CMAThe CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X exhibit promises to be bigger than ever with Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Wynonna, Little Big Town, Chris Young and many more signing autographs for fans.
Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Kix Brooks and LeAnn Rimes are among the stars taking part in the CMA Close Up interview series each morning at Fan Fair X. The HGTV Lodge in Fan Alley will also feature performances from Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner and Charlie Worsham. Fans attending Fan Fair X will also get to see Dierks Bentley‘s white Chevy truck, also known as Big White.
For a full list of artists participating in Fan Fair X at the Music City Center, go to CMAFest.com. The CMA Music Festival runs June 5 through 8 in downtown Nashville.
Red Bow RecordsCongratulations to Joe Nichols on the birth of his new daughter, Georgia Blue Nichols. According to a tweet from Joe, the little one was born at 8:06 a.m. in Texas Tuesday weighing seven pounds, four ounces. Joe says Georgia and her mom, Joe’s wife, Heather, are doing fine.
The couple has a two-year-old daughter named Dylan, and Joe has a 15-year-old daughter, Ashelyn, from a previous relationship.
ABC NewsMost Taylor Swift‘s fans know that 13 is her lucky number, but it appears as though her love of it is causing some problems.
E! News reports that the singer is being sued by Lucky 13, a California clothing company that was established in 1991. A lawsuit filed on Tuesday accuses Taylor of trademark infringement, claiming unauthorized use of the company’s registered trademarks. According to E!, the company has reached out to Taylor and her camp several times, to no avail.
E!’s report doesn’t specify exactly when and how Taylor allegedly used these trademarks. She does paint the number 13 on her hand before her concerts, for example, and some of the shoes in her footwear line for Keds come with a special charm incorporating the number 13, but it’s not clear how these would count as trademark infringements.
Taylor’s attraction to the number 13 stems from the fact that December 13 is her birthday, and also for its odd re-appearance in her life at key moments.
As she told MTV, “I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No. 1 song had a 13-second intro. Every time I’ve won an award I’ve been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter. Basically whenever a 13 comes up in my life, it’s a good thing.”
Capitol NashvilleKeithUrban reached new heights selling his URBAN line of guitars on HSN over the weekend. Keith’s appearance on the network Sunday moved more than 22,000 of his Light the Fuse and Phoenix URBAN guitar packages. He sold 20,000 guitar packages during an appearance on HSN last November.
Now that more than 40,000 fans have bought his guitars, Keith says, “Hopefully, some people that have gotten these guitars of ours will take to it. That’d be awesome.”
Keith designed the guitars and the accompanying amplifiers, strings and instructional DVDs to help people introduce themselves to the guitar.
CMTActress Kristen Bell has signed on to host the 2014 CMT Music Awards again this year. She previously co-hosted with Toby Keith in 2012 and Jason Aldean in 2013.
Kristen says, “After two years of duets with amazing partners, I’m really excited for my first solo effort. I love that the country community has welcomed me so warmly and I can’t wait to head back to Nashville for what’s sure to be another amazing show this year.”
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will perform their duet, “Somethin’ Bad,” on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday, June 4 live from Music City at 8 p.m. ET. Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton are among the other stars set to sing on the show. More talent will be announced soon.
Fan voting for the CMT Music Awards is now open at CMT.com.
Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw unveils the title track of his new CD Sundown Heaven Town tonight with a live performance on the season finale of The Voice. Even though the album doesn’t come out until fall, fans will be able to purchase the track digitally immediately after the song’s debut.
Tuesday, Tim also stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, before playing the Today Summer Concert Series Friday on NBC. The full album, featuring the latest single “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” with wife Faith Hill and “Lookin’ for That Girl,” will be out September 16.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDolly Parton is selling her 1,095-square-foot cottage in West Hollywood for an asking price of $1.395 million. She bought the childhood home of actress Natalie Wood in 2007 for $1.2 million. You can see pictures of the property on the real estate website Trulia.
Big & Rich, Deana Carter, Clint Black, Randy Houser and Cowboy Troy play the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis June 3 to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
You can see Justin Moore perform his latest single, “Lettin’ The Night Roll,” tonight at 8 p.m. ET on the season finale of NBC’s The Voice.
LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25.
ACMTo commemorate Armed Forces Day, tonight’s CBS special, ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops, does something a TV show has perhaps never done before– it gives servicemen and servicewomen the rare chance to perform with their favorite country artists.
Navy member Destiny Coates, who sings with Keith Urban, says it’s especially significant for her, since she laid her musical aspirations aside to serve and protect our country.
“Performing here is a dream come true…So many people here wanted to sing, and I think we all gave up that dream…We make those decisions to serve, and it’s really awesome how things turn around and…You don’t have to give up on that dream just because you went towards another one.”
Both Dierks Bentley and LadyAntebellum were really impressed by the musicianship of the military performers.
“One of these guys had a breakout line on ‘Compass,’ you’ll hear him sing,” Hillary Scott recalls. “It’s like, it’s awesome! It was just really, really cool.”
“The fiddle player was really good,” Dave Haywood chimes in, agreeing. “They’re up there with all these A-list session guys that are in the house band.”
But for Charles Kelley, the most poignant moment came when one of his fellow performers gave him a Kevlar bracelet in honor of one of his fallen comrades.
“He…gave it to me and said, ‘Man, if he knew that you were wearing it and being up onstage and doing this.’ I was like, ‘I can’t take this. This is like your friend that died in battle.’ I was like, ‘I can’t do that,” Charles remembers. “He’s like, ‘Just trust me. This would mean so much to me.’”
King of Country George Strait says the experience took him right back to his days as a soldier.
“I’m an ex-military guy myself. I served three years in the military,” he recalls. “It was a great experience for me. It really was. I wouldn’t trade those days for anything. So, just to be able to do my little thing with them, it makes you feel good, and I love doing it.”
Carrie Underwood performs a new song she co-wrote. Proceeds from “Keep Us Safe” will go to the ACM’s charitable arm, Lifting Lives. Dierks, on the other hand, sang his most recent number one, but “I Hold On” took on a whole new meaning.
“It feels very, kind of patriotic, in a sense, and a perfect song for that night. So, I was pretty fired up. I walked off the stage pretty excited,” he remembers.
The Band Perry honors those who’ve paid the ultimate price with a performance of their breakthrough song, “If I Die Young.”
“They sacrifice time away from their families, away from the comforts of our country for those who are overseas, and sometimes the ultimate sacrifice with their life,” Kimberly Perry says. “It’s just a true honor to get to honor these guys for their ultimate sacrifice.”
Hunter Hayes says he hopes the collaborations between country artists and the military will become a tradition.
“It was a beautiful evening. It was absolutely awesome. The collaborations were really cool, too. I loved that aspect of it. I thought that was brilliant.”
ACM Presents: An All-Star Tribute to the Troops airs tonight on CBS at 9:00 Eastern time.