Music City News: GRAMMY Wrap-Up & More

Grammys are done...get ready for the ACM nominees...


January 28, 2014


» Insta-Grammy: Kacey Musgraves, Darius Rucker and The Civil Wars represented country music on the winners' list at last night's 56th Annual Grammy Awards (1/26). Musgraves claimed two awards: Best Country Song for "Merry Go 'Round" and Best Country Album for Same Trailer, Different Park. See her album acceptance speech here. Rucker won for Best Country Solo Performance for "Wagon Wheel." See his comments here. The Civil Wars won the Best Country Duo/Group Performance award for "From This Valley." The duo's John Paul White gave thanks backstage here.

» Cruisin' For A Schmoozin': Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins and Jewel will perform as part of this year's Carnival Live Concert Series from Carnival Cruise Lines. Booked passengers can purchase tickets for $20-$40. VIP tickets are available for $100-$150. Float your boat here.

» Invisible Touch: Hunter Hayes will kick off his We're Not Invisible Tour March 20 in Pikeville, KY. Danielle Bradbery and  Dan + Shay will open on the 19-city run, which wraps May 31 in Estero, FL. More here.

» Nominee Deep: Nominees for the 49th Annual ACM Awards will be announced Wednesday (1/29) via the ACM's Twitter and Facebook pages. Darius Rucker, Lucy Hale, Jerrod Niemann and reigning Songwriter of the Year Dallas Davidson are among the guests making announcements via video posts. The awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 6 on CBS-TV. Follow the ACM here and here.

» Movies Love Country Boys: Trace Adkins will hit the big screen again this spring in Moms' Night Out, which celebrates parenting and the need for adult conversation. Adkins plays "Bones," a philosophical tattoo artist with a checkered past and a lot of wisdom. In theaters May 9; watch the trailer here.

» Musical To My Ears: Hee Haw The Musical is headed for Broadway. Spearheaded by President Opry Entertainment Group and Nashville executive producer Steve Buchanan, the script was crafted by veteran writer/producer Robert Horn with music and lyrics by Nashville songwriters Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. "We are very excited about bringing this new incarnation of Hee Haw to the stage," says Buchanan. "Our writing team is extraordinary and perfect for this original work. We held readings in New York City for Hee Haw The Musical and received a wonderful and very encouraging response from the Broadway community." Production dates will be announced shortly.

» In Case You Missed It: Darius Rucker performed "Miss You" from True Believers on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Friday (1/24). Watch at 40:50 here.


Also on Friday, Cold River's Katie Armiger appeared on HLN's News Now discussing everything from the Grammys to Justin Bieber's recent arrest and performed her single "Safe." Watch here. She dropped by Fox & Friends this morning (1/27) to again perform "Safe" and to discuss Project Feel Safe, her campaign to honor the nation's first responders. Watch here.

On Saturday (1/25), Brenda Lee appeared on CNN's New Day to discuss her days of touring with The Beatles and their impact on music. Watch here.

Keith Urban and the judge panel took in Atlanta's musical talents on Thursday's American Idol (1/23). Recap here.

Hunter Hayes dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday (1/24) to perform "I Want Crazy." Watch here.

Hit List

  • Sugarland's Kristian Bush will launch the solo Put Your Soul In It Tour Jan. 29 in Asheville, NC. Watch the tour launch video here; get tour info here.
  • Suzy Bogguss will kick off a new tour Feb. 4 at New York's Highline Ballroom in support of her new album Lucky. Info here.
  • Kenny Rogers received an honorary master of photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America Jan. 14 in Phoenix. More here.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys will release their first live country album Boys Night Out on Cleopatra Records April 15. The project will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally. Info here.


Irlene Mandrell (1/29)

Tammy Cochran (1/30)


Tuesday (1/28): Jennifer Nettles, The Talk (CBS); Martina McBride, Home & Family (Hallmark Channel); Dwight Yoakam, TheTonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).

Wednesday (1/29): Brad Paisley, Nashville (ABC); Jennifer Nettles, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).

Upcoming Album Releases

North 40 Sing Your Own Song (Rhymetown)

The duo's Paige Logan shares writing credit on all 12 tracks, and Heather Looney contributed to eight. The collection includes "Tell Me Something Good," written after Logan learned of her father's lung cancer diagnosis, girl-anthem "Hey Girl Hey" and "Wine Song."

Eric Paslay Eric Paslay (2/4)

Moonshine Bandits Calicountry (2/4)

Eric Church The Outsiders (2/11)

Frankie Ballard Sunshine & Whiskey (2/11)

Cole Swindell Cole Swindell (2/18)

» I Wanna Shake Your Hand: An insider reports it was Paul McCartney (l) seeking out Hunter Hayes backstage at Sunday's Grammys ... not the other way around! Hayes debuted his new single "Invisible," and earned a pretty heady congrats from Sir Paul.





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