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The Latest ACM Lineup In Today’s Nashville Roundup

Pop Culture Country claims Carrie Underwood has gotten a new horse named Bojangles. She says it was her husband’s dream to own a horse. He is now sporting a black cowboy hat.

People magazine claims Carrie Underwood is having a difficult time bouncing back following the birth of her second child. She posted, “I’m going to be honest, ‘bouncing back’ after having Jacob has been much more difficult than after I had Isaiah and I’ve been pretty hard on myself lately. I go into the gym and I can’t run as fast or as far. I can’t lift as much weight or do as many reps as I could a year ago. I just want to feel like myself again… for my body to feel the way that I know it can. As I was working out today, I realized that for the past 11(ish) months, my body has not belonged to me. It was a perfect home for Jacob. And even now it belongs to him every time he drinks his milk. As I prepare for red carpets and for life on tour, right now I make a promise to myself to start appreciating what my body CAN do and stop focusing on what it can’t.”

E! News claims Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line and Ashley McByrde are all going to perform at the ACM Awards on Sunday, April 7, on CBS.

Keith Urban tells CMT that he loves rapper Post Malone. “I love him because he’s such a unique fusion. He’s got a lot of country in him. He knows so much about country music, hip hop, rap, soul, blues, just everything. It’s incredible.”

Brett Young tells Rolling Stone magazine that his obsession with Gavin DeGraw turned into a close friendship. “I was a geeky fan who basically stalked and idolized him. I saw 13 shows in one year, and I went as far as Hawaii for one of them. Two different times after his shows, we ran into each other and … he was like, “Dude, I don’t like Hawaii. I don’t really know anybody that well. I’m staying at this place. You want to have a beer after the show?” U2 and Pearl Jam played the next night. We ended up all going to that concert and hanging out, exchanging information. We’ve been buddies ever since. It was that really unlikely thing where an over-the-top male fan doesn’t creep you out [and] you actually become friends with him.”

Chase Rice tells The Vinyl Record that he is equally influenced by country and punk rock music. “As an artist, I grew up watching Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney within the country, and Blink 182 & Foo Fighters outside of the country. So for the live part, I guess I get my energy from those guys … I’ve never had anyone really take me under their wing. I was just kind of thrown to the wolves, and that’s where you get a lot of the rawness of my writing and the realness. When most people wouldn’t say something, I’d say it. I’m still looking for a hero songwriter. I don’t have one of those yet.”

Chris Stapleton tells Entertainment Weekly that he feels like a kid when he is on stage performing his music. “When you’re a songwriter it’s really easy to sit in a room and write songs and let them go and never get out there and get to have the experience the life that that song will have beyond that—when you get to do that, you get to be a kid again. Man, that’s why I love music.”