Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney Enlisting His Kids to Make Mother’s Day Picnic Lunch

Big MachineRascal Flatts‘ new album, Rewind, comes out Tuesday, but the guys made a point to be home Sunday for Mother’s Day. The celebration is even more special for band member Joe Don Rooney, whose wife Tiffany is expecting their third child. Joe Don plans to get the couple’s two children, Jagger and Raquel, in on the Mother’s Day planning.

He tells ABC News Radio, “I’m gonna put together a little picnic lunch and have the kids make it. I want them to make the meal and go take ‘em out to the park and have Tiff come with us, if Tiff’ll go. If she won’t, we’ll just do it by ourselves.”

Joe Don doesn’t expect the kids to put together a gourmet meal though.

He says with a laugh, “I’m telling ya. It’s Goldfish. It’s Chex Mix. Everything.  It’s a snack attack. Well, she’s pregnant she’ll eat anything right now.”

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Trisha Yearwood Giving Commencement Address at Georgia Alma Mater

VectorTrisha Yearwood will give the commencement address this Saturday at her alma mater, Young Harris College in Young Harris, GA. Trisha graduated from the school with an associate’s degree in 1984. While at Young Harris, Trisha participated in several musical ensembles and served as president of the Sigma Beta Sigma sorority. She also made some relationships that continue to this day.

Trisha says, “My best friends today are girlfriends that I met at YHC. We try to see other once a year. I think that says something about the school.”

Trisha went on to earn her bachelor’s in business administration from Nashville’s Belmont University before launching her music career.

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Miranda Lambert Sending Her Custom Airstream on the Road for Platinum Across America Tour

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is looking to drum up excitement for her new album, Platinum, with the Platinum Across America tour. Miranda’s 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream, which she calls “Wanda the Wanderer,” will be visiting several cities starting May 20 in Los Angeles. The Airstream will be topped by a three-foot-tall platinum crown detailed with crystals.

Miranda named her Airstream “Wanda the Wanderer” after her feisty maternal grandmother. She says, “This Airstream has been with us on tours throughout the years and is now embarking on yet another adventure! Platinum Across America! She IS the ‘queen of the road,’ and I’m so happy to share her, in all of her glory, with fans across the nation.”

Fans can sign up at Miranda’s website for a chance to experience a  preview of Miranda’s new album at the events. The Platinum Across America experience will also feature a platinum hair station, a sun tea stand, corn hole, a leather workshop and vintage postcard photo ops.

Once the Platinum Across America tour wraps, Miranda will have her Airstream set up at the CMA Music Festival during the album’s release week the first week of June.

Here are the Platinum Across America Tour Dates:

5/20 — Los Angeles
5/23 — Denver
5/26 — Dallas
5/27 — Oklahoma City
5/29 — Chicago
5/30 — Indianapolis
5/31 — Philadelphia

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Tim McGraw Giving Away Homes to Veterans Again on Sundown Heaven Town Tour

Greenroom PRTim McGraw has teamed up with Chase and Operation Homefront again this year to give mortgage-free homes to veterans in need at each stop on his Sundown Heaven Town tour. The program is called HomeFront. It’s Tim’s way of giving back to those who have served the U.S.

As for what you can expect from Tim’s set list this summer, he says, “Fans this summer are going to get to hear some new songs off the new album, too, which is cool because I’ll get that immediate feedback that only a live crowd can provide.”

Tim’s new album, Sundown Heaven Town, is due out September 16.  It includes his latest single, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” featuring Faith Hill.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Zac Brown Band‘s major debut album featuring their first hit, “Chicken Fried”? ANSWER: The Foundation.

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Dierks Bentley Applauds His Supermom Wife, Cassidy, This Mother’s Day

Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley stands in awe of his wife, Cassidy, this Mother’s Day. She recently finished the Boston Marathon just six months after giving birth to the couple’s third child, a boy named Knox. To top it all off, Cassidy ran the Phoenix marathon while she was pregnant last year.

Dierks says with a laugh, “I don’t know how she does it. I ran 10 miles once, consecutively, and I hurt for 10 consecutive days. I could hardly walk.”

Cassidy is now juggling motherhood and a new business venture in their Nashville neighborhood.

“Her and another girl are starting this hair-dry kinda place called Dry House over in Green Hills,” Dierks says. “It’s all about blowouts, I guess, these days.”

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Keith Urban Says His Daughters Are “Very, Very Lucky” to Have Nicole Kidman as a Mother

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban looks forward to spending time with his wife, Nicole Kidman, and their two daughters this Mother’s Day. Nicole has already raised two children from her previous marriage to Tom Cruise, so Keith has learned a lot just watching Nicole mother their two kids together, Sunday and Faith.

Keith says, “Those girls are very, very lucky. And I feel very lucky that the children I should have in this world happen to be with Nic. I don’t know anything about raising kids, and Nic does.”

Nicole’s patience and understanding of their daughters as people really impresses Keith, too.

He adds, “Her attention to honoring their feelings and listening to them right from day one, really being attentive to that, is not how I was raised at all. So, it’s really beautiful to see.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker will sing the national anthem at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race May 16 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

Hunter Hayes performs on ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman Friday. He’ll then set off on his attempt at breaking the Guinness record for most concerts played in multiple cities in 24 hours. Keep up to date on Hunter’s social media accounts.

Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman say the band’s dream duet partners are Sir Paul McCartney and Dolly Parton.

Kacey Musgraves is posting a lot of pictures on Instagram this week from the Key West Songwriters Festival in Florida.

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Cole Swindell Wants Fans to Get to Know His Other Side on Debut Album

Warner Music NashvilleJudging from Cole Swindell’s first two singles, “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” you might assume he only writes about partying with the ladies. Cole encourages fans to discover the other side of his writing style on his self-titled debut album.

“I’m a real dude that’s just living life like they are,” Cole tells Billboard. “I hope that’s what [people] get when they hear the album. I’ve been through the heartbreak stuff. I love to write songs that hit ya too, not just songs that make you feel good.”

Cole writes about both the good and bad times in life, thanks to some advice he got from his friend and mentor, Luke Bryan.  Cole explains, “I once asked him [in an email], ‘What do I have to do to write better songs?’ He wrote back, ‘Live.’”

Cole is on the road with Luke Bryan all year long. Go to ColeSwindell.com for dates.

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Zac Brown Welcomes Fifth Child and First Son, Alexander Frost

Zac Brown band via FacebookCongratulations to Zac Brown and his wife Shelly on the birth of their fifth child and first son, Alexander Frost. The baby was born May 5 weighing 11 pounds, seven ounces and measuring 22.5 inches long.

The couple’s four other children range in age from three to seven. Zac heads out on the Great American Road Trip tour with Zac Brown Band starting May 24 in Lincoln, NE.

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