Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood Says Everyone, Including the Family Dog, Loves His Baby Boy, Cash

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, are adjusting well to parenthood since their baby boy, Cash, arrived on September 7. Dave tells ABC News Radio the little one is “such a cutie,” and he’s been helping out with diaper and feeding duty.

Dave says, “My wife and I, we’ve been up every three or four hours kind of tag-teaming with helping with feeding and taking care of him all night long. It’s been great. It exceeds your expectations.”

Dave and Kelli’s beloved dog, their golden-doodle Dolly, has fallen in love with Cash, too.

“She’s a great older sister,” Dave says. “She always checks on him. A couple times she’s come in, and he’s been, like, upstairs, and she’ll run around freaking out trying to find him.”

Listen for Lady Antebellum’s new single, “Freestyle,” to hit the airwaves soon.


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Wynonna Launching Intimate Stories & Song Tour January 2015

Image Courtesy Big EnterprisesWynonna is hitting the road this January for her Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song tour. The trek kicks off January 14 in Durham, North Carolina, with Wy’s husband and musical partner, Cactus Moser, leading her band, The Big Noise. During the concert, Wynonna will share the stories behind her biggest hits and favorite songs from her 30-year career.

She says, “The concept for the ‘Stories & Song’ tour has been a dream of mine for many years and will be unlike any tour I’ve ever done before.”

Wynonna’s new tour will continue through March 8, 2015 in Boston. More dates will be announced soon.

Here are Wynonna’s Stories & Song tour dates:

1/14 — Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre
1/15 — Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
1/16 — Ashland, KY, Paramount Arts Center
1/17 — Louisville, KY, Brown Theatre
1/29 — Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
1/30 — Youngstown, OH, Stambaugh Auditorium
1/31 — Merillville, IN, Star Plaza Theatre
2/6 — Boise, ID, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
2/7 — Lewiston, ID, Clearwater River Casino
2/12 — Campbell, CA, Heritage Theatre
2/14 — La Mirada, CA, La Mirada Theatre
2/16 — Beaver Creek, CO, Vilar Performing Arts Center
2/19 — Salia, KS, Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
2/26 — Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
2/27 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
2/28 — Verona, NY, Turning Stone Casino Resort
3/5 — Williamsport, PA, Community Arts Center
3/6 — Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
3/7 — Niagara Falls, Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
3/8 — Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre



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Sara Evans Guest Starring as Herself on “Nashville” October 29

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans will guest star as herself on the October 29 episode of ABC’s Nashville. She’ll sing her latest single, “Put My Heart Down,” as a duet with Luke Wheeler, who’s played by actor Will Chase.

Sara and her family never miss an episode of Nashville. She says, “When I was asked to be a part of this upcoming season I was really excited. Everyone from the cast and crew were so great to work with during the shoot.”

In other Sara news, she’s slated to perform at the Grand Ole Opry on October 28 for the Sixth annual Opry Goes Pink show, in conjunction with Women Rock for the Cure. The annual event raises money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.


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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Give Kelly Clarkson’s Baby Girl a Custom Guitar

Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert got Kelly Clarkson‘s baby girl, River Rose, a custom Gibson acoustic guitar. Kelly posted a picture on Twitter of the little one in the guitar case posing next to the guitar, which has River Rose’s name inlaid in the fretboard. The caption says, “She is destined 2 b a Country/Rock legend with this! Thnx guys!”

Blake is managed by Kelly’s husband, Brandon Blackstock.



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Blake Shelton Returning to “The Voice” Next Season in Early 2015

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton has agreed to return for The Voice‘s eighth cycle, starting in early 2015 on NBC.

Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera will join Blake on the coaches’ panel next year. The show’s seventh cycle recently premiered with coaches Blake, Adam and Pharrell, joined by Gwen Stefani, who’ll be departing.

Blake and Adam have appeared on every season of The Voice since it premiered in 2011.



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Luke Bryan Launching Winter Leg of That’s My Kind of Night Tour in February 2015

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has added a winter leg to his That’s My Kind of Night tour, kicking off February, 10, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI. Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch are in the supporting slots. Tickets for this run of show go on sale this Saturday. Check LukeBryan.com for ticket information.

In other Luke news, his Farm Tour 2014 wrapped up this weekend after playing to more than 110,000 fans in eight cities. Ticket proceeds are granted to colleges in each city to give scholarships to students from local farming areas.

Of note, Luke is also slated to perform in New Orleans on February 14 at the Endymion Extravaganza.

Here’s are Luke’s new That’s My Kind of Night tour dates:

2/10 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
2/11 — Evansville, IN, Ford Center
2/12 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
2/18 — Estero, FL, Germain Arena
2/21 — Orlando, FL, Amway Center


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Tim McGraw Wishes He Could Get Away Without Releasing Singles from “Sundown Heaven Town”

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has gone on record saying he’d be happy with any song from his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town, being released to country radio. He’s following up the album’s first hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” with the new single, “Shotgun Rider,” but Tim would prefer there be no singles from this album at all.

He explains, “If I had my way it’d be one of those albums that you could turn in and just say, there’s not a single. Every station could play whatever song they want. I wish there was a way to do that, but I know you have to have a focus and you have to pick a song.”

As he’s done in the past, Tim has gone a little left of center when choosing songs to round out the Sundown Heaven Town track listing.

Says Tim, “I always know that there are songs that are a little more artistic or other songs that are more not really radio, but just more for reflection and for listening and for just sort of creating a part of the body of an album.”

Look for Tim to perform a song from Sundown Heaven Town on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 on ABC.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrantley Gilbert often carries his dog on the road with him. What’s his pup’s name? ANSWER: Sylo.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGloriana is back with a brand-new single, “Trouble,” hitting the airwaves soon.

Florida Georgia Line has announced a performance at the Grand Ole Opry on April 14, 2015.


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The Swon Brothers Show Off Their Close, Sibling Harmonies on Just-Released Debut Album

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleFans of close sibling harmonies will find a lot to love about The Swon Brothers‘ just-released debut album.  

Zach and Colton Swon started blending their voices together as kids singing a medley of Everly Brothers songs, including “Bye Bye Love” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” with their family’s band. Those duet performances earned them a spot on NBC’s The Voice, which led them to sign a major label record deal in Nashville. While recording the album, the brothers made sure the songs allowed them to sing together as much as possible.

Colton tells ABC News Radio, “So, when we were writing, we tried to write melodies that fit that harmony. When we were looking for songs, we were looking for those that just complimented what we do.”

The guys worked with Carrie Underwood‘s long-time producer, Mark Bright, on the album, and he was highly impressed with The Swon Brothers’ clear vision for their debut album.

Says Colton, “We didn’t know what songs, exactly, but we knew the sound that we wanted to create, and it made for a pretty fun project, you know.”

The Swon Brothers even recruited fellow Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood to turn their act into a trio on the album-closing song, “This Side of Heaven.”

“To have her step out and just sing on our first record, it’s very humbling and just unbelievable,” Colton says. “You’re looking at two very grateful brothers, ’cause she doesn’t have to do that. She’s a superstar. Everything she touches is golden.”

The Swon Brothers’ debut album also includes their hit single, “Later On.”


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