» Ed, Shears And ... The Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened Saturday (10/12), with Swift on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Museum Director Kyle Young thanked Swift for her $4 million contribution and recalled her history at the hall, including when she signed her record deal there in 2005. "I wrote some of my earliest songs on it when I was 13 and 14," Swift said as she handed over her first guitar, a 12-string Taylor Koa, for display in the center. "This will inspire a ton of people that walk through those doors," Young said.
When asked what's next, Swift revealed, "I actually leave for South Africa tomorrow to go shoot a movie with Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges." Swift will play Rosemary in The Giver and after that she says, "I'm going to Australia and New Zealand to play stadiums there." In other news, Swift will appear on the November cover of InStyle. The article includes her thoughts on "mean girls, bad boys and the exact red lipstick she’s loving most right now." The issue hits newsstands Oct. 18. More here.
» Duck Yeah: The Robertson Family, in partnership with Walmart, has released a four-part, internet video series called A Robertson Family Christmas Story. In Part 1: Operation Willie Claus, the family documents their time at Nashville's CMA Fest last June promoting the Oct. 29 release of Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas. "You know me and promotions," Willie Robertson says. "I'm all about 'em." Watch the (rigged) family contest here.
» Lady In Waiting: Lady Antebellum rescheduled the first leg of their Take Me Downtown Tour, which was to have started Nov. 8. "To accommodate the [deluxe release of Golden] and in order to give you guys the best show possible, we've had to move things around," the trio posted on their website. "We hope these changes aren't too much trouble for you, and that we'll get to see you in one of the more than 60 cities the tour will hit next year." Peoria, IL will be the first stop Jan. 10. Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves are still on board to open. More here.
» Jam Packed: Dierks Bentley will perform during Pearl Jam tribute week on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Oct. 23. He'll join Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, The Avett Brothers and Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold to celebrate the release of the band's new album Lightning Bolt. In 2011, Dierks participated in Fallon's Pink Floyd tribute week with a cover of "Wish You Were Here." Watch here.
» Young's World: Chris Young performed Eric Clapton's "Change The World" as part of the Grammy Awards and The Recording Academy's online video series, ReImagined. "The one bad thing about picking a song like 'Change The World' is it's got so much cred and history," Young says. "It's like, 'Man, I hope I don't mess this up.'" The tune won Clapton a Grammy for Song Of The Year in 1997. Young was the first country artist to participate. Watch here.
» In Case You Missed It:
Chase Rice visited Fox & Friends Saturday (10/12) and talked about his job carrying tires for NASCAR driver Jimmy Johnson. He also performed his single "Ready Set Roll." After the show he learned what the TV cues mean, talked about his new EP and performed "How She Rolls." Watch here and here.
Cassadee Pope's radio tour was the focus of the second episode of Cassadee Pope: Frame By Frame Friday (10/11). Watch here.
» Show Tunes: Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, and Alan Jackson with George Strait in a tribute to George Jones are the latest scheduled performances for the 47th Annual CMA Awards. The show airs live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Nov. 6 on ABC-TV.
» Chronicle: "Country Bumpkin" singer Cal Smith died Thursday (10/10) in Branson, MO at age 81. Born in Gans, OK April 7, 1932, Smith worked as a radio personality in San Jose, CA before joining Earnest Tubb's Texas Troubadours on rhythm guitar in 1962. He signed with Kapp Records after leaving Tubb's band in 1966. Among his most notable recordings are "It's Time To Pay The Fiddler," which earned him CMA Single Of The Year in 1974, and Bill Anderson's "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking." No details on the cause of death or funeral arrangements have been released.
Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town (10/15)
Alan Jackson (10/17)
Tuesday (10/15): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Julianne Hough, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC); Laura Bell Bundy, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS); Jake Owen, Conan (TBS).
Wednesday (10/16): Little Big Town, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC); The Robertson Family, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Thursday (10/17): Jimmy Buffet, The Ellen Degeneres Show.
This Week's Album Releases
Chase Rice Ready Set Roll EP (Dack Janiels)
Runner-up on Survivor: Nicaragua and a co-writer on the Flordia Georgia Line hit "Cruise," Chase Rice now releases his own six-song EP.
Will Hoge Never Give In (Cumberland Recordings/Thirty Tigers)
The Grammy, CMA and ACM nominee and writer of the Eli Young Band hit "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" releases his ninth studio album and the first aimed at a country audience. Includes the single "Strong," which has also been adopted by General Motors for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado ad campaign.
Scotty McCreery See You Tonight (MCA)
It's the second album from the season 10 winner of American Idol, who says, "This album is a big step from where we were. I have been writing for a long time now, since I was a kid, but these are the first songs I've had a chance to record and release to the public and I'm excited!"
Upoming Album Releases
Willie Nelson To All The Girls ... (10/22)
Ty Herndon Lies I Told Myself (10/22)
Toby Keith Drinks After Work (10/29)
Robertson Family Duck The Halls (10/29)
Trace Adklns The King's Gift (10/29)
Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This (10/29)
Julie Roberts Good Wine And Bad Decisions (10/29)
George Ducas 4340 (10/29)
Restless Heart A Restless Heart Christmas (Red River)
Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery (11/19)
Jake Owen Days Of Gold (12/3)
Krystal Keith Whiskey & Lace (12/10)
» Another Round Here: Florida Georgia Line pass those Fireball Whiskey whispers onstage during a recent show in Champaign, IL.