Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood Has a Nursery Set Up on His Tour Bus for Baby Boy, Cash

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, welcomed their first child, Cash Van Haywood, earlier this month, and Dave already has a spot for his young family on his tour bus. The back lounge has been converted to a nursery. Dave doesn’t know how often his wife and baby will use the back lounge of his bus, but he wanted to have it ready to go.

He tells The Tennessean, “My guess is that she comes out twice as much as she does now, but not all the time. I don’t want to miss stuff when he’s going through these stages.”

Lady A has a big delivery coming in this week. Their album, 747, is out Tuesday featuring the hit single, “Bartender.”

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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Dierks Bentley‘s 2009 bluegrass-inspired album? ANSWER: Up on the Ridge.

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Carrie Underwood Covers R.E.M. at Global Citizen Festival

Chris HolloCarrie Underwood covered one of R.E.M.‘s signature songs Saturday night at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

The pregnant artist delivered a sweet rendition of “Everybody Hurts.” The rest of her set in Central Park was packed with hits such as “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Blown Away” and “Before He Cheats.”

At one point, Carrie told the audience that her appearance at the event represented one of the top highlights of her career.

The festival included a couple of special guests: Beyoncé joined her husband, headliner Jay Z, for two songs, and Sting paired up with No Doubt for a cover of The Police hit “Message in a Bottle.”

The other artists who took part in the Global Citizen Festival were fun., Alicia Keys, The Roots and Tiesto.

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Dierks Bentley Raises Money for Nashville Children’s Hospital, Gives Opening Acts Drones

Image Courtesy Greenroom PRDierks Bentley hosted his annual Miles & Music for Kids bike ride and concert Sunday in Nashville with proceeds going to the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Since he launched the event nearly a decade ago, Dierks and his pals have raised more than $2.6 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. While that’s an impressive number, it doesn’t quite live up to the amount Dierks’ seven-year-old daughter, Evie, thought he donated to the cause when she was a little bit younger.

While she understands the concept of the benefit show now, Dierk says, “Last year I told her that, and she said, “Every show you do, daddy, gives money back to the children’s hospital.’ I was like, ‘Not exactly, but if you want to think that about me, I like that, but it’s not exactly true.’”

While Dierks is generous with his time giving back to charitable causes, he’s also showing his appreciation for the opening acts on his Riser tour this summer. Two of those acts — Chris Young and Jon Pardi – performed at Dierks’ charity event Sunday, while “Ready Set Roll” singer Chase Rice rounded out the bill.

Before the concert, Chris revealed that Dierks presented all three of his supporting acts with drones you can fly with an iPad. Chris said he, Dierks and Chase all bet Jon would be the first to crash the drone.

“We’re like, ‘I don’t know why, but we just have a gut feeling it’s gonna be you,’” Chris says, “so I don’t know if he’s too happy about that, but all of our money is on him crashing his into a tree or something in the next week.”

As for Dierks’ job as a headliner on the Riser tour, Chris says, “He’s just one of those guys that he wants everybody else to enjoy it as much as he did. He did some incredible numbers this summer, and I was really happy to be a part of that.”

Kip Moore and Randy Houser also performed at Dierks’ charity concert Sunday. This year’s Miles & Music for Kids event raised more than $335,000 for the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe 2014 CMT Artists of the Year special will broadcast live from Nashville on Tuesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET. This year’s five honorees will be announced soon.

The Band Perry will perform at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 39th New York Honors Gala in Manhattan on October 21.

The Swon Brothers deliver an acoustic performance of their song, “Pray for You,” in a new feature now posted at The song appears on the duo’s upcoming debut album, due out October 14.

Jason Aldean and his tour mates, Florida Georgia Line, had a hardcore female fan rush the stage during their recent show in Chula Vista, CA. The hilarious video of Jason directing the female fan off the stage was captured in a YouTube clip.

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Lady Antebellum Making TV Appearances and Performing Live Streaming Concert to Launch “747″

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is taking their 747 album launch to your TV. They’ll perform three songs on NBC’s Today on Tuesday when 747 lands in stores and online. Look for them to stop by NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.

Lady A is taking their 747 celebration online, too. They’ll give an intimate performance at the Gramercy Theater in New York City Tuesday night that will stream live on Yahoo!.

747 features Lady Antebellum’s latest hit, “Bartender.”

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Jason Aldean Went All Out Buying Brittany Kerr’s Big Engagement Ring

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean went all out buying Brittany Kerr‘s engagement ring. She debuted the massive diamond ring in an Instagram posting showing her and Jason sharing a kiss. The caption reads, “We’ve been on cloud nine the past few days. My heart has never been more full of happiness and love … Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this man.”

The marriage will be the first for Brittany and the second for Jason.

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Eric Church and Wife, Katherine, Expecting a Second Child

Image Courtesy CMACongratulations to Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, who are expecting their second child. Eric slyly announced the pregnancy by changing the lyrics to his song, “Sinners Like Me,” during his Thursday night show in Louisville. Instead of singing “Give my dad a grandson,” he sang “Give my dad another grandson.” The baby’s gender hasn’t been confirmed, though.

Eric and Katherine’s son, Boone McCoy, was born in 2011.

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Kenny Chesney’s Flora-Bama Concert Special Coming to CMT November 14

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney‘s recent show at the Flora-Bama on the Gulf Coast is coming to CMT as a brand-new concert special.

Kenny Chesney Live from the Flora-Bama premieres Friday, November 14 at 10 p.m. ET featuring highlights from Kenny’s only concert of 2014. The show took place on the beach where Florida and Alabama meet and will feature songs from his brand-new album, The Big Revival, as well as a sampling of Kenny’s greatest hits.

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Blake Shelton’s New Album, “Bringing Back the Sunshine,” Is Now Streaming Online

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton‘s new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, is due out Tuesday, but you can hear the entire project streaming now at Bringing Back the Sunshine is Blake’s ninth studio album and features his latest hit, “Neon Light.” Ashley Monroe joins Blake on the song “Lonely Tonight,” and RaeLynn is featured on the track “Buzzin’.”

Blake says Bringing Back the Sunshine is a return of sorts to the beginning of his country music career.

He explains, “Country music is defined by each individual, and this is my definition of stepping back a little bit. I wanted to make a record that represents the beginning of my career, but also blending with where I’ve ended up.”

Look for Blake to promote the new album with an appearance on NBC’s Today this Wednesday and one on Live with Kelly and Michael on Thursday.

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