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September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013

» Paisley Pictures: "Usually a song is sort of a product of a movie," Brad Paisley says of the project spawned by his latest single. "When we finished recording 'I Can’t Change the World,' I remember thinking, 'Boy, that feels cinematic. That feels like a score.' It feels like something that goes underneath of a film." A movie based on the tune is in the works and the songwriter took on the role of screenwriter to bring it to life. "I really do feel like I have a knack for writing [movies]," he says. "I say that humbly knowing I’ve got a long way to go, but it’s fun to think about the ways that music can be served by crossing into a few of these things.” Kind of ironic, considering his first album was titled Who Needs Pictures. Question ... answered.

» Promotional Traffic: In other movie news, Tim McGraw will begin filming Tomorrowland in Vancouver next week. The sci-fi mystery movie from Disney is scheduled for release December 2014 and stars George Clooney, Judy Greer and Hugh Laurie. We'd bet that McGraw's a better actor than Clooney is a singer, but George's late aunt Rosemary Clooney was an accomplished crooner, so who knows?

» Zac Pedaling: "My opinion is not about Luke as an artist," tweeted Zac Brown, whose recent comments about mainstream country took aim at Luke Bryan's "My Kinda Night." he said, "It's about that song. He didn't write it. I'm a fan of Luke, but definitely not that song." Zac recently told a Canadian radio station the single is "the worst song I've ever heard."

» Thank You, Cleveland! Severe weather in New York City grounded Keith Urban's flight to Cleveland, causing him to miss his concert date Thursday (9/12). The show at Blossom Music Center went on with openers Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town. Urban sent his apologies via YouTube (watch here) and made good on his promise of a raincheck for ticket holders Sunday (9/15). "Cleveland! From the bottom of my heart thank you for tonite," tweeted Keith after the show. "A three-hour set never felt so good!"

» Sound Effects: Carrie Underwood's Maria will be joined by HBO's True Blood star Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp in NBC's The Sound Of Music. Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle have also joined the cast. The three-hour production, from Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, will air Dec. 5 on NBC-TV.

» Party Supplies: Gretchen Wilson will perform Here For The Party in its entirety at St. Louis' The Pageant Oct. 15. Gretchen, who grew up in nearby Pocahontas, IL, got her start at the club and held the record's release party there in 2004. "It's hard to believe it's been almost 10 years since we released Here For The Party," she says. "We're excited about the fans in St. Louis being a part of this event." The show will be recorded for a live Still Here For The Party CD and DVD set for a May 2014 release.

» Human Being: "Never thought I'd see the ER in Dublin," tweeted LeAnn Rimes Thursday (9/12). Rimes was forced to cancel UK tour dates after being treated for a viral infection and placed on vocal rest. "I have coughed myself into pain. The spasm is intense. Being human sucks sometimes."

Hit List 

  • George StraitEric ChurchBlake SheltonMiranda LambertReba and Alabama are the latest additions to the lineup of performers for the George Jones Tribute Concert. The event takes place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Nov. 22.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor singer-songwriter Roger Cook during its quarterly series Poets And Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters. An interview will be held along with a performance from Cook in the museum's Ford Theater Oct. 5.


The late Hank Williams (9/17)

Stokes Nielson of The Lost Trailers (9/18)

Trisha Yearwood (9/19)


Tuesday (9/17): Chris Young, Good Morning America (ABC).

Wednesday (9/18): Billy Currington, Today (NBC); Luke Bryan, America's Got Talent (NBC).

Thursday (9/19): Luke Bryan, The View (NBC); Thompson Square, Conan (TBS).

This Week's Album Releases

Chris Young A.M. (RCA)

"A.M. is a big fun ode to, we’re having fun, it’s past midnight and it’s on,” Young says when asked about the album title. "I love hanging out with friends, having fun, playing music and that happens a lot in the wee hours." Young wrote six of the 11 tracks including current single "Aw Naw."

Billy Currington We Are Tonight (Mercury)

Currington keeps it mellow with a version of Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes" among nine other tracks produced by Dann Huff, Carson Chamberlain and Shy Carter. Willie Nelson is featured on "It's Hard To Be A Hippie."

Justin Moore Off The Beaten Path (Valory)

"It's been two years since we've released new music and I'm beyond excited to get these 16 songs out to our fans," says Moore of the Jeremy Stover-produced album. Miranda Lambert is featured on the track "Old Habits" and Charlie Daniels joins Moore on "For Some Ol Redneck Reason."

Upcoming Album Releases

Kenny Rogers You Can't Make Old Friends (10/8)

Chase Rice Ready Set Roll (10/15)

Will Hoge Never Give In (10/15)

Robertson Family Duck The Halls (10/29)

Trace Adklns The King's Gift (10/29)

Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This (10/29)

George Ducas 4340 (10/29)

Jake Owen Days Of Gold (12/3)

» Muscle Relaxers: Blake Shelton and his winner from last season's The VoiceDanielle Bradbery, get tough on each other backstage during Blake's recent Minneapolis show.

» Expect More? The Band Perry spends time on the couch with Target's mascot Bullseye.


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