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Tim McGraw Dumps Diet (sort of), Taylor Swift Goes Live Again

News & Notes from Music City!

August 12, 2014


» Nacho Average Diet: If you've seen Tim McGraw in concert lately, you've seen the results of Tim's strict diet and workout regimen. McGraw wrapped his Sundown Heaven Town Tour last Saturday (8/9) in Houston, TX. He went out with a bang, even throwing in a surprise appearance from wife Faith Hill, who joined him onstage to sing their current single "Meanwhile Back At Mama's." But judging from the celebratory picture he tweeted after the show, the fitness buff looks pretty thrilled to be eating a little junk food for a change. We doubt this means the end of McGraw's Paleo diet and three-times-a-day, 90-minute workouts, but hey, we all have to indulge every now and then!

» Just Chillin' It: What started as a way for a Boston-area ALS patient and his family to raise awareness about the disease has gone viral, with more than 68,000 YouTube videos posted. It's called the Ice Bucket Challenge and it involves getting doused with a bucket of ice water on video or making a donation to the ALS charity of your choice.


A Boston radio station challenged Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell. Then Swindell threw the gauntlet to Luke Bryan, and Bentley – who was also challenged by Chase Rice – challenged Kip Moore and The Cadillac Three, who then dared Jake Owen and the Brothers Osborne. Other artists who've been challenged include Josh Thompson, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, American Young's Jon Stone, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann. To follow the chilly internet equivalent of a chain letter, search #IceBucketChallenge or watch here.

» Island's In The Stream: First Taylor Swift posted an Instagram video of her pushing an elevator button numbered "18." Then she shared a photo of a polaroid camera, with her phone's clock displaying 5:00. The last clue, a screen shot of the Yahoo! logo, preceded Swift's Aug. 11 big reveal: she'll be doing a worldwide live stream on Yahoo! Aug. 18 at 5pm ET in New York City. No official word yet on what she'll say, but the last time she held a similar event was August 2012, during which she revealed the Red album and The Red Tour.You can watch the stream here — and get info on how to attend in person here.

» That's What I Like About Food: "First of all, we're musicians, so there's no 'routine.' All those years of three girls and their activities? Even with only one still at home, there are a million things going on every night." That's Trisha Yearwood, who covers the September issue of Woman's Day magazine. In the feature, she talks about curbing weeknight chaos and spending more time as a family eating healthy meals. She even shares some recipes. It'll be on stands Tuesday (8/12). More here.

» Brooks Report: Garth Brooks will play three shows in Atlanta, the second stop on his Garth Brooks World Tour. In addition to the originally scheduled Friday Sept. 19 show at 6:30pm, he's added a 10:30pm set to that date and another Sept. 20. As of this writing, none of the shows were completely sold out, but a message on the Ticketmaster website warns, "not many left" for all three shows. Get yours while they last here.

» Team Spirit: Charlie Daniels, Darius Rucker and Ashley Judd are among 14 celebrities who explain their fierce dedication to their favorite college team in The Stars Are Aligned, a four-part SEC Storied docu-series that helps kick off the new SEC Network (operated by ESPN) Aug. 14 at 9pm ET. Daniels shares his loyalty for University of Tennessee football; Rucker explains why he's a South Carolina Gamecock through and through; and Judd waxes poetic about her beloved Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. Watch the trailer here.


Hit List

  • Blake Shelton will be on Barbra Streisand's upcoming duets album, Partners, to be released Sept. 16. No word yet on what song they're singing.

  • Kris Kristofferson will perform a solo acoustic All For The Hall benefit concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Sept. 13 at 8pm. All proceeds go to the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum. Tickets go on sale Aug. 15 at 10am CT. More info here and here.

  • Josh Thompson will perform at Field & Stream's ninth annual Heroes of Conservation Awards Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C.

  • Taylor Swift won the surfboard for Female Country Artist at last Sunday's (8/10) Teen Choice Awards. Other winners included Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan's "This Is How We Roll" for Country Song, Hunter Hayes for Male Country Artist and Lady Antebellum for Country Group. Full winners list here.



Tuesday (8/12): Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad), the late Buck Owens, the late Porter Wagoner.

Wednesday (8/13): Andy Griggs, Lennon Stella (of the duo Lennon & Maisy).

Thursday (8/14): Connie Smith.



Wednesday (8/13): Taylor Swift, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC).

Thursday (8/14): Taylor Swift, Late Night With Seth Myers (NBC); Dolly Parton, The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated).


Upcoming Album Releases

Aug. 19 VariousNashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe

Chase Rice Ignite The Night

Randy Travis Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am

Various Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited

Joel Crouse Even The River Runs

Sarah Dunn Band You Or The Whiskey

Ray Stevens Gospel Collection, Volume One


Aug. 25 Brad Paisley Moonshine In The Trunk


Aug. 26 Brushville Self-Titled

Lenny Cooper The Grind


Sep. 2 Terri Clark Some Songs


Sep. 9Lee Brice I Don't Dance

Dustin Lynch Where It's At

Sep. 16Tim McGraw Sundown Heaven Town

» Pre-Platinum: A Blake Shelton fan with the Twitter name "Hattie" recently tweeted this photo of a pom pom-wielding Miranda Lambert to Shelton, saying, "Check your wife out!" – to which he replied, "Ha!!!!! Greatness!!!"




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