Briefs: Lady Antebellum picks up the paddles to raise money for charity
Plus, Carrie Underwood is museum-worthy, and Brad Paisley details new album tracks and guest stars
• Lady Antebellum will host a “Ping Pong & Songs” fundraising event March 23 in Nashville. Part celebrity ping-pong tournament and part in-the-round songwriters’ showcase, the event’s proceeds benefit the band’s recently created charitable initiative, LadyAID. Playing ping-pong is one of the band’s favorite backstage pastimes.
“This is really a dream day for us, getting friends and fans together to play ping pong, play music and raise money for LadyAID,” says the band’s Dave Haywood in a press release. “Charles [Kelley] and I—better known as ‘The Dynasty’—will challenge anyone who wants to try and take us at the table! It’s going to be a total blast.”
Tickets go on sale February 15 at 10 a.m. (CT) at LadyAID.org. Established last year, LadyAID is a philanthropic effort aimed a bringing awareness to and generating support for children in need locally, nationally and globally. Among the may organizations it supports are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
• The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will unveil a new exhibit based on Carrie Underwood’s current Blown Away world tour on June 5. The exhibit, which will include costumes, instruments, microphones, set pieces and more from Underwood’s 2012-13 tour, runs through November 10. But the museum won’t have much time to get it together. The tour re-launches today and wraps May 23, less than two weeks before the exhibit is set to open.
• As Brad Paisley celebrates landing his 21st No. 1 single this week with “Southern Comfort Zone,” he’s also unveiled the track listing and special guests for his upcoming eighth studio album, “Wheelhouse,” due in stores April 9. The set will include collaborations with Dierks Bentley, LL Cool J (who also co-wrote the song he’s featured on), Charlie Daniels, Hunter Hayes and Monty Python member Eric Idle.
Produced by Paisley, the 14 songs and three interstitials, along with the songwriters and special guest collaborations, are listed below. Paisley wrote or co-wrote all of the complete songs featured on “Wheelhouse,” including one intriguingly titled “Those Crazy Christians.”
1. “Bon Voyage”
2. “Southern Comfort Zone” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace]
3. “Beat This Summer” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Luke Laird]
4. “Outstanding In Our Field” (Featuring Dierks Bentley and Roger Miller with Hunter Hayes on guitar) [Brad Paisley/Mike Dean/Chris DuBois/Lee Thomas Miller/Roger Miller]
5. “Pressing On A Bruise” (Featuring Mat Kearney) [Brad Paisley/Mat Kearney/Kelley Lovelace]
6. “I Can't Change The World” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace]
7. “幽 女” [Brad Paisley/Justin Williamson/Randle Currie]
8. “Karate” (Featuring Charlie Daniels) [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace]
9. “Death of a Married Man” (Featuring Eric Idle) [Brad Paisley]
10. “Harvey Bodine” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace]
11. “Tin Can On A String” [Brad Paisley/Ashley Gorley/Kelley Lovelace]
12. “Death Of A Single Man” [Brad Paisley/Kelley Lovelace/Lee Thomas Miller]
13. “The Mona Lisa” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois]
14. “Accidental Racist” (Featuring LL Cool J) [Brad Paisley/Lee Thomas Miller/LL Cool J]
15. “Runaway Train” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace]
16. “Those Crazy Christians” [Brad Paisley/Kelley Lovelace]
17. “Officially Alive” [Brad Paisley]
Four additional tracks will be included on the "Wheelhouse" deluxe version.
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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.