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Top Country News - November 1, 2013

Top Country News - November 1, 2013

» I Wanna Talk About Me: "I have an artist that will cut my songs ... me," Toby Keith says of his work as a songwriter, noting that other writers might wait "five, 10, 20 years" to get a song recorded. But a man who writes his own material and heads his own label doesn't have to wait for nobody. "Whatever I wrote great last year, I got an artist that'll come bring it." But Toby realizes he won't be able to "bring it" forever. "When the artist thing goes away and the music business thing goes away, I'm still a songwriter." When that happens, he says, "I'm gonna be beating down those artists' doors saying, 'Somebody cut this damn thing, c'mon!'" Toby's Drinks After Work, on which he co-wrote nine of the 10 songs on the album, is available now.

» Girl Uninterrupted: "It doesn't take anything away from anything that's happened if you don't win one," says Carrie Underwood when asked about her nominations at next week's 47th Annual CMA Awards. "I still got a job to do, I'm hosting." Carrie's up for Female Vocalist Of The Year, Blown Away is nominated for Album Of The Year and the title track has a nod in the Video Of The Year category. "It's like, 'Oh, didn't win? Okay, where am I supposed to be? What am I wearing? What's going on?'" Co-host Brad Paisley will be there to help Carrie find her way. She says, "He really is like the brother I never had." The show airs live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Nov. 6 on ABC-TV.

» Patron On Ice: Taking a break from filming The Giver with Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, Taylor Swift will join Jon Bon Jovi to give the royals treatment as headliners at Centrepoint's Winter White Gala Nov. 26. The charity event benefits homeless young people and will take place at Kensington Palace, home to the organization's patron, Prince William. More here.

» Vegas Odds: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift are nominated for American Country Awards' Artist Of The Year. Swift earned eight nods, followed by Shelton and FGL with seven apiece. The fan-voted show, hosted by Trace Adkins and NASCAR's Danica Patrick, airs live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Dec. 10 on FOX-TV. View all the nominees here.

» That's How We Do It: Florida Georgia Line donated $10,000 to MusiCares before a recent tour stop in Nashville. MusiCares provides medical and financial assistance to music community members in need. "We first learned about the program when we visited the offices of The Recording Academy in L.A. and were completely blown away by what the organization does to help support our music community," says FGL's Brian Kelley. "We couldn't think of a better way to show our support."

» Private Lives, We're Watching You: Betty Malo, wife of Mavericks singer Raul Malo will star in Private Lives Of Nashville Wives set to premiere Feb. 24 on TNT. Malo joins the reality show cast with Cassie Piersol-Chapman, who is married to Christian artist Gary Chapman, country singer Bryan White's lady Erika Page, Jenny Terrell, and songwriter Dallas Davidson's (Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here") wife Sarah. The trailer promises eating disorders, crying, swinging, shots and jealousy. As one wife puts it, "Nashville can be pretty ruthless." Watch here.

» Dunn Deal: Ronnie Dunn's Facebook soliciting “Play For Beer” gig location suggestions led him to Schmitt's Saloon in Morgantown, WV last Friday (10/25). Proceeds from the show benefitted a local organization called Operation Welcome Home, which provides fellowship and resources for veterans. Ronnie says, "We're calling it 'Play For Beer,' but it's really about finding places that we can drop into on a whim, play and, in turn, do something helpful for a worthy cause." More here.

» In Case You Missed It: Blake Shelton's mom, Dorothy Shackleford, visited Access Hollywood to talk about where Shelton got his looks, talent and sense of humor, as well as her first novel Time For Me To Come Home, which is based on a song she and Shelton wrote together. She also revealed the embarrassing thing she made Shelton do when he was a child. Watch here.


Alan Jackson visited The Late Show With David Letterman Tuesday (10/29) and performed "Blacktop" from The Bluegrass Album. Watch here.

Brett Eldredge stopped by The Chew and talked about jumping out of a plane when "Don't Ya" went No. 1 and what he'll do for his next chart-topper. And he helped the show's Carla Hall make pumpkin brownies. Get the recipe and watch Eldredge get sexy with the batter here.

» Chronicle: Award-winning music video director and producer Sherman Halsey was found dead Tuesday (10/29) at a Nashville home where he had been staying. He was 56. Halsey helmed video projects from Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift and others. He won an ACM and a CMT Music Award for his respective work on McGraw and Faith Hill's "It's Your Love" and McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" videos. The Medical Examiner's office is attempting to determining a cause of death; foul play isn't suspected. Services are pending.

Hit List 

  • Zac Brown Band will host Sun, Sand & Southern Ground at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic March 23-27. The vacation event is all-inclusive with performances by ZBB and other label artists as well as The Wailers. Details here.

  • Luke Bryan will perform at the 2013 American Music Awards. Bryan will join Lady GagaKendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, along with previously announced performers Florida Georgia LineOne Direction, Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragons. The show airs live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles Nov. 24 on ABC-TV.

  • The ACM has partnered with Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp for Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp Goes Country, which will provide fans with a country version of the "ultimate rock star experience." The four-day camp takes place during "The Week Vegas Goes Country" leading up to the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards in Spring 2014. Attendees will play, write and record music with country artists and musicians, and perform live at a finale event alongside Wynonna. Proceeds from camp registrations will benefit ACM Lifting Lives. More here.


Big Kenny Alphin (11/1)

Bill Anderson (11/1)

Lyle Lovett (11/1)

Keith Stegall (11/1)

Delbert McClinton (11/4)


Friday (11/1): Cassadee Pope: Frame By Frame (CMT).

Sunday (11/3): Kenny Chesney, Sunday Morning (CBS); Eric Church, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville (ABC).

Monday (11/4): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).

Upoming Album Releases

Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am (11/11)

Sammy Kershaw Big Hits: Volume 1 (11/11)

Lady Antebellum Golden Deluxe (11/11)

Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery (11/19)

Florida Georgia Line Here's To The Good Times...This Is How We Roll (11/25)

Deana Carter Southern Way Of Life (12/2)

Jake Owen Days Of Gold (12/3)

Various Artists The Sound Of Music - Music From The NBC Television Event (12/3)

Krystal Keith Whiskey & Lace (12/10)

» Shelton Shock: Time spent as part of Team Blake on season two of The Voice inspired RaeLynn to go vintage Blake Shelton for Halloween.

» No Plate Like Home: Kenny Chesney scores a picture after the Red Sox defeated the Cardinals at Fenway Park Wednesday (10/30) to win the World Series.


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