COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 3RD

Posted 7 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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WILLIE NELSON’S ARMADILLO DISAPPEARS AGAIN

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — It was hard to believe the first time it happened. But now it’s happened again. A stuffed armadillo that’s an on-stage mascot for Willie Nelson has been swiped a second time. The most recent kidnapping of “Ol’ Dillo” happened after a show Monday night at a hotel near Las Vegas. Someone lifted the stuffed beast while Nelson did a meet-and-greet with audience members. The critter was returned the following day — after Nelson’s crew asked the hotel to check surveillance footage to help find the culprit. Ol’ Dillo was swiped after a show in New York State last fall. The armadillo was returned after that caper, too.

DARIUS RUCKER TO DO ANTHEM AT NCAA TITLE GAME

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Darius Rucker and Chris Daughtry will need to get their game voices on. They both will be part of the hoops hoopla surrounding the NCAA Final Four. Rucker will sing the national anthem before Monday night’s championship game. And Daughtry will perform before the Saturday’s games that will determine who will compete for the national men’s college basketball title.

RASCAL FLATTS LET IT ALL HANG OUT RECORDING NEW ALBUM

LONDON (AP) — Rascal Flatts recorded their latest album at bassist Jay DeMarcus’ house, which made for a comfortable experience. Sometimes, it was too comfortable. Guitarist Joe Don Rooney says, “Seeing Jay scantily clad a lot of times was very inspiring.” DeMarcus jokes he has “a lucky thong,” and Rooney adds, “And a see-through robe!” Singer Gary LeVox (leh-VOH’) says seeing that can make it hard to sing ballads. Their album, “Rewind,” comes out May 13.

KATY PERRY AND KACEY MUSGRAVES GET TOGETHER FOR “CROSSROADS”

NASHVILLE (AP) — Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves will team up for “CMT Crossroads” and they will keep the collaboration going. They will tape the episode in Los Angeles and then embark on a tour this summer. Perry says from the first time she heard Musgraves’ song “Merry Go Round,” she knew they were “cut from the same songwriter’s cloth.” Musgraves says Perry has been “an amazing light and friend” to her. The episode will run June 13 on CMT, with additional airings on VH1, MTV, MTV Hits and Palladia.

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