Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Kenny Chesney Working On New Album

 

New music is on the way from Kenny Chesney.  The country superstar posted a message on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday, saying he's "in studio working on new album" and he "can't wait for everyone to hear the new music."  His note includes a photo showing him seated in front of a control board.  The singer doesn't offer any information on when his new album might arrive in stores.

 

The new project is Chesney's follow up to "Life on a Rock," which he released last April.  That album featured the hits "Pirate Flag" and "When I See This Bar."

 

Zac Brown Band Add New Member, Announce Summer Tour

 

The Zac Brown Band is growing.  The group is officially welcoming bassist Matt Mangano into the fold.  They say in a statement that their "musical expansion" enables bassist John Driskell Hopkins to diversify, and contribute other instruments to the band.  Fans will be introduced to Matt on Zac Brown Band's upcoming tour.  The group has formally announced their 27-date "Great American Road Trip," which begins in Lincoln, Nebraska on May 24th.  The tour includes two-night stands in Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida with Kacey Musgraves.  During the run, Zac Brown Band will also give two shows in Camden, New Jersey, and play a pair of sold out concerts at Boston's Fenway Park.

 

Dates for Zac Brown Band's "Great American Road Trip"

 

May 24 - Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Pinnacle Bank Arena

May 29 - Tampa, Florida, at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater

May 30 - Tampa, Florida, at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater

May 31 - West Palm Beach, Florida, at the Cruzan Amphitheatre

June 1 - West Palm Beach, Florida, at the Cruzan Amphitheatre

June 5 - Orange Beach, Alabama, at The Amphitheater at the Wharf

June 6 - Pelham, Alabama, at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

June 7 - Atlanta, Georgia, at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood

June 12 - Charlotte, North Carolina, at the PNC Music Pavilion

June 13 - Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Riverbend Music Center

June 14 - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, at the Blossom Music Center

June 19 - Camden, New Jersey, at the Susquehanna Bank Center

June 20 - Camden, New Jersey, at the Susquehanna Bank Center

June 21 - Forest Hills, New York, at Forest Hills Stadium

June 22 - Bristow, Virginia, at Jiffy Lube Live

June 27 - Boston, Massachusetts, at Fenway Park

June 28 - Boston, Massachusetts, at Fenway Park

July 3 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at Summerfest - Marcus Amphitheater

July 10 - Holmdel, New Jersey, at the PNC Bank Arts Center

July 12 - Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, at the First Niagara Pavilion

July 13 - Noblesville, Indiana, at the Klipsch Music Center

July 16 - Paso Robles, California, at the Midstate Fair

July 20 - Lake Tahoe, Nevada, at Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena

August 2 - Camrose, Alberta, Canada, at the Big Valley Jamboree

August 4 - Sturgis, South Dakota, at the Buffalo Chip

August 9 - Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, at the WE Fest

August 15 - Endicott, New York, at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open

 

The Cadillac Three Enjoying Jake Owen Tour

 

The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston says his group is having a great time on Jake Owen's tour.  The singer adds that they're discovering just how passionate Owen is about the music.

 

Jaren adds that Jake's love of classic country makes being on the "Days Of Gold" tour particularly special.  He says it means a lot to his group that Owen is also open to their sound, and willing to take them on the road with him.  The Cadillac Three's next show with Owen is coming up in Bowling Green, Kentucky on April 24th.  The group is performing in Orange Beach, Alabama this Friday.

 

Craig Morgan Excited About Upcoming Season Of "All Access Outdoors"

 

Craig Morgan says he has a lot planned for the new season of his TV series, "All Access Outdoors."  But the country star admits he's currently the most excited about the show's new introduction.

 

Craig adds that the new season of "All Access Outdoors" will feature trips to Alaska and Afghanistan.  The singer says two upcoming episodes will include footage he shoots in Africa this August, but he's not sure if the shows will be ready to air this year.  Season five of "Craig Morgan's All Access Outdoors" will launch on the Outdoor Channel in July.

 

Kip Moore Releases New Single

 

Kip Moore is sharing more of his new music.  The country star penned his latest single, "Dirt Road," with Westin Davis and Dan Couch -- his co-writer on his first chart-topper, "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck."  But the singer says what "really grabbed" him is "the groove of this song," which he worked up with his band.  "Dirt Road" is Kip's follow up single to "Young Love."  Both songs are expected to be on Moore's upcoming sophomore album.

 

Easton Corbin Debuting New Single Wednesday

 

Easton Corbin is ready to unveil the video to his latest single.  The country star will debut the clip to his song "Clockwork" online Wednesday at People.com.  "Clockwork" is the lead-off single to Corbin's upcoming third album.  Easton has said the song is "a good reflection" of his country roots, and also demonstrates his growth as an artist.

 

Blake Shelton Reveals His Domestic Side

 

Blake Shelton says there are some elements of truth to his video for the hit "Doin' What She Likes."  The country star tells "People" he loves to cook and mix drinks for him and wife Miranda Lambert, and he even likes bubble baths.  However, he says the cleaning scenes are "a little bit far fetched."  Shelton adds that he's never set their home on fire.  But he admits on more than one occasion his attempts at burning their trash ended up spreading to their yard, and he's "had to call the fire department."

 

Shelton says Lambert's efforts to do nice things for him haven't always gone well either.  He recalls that Miranda once tried to make a "healthy" catfish dinner by baking them, which was a complete failure.  The singer adds that when his special gestures don't go as planned, he uses "the best intentions defense."

 

Dolly Parton Knows For Some People Literacy Is A Luxury

 

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library continues to grow.  More than 700-thousand children are registered in the program, which has provided more than 40 million books to kids regardless of their family's ability to pay for them.  The country star says her father served as her inspiration for the effort, explaining that for him and other family members an education was a luxury they couldn't afford.

 

Parton adds that her father was a very smart man who was always ashamed that he was illiterate, and she knows he wasn't alone.  The singer says through her Imagination Library, she's giving other kids a valuable opportunity her dad never had.

 

2015 ACM Awards, Concerts Sell Out In Minutes

 

The 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards is already a sell out.  Tickets for the event, as well as the two-day ACM Party for a Cause went on sale Tuesday, and were gone in just 18 minutes.  Next year marks the award show's 50th anniversary.  The Academy is celebrating the occasion by holding the event for the first time in Arlington, Texas.  The 50th annual ACM Awards will take place at AT&T Stadium on April 19th.  The ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories is set for Globe Life Park on April 17th and 18th.  The only country stars confirmed for the event are Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, who'll host the ACM Awards for a third consecutive year.

 

Country TV Tonight

 

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON (NBC) Tim McGraw is a guest on this repeat episode.

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

 

Today In Country Music History

 

Today in 1982, Alabama's "Mountain Music" hit number one on the country charts.

 

Today in 1993, the single "Hard Workin' Man" by Brooks & Dunn hit number three on the charts.

 

Today in 1996, Brooks & Dunn released their fourth album, "Borderline," and Toby Keith released "Blue Moon."

 

Today in 1999, Billy Ray Cyrus guest starred on "Love Boat."  He played Lonesome Larry Larson, a sad country star who cheers up when he finds romance.

 

Today in 1999, Tim McGraw's "A Place In The Sun" album was released.

 

Today in 1999, Shania Twain became the first woman to be honored as Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International during the 32nd annual Songwriter Achievement Awards.

 

Today in 2000, Tracy Lawrence kicked off his 6th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at the Westin Galleria Ballroom in Houston, Texas, in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Gulf Coast Chapter.

 

Today in 2000, Reba McEntire's performances were named the Best Country Concert at the 17th Dutch Country Music Awards Gala.  Winners were selected by the readers of Country Gazette and the members of the Dutch Country Music Association.

 

Today in 2002, Steve Azar's album "Waitin' On Joe" was released.

 

Today in 2002, Alan Jackson's album "Drive" became the first country project to mark ten weeks in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 chart since June 2000, when Shania Twain did it with "Come On Over."  Alan is also the only male country artist to achieve this milestone with multiple projects.

 

Today in 2002, Tammy Cochran was among those on hand in Los Angeles to take part in an old fashioned "barn raising" of sorts.  She helped in building an outdoor playground for the La Santa Cruz Child Care Center in East Los Angeles.

 

Today in 2003, Kenny Chesney's "Margaritas 'n' Senoritas Tour" was named the number one ticket seller for the first quarter of the year by the music industry publication "Pollstar."

 

Today in 2005, Clay Walker led the BP MS 150 Bike Tour, a two-day, 150-mile trek from Houston to Austin, Texas that raised funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 

Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood was the big winner at the CMT Music Awards, taking Female Video of the Year as well as the event's top prize of Video of the Year for the song "Before He Cheats."  Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Jack Ingram also took awards.

 

Today in 2008, Rodney Atkins, the spokesperson for the National Council for Adoption, performed at the organization's 28th anniversary awards celebration in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

Today in 2010, Alan Jackson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

Today in 2010, Lady Antebellum was the headliner for the first night of the ACM Concerts at Freemont Street Experience.  The Band Perry and David Nail were also among the performers.

 

Today in 2012, Billy Gilman released the all-star charity single "The Choice."  Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, and Kenny Rogers are among the 18 stars who lent their voices to the project in support of Soles4Souls, along with Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, and others.

 

Today in 2013, new releases included Willie Nelson's album "Let's Face the Music and Dance."

 

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