Conflicting Reports Add To Confusion
Ronnie Dunn’s current status on the artist roster at Arista Nashville is unclear. Several media outlets picked up TasteOfCountry.com’s story reporting that Dunn had posted a Facebook note (since deleted) saying he’s parted ways with the label. The label itself issued a “no comment” about Dunn’s status to CMT.com (usually an indication the story is true), but Dunn’s own publicist tells One Country the singer is “very much still on the label.”
As previously reported here, Dunn and the Arista staff had a bit of recent friction over some social media posts by the outspoken singer.
A look at parent company Sony Music Nashville’s current roster listed on the company’s Web site does show Dunn as a current Arista act. Gone from the label, meanwhile, are developing acts Bradley Gaskin (a John Rich protégé) and The Lunabelles (each after one radio single), as well as teen newcomer Jordyn Shellhart.
Celebrity Softball Game Gets A Little Rough
David Nail became the first casualty of this year’s CMA Music Festival when he broke his finger during a celebrity softball game on Saturday morning. Ironically the singer, best known for his No. 1 hit “Let It Rain” and top 10 hit “Red Light,” had earned a baseball scholarship in his college days.
After making four of the morning’s most dramatic catches, on the fourth play Nail ended up with both a minor fracture and a detached tendon, but managed to land an out before doing so.
“You put me in the game, and I only know one speed: hard,” he says in a press release. “I only play all-out, and that’s what I was doing. I can’t believe I broke something doing it, but at least I got my out.
“I’ve got a really good neurosurgeon who will look at this next week, so I know I’ll be okay long term,” Nail added. “Right now, I just know I played hard, got to see a lot of the people from around the country who’ve been there with us over the past few years, and, hopefully, made a few new believers along the way.”
No word on how his guitar playing will be affected in the meantime.
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Singer Packs Two Major Milestones Into 12 Hours
Half a day after winning a CMT Music Award in Nashville, Scotty McCreery was back home in Garner, N.C., this morning for another important milestone—graduating from Garner Magnet High School with distinguished honors.
He’ll return to Nashville on Friday for the CMA Music Festival, where he will sign autographs, hold his first fan club party and then perform Sunday night at LP Field.
As previously reported here, on Wednesday night McCreery won the Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble With Girls” at the CMT Music Awards. He attended the show with his prom date, who also starred in the video, which was shot at Garner Magnet High School. McCreery also performed “Water Tower Town” during the show.
Wednesday also marked his first anniversary of coming to Nashville to meet with his new record label for the first time and attend the 2011 CMT Music Awards, the first country music awards show he ever attended.
After winning the award, he flew home to North Carolina Wednesday night so that he could graduate this morning with his class. During his senior year, he earned a platinum debut album, two gold singles and two new artist awards in addition to serving as a pitcher for his high school’s baseball team.
Seven Other Stars Win “Buckle” Trophies
Carrie Underwood topped Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards, taking home two of the belt buckle-shaped trophies, including one she shared with pal and duet partner Brad Paisley (pictured together on the right). Underwood’s wins were for the evening’s top prize, video of the year, for her “Good Girl” clip, and collaborative video for “Remind Me,” with Paisley.
In his acceptance speech, Paisley got a laugh by thanking Underwood for being “the eye candy of the video” and said without her, the clip would have been “just a dork walking through the desert.”
Joining Paisley in winning one buckle apiece were Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum (pictured below), Scotty McCreery and Thompson Square.
Bryan scored his first ever win in the male video of the year category for “I Don’t Want This Night To End.” Lady Antebellum’s group video of the year trophy for “We Owned the Night” was their third consecutive win in the category. Lambert (pictured below) also scored her third consecutive buckle in the female video category, this time for “Over You.”
Aldean scored his first ever CMT award in the performance of the year category for “Tattoos On This Town,” a clip taken from his live performance on the 2011 “CMT Artists Of The Year” special. McCreery (right) won the breakthrough video award for “The Trouble With Girls.” Thompson Square, which had two nominations in the duo of the year category, won it for “I Got You,” taking home their first CMT award.
Said the duo’s Shawna Thompson, “It wasn’t long ago that [husband] Keifer and I were selling boots and buckles right down the street at a Western store, so it’s nice to be getting one.”
Here’s the complete rundown of winners:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
• Carrie Underwood – “Good Girl”
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
• Luke Bryan – “I Don’t Want This Night to End”
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
• Miranda Lambert – “Over You”
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
• Lady Antebellum – “We Owned The Night”
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
• Thompson Square – “I Got You”
USA WEEKEND BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
• Scott McCreery – “The Trouble With Girls”
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
• Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood – “Remind Me”
CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT
• Jason Aldean – “Tattoos On This Town” from 2011 “CMT Artists of The Year”
Set Includes A Duet With Colbie Callait
Jerrod Niemann spent 10 hours signing autographs following his fan club party in Nashville Monday night, and he had some big news to share with those fans. Niemann will release his second major label album, titled “Free The Music,” on Oct. 2. He performed songs from the new set at his fan club event, where he shared the stage with friend and fellow artist Lee Brice.
“Free The Music is an album where I wanted to do just that,” says Niemann in a media statement. “It’s a project honoring many different layers and colors that have appeared in the country genre since recorded music began.”
It took Niemann two years to record the album, partly because he used some non-standard recording techniques, including using his road band on the tracks instead of hiring studio musicians. He also employed brasswind horns throughout the project, which includes a mix of rockabilly and reggae sounds. He teamed once again with Dave Brainard, his co-producer from his last album, “Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury.” They recorded the project in Nashville.
The album contains the song “Real Women Drink Beer,” which is also a tagline in some of the merchandise items he sells at his shows. He also collaborated with guest vocalist Colbie Caillat on the ballad, “All About You.”
Niemann is currently out on the road with Miranda Lambert as part of her “On Fire” tour, and will be commencing his own fair and festival tour later this fall.
Plus, Tracy Lawrence, Edens Edge And Joe Nichols
• Eric Church has announced a fall leg of his Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, which will include 45 new dates, including stops in Los Angeles, Houston and Detroit. Artists Justin Moore and Kip Moore will join Church for this portion of the tour.
Church (right) has tied the tour to a cause that will help those in need. Teaming up with Tickets-For-Charity.com, he is giving fans the opportunity to donate part of their purchase price to their favorite charity, and his partnering cause, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
• The final leg of Lady Antebellum’s Own The Night 2012 World Tour will include three dates in Australia this September, with stops in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
“We’ve been anxiously waiting to announce that we’re going back to Australia,” said Lady A’s Dave Haywood in a press release. “We were over there a little bit over a year ago with Keith Urban, and it was honestly one of the best experiences of our performing career.”
• Chris Cagle will release his fifth studio album, “Back In The Saddle,” on June 26. The 11-song set includes his current hit single, “Got My Country On.” Cagle wrote five of the tracks, including the next single, “Let There Be Cowgirls.”
Says Cagle, “The experience I’ve had making this record has rekindled the passion I had for music when I recorded my first record. “‘Back In The Saddle’ is my life. I wouldn’t change anything about it; it is a record that I can live or die by and be content. I have given the fans my heart and soul.”
• Tracy Lawrence will star in a full-length independent film, “L.A. Dirt,” set to begin filming on June 9 in Mobile, Ala. The movie is about a young man trying to make it in dirt track racing. Lawrence will play the man’s uncle.
• The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will release an exclusive deluxe edition of Edens Edge’s debut album on June 12, the same day the standard edition of the set hits other retailers. The Cracker Barrel edition, which is available in the restaurant chain and at crackerbarrel.com, contains three additional songs, all composed by members of the trio.
In conjunction with the album launch, all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations are distributing digital download cards, while supplies last. Each card is redeemable for one free download of Edens Edge’s new single, “Too Good to Be True.”
• Joe Nichols’ wife, Heather, has launched a blog designed to share the information she accumulated during her research into fertility treatments and her experiences throughout her recent pregnancy, and the five miscarriages she suffered before recently giving birth to the couple’s daughter, Dylan. The blog is at www.morethananicholsworth.com.
Singer Will Co-Star In The Spots With “Jack”
Brad Paisley will star in a new TV campaign for Jack in the Box restaurants alongside the company’s slightly creepy, round-headed mascot “Jack,” who was outfitted with an enormous straw cowboy hat for the occasion.
The first commercials, titled “Contract” and “Jack Does Country,” are set to air beginning June 7 in the Southeast, to be followed by a third commercial breaking nationwide at the end of June. In the first spot, Paisley accidentally signs on to become a spokesperson for the burger chain while signing autographs.
“I’ve always liked Jack in the Box’s clever, irreverent advertising and the personality of its slightly offbeat founder, Jack,” said Paisley in a media statement. “When they asked me to be part of this campaign, I was flattered.”
Takes Ownership Via His Own Blue Chair Records Imprint
Kenny Chesney has signed a contract extension with his longtime record label home, Sony Music Nashville. As part of the deal, he’ll get more involved with the business end of things by taking ownership of his future recordings, which will be jointly released by Sony and Chesney’s own label imprint, Blue Chair Records. The new arrangement begins immediately with Chesney’s new “Welcome To The Fishbowl,” album, due out this month.
“I moved to Nashville to be a songwriter, so to have my own label imprint feels like beyond a dream come true,” said Chesney in a press release. “‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’ is the most honest and authentic album I’ve ever recorded, and I’m thrilled to be able to release it on my own Blue Chair Records. It’s the start of a great new chapter for me as an artist.”
The label takes its name from an actual chair in Chesney’s island home that inspired the title of his 2005 album title and cover art, “Be As You Are (Songs From An Old Blue Chair).”
During his time with Sony, which began in 1995, Chesney has sold more than 30 million albums and scored 37 top five singles, including 23 No. 1 hits. Prior to Sony, he briefly recorded for Capricorn Records, charting two singles there in 1993 and 1994.
At Sony, Chesney will shift to the company’s Columbia Records artist roster. The company imprint for which he previously recorded, BNA Records, is being retired.
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