Tuesday Morning Country Music Headlines

TIM MCGRAW: GO VOTE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tim McGraw is sending a message to everyone over 18 today: go vote. He says "that's what people have fought, died and bled for." McGraw thinks being able to elect our leaders is what makes America great. He says "no matter what you believe, vote."

ERIC CHURCH: I'M AN INDEPENDENT VOTER

UNDATED (AP) -- Eric Church believes the presidential election will come down to independent voters. He tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that's who he is. Church thinks it's fine for artists to endorse candidates, but you won't hear his opinion anytime soon. He says he's "not a political person," adding it's just not something he's terribly interested in.

WILLIE NELSON IS 'AN OBAMA GUY'

UNDATED (AP) -- Kid Rock, Rodney Atkins and The Oak Ridge Boys may be actively campaigning for Mitt Romney, but Willie Nelson wants to re-elect President Barack Obama. During an interview with CNN, his wife said Nelson "has a wife -- and four daughters -- he's an Obama guy." Nelson agreed that for women "Obama is the guy." He said women's health care is a big issue and "Obama is on the right side of history."

"THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Shelton says he made the right choice. He picked Liz Davis to be the country artist for "The Voice." She did "Independence Day" on last night's show, as Team Blake and Team Adam performed. Shelton says Liz proved him right in selecting her. Tomorrow night, we'll hear from the other two teams.

HOSTS ANNOUNCED FOR 'CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Rascal Flatts and Hayden Panettiere will be hosting "CMT Artists of the Year." It will air on CMT Saturday, December 8th. The 90-minute TV special will celebrate the top five country artists with performances and special guest appearances. Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts says they're "gonna have a blast" hosting. Panettiere calls Nashville her second home now that she's starring on the hit show "Nashville." She says she "can't wait to see how the evening unfolds." The honorees won't be announced until the night of the taping.

JASON ALDEAN ANNOUNCES FIRST LEG OF 'NIGHT TRAIN' TOUR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jason Aldean has released the stops for the first leg of his "Night Train" tour. He's kicking things off February 21st in Bossier City, Louisiana and will hit up 23 other cities through May. Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett will be his openers. Aldean says he's most excited to add some of the songs from his new "Night Train" album into the show. He says he is "already working on some cool production ideas."

REBA'S NEW SHOW PREMIERES AT NO. 1 IN TIME SLOT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Reba McEntire is topping the charts again -- this time with her new TV show. Over nine million people watched the premiere of "Malibu Country" on ABC Friday. It was the No. 1 show in its time slot. The show gave ABC its highest numbers in the 8:30 p.m. half hour in almost five years.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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