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IT’S ANOTHER HELPING HAND HAWK STOP! It’s another Helping Hand Hawk stop! All day Tuesday, March 3rd at iHop in Idaho Falls! Join the Hawk Flight crew for “National Pancake Day”! Get a free short stack of delicious pancakes and make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network! Plus, get in to win Country Fan Fest tickets! […]

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton is nominated for Favorite Male Singer at the 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards airing March 28 on Nickelodeon.

Sam Hunt performs on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night.

Jason Aldean tells People his favorite TV shows are Sons of Anarchy, Criminal Minds, Entourage and Eastbound and Down.

Scotty McCreery joined R&B star Charlie Wilson on stage last Wednesday during Charlie's tour stop in Raleigh, North Carolina. The two sang a duet of the R&B hit "Charlie, Last Name Wilson."

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Jason Aldean Brings His Burn It Down Tour Home with Sold-Out Nashville Show

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean performed for a sold-out crowd at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Saturday night. It was his first time playing Music City since 2012, and playing for a full house in his hometown is especially sweet for Jason.

He says, "I think a lot of times people feel like Nashville gets so much music that they sometimes become a little jaded to it. So, to come here and play a show and it be sold out and still be that excitement around it is cool."

Jason knows he has a lot of fans in the Middle Tennessee area, but he enjoys having his music industry colleagues in the crowd, too.

Says Jason, "You want to come back here and play for not only the fans, but also the industry guys that maybe don't get a chance to come out and see shows all the time and kinda say, "Hey, this is what's going on." So, to come here and play a sold-out show, it's nice."

Two Nashville residents not in the audience were Jason's daughters, Keeley and Kendyl. Keeley turned 12 this past Valentine's Day, so she opted to celebrate her birthday with friends Saturday night instead of going to see her dad's show. The girls will have plenty of chances to see Jason perform in the coming months.

"They're gonna be out some this summer," Jason explains. "They've been around this since they could walk. So, they know more about it probably than most of the guys out here working."

In addition to playing his decade's worth of hits like "Hicktown," "My Kinda Party" and "Burnin' It Down," Jason welcomed his hero, Alabama front man Randy Owen, onstage Saturday night. The two sang duets on Alabama classics "Tennessee River" and "My Home's in Alabama," and Jason dedicated that performance to his dad, who was in the audience.  His next single, "Tonight Looks Good on You," made the set list, and Jason brought out his opening acts, Tyler Farr and Cole Swindell, for a trio performance of "The Only Way I Know" towards the end of the night.

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Thomas Rhett Brings the ’70s Funk with His Latest Hit, “Make Me Wanna”

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett's latest hit, "Make Me Wanna," is the fifth single from his debut album, It Goes Like This, but he actually wrote it pretty early on his career. The song features a '70s funk/disco sound, and it wasn't an immediate hit with Thomas's record label.

He tells Billboard, "It took a lot of convincing to even get it on the record because at that point, I don't think the song would have ever worked on country radio. But thank goodness that the label let me cut it and put it on the album."

Thomas is glad fans get to see the more soulful, artistic side of his sound with "Make Me Wanna."

He adds, "Maybe this is a breath of fresh air for people. You can't deny that it makes you feel good -- whether you like the song or not, you can bump it on the beach or in your car and it'll make you feel good."

Thomas plans to chase more funky sounds on his upcoming sophomore album. He's halfway finished with the project, but a release date hasn't been set just yet.

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Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox Says His 10 Years as a Social Worker Shaped the Man He Is Today

Image Courtesy Sheryl Nields/Big MachineBefore he shot to fame as the lead singer of Rascal Flatts, Gary LeVox spent a decade as a social worker helping developmentally disabled people back home in Ohio. He calls that time "an amazing 10 years of my life."

Gary tells Vegas Seven magazine, "I learned so much from that experience -- how to be patient, how to be honest, how to embrace life and have a positive perspective. It was just a wonderful time for me, and it really helped turn me into a man. The lessons I learned from working in that field have helped me in so many other parts of my life."

Though his job with Rascal Flatts comes with a lot more perks and a much bigger paycheck, Gary adds, "I do miss my old job at times, more often than you might suspect."

Rascal Flatts launches their Vegas Riot! residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Wednesday, February 25.

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