Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Love And Theft's Eric Gunderson Becomes A Dad Earlier Than Expected


Love And Theft's Eric Gunderson is now a dad.  A rep for the country singer tells "People" that Eric and his wife, Emily, "are thrilled to announce the birth of their handsome new addition," as they celebrated the arrival of their first child over the weekend.  Camden William Gunderson made his entry into the world in Nashville on Sunday -- a couple of months earlier than his May 18th due date.  As a result, the rep says Camden "will be spending some time in the hospital," but adds that "mother, father, and baby are all doing well."  The spokesperson also says that Eric and Emily "are moved by the tremendous outpouring of warm wishes" from their family, fans, and others, and they "look forward to sharing more updates soon."


Eric and Emily will be celebrating their third wedding anniversary next month.  They announced their pregnancy last November, and revealed in December that they were expecting a son.  Love And Theft, which also features Stephen Barker Liles, had a big year last year with their first chart-topping hit "Angel Eyes," which is from their 2012 self-titled album.


Taylor Swift Launching "Red" Tour


Taylor Swift is ready to launch her "Red" tour.  The country-pop superstar says this time around she'll be presenting a more mature show.


Swift says fans attending her concerts should "expect the unexpected."  The singer explains that she really likes "the element of surprise" and "incorporating that into the shows."  She adds that she works hard to make each tour different from what she's done in the past.


On the "Red" tour Swift will play a total of 66 shows over the next six months.  She's kicking off the trek with a two-night stand in Omaha, Nebraska on Wednesday and Thursday night.  Taylor will also play a pair of shows in eleven other cities, and has three-night runs slated for Newark, New Jersey, and the tour closer in Nashville.  Swift will be in Los Angeles for nearly a week for a slate of four shows at the Staples Center in August.  British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is on board as Taylor's opener throughout the trek.  Country singer Brett Eldredge will also take part in the tour launch.  He's one of four country acts who'll be featured at select shows during the trek.  Other concerts will feature either Florida Georgia Line, Casey James, or Joel Crouse.


Taylor Swift's "Red" Tour Dates


March 13 & 14 - Omaha, Nebraska, at the CenturyLink Center

March 18 & 19 - St. Louis, Missouri, at the Scottrade Center

March 22 - Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Time Warner Cable Arena

March 23 - Columbia, South Carolina, at the Colonial Life Arena

March 27, 18, & 19 - Newark, New Jersey, at the Prudential Center

April 10 - Miami, Florida, at the American Airlines Arena

April 11 & 12 - Orlando, Florida, at the Amway Center

April 18 & 19 - Atlanta, Georgia, at the Phillips Arena

April 20 - Tampa, Florida, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum

April 25 - Cleveland, Ohio, at the Quicken Loans Arena

April 26 - Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse

April 27 - Lexington, Kentucky, at the Rupp Arena

May 4 - Detroit, Michigan, at Ford Field

May 7 - Louisville, Kentucky, at the KFC Yum! Center

May 8 - Columbus, Ohio, at the Nationwide Arena

May 11 & 12 - Washington, DC, at the Verizon Center       

May 16 - Houston, Texas, at the Toyota Center

May 21 - Austin, Texas, at the Frank Irwin Center

May 22 - San Antonio, Texas, at the AT&T Center

May 25 - Arlington, Texas, at Cowboys Stadium

May 28 & 29 - Glendale, Arizona, at the Arena

June 1 - Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Energy Solutions Arena

June 2 - Denver, Colorado, at the Pepsi Center

June 14 & 15 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the Rogers Centre

June 22 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, at Investors Group Field

June 25 & 26 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at the Rexall Place

June 29 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at BP Place Stadium

July 6 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Heinz Field

July 13 - East Rutherford, New Jersey, at MetLife Stadium

July 19 & 20 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Lincoln Financial Field

July 26 & 27 - Foxborough, Massachusetts, at Gillette Stadium

August 1 - Des Moines, Iowa, at Wells Fargo Arena

August 2 & 3 - Kansas City, Missouri, at the Sprint Center

August 6 - Wichita, Kansas, at the Intrust Bank Arena

August 7 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the BOK Center

August 10 - Chicago, Illinois, at Soldier Field

August 15 - San Diego, California, at the Valley View Casino Center

August 19, 20, 23, & 24 - Los Angeles, California, at the Staples Center

August 27 - Sacramento, California, at the Sleep Train Arena

August 30 - Portland, Oregon, at the Rose Garden Arena

August 31 - Tacoma, Washington, at the Tacoma Dome

September 6 - Fargo, North Dakota, at the Fargodome

September 7 & 8 - St. Paul, Minnesota, at the Xcel Energy Center

September 12 - Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum

September 13 - Raleigh, North Carolina, at the PNC Arena

September 14 - Charlottesville, Virginia, at the John Paul Jones Arena

September 19, 20, & 21 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Bridgestone Arena


Rascal Flatts Making Australian Concert Debut


Rascal Flatts is in Australia for their first ever shows in the land down under.  The guys arrived in Sydney earlier this week, and have been tweeting about the experience.  Both Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus shared their relief at finally getting there, with Joe Don noting it was a 27-hour trip.  Jay attached a photo to one of his tweets, sharing the view outside his hotel window.  He adds that Sydney is a "beautiful city."


Rascal Flatts will make their Australian concert debut Wednesday night with a show in Brisbane, and then head to Melbourne for a performance Friday night.  The trio will wrap up their Australian adventure with a headlining set at the CMC Rocks the Hunter festival.  Rascal Flatts will close out the three-day event Sunday night, following sets from The Band Perry, David Lee Murphy, and The Farm as well as Canadian stars Dean Brody and Corb Lund.  The Band Perry is also the opening act for Rascal Flatts' Brisbane and Melbourne shows.


Justin Moore Nervous, Excited About First Headlining Tour


With his first headlining tour kicking off this week, Justin Moore can't help but to have some mixed feelings.


Moore admits to feeling a little nervous with the pressure of being the headliner after years as a show opener for acts like Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert.  But he also says he's up for the challenge.  The country singer says he's pleased with all the things that are going on with him right now and is looking forward to hitting the road.  Dustin Lynch and Jon Pardi will join Justin for several dates on the trek.  Moore's "Outlaws Like Me" tour kicks off this Thursday in Pikeviille, Kentucky.


Justin Moore's "Outlaws Like Me" Tour Dates


March 14 - Pikeville, Kentucky, at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center

March 15 - Troy, Ohio, at the Hobart Arena

March 21 - Kearny, Nebraska, at the Viaero Event Center

March 22 - St. Joseph, Missouri, at the St. Joseph Civic Arena

March 23 - Farmington, Missouri, at the Farmington Civic Center

March 28 - Davenport, Iowa, at the Adler Theatre - with Dustin Lynch only

March 29 - Brookings, North Dakota, at the Swiftel Center

March 30 - Bismarck, North Dakota, at the Bismarck Civic Center

April 13 - Dodge City, Kansas, at the United Wireless Arena - with Dustin Lynch only

April 18 - Erie, Pennsylvania, at the Erie Insurance Arena

April 19 - Johnston, Pennsylvania, at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena

April 20 - Corbin, Kentucky, at The Corbin Arena


"Nashville" Tour Being Considered


Some of the stars from TV's "Nashville" just might hit the road.  An unnamed source tells "The Hollywood Reporter" that a trek is in the works featuring Charles Esten, who plays the part of Deacon; Sam Palladio, who's Gunnar; Clare Bowen, who portrays Scarlett; and Jonathan Jackson, who's Avery on the show.  The insider adds that Connie Britton, who has the role of Rayna; and Hayden Panettiere, who's Juliette; wouldn't be included on the tour.  At last weekend's PaleyFest, Esten said a tour is being considered, but that it's currently only in the "vague stages."  He also told "The Hollywood Reporter" that he'd be open to going on tour, but would hope that the series' musical director T Bone Burnett "would be involved in some way."  Britton says she's not interested in going on a "Nashville" tour, while Panettiere confessed that she'd have to overcome her stage fright before she could agree to hit the road.


But Palladio and Bowen are excited about the possibility.  Sam says he'd "love to do it," and thinks it'd be a great way to "see the fans and spread the music."  Clare says she believes a tour would be "so much fun and such a pleasure to meet all the fans," because "country music fans are the best in the world."  "Nashville" creator Callie Khouri says she'd like to see a tour happen, but it depends on how committed the cast members are to it.


Pistol Annies Release New Single, Album Coming In May


Pistol Annies have a new album on the way.  The trio is calling their sophomore effort "Annie Up."  Singer Ashley Monroe says they felt it was an appropriate title, since they put all their "musical chips on the table" with this project.  The Annies' new single "Hush Hush" is the lead-off release from the disc.  Miranda Lambert says the song was inspired by the recent holiday season.  She explains that when she, Ashley, and Angaleena Presley met up again after Christmas, they were all "talking about how horrible it was."  Monroe says they ended up taking "a little bit of truth" from each of their family experiences to write the song.  Angaleena adds that being honest is "so much easier than lie on top of lie on top of secrets."  Pistol Annies' "Annie Up" will be in stores on May 7th.


Randy Houser Says Persistence Is Paying Off


Randy Houser knows "How Country Feels."  He also knows how hard times feel too.  The country singer has experiences many ups and downs in the music business but says he kept after his dream because he felt that was the only thing he could do.


Houser says he's both surprised and grateful that things are happening for him.  He says his most recent number one record, "How Country Feels," has put him back on track and renewed his thoughts that he's doing what he's supposed to be doing.  "How Country Feels" is from Houser's third album of the same name, released back in January.  The album's second single "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" was released to radio last week.


Mumford & Sons To Grace First "Rolling Stone" Cover


Mumford and Sons won't have to wait much longer to see themselves on the cover of the "Rolling Stone."  The British group will make their debut in the iconic position on the magazine's next issue, which is scheduled to hit newsstands this Friday.  According to, the band talks about everything from their faith to their unexpected rise to chart-topping, Grammy-winning glory in the digital age of music.  Frontman Marcus Mumford jokes that he may not know how his phone works, but he knows how an "acoustic guitar played with gusto" works as soon as he sees it.  Mumford and Sons are currently on tour in Europe.  They'll be performing in Milan, Italy on Thursday.


Hundreds Of Unopened Taylor Swift Fan Letters Found In Dumpster


Taylor Swift fans won't be happy to hear that their fan mail might not actually be reaching the star.  According to Nashville's WKRN, hundreds of unopened fan letters addressed to Taylor were found in a dumpster.  The letters were discovered by a local named Kylee Francescan, who took the information to the radio station, saying she wanted to get the mail back to Taylor knowing "how much her fans mean to her."  The station found out that the letters were addressed to a P.O. Box and a strip mall, who told them that a member of the star's team does come in to collect the fan mail every so often. 


It's possible that Taylor is not to blame for the incident.  Her spokesperson put forward a possible explanation, saying Taylor gets thousands of letters everyday that are delivered to her management office.  After the letters are read, they are recycled - so it's possible that this particular batch of letters accidently went to the recycling center instead of being delivered to Taylor.


Quick Bites


Edens Edge is undergoing changes.  The group announced earlier this month that singer Hannah Blaylock has left the trio.  But remaining members Dean Berner and Cherrill Green plan to continue working together.  They don't say if they're going to find someone to replace Hannah, but say they're now starting "the next chapter" of the band.


Jake Owen will be taking the stage at Houston's Reliant Stadium at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo tonight.  The performance will mark Jake's debut at the event.


Country Birthdays Include


Opry star Jan Howard is 83.

Billy Yates is 50.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1976, the Bellamy Brothers first hit the country charts with "Let Your Love Flow."


Today in 1999, Trisha Yearwood became the 71st current member of Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1999, the Dixie Chicks charted their third number one single, "You Were Mine."


Today in 2000, it was "Chely Wright Day" in her hometown of Wellsville, Kansas.  She also officially kicked off her Reading Writing and Rhythm Foundation.


Today in 2002, Faith Hill won two Crown Awards on the website for the second year in a row.  Repeating her twin wins from the previous March, Faith's mane was named "Best Hairstyle in Music" as well as "Best Long Hair."


Today in 2003, it was "Lee An Womack Day" in Texas.


Today in 2006, Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Donnie and Johnny Van Zant of Van Zant were on hand for the presentation.  Johnny sang a version of "Sweet Home Alabama" with the band during the induction.


Today in 2006, Carrie Underwood made her first appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and debuted her second single. "Don't Forget To Remember Me."


Today in 2008, Lonestar played a benefit concert for Hillsboro Elementary and Middle School, to raise money for the purchase of supplies not covered by state funding.  The concert took place in the school's gymnasium.


Today in 2008, Shania Twain was on hand for the opening of the newest section of Te Araroa public walkway in New Zealand.  The walkway crosses land Twain and her then-husband Mutt Lange owned, and the couple had paid to have a path and huts built so people could walk through the area and have places to stop and rest along the way.


Today in 2012, Toby Keith took part in the official ribbon-cutting event to formally open the convention floor at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas.  The country star was on hand to promote his own Wild Shot Mezcal at the event.


Today in 2012, new country releases included Shooter Jennings' "Family Man."


Today in 2012, Luke Bryan played the first of his two annual spring break shows in Panama City, Florida.


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