411 Country: Zoeey Deschanel thrilled to be playing Loretta Lynn on Broadway

Published May 18, 2012

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In this week’s Fox 411 Country Round-up Zooey Deschanel tells us how it feels to follow in Loretta Lynn’s footsteps …  on Broadway!

Lynn announced May 10th during Opry Country Classics at the Ryman Auditorium that she chose Fox TV’s “New Girl” star to portray her in an upcoming Broadway stage adaptation of Coal Miner’s Daughter.  After the announcement, Deschanel grabbed a microphone and joined the country music legend for a duet of the song “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” 

At the Fox 2012 Programming Presentation Post-Show Party red carpet Deschanel told us this is something she’s dreamed about doing for some time.

“I wanted to do that show on Broadway for a really long time so, I sort of chased after it,” she said. “Loretta gave me her blessing and it’s great.”

In new music, we highlight Willie Nelson’s “Heroes” which features guests from Merle Haggard to his son Lukas Nelson.  Lukas is on 10 of the 14 tracks and while he has his own album out, “Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s Wasted,” he still performs on stage with his father.  In a statement included in an official press release the 23-year-old singer/songwriter says, “I love when I get a chance to duet and sing harmony with my dad. We do sing a lot together.”

On the charts, Carrie Underwood holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with “Blown Away” while Jason Aldean marks a personal charting milestone on the Billboard Country Songs list as “Fly Over States” becomes his 7th No. 1 there.

Lady Antebellum and fans owned the night in Henryville, IN raising more than $285,000 for the tornado-hit community.  They performed for their “Own The Night” prom contest winner Henryville High School, then opened an arena concert to the public.  All proceeds will be distributed through the New Hope/Indiana Bankers Association for the Disaster Relief Fund.

Kenny Chesney and Tim Mcgraw  amped fans up for this summer’s “Brothers of the Sun” tour by sending out a sneak peek at their first on-stage joint rehearsal!  We’ve got the pics. Plus we have their video “Feel Like a Rock Star” (the first single off Chesney’s 13th studio album out this June “Welcome To The Fishbowl”) as… our featured song of the week.  Find that and much more news in this week’s Fox 411 Country Round-up!

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