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Wynonna Judd says she has a lot to be thankful for, despite her bus catching fire Wednesday night. The country star revealed on Twitter that the vehicle's generator triggered the blaze, which she says could have been a lot worse. While she tweets that she's "certainly not thankful" for the fire, she lists seven reasons why she is thankful. She says she's grateful that she and her band weren't actually on the road when the fire occurred, that everyone is "OK," and that she had another bus to get her to her show in Pennsylvania Thursday night. The singer adds that she's glad her driver was with the bus at the time, and could "out the fire" so all her road gear didn't go up in smoke. Wy even speculates on a reason for the fire, saying, "This distraction is probably causing us to stop now so that we avoid something even worse that could have happened up the road."
Wynonna is currently on her "Stories & Song" tour. From Pennsylvania she'll head to New York for shows in Westbury on Friday and Verona on Saturday. She'll perform in Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday.
Sam Hunt, and Maddie and Tae are among the emerging acts who'll help bring this year's Country Radio Seminar to a close. They'll join Frankie Ballard, Cole Swindell, and Eric Paslay in performing at the New Faces of Country Music Show Friday to cap off the annual convention taking place this week in Nashville. But they're just a few of the stars taking the stage over the course of the three-day event. Billboard.com says mix of stars ranging from veterans to newcomers were on hand for Universal Music Nashville's showcase Thursday. Keith Urban and Eric Church both debuted new songs and teamed up for their current single, "Raise 'Em Up," while Kacey Musgraves introduced her next single, "Biscuits." The track -- the lead-off release from Kacey's upcoming sophomore album -- is slated for release on March 17th. The extensive lineup of performers also featured Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, and others.
Keith Urban is set to return to CRS on Friday, but not to perform. He's been tapped to serve as a featured speaker. In "Keith Urban: Being Present" the singer will share the ways he's broken down the walls between himself and his audience to be in the moment with his fans, and build a stronger, closer connection with them. The session will also address how radio stations can apply his techniques to enhance the business environment and help on-air personalities develop stronger bonds with their listeners.
Shania Twain admits it was scary to make her return to the stage. But the country star says one of her siblings gave her the courage to sign on for her Las Vegas show "Shania: Still the One."
Shania adds that it was "a turning point" for her when Carrie agreed to be part of the show, because her sister wasn't just offering moral support. Carrie served as one of Shania's backing singers for the two-year run, which wrapped up last December. Twain's show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace marked her concert comeback following an eight-year absence from the stage.
And now fans who weren't able to attend the show in person are now able to see Shania's performance. "Shania: Still The One Live From Vegas" will air on ABC Saturday night, and be released on CD and DVD on Tuesday.
RaeLynn says she thinks she has something to offer aspiring singers. The country star and "The Voice" alum admits she'd jump at the chance to serve as a mentor on the show that launched her career.
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott says she and her bandmates are "just so humbled" by their new honor. The trio is this year's recipient of the Country Radio Broadcasters Artist Humanitarian Award, which they received Wednesday at the 2015 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. AllAccess.com says last year's honoree Carrie Underwood appeared in a pre-taped video to help make the presentation. In accepting the award, Scott recalled how from the start one of their goals as Lady Antebellum was to "get to a point as artists to use this platform for something good." She said she, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are "passionate" about their charitable work and "don't take it lightly." The singer added that they're "so grateful" for the recognition and support they've received from the CRB.
The Artist Humanitarian Award was among the opening day events for the three-day Country Radio Seminar. Country newcomer Mickey Guyton helped launch the conference with a performance of the national anthem, while Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood took part in honoring the new inductees into the Country Radio Hall of Fame. Lady A will return Thursday to take part in a panel discussion about the group. The conference will come to a close Friday, wrapping up with the annual New Faces of Country Music Show featuring Sam Hunt, Frankie Ballard, and others.
Three times’s the charm for Taylor Swift. The country-turned-pop superstar has earned her first BRIT Award, getting the nod for International Female Solo Artist. But in her acceptance speech, Taylor gave the credit for her success in the UK to another singer-songwriter.
And Taylor wasn't just a BRIT winner but a performer as well. She sang her hit "Blank Space" during the ceremony. The 2015 BRIT Awards -- the UK's equivalent to the Grammys -- were presented in London on Wednesday.
Taylor had been nominated for a BRIT Award twice before. In 2013 she was also up for the International Female honor, which went to Lana Del Rey. In 2010 Taylor was in the running for International Breakthrough Act, but lost to Lady Gaga.
Glen Campbell is benefiting from his Oscar nomination, even if he didn't win. Billboard.com says all the songs performed during Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony have seen an increase in sales. Campbell's last recording, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from the documentary "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me," was in the running for Best Original Song. He lost to Common and John Legend's "Glory" from "Selma," which also saw the biggest Oscar bump. But "I'll Be Me" was the biggest gainer among the soundtrack albums featuring the nominated songs. Just under three-thousand copies of the disc sold during Oscar week, which is an 805-percent increase from the previous week.
Glen, who's battling Alzheimer's disease, wasn't at the ceremony. Tim McGraw performed "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" during the ceremony.
Shania Twain is giving fans a glimpse of her upcoming live DVD. The country star has posted her performance of "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" on YouTube.
In the video, Shania -- in a short, sparkly black outfit with long black gloves and thigh-high boots -- is singing and dancing with a troupe of six well-dressed men at her side. The clip is from the upcoming release "Shania: Still The One Live From Vegas." The concert film, which was taped during her recently concluded Las Vegas residency, will be available on CD and DVD on March 2nd. ABC will also present the concert in a special broadcast airing Saturday night.
Garth Brooks is adding two nights in Portland, Oregon to his ever-unfolding world tour. The country superstar has announced April 12th and April 13th stopovers at Portland's Moda Center with tickets going on sale March 6th through Ticketmaster. Brooks has been trickling out tour dates piecemeal over the last several months. He began his comeback tour run last September with a multi-night stand at Chicago's Allstate Arena. He's scheduled to wrap up a four-night stint in Detroit this weekend with shows scheduled for Friday and Saturday. After that it's on to Buffalo, New York for another four-night stand, starting March 5th. Concerts in Denver and Sacramento are also on the itinerary before Garth's tour arrives in Portland in April.
Randy Houser says he couldn't be happier for "The Voice" winner Craig Wayne Boyd. The country star adds that he believes the reality show was the perfect vehicle for Craig to advance his career.
Randy has known Craig for more than a decade. The two toured together back in 2004, with Boyd opening shows for Houser. Craig was the season seven winner on "The Voice," taking the title last December. Blake Shelton served as his coach. Craig is now opening shows for the "Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot!" They just launched the nine-date engagement at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this week. Shows are scheduled through March 14th.
The late Johnny Cash is returning to TV, courtesy of a tribute artist. Oklahoma City-based performer Philip Bauer will be demonstrating his talents as the legendary Man In Black in an upcoming episode of AXS [[ access ]] TV's "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands." Shows air live from the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California, with the tribute artists performing before an audience. The series will launch its fifth season next month with Las Vegas' Gary Anthony performing as Frank Sinatra. Bauer is scheduled to take the stage as Cash on April 28th. New episodes will also feature tribute performers as Stevie Wonder, the Eagles, U2 and others. Host Katie Daryl says she's "so proud" of all the tribute bands that have performed on the show. She adds that the singer's post-appearance success is a testament to the impact "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands" has had on the music world.
Zac Brown Band's Zac Brown lives by the motto "if you want something right, do it yourself." The band's Coy Bowles says Zac plays an active role in everything the group does, and always has.
But Zac says he's not doing everything on his own. He adds that as the group has grown as a business they've brought on a number of other people to work with them, and he's "not any more important" than anybody else. However, Coy gives Zac the credit for building the band's team. He explains that Brown hires good people who are "really good at their job and they love working for him."
Zac Brown Band is currently promoting their latest single, "Homegrown." The group is also prepping for their "Saturday Night Live" debut, which is coming up on March 7th.