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Lady Antebellum Surprises 9-Year-Old Girl in NYC as Part of 7FOR7 Campaign

Jim Wright/Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum surprised a nine-year-old New Jersey girl Wednesday as part of the band’s ongoing 7FOR7 campaign.

The members of Lady A surprised Kate Koval inside the American Girl Store in New York City, and presented her with her own special doll. The trio also informed Kate that she will receive a year’s worth of groceries, with the help of Crock-Pot Slow Cookers, and a trip to Walt Disney World.

Kate was taken in by her grandparents as a baby after her parents died. She was later adopted by her aunt after the …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney appears on CBS’s The Talk Thursday.

Look for Big & Rich to perform on The Queen Latifah Show Thursday.

Here’s a random joke from Jake Owen via Twitter: “Why did the Banana go to the Doctor? He wasn’t peeling well.”

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Image Courtesy ABCThe drama continued on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night as Rayna Jaymes reluctantly gave up details on her engagement to fellow country superstar Luke Wheeler during an appearance on Good Morning America. Real-life country star Luke Bryan even appeared as himself on Good Morning America within Nashville to congratulate Rayna on her engagement. Luke also admitted he had ring envy over the huge rock Wheeler gave Rayna for their engagement.

Back at home, Deacon Claybourne admitted to his and Rayna’s daughter, Maddie, that Rayna had turned down his wedding proposal. Deacon was surprised to learn Luke Wheeler …read more

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Image Courtesy Dot RecordsCountry radio is filled with men singing the praises of the women in their lives these days, but we have no idea what those women are doing when they’re not dancing on tailgates, wearing short-shorts or opening a beer for their man. New duo Maddie & Tae have made a splash turning that supporting female role on its head with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song.”

Though the two 19-year-olds are stunningly beautiful, Maddie and Tae think it’s important for country fans to acknowledge women as three-dimensional human beings with …read more

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Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloRascal Flatts will flip the switch turning the Grand Ole Opry’s famous red barn backdrop pink later this month for the show’s annual Opry Goes Pink event. Danielle Bradbery, Montgomery Gentry, Sara Evans and Nashville star Will Chase are also on the bill for the show set for Tuesday, October 28. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Women Rock for the Cure to aid in its fight against breast cancer. Tickets are available at Opry.com.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsCongratulations to Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney and his wife, Tiffany Fallon, on the arrival of their third child. The baby girl is named Devon Olivia, and she came into the world Monday night in Nashville weighing six pounds, 11 ounces. She joins the couple’s older children, six-year-old Jagger and four-year-old Raquel.

“We are so thrilled to finally become a party of five,” Joe Don tells People. “Jagger and Raquel are so happy to be her big brother & big sister.”

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsFans curious to check out Jason Aldean‘s new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, can now stream the whole thing before it comes out next week. The project is now live at JasonAldean.CMT.com and on the CMT Artists app.

Jason has already released a few songs from Old Boots, New Dirt on iTunes, including his latest hit, “Burnin’ It Down.” That song recently hit the platinum sales and streaming mark faster than any other country single released this year.

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Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, and Dan + Shay are all on the bill for this year’s CMA Country Christmas special taping November 7 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Jennifer Nettles returns as host of the two-hour program, airing this holiday season on ABC.

Broadway and film star Idina Menzel will also appear on the CMA Country Christmas special, along with LeAnn Rimes and gospel star Michael W. Smith. Tickets for the show are now on sale at CMAChristmas.com.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton plants about 10 acres of watermelon on his Oklahoma property every year, but you won’t find him eating any of them. In fact, Blake hates watermelon.

He tells People, “I don’t know why I do it. It’s random and it’s weird. My step-dad likes them, but Miranda doesn’t even really care for them that much.”

If Blake’s step-dad wants any watermelon, he’ll have to be quick about harvesting them.

Says Blake, “Normally, it never makes it to the point where they even get eaten because deer eat them so fast.”

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe Swon Brothers were on which coach’s team when they competed on The Voice during the fourth season? ANSWER: Blake Shelton.

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