SOMEONE PAYS $138,000 FOR A BLIND DATE WITH DOLLY PARTON
KNOXVILLE (AP) -- Someone has paid $138,000 for a blind date with Dolly Parton. She auctioned off the date for a foundation that provides medical care to the people of Sevier County, Tennessee. The Knoxville News Sentinel says she'll take her date on a tour of her property in Nashville, her tour bus and her favorite places in Nashville. Parton and her date will also eat a catered dinner and breakfast. The high bidder can bring six guests along. Parton says she hasn't been on a blind date since high school.
TRACE ADKINS CANCELS SHOW BECAUSE OF WILDFIRES
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Trace Adkins is calling off his show in Cle Elum (klee EL'-um), Washington, tomorrow because of wildfires. Adkins says in a statement he cannot in good conscience hold a concert while the community is under such strain. He says the venue he was supposed to play is not in the path of the fires, but the fires have not yet been contained. Adkins says he will return when the crisis is passed.
NASHVILLE (AP) -- You know you're no longer a redneck when you end up in "Redneck Rehab." It's a new reality show premiering next month on CMT. Former rednecks are confronted by their families who are afraid they've forgotten their redneck roots. One is an aspiring actor who wears fancy clothes. Tom Arnold hosts. CMT describes him as a "redneck specialist."
REBA MCENTIRE SAYS COUNTRY MUSIC ISN'T AS SAD AS IT USED TO BE
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) -- Reba McEntire says country music isn't as sad as it used to be. She says the older songs "ripped your heart apart." She says it was "disturbing." But now, she says, country songs have lightened up. She says they're "uplifting and fun and happy" and make you feel good. McEntire plays a one-time country music star trying for a comeback in the upcoming series "Malibu Country" premiering this November on ABC.
NASHVILLE TAKES A SHINE TO GRACE POTTER
NEW YORK (AP) -- Grace Potter says Nashville practically became a second home to her and her band, the Nocturnals. She says after her duet with Kenny Chesney, "You and Tequila," became a hit, everyone in Nashville knew who she was. She says she's been "approached by every country artist you can imagine." While Potter thinks all her records have country influence to them, she just didn't want to pursue that on her latest one, "The Lion The Beast The Beat." She says the songs just didn't line up that way and she'd be forcing it to make them bridge the divide from rock to country.
CASEY JAMES MAKES ACTING DEBUT IN NEW VIDEO
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Casey James makes his acting debut in his new video "Crying on a Suitcase." He says it's the first time he's played a character in a video. You can see it on his website now. It'll be available everywhere else on August 27th.
ELVIS' NEW YORK CONCERTS ON DVD, CD, WITH FAN FOOTAGE
NEW YORK (AP) -- Twenty minutes of film shot by a fan at one of two concerts Elvis gave at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1972 will be shown for the first time today as part of Elvis Week in Memphis. The footage will also be included in box set of both of Elvis' shows at the Garden, as well as a news conference where Elvis spoke with reporters. The concerts are on DVD and CDs in the box set. It'll be available this October.
DAVID NAIL TOUR STARTS SEPTEMBER 6
NASHVILLE (AP) -- After touring with Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington and Gavin DeGraw the past two years, David Nail is hitting the road by himself. He'll kick off a fall tour September 6 in Cincinnati. The tour ends November 3 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
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