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Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and Wife Expecting Third Child

The third time’s yet another charm for Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and his gorgeous wife Tiffany Fallon. They’re expecting their third child late this summer.

The new addition will join the couple and their son Jagger Donovan, 5, and daughter Raquel Blue, 3.

“We are so thrilled and feel so blessed to bring another little angel into our world,” the couple said in a statement to People magazine. “Jagger and Rocky are very excited, too. They’re going to make a great ‘big brother-big sister duo’ as the Rooney circus continues.”

Rooney and Fallon will celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary on April 26. They tied the knot in 2006 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with a musical performance by Rascal Flatts on the big day. Talk about a heck of a wedding!

And speaking of performing, the trio of Rooney, Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox will release their new album Rewind on May 13 to coincide with the launch of their Rewind tour with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana.

In the meantime, Rascal Flatts will be heading to Las Vegas in advance of Sunday night’s (April 6) Academy of Country Music Awards show in Las Vegas. They’ll be headlining Friday’s ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the LINQ.

via CMT : News : Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and Wife Expecting Third Child.

This Day in Country Music- April 2nd

  • 2002, Elton John and Ryan Adams perform together at a studio in the back of the Grand Ole Opry House, a taping for “CMT Crossroads.” Among their collaborations are duets on Jim Reeves’ “He’ll Have To Go” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls Of Fire”
  • 1992, Wynonna Judd performs her first solo concert in Midland, Texas
  • 1977, “Lucille” brings Kenny Rogers his first #1 country single in Billboard magazine
  • 1956, Johnny Cash records “I Walk The Line” and “Get Rhythm” at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis

via CMT : Country Music News : This Day in Country Music.

Blake Shelton, Shakira to Perform Together on ACM Awards

Blake Shelton and Shakira, his fellow mentor on The Voice, will perform together Sunday (April 6) during the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards show in Las Vegas.

The two recently collaborated on her current single “Medicine,” a track from her new self-titled album.

The Band Perry will open the ACM Awards with their new single “Chainsaw.” Hunter Hayes will perform his hit “Invisible” during the ceremony at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line will perform “This Is How We Roll” at the fourth annual ACM Fan Jam at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Miranda Lambert and George Strait will perform a medley that includes “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “The Fugitive” as part of a tribute to Merle Haggard’s 50 years in country music. Garth Brooks will present Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award.

Other performers will include Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Toby Keith, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks.

Shelton and Bryan will co-host the awards show which airs live on CBS.

Bryan will be promoting the ACM Awards during a Thursday (April 3) appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He’ll also appear Friday on The Talk.

via CMT : News : Blake Shelton, Shakira to Perform Together on ACM Awards.

This Day in Country Music- April 1st

  • 2008, MCA releases George Strait’s album “Troubadour”
  • 1993, Garth Brooks makes the cover of Rolling Stone, where he defends his stance on homosexuality and interracial marriage in “We Shall Be Free”: “I do believe that God exists. I do believe in the Bible. But I can’t see that loving somebody is a sin”
  • 1986, Hillary Scott is born in Nashville. The daughter of Linda Davis, she becomes the female voice in Lady Antebellum, a harmony-based trio noted for such hits as “Need You Now,” “I Run To You,” “Downtown” and “American Honey”
  • 1962, Billy Dean is born in Quincy, Florida. He tells people his birthday is April 2nd, so they won’t think of him as an April Fool. He nets a series of smooth hits in the 1990s, including “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” “Billy The Kid” and “Only The Wind”

via CMT : Country Music News : This Day in Country Music.

Miranda Lambert on Country’s Enduring Marriages

The latest thing in Hollywood marriages? Divorce. It happens all the time. Just this week, in fact, actress Gwyneth Paltrow announced her separation from her husband of more than 10 years, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

But in the country music world, many marriages seem to actually last forever.

And Miranda Lambert is glad she has good husband/wife role models in her world.

“It’s not easy when everyone is trying to tear you down, but you make a commitment and you stick to it,” Lambert said in a recent People magazine story. “In other parts of the entertainment world, it sometimes seems like marriage is so disposable. But country has some enduring marriages — Johnny and June, George and Nancy, Faith and Tim. I’m thankful we have those role models. I feel like our peers are rooting for us. They’re holding us up.”

Lambert’s nearly three-year marriage to Blake Shelton is under constant media scrutiny because they are both celebrities. (Had Lambert married a dentist or a cop, I am assuming the tabloids would be less interested.) But because his name sells magazines and her name sells magazines, it seems like every week there is a new tabloid story about their impending divorce.

Even stories about how her songs are clues about the trouble in their paradise. Those songs include her new single “Automatic.”

“There were rumors that was about our marriage, that it had become boring and predictable. How do people even think that up?” Lambert said.

None of that is true. Lambert and Shelton sound as happy as can be.

“At some point, you calm down,” she said. “I’m happy. I’m more settled. I’ve put down roots.”

via CMT : News : Miranda Lambert on Country’s Enduring Marriages.

This Day in Country Music- March 31st

  • 2006, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack and The Judds sing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” en masse at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., amid three weeks of country shows in the capitol. Also appearing at the concert: Ray Price
  • 1998, “The Greatest Hits Collection” goes quadruple-platinum for Alan Jackson
  • 1962, Patsy Cline claims a #1 country single in Billboard with “She’s Got You”
  • 1934, Hall Of Fame songwriter John D. Loudermilk is born in Durham, North Carolina. His hits include “Indian Reservation,” by Paul Revere & The Raiders; “Abilene,” by George Hamilton IV; and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” by Eddy Arnold

via CMT : Country Music News : This Day in Country Music.

This Day in Country Music- March 30th

  • 2006, Phil Vassar’s “Last Day Of My Life” video and The Wreckers’ “Leave The Pieces” debut on CMT
  • 2002, Martina McBride and “Blessed” earn the #1 position in Billboard
  • 1990, Thomas Rhett Akins Jr. is born at the Valdosta Medical Center in Georgia. The son of singer/songwriter Rhett Akins, he earns hits with his 2012 singles “Something To Do With My Hands” and “Beer With Jesus.” He also co-writes Jason Aldean’s “1994″
  • 1976, The collaborative album “Wanted: The Outlaws”–featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter–is certified gold

via CMT : Country Music News : This Day in Country Music.

This Day in Country Music- March 29th

  • 2013, Taylor Swift picks up a platinum single for “Begin Again”
  • 1999, Thirteen years after its release, Steve Earle’s “Guitar Town” album is certified gold
  • 1997, Reba McEntire’s “How Was I To Know” makes its way to #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1980, Conway Twitty nets a #1 country single in Billboard with “I’d Love To Lay You Down”

via CMT : Country Music News : This Day in Country Music.

This Day in Country Music- March 28th

  • 2009, Love And Theft performs “Runaway” in its Grand Ole Opry debut
  • 2001, The “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack goes platinum. Produced by T Bone Burnett, it features Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Alison Krauss, Harry McClintock, Gillian Welch, John Hartford and The Cox Family
  • 1981, Hank Williams Jr.’s “Texas Women” hits #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1955, Reba McEntire is born in McAlester, Oklahoma. The winner of multiple Entertainer of the Year awards, she becomes a country icon while expanding into movies, Broadway and even a TV sitcom, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011

via CMT : Country Music News : This Day in Country Music.

This Day in Country Music- March 27th

  • 2013, The Miranda Lambert single “Mama’s Broken Heart” is certified gold
  • 2002, Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” album is certified for shipments of 19 million units
  • 1996, Trace Adkins’ debut video, “There’s A Girl In Texas,” has its world premiere on CMT
  • 1971, Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn share the top spot in Billboard with “After The Fire Is Gone”

via CMT : Country Music News : This Day in Country Music.

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