Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Eddie Montgomery, New Wife Cleaning Up Storm Damage


Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery believes a tornado caused the damage at his Danville, Kentucky home.  There were reports of funnel clouds in the region overnight Monday, but no confirmed touchdowns in the state.  The country star tells "Central Kentucky News" his house "was shaking really bad" and "it sounded like a locomotive" coming toward the property.  The singer adds that he's amazed his ten-year-old son slept through it.  Eddie says the storm woke him and his new wife, Jennifer, just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.  The couple just tied the knot over the weekend.


Montgomery's tool shed and chicken coop were destroyed, and one chicken is missing.  His patio set was also blown over, and his front screen door and several trees were damaged.  The singer surveyed the destruction Tuesday with Boyle County Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder, who's also Eddie's neighbor.  Wilder says he "didn't have so much as a lawn chair get moved" at his home.  He adds that "you had to have had wind rotation" to create this type of isolated damage.


Justin Moore Not Really A Handyman


Justin Moore says he wishes he was more of a Mr. Fix-It.  But the country star admits that his home maintenance skills are rather limited.


Moore's home repair skills aren't being put to the test after this week's tornadoes.  The singer spoke with the syndicated "Bobby Bones Show" following Monday's storms that ravaged parts of his home state of Arkansas.  He said he lives south of the area that was hit, so his property made it through without any damage.  But Justin is still helping out with relief efforts.  While he might not be able to do much with a hammer, he's donating an autographed guitar to the radio show's fundraising auction for the American Red Cross.  Other stars, including Jerrod Niemann, Thomas Rhett, and Lee Brice, are some of the other stars also making contributions.


Alan Jackson Sings Title Song To New Seth MacFarlane Movie


Alan Jackson has a new song out.  The country star sings the title track to actor-comedian Seth MacFarlane's upcoming film, "A Million Ways to Die in the West."


MacFarlane specifically chose Jackson for the song.  "A Million Ways to Die" is available now as a digital single.  It'll also be included on the film's soundtrack, which will be in stores on May 27th.  MacFarlane and Charlize Theron "A Million Ways to Die in the West," a western comedy set in Arizona in 1882.  The movie will open in theaters on May 30th.


Josh Turner Concerned About Remaining Relevant


Josh Turner admits he was concerned about his career as he worked on his next album.  The singer says he's "saddened" by the genre's shift away from a traditional sound, and tells it also left him wondering if he still had an audience.  He says it didn't take him long to learn there was still demand for his music, which gave him "encouragement to move on, and to keep walking on this road."  But Josh explains that he still feels the need to "re-invent the wheel," and "to try to adapt" and "find ways to be relevant" while maintaining true to his signature sound.  He adds that he's been looking to longtime country stars, and trying to learn some keys to longevity from them.


Josh doesn't say when he'll have new music in stores.  His last album was 2012's "Punching Bag," which features the hit "Time Is Love."  But Turner's first book, "Man Stuff," is in stores now.


Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts Tapped For "Today" Concerts


Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts are on board for the "Today" show's summer concert series.   The country stars are among the 18 confirmed performers for weekly event, which begins next month.  And they're both slated to appear in May.  McGraw will be the second performer, taking the stage at Rockefeller Plaza on May 23rd.  Rascal Flatts is scheduled for May 30th.  The NBC morning show will launch this year's concert series with Mariah Carey on May 16th.


The "Today" concerts also come as McGraw and Rascal Flatts start their tours.  Tim's "Sundown Heaven Town" trek gets under way in Fresno, California on May 8th.  Rascal Flatts' "Rewind" tour will begin in St. Louis, Missouri on May 16th.


"Nashville" Star Identifies With Kids At St. Jude


"Nashville's" Clare Bowen says she appreciates facilities like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  The actress and singer, who plays Scarlett on the ABC series, explains that she also had cancer as a child.  She adds that she's only alive today because her parents refused to give up when they were told there was no known cure.


Bowen says she was likely born with the cancer, which affected her kidneys.  She explains that by the time she was diagnosed -- at the age of four -- the disease had progressed too far for conventional treatments.  Clare recalls that doctors gave her just two weeks to live, and suggested her parents just take her home and keep her comfortable for the little time she had left.  She says her parents were persistent, and eventually learned of the experimental drug that ultimately saved her life.


Bowen just showed some support for St. Jude over the weekend.  She joined her "Nashville" castmate Charles Esten to perform at the St. Jude Country Music Marathon post-race concert last Saturday in Nashville.


Country Stars Sign On For Annual Charity Softball Game


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard continue to give back.  But for this charity event they'll be demonstrating their athletic skills, not their musical abilities.  They're among the country stars who've again signed on for the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge.  Chuck Wicks and Lauren Alaina will also return for this year's game, while Brantley Gilbert, Sara Evans, and Craig Morgan are on board as well.  Danielle Bradbery, Chase Rice, and Dustin Lynch are some of the others who plan to play.  For the fundraiser the stars will be divided into teams that will face off at Nashville's Greer Stadium on June 7th.  The money will go to the City of Hope.


Eric Church Tries To Keep Concert Tickets Away From Scalpers


Eric Church says he's doing his best to look out for his fans.  The country star explains that his goal has always been to supply concert tickets to people who actually want to see his show, not those looking to profit off his fame.


Church says whenever he puts concert tickets on sale he takes steps to keep scalpers from making purchases.  He explains that it's challenging because scalpers "have better technology" and "a lot of will to get these tickets."  But the singer adds that the issue is important to him, so he's not giving up or giving in to them.  Last Friday Church cancelled purchases of more than 900 tickets for his upcoming show in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when his team determined scalpers bought them.  Those tickets were later put back on sale for fans to buy.  Eric will launch his "Outsiders Word Tour 2014" in Bossier City, Louisiana on September 11th. 


Crystal Gayle Featured In New Nashville Exhibit


Crystal Gayle is getting a spotlight at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  The singer is the subject of a new exhibit opening Friday.  "Crystal Gayle: When I Dream" uses photos, letters, awards, and other items to tell the country star's story, focusing on her rise to fame.  And Crystal will help launch the exhibit with a special appearance this weekend.  For "Concert and Conversation: Crystal Gayle," the singer will talk about her life and career and perform a selection of hits.  The special program is set for Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, and will be streamed live at the museum's website.  Details are available at  The exhibit will remain open through November 3rd.


Country Birthdays Include


Willie Nelson is 81.

The Mavericks Robert Reynolds is 52.

Carolyn Dawn Johnson is 43.

The Wilkinsons Tyler Wilkinson is 30


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1974, the album "The Best Of The Best Of Merle Haggard" was certified Gold.


Today in 1982, Willie Nelson's album "Always On My Mind" as certified Gold.


Today in 1993, Alan Jackson's single "Tonight I Climbed The Wall" hit the top of the charts.


Today in 1996, new releases included Mindy McCready's album "Ten Thousand Angels" and BR5-49's disc "Live From Robert's Western World Home."


Today in 1999, Jo Dee Messina appeared on CBS TV's Nash Bridges as "Tammy McGraw."  Along with acting in the show, Jo Dee performed her hit "Lesson In Leavin'."


Today in 2002, Tracy Byrd, Charlie Daniels, Andy Griggs, Blake Shelton, and Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry spent the morning on Nashville's Percy Priest Lake for the second annual "Fishing For A Cure" tournament, which raised money for the T.J. Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.


Today in 2002, the albums "Cledus Envy" by Cledus T. Judd, "The Soul & The Edge" from Johnny Paycheck, and "Super Hits" by Collin Raye arrived in stores.


Today in 2003, Darryl Worley was enjoying his sixth week atop the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart with the hit "Have You Forgotten."


Today in 2004, Terri Clark was in Nashville to begin shooting on the clip for "Girls Lie, Too."


Today in 2004, Brooks & Dunn, John Michael Montgomery, George Strait, and Travis Tritt were some of the celebrities who took part in the Kentucky Derby-related charity fundraiser Derby Eve Barnstable Brown Gala in Louisville.


Today in 2004, Carolyn Dawn Johnson spent her birthday in New York promoting her single "Simple Life" and album "Dress Rehearsal."


Today in 2005, Brooks & Dunn topped the "Billboard" country chart with "It's Getting Better all the Time."


Today in 2006, Big and Rich performed at the Save Darfur: Rally to Stop Genocide concert in Washington, DC.


Today in 2006, Pat Green and pro-partner Matt Weibring teamed up for the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament in Greenville, South Carolina.  Green, who out-played celebs Kevin Costner, Wayne Gretzky, and John Elway, drove away with a new BMW 24 Roadster.


Today in 2006, The Dixie Chicks were chosen by "Time" magazine as one of the "World's Most Influential People" of the year.


Today in 2006, The Johnny Cash Broadway musical "Ring of Fire" ended a 57-performance run at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York.


Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts' "Stand" hit number one on the "Country Aircheck" singles chart.


Today in 2008, Underwood received the title of "Female Celebrity Smile of the Year" from the consumer dentistry magazine "Dear Doctor."


Today in 2008, the book "Willie Nelson: An Epic Life" arrived in stores -- on Willie's 75th birthday.


Today in 2009, Dolly Parton's Broadway show "9 to 5: The Musical" opened at New York's Marquis Theater.


Today in 2010, Taylor Swift announced her new deal to be featured in ads for CoverGirl cosmetics.  She was chosen to be the face for the company's NatureLuxe line of makeup.


Today in 2010, Little Big Town sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the start of the Kentucky Oaks -- the "sister" race to the Kentucky Derby.  The group's performance marked the first time the anthem had been sung live at the event.  Meanwhile, John Michael Montgomery took part in the Barnstable Brown Gala, an annual charity fundraiser held in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby on the eve of the big race.


Today in 2013, new country releases included Kenny Chesney's album "Life on a Rock."

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