Dierks Bentley Applauds His Supermom Wife, Cassidy, This Mother’s Day

Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley stands in awe of his wife, Cassidy, this Mother’s Day. She recently finished the Boston Marathon just six months after giving birth to the couple’s third child, a boy named Knox. To top it all off, Cassidy ran the Phoenix marathon while she was pregnant last year.

Dierks says with a laugh, “I don’t know how she does it. I ran 10 miles once, consecutively, and I hurt for 10 consecutive days. I could hardly walk.”

Cassidy is now juggling motherhood and a new business venture in their Nashville neighborhood.

“Her and another girl are starting this hair-dry kinda place called Dry House over in Green Hills,” Dierks says. “It’s all about blowouts, I guess, these days.”

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Keith Urban Says His Daughters Are “Very, Very Lucky” to Have Nicole Kidman as a Mother

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban looks forward to spending time with his wife, Nicole Kidman, and their two daughters this Mother’s Day. Nicole has already raised two children from her previous marriage to Tom Cruise, so Keith has learned a lot just watching Nicole mother their two kids together, Sunday and Faith.

Keith says, “Those girls are very, very lucky. And I feel very lucky that the children I should have in this world happen to be with Nic. I don’t know anything about raising kids, and Nic does.”

Nicole’s patience and understanding of their daughters as people really impresses Keith, too.

He adds, “Her attention to honoring their feelings and listening to them right from day one, really being attentive to that, is not how I was raised at all. So, it’s really beautiful to see.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker will sing the national anthem at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race May 16 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

Hunter Hayes performs on ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman Friday. He’ll then set off on his attempt at breaking the Guinness record for most concerts played in multiple cities in 24 hours. Keep up to date on Hunter’s social media accounts.

Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman say the band’s dream duet partners are Sir Paul McCartney and Dolly Parton.

Kacey Musgraves is posting a lot of pictures on Instagram this week from the Key West Songwriters Festival in Florida.

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Cole Swindell Wants Fans to Get to Know His Other Side on Debut Album

Warner Music NashvilleJudging from Cole Swindell’s first two singles, “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” you might assume he only writes about partying with the ladies. Cole encourages fans to discover the other side of his writing style on his self-titled debut album.

“I’m a real dude that’s just living life like they are,” Cole tells Billboard. “I hope that’s what [people] get when they hear the album. I’ve been through the heartbreak stuff. I love to write songs that hit ya too, not just songs that make you feel good.”

Cole writes about both the good and bad times in life, thanks to some advice he got from his friend and mentor, Luke Bryan.  Cole explains, “I once asked him [in an email], ‘What do I have to do to write better songs?’ He wrote back, ‘Live.’”

Cole is on the road with Luke Bryan all year long. Go to ColeSwindell.com for dates.

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Zac Brown Welcomes Fifth Child and First Son, Alexander Frost

Zac Brown band via FacebookCongratulations to Zac Brown and his wife Shelly on the birth of their fifth child and first son, Alexander Frost. The baby was born May 5 weighing 11 pounds, seven ounces and measuring 22.5 inches long.

The couple’s four other children range in age from three to seven. Zac heads out on the Great American Road Trip tour with Zac Brown Band starting May 24 in Lincoln, NE.

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Lady A, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan & More Playing “Good Morning America” Summer Concert Series

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum will kick off Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series May 23. Look for Keith Urban to headline the series on July 11 followed by a performance from Luke Bryan on August 8. Florida Georgia Line will play GMA on August 15.  Brad Paisley closes out the series on August 29, performing songs from his new, as-yet untitled studio album, due out August 26.

Jennifer Lopez, Kings of Leon, Demi Lovato and 50 Cent are among the other acts playing ABC’s Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat does Dierks Bentley call his beloved 1994 Chevy truck? Big White.

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Shania Twain Lends Her Voice to Help Preserve Earth’s Wild Leopard Population

Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain famously wore a leopard print costume in her “That Don’t Impress Me Much” video back in the late-’90s. Now she’s teamed up with cat conservation organization Panthera to help protect wild leopards. The big cats are shrinking in number due to expanding human populations in their habitats. The campaign is called Project Pardus, and Shania has signed on as the effort’s Global Ambassador.

“The image and spirit of the leopard is an inspiration to millions around the world, including myself,” Shania says. “That it is also the most oppressed of the big cats is almost unknown. If we’re to save this animal in the wild, we have to get ahead of the curve before it suffers the same fate as so many other species that we once felt to be secure in their numbers.”

For more details on Project Pardus, go to Panthera.org.

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Dierks Bentley Launches His Biggest Tour Ever Tonight in North Carolina

ABC News RadioDierks Bentley launches his biggest tour ever Thursday night in North Carolina, and he’s ready to deliver a rocking show for his fans all-summer long. The new stage show features a giant projection screen Dierks calls “the wave” that allows him to connect with audience members sitting in the very back of the venue.

Dierks says, “I think about going to amphitheaters as a kid when I was 17, loving country music. Every band comes through, and you want to make your show stand out and be different and be unique.”

Dierks is stepping up the video elements of his live show, and fans at this weekend’s show will get a sneak peek at video footage from his latest single, “Drunk on a Plane,” which doesn’t premiere until Monday. It’s all part of Dierks’ effort to keep the audience’s attention throughout the night.

“You know, off the stage, I really don’t seek attention, but on the stage, I like to have everyone’s attention all the time until I walk off,” he explains. “I try to design a show that’s going to keep everyone really focused and engaged.”

Fans can feel free to photograph or tape any part of Dierks’ show, but they should be warned he doesn’t take any selfies with fans’ phones until the end of the show.  Dierks is dumbfounded by how many people actually throw their iPhones onstage trying to get him to take a photo on it.

Says Dierks, “People are literally throwing $400 iPhones up on stage.  Like, ‘That’s your phone, man! All your contacts. Your pictures.  That cost $400. You just tossed it up here on stage.’”

Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Chase Rice join Dierks on the Riser tour this summer. Go to Dierks.com for dates.

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