Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Country Music Countdown, News, & Sports...Wednasday August 24, 2016

  


 

 COUNTRY CHART Weekend of August 20-21

1 CHRIS LANE Fix *
2 ERIC CHURCH Record Year
3 JON PARDI Head Over Boots
4 SAM HUNT Make You Miss Me
5 DAN & SHAY From The Ground Up
6 JAKE OWEN American Country Love Song
7 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE H.O.L.Y.
8 KELSEA BALLERINI Peter Pan
9 JUSTIN MOORE You Look Like I Need A Drink
10 DIERKS BENTLEY w/ELLE KING Different For Girls
11 BLAKE SHELTON She’s Got a Way With Words
12 KIP MOORE Running For You
13 TUCKER BEATHARD Rock On
14 ZAC BROWN BAND Castaway
15 BRAD PAISLEY w/DEMI LOVATO Without A Fight
16 WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN I Met a Girl
17 LoCASH I Know Somebody
18 BILLY CURRINGTON It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To
19 BIG & RICH Lovin’ Lately
20 COLE SWINDELL Middle Of a Memory


Our Action News Reporter 
  



Latest: Officials open a criminal investigation of EPA’s role in the Animas river spill

  

Agency contractors were excavating debris at the old mining site when the river flooded with wastewater.

 

BACKSTORY

On Aug. 5, 2015, as Environmental Protection Agency contractors excavated debris at the old Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, a blowout sent 3 million gallons of heavy metal-laden wastewater down the Animas and San Juan rivers, turning the water a sickening mustard-yellow. The contamination left Navajo Nation farmers downstream without water, inspired dozens of lawsuits against the EPA and raised concerns about how to remediate the West’s thousands of abandoned mines (“Silverton’s Gold King Reckoning,HCN, 5/2/16). 
FOLLOWUP
This month, the EPA’s Office of Inspector General confirmed that it’s conducting a criminal investigation into the agency’s role in the spill, just after the EPA released a report implicating Colorado mining law. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., have pushed the government to hold someone responsible for the damage. So far, the EPA has spent $29 million on remediation. Should the site receive Superfund designation, it would be eligible for more federal dollars. 




 

Keith Urban Celebrates “Break on Me” With Writers Ross Copperman, Jon Nite

Performs Song Live for Partygoers at Jack White’s Third Man Records Complex 

Well-wishers from all over Music Row joined Keith Urban Monday afternoon (Aug. 22) at Jack White’s Third Man Records complex in Nashville to toast Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, the writers of Urban’s recent No. 1 single, “Break on Me.”
Celebrants stood shoulder to shoulder in a room that appeared to have been decorated by Ted Nugent, in that there were various animal heads (either real or simulated) mounted high on the walls, including an obviously fake elephant head, tusks and all, that hung over the bar.
As traditional in these celebrations, Urban performed his award-winning song — only this time he did it to start the proceedings rather than conclude them. The songwriters and the song’s producer, Nathan Chapman, served as Urban’s backup band.

The party was co-sponsored by the performance rights organizations BMI (of which Copperman and Urban are members) and ASCAP (Nite’s home base).
“Another week another No. 1 single,” said BMI’s Leslie Roberts, alluding to Copperman’s seemingly endless string of hits, both as a songwriter and producer.
She counted “Break On Me” as Copperman’s 10th No. 1 song and noted that he currently has seven songwriting credits on Billboard’s country airplay chart.
Roberts also pointed out that “Break on Me,” which is the second single from his Ripcord album, is Urban’s 20th No. 1. Praising Urban for his respect for songwriters, she said he never uses a song title as an album title because he doesn’t want to “leave the other songs out.”
ASCAP’s Beth Brinker spoke on Nite’s behalf. She said that since moving to Nashville from San Antonio, Texas, when he was 18, Nite has racked up six No. 1’s, including the Urban-Miranda Lambert chart-topper, “We Were Us.”
“ [“Break on Me”], in a lot of ways, is a publisher’s dream,” said
Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s Josh Van Valkenburg described “Break on Me” as “a publisher’s dream.” He explained that within two weeks of getting the song in demo form, Urban had cut it, and that it was being played on the radio two months after that.
Of Copperman and Nite, Van Valkenburg said, “They take an idea that’s special to them and make it special for all of us.”
Royce Risser, head of promotion for Urban’s record label, reminded the audience that “Break on Me” stayed at No. 1 for two weeks. He also observed that the song was Urban’s 36th consecutive Top 10, “the most for any country artist ever.”
“It was a hit song before it was ever recorded because it hit me right here,” said Chapman, touching his chest.
“I always looked at our [songwriting] sessions as therapy sessions,” Copperman confessed.
Alluding to the sentimental aspects of “Break on Me,” Nite jokingly referred to it as a “sissy song” and thanked Urban for making it “not sissy.”
“It’s not a sissy song, guys,” Urban protested. Then he quipped, “From bro country to sissy country.”
Urban said he was drawn to the song because “I knew it had come from a real place. … I wanted to do it well because I’ve been on both sides [the consoler and the consoled] of the song.”
He commended Chapman for the high standards he sets for songs he produces, noting, “He only does songs that he feels.”
Always eager to credit the musicians who play on his sessions, Urban reserved his highest praise for ace bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, who, he noted, came up with the “Break on Me” intro.


  


Florida Georgia Line’s New Album: Zero Skips in 15 Songs

Making Sure You Don’t Miss a Thing 

There are 15 tracks on Florida Georgia Line’s new album Dig Your Roots, due out Friday (Aug 26).
And the band’s intention is that fans will listen to every single one.
“We’ve still got the party songs, we’ve got the feel good songs, the life songs, the sad songs,” the band’s Tyler Hubbard said in a recent radio interview. “We’ve kind of got it all on this album. That’s something we always take pride in from album one to now — just making sure that there’s not a song on there that you want to hit skip. “And I think we’ve done that on this album, for sure.”
Part of the album’s diversity comes from the collaborations inside and out of country music. There is the duet with Tim McGraw on “May We All,” then with the Backstreet Boys on “God, Your Mama and Me” and even one with Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s oldest son, called “Life Is a Honeymoon.”
Hubbard adds that this album is a little deeper than their first couple.
“I think the fans can expect to get to know BK (Brian Kelley) and I a little bit more intimately over this album,” Hubbard said. “Also, there’s something for everybody.”


  


Kacey Musgraves and Kellie Pickler Join Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team

Melissa Rycroft Returns to Mentor the New Recruits 

Kacey Musgraves and Kellie Pickler make guest appearances in CMT’s longest running original non-music series, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team Season 11, premiering Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This star-studded season is one not be missed.
First, fellow Texan and Grammy Award-winner Kacey Musgraves stops by to talk to the girls about staying true to themselves, and share her opinion on who should make the team.
 Then, Kellie Pickler makes a surprise visit to Training Camp to learn some moves and share insight into how she handles being in the spotlight. Fun fact: Kellie cheered in high school, so she’s bound to teach the girls a thing or two.In addition to Kellie and Kacey, there are many more celebrities that stop by every week so you’ll have to stay tuned. Also, fan favorite Melissa Rycroft returns to mentor the new recruits. And get this, midway through the season, she welcomes baby no. 3 with husband Tye Strickland. Amazing lady, in my opinion. Catch the season premiere Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For bonus clips and more, visit CMT.com and download the CMT App. Join the conversation on the show’s Facebook page and follow @CMT using #DCCMakingTheTeam on Twitter and Instagram.


  

Alabama Honored as Country Music Hall of Fame Reception Heralds New Exhibit

Band Cheers as Charlie Daniels Gives a Musical Salute 

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum heralded the opening of its Alabama: Song of the South exhibit with an elegant reception for several hundred guests Monday evening (Aug. 22).
The gathering was held in the high-ceilinged sixth-floor event hall that looks out on Nashville’s ever-changing skyline.
The guests of honor were Alabama’s founding members, Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook. Charlie Daniels provided the music.
The exhibit officially opens Friday and will run through July 16, 2017.

Guests mingled for an hour before the official program got underway. While waiting, they converged on the two fully stocked bars and foraged at food tables and carving stations laden with smoked beef brisket, corn and hulled pea salad, melon wrapped with Tennessee country ham, blackened catfish salad and jicama slaw.
Waiters circulated with trays of fried cheese grit cakes topped with blackened shrimp, deviled eggs with sweet relish and candied bacon and brie-stuffed mushroom caps.
Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, welcomed the guests and then introduced Daniels and his band to a standing ovation.
Daniels said Alabama was one of the few bands he opened for that he stayed around to watch, particularly drawn to their vocal harmonies.
“To be up here doing Alabama songs in front of Alabama is really weird,” he said. “So if we mess some of your music up, you’ll have to forgive us.”
With that, Daniels launched into a high-octane cover of Alabama’s Grammy-winning “Mountain Music,” interspersed with his frenzied fiddling.

“I see Randy grinning,” Daniels said as the song ended, “so I guess we’re OK.”
This fall, Daniels will join Alabama as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Daniels concluded his brief set with “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” and exited to another standing ovation.
Young returned to give a brief account of how Alabama came into being. He said Owen’s father, Gladstone Owen, had inspired his son with the power of words by reading to the family the poems of Edgar A. Guest, who was known as “the people’s poet.”
Young declared that through their songs, Alabama had become “the people’s poets,” whose lyrics reached out farther than even Guest’s poems had done.
He concluded by reading from Guest’s “I Follow a Famous Father,” which ends, “I follow a famous father, and I must keep in mind/though his form is gone, I must carry on the name that he left behind/It was mine on the day he gave it, it shone as a monarch’s crown/And as fair to see as it came to me it must be when I pass it down.”
He said Owen had fulfilled that charge admirably.
Although Alabama’s former drummer and fellow Hall of Fame member, Mark Herndon, was not among the guests and is apparently still at odds with the founders, Young acknowledged his part in the band.
Young also noted that Owen had spearheaded efforts that have raised $600 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
He then summoned the members of Alabama to the stage as the crowd stood and cheered.
Gentry and Cook were both brief in their remarks.
“It’s an incredible honor to be here with people we looked up to,” Gentry said. He, too, acknowledged Herndon.
Cook, holding up an injured hand, said he still believed he was “put here on Earth to play guitar.” He then jokingly saluted “the people we invited and the people we didn’t invite but who came here anyway.”
Owen had a veritable honor roll of people to thank — from his father for teaching him “E, A and B [chords]” and buying him his first guitars to “the only club owner who gave us a bonus.”
He thanked, as well, the country acts who welcomed them to the stage early in their career, among them Ray Pillow and the late Jack Greene and Sammi Smith.
He also expressed his gratitude to the late John Vartanian, a former drummer with the band “who took us to the Bowery,” the Myrtle Beach nightclub, where the band was discovered.
And he thanked “the girls at the Bowery who danced” and thus enabled the band members to live on the tips they earned there.
Following the program, guests either went downstairs to view the exhibit or else diverted themselves at dessert tables piled high with Kentucky bourbon pecan pie tartlets, Southern banana pudding shooters with whipped cream, fresh fruit and assorted truffles.
It was that kind of night.


  

ACM Honors Adds Glen Campbell Tribute

Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban to Honor Music Legend 
 The 10th annual ACM Honors has added an all-star tribute to Glen Campbell featuring Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban. The foursome will sing a medley of Campbell’s biggest hits culminating with his iconic song “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Campbell, who was diagnosed in 2010 with Alzheimer’s disease, will be honored with the Academy of Country Music’s Career Achievement Award. Campbell’s wife Kim will accept the award on his behalf.
Lady Antebellum will host Tuesday’s (Aug. 30) event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The night will be taped for a two-hour television special, airing Sept. 9 on CBS.
 Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.








                                                                                                         

                                                                          

Cubs are first team in baseball to 80 wins after Jake Arrieta's gem

 Jake Arrieta helped the Cubs to their league-high 80th win. (AP)

 

Cross another milestone off the list for the World Series-favorite Chicago Cubs. They became the first team in baseball to reach 80 wins by beating the Padres 5-3 on Tuesday night.
This wasn’t a surprise since nobody else in the league is particularly close. The Nats and Rangers each have 73 wins, so it would be at least another week for them to reach 80. Meanwhile, the Cubs’ win gives them a 13-game lead in the NL Central. It might time soon to start counting down magic numbers on the North Side.
Leading the way in this one was ace Jake Arrieta, who seems to have fully rebounded from a rough July. Arrieta is back to being one of the best pitchers in the league this month, winning each of his starts thus far.
His best performance of August came Tuesday as he pitched eight shutout innings, striking out six. The Padres were able to score three runs in the ninth to make the final score more respectable, but the Cubs were on them early. Kris Bryant homered in the third inning, then Addison Russell added another in the fifth.
The first to 80 wins doesn’t make a club the automatic champion, but the Cubs keep checking all the right boxes as the season goes on.


MLB Standings 

 East

WLPctGBHomeAwayStreakRSRADiffL10
7154.5680.037-2634-28W-16035031006-4
7154.5680.038-2733-27W-26855641218-2
6956.5522.042-2227-34W-2591565264-6
6461.5127.035-2729-34W-1520547-275-5
5272.41918.530-3722-35L-2519538-196-4
CentralWLPctGBHomeAwayStreakRSRADiffL10
7252.5810.039-2333-29L-1618520986-4
6659.5286.535-2631-33W-2579565145-5
6560.5207.540-2125-39W-9496518-229-1
6064.48412.032-2728-37W-3502539-376-4
4976.39223.525-3824-38L-5565669-1043-7
WestWLPctGBHomeAwayStreakRSRADiffL10
7353.5790.039-2034-33L-3582584-25-5
6758.5365.536-2731-31L-1587538496-4
6561.5168.034-2831-33L-1573531424-6
5472.42919.029-3625-36W-1504598-942-8
5273.41620.529-3323-40L-1552600-483-7
x
- Clinched Playoff Spot
y
- Clinched Division
 
National League
 East

WLPctGBHomeAwayStreakRSRADiffL10
7352.5840.036-2337-29L-36044671375-5
6560.5208.031-2934-31L-1528515135-5
6362.50410.031-3032-32W-3476483-76-4
5868.46015.530-3328-35L-2474602-1285-5
4680.36527.519-4427-36W-1466617-1512-8
CentralWLPctGBHomeAwayStreakRSRADiffL10
8045.6400.045-1935-26W-26414272147-3
6658.53213.528-3438-24L-1618540786-4
6360.51216.034-2929-31W-155755165-5
5570.44025.035-2920-41W-3514596-824-6
5471.43226.032-3222-39W-1560673-1136-4
WestWLPctGBHomeAwayStreakRSRADiffL10
7055.5600.039-2431-31W-3576504726-4
6857.5442.035-2833-29L-3561516453-7
6066.47610.532-3128-35L-2666652144-6
5373.42117.530-3323-40L-2548612-643-7
5274.41318.522-4130-33L-1574705-1314-6
x
- Clinched Playoff Spot
y
- Clinched Division






Aug 25, 8:00 PM EDT


Atlanta
Falcons
2-0

Miami
Dolphins
1-1



Aug 26, 7:30 PM EDT


New England
Patriots
2-0

Carolina
Panthers
1-1


Upcoming
Aug 25, 10:00 PM EDT


Dallas
Cowboys
1-1

Seattle
Seahawks
1-1

Aug 26, 7:30 PM EDT


Buffalo
Bills
1-1

Washington
Redskins
1-1

Aug 26, 8:00 PM EDT


Pittsburgh
Steelers
0-2

New Orleans
Saints
0-2

Aug 26, 8:00 PM EDT


Cleveland
Browns
0-2

Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
1-1

Aug 26, 10:00 PM EDT


Green Bay
Packers
2-0

San Francisco
49ers
1-1

Aug 27, 1:00 PM EDT


Kansas City
Chiefs
0-2

Chicago
Bears
0-2

Aug 27, 7:00 PM EDT


Philadelphia
Eagles
2-0

Indianapolis
Colts
1-1

Aug 27, 7:00 PM EDT


Detroit
Lions
1-1

Baltimore
Ravens
2-0

Aug 27, 7:30 PM EDT


New York
Giants
0-2

New York
Jets
1-1

Aug 27, 8:00 PM EDT


Tennessee
Titans
1-1

Oakland
Raiders
1-1

Aug 27, 9:00 PM EDT


Los Angeles
Rams
2-0

Denver
Broncos
1-1

Aug 28, 1:00 PM EDT


San Diego
Chargers
1-1

Minnesota
Vikings
2-0

Aug 28, 4:25 PM EDT


Arizona
Cardinals
0-2

Houston
Texans
2-0

Aug 28, 8:00 PM EDT


Cincinnati
Bengals
1-1

Jacksonville
Jaguars
0-2













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