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May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013

» One Sung Hero: "I remember waking up and there was Tim McGraw sitting in front of me, handing me water," recalls Paula Whitten following an incident during the Two Lanes Of Freedom Tour stop in Atlanta. Tim came to Paula's rescue after she collapsed from the heat in one of the front rows. Being a Southern gentleman, he stopped the show mid-set, came down of the stage and made sure she was alright. If you haven't seen the hero in action, Tim gives a preview during his two-hour television special ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night May 19 on CBS-TV. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line with Nelly, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry will join him, along with collaborations from John Fogerty, Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo and Pitbull.

» Under Cover: Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour exhibition opens at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum June 5. There will be costumes, set pieces and a tribute to the fans. According to Carrie's upcoming cover article in Marie Claire, she doesn't believe she's museum material. "Maybe my kids will have fun playing dress up in the clothes," she tells the magazine. "I can’t see saving the stuff for a museum [or] some giant monument to my awesomeness. That's Dolly. That's Loretta. Not me." Sorry, Carrie. Too late. The exhibition runs through Nov. 10. Read more from the article here; the issue hits newsstands May 21.

» George By Merle: "He knew people expected him to be the greatest country singer that ever lived," says Merle Haggard of the late George Jones. "He was the Babe Ruth of country music. People expected a home run every time." Merle pays tribute to his friend in the 5/23 issue of Rolling Stone and shares the story of how they first met. Read here.

» Project Manager: If there's one thing John Rich learned during the Celebrity Apprentice it was that Donald, Jr. is just as intellegent as Ivana is beautiful. The other thing he learned was how to use famous friends to throw events that raise money for charity. John has invited Wynonna, Larry the Cable Guy, Big Kenny and Lisa Rinna to help him at St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends. The concert takes place at the Cannon Center in Memphis June 4 and will serve as tee-off for the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic. More here.

» Nice Spread: Proceeds from sales of Kenny Chesney's new "Spread The Love: A Fund For Boston" T-shirts will benefit the fund. Money raised helps Boston Medical Center provide prosthetic limbs and post-prosthetic care to those injured by the Boston Marathon Bombings. Watch Chesney's chat with Katie Couric and order shirts here.

Hit List

  • Toby Keith raised more than $1 million for the OK Kids Korral during the 10th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic. The live auction portion of the event, hosted by Keith and comedian Rodney Carrington, raised more than $500,000 alone. More here.
  • Brett Eldredge, The Farm, Jana Kramer and Charlie Worsham will perform at The Warner Sound Presents: 2013 CMT Music Awards Official Fan After Party to be held at aVenue in Nashville June 5. Tickets available here.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates CMA Music Festival (6/4-9) with performances by Craig CampbellKristen KellyLove And Theft and Tate Stevens, autograph signings from CMT's Katie CookLee Greenwood and Thompson Square, a Songwriter Session with Brett James and a tribute to Hank Cochran by Jamey Johnson. Details here.


George Strait (5/18) 

Maggie Rose (5/19)

GAC's Suzanne Alexander (5/20)


Friday (5/17): Connie Britton, Live With Kelly & Michael.

Sunday (5/19): ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night (CBS); Taylor Swift, 60 Minutes (CBS); Trace Adkins, All Star Celebrity-Apprentice (NBC); Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).

Monday (5/20): Kellie Pickler, Dancing With The Stars (ABC); Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).

Upcoming Album Releases

Angie Johnson Sing For You - EP (5/21)

Restless Heart The Very Best of Restless Heart (5/21)

Darius Rucker True Believers (5/21)

Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw All in the Same Boat (5/28)

Lonestar Life As We Know It (6/4)

LeAnn Rimes Spitfire (6/4)

Hunter Hayes Encore (6/18)

LoCash Cowboys LoCash Cowboys (6/18)

Brett Eldredge TBD (8/6)

» Killer Set, Brad: Brad Paisley rocks it out with The Killers during their show at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville Sunday (5/12). Frontman Brandon Flowers introduced Brad to the crowd as the, "Sheriff of Nashville" before they performed "From Here On Out" together. Watch here.

» "High" School: Willie Nelson receives his honorary doctor of music degree from the Berklee College of Music Saturday (5/11). Also collecting a diploma, Carole King and Annie Lennox.


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