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Top Country Stories - September 20, 2013

Top Country Stories - September 20, 2013

» That's My Kinda Song: While  Zac Brown may have called Luke Bryan's "That's My Kinda Night" the "worst song I've ever heard," he doesn't speak on behalf of the entire country music community. Jason Aldean had a very different reaction, "I thought it was great," he tells Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton. "I wanted it. I wanted to cut it." Aldean says he realizes, as an artist, not everyone is going to love every decision you make. "I've figured that out over my career. When we put out 'Dirt Road Anthem,' there's gonna be people that are gonna bash you for it. 'Rap has no place in country,' whatever. People either like it or they don't. Hopefully there's a market for it. So I think ['That's My Kinda Night' is] a hit, and I was hoping Luke wouldn't cut it so I could have it."

» Different Strokes: Next to being buds with Duck Dynasty, the hottest thing in country music today is defending country music. "To me country is still about Monday through Friday, and pop is about what happens on the weekends," says Gary Allan, who recently had to explain his position after an interview clip with Larry King was taken out of context. "I feel like we’ve lost our genre," he told King. "You used to be able to turn on the radio and you knew instantly it was a country station just by listening to it. Now you’ve got to leave it there for a second to figure it out ... and not that it's a bad thing. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just different than it used to be." Watch the entire interview here.

» Carrie A Torch: Carrie Underwood will perform at the 65th Emmy Awards Sunday (9/22) on CBS-TV. Following Don Cheadle's presentation of 1963 Television Milestones that include President Kennedy's assassination coverage and The Beatles' performance on Ed Sullivan, Underwood will honor the music of the era.

» Trace Medals: Trace Adkins returns to host the fourth annual American Country Awards Dec. 10 in Las Vegas, joined this year by NASCAR's Danica Patrick. "I can't wait to see if I have what it takes to keep up with this racing superstar," Adkins says. Patrick, who has been featured in music videos for Miranda Lambert and Colt Ford, adds, "This is going to be a really cool experience and I'm excited to be a part of it." FOX-TV will air the fan-voted awards show live from Mandalay Bay. Nominees, performers and presenters have yet to be announced.

» Holler Back Girls: Lifetime has ordered nine episodes of the docu-series Chasing Nashville to begin airing Oct. 22. Produced by Superfine Films (Psychic Detectives) and Thinkfactory (R&B Divas: Atlanta) the docu-series will follow Autumn Blair, Helena Hunt, Lauren Marie Presley and Savannah Little from the "hollers of Appalachia" as they pursue recording contracts in Nashville. Grammy-winning producer Keith Thomas and songwriter/producer Deanna Walker have been cast to help mentor the girls along the way.

» In Case You Missed It: "A little Conway, a little T-Pain" got Howard Stern dancing as Luke Bryan performed "That's My Kinda Night" on the season finale of America's Got Talent (9/19). Watch here. Also, Dierks Bentley stopped by to help contestant Jimmy Rose perform "Hold On." Watch here.


Sheryl Crow stopped by The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Monday (9/16) to perform "Give It To Me." Watch here.

The Band Perry discussed American history and performed "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" as well as "I'm A Keeper" on Arsenio (9/16). Watch here.

Stevie Nicks joined Lady Antebellum Friday (9/13) for the latest installment of CMT's Crossroads. Watch here.

Hit List 

  • A limited edition 'ZinePak version of Toby Keith Drinks After Work will be available exclusively at Walmart beginning Oct. 29.  Three additional songs, a 64-page fan magazine and two custom drink coasters are included.


  • Jake Owen will join Saint Thomas Health for the ACM charity event, Rock The Cradle, at Nashville's Loveless Barn Oct. 29. Proceeds from the performance will benefit newborns in need at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. More here.


  • BMI will honor songwriter Dean Dillon with its Icon award at the 61st annual BMI Country Awards Nov. 5 in Nashville. The presentation will recognize Dillon's "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." BMI promises an "all-star musical tribute" to the songwriter who also charted eight songs as a recording artist and wrote hundreds more for other artists, including 54 songs recorded by George Strait.


Faith Hill (9/21) 


Friday (9/20): Billy Curington, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).

Sunday (9/22): Carrie Underwood, 56th Emmy Awards (CBS).

Monday (9/23): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).

Upcoming Album Releases

Alan Jackson The Bluegrass Album (9/24)

Colt Ford Ride Through The Country Revisited (10/1)

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)

» Hairy Potter: Taking a break from touring, Kenny Chesney shows off his new beard while on stage with Grace Potter and The Nocturnals in Burlington, VT.  Watch them perform Bruce Sprinsteen's "I'm On Fire" here.

» Bye, Design: Tim McGraw hands over the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 he personally designed to Pennzoil's Four Wheels To Freedom contest winner April Vaught of Nashville, TN.


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