GEORGE JONES MEMORIAL PLANNED
Nancy Jones, the wife of the late George Jones, is planning a memorial for him on the one year anniversary of his death. Friends and fans of the late singer are welcome to celebrate his life and legacy at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville on April 26. During the memorial, Nancy will plant two dogwood trees at the "He Stopped Loving Her Today" monument. Nancy said in a statement, "I know how much people loved George, and the love has continued even a year later. I am so fortunate for the friends and fans that George and I made through the years. I want everyone to come celebrate with us, not because he is no longer with us, but to keep his legacy alive."
SWIFT MAKES CAMEO APPEARANCE ON SNL
Taylor Swift was in New York City on Saturday where she made a hilarious cameo appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Taylor's brief appearance on the sketch comedy show came while the show's host, Seth Rogen, was doing his opening monologue. During the monologue, Rogen was reading through the journal he made to keep track of the week leading up to the show. Seth kept saying that he didn't need any help or cameo appearances from any other stars. Soon, Zooey Deschanel and James Franco came out on stage and Rogen said, "No, I don't want any help. I told you guys, I'm fine." Then, Swift's voice can be heard off camera saying, "He said he doesn't want any help." Taylor then walked out on stage and the crowd erupted in applause. Seth then asked Swift what she was doing there and she said, "You're getting really upset. And whenever a man shows emotion, I appear." Taylor also announced that her friend and former tour mate Ed Sheeran was there as the musical guest that night.
TAYLOR CRASHES A FAN'S BRIDAL SHOWER
After she made a surprise cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live, Taylor Swift headed to Columbus, Ohio on Sunday to crash a fan's bridal shower. The fan's name is Gena Gabrielle, and she had actually met Swift in 2007 at a meet and greet, according to NBC's Today. The bride-to-be took to her Instagram to share several photos of the two of them hanging out together at the shower. But Swift didn't show up at the party empty-handed; she actually came bearing gifts. Gabrielle then posted a picture on Twitter of the new house warming gifts from Taylor. The photo shows several supplies for the couple's kitchen, including utensils, a cooking pot, a KitchenAid stand mixer and even a Barefoot Contessa cookbook by Ina Garten. Gena tweeted, "@taylorswift13 thank you so much for everything. You went above & bring my wildest dreams. I can't thank you enough." Gena told Today, "I had no idea it was going to happen. [Taylor] said she planned it with her management and her mom. She said it was all worth it because my face was priceless."
PAISLEY TRIES TO WARM THINGS UP WITH NEW SINGLE
After hitting the road during the coldest months of the year on his "Beat This Winter Tour," Brad Paisley is now warming things up with his brand new single "River Bank." The song is a summertime jam about having fun on the river, and Paisley hopes the new single will help everyone thaw out after the brutal winter we had. Paisley tells The Tennessean of the new song, "There's a mindset that I am completely ready for after this winter." "River Bank" is also a song that reminds Brad of his childhood experiences out on the water. Paisley shares, "I've called myself, for years, a river rat. My best memories with my grandfather are on that body of water, and my dad and learning to ski." The song is the lead single from Paisley's forthcoming record, of which he says a "working title" may be "Thoughts From a Bumpkin."
ADDITIONAL SHOW ADDED TO NASHVILLE TOUR
Tickets for the first-ever tour featuring the cast of ABC's hit series Nashville went on sale recently and completely sold out within minutes. Due to the high demand for the show, another date has been added to the tour on May 5 at Tower Theater in Philadelphia. Tickets for the newly added date go on sale April 19. Nashville stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack will hit the stage on the show's first-ever tour, which will also make stops in Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York City. The show in NYC will also feature an appearance by the show's star Will Chase.
LUKE IS SET TO PERFORM AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Luke Bryan is one of the performers slated to take the stage at the Billboard Music Awards next month. Other confirmed performers at the show include Imagine Dragons, John Legend, OneRepublic and Jason Derulo. Bryan has earned nominations in six categories at the show, including nods for Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for his 2013 release Crash My Party. Luke is also one of the finalists for the second annual Milestone Award, which is presented to an innovative artist who has achieved a notable chart milestone over the past year. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18 at 8 PM ET on ABC.
JASON WILL BE A JUDGE FOR BAT GIRL CONTEST
Jason Aldean will sit on the Guest Judging Panel for the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl program. The program recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to wiping out the disease. Some of the other guest judges on the panel will include Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves, Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants, and MLB Network host and reporter Sam Ryan. The Guest Panel will assist in the selection process of one Honorary Bat Girl for each of the 30 MLB teams. The winners will be recognized by their respective Club on Mother's Day (May 11) or during another game later in May.
JUSTIN RECEIVES HUMANITARIAN AWARD
The Armed Forces Foundation has jointly named Justin Moore and Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta the "Congressman Bill and Beverly Young Humanitarian of the Year." The award recognizes their service and commitment to the morale and welfare of military families through the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" contest and other endeavors. The two were honored on Wednesday night during the 10th annual Congressional Gala in Washington, D.C. Moore said, "Although extremely grateful, I feel a little uncomfortable being honored at an event where there are decorated war heroes present. I feel that my contributions are much less significant than theirs … they are the true American heroes."
LYNCH'S LABEL LET HIM PICK THE NEXT SINGLE
Record labels will often take the reins when it comes time to pick an artist's next single, but that wasn't the case with Dustin Lynch's brand new single "Where It's At." The song is the first release from Dustin's forthcoming sophomore record with Broken Bow Records, and he reveals that his label actually let him choose which song to put out this time. Lynch told CMT, "My record label gave me a chance to pick one, so that was a big deal -- a huge weight on my shoulders. I prayed about it a lot and took my time and did my research." Dustin is grateful to have a record label that trusts him as an artist and allows him the freedom to create his own music. Lynch shares, "That's what you dream of happening, when you move to Nashville. You dream of making music you want to make and putting out songs that you want to put out -- 'Where It's At' is definitely that."
TURNER'S FIRST BOOK SIGNING
Josh Turner is no stranger to signing autographs for fans, but now he'll be signing his name in copies of his first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood. Turner's first book signing will take place just outside of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee at the Lifeway Christian Store on April 22. The book signing is free and open to the public and begins at 6:15 PM local time. In the book, Josh shares stories that he's learned over the years as a son, brother, friend, husband and father. Jase Robertson of A&E's hit reality series Duck Dynasty provides the foreword for the new book, which is set to be released nationwide on April 29. Last year, Turner teamed up with Jase's wife, Missy, for a duet on the family's holiday album, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.