GARTH SUES FORMER EMPLOYEE
The Tennessean reports that Garth Brooks is suing his former employee, Lisa Sanderson, for $226,000. According to reports, Garth says Sanderson owes him $226,000 for repayment of a loan that he made to her while she was the CEO of Red Strokes Inc., which is Brooks’ movie and television production company. Sanderson claims that Brooks gave her the money as a gift to help her pay the legal fees she amassed after going through a child custody battle over her son Benjamin several years ago. A memorandum prepared by Sanderson’s lawyers says, “Mr. Brooks stated in numerous occasions that he too was deeply concerned about Sanderson’s son’s welfare, and for that reason he wanted to take care of any legal fees Sanderson incurred in connection with the custody dispute. Mr. Brooks reassured Sanderson over and over again that ‘it was all about Ben’ and that Sanderson would never have to repay him for the legal fees. …” Lisa also claims that she is entitled to a production fee and a severance or retirement payment from Red Strokes Inc. from her time with the company. Red Strokes denies the she is entitled to any such payment. The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial this week in the U.S. District Court in Nashville.
MIRANDA’S NEW SINGLE HAS A BIG DEBUT
After being released to country radio just last week, Miranda Lambert’s brand new single “Automatic” has debuted at number 35 and number 26 respectively on the Country Aircheck and Billboard country airplay charts, giving Lambert her highest charting first week. The song is Miranda’s first single to be released in eight months and is the lead song from her upcoming fifth studio album. Miranda co-wrote the autobiographical song about her experiences growing up in Texas, and the song takes Lambert and many others down memory lane.
JAKE’S BUSY WEEKEND
Over the weekend, Jake Owen took part in the AT&T Pebble Beach National PRO-AM Celebrity Challenge in Monterey, California. During the golf tournament, Owen was paired with professional golfer Jordan Spieth, who is ranked number 13 in the world. But hitting the links wasn’t all that was on Jake’s bill over the busy weekend; he was also scheduled to headline the San Antonio Rodeo on Friday night. After his golf round on Friday, Owen boarded plane and flew to San Antonio, where he performed for a crowd of 16,000 fans at the annual rodeo.
MOORE BRINGS DAVID LEE MURPHY ONSTAGE TO PERFORM
Justin Moore was in Huntington, West Virginia on Saturday night to perform another sold-out show on his headlining “Off The Beaten Path Tour.” During the show, Justin surprised fans by inviting David Lee Murphy onstage with him to perform a rendition of Murphy’s 1995 chart-topper “Dust On The Bottle.” About halfway through Murphy’s performance of the classic tune, special guest Randy Houser joined them onstage to sing the song. Moore’s headlining tour will continue this weekend with shows in Indiana, Pennsylvania (2/12); Springfield, Massachusetts (2/13) and Kingston, Rhode Island (2/14).
FGL IS FOCUSED ON THE POSITIVE
Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard may be from different sides of the state line, but that doesn’t mean there are any barriers between them. Tyler tells the Toronto Sun, “I don’t know if we’ve ever focused on the differences. We just kind of came together and focused on everything positive, which seemed to be just about everything. We really do complement each other well in all aspects of this business – business, music, song writing, studio, dealing with interviews – everything.” And the duo’s chemistry appears to have paid off as their first four singles have become chart-topping hits. Hubbard says, “Every song that we put out seems to be doing pretty well. And every single has gone to number one. So, you know, it’s exciting. Hopefully, fingers crossed, not to jinx it, we can continue to write good songs and be living a blessed life, and playing sold-out shows.” FGL is currently playing shows on their headlining “Here’s To The Good Times Tour 2014,” with their next show scheduled this Thursday (February 13) in Tupelo, Mississippi.
WILLIE AND ALISON TEAM UP FOR A TOUR
Willie Nelson and Family will team up with Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas for a co-headlining tour throughout the spring and summer of 2014. The 35 city US tour will kick off May 1 in Murray, Kentucky and will wrap up on July 18 in Toledo, Ohio. The upcoming tour will mark the first time these two acts have shared the stage together. Joining them for separate portions of the tour will be Kacey Musgraves, songwriter Jason Isbell and the folk trio The Devil Makes Three.
KIP HEADLINES A SOLD-OUT SHOW
Kip Moore took small detour from Lady Antebellum’s “Take Me Downtown Tour” on Saturday night to headline a sold-out show in Milwaukee. During the show, Moore played several songs from his upcoming sophomore album as well as his growing collection of number one hits “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl.” One of the songs Moore played from his forthcoming album was its lead single “Young Love,” which is Kip’s fastest rising single to date and already a Top 25 hit. Kip will rejoin Lady A’s tour this weekend with stops in St. Louis, Missouri (2/13); Wichita, Kansas (2/14) and Kansas City, Missouri (2/15).