TIM McGRAW TO PERFORM GLEN CAMPBELL SONG ON OSCARS
Tim McGraw will perform the Oscar-nominated song "I’m Not Gonna Miss You" for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars. The show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, February 22nd on ABC.
"I’m Not Gonna Miss You" was written by Glen and Julian Raymond for the documentary feature Glen Campbell . . . I’ll Be Me. It is nominated for Original Song, along with "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie, "Glory" from Selma, "Grateful" from Beyond the Lights and "Lost Stars" from Begin Again.
Tim said, "I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry."
LUKE BRYAN IS ALL ABOUT RO-TEL DIP ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
Luke Bryan may not be thrilled about the teams playing in Sunday's (February 1st) Super Bowl, but he's very excited about the food that comes with such an event. He tells us he looks forward to specific football snacks at the Bryan household. "Definitely Super Bowl is like the queso, the Frito Lay scoops with the Ro-tel situation. I guess it’s like, what’s the black-eyed pea stuff too? All of that, just stuff that you can sit there and have lots of sodium, and then just, it’s like Thanksgiving all over again."
The Super Bowl matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Luke returns to the road on February 10th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
BITS AND PIECES: ACM AWARDS NOMINATION, HUNTER HAYES & MORE!
The nominations for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced this morning (Friday January 30th) beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET on the ACM’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. The ACM Awards will be held on Sunday, April 19th at AT&T Stadium in North Texas. The show, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will air live on CBS.
Hunter Hayes will host the Grammy pre-telecast on February 8th at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. Seventy winners in 83 categories at the Grammy Awards will be announced during the non-televised afternoon ceremony. The pre-telecast will be streamed online at grammy.com/live. The Grammy Awards airs later that night beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Hunter is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for "Invisible."
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will extend the life of the Alan Jackson exhibit, called Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country. Originally scheduled to close in March, the display has been extended through June 21st with the inclusion of Alan's beloved ’55 Ford Thunderbird, which is currently on display in the Curb Conservatory lobby.
THOMAS RHETT'S NEAR MISSES
Thomas Rhett has had great success with songs he’s recorded and released like "It Goes Like This," "Get Me Some of That" and his current single, "Make Me Wanna," but he admits there are a few hit songs that got away from him over the years, as well as some co-written by his dad, hit songwriter Rhett Akins, that he tells us he never got a crack at. "Yeah, I’ll never forget Dallas Davidson sent me a song called ‘Runnin’ Outa Moonlight’ and said ‘Merry Christmas’, and I didn’t cut it and obviously Randy had a huge number one with that song. But, that happens all the time in this business. A lot of artists get pitched a lot of hit songs and at that time they might not need it for their record, but at the same time, in most artist’s brains you know that if you do pass on one of those songs you’re gonna hear it from somebody else. So that’s just kinda the way the world works in this business. Certain songs that I wanted to cut, that I couldn’t, I remember I was dying to cut ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ when he (Rhett) first wrote it and obviously Blake had a huge hit with it. I remember wanting ‘Honey Bee’ when he wrote it too, so there’s just a lot of songs that sometimes you just might get the opportunity to cut and other people do, but in my opinion, it all works how it’s supposed to." at the Direct TV Super Fan Festival as part of the Super Bowl festivities.
CRAIG MORGAN, TRACE ADKINS ADDED TO CHARLIE DANIELS' VOLUNTEER JAM
Craig Morgan, Trace Adkins, Ted Nugent, Tracy Lawrence, Colt Ford, The Oak Ridge Boys and Michael W. Smith have all been added to Charlie Daniels' 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam, taking place at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville on August 12th. They join previously-announced appearances by Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Kentucky Headhunters, The Outlaws and Lee Roy Parnell.
The event, which will be co-hosted by Sean Hannity, will support the needs of American veterans through The Journey Home Project. Tickets go on sale today (Friday, January 30th) at 10 a.m. CT at the Bridgestone Arena box office and all Ticketmaster locations.
THE CADILLAC THREE'S JAREN JOHNSTON WILL PULL FOR SEATTLE
The Cadillac Three lead singer Jaren Johnston will be rooting for the Seahawks on Sunday (February 1st) during the Super Bowl as they square off against the New England Patriots. Jaren tells us it's more about not liking the Patriots than it is about loving the Seahawks. "Ah, Super Bowl, well all my teams got beat, so . . . Denver was my team. (Tennessee) Titans, obviously, but we can't do nothing. I think I'm gonna pull for Seattle just cause I like Russell Wilson, and it's hard to love the Patriots. That Bill Belichick, I don't know . . . I don't believe him. He's got something up his sleeve, you know?"
Jaren is nominated for Best Country Song for "Meanwhile Back At Mama's," which he co-wrote, at next month's Grammy Awards. The show will air live from Los Angeles on February 8th on CBS.
JACK WHITE PLAYS WITH RACONTEURS, LORETTA LYNN AT NASHVILLE SHOW
Jack White played in his adopted hometown of Nashville on Wednesday night (January 28th), with special guests Loretta Lynn and the Raconteurs taking the stage to perform two of Lynn's songs, while the Raconteurs also played a pair of their own tracks.
According to Spin, the Raconteurs performed two tracks: "Salute Your Solution" from 2008's Consolers Of The Lonely and "Steady As She Goes" from 2006's Broken Boy Soldiers. Then Lynn, White and the Raconteurs all performed Lynn's "Portland, Oregon" and the second song she ever wrote, "Whispering Sea."
White, singer/guitarist Brendan Benson, bassist "Little" Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler formed the Raconteurs in 2006. It was White's first project outside the White Stripes.
The band has been mostly dormant since 2008, although they played a handful of shows in 2011 and issued a live album/DVD in 2013.
Although a third studio album from the band seems unlikely at this point, Lawrence explained what makes the group so special: "I think the talent of the group that is together is just -- it's hard to beat, you know. Two great songwriters coming together and a lot of bands, you know, don't have that. Jack and Brendan, you know, that's a pretty special thing to be able to work with." at New York's Madison Square Garden.