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» Play On, Nashville:Trace Adkins, Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Charlie Daniels Band and Brad Paisley were among the artists commemorating the first anniversary of last year's Middle Tennessee flood during Tuesday's (5/3) Play On, Nashville! event. Prior to the Grand Ole Opry concert, participants discussed the Opry's significance to Music City. "The Opry is a metaphor, really, of Nashville," Paisley said. "What the Opry did, I think the city has done to a large degree, which is rebuild itself and better than before ... I couldn't be prouder of this place or this town." Show highlights included Alabama's first trip to the Opry stage since their 1982 debut. They performed "Old Alabama" and "Tennessee River" with Paisley, who announced plans to donate single sales royalties from "Old Alabama" to American Red Cross storm relief efforts in the state. More here.
» Quotebook:Play On, Nashville participants reflect on last year's flood:
"It's amazing when you consider just how far the whole city has come ... The fact that we're standing here today and it looks the way it does. It's just perfect out here." — Luke Bryan
"Being a Grand Ole Opry member, you're a member of a family. When I saw the photographs and the video of what this place looked like that day, I was heartbroken because as a family, this is our house ... To see the restoration and the resurrection, it was nothing short of miraculous. This building and institution is a testament, it's a monument to this city and the backbone we have and the perseverance we have." — Trace Adkins
"I remember being on the road and seeing footage of the door right over there with the water halfway over the door sign – just total heartbreak. Just thinking about the stage and the circle and all the dressing rooms and Porter Wagoner's pictures just makes me really sad. Looking back on it now, and to see the Circle and backstage area better that it's ever been, it feels more homey than it ever has." — Dierks Bentley
» Country Boys Can Revive:CMT and CMT.com will simulcast the 90-minute CMT Disaster Relief Concert live from Nashville May 12 to benefit those affected by last week's storms. Hank Williams, Jr., Alabama, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw and others will perform. Hank, Jr. reached out to the network to spearhead the initiative. "I just couldn't believe what I was seeing on TV," he says. "Alabama is home, [and] I am really pumped about helping." The show is available for simulcast to outside media. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. Make a $10 donation by messaging "REDCROSS" to 90999. More here.
» Urban's Assets:Keith Urban is getting hands-on to return a missing piece of art to an Eau Claire, WI hair salon. Urban is offering a reward to anyone with relevant information that leads to the return of a hand-shaped, fiberglass chair adorned with his likeness that was stolen from outside the Urban Style salon, according to the Associated Press. Urban heard about the theft and called owner Denise Mackey-Natz to add four concert tickets and VIP passes to the salon's $200 reward. Mackey-Natz suspects college students unbolted the storefront art from the concrete and made off with the piece as a prank. More here.
» A Dish Best Served Cold:Revenge was on the menu as Dierks Bentley whipped up a little something special for his Jägermeister CountryTour openers Miss Willie Brown. The duo made the pre-emptive strike of plastic-wrapping the Jeep of the tour headliner and notorious prankster. Retaliation was inevitable. Armed with 25 cases of Bud Light, packs of floss and bags of Easter eggs, Bentley and crew turned the MWB tour bus into a "Beerster Bunny"-themed obstacle course. Watch here. In other Bentley news, he's been added to the 2011 CMA Music Festival Friday night LP Field lineup (6/10), and Bentley's posted a behind-the-scenes " Am I The Only One" video.
» Sealed With A ...Thompson Square reflected on their 12-year marriage and the journey leading up to their first hit "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" during Tuesday's (5/3) invitation-only No. 1 party in Nashville. "We haven't really had a whole lot of time to sit down and soak it all in," Shawna Thompson said. Keifer Thompson jokingly added, "I've been wearing these clothes for five days." The couple will bask in their greatest accomplishment during their May 15 anniversary. "We're going on a cruise," Shawna explained. "I'm sure we'll do a lot of celebrating."
Once the party started, a visibly emotional Shawna addressed her husband: "I just wanted to say, 'Thank you,' to Keifer. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be standing here right now. Through all the hard times, he was always there. I thank God for you every day." Keifer thanked his parents, "They've been there for everything I've ever done."
» Us Driver: The Ellen DeGeneres Show is seeking the "ultimate Taylor Swift fan" to meet the star during her May 11 appearance on the show. Swift will perform "The Story Of Us" during the broadcast. Details here. Additionally, the "Mean" music video will premiere on CMT, CMT.com, CMT Pure and Palladia Friday (5/6) at 10pm ET.
» Word To Your... In observance of Mother's Day, Taylor Swift and Ashton Shepherd are offering last-minute gift ideas. Swift's mom-inspired song "The Best Day" will be featured in an exclusive American Greetings Mother's Day card (entire collection here). Additionally, Swift, American Greetings and Covergirl have teamed to host "The Best Day" contest, with the winner receiving a gift pack and autographed Speak Now CD (enter here).
For those tight on funds, Shepherd posted a free acoustic performance video of "I'm Just A Woman" from her July 12 album Where Country Grows. "I think [the song] gives women a lot of credit," Shepherd says. "I think about our mommas, and it makes me get chill bumps because I feel like I've written an anthem for them." Watch here.
» Coal Diners Sought For:Zac Brown Band and Kingsford have partnered to host pre-concert Southern Ground Supper Clubs at select dates during the 2011 tour. Supper Club passes will be available for purchase and through Kingsford contests online. Beginning May 12, Kingsford will also offer a chance to win a ZBB concert trip package including a VIP eat-and-greet experience with the band. Southern Ground Executive Chef Rusty Hamlin will prepare the recipes from the Southern Ground cookbook including the Boursin-Stuffed Filet, Your Mama's Collard Greens, Pocketknife Coleslaw and Revival Peach Cobbler. More here.
» I'll Be Watchin' You: Around the tube Sunday (5/8), the OWN docu-series The Judds concludes (preview here) with Wynonna surprising mom Naomi with an original song " Love It Out Loud" at the close of their final Last Encore tour concert. Wy admits that performing with her mother is "such a train wreck sometimes, but I wouldn't trade it for anything, and I realize it's done. It's the end. So I really don't want to face that reality because, to me, I've enjoyed myself so much and I feel like what we've done is nothing short of amazing."
Elsewhere, Why Not? With Shania Twain will premiere immediately after The Judds finale on OWN. On NBC, Celebrity Apprentice moves to 8pm ET for a three-hour episode that has the celebrities tackling two tasks with guests Jimmy Fallon and Tracy Morgan. More here and complete weekend TV listings below.