Tuesday News Briefs: CMT Music Awards, Lady A To Idol, Keith Urban and more

In today's news round-up we have some news about performers scheduled to appear on the fan-voted CMT Music Awards telecast in June, News about Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and James Otto.

CMT Music Awards Announce First Round of Performers

Country music’s biggest stars, including Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, will take the stage on Wednesday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT for the 2010 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, it was announced today by CMT. These artists will rock Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at country music’s only fan-voted award show, with more performances to be announced.

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Lady Antebellum To Appear on American Idol This Week

In addition to scoring a double platinum certification for Need You Now, Lady Antebellum will also be appearing on one of the top television programs in America this week as they grace the American Idol stages tomorrow night.  The trio also announced that their single Need You Now has been ceritified triple platinum for sales over 3,000,000 copies sold via digital outlets like Amazon and iTunes.  This is the song they'll perform on the Idol results show. 

Keith Urban & John Mayer to CMT Crossroads.

Grammy winning musicians John Mayer and Keith Urban are both award-winning singers and songwriters, and now they share the distinction of being the first artists to make a return to CMT CROSSROADS in the newest episode of the CMT hit series. CMT CROSSROADS: John Mayer and Keith Urban taped before an invitation only audience in Nashville and premieres Friday, June 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.

Taking the stage in front of an energized crowd, the duo collaborates on Urban hits including “If Ever Could I Love”, “’Til Summer Comes Around” and the up-tempo “Sweet Thing”. Mayer brings well-known songs “Perfectly Lonely” and “Gravity” to the show, and the two conclude their performance with a cover of the ever-so-popular “Faith” by George Michael.

Keith Urban and John Mayer are no strangers to the CMT CROSSROADS stage. Urban and John Fogerty were featured in an episode that premiered in February 2005 and Mayer and Brad Paisley were featured in an episode that premiered in May 2004. The collaboration of Mayer and Urban will mark the first time artists will come back to the CMT CROSSROADS stage since the series’ launch in January of 2002.

James Otto Gathers Friends For A Benefit Concert In Nashville

If you're in the Nashville area, please head on down to Loser's Bar and see James Otto and some friends perform during the 1st Annual Playin' For A Promise benefit.

Along with James Otto, the line up includes special guest performers including members  of Lynryd Skynyrd, Aaron Lewis from Staind, Josh Hoge, Brasher Boque Project, the Hotel Coral Essex Band and Brinley Addington. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.playinforapromise.org or day of show at Loser's Bar and Grill for a $20 donation.  This special fundraising concert will benet Hunter Drake Tucker, a 7 year old boy ghting a battle against Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, and to honor the life of a local legend, Forrest Bernadsky, who passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack.

New Album Reviews this week:

Mary Chapin Carpenter's new The Age of Miracles  and Peter Wolf's Midnight Souvenirs.

Also don't forget to check out our reviews of neo-traditional artist Lathan Moore.  If you're a fan of Easton Corbin, George Strait, Joe Nichols or Sammy Kershaw, you're likely to like what you hear on this album. Click here to read the review of Love in Your Life.We also have the first review of Christian Country artists Austins Bridge.  Times Like These was produced by Jay DeMarcus.