Rascal Flatts Performs for Patients and Families at Nashville Children’s Hospital

Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts performed for young patients and their families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday in Nashville. After singing their hits "Fast Cars and Freedom," "My Wish" and "Rewind," the Flatts posed for photos with every family in the audience.

Over the last 10 years, Rascal Flatts has donated more than $3 million to the Children's Hospital. They are now focused on raising funds for research on premature babies.

Lead singer Gary LeVox tells The Tennessean, "We branched out and took on the neonatal thing for premature children because it's the only thing medically that they don't know how to stop. When we first heard that, that there's no rhyme or reason for babies born premature, that was a goal and we're on our way."

On the music front, Rascal Flatts' new album, Rewind, comes out May 13.

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Grand Ole Opry Kicking Off CMA Music Festival Week with Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner

Photo Credit: Chris HolloThe Grand Ole Opry has a big show planned for Tuesday, June 3 to kick off CMA Music Festival week. Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Jennifer Nettles and Charlie Worsham are on the bill for two shows that night at the Grand Ole Opry House. Terri Clark will be there  as well, to celebrate her 10th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.

The party continues that Friday, June 6 with Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans and more set to perform on the Opry. Go to Opry.com for more info.

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Kacey Musgraves Shows Her Vulnerable Side on “Keep It to Yourself”

Photo Credit: Kelly Christine MusgravesKacey Musgraves is more vulnerable than ever before on her latest single, "Keep It to Yourself." She wrote the song after a breakup when her ex was trying to tell her he still had feelings for her.

Says Kacey, "You literally have to be the strong person and say, 'Don’t tell me, because it’s just going to rope me back in.' It’s going to create that cycle again. It's just about getting over that hump."

Ultimately, Kacey found love again with her band member, Misa Arriaga, and that relationship wouldn't have happened if she'd gotten roped back into dating her ex.

Looking back, Kacey explains. "Nobody wants to feel naked or uncomfortable, and removing yourself out of a situation that you know is probably not right is really hard, but it’s something that you just have to do."

"Keep It to Yourself" is the latest single from Kacey's Grammy, ACM and CMA Award-winning album Same Trailer Different Park.

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Is Taylor Swift Selling Her Mansion in Rhode Island?

ABC/Jon LeMayEver since Taylor Swift shelled out a reported $17 million a year ago for a huge mansion in Rhode Island's tony Watch Hill neighborhood, the home has been the site of much drama, from random trespassers, to angry locals accusing her of blocking access to the beach.  Now, word is she's looking to unload the 11,000 square-foot home.

The rumor evidently started when a reporter for the local Rhode Island paper The Westerly Sun tweeted, "Is Taylor Swift's Watch Hill mansion for sale? I'm hearing that but I can't confirm."  This, of course, set off all kinds of speculation from various real estate blogs, all noting the sprawling home's eight bedrooms, 10 1/2 baths, reception rooms, 45-foot-long sun porch, five-car heated garage, balconies, swimming pool and sweeping views.

A rep for Taylor did not immediately return emails from ABC News Radio seeking comment on whether or not the home is for sale.

In addition to the Rhode Island mansion, Taylor also owns a condo in Nashville, a place in Los Angeles, and a newly-purchased pad in Manhattan.  She has definitely enjoyed the Rhode Island mansion, though, telling Rolling Stone, "Man, Rhode Island's a good place. It's a really good place. I've loved really being with my girlfriends a lot [there]. Like, there have been a lot of kitchen dance parties with my girlfriends."

Meanwhile, the singer may have moved on to greener pastures...or at least sandier beaches.  She tweeted a photo of herself on Monday walking along a beautiful beach wearing a green bikini, with the caption, "Looking for Easter eggs."  It's not clear where the photo was taken.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWynonna and her band, The Big Noise, will perform at the 24th Annual William Shatner Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show April 26 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Proceeds go to special-needs children charities in Los Angeles.

Keith Urban discovers American Idol host Ryan Seacrest jamming on the bass prior to showtime in the latest installment of the Idle Chatter video series. American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday nights on FOX.

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The Music of “Nashville” Comes to Life on New ABC Concert Special Airing Tonight

ABCThe music of ABC's Nashville is coming to life with the new special, Nashville: On the Record, airing Wednesday night. The hour-long show features Nashville cast members Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack and more performing live at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Several of the stars have been performing around Music City and on the Grand Ole Opry in the past few years. Nashville: On the Record gives fans outside Tennessee a chance to get that live concert experience.

Jonathan Jackson, who plays Avery Barkley, says, "It's an opportunity for people to see the cast in an actual, live environment perform the songs, which is really fun for us."

Charles Easton plays Deacon Claybourne on Nashville. He adds, "You're gonna see songs from the actual Bluebird where they're talking in a round with the writers of these great songs that we get to do on our show. And then as they're talking, then we'll throw it over, and we'll go to the Ryman, and you'll see the cast members performing the different songs."

There are several collaborations among the show's stars on the special, which is the favorite part of being on Nashville for Chris Carmack, who plays Will Lexington.

"When things really start to gel and really start to feel a little bit magical is when you get to sing with the other cast members," Chris tells ABC News Radio. "There's also something magical about being able to sing harmonies with somebody. It's a very intimate thing to do. When your voices meld together, in some ways, it's better than any scene you can do together."

Nashville: On the Record airs Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.

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Eli Young Band’s Mike Eli Celebrates Wedding Anniversary Eating Roast by Candlelight in Front of the TV

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band front man Mike Eli didn't spring for a fancy night out to celebrate his recent wedding anniversary. Instead, Mike and his wife celebrated very simply at home.

He tells Country Aircheck, "We celebrated in front of the television with two bar stools, a roast and a candlelight on the bar stools in front of us."

Since Mike is out on the road so much touring, we're sure his wife enjoyed the quiet night at home. Eli Young Band continues their opening spot on Darius Rucker's True Believers tour this weekend with shows in Florida and Alabama.

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George Strait Adds June 5 Stop in Hidalgo, TX to The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

EB Media PRGeorge Strait has added a June 5 show in Hidalgo, TX to his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour schedule. The concert at State Farm Arena is just two days before his massive tour-ending concert at Dallas's AT&T Stadium on June 7. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Vince Gill and Martina McBride are on the bill for the sold-out Dallas date.

Tickets for the June 5 date go on sale to the public Friday, May 2.

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Rascal Flatts Performing at “Rewind” Album Launch Party in Los Angeles

CMARascal Flatts will perform an acoustic album launch concert for their latest release, Rewind, on the release date, May 13. The show takes place at the Avalon nightclub in Los Angeles, and only Citi card holders can purchase tickets at CitiPrivatePass.com.

Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox says, "We're immensely proud of our new album and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with some of our closest fans. We can't wait for everyone to hear Rewind and look forward to kicking things off with Citi in Los Angeles next month."

Fans attending the show will enjoy a wine pairing with each songs based on the track's tempo and lyrics. Rascal Flatts' new album features the hit title track.

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