COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS(Posted 3:00 AM, 8/20/2010)
TAYLOR SWIFT: Video Premiere
Taylor Swift has unveiled the cover of her upcoming album and announced that the video for her new single, "Mine" will make its world premiere on CMT, MTV and VH1 August 27th. CMT will air the video in a half-hour special first at 8 p.m. (ET). The MTV Networks websites will follow with airings beginning at 8:30. Taylor's new album, Speak Now, hits stores in October.
Kenny Chesney will release a limited deluxe-edition of his upcoming project, Hemingway's Whiskey, on September 28th. The special package includes a CD and DVD featuring bonus content. He says, "We put two extra songs and conversation on the record because there are fans that have been a part of my life for a long time and really love our music and have really invested a lot emotionally. You can call it going the extra mile or whatever. I wanted to give them something special."
RODNEY ATKINS: Roll Out the Barrel
Rodney Atkins joins the growing list of country stars releasing exclusive albums through Cracker Barrel. Cracker Barrel Presents Rodney Atkins hits the chain's stores September 6th and includes four number-ones along with previously unreleased material. Rodney doesn't have just one favorite meal at The Crack. His favorite items include the roast beef sandwich, biscuits and gravy, chicken and dumplin's, hashbrown casserole and sweet tea.
Have you blocked out September 1st to watch CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock on ABC? Tim McGraw hosts the special, which is loaded with performances as well as an insiders view of Taylor Swift's 13-hour autograph signing party, the premiere performance of her new single, "Mine" and behind-the-scenes video with country's biggest stars.
John Mellencamp says he's on a "personal campaign" to get "whoever the folks are that do this Nobel Peace Prize thing" to consider Willie Nelson. Interviewed recently at L.A.'s GrammyMuseum, Mellencamp pointed to Nelson's tireless work on behalf of family farmers in the 25 years since Farm-Aid started. "I've helped him and Neil [Young]'s helped him and Dave [Matthews] has helped him, but [we've] just worked from the neck down, [but] the whole thing was dreamt up by Willie; Willie makes all the decisions -- They ought to take a look at Willie Nelson for all the good he's done for the American farmer and people in crisis and the lives he's saved and the money he's donated."