Friday, February 09, 2007

Music Row: TK, Keith Urban, Country Grammy Nominees, JMC

Music Row:

Toby Keith has secured six consecutive sellout shows on his Ford Trucks sponsored Hookin' Up & Hangin' Out Tour. The first stops of the busy star/race horse owner's 2007 leg were in Albany, NY, Verona, NY, Portland, ME, and Manchester, NH.

Keith Urban is set to perform a three-song set on the Today Show on Fri., Feb. 16. The concert will be at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Urban’s first U.S. performance since leaving rehabilitation was held last night (2/8/07) in Chicago at a benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He is also gearing up for the first leg of his Love, Pain & the whole crazy World Tour, which takes to North American soil on June 8 in Phoenix.

The 49th Grammy Awards will be held Sunday night Feb. 11 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will air on CBS at 7 p.m. CT. Nominees Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood will perform a tribute to country rock and two-time winner LeAnn Rimes will present. Also performing are nominees and past winners the Dixie Chicks. XM will broadcast “Grammy Radio” on XM channel 200 from Feb. 9-11. Yahoo! Music is handling the official online coverage.R&B mainstay Mary J. Blige was the most-nominated Grammy artist, with nods in eight categories. The Red Hot Chili Peppers received six noms; James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin, and John Williams earned five nominations.Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready To Make Nice" is up for Song and Record of the Year, and Taking The Long Way earned an Album of the Year nomination. Underwood scored a Best New Artist Nomination and her hit "Jesus, Take The Wheel" won a Song of the Year nod for Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, and Gordie Sampson.

The debut album from Arista Nashville’s Jason Michael Carroll was released this week, and he is amid a multi-city launch tour of radio, television, concerts, and personal appearances. At his kick-off performance in Raleigh, NC, fans snapped up more than 600 copies of Waitin’ in the Country. As part of a non-stop stretch that took the singer through Atlanta, Louisville, Kansas City, and more, Carroll stops today (2/9/07) in Minneapolis.

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