Monday Morning Country Music Headlines

RANDY TRAVIS CITED FOR SIMPLE ASSAULT AT A CHURCH

PLANO, Texas (AP) -- Randy Travis had another run in with Texas police. He was cited for simple assault at a church after he got involved in a couple's argument. Officials say Travis intervened when he saw a woman he knew fighting with her estranged husband. No one was hurt, but Travis and another woman were given citations. Just three weeks ago, Travis crashed his car. Police say he was naked and was arrested for drunk driving.

KIX BROOKS GOES HOLLYWOOD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After Brooks and Dunn split up in 2010, Kix Brooks rode off into the sunset -- straight into a movie career. He's done two films so far and starred in one of them -- a Western called "To Kill A Memory." Brooks says he was a bit intimidated by the hardcore Hollywood actors who got in his face during the fighting scenes. He says he had to walk around a corner and slap himself a couple times in order to step up his game.

KEITH URBAN ADDRESSES 'IDOL' RUMORS

UNDATED (AP) -- Keith Urban is the latest country star rumored to be joining "American Idol." He tells Australian radio station Newstalk ZB that "Idol" producers have reached out to him to be a judge. But he says "they've been reaching out to a lot of people," so it seems they're still figuring out which way to go. Urban wouldn't confirm whether he would take the opportunity if it was offered. He says his priority right now is to make his new album.

DIERKS BENTLEY LAUNCHES INSTAGRAM CONTEST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Dierks Bentley is encouraging people to drink and tag. He's holding a contest on Instagram for fans to post their best "Country and Cold Cans"-themed photos. Photos with the hashtag "ColdCans" are eligible to win one of five $250 Visa gift cards. A winner will be chosen every Friday until September 21st. Bentley just released his new "Country and Cold Cans" EP, and he's currently on a short "Back to College" tour.

JERROD NEIMANN SHARES ADVICE

UNDATED (AP) -- To anyone who wants to be a country star, Jerrod Niemann has some advice. He says the best thing he was told when he moved to Nashville is to "keep your ears open and your mouth shut," because once you finally have something to say people actually care to listen. Niemann self-released his first album in 1999, and scored his first No. 1 in 2010. He says along the way he kept his ears open and couldn't keep his mouth shut, so maybe that's why it took him 10 years to make it.

STEVE EARLE GETS TWO-BOOK DEAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Steve Earle is telling his own story and someone else's. He's got a two-book deal to write a memoir as well as a novel about an escaped slave set in the 19th century. The memoir is due out in 2014 and will talk about his drug problems, the making of his 1995 album "Train a Comin"' and his friendship with Townes Van Zandt.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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