Eric Church and Wife, Katherine, Preparing to Expand Their Family with the Arrival of Second Child

Image Courtesy John Peets/Captiol NashvilleEric Church and his wife, Katherine, are getting closer to welcoming a second child into their family. So, far Katherine’s pregnancy seems to be going smoothly.

“We’re approaching the third [trimester] now,” Eric says. “The second one was great. You know, the third gets more interesting. I think she’s getting close to ready to get it on over with and done.”

Eric has Katherine and their son, Boone, on the road with him on The Outsiders World Tour.

Says Eric, “My son loves the road more than I do. It’s fun to have ‘em there, and having that balance, I think, is crucial to the success of any artist.”

Spending downtime with his family is essential for Eric’s well-being, too.

He says, “That’s where I recharge. You can’t go out there and slay dragons unless you have that place that you can plug back in.”

Eric launches a run of shows in Canada starting Thursday night in London, Ontario.


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Rascal Flatts Leaving a Legacy of Giving Back to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryRascal Flatts has raised millions of dollars for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, and they often perform for the patients in the facility’s performance room. The hospital’s surgery center is named in Rascal Flatts’ honor, and that legacy of giving back makes band member Jay DeMarcus very happy.

He says, “I hope that people look back and say, even though Rascal Flatts was blessed with a very good career, we tried to give back as much as we could and we made the world a little better place by our contributions with the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.”

Jay says of the surgery center, “I think it’ll be a legacy that lives on long after we leave this planet.”

On the music front, Rascal Flatts’ new single, “Riot,” was just released to country radio.


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Tim McGraw Compares His Cowboy Hat to Superman’s Cape

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw never goes onstage without his signature cowboy hat. The accessory is essential for Tim while getting into performance mode.

He says, “It’s sorta like Superman’s cape I guess. It’s like I don’t really feel like I’m ready to hit the stage until I put my hat on.  It just sort of changes the whole character I guess.”

Tim is playing a show in Nevada this weekend.


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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Dance with the Stars in Their Living Room

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban and Nicole Kidman are constantly on the go with their busy careers, so it’s a thrill for them to just hang out at home and watch Dancing with the Stars. Nicole even performs some of the numbers for Keith in their living room.

Looking back on a recent night at home, Nicole tells People, “I got up and danced to an old Captain & Tennille song, ‘Love Will Keep Us Together.’ Keith was like, “Gosh, please continue to do that till the day we die!”

Nicole’s new movie, Before I Go to Sleep, is now in theaters.


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Sara Evans Explains Her Song Choice for Doobie Brothers Collaboration on “Southbound”

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleSara Evans could have chosen any Doobie Brothers hit to sing with the rock band on their new country collaboration album, Southbound. So, why did she go with their Michael McDonald-era staple, “What  Fool Believes?” She says it’s all about the lyrics.

“That song is unbelievable,” Sara tells ABC News Radio. “‘What a Fool Believes/to see/The wise man has the power to reason away.’ In other words, this girl is terrible for him, and she’s bad news, but he reasons that it’s good somehow. It’s a good relationship, and he convinces himself of that. And how many of us do that all the time?”

Sara and Michael McDonald recreated that Doobie Brothers classic based on the version Michael does in his live shows today. Chris Young, Hunter Hayes, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith are among the other stars teaming up with The Doobie Brothers on Southbound, available now.


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Lady Antebellum Performing on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Live from Nashville

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has signed on to perform live from Nashville on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015. The show begins December 31 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Gavin DeGraw will also perform live from Music City, and Taylor Swift is also slated to perform on the show live in Times Square just before the ball drop.


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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Martina McBride and her husband John‘s recording studio in Nashville? ANSWER: Blackbird.


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Miranda Lambert Literally Got an Ulcer Worrying over Her CMA Award-Winning Album, “Platinum”

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert earned her second CMA Album of the Year trophy Wednesday night for her fifth studio album, Platinum. She first won that trophy with her 2009 release, Revolution, so it may come as a surprise that Miranda was especially nervous making her latest release.

“I literally got an ulcer over this record,” Miranda says, “but it was worth it. It represents everything I am right now as an artist and everything I have to say.”

Now that she’s in her 30′s and happily married to Blake Shelton, Miranda wanted to capture this new chapter in her life on Platinum.

She says, “I feel like I’ve reached a new place in life and a new place in music and I wanted to be able to portray all of the emotions that I feel like I’m going through.”

Winning Album of the Year for Platinum is proof Miranda isn’t alone in her experience.

She adds, “I know that it won the award because it just talks about things you’re going through as a female and people can relate to it.”

Miranda’s new single from Platinum is “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” featuring Little Big Town. They performed the song on the CMA Awards Wednesday night.


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Garth Brooks on “Good Morning America” Today; Little Rock Tix On Sale

Sony NashvilleGarth Brooks continues his Man Against Machine media push today with a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America.  Garth has a history of making major announcements on GMA, such as last September, when he teased the news conference at which he announced his new album, his tour, and the creation of his music retail site, GhostTunes.  There’s no word on whether today’s Good Morning America appearance will include any new information.

In other Garth news, tickets for his December 12 and 13 shows with wife Trisha Yearwood in Little Rock, Arkansas go on sale today.

Man Against Machine is available now for pre-order.  It’s out on Tuesday.


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Nashville Notes

Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMartina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rodney Crowell are among the stars performing in honor of Emmylou Harris at a tribute concert January 10, 2015 at Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall.

Rascal Flatts has released “Riot” as the new single from their latest album, Rewind.


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