Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus has been bitten by the acting bug. Jay has already had guest spots on ABC's "Nashville" and Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva." More appearances are apparently in the works. "I'm doing a little bit more as time permits, and it's definitely something I'm trying to concentrate a little more on now," says Jay. "We're doing a little bit here and there and I'm excited." Jay isn't saying what his next acting project will be, but his next project with Rascal Flatts will be their new album, "Rewind," out May 13.
Brantley Gilbert has gotten himself in great physical shape (just check out the video
for his new single "Bottom's Up" for proof) and he wants to keep it that way. So, Brantley has put a mini-gym on his tour bus, and he is staying far away from macaroni and cheese. "If I'm gonna splurge I definitely decided that my weakness would be macaroni and cheese," he says. "Man, I’ll throw some chicken, some steak, some whatever in there, bacon bits, just go ham on that thing. So, yeah, macaroni and cheese is definitely my poison."
Trisha Yearwood says she has been stopped at the grocery store near her home in Owasso, Okla., by people concerned that she and Garth Brooks are abandoning the state. She tells the Tennessean that the couple's announcement that they're moving to Nashville shouldn't be interpreted to mean they are never going back to Oklahoma. Trisha says the couple still plans to keep their Sooner State home, even if they will be spending more time in Nashville, gearing up for their big world tour coming this fall.
The ACM Awards will be handed out this Sunday night and Keith Urban will be there. He's up for six awards, but is most proud of the nomination for his guitar solo on "Highway Don't Care" with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift. “When I heard the song, I went ... 'This is a great song!'" says Keith. “It sounded amazing, and I just thought, 'Gosh, I think this song's gonna do really well.'" Keith gets a kick out of the fact he's nominated for his guitar playing. "I've never been nominated so much for a guitar solo in my life," he laughs. Keith is competing with himself in the Vocal Event of the Year category with nominations for "Highway Don't Care" and for his duet with Miranda Lambert, "We Were Us." He is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year.
One huge ACM performance you won't want to miss will be a duet between Miranda Lambert and country legend George Strait. Together, they will pay tribute to legend Merle Haggard, honoring his 50 years in country music. Garth Brooks will also honor the icon, presenting him with the well-deserved Crystal Milestone Award.
Tune in for the 2014 ACM Awards, broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 6, at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.