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Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley is now officially a daddy. He and his wife Cassie welcomed Ward Charles Kelley at 9:20 Thursday morning in Nashville, according to Cassie’s Womanista blog.

“We can’t stop staring at him and he hasn’t stopped chitchatting with us since he arrived,” the couple says. “He’s got momma’s nose and daddy’s eyes and vocal chords and a head full of blond hair. We feel like our life just began today and are so grateful for a healthy baby boy in our arms.”

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Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley is now officially a daddy. He and his wife Cassie welcomed Ward Charles Kelley at 9:20 Thursday morning in Nashville, according to Cassie’s Womanista blog.

“We can’t stop staring at him and he hasn’t stopped chitchatting with us since he arrived,” the couple says. “He’s got momma’s nose and daddy’s eyes and vocal chords and a head full of blond hair. We feel like our life just began today and are so grateful for a healthy baby boy in our arms.”

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Big Machine Label GroupNext week, Rascal Flatts returns to Las Vegas for their second residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. But even after the trio wraps up their nine shows in Sin City, a part of them will remain. On Tuesday, the Hard Rock will dedicate a case of memorabilia to the “I Like the Sound of That” hitmakers.

Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney play their first Rhythm & Roots show Wednesday night at the nearly 4,300-seat venue. Barrett Baber, a finalist from Blake Shelton‘s team during the most recent …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAMonday night at the Grammys, Carrie Underwood‘s “Little Toys Guns” competes for the Best Country Solo Performance trophy. She confesses the emotional song about the power of a parent’s words is just one of her hits that can bring on the tears when she spends one-on-one time with her fans.

“I cry a lot in meet-and-greets,” she admits, “because somebody inevitably will say something about a song that’s important to them or that has affected them or made them think differently about something or gave them an ‘aha’ moment. I mean, …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockPatty Loveless sings on this track from Miranda Lambert‘s 2011 album, Four the Record. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Dear Diamond.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert, Kix Brooks and Steve Wariner will play Wade Hayes‘ Country Hits Back concert March 2 at the Franklin Theatre, just outside Nashville. Proceeds go to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Wade himself is a cancer survivor.

Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Ann Womack, Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., and Jack Ingram are now set to play March 16th’s The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson taping at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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ABC/Image Group LAJason Aldean is hot down under. The “Gonna Know We Were Here” singer is the first headliner ever to sell out Australia’s CMC Rocks QLD festival — an impressive feat since both Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw have played the show in the past.

“I have been looking forward to heading down under to play, but to hear it’s already sold out without ever stepping foot in Australia is pretty cool,” the nominee for ACM Entertainer of the Year says. “The boys and I kicked it off really early this …read more

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Justin NolanIf you’re single and Dustin Lynch strikes your fancy, there just may be some hope on the horizon for you, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The singer, whose hit “Mind Reader” just cracked the top 20, confirms he is indeed uncoupled, with the most romantic holiday of the year just around the corner.

“It seems like the last four years we’ve had a show on Valentine’s Day. So it’ll be doing a show,” he says, looking ahead to his February 14 date at Sayreville, New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom.

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Courtesy of Big Loud Records Just as his first hit, “Fix,” breaks into the top 30, Chris Lane is now set to make his Grand Ole Opry debut. He’ll play the world’s longest-running radio show on Saturday, February 20 — a lifelong dream for the newcomer.

“Growing up, I always considered the Grand Ole Opry to be hallowed ground,” Chris says. “So many greats have played that stage and to now have the opportunity to share that stage is a huge milestone moment in my career. I’m truly honored.”

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Eric AdkinsIf you want to know exactly what it’s like to compete to be an American Idol, you’ll have the chance to question Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery this Thursday. The 2011 winner’s Q&A starts at 6 p.m. ET on the Fox show’s official page.

“I always have a blast talking with my fans, and I’m really looking forward to hearing what they want to ask me. Maybe I’ll share a backstage story or two from when I was taping American Idol last week,” he teases.

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