Briefs: Garth Brooks and more to join George Jones for his final show
Plus, two Nashville stars join “Dancing With The Stars”; Vince Gill to appear on ABC’s “Nashville”
• George Jones’ final concert is shaping up to be a celebrity-packed event. Garth Brooks has just been added to the lineup for the show, set for Nov. 22 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Also just announced are performers Kid Rock, Shelby Lynne, The Oak Ridge Boys and Sam Moore.
They join an already impressive list of celebrity guests, including Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner and Gene Watson. More stars are expected to be announced to help pay tribute to the retiring Possum.
“Being joined by so many incredible singers while doing what I love will be truly heartwarming,” says Jones (pictured left). “It’s shaping up to be more than I expected or could have ever imagined.”
• Two Nashville-based country stars are among the 11 celebs cast for the upcoming season 16 of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” Wynonna Judd will be paired with pro dancer and season 15 winner Tony Dovolani. Kellie Pickler will team up with three-time “Dancing With The Stars” winner Derek Hough, who previously won the competition with partners Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, and Jennifer Grey. The season premiere is March 18.
Explaining her decision to join the cast, Wynonna (right) says, “I’ve been through an emotional roller coaster over the last year." Her husband (and drummer) Cactus Moser lost his leg in a motorcycle accident last August. "I focused on being a wife and a nurse for the last seven months, and now I'm doing something for myself. The main word for me this year is risk. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and doing something that a lot of people tell me is crazy—but they get it." She also joked to ABC's "Good Morning America" that she's doing it because “I’m trying to get back to my original weight of 8 lbs and 15 oz., and because it’s the year of doing things you’re scared of . . . I mean, I’m scared to death."
• Vince Gill will be portraying himself on ABC’s “Nashville” in an episode set to air tomorrow (February 27). The episode will also include appearances by Nashville-based performers Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys (pictured below with Gill), Pam Tillis, Kip Moore and Kate York.
The episode, titled “Dear Brother,” features a surprise birthday party at The Bluebird Café for Deacon, played by actor Charles Esten. It was filmed in mid-February.
“I had a really fun time hanging out with the cast and crew,” says Gill. “I really do enjoy watching the show and I think it’s great for Nashville. Plus, I was playing myself which wasn't a big stretch.”
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