-wrote the Elvis Presley classic, "Heartbreak Hotel."


Today in 1998, Tammy Wynette's funeral was held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  Wynonna, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Lorrie Morgan, and the Oak Ridge Boys all performed musical tributes at the ceremony.  Before that public memorial, there was a private service earlier in the day which was attended by Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill and George Jones.


Today in 1998, Pam Tillis' "Greatest Hits" album was certified Gold.


Today in 1999, Faith Hill kicked off the first leg of her "This Kiss" tour at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Today in 2001, former BlackHawk member Van Stephenson died of skin cancer at his home in Nashville.  He was 47.


Today in 2002, Toby Keith's single "My List" topped the "Radio & Records'" Country Top 50 chart.


Today in 2002, Tommy Shane Steiner's debut album, "Then Came The Night," and Chris LeDoux's "After The Storm" CD arrived in stores.


Today in 2003, Willie Nelson celebrated his birthday with a star-studded concert at the Beacon Theater in New York.  Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Ray Price, Shania Twain, Ray Charles, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, and Shelby Lynne were among those who took part in the show.  The event aired as the "Willie Nelson and Friends: Live & Kickin'" concert, which aired the following Memorial Day weekend.


Today in 2012, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's collaboration, "Feel Like A Rock Star," debuted at number 13 on the Billboard Country Songs chart, becoming the second-highest chart entry on the list since 1990.  Only Garth Brooks has done better, debuting at number one with "More Than A Memory" back in 2007.


Today in 2013, Brad Paisley's album "Wheelhouse" arrived in stores amid controversy over the track "Accidental Racist," his collaboration with LL Cool J.


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