Band Has Ben Added To Hard Rock Calling Festival Lineup
Lady Antebellum has been tapped to open for Bruce Springsteen on July 14 for a sold out concert at London’s Hyde Park as part of this year’s Hard Rock Calling festival.
“It’s Springsteen . . . there is no entertainer we look up to more than him,” said the band’s Charles Kelley in a press release announcing the gig. “I’m going to be like a little kid at Christmas watching his show. It’s the biggest honor for us to be invited to play this festival. The entire lineup is awesome!”
That lineup for the thee-day festival also includes headliner Paul Simon.
In related news, high demand overseas for tickets to Lady A’s Own The Night 2012 World Tour dates has prompted a few changes to accommodate more fans. The July 13 date in Glasgow, Scotland, has moved to a bigger venue, the Clyde Auditorium, and the band recently added a second night in Dublin, Ireland, at the Olympia Theatre.
Country Stars Fill In For Vacationing Kathie Lee Gifford
Three country stars—Josh Turner, Lee Brice and Randy Travis—will get some serious TV time this week as they take turns filling in for the vacationing Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” show. They will join host Hoda Kotb on the popular morning show.
Turner (left) will make a return engagement as “Today” co-host on Monday, March 19, and will plug his new album, “Punching Bag,” due this summer.
“I’m looking forward to co-hosting again with my beautiful Egyptian goddess,” Turner says of Kotb. “It’s always a blast for me.”
In April 2011, Kotb selected Brice’s hit single “Love Like Crazy” for her “iHoda Playlist.” Now, she has invited him to join her and perform his new hit, “A Woman Like You,” live in studio during his co-hosting stint on Tuesday, March 20.
Brice (right) commented on the invitation, “I’m really excited to co-host with Hoda. I love that she loves country music and shares it with the world on her ‘iHoda Playlist.’ Buckle up Hoda, we’re gonna have some fun!”
Travis will co-host “Today’s” fourth hour on Wednesday, March 21. The singer, who recently celebrated his silver anniversary in the music business, calls his television appearance an anniversary highlight.
“Having appeared and performed on the ‘Today’ show many times, I am honored to co-host,” he says. “I look forward to teaming with Hoda Kotb and the NBC crew during my visit to New York.”
The fourth hour of “Today” airs weekdays on NBC from 10-11 a.m. (ET).
Update March 20: It was announced today that Kellie Pickler will round out the week, co-hosting "Today's" fourth hour on Friday, March 23. Also, John Rich will co-host the hour on Thursday, March 22. It will be his second time in the "Today" co-host chair.
Diverse Guests Range From Merle Haggard To Snoop Dogg
Willie Nelson will release a new album, titled “Heroes,” on May 15. It’s being described as a mix of new songs and “re-imagined” classics, including covers from the 30s and 40s. Nelson diverse list of guest artists appearing on the project includes Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Ray Price, Jamey Johnson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Snoop Dogg.
The album’s new songs include some compositions from Nelson, as well as his musician sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, both of whom also perform on the set. The 14-song album was recorded in Austin, Texas, and Nashville and produced by veteran Nashville producer Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney).
The album opens with Nelson and Merle Haggard joining forces on a new rendition of “A Horse Called Music” (the title song from Nelson’s 1989 album). That’s followed by “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” one of the album's new Nelson songs, with the recording featuring special guests Snoop Dogg, Kristofferson and Johnson.
Other brand-new Nelson compositions on “Heroes” are “Hero,” featuring guest appearances by Johnson and Shaver, and “Come On Back Jesus,” featuring Lukas and Micah Nelson.
The collection includes Cannon’s new composition, “That's All There Is To This Song,” and three tunes penned by Lukas Nelson—“No Place To Fly,” “Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her,” and “The Sound of Your Memory.” Lukas performs with his father on several of the album’s tracks including the Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan composition “Come On Up To The House,” performed with Sheryl Crow.
Nelson revisits the roots of classic country with the 1930s ballad “My Window Faces The South,” Fred Rose’s “Home In San Antone” from 1943, and 1949’s “Cold War With You,” with guest artist Price.
Nelson interpretation of Coldplay’s “The Scientist,” previously featured in an animated short film produced by restaurant chain Chipotle, is also included on “Heroes,” as is Nelson’s interpretation of Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe,” performed with Lukas.
Here’s the complete track listing:
1. "A Horse Called Music" (with Merle Haggard & Lukas Nelson)
2. "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die" (with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson)
3. "That’s All There Is To This Song"
4. "No Place To Fly" (with Lukas Nelson)
5. "Every Time He Drinks He Thinks Of Her" (with Lukas Nelson)
6. "Come On Up To The House" (with Lukas Nelson & Sheryl Crow)
7. "Hero" (with Billy Joe Shaver, Jamey Johnson)
8. "My Window Faces The South" (with Lukas Nelson)
9. "The Sound Of Your Memory" (with Lukas Nelson)
10. "Cold War With You" (with Lukas Nelson & Ray Price)
11. "Just Breathe" (with Lukas Nelson)
12. "My Home In San Antone" (with Lukas Nelson)
13. "Come On Back Jesus" (with Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson)
14. "The Scientist"
Singer Claims ‘Irreparable Damage’ From Sale Of Knock-Off Merchandise
Apparently tired of having knockoff t-shirts and other merchandise sold on streets and parking lots surrounding the shows on his current Blood, Sweat & Beers tour, Eric Church has fired back with a lawsuit.
The Nashville Business Journal breaks news that Church filed suit this week against vendors who are allegedly selling, among other things, black t-shirts featuring Church's image and listing his tour cities.
Church charged that various defendants are traveling from show to show selling the knock-off merchandise, but “quickly hide or discard infringing goods and walk or run away,” when approached by Church's representatives, the paper reports.
According to the suit, vendors have sold such goods at shows in Tennessee, Arkansas and Virginia.
"Without a federal court order authorizing the seizure of infringing goods at and near . . . 2012 tour concert locations, (Church) will lose innumerable and irrecoverable sums in merchandise sales and will suffer incalculable, irreparable damage to his reputation and goodwill," according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
The singer is seeking a judgment for both compensatory and punitive damages, as well as a permanent injunction prohibiting the manufacturing, marketing and sale of counterfeit merchandise.
Skeeter Davis, Steven Curtis Chapman Also Among The Honorees
Country acts the Kentucky Headhunters (pictured), Exile, Skeeter Davis, Old Joe Clark and Emory & Linda Martin are set to be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum on April 12, along with contemporary Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman and pop vocal group The Hilltoppers.
These artists will be honored for their contribution to music in the state of Kentucky and around the world. The induction ceremony will take place on at the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom.
Past inductees include country stars Loretta Lynn, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, Keith Whitley, Crystal Gayle, Dwight Yoakam, The Judds, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall, Bill Monroe and many more.
Nichols Slips Up In Radio Interview And Reveals Sex Of His Baby
• In an apparent slip of the tongue, Joe Nichols (left) revealed this morning in a telephone interview with the KNIX Phoenix morning show that the baby he and his wife are expecting is a girl. Nichols also spoke briefly with the show’s hosts about the couple’s four and a half year long effort to conceive, which Nichols called “a brutal process,” and the pain of suffering five miscarriages. Said Nichols, “It’s like meeting that person you love, and falling in love, and recognizing it’s the love of your life, and then losing that, and doing it, like, five times. It’s a very painful, painful process when you lose a baby, and we’ve done it five times. It’s incredibly tough and it makes this experience [of finally expecting] that much more incredible.”
Nichols has another daughter, 13-year-old Ashelyn, from a previous relationship.
• Craig Morgan will make his acting debut as a guest star on the Lifetime network drama “Army Wives,” airing March 18 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). Although Morgan is regularly in front of a camera as the host of his show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” this marks his first scripted television appearance. His guest appearance will feature performances of his current hit single, “This Ole Boy,” and album cut, “Love Loves A Long Night.” He’s pictured on the set with the show’s cast, from left, Wendy Davis, Catherine Bell, Kim Delaney and Kelli Williams.
• Lauren Alaina recently recorded background vocals for the next Aerosmith album, according to this tweet she posted on March 9: “Yesterday: returned to ‘Idol’ and then went to the studio to record background vocals for the new Aerosmith record. #ISTHISREAL? Thank u Steven!”
• The Band Perry recently had a songwriting session with Sheryl Crow, one of Kimberly Perry’s songwriting heroes.
Singer Lands On The Cover Of Cigar Aficionado Magazine
Brad Paisley is the cover of the current issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine, available on newsstands now. The nine-page cover feature on Paisley is titled “Renaissance Man,” and delves into several aspects of his career as well as his love of fine cigars.
Watch Paisley light a cigar with a laser, speak knowledgably about cigar brands, and discuss smoking with William Shatner in this brief video made during the cover photo shoot in Nashville, which took place during rehearsals for Paisley’s Virtual Reality World Tour.
Six-Episode Series Debuts April 14
As previously tipped here, Grammy-winning singer and best-selling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood has landed her own daytime series on the Food Network. “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” premieres April 14 at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT), and will run for six episodes. The show, shot in Nashville, will feature Yearwood sharing her family-inspired recipes and food traditions. Themed shows will range from preparing traditional dishes from her childhood to planning a baby shower and a family reunion barbecue, to offering tips on lightening up standard Southern recipes, a move that will likely make fellow Southern chef Paula (‘butter and oil”) Deen a little nervous.
“For me, cooking is very connected to my family and friends,” said Yearwood in a press release announcing the show. “Every recipe on the show carries wonderful memories with my loved ones, and I can’t wait to share my meals, stories and family photos with Food Network viewers.”
Both of Yearwood’s cookbooks, 2008’s “Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen” and 2010’s “Cooking for Family and Friends,” reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list in the advice, how-to and miscellaneous category.
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