Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

McCready Recalls Boyfriend's Shooting, Losing Kids In Weekend Phone Call


One of the late Mindy McCready's last phone conversations has been made public.  E! says the day before she died the country singer spoke with her friend Dan "Danno" Hanks, a private investigator who always taped their conversations.  In their discussion she was clearly distraught over losing her sons following last month's shooting death of her boyfriend, David Wilson.


McCready also recalled finding Wilson after he'd been shot.  She said she told him that she loved him and forgave him, and begged him to not die.  Mindy said David was also trying to communicate something to her, but "he couldn't talk at that point, half of his brain was on the floor."  McCready was also still angry with authorities for keeping her from going to the hospital with Wilson.  She said their delays in testing her hands for gunshot residue prevented her from "spending two hours with him that would've been the most precious hours" of her life with him.  McCready was found dead at her home in Heber Springs, Arksansas on Sunday from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound.  She was 37.


Mindy McCready Okayed Suicide Prevention PSA Before Death


A suicide prevention video Mindy McCready dedicated to her late boyfriend has taken on new meaning in light of the singer's own death.  According to, McCready's pal Dan "Danno" Hanks says the singer told him before her death that he would know when it was right to post the clip.  In hindsight, Hanks now says he believes she was having him produce her suicide video.  He posted it on YouTube Sunday after McCready was found dead on the porch of her Arkansas home.  Her death came one month after her boyfriend David Wilson was found dead in the same house.  Both died of a gunshot wound to the head.  The video features Mindy's song "I'll See You Yesterday," which was supposed to be included on her next album.  It also includes photos of McCready and Wilson, followed by contact information for 


Hanks tells McCready told him the video was beautiful and was exactly what she wanted.  He also said the song used in the video had been helping Mindy cope with David's loss. 


Taylor Swift A Nominee, Performer At Brit Awards


Taylor Swift is currently in London for yet another awards show.  The country-pop superstar is among the nominees for the 2013 Brit Awards, which are taking place in London on Wednesday.  She's in the running for International Female at the event, facing Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Lana Del Rey, and Cat Power for the honor.  Taylor will be on hand to accept the award in person if she wins, and win or lose she'll be taking the stage.  Swift is among the artists performing at the ceremony.  The UK's "Guardian" says people will be watching the American country-pop star rather closely at the event to see if she has a run-in with her ex, One Direction's Harry Styles.  One Direction is also taking part in the show.  Organizers reportedly made special rehearsal arrangements and juggled the performance schedule to make sure there are no uncomfortable encounters on or off stage at the event.


Taylor Swift, Emerson Drive Nominated For Junos


Taylor Swift and Emerson Drive could soon receive new accolades for their work.  The country stars are among the nominees for the 2013 Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent to the Grammys.  Taylor has a bid with her CD, "Red," which is up for International Album of the Year.  Her record is facing a mix of material for the honor.  Others up for the award include Mumford And Sons' Grammy winner "Babel," Rod Stewart's holiday album "Merry Christmas, Baby," Maroon 5's "Overexposed," and One Direction's "Up All Night."  Meanwhile, Emerson Drive's latest studio effort, "Roll," is in the running for Country Album of the Year.  The Canadian band just released the disc in the U.S. last month, but it hit stores in their homeland last fall.  Veteran country-pop star k.d. lang will be honored at the event as well.  She's been tapped for induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.


Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen is the top nominee heading into the event, with five chances to win.  The 2013 Juno Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 21st.


Select nominees for the 2013 Juno Awards follow:



Maroon 5, "Overexposed"

Mumford & Sons, "Babel"

One Direction, "Up All Night"

Rod Stewart, "Merry Christmas, Baby"

Taylor Swift, "Red"



Chad Brownlee, "Love Me Or Leave Me"

Dallas Smith, "Jumped Right In"

Dean Brody, "Dirt"

Emerson Drive, "Roll"

Johnny Reid, "Fire It Up"



k.d. Lang


Lady Antebellum Says New "Golden" Album Has Different Sound


Lady Antebellum's new album is on the way.  But guitarist Dave Haywood says "Golden" will have a different sound compared to the group's previous albums, which he expects will make for some great driving music.


Singer Charles Kelley adds that he and his bandmates also had a looser schedule this time around.  He says the record label didn't give them an end date, so they got to keep working until they decided the music was ready to be heard.  "Golden" will be Lady Antebellum's fourth studio album.  The disc, which features the group's latest hit "Downtown," will be in stores on May 7th.


Kip Moore Feeling Pressure, But Confident About Sophomore CD


Kip Moore says he's feeling "truly humbled and blessed right now" with the success of his debut album, "Up All Night."  The country singer also admits he's feeling some extra pressure as he works on his sophomore disc.  But Moore tells he's "not scared" about the higher expectations.  He says he's "very confident in the material" he has for his upcoming album, and believes it "trumps this first one."  Kip adds that he's "so ecstatic to get this next record out."  Moore describes his second studio effort as "a good-time record" that's "very, very edgy."  He says it will include "sprinkles of all kinds of things," including a song that is "going to make people trip out and laugh" and one that's "the most vulnerable song" he "could possibly write."  But Kip doesn't say when he's hoping he'll see his next album hit stores.


Moore just released "Hey Pretty Girl," his fourth single from "Up All Night."  Kip logged back-to-back chart-toppers with his last two singles, "Beer Money" and "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck."


Band Perry Says New Single "Has Teeth"


The Band Perry's latest single "Better Dig Two" has climbed its way to the top of the country charts, which is a feat Neil Perry attributes in part to the song's aggressive nature.


Singer Kimberly Perry adds that the song's beat really drives it, but she also likes that they were able to keep their "Appalachian, swampy feel" on the track.  She says the banjo hook is actually her favorite part.  "Better Dig Two" is the first single from the Band Perry's upcoming sophomore effort, "Pioneer."  Kimberly says they were biting their nails over their second album, but "Better Dig Two" has definitely started them off on the right foot.


More Stars Sign On For George Jones' Concert Finale


The lineup for George Jones' concert finale continues to grow. says Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, Kenny Rogers, and Montgomery Gentry are the latest stars to sign on for the special show.  Randy Travis, Jamey Johnson, and Charlie Daniels are also on board for the event, along with Tanya Tucker, Lorrie Morgan, and Gene Watson.  Jones says he's excited that so many of his friends want to be a part of the special occasion.  He adds that it's "sure going to be a fun and emotional night" that will create "lots of memories."  The 81-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer is wrapping up his performing career this year with "The Grand Tour."  Jones will bring his year-long farewell trek to a close with the all-star concert event at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 22nd.  The country legend's next performance is coming up in Greenville, Texas on Friday.


Greg Bates' Fondness For Good Food, Fine Dining His Biggest Expense


Country newcomer Greg Bates says he doesn't lead an extravagant lifestyle.  But the singer admits he has one weakness he tends to indulge.


Bates says he enjoys Nashville's restaurants, while he also likes to sample the local cuisine when he's on the road.  Greg adds that his appreciation for good food likely stems in part from his own inabilities in the kitchen.  Bates just released his latest single, "Fill In The Blank."  It's the follow up to his debut hit, "Did It For The Girl."  Both songs are on Bates' 2012 self-titled album.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1955, Elvis Presley joined a WSM Grand Ole Opry road show in Little Rock, Arkansas, which also featured Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters and comedian the Duke of Paducah.


Today in 1965, Buck Owens topped the charts with "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail."


Today in 1988, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed together for the first time since their 1974 break-up.


Today in 1989, Randy Travis, the Judds, and K.T. Oslin were the big winners at the 31st annual Grammy Awards.


Today in 1990, Alan Jackson began his first major tour, opening for Clint Black in Belton, Texas.


Today in 1991, Pam Tillis was number one on the charts with the single "Don't Tell Me What To Do."


Today in 1991, Kathy Mattea won the Best Country Female Vocal Performance Grammy for "Where've You Been."  Vince Gill won the Best Country Male Vocal Performance Grammy for "When I Call Your Name," and the Kentucky Headhunters took home the Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Group.  Meanwhile, Kitty Wells received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.


Today in 1997, the TV show "Diagnosis Murder" went country as it featured appearances from Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Linda Davis, Billy Dean, Joe Diffie, Barbara Mandrell, and Eddie Rabbitt.


Today in 1998, "USA Today" first reported that Alan Jackson had separated from his wife Denise.  The couple reunited after four months.


Today in 2001, Lee Ann Womack's chart-topping song "I Hope You Dance" won Single of the Year honors in "Radio & Records'" annual Country Readers' Poll.


Today in 2001, Keith Urban was confirmed as an act on the inaugural "Neon Circus & Wild West Show" tour with Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, and Montgomery Gentry.


Today in 2001, Tim Rushlow's self-titled solo debut album was released.


Today in 2003, the Dixie Chicks unveiled the details for their highly successful "Top of the World" tour with a special announcement in New York's Central Park.


Today in 2005, LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich performed at halftime during the NBA all-star basketball game in Denver.


Today in 2005, Clint Black performed at the pre-race concert for the Daytona 500 in Florida.


Today in 2007, Rodney Atkins made his debut on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."  During the program fellow guest Bill Maher made an insulting remark about country music, prompting an apology from Leno and an invitation to return to the show.


Today in 2007, new releases included the Dixie Chicks' DVD "Shut Up and Sing," Tammy Cochran's album "Where I Am," and John Starling and Carolina Star with Emmylou Harris' disc "Slidin' Home."


Today in 2008, Garth Brooks made an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."


Today in 2011, Brad Paisley and Martina McBride performed at the Daytona 500.  In addition, Paisley drove the pace car at the start of the NASCAR race.


Today in 2011, Kenny Chesney's second football documentary, "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story," had its premiere on ESPN.  The film is about the University of Tennessee's early 1970s star player Condredge Holloway, who became the first African-American starting quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.


Today in 2012, The Band Perry made their headlining debut at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.  Tickets for the show went on sale six months prior to the show, and the 23-hundred-seat venue was sold out in just 20 minutes.


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