The lives of guitarist Joe Don Rooney, bassist/keyboardist Jay DeMarcus and lead singer Gary LeVox-collectively, the harmonizing multiplatinum country trio Rascal Flatts-have experienced some major shifts during the past two years: on the business side, a new label and new management; on the personal side, the joys and challenges of balancing career and fatherhood. So it's not hard to see why their eighth studio album, due April 3 on Big Machine Records, is called "Changed."
An Indiana judge ordered lead singer Jennifer Nettles of the country duo Sugarland on Friday to give a deposition next month in lawsuits filed over August's deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse - testimony that will focus on whether the band resisted delaying the start of their concert despite threatening weather.
Broken Bow recording artist James Wesley is one of the top rising stars in the business. Singles like "Didn't I" and "Real" have helped him carve out a name for himself at radio and with fans. He says that as his career continues to progress, he is grateful for the support he has received.
This year has already seen some of Jana Kramer's dreams come true. The former "One Tree Hill" star's debut single, "Why You Wanna," has become a fan favorite as of late -- climbing the Country Songs chart to reaching No. 26 this week.
Lady Antebellum chose a tornado-wrecked high school in Henryville, Ind. as winner of its "Own the Prom Night" contest. According to the pop-country trio's website, the school was picked because of its "resilience and unity following devastating tornadoes earlier this month." The prize, a 45-minute concert at the school's April 27 prom, won't actually happen as intended because of a scheduling conflict for the band.
Kevin Costner can spot the looks from the stage. He and his band, Modern West, have carved out quite a musical following over the years, so the crowds at his shows include people who have become fans of his music. Still, there are some that might originally be drawn to his performances because of his allure as a Hollywood star -- due to hits like "Dances With Wolves" and "Bull Durham." Either way, Costner feels the band will leave casual fans happy. It's something they take very seriously.
Tom Gossin of the country band Gloriana is engaged to longtime girlfriend Jamie Moffett. He announced the engagement during a hometown show in upstate New York. His publicist, Denise Carberry, confirmed the news.
He's known as one the most soulful acts to ever appear on "American Idol," and Bo Bice continues to showcase his talents to the masses. In Nashville recently for the "Autism Speaks" benefit at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe, Bice told Billboard the cause was one very close to his heart.