Country singer James Otto  is hospitalized in Nashville.
He was admitted to an area hospital Tuesday for an abdominal illness and is canceling his weekend shows in Clarksville, Tenn., and Berea, Ohio.
Otto says in a statement that he has "been feeling badly on and off for a while now but didn't think it was serious."
He adds that he "may have been a bit distracted by all the excitement of baby Ava's arrival." His wife, Amy, gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Aug. 24.
Otto says he will be down for a few days but hopes to be back in action soon.
Otto scored his first No. 1 hit in 2008 with "Just Got Started Loving You." He also co-wrote last year's CMA song of the year, "In Color," sung by Jamey Johnson. Otto is releasing a new album Sept. 14.
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