Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Taylor Swift Leads Country In "Wave One" Teen Choice Nominees


Taylor Swift has yet another chance to be honored.  She's the top country contender following the Teen Choice Awards' "Wave One" nomination announcement.  The country-pop superstar is in the running in three categories, including Choice Female Artist and Choice Smile.  She's also up for Choice Female Country Artist along with Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, and Jana Kramer.  A number of other country star are up for awards as well, including Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, and Florida Georgia Line.


Meanwhile, Lucy Hale is getting recognition for her acting.  Her bid for Choice TV Actress: Drama is one of five nods for the ABC Family series "Pretty Little Liars," which is among the lead nominees heading into the event.  The reality shows "The Voice" and "American Idol" could also take an award.  Details on performers and presenters will be revealed soon, along with more nominees.  The 2014 Teen Choice Awards will take place on August 10th, and air live on Fox.  Voting is open now at


Country related nominees for the Teen Choice Awards





Luke Bryan

Hunter Hayes

Jake Owen

Blake Shelton

Keith Urban



Jana Kramer

Kacey Musgraves

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood



Florida Georgia Line

Lady Antebellum


The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band




Miley Cyrus

Ariana Grande


Katy Perry

Taylor Swift





"Hart of Dixie"

"Pretty Little Liars"

"Switched at Birth"

"The Fosters"




Troian Bellisario, "Pretty Little Liars"

Rachel Bilson, "Hart of Dixie"

Lucy Hale, "Pretty Little Liars"

Maddie Hasson, "Twisted"

Maia Mitchell, "The Fosters"



"American Idol"

"Masterchef Junior"


"The Amazing Race"

"The Voice"





Selena Gomez

Austin Mahone

Demi Lovato

Harry Styles

Taylor Swift


New "American Country Countdown Awards" To Debut In December


Kix Brooks' radio show is serving as the basis for a new awards show.  "Variety" says Fox is developing the "American Country Countdown Awards," which will debut in December.  The two-hour ceremony will originate in Nashville, featuring the live performances and honors for the biggest country songs of the year.  The production is a spin-off of the weekly syndicated radio show "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks."  Dick Clark Productions, which is behind the Academy of Country Music Awards, is involved in the new venture.  The inaugural "American Country Countdown Awards" is scheduled to air live on Fox on December 15th.


Glen Campbell's Daughter Concerned About His Care


One of Glen Campbell's children isn't completely satisfied with the care her father is receiving.  The 78-year-old entertainer is battling Alzheimer's, and currently living in a facility in Nashville.  Glen's oldest daughter, Debby, tells "Country Weekly" he's "doing good," and says the facility isn't "bad by any means."  But she believes Glen isn't "getting the attention that he needs," and he "deserves better than this."


Debby, who lives in Arizona, says her attitude "would be different" if she felt family members in Nashville were "spending hours with him and eating meals with him."  She adds that if she lived in Nashville she "would want to spend from the time he wakes in the morning until the evening with him" -- which is what she's hoping to do.  Debby says she's had no response yet to an e-mail she sent to Glen's wife Kim, who has control over his care, explaining her wishes to move him into her home.  Debby adds that Glen has told her "numerous times" that he "wants to go home."


Willie Nelson's Luck, TX Damaged By Storm


Willie Nelson's "beautiful Luck wasn't so Lucky recently."  A post on the country star's Facebook page says the portion of his ranch he calls Luck, TX was damaged last week in severe storms with "tornado force winds"  The message adds that he's "happy to report no one was hurt and the church only had a few windows blown out," but the bank and post office were destroyed and the World Headquarters is "holding on by a splinter."  However, Nelson and his team "aren't complaining," and note that other communities in the area "got it a lot worse."  They add that "Luck is a tough town.  It can be rebuilt."


Luck, TX was created in 1986 the set to the movie inspired by Nelson's 1975 album "Red Headed Stranger."  Over the years Willie has maintained the property, which has occasionally been used for video shoots.  Nelson also uses the town to host his Heartbreaker Banquet during the South By Southwest Music Festival, and to house his rescue horses.


Toby Keith's Syracuse Bar Owes More Taxes


The tax man cometh after Toby Keith's Syracuse bar and grill.  According to, the country star's New York eatery is facing a new tax warrant from the state,  seeking more than 107-thousand-dollars in unpaid taxes from fourth quarter earnings last year.  The restaurant is reportedly still on the hook for 145-thousand-dollars in sales taxes from the second and third quarters of 2013, meaning Keith owes more than 250-thousand-dollars to the state government.  Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill is in 16 locations around the country.  If his Syracuse spot doesn't pay up, it could be seized by the state.


Brad Paisley Describes Getting Involved In New "Planes" Film


Brad Paisley says Pixar's John Lasseter approached him directly about writing music for the upcoming "Planes" sequel.  The country star adds that Lasseter had no objections to him tapping his family's history in firefighting for the songs.


Paisley says Lasseter explained that "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is dedicated to firefighters, and highlights their bravery in doing such a dangerous job.  The singer adds that his dad is just one of several firefighters in his family, and he was honored to pay tribute to them with his songs for the film.


Brad provides two songs for the animated feature.  "All In" was recently unveiled in the movie's trailer, while he also contributes a song called "Runway Romance."  Paisley has a small part in the film as well, voicing the role of a pickup truck at Honkers Sports Bar.  "Planes: Fire & Rescue" will be in theaters on July 18th.  The film's soundtrack album will hit stores on July 15th.


Brantley Gilbert Really Likes Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett


Brantley Gilbert has nothing but praise for his latest collaborators.  The country star says Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett are two really great guys.


Gilbert adds that Justin is "one of the funniest dudes" he's met in the music business, while Thomas well surpassed any expectations he had when they toured together.  The three singers teamed up for Brantley's current single, "Small Town Throwdown," which is on his latest album "Just As I Am."


Reba McEntire Glad She Went To College


Reba McEntire says she really got an education in college -- both in and out of the classroom.  The country star explains that as a kid she worked the family's ranch with her father and siblings, so she didn't acquire certain domestic skills before she left home.


Reba also admits that as a teenager she wasn't all that interested in going to college, but just wanted to "run barrels in the rodeo and sing."  She says her mom -- who was a teacher -- impressed upon her the importance of getting a college education, just in case her dreams of a rodeo or music career didn't "pan out."  Reba adds that she's glad she followed that advice.


Photographs and other mementos from Reba's childhood are currently on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.  The exhibit "Reba: All the Women I Am" will close on Sunday.


"Duck Dynasty" Star Might Continue With Music Career


"Duck Dynasty's" Uncle Si Robertson says his new EP might just be his first solo release.  He tells music has always been important to him, and he really loves to sing.  The 66-year-old reality TV star admits he believes "the '60s had the best music of any era," but says it's "different for each generation."  Si says his favorites include James Brown and The Platters, along with two acts that got their start in the '90s -- Garth Brooks and Brooks & Dunn.  And the one-time country duo just might mean a little more to Robertson these days, since Kix Brooks adds vocals to Si's song "Can't Take The Swamp Outta The Man."  It's one of the tracks on Robertson's EP "Me and My Smokin' Hot Honey," which is available now.


Country Birthdays Include


Blake Shelton is 38.

Marty Haggard is 56.  The country singer-songwriter is also Merle Haggard's son.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1915, A.P. Carter married Sara Dougherty in Virginia, starting the country music dynasty that produced June Carter and Carlene Carter.


Today in 1973, Loretta Lynn appeared on the cover of "Newsweek" magazine.


Today in 1976, Hank Williams Jr. married his third wife, Becky, in Louisiana.


Today in 1977, "Lucille" by Kenny Rogers peaked at number five on the pop singles chart and topped the UK singles chart.


Today in 1984, the movie "Rhinestone" co-starring Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone premiered at the Roy Acuff Theatre in Nashville.


Today in 1993, Aaron Tippin's hit single "Working Man's PhD" entered the country charts.


Today in 1994, Neal McCoy scored his second number one hit with the single "Wink."


Today in 1996, Marty Stuart released his album "Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best."


Today in 1997, Brooks & Dunn played a special show for their fan club at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, and afterward stuck around to meet and sign autographs for attendees -- even though there were more than two-thousand people waiting.  The guys didn't stop until they'd taken care of everyone there, which took until 5:00 a.m. the following morning.


Today in 1998, a memorial for former Oak Ridge Boy Steve Sanders was held at the McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville.  Sanders had taken his own life a week earlier at his home in Cape Coral, Florida.


Today in 2002, Brad Martin's debut album, "Wings Of A Honky Tonk Angel," arrived in stores.


Today in 2003, Lee Ann Womack performed for American troops at camp Talil, Iraq.  Chely Wright, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert DeNiro and Wayne Newton were also on the show.

 Today in 2004, Willie Nelson took part in the funeral for music legend Ray Charles in Los Angeles, singing Charles' hit "Georgia On My Mind" at the ceremony.  Glen Campbell, Stevie Wonder, and B.B. King also performed, while Cicely Tyson, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Clint Eastwood were among those in attendance.  Charles died eight days earlier from complications related to liver disease.


Today in 2004, Gretchen Wilson made her "Tonight Show" debut.


Today in 2004, Dierks Bentley was named as one of "People" magazine's "50 Hottest Bachelors," getting a mention as one of America's "most eligible single men."


Today in 2005, Brad Paisley wrapped the "Two Hats and a Redhead" tour with Reba McEntire and Terri Clark.


Today in 2006, Naomi Judd was the graduation day speaker at National University in San Diego, California


Today in 2007, Tracy Lawrence filmed a video for his hit "Find out Who Your Friends Are" in Enterprise, Alabama.  Close friends who made cameo appearances in the clip included George Jones and Darryl Worley.


Today in 2007, Taylor Swift performed on the "Gracie" awards, which honor achievements by women in TV and radio.


Today in 2008, Trace Adkins celebrated the chart-topping success of his hit "You're Gonna Miss This" at an event in Nashville.  In addition, the truTV series "Black Gold" had its premiere.  Adkins provided the theme song for the series.


Today in 2009, Clint Black, Jack Ingram, and Joe Nichols participated in the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  Honorees included Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; and the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati.


Today in 2010, Trisha Yearwood's first article as "People" magazine's Food Columnist appeared in the publication.


Today in 2013, Danielle Bradbery was named the winner on NBC's "The Voice," while The Swon Brothers finished in third place.  Bradbery's success also marked the third consecutive win on the show for coach Blake Shelton.


Today in 2013, Hunter Hayes performed the MTV Artist to Watch concert in New York City.


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