Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Milsap, Cochran, Wiseman Bound For Country Hall Of Fame


The Country Music Association is making room for Ronnie Milsap, Hank Cochran and Mac Wiseman in the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Wiseman says the honor is special -- and one he thought was going to pass him by.


The bluegrass great was named as the honoree in the "Veteran Era Artist" category.  Six-time Grammy winner Milsap, known for crossover hits such as "Smoky Mountain Rain" and "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me," is the Hall of Fame's newest "Modern Era Artist" inductee.  Cochran, who wrote hits for Patsy Cline, George Strait and others, will be inducted posthumously in the "Songwriter" category.  He died in 2010.  Kix Brooks and Hunter Hayes were among those on hand to announce the new inductees in Nashville Tuesday morning.  Milsap, Cochran, and Wiseman will be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with the annual Medallion Ceremony later this year.


Ronnie Milsap Reflects On Hall Of Fame Induction


Ronnie Milsap says he's not sure what tipped the decision in his favor to induct him into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  But the singer believes his success as a crossover artist, which began with 1977's "It Was Almost Like A Song," likely played a role.


Milsap is joining the Country Music Hall of Fame as a "Modern Era Artist."  His fellow inductees include bluegrass great Mac Wiseman, who's being added in the "Veteran Era Artist" category, while Hank Cochran earned a posthumous induction in the "Songwriter" category.  Hunter Hayes took part in Tuesday's inductees announcement, introducing Milsap at the event.  And Ronnie says he's very impressed with the young star, and calls Hunter "a very special person."  The  inductees announcement took place in Nashville on Tuesday.  The Country Music Hall of Fame will formally welcome this year's additions with the annual Medallion ceremony later this year.


Swon Brothers Awed By The Grand Ole Opry


The Swon Brothers' Zach and Colton Swon say their Grand Ole Opry debut is something they'll never forget.  The country duo marked the milestone earlier this month, and Zach admits it was a special and emotional experience.


Zach adds that it was impossible to not feel reverence for the past.  He explains that there's a "history that comes off that stage" that he felt the moment he stepped on it, which was "just incredible."  And the Swon Brothers opened their set by honoring a country legend.  They sang the late George Jones' classic "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" before launching into their own single, "Later On."


Nelson, Krauss Adjust Tour Schedule Over "Urgent Health Concern"


Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss won't be starting their collaborative tour next week as originally planned.  They've each posted messages on their websites, explaining that "an unforeseen and urgent health concern" forced them to change their plans.  They don't offer any specifics regarding the medical issue or who is directly involved, but indicate that it has to do with a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station.  The first six dates of the trek, which was to begin in Murray, Kentucky on May 1st, have been rescheduled, while the May 17th show in Birmingham, Alabama and the May 18th concert in Augusta, Georgia have been cancelled.  Ticket refund information is available at  The tour is now set to begin in Daniel Island, South Carolina on May 8th.


Willie Nelson & Family-Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas Rescheduled Tour Dates


May 8 - Daniel Island, South Carolina, at the Family Circle Stadium

May 9 - Simpsonville, South Carolina, at the Charter Amphitheater

May 10 - Greensboro, North Carolina, at the White Oak Amphitheater

May 11 - Huntington, West Virginia, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena

May 13 - Roanoke, Virginia, at the Roanoke Civic Center

May 14 - Columbus, Ohio, at the Schottenstein Center

May 16 - Nashville, Tennessee, at The Woods at Fontanel

May 17 - Atlanta, Georgia, at the Chastain Park Amphitheater - rescheduled from May 2

May 18 - St. Augustine, Florida, at the St. Augustine Amphitheater - rescheduled from May 6

May 19 - Cary, North Carolina, at the Koka Booth Amphitheater - rescheduled from May 4

May 21 - Murray Kentucky, at the CFSB Center - rescheduled from May 1

June 5 - Southaven, Mississippi, at the Snowden Grove Amphitheater

June 6 - Louisville, Kentucky, at the Louisville Waterfront Park

June 7 - Lewiston, New York, at Artpark

June 8 - Bethel, New York, at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

June 10 - New York, New York, at Radio City Music Hall

June 11 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center

June 13 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Mann Center for Performing Arts

June 14 - Columbia, Maryland, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion

June 15 - Simsbury, Connecticut, at the Performing Arts Center

June 17 - Boston, Massachusetts, at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

June 19 - Bangor, Maine, at the Darlings Waterfront Pavilion

June 20 - Gilford, New Hampshire, at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

June 21 - Canandaigua, New York, at CMAC

July 6 - Kansas City, Missouri, at the Starlight Theater

July 7 - Rogers, Arkansas, at the Arkansas Music Pavilion

July 9 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the Zoo Amphitheater

July 11 - Council Bluffs, Iowa, at Harrah's Council Bluffs

July 12 - Highland Park, Illinois, at the Ravinia Festival

July 13 - Sterling Heights, Michigan, at the Freedom Hill Amphitheater

July 15 - Rama, Ontario, Canada, at the Casino Raman

July 17 - Interlochen, Michigan, at the Interlochen Center for the Arts

July 18 - Toledo, Ohio, at the Toledo Zoo

July 20 - Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Thompson-Boling Arena - rescheduled from May 3


Toby Keith's Syracuse Restaurant In Tax Trouble


The tax man doesn't have much love right now for one of Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. says the country star's eatery in Syracuse, New York owes the state more than 189-thousand dollars in back taxes.  A spokesman for the New York Department of Taxation and Finance says the restaurant collected sales taxes that never made it to the state.  A tax warrant has been issued against the bar and grill, but the state hasn't seized the property and the restaurant hasn't shut down.  Keith opened his Syracuse restaurant last year.  It's one of 15 Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill locations across the country.


Dierks Bentley's Wife Runs In Boston Marathon


Dierks Bentley is among those who were on hand for Monday's Boston Marathon.  But the country star wasn't simply a spectator.  He led the cheering section for his wife, Cassidy, who took part in the race.  Bentley shared some of his day via Twitter.  His posts included a message from Cassidy asking him to say she's "thinking of last year and everything people have endured" and that she's "running for love."  She also ran at a respectable pace.  Cassidy finished the 26-point-two-mile route in three-hours, 33-minutes, and 38-seconds, averaging just over an eight-minute mile.


"Nashville" Music Special Airing Wednesday


Fans of the TV drama "Nashville" will see something a little different this week.  "Nashville: On the Record" is a behind-the-scenes special that delves into the show's music.  Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe and other songwriters who've penned material for the series will discuss their contributions to the show, while some of the stars of "Nashville" will perform the songs.  Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, and Clare Bowen are a few of the cast members featured in the special episode.  "Nashville: On The Record" will air on ABC at the show's regular time, Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.


Tim McGraw To Be Featured On "Oprah's Master Class"


Tim McGraw is opening up to Oprah Winfrey.  According to OWN, the country star "sits down for an emotional conversation" in an upcoming episode of "Oprah's Master Class."  He discusses both his career and his family life with wife Faith Hill and their three daughters, as well as his upbringing in a small town in Louisiana and, quote, "the family secret that would change his life forever."  "Oprah's Master Class" gives the spotlight to people who are considered masters of their crafts, who talk about the highs and lows of their lives and careers.  McGraw's episode is scheduled to air on OWN on June 11th.


Blake Shelton Weighs In On "The Voice" Gwen Stefani Rumors


Blake Shelton is voicing his approval of bringing Gwen Stefani onto NBC's "The Voice."  But the country star is giving no indication as to whether the No Doubt frontwoman is about to join the show's lineup of coaches.  He'll only tell E! News "if there is a person in this world named Gwen Stefani," he thinks "she would probably be a great addition to this show."  Blake's buddy and fellow coach, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, as well as "The Voice" host Carson Daly agree with Shelton, and say they would like to see Stefani come on board.  Gwen's name has cropped up to fill the red swivel chair Christina Aguilera will be leaving vacant next season.  Aguilera, who's pregnant, isn't taking part in the current season of "The Voice," either.  Shakira is serving as Christina's replacement this time around.


Country TV Tonight


NASHVILLE: ON THE RECORD (ABC) Ashley Monroe is included in this behind-the-scenes special about the music from the drama series.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1956, Elvis Presley played Las Vegas for the first time -- and bombed!  He opened for comedian Shecky Greene, and the middle-aged crowd hated him.  He didn't return to Vegas until 1969.


Today in 1991, Alan Jackson released the hit single "Don't Rock the Jukebox."


Today in 1993, Tracy Lawrence hit number one with "Alibis." 


Today in 1994, Lari White married her husband, Chuck Cannon.


Today in 1996, George Strait released his album "Blue Clear Sky."


Today in 1997, Brooks & Dunn were named Entertainers of the Year while George Strait and Patty Loveless took the Male and Female Vocalist of the Year titles at the 32nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  Trace Adkins and LeAnn Rimes were named Top New Male and Female Vocalists, and Rimes' "Blue" captured the honor of Single of the Year.


Today in 1998, Pam Tillis appeared on both "Promised Land" and "Diagnosis Murder," playing the same character -- a con artist named Kate Matthews.


Today in 1999, Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rhett Akins, Lee Roy Parnell and blues artist Johnny Neel surprised an audience of 13-thousand in Nashville when they joined Charlie Daniels for his Volunteer Jam '99 concert.


Today in 2002, new releases included Kenny Chesney's album "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems."


Today in 2003, Johnny Cash's album "American IV: The Man Comes Around" was certified Gold.  It was his first solo studio album ever recognized in that manner.


Today in 2004, the "Grand Ole Opry American Road Show 2004" -- featuring Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, the Del McCoury Band, and Rebecca Lynn Howard -- began in Uncasville, Connecticut.


Today in 2005, Wynonna Judd and Julie Roberts took part in the Divas Nashvegas benefit for the Oasis Center for teens.


Today in 2006, Joe Don Rooney, guitarist for Rascal Flatts, wed "Playboy" Playmate Tiffany Fallon on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.


Today in 2007, Martina McBride's song "Anyway" anchored a trailer for the movie "A Life Interrupted" on the Lifetime Channel. The film was inspired by the true story of housewife Debbie Smith, who helped pass the most effective anti-rape legislation in U.S. history.  McBride said she dedicated "Anyway" to survivors of violence everywhere.


Today in 2007, Trace Adkins performed the national anthem at Wrigley Field prior to the Chicago Cubs/Milwaukee Brewers game.  He also came out during the seventh inning stretch to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" from the broadcast booth.


Today in 2008, Lady Antebellum's self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.


Today in 2008, Rodney Atkins attended two parties in Nashville honoring his chart-topping hit "Cleaning this Gun (Come On In Boy)."


Today in 2008, Trace Adkins attended the screening of "Trailer Park of Terror" at the Nashville Film Festival, and participated in a question and answer session afterwards.  In addition, Big & Rich's Big Kenny Alphin was at the event for the premier of his documentary "Bearing Light: A Journey to Sudan."


Today in 2008, Trisha Yearwood's cookbook "Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen: Recipes from My Family to Yours" hit the number three slot on the "New York Times" bestseller list.


Today in 2008, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites took home honors for Top Bluegrass Album at The Dove awards in Nashville.


Today in 2010, Brooks & Dunn launched their final road trip, "The Last Rodeo Tour," with a show in Sacramento, California.  Jason Aldean was the opener.


Today in 2013, Tate Stevens' self-titled debut album arrived in stores.


Copyright © 2014

Metro Networks Inc.