Craig Campbell’s Stepfather Taught Him How to Be a Dad to His Two Little Girls

XPressive Images by JamieIf you caught Craig Campbell‘s performance at the Riverfront Stage at CMA Music Festival earlier this month in Nashville, then you no doubt saw his youngest daughter, Kinni Rose, clinging to his leg. Craig also brought his oldest daughter, Preslee, along with him to walk the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards.

Craig obviously takes his role as a father very seriously, and he credits his stepfather with showing him how to do the job. Craig’s birth father died when he was a young boy, and his stepfather came into his life when he was just seven years old.

“Thank God he did,” Craig says. “He raised me in church, to respect others and to always do the right thing. Everything I know about being a dad, I learned from him.”

On the music front, Craig’s new single, “Tomorrow Tonight,” has just been released to country radio.

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Little Big Town Profiled on “Sunday Morning” This Weekend

Capitol Nashville Little Big Town is profiled on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood this Sunday, June 21. The band filmed the piece in 2014 and 2015 telling the story of their 16 years together. The feature includes footage of LBT’s induction into the Grand Ole Opry. They also talk about the runaway success of their latest hit, “Girl Crush.”

Check local listings for air time.

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Zac Brown Gives an Update on His Baby Boy, Alexander Frost, A.K.A. “The Squishy Giant”

Southern Ground/Varvatos/Big MachineZac Brown Band frontman Zac Brown is having a blast raising his four daughters and his one-year-old son, Alexander Frost. The little boy was born weighing more than 11 pounds, and he already weighs more than Zac’s four-year-old daughter. After having four girls, Zac notices a lot of differences when it comes to raising a boy.

“It’s funny to him when he slams things or throws things,” Zac observes. “You can definitely tell he’s all boy, but the girls just, like, swallow him up, man. They love him. He’s awesome. The little, squishy giant. He’s happy and healthy and awesome.”

Zac goes on to call his family his best friends and credits them with keeping him balanced while playing for arenas full of fans on the road.

Says Zac, “You gotta be at home and be dad, and then you gotta be on the road chasing the songs down. So, we’re blessed.”

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Canaan Smith Picks Up Gold Certification for “Love You Like That”

UMG NashvilleCanaan Smith‘s debut hit, “Love You Like That,” has been certified gold after reaching the 500,000 download mark. The song has been streamed online a whopping 33 million times, and currently sits in the top 10 on the country airplay chart.

“Love You Like That” is the lead single from Canaan’s debut album, Bronco, due out this Tuesday. He says of the project, “As an album, I wanted Bronco to tell my story of who I am, and lead the listener through my life and what I’m all about. I am so grateful for this experience and am really proud of the way the album has taken shape. My hope is that the fans can relate and find pieces of themselves in this music.”

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Dierks Bentley Encouraging His Three Kids’ Love for Music

Nino MunozAll three of Dierks Bentley‘s kids are showing signs of musical inclination. His oldest daughter, Evie, plays the piano, while his middle daughter, Jordan, plays the violin.

Dierks jokes, “I keep telling her it’s the fiddle. She’s like, ‘It’s the violin!’ I’m like, ‘It’s the fiddle!'”

His baby boy, Knox, loves to blow on his little harmonica, too. Dierks looks forward to seeing his kids continue studying music.

He says, “We’re fortunate where they’re going to be in school where they can play music — you know, [they] have that possibility to do that.”

Of course, Dierks’ kids are around music all the time when they visit their dad on the road. This year’s show features a lot of pyrotechnics, so Dierks and his wife, Cassidy, are taking steps to protect the little ones’ hearing.

“It’s a big show this year,” Dierks says. “We’ve got the headphones for the kids. They’ll probably be using them a little more.”

Dierks admits he’s still not used to having all those fireworks going off during his live show. He says, “I’m still scared up there sometimes. Not exactly sure when it hits even though we’ve done all these rehearsals. It still kind of shocks me when some of the bigger stuff explodes.”

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Thomas Rhett Planning Belated Father’s Day Hang at Dad’s Sunflower Farm

Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett won’t be able to see his dad, Rhett Akins, on Father’s Day due to his tour schedule. Since Rhett was a country star in the ’90s, Thomas thinks his dad will understand his absence. He plans to spend time with Rhett very soon, though.

Thomas tells ABC Radio, “Hopefully when we get home on Monday, we’ll probably, honestly, just go out to his farm and look at the sunflowers he planted. He bought a farm and planted a billion acres of sunflowers. He loves to go just sit and look at ’em.”

Thomas plays Chicago’s Windy City LakeShake festival Sunday night.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThomas Rhett says his wife is so popular among his fans she should have her own fan club. What is her name? ANSWER: Lauren.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe new stage production, MOONSHINE: That Hee Haw Musical, will open at the Dallas Theater Center in Dallas on September 2. Justin Guarini, the runner-up to Kelly Clarkson on season one of American Idol, has been cast in a starring role.  

Kacey Musgraves performs on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday, the same day her new album, Pageant Material, hits stores. She’ll perform on ABC’s The View on Wednesday.

Zac Brown Band will headline the third and final day of New Orleans’ Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, scheduled for the weekend of October 30-November 1. Ticket info is available on WorshipTheMusic.com.

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Little Big Town’s Jimi and Phillip Talk About the Gift of Fatherhood

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet love to hear the roar of an adoring crowd, but nothing is sweeter to their ears than the sound of their kids’ voices. Jimi and wife/band mate Karen Fairchild have a little boy named Elijah. Jimi tells ABC Radio, “That little man looking up at you and calling you daddy, there’s nothing better than that in the world. It’s the greatest thing ever.”

Phillip feels the same way about his daughter with his wife, Rebecca.

He says of fatherhood, “It’s just the greatest gift. You know, it teaches me every day to be a better person, and I couldn’t imagine life without my sweet Penelopi.”

As previously reported, Little Big Town has canceled or rescheduled all concert dates and appearances through July 30 as Jimi recovers from surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cord.

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