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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Cole Swindell Celebrates ACM New Artist of the Year Nod One Year After His Debut Album’s Release

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell is riding high this year with a spot among the final three nominees for New Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards coming up this April. He's competing against Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett for the fan-voted honor, and Cole got the good news earlier this week on the one-year anniversary of his self-titled debut album's release.

Cole says, "It’s been an incredible ride so far and I could not have done this without the support of all the country music fans out there. I’m going to keep working hard on the road this year for them.”  

Cole will be on hand for the 50th Annual ACM Awards on April 19. The show airs live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Reba Celebrating 60th Birthday at Celebrity Fight Night Event with Pals Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson

Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton, Ronnie Dunn and Kelly Clarkson will be on hand to celebrate their friend Reba's 60th birthday at the 21st annual Celebrity Fight Night event in Phoenix on Saturday, March 28. Reba will once again emcee the event, held each year in honor of Muhammad Ali.

Blake, Ronnie and Kelly will perform at the event, and proceeds go to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. Several other charities benefit from Celebrity Fight Night as well.

For more information, go to CelebrityFightNight.org.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockLittle Big Town shared the stage with which pop star at last year's CMA Awards? ANSWER: Ariana Grande.

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Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Frankie Ballard Added to Country Jam Music Festival in Colorado

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves, Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square and Parmalee are among the stars joining the lineup for the 24th Annual Country Jam Music Festival in Grand Junction, Colorado. The event takes place June 18 through 21 with Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Toby Keith and The Band Perry as the previously announced headliners.

Tickets for the festival are available now at CountryJam.com/Tickets.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLittle Big Town performs "Girl Crush" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, February 24.

Maddie & Tae's new video for "Fly" will premiere on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday at 9 a.m. ET. A trailer for the video is now posted at CMT.com.

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