MCA NashvilleDavid Nail is profiled in a new Great American Country special, Introducing: David Nail, premiering later this week. The show tells the story of David moving to Nashville in 1999 and quickly landing, and then losing, a record deal shortly after he arrived.
David says, “When you take a 21-year-old kid from a small town, flying him all over the country, staying in nice hotels, you think you’ve got it made and that the rest is history. It was a rude awakening when reality hit."
About five years after losing that first deal, David signed with MCA Records and went on to release the hits "Red Light," "Let It Rain" and his current single, "Whatever She's Got." He'll discuss that success on the special. David's wife, parents, record producer and friends are also interviewed on Introducing: David Nail, airing Thursday, December 12 at 8 p.m. ET.
Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington heads out on his We Are Tonight tour starting March 6, 2014 with special guests Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice. Sixteen shows have been announced, with dates on the books through May. Billy is touring in support of his latest album, We Are Tonight, which features the #1 hit, "Hey Girl."
Here are the tour dates:
3/6 -- Tulsa, OK, The Joint 3/7 -- Shawnee, OK, The Grand Casino Resort 3/8 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena 3/14 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel 3/15 -- Tunica, MS, Harrah's Tunica 3/20 -- DeKalb, IL, NIU Convocation Center 3/21 -- Rochester, MN, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium 3/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave 3/27 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 3/28 -- Johnstown, PA, Cambria Country War Memorial Arena 3/29 -- Troy, OH, Hobart Arena 4/10 -- Pikeville, KY, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center 4/11 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston PAC 5/1 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live 5/2 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City Riverdome 5/3 -- Ft. Smith, AR, Fort Smith Convention Center
RCA NashvilleSaraEvans returns March 4 with her new album, Slow Me Down, and she's got some special guests joining her on the project, including Vince Gill, Isaac Slade of The Fray and Gavin DeGraw.
Sara says, "Having Isaac, Gavin and Vince sing with me, was an amazing experience and they took those songs to another level. I honestly have never been more excited to have everyone hear one of my albums. I cannot wait to share it with everyone.”
Slow Me Down is Sara's seventh studio album and comes more than two years after her last release, Stronger.
PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas, Mark Tucker)For years, Garth Brooks has refrained from touring because he wanted to be home for his three young daughters. Well, they're not so young anymore, and that means the star is finally free to go back out on the road.
"We're going on a world tour in 2014," Garth unexpectedly told ABC's Robin Roberts on Monday's Good Morning America. "Our baby" -- that's Garth's daughter Allie -- "is a senior in high school and we've talked about it. And all my babies are fine with it."
Referring to his wife, Trisha Yearwood, Garth added, "And Ms. Yearwood is fine with it and so now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music. I get to be with the person I want to be with, which is Ms. Yearwood. And my children are off on their own."
Garth may have hinted at a tour being in the works with an email in October that read, "The sevens have aligned. It has begun... Thank you for believing...love, g." Sevens was the name of Garth's 1997 album. It's also one of the highest-paying combinations on a slot machine.
Garth officially announced he was retiring from touring in 2000, though he has played select concerts since then, and has also performed a Las Vegas residency.
RCA NashvilleJake Owen had four number-one hits from his last album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, but he isn't nervous about keeping that string of hits going with his latest album, Days of Gold. In fact, Jake's previous success made him very laid back while making the new album.
He says, "I've looked at it like, if you've won the race before, or if you've set out to do something and you've accomplished what you wanted, I'm by no means content with where I am, but you feel more at home. You're not as nervous."
Having a track record of hits gave Jake a sense of belonging in the country music community, too.
"I feel comfortable with how people perceive me," Jake explains. "I don't feel like I'm trying to win them over as much anymore as I did before."
Jake has produced a trilogy of videos for his new songs "Days of Gold," "Beachin'" and "Ghost Town, " now available on Vevo.
Caesars PalaceShania Twain just celebrated the first anniversary of her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and it looks like she may be extending her contract into 2015. The current contract expires next year, but Shania tells The Las Vegas Sun she'd like to stick around Sin City a little longer.
She says, "I’m having such a great time! You know we’ve already just passed our first anniversary here. It went by very quickly, and I’d be thrilled to carry on."
Shania wraps up her 2013 shows with a party for her band and crew on December 13 before heading down to the Bahamas for Christmas. Shania's show, Shania: Still the One, kicks off another run on January 22.
"It’s a very short turnaround," Shania explains. "I go away for Christmas, then come right back. I look forward to it; I like the shorter breaks."
Tickets for Shania: Still the One are now available at ShaniainVegas.com.
Broken BowParmalee's debut album, Feels Like Carolina, comes out Tuesday, but you can listen to it now at Parmalee.CMT.com. The album features the band's debut hit, "Carolina," which is expected to top Billboard's Country Airplay chart very soon.
Look for Parmalee to kick off their release week with a Saturday morning appearance on CMT Hot 20 Countdown at 11 a.m. ET.
CBS/NARASRap music dominated the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, announced Friday night live in Los Angeles and telecast on CBS. Only six categories were announced during the hour-long nominations special, but overall, Jay Z tops this year's nominations with nine. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have seven each. Justin Timberlake also scored seven nominations each, as did Pharrell [fuh-RELL] Williams, who was featured on two of the year's biggest hits: Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Rapper Drake scored five nods.
More importantly, instead of being relegated to its own category, rap music showed up in two of the so-called Big Four categories, which include Album, Song and Record of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. Kendrick Lamar's album good kid, m.A.A.d city is up for Album of the Year, while he himself scored a nod for Best New Artist.
There were a few big shockers in the announcements during the telecast: one was the fact that Sara Bareilles' latest album The Blessed Unrest scored an Album of the Year nod. While the disc was well-received, and produced the hit single "Brave," nobody predicted it would appear in this category. Even more surprising was the fact that Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, the best-selling album of 2013, didn't receive an Album of the Year nod.
Another shocker was Lorde's absence from the Best New Artist category: she had been considered a shoo-in, and her hit "Royals" was nominated for Record and Song of the Year. Instead, British musician James Blake, who isn't well known in the U.S, was nominated. Another Brit, Ed Sheeran, who received his first Grammy nod last year for Song of the Year, also got a Best New Artist nod.
Speaking of Brits, Grammy darling Adele, who's been out of the spotlight for a while, managed to snag one nomination: for "Skyfall," her James Bond theme. It was in the category of Best Song Written for Visual Media. Coldplay was also nominated in that category for "Atlas," their song from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and so were Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw for their duet, "We Both Know," from the movie Safe Haven.
The Grammy Nominations Live! CBS telecast began with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis walking into L.A.'s Staples Center and up onto the stage, along with their buddy Wanz, to perform their hit "Thrift Shop." The stage was decorated with racks of thrift shop clothing, as dancers gyrated wildly, and Macklemore threw items of clothing into the audience.
Taylor Swift was shown singing "I Knew You Were Trouble" from Australia, and before she went on, she turned to the camera and said, "Thank you for the nominations." However, at that point, she hadn't received any, though later on in the show, her album Red received nods for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Did she have advance knowledge, or did she just assume? We may never know. She tweeted later, "LOVE YOU GUYS WE GOT AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION AND I AM TOO EXCITED TO USE PUNCTUATION."
Viewers also saw R&B star Miguel duetting with Keith Urban on Bill Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine," Katy Perry performing an acoustic version of "Roar" from a club in Toronto, and Lorde singing "Royals." Robin Thicke closed the show by performing his nominated single "Blurred Lines" with rapper T.I. and members of Earth, Wind & Fire. Presenters for the night included Ed Sheeran, Kelly Rowland, Melissa Etheridge,Enrique Iglesias and Arsenio Hall.LL Cool J was the evening's host, and when a major screw-up occurred -- Etheridge and actress Pauley Perrette were introduced at the wrong time -- he managed to cover quite smoothly.
The Grammy Awards air January 26, 2014, live on CBS
Here's a selection of the nominees:
Album of the Year The Blessed Unrest, Sara Bareilles Random Access Memories, Daft Punk good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar The Heist, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Red, Taylor Swift
Record of the Year "Get Lucky," Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons "Royals," Lorde "Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
Song of the Year(Award to Songwriter) "Just Give Me a Reason," Pink featuring Nate Ruess "Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars "Roar," Katy Perry "Royals," Lorde "Same Love," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best New Artist James Blake Kendrick Lamar Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Kacey Musgraves Ed Sheeran
Best Pop Solo Performance "Brave" — Sara Bareilles "Royals" — Lorde "When I Was Your Man" — Bruno Mars "Roar" — Katy Perry "Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams "Just Give Me A Reason" — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess "Stay" — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko "Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams "Suit & Tie" — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Best Pop Vocal Album Paradise, Lana Del Ray Pure Heroine, Lorde Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke The 20/20 Experience -- The Complete Experience, Justin Timberlake
Best Rock Performance "Always Alright" — Alabama Shakes "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" — David Bowie "Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons "Kashmir" (Live) — Led Zeppelin "My God Is The Sun" — Queens Of The Stone Age "I'm Shakin'" — Jack White Best Rock Album 13 — Black Sabbath The Next Day — David Bowie Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin …Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse
Best Rock Song "Ain't Messin 'Round," Gary Clark Jr. "Cut Me Some Slack," Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear "Doom And Gloom," Rolling Stones "God Is Dead?," Black Sabbath "Panic Station," Muse
Best Alternative Music Album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case Trouble Will Find Me — The National Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails Lonerism — Tame Impala Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Performance "Love And War" — Tamar Braxton "Best Of Me" — Anthony Hamilton "Nakamarra" — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip "How Many Drinks?" — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar "Something" — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Best Urban Contemporary Album Love And War — Tamar Braxton Side Effects Of You — Fantasia One: In The Chamber — Salaam Remi Unapologetic — Rihanna New York: A Love Story — Mack Wilds Best R&B Album R&B Divas — Faith Evans Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys Love In The Future — John Legend Better — Chrisette Michele Three Kings — TGT
Best Rap Performance "Started From The Bottom" — Drake "Berzerk" — Eminem "Tom Ford" — Jay Z "Swimming Pools (Drank)" — Kendrick Lamar "Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz Best Rap/Sung Collaboration "Power Trip" — J.Cole Featuring Miguel "Part II (On The Run)" — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé "Holy Grail" — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake "Now Or Never" — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige "Remember You" — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd
Best Rap Album Nothing Was The Same — Drake Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z good kid, m.A.A.d city — Kendrick Lamar The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Yeezus — Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance "I Drive Your Truck" — Lee Brice "I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes "Mama's Broken Heart" — Miranda Lambert "Wagon Wheel" — Darius Rucker "Mine Would Be You" — Blake Shelton
Best Country Album Night Train, Jason Aldean Two Lanes of Freedom, Tim McGraw Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves Based on a True Story…, Blake Shelton Red, Taylor Swift
Best Country Duo/Group Performance "From This Valley," The Civil Wars "Don't Rush," Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill "Your Side Of The Bed," Little Big Town "Highway Don't Care Tim McGraw," Taylor Swift & Keith Urban "You Can't Make Old Friends," Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton
Best Country Song "Begin Again," Taylor Swift "I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice "Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert "Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves "Mine Would Be You," Blake Shelton
Best Dance Recording "Need U (100%)," Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK "Sweet Nothing," Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch "Kaskade," Finn Bjarnson & Ryan Raddon "This Is What It Feels Like," Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie "Clarity," Zedd Featuring Foxes
Webster PRDolly Parton has announced additional dates for her Blue Smoke World Tour starting January 24, 2014 in Rancho Mirage, CA. She'll travel to New Zealand and Australia in February before heading over to Europe for a previously announced run of shows in June.
Dolly says, "It’s always great to perform at home in the good ol’ U.S.A. We're kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home. I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true, there’s nothing like home."
Here are Dolly's newly announced dates:
1/24 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino 1/25 -- Primm, NV, Star of the Desert Arena 1/26 -- Reno, NV, Reno Events Center 1/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater 2/7 - 2/8 -- Auckland, New Zealand, Vector Arena 2/11 - 2/12 -- Melbourne, Australia, Rod Laver Arena 2/15 -- Hunter Valley, Australia, Hope Estate 2/18 -- Sydney, Australia, Entertainment Centre 2/21 -- 2/22 -- Brisbane, Australia, Entertainment Centre 2/25 -- Adelaide, Australia, Entertainment Centre 2/27 -- Perth, Australia, Perth Arena 5/22 - 5/23 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino 5/25 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino 5/27 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts 5/28 -- Knoxville, TN, University of Tennessee 5/30 - 5/31 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
Photo Credit: Art StreiberTickets for George Strait's final tour stop at Dallas's AT&T Stadium sold out within hours of going on sale Friday. More than 100,000 fans will pack the venue on June 7, 2014 to see George close out The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.
Says George, "Wow. To see this response from the fans to our final show is humbling and exciting at the same time. This is going to be an incredible night and I feel very blessed this holiday knowing how many of you we'll get to see next year on our final tour."
In addition to a full set from Strait, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack will perform three songs each.
NBC/Nino MunozCarrie Underwood's turn as Maria von Trapp in NBC's The Sound of Music Live! brought in really big ratings for the network. About 18 million viewers turned in to the event Thursday night, giving NBC its best Thursday night average ratings excluding sports events since the Frasier finale in 2004.
If you missed The Sound of Music Live!, a DVD of the show is coming on December 17.
EllenTV.comKellyClarkson isn't having an easy first trimester of pregnancy. The singer revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on Friday that she's been tossing her cookies nonstop.
"I vomit a good dozen times a day. It's, like, bad," the 31-year-old singer said on Friday's edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I vomited before coming out here and I had a peppermint so you didn't [know]."
"I'm not even kidding, it's so bad. It's so bad. I know it's like so gross. And that's the thing, too -- you're not attractive when you're pregnant," Kelly continued. "Everybody tells you [that] you glow and you're hair is pretty and you're nails are pretty. That's total crap. My nails are short, my hair still falls out like it's not all lush and beautiful and I have no glow. Unless it's, like, something left over from a bad throw up. It's horrible."
The American Idol winner, who announced in November that she and husband Brandon Blackstock were expecting, also revealed she's 11 weeks pregnant, and has already thought of names for their bundle of joy.
"I just want to know [the baby's gender]," Kelly told host Ellen DeGeneres. "And it doesn’t even matter because, honestly, the name we’ve picked, if it’s a boy or a girl, it’s the same name."
When DeGeneres then tried to guess baby names that would work for both sexes -- "Chris? Pat?" -- Kelly laughed, "You won’t guess it. It’s a random name. It's not like...Blue Jazz. It’s not going to be a weird name."
Kelly also talked about her wedding to Brandon on October 20, and revealed that she was ugly-crying so badly during the ceremony that her videographer hasn't even showed her the film yet.
FOXRandy Houser, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and LeAnn Rimes have been added to the performers at next week's American Country Awards. Luke Bryan, Jewel and Dwight Yoakam are also slated to appear on the show, broadcasting live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 10 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick host the show. Other performers include Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow.
Photo Via Keith Urban's TwitterKeith Urban recently debuted a shorter haircut with a picture posted on social media, and it turns out his wife, Nicole Kidman, was instrumental in the new look. After Keith expressed a desire to chop his hair off, Nicole told him to go for it since it would grow back if he didn't like it. She even let him borrow her hairstylist for the cut.
Keith tells the Australian Associated Press, "She was shooting a campaign here in Nashville and her hairdresser was in town. I went to visit her on the set and she was like why don't you get him to do it and I went okay and I just walked in, he cut it off and it was done."
Fans can see Keith's new look when he performs on CBS's Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Friday night at 10 ET.
Big Machine RecordsIt's been nearly 10 years since Tim McGraw appeared in the football-themed movie Friday Night Lights, but his love for high school football is stronger than ever. His oldest daughter, Gracie, is a cheerleader at her Nashville high school now, but Tim was going to the games when she was still in elementary and middle school.
He says, "I love the atmosphere on Friday nights, the heart and soul that the kids put into it, how hard they work, the effort that they have."
Even though Tim gets caught up in the competition, he knows those high school football players are learning lessons that will serve them well later in life.
"It teaches you about losing, and winning even," Tim explains. "It’s just sort of a microcosm for how to go about life and how to go through your life and how to handle adversity."
Of course, Tim also starred with Sandra Bullock in the Oscar-winning football film, The Blind Side.
Nino Munoz/NBCOn Thursday night, NBC presented the three-hour live event The Sound of Music Live, featuring Carrie Underwood and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer as Maria and Captain Von Trapp. This adaptation of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic, about a young novice who falls in love with the Captain and his seven children, with Nazi-occupied Austria serving as the backdrop, was broadcast live.
NBC’s decision to remake the classic movie, which starred Julie Andrews as Maria, drew criticism from die-hard fans, who questioned whether Underwood could match Andrews’ performance in the 1965 film, as well as how the live element of the show would be handled. The presentation had the occasional audio issue. Carrie earning kudos for her singing, but mixed reviews for her acting on social media.