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Friday, January 30, 2009

Taylor Swift Announces First National Tour as Headliner

Kellie Picker Will Open Shows in 52 Cities and 38 States


Taylor Swift will launch her first nationwide tour as a headliner with an April 23 show in Evansville, Ind. Kellie Pickler, Swift's friend and occasional songwriting partner, will be the support act for the Fearless Tour 2009 which will hit 52 cities in 38 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada over the span of 6 months. In most markets, ticket prices will start at $20 plus local fees.

Gloriana, a new group emphasizing four-part vocal harmonies, will also be performing on all tour dates. Their first single, "Wild at Heart," has just been released to country radio stations.

"Headlining my own tour is a dream come true," Swift said in a press release announcing the tour on Friday (Jan. 30). "This way, I can play more music every night than I ever have before. Having written my own songs, they are all stories in my head, and my goal for this tour is to bring those stories to life. My favorite thing when I go to a concert is having lots of changing things to look at, so I've been working really hard to make this show as multi-dimensional as possible. I want to be sure that everyone has the opportunity to come see my show, so we have affordable tickets available for every date we do this year."

Prior to the official tour launch, Swift will headline three shows in the U.S., including two major events in Texas -- the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo (Feb. 10) and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (March 20). She'll also perform on March 1 at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Fla., before heading to Australia for four concerts taking place March 5-12.

Here's a list of cities and dates currently scheduled on Swift's Fearless Tour 2009.

April 23: Evansville, Ind.

April 24: Jonesboro, Ark.

April 25: St. Louis

April 30: Charleston, S.C.

May 1: Jacksonville, Fla.

May 2: Biloxi, Miss.

May 14: Spokane, Wash.

May 15: Seattle

May 16: Portland, Ore.

May 17: Yakima, Wash.

May 21: Phoenix

May 22: Los Angeles

May 23: Las Vegas

May 24: San Diego

May 26: Salt Lake City

June 4: Enterprise, Ala.

June 11: Baltimore

June 12: Greensboro, N.C.

June 24: Oshkosh, Wis.

June 25: Caddott, Wis.

July 8: Calgary, Alberta

July 10: Craven, Saskatchewan

July 11: Winnipeg, Manitoba

July 16: Twin Lakes, Wis.

July 17: Columbus, Ohio

July 18: Charleston, W.Va.

July 23: Cheyenne, Wyo.

July 24: Rapid City, S.D.

July 25: Minot, N.D.

Aug. 7: Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Aug. 9: Omaha, Neb.

Aug. 27: New York City

Aug. 28: Uncasville, Conn.

Aug. 29: University Park, Pa.

Aug. 30: Louisville, Ky.

Sept. 4: Greenville, S.C.

Sept. 5: Charlotte, N.C.

Sept. 10: Lafayette, La.

Sept. 11: Bossier City, La.

Sept. 12: Birmingham, Ala.

Sept. 25: Dallas

Sept. 26: Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 27: Tulsa, Okla.

Oct. 1: Cleveland

Oct. 2: Grand Rapids, Mich.

Oct. 3: Pittsburgh

Oct. 8: Indianapolis

Oct. 9: Chicago

Oct. 10: Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

CV Member 15 Days of Fame - DL819

Working in the education field in Baltimore, Maryland, Danielle spends some of her free time making sure Countryville is informed with the latest country music news and information. She also moderates the group, making sure Countryville remains spam-free, the way it has since the group started.

Fire destroys Tammy Wynette's former home

(Tena Lee,

A lakeside home once owned by country music legend Tammy Wynette in the early 1980s burned almost to the ground Sunday evening.

According to Hendersonville Fire Inspector Bob Galoppi, firefighters were called by neighbors of 142 Riviera Drive to a home that was fully engulfed by flames. Galoppi said the home’s owners, Kuan Vuong and Thuy Nguyen were away celebrating the Vietnamese New Year at the time of the blaze. The couple owns a local nail salon and spa in Hendersonville and arrived home after midnight, he said.

“Around 90 percent was on fire when firefighters arrived,” Galoppi said. He said the home, valued at around $1.5 million is a total loss with the fire, water and smoke damage.

Galoppi added it’s too soon to tell what caused the blaze.

According to the Sumner County Registrar of Deeds office, Tammy Wynette owned the home with her husband, George Richardson, from 1980-84. The home was also owned at one time by Fairvue developer Leon Moore, according to deeds records.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Taylor Swift's Fearless Still Nation's Best-selling CD

Alan Jackson's "Country Boy" Is Week's New Top Song

(Edward Morris,

Mark it up as 10 straight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's county albums chart for Taylor Swift's Fearless. It's also the current bestseller on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, holding Beyonce's I Am ... Sasha Fierce firmly at No. 2.

While Swift all but installs seat belts to keep her grip on the throne, another breather of rarefied air, Alan Jackson, ambles to No. 1 on the songs chart with his self-penned "Country Boy."

The one new album this week is Undone: A Musicfest Tribute to Robert Earl Keen, a multi-artist collection that comes aboard at No. 66.

Returning albums are George Strait's 22 More Hits (No. 58), Patty Loveless' Sleepless Nights (No. 62), Sara Evans' Greatest Hits (No. 68), the eponymous Randy Rogers Band (No. 71) and Keith Anderson's C'Mon! (No. 74).

The highest charting new song is Carrie Underwood's cover of Randy Travis' "I Told You So." It enters at No. 37. Travis' original recording of the song (a composition he also wrote) reached No. 1 on June 11, 1988, after an 18-week sojourn up the chart.

Here's a tad more history: Songs in the second through fifth position that long-ago week were the Desert Rose Band's "He's Back and I'm Blue," Tanya Tucker's "If It Don't Come Easy," the Gatlin Brothers' "Love of a Lifetime" and Don Williams' "Another Place, Another Time." How many of these can you hum?

Only two artists on the chart that week are also on this week, almost 21 years later: George Strait and Reba McEntire. No surprise there.

One more archival bit: The song that achieved the highest entry point that week of June 11, 1988, was the Judds' "Give a Little Love."

OK, back to now. This week's other newly arriving songs are Lady Antebellum's "I Run to You" (No. 50), Carrie Underwood's "The More Boys I Meet" (No. 52), Chuck Wicks's "Man of the House" (No. 59) and Keith Anderson's "She Could've Been Mine" (No. 60).

Bunching up behind Fearless in the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are Taylor Swift, Sugarland's Love on the Inside, the Zac Brown Band's The Foundation and Rascal Flatts' Greatest Hits, Vol. 1.

In the Top 5 songs, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban's "Start a Band" drops from the summit to No. 2. Blake Shelton's "She Wouldn't Be Gone" arches from No. 9 to No. 2. Billy Currington's "Don't" holds at No. 4 for the second week, and Dierks Bentley's "Feel That Fire" sprints from No. 8 to No. 5.

Tim McGraw's "Nothin' to Die For" makes the week's greatest advance, vaulting from No. 31 to No. 24.

Will Taylor tumble or Alan anchor? Tune in next week.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

"Hushabye Baby" Sings Your Baby to Sleep "Country Music Style"

(Denver, Countryville Staff)

The "Hushabye Baby" company has created six new albums that re-imagines country's biggest hits as blanket-soft instrumental lullabies. These songs rendition country music's biggest hits from popular artist's including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, and George Strait. These "baby" country version songs are also relaxing music for adults, too.

Check out the samples on their website.

New Countryville Blog

(Denver, Countryville Staff)

Welcome to the new CV Blog! Countryville will be more known as "CV" in future posts, and showing off a new logo! The name of the blog is "Cup of Country", giving CV members a mix of country music news, hot topics, conversation, and fun.

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