Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Mindy McCready Mourned At Family Funeral


The late Mindy McCready's mother says her daughter is no longer hurting.  Gayle Inge was among those who spoke at the country singer's funeral, which took place Tuesday in Fort Myers, Florida.  She told those in attendance at Crossroads Baptist Church that Mindy was finally finding peace.


The "News-Press" says Gayle also shared the pain she's experiencing from the loss, admitting she's not sure how to go on from here.  Gayle added that through it all Mindy loved her two sons very deeply, and she knows it's important to Mindy that her boys understand she will always love them.  The singer's brother Skyler also spoke during the service, sharing stories and memories from their childhood.  McCready's stepfather, Michael Inge sang "You Are My Special Angel."


Mindy McCready died on February 17th of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas.  She took her own life a month after the death of her boyfriend, David Wilson, who was also the father of Mindy's youngest son.  Mindy was 37.


Kip Moore, Vince Gill Among Tonight's "Nashville" Guest Stars


Some real-life country singers are mixing with the fictional stars on tonight's episode of "Nashville."  Kip Moore says he really enjoyed taking part in the ABC drama, but wouldn't exactly give his performance a rave review.


Vince Gill is also making a guest appearance on the show.  He says he's a "Nashville" fan, and had fun "hanging out with the cast and crew" during the taping.  Vince adds that the role wasn't all that demanding, since he's playing himself.  In addition to Moore and Gill, the episode will also feature Pam Tillis and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.  They're all portraying themselves as guests at a surprise birthday party for Charles Esten's character, Deacon.  Their scenes were shot earlier this month at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe.  "Nashville" airs on ABC at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.


Wynonna, Kellie Pickler Confirmed For "Dancing With The Stars"


Wynonna Judd and Kellie Pickler are among the eleven new cast members for "Dancing With the Stars."  The country singers' participation was confirmed yesterday on ABC's "Good Morning America."  Wynonna says this wasn't the first time she'd been invited to take part in the show, and jokes that since she's finally agreed she's hoping to shed a few pounds in the process.


Wy adds that competing on "Dancing With the Stars" is something she's doing for herself after spending the past several months caring for husband Cactus Moser, who lost part of his leg in a motorcycle accident last August.  She also admits the show is taking her out of her "comfort zone" and she's "scared to death," but says 2013 is "the year of doing things you're scared of."  Pickler, meanwhile, is the first former "American Idol" finalist to appear on "Dancing."  She says she's hoping her days as a rollerskating waitress will help her out, and adds that she's "used to falling down."


Both Kellie and Wy's professional dance partners have country connections.  Kellie is working with Julianne Hough's brother, Derek Hough.  Wy has been paired with Tony Dovolani, who danced with Sara Evans during her time on the show in season three.  The competition begins for Kellie and Wy next month.  The season 16 premiere of "Dancing With the Stars" will air on ABC on March 18th.


Florida Georgia Line Not Changing For CRS New Faces Show


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley expects to be performing for a tougher-than-usual crowd at the Country Radio Seminar's New Faces show.  But he tells that he and Tyler Hubbard aren't going to make any adjustments for the audience of radio executives.  He says they're "just going to go out and throw a party on stage" like they usually do, because that's what got them to where they are today.  The duo is one of five artists who were selected for the prestigious event, which Hubbard says feels "awesome."  He adds that it's "a big step" for them, and they consider it "an honor to be a part of it."  The New Faces show is just the latest in a growing string of accomplishments for Florida Georgia Line, which Kelley says is very motivating.  He explains that all the success they've had in over the past year makes them "want to work harder." 


The annual New Faces of Country Music Show is one of the highlights of the CRS, which is currently under way in Nashville.  In addition to Florida Georgia Line, this year's concert will feature Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, and Jana Kramer.  The show will close this year's Country Radio Seminar on Friday.


Tate Stevens To Release Debut Album In April


Tate Stevens admits saying he's "excited" about his upcoming debut album is "an understatement."  The latest "X Factor" winner explains that he's "dreamt of recording and releasing music for over a decade," and he's thrilled that the dream is now coming true.  Stevens adds that he's really pleased with his first studio effort.  He says the songs on his self-titled disc "range from fun-loving to serious and everything in between," and really reflect his personality.  Tate adds that he's "really proud of this album" and "can't wait" for people to hear it.  Stevens' CD, which will include his debut single "Power of a Love Song," will be in stores on April 23rd.


Garth Brooks Among Latest Additions To George Jones Final Concert


Garth Brooks will be on hand for George Jones' final concert.  Brooks is among the latest stars to sign on for the upcoming event as the lineup continues to grow.  The Oak Ridge Boys and Shelby Lynne are also confirmed for the special show, along with Kid Rock and Sam Moore.  The concert is still more than eight months away, but the guest list already boasts more than a dozen stars.  Randy Travis, Dierks Bentley, and Josh Turner are also slated for the show, along with Kenny Rogers, Montgomery Gentry, and Tanya Tucker.  Jones says it's "truly heartwarming" to know he'll be "joined by so many incredible singers" for his farewell performance.  He adds that the lineup is becoming more than he "expected or could have ever imagined."  Jones will also share the stage with Charlie Daniels, Lorrie Morgan, and Gene Watson for his last performance, and more artists are expected to be added to the list.


The 81-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer is wrapping up his performing career this year with "The Grand Tour," which he launched earlier this month.  Jones will bring his lengthy farewell trek to a close with the all-star concert event, taking place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 22nd.  The country legend's next performance is set for Joliet, Illinois on March 15th.


Thomas Rhett Says He'd Love To Write Song With Adele


Thomas Rhett has already written a song with country hitmaker Jason Aldean, but the singer-songwriter says he wouldn't mind switching genres for his next co-writing project.


Rhett says penning a song Adele chose to sing would make him feel like a "pretty awesome songwriter."  He goes on to say that the Grammy and Oscar-winning British pop star "just kills everything she sings," in addition to writing so much emotion into her own songs.


Meanwhile, Thomas is working on his own self-titled debut album.  The record, which will include the singles "Something to Do with My Hands" and "Beer with Jesus," is due out March 19th.


Taylor Swift Gets Inspired By TED Talks


Taylor Swift is opening up about the unlikely places she gets inspiration for her songs.  While Swift often finds inspiration in love, she also finds herself turning to the web to gear up for song writing.


Technology isn't the only thing Taylor taps when she wants to get her creative energy flowing.  She also enjoys reading novels that make her look at the world in a different way.  Swift points to Harper Lee's 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" as one book that has inspired her.  She says Lee's storytelling makes her mind wander.  Swift adds that reading allows her to think about "greater concepts."


Tim McGraw Admits Singing With Faith Hill Is Challenging


Tim McGraw says performing with wife Faith Hill is a real treat for him.  But the country star also admits it can be somewhat challenging.


Tim adds that Faith makes him a better singer.  He explains that Faith has such a powerful voice that "you can't just go up and phone it in with her," but "you have to really be on top of your game."  Tim and Faith are performing together at their "Soul2Soul" shows in Las Vegas.  Their engagement at The Venetian runs through late April.  The couple's next concerts are coming up this Friday and Saturday night.


Country Birthdays Include


Van Zant's Johnny Van Zant is 53.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1959, Jerry Lee Lewis became a father with the birth of his son -- named Steve Allen Lewis after the comedian Steve Allen.


Today in 1979, Kenny Rogers' album "The Gambler" was certified Platinum.


Today in 1990, the "Here In The Real World" album by Alan Jackson was released.


Today in 1995, Pam Tillis released the single "I Was Blown Away."


Today in 1996, Diamond Rio's "IV" album was released.


Today in 1996, Emmylou Harris was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award at the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards luncheon.


Today in 1999, SHeDAISY debuted on the charts with "Little Good-byes."


Today in 2001, Jessica Andrews' album "Who I Am" arrived in stores.


Today in 2002, Garth Brooks kicked off his cross-country jaunt as part of the National Education Association's Read Across America 2002 program.


Today in 2006, the Kenny Chesney Caribbean Cruise Getaway set sail.  Dierks Bentley, Julie Roberts, Big Kenny, Blue County, Little Big Town and Hot Apple Pie were among the artists who took part in the trip.


Today in 2006, Alan Jackson performed his album of gospel standards "Precious Memories" to an invited audience at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.


Today in 2007, Toby Keith was honored by the performance rights organization BMI with an event in Nashville to celebrate his music logging 50-million broadcasts.


Today in 2007, Kenny Rogers received the Career Achievement Award from the Country Radio Broadcaster's at the DJ and Radio Hall of Fame dinner.


Today in 2007, Sugarland and Craig Morgan were celebrating sales accomplishments at separate parties in Nashville.  Sugarland was toasting the chart-topping success of the single "Want To" as well as the Platinum certification of their album "Enjoy the Ride," while Morgan was marking the Gold certification of his CD "My Kind of Livin'."


Today in 2007, Little Big Town welcomed John Mellencamp at their concert in Nashville.  They performed three songs from Mellencamp's album "Freedom's Road," which features guest vocals from the group.


Today in 2008, Keith Urban was among the first inductees into Australia's Walk of Fame in Brisbane.


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift was a guest on the more typically pop, rock, and rap-oriented MTV series "TRL."


Today in 2011, Keith Urban accompanied wife Nicole Kidman to the Oscars, marking the first time he'd attended the prestigious event with her as a nominee.


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