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Nashville News - Wednesday, January 29th

by Christal Blue posted Jan 29 2014 9:14AM
They say that time can heal all wounds, but maybe a little music can help speed that recovery. After checking into a rehabilitation center recently to undergo treatment for his longtime battle with alcoholism, Trace Adkins has left that rehab facility to purchase a new guitar. The singer was snapped in a photo with one of the employees of Chafin Musicenter in Lake Worth, Florida over the weekend and the photo was posted on the business' Facebook page. But Trace's trip to the music store doesn't mean that he's completed his treatment; it's actually part of his therapy. His therapist encouraged him to continue writing songs to help him focus on positive things. Adkins entered the rehab facility two weeks ago after falling off the wagon while aboard the Country Cruising entertainment cruise in the Caribbean. During the cruise, Trace apparently got into a verbal argument with a Trace Adkins impersonator who was allegedly signing the singer's autograph.

Carrie Underwood makes sure that she's in tip-top shape when she takes the stage to perform. Carrie tells Vogue that she's pretty active onstage and those energetic performances require her to have a lot of stamina. Underwood does a steady routine of push-ups, squats, lunges, and pull-ups to maintain her onstage stamina, but she also works out to offset cheating on her diet every so often. To keep on track during her workout Underwood sees a personal trainer a couple of times a week, or she'll just hit the gym with her hockey player hubby Mike Fisher. (Photo Courtesy: www.self.com)

On January 11, some of country music's top acts gathered at the Ice House in Louisville to perform and help raise funds for the non-profit charity Kids Cancer Alliance. The event included performances by headliner Jake Owen, with special guests Frankie BallardJana Kramer, and others also taking the stage for the special cause. The event raised more than $200,000 for Kids Cancer Alliance and its mission to enhance the quality of life in children with cancer and their families by providing them with free support programs, financial aid and events. During the event, artists performed in an intimate acoustic setting, sharing their music in an "in the round" style.

At the suggestion of one of his constituents, Ohio state senator Jim Hughes recently introduced a bill to honor Rascal Flatts as the "official country music group" of Ohio. But the proposal to give the country trio this illustrious distinction did not sit well with all of Senator Hughes' fellow legislators. Some legislators believe that other notable country musicians from the state of Ohio deserve to be considered as well. Artists that have been suggested include Johnny Paycheck, Roy Rogers, Dwight Yoakam and Grandpa Jones. Ohio state senator Frank LaRose makes it clear that he has a great deal of respect for Rascal Flatts, but he also says, "It seems to be that naming (Rascal Flatts) as the official country acts of the state of Ohio does so perhaps to the exclusion of others that are worth considering."
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