Singer Is Being Treated For Alcohol And Substance Abuse
Sad to report that Steel Magnolia’s Joshua Scott Jones has entered a treatment facility to deal with alcohol and substance abuse issues. The duo is scheduled to begin touring with Reba McEntire beginning Oct. 6, but the status of its participation in that tour is currently unclear.
In a message to fans posted on the band’s Web site yesterday, Jones says, “God has been on my heart to announce and make public that I have entered a rehabilitation and treatment facility to address issues related to alcohol and substance abuse. Hundreds of thousands of people in the world struggle with these battles daily, therefore I am sincerely grateful for all thoughts and prayers at this very poignant juncture in my life and career. I would also like to thank my family, friends, record label and management team for being so supportive and having an active hand in my recovery process. Thank you and God bless.”
The announcement follows the cancellation of several Steel Magnolia shows last week without explanation. The duo’s Meghan Linsey, who is also Jones’ fiancée, posted a message last Friday saying, “We are really sad that we had to cancel several shows this week. We were very much looking forward to seeing each and every one of you in Richmond, Ind.; Abingdon, Va.; and Clarence, N.Y.; but at this time, Josh is unable to perform. We really appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I am going to make every effort to hold up our show commitments starting Sunday night in Durham, Conn. For those of you coming to the show, I can’t wait to see you. Thank you for all the love and support.”
The duo rose to fame in 2009 when they won the CMT talent competition “Can You Duet,” which landed them a label deal with Big Machine Records. Their debut single, “Keep On Lovin’ You,” was a top 5 hit and landed them an opening spot on Brad Paisley’s tour last year.
UPDATE: On Sept. 30 Linsey posted the following information about upcoming tour dates.
“I just want to let you all know that as of now all Steel Magnolia scheduled shows will be happening, including the Reba tour," she wrote. "Obviously with Josh taking this time to get healthy, he will not be with us, but we will still [be] playing the same hits you’ve heard at radio and putting on an amazing live show that might even feature some surprises! As hard as this time has been, I am excited to get out there and see you all. I cannot thank the fans enough for your continued love and support.”
Singer/Actor Cast In New Film ‘The Healer’
Trace Adkins has joined the cast of the film “The Healer,” which is being described as a “supernatural thriller.” It is currently filming in North Carolina.
According to PR materials for the film, “‘The Healer’ tells the story of teenage twins Nick and Michelle who embark on a camping trip with their father. A family outing to repair old emotional wounds turns into a perilous adventure as they become lost in a forest from which there seems no escape. ‘The Healer’ is a poignant, spooky, timeless story of a family’s fierce bonds and enduring resilience.
“Adkins plays The Truck Driver, a transporter of souls destined to hell. His huge rig is a prison for eternity from which there is no escape.”
Written and directed by Giorgio Serafini, the film also stars Isabelle Fuhrman, Joel Courtney, James Le Gros, Peter Bogdanovich and Natalia Dyer.
Adkins’ previous acting credits include a recent role in “The Lincoln Lawyer,” which starred Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillipe, Jon Leguiazamo and William H. Macy. He made his movie debut in the 2008 film “An American Carol.” He has also voiced recurring character Elvin on the animated TV series “King Of The Hill,” had a guest starring role on TV series “Yes, Dear” in 2004 and played himself in daytime drama “The Young and the Restless” in 2008.
Vince Gill Does The Honors
During a performance at the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday evening, Rascal Flatts was invited to join the cast of the venerable radio show by Opry member Vince Gill (pictured, center, with band members reacting to the surprise invitation).
The band’s Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney will be formally inducted during the Opry’s 86th birthday weekend, October 8. That show will air live on GAC: Great American Country at 8 p.m. (CT).
After the group finished performing their hit “Bless The Broken Road” tonight, Gill surprised them on stage, first joking that the three members of the group owed him $500 from a golf game bet last week. “You would think that after hit record after hit record and millions of records sold, they’d come up with the five hundred bucks, but nooooooo!” Gill said with a laugh.
But then things got serious when Gill continued, “I am here, gratefully and gladly, to invite you guys to be the next members of the Grand Ole Opry.”
A lengthy audience ovation ensued, after which LeVox said, “We’ve gotten to do a lot of amazing things in our career like going to Iraq and visiting our soldiers, selling out arenas, and doing a lot of magnificent things that . . . you can’t even dream that big. But all three of us grew up listening to the Opry: Jay with his grandfather, me with my grandmother, and Joe Don with his entire family. You can’t even put into words what this means to us. When we first signed our record deal in 1999, our main goal was to play the Grand Ole Opry and someday be members. Thank you so much for being here.”
“My hero is Vince Gill, and for him to come out here . . . man, what a surprise,” Rooney said.
DeMarcus then invited the Opry members present to join the group for a spontaneous collaboration on Gill’s 1994 hit “Whenever You Come Around.”
Singer Recovering, Expected To Resume Touring This Weekend
Randy Travis collapsed onstage in Texas Sunday night during a performance at the Huguley Memorial Medical Center’s Crystal Heart Gala at a hotel in downtown Fort Worth.
The Burleston Star reports that the 52-year-old singer was in the middle of performing his hit, “Three Wooden Crosses,” when he stopped singing and apologized, saying, “My vocal chords are giving out on me.” Travis’ band continued to play the song without him, and when he attempted to join in singing the chorus, “he stopped, stumbled sideways with his guitar, and then pitched forward onto the front of the stage, according to witnesses,” the paper reports.
Several doctors who were attending the event rushed to the stage to offer assistance. After about 10 minutes, “Travis rose and walked offstage, giving a weak thumbs up sign in response to applause from the audience,” the paper reports.
Two doctors who attended to Travis on stage and later on his tour bus at the gala told the Associated Press he fainted on stage because he was struggling with laryngitis due to chronic allergies and had taken several over-the-counter medications.
“Mr. Travis was overcome by a combination of dehydration, over-the-counter allergy medications, and caffeine use,” the doctors said in a statement. “This, combined with the heat of the stage lights, caused him to pass out.”
A Warner Music Nashville spokesperson told the AP Travis expects to resume his 25th anniversary tour without interruption. His next show is scheduled for Saturday in Bristol, Tenn. He has tour dates scheduled through Oct. 26.
Travis’ Web site, and his Twitter page, which hasn’t been updated since mid-August, offered no additional details of his current condition.
Band’s Dave Haywood Says He Grew Up Watching His Idols Play The Show
Lady Antebellum will make its “Saturday Night Live” debut as musical guests on this weekend’s show, and band member Dave Haywood (right) tells One Country they can’t wait to get there. And while the band hasn’t yet been asked to participate in a skit, Haywood says they would jump at the opportunity to poke a little fun at themselves.
“We’ve been dreaming of being able to do something like ‘Saturday Night Live’ for the longest time, and to finally have that coming up, we cannot say how excited we are about that,” he says. “I grew up watching that show. I’d stay up past when my mom would let me just so I could see Nirvana or Pearl Jam play back in the early ’90s. For me, that was a litmus test of who had made it.
“I wonder if there’s a little kid out there who’s going to watch and think ‘Man, that band must have made it,”” he says of Lady Antebellum’s Oct. 1 performance on the NBC show. “It’s a huge excitement knowing that we’ve got these cool opportunities.”
Actor Plays Pivotal Role In ‘Somebody’s Chelsea’
Reba McEntire recruited veteran actor Ed Asner to play a co-starring role in her new music video, “Somebody’s Chelsea.” Asner plays a passenger McEntire meets on a plane, who shares with her his love story with his late wife, Chelsea. The story inspires McEntire’s character to want to be “somebody’s Chelsea” in her own romance.
The video was filmed in Los Angeles, and McEntire and director Trey Fanjoy collaborated on the concept. McEntire also wrote the song, along with songwriters Liz Hengber and Will Robinson. It was inspired by a line of dialog in the film “P.S. I Love You,” in which Harry Connick Jr.’s character tells Hillary Swank’s character, “I’m going to find somebody, because one of these days, I’m going to be somebody’s Frank,” a reference to Swank’s deceased partner she’s having a difficult time getting over.
“I gasped and got on the computer and e-mailed Liz saying, “‘This is a great idea for a song,’” McEntire says of the song’s origins. Watch the video here.
Taylor Swift Also Rumored To Be Involved In Bieber’s Christmas Album
Justin Bieber has revealed that the The Band Perry has recorded a song with him for his forthcoming Christmas album, due out next month. No word on the title of the song, but the album is reportedly all original holiday material rather than Christmas standards.
Bieber is rumored to have also recently written a song with pal Taylor Swift, which may also be for the Christmas project.
Bentley Asks ‘Which One’s Pink?’ On Jimmy Fallon Show
Dierks Bentley will play an unlikely cover song on TV this week when he participates is “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s” week-long tribute to iconic rock band Pink Floyd. Bentley will perform his own version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” on Sept. 29.
He’s the only country artist booked to participate in the tribute, which will also include performances from rock bands Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, The Shins and MGMT.
The tribute celebrates the release of Pink Floyd’s two new box sets of re-mastered and previously unreleased material.
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.