Nashville News: Thursday, 3/31
Carrie Underwood will debut her new song, "Church Bells," on Sunday's ACM Awards. Carrie is also the recipient
of the ACM Lifting Lives Awardfor her charitable work. She pick up the honor in a ceremony later this year in Nashville.
Also being honored later this year are Keith Urban, who will receive an Award for service to the Academy; Little Big Town,
who will receive the Crystal Milestone Award; and Glen Campbell, who will get the Career Achievement Award.
The ACM Awards air Sunday on CBS.
Keith Urban has revealed more details about his upcoming album, Ripcord.
He's worked with a bunch of new producers as well as some who've worked with him before. Keith says, “Getting to
work with people like this was unlike anything I’ve envisioned before. It’s the result of writing, reaching, imagining and
following the muse every step of the way.”
He'll perform his latest single, "Wasted Time," tonight on American Idol and on Sunday's ACM Awards. Ripcord comes out on May 6th.
Nashville News: Wednesday, 3/30
Many of American Idol's country winners will be on board for the show's finale on April 7th.
We already knew about Carrie Underwood, but now Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Kellie Pickler,
Bucky Covington, Casey James, and Josh Gracin have signed on to take part in the show's farewell. As reported
earlier, Kelly Clarkson will not be there in person, but has pre-taped a performance that will air during the show.
The two-night finale airs on April 6th and 7th on FOX.
Kelsea Ballerini will team up with Nick Jonas for a performance at Sunday's ACM Awards. Also new to the lineup is
Miranda Lambert, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Keith Urban, who will perform "Tush." Keith will have another slot to play
his new single, "Wasted Time."
The ACM Awards, hosted by Luke and Dierks, air live from Las Vegas on Sunday on CBS.
Nashville News: Tuesday, 3/29
The already-stacked performance lineup for the ACM Awards just got another shot of starpower -- Charles Kelley, Blake Shelton and Little Big Town, and Old Dominion have signed on
Presenters include Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen,
Chase Rice, Cole Swindell and Kiefer Sutherland.
TheACM Awards, hosted by Luke and Dierks, air live from Las Vegas on Sunday on CBS.
Jennifer Nettles portrayal of Dolly Parton's mother in the Coat of Many Colors TV movie last year has opened doors to
other opportunities for her -- as did her turn in the Broadway musical Chicago last year. She's open to different things,
but definitely wants another shot at doing live theater.
Until then, Jennifer will be busy promoting her new album, Playing With Fire (which comes out on May 13th) and
touring on CMT's Next Women of Country Tour.
Nashville News: Monday, 3/28
After playing on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Friday, Brett Eldredge headed home to Nashville, where his
family threw him a surprise 30th birthday party on Saturday night. Over dinner, Brett found out that “Drunk on
Your Love” had become his fifth number-one.
Jennifer Nettles has been named this year's spokesperson for the Outnumber Hunger Campaign.
She and other country stars will appear on boxes of General Mills products with special codes. Fans enter the special
code along with their zip code into the Outnumber Hunger website, and meals will be provided to local food pantries.
Other stars participating include Reba McEntire, Justin Moore, Ronnie Dunn, Thomas Rhett, Maddie and Tae
and Cassadee Pope.