While in Grand Rapids, MI over the weekend, 99.5 WYCD’s Steve Grunwald caught up with his buddies Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus on Big Machine Record’s Outnumber Hunger bus at the Rascal Flatts ‘Changed’ Tour.

Of course, Grunwald’s upcoming trip to Africa (to deliver a cow for Brad Paisley to the Masai tribe) came up in conversation, and it seems that Rascal Flatts wanted to join the proverbial “band wagon.” They mentioned to Steve that they would also each like to have him deliver a cow to the Masai, and after a few interesting cow names were tossed in the ring, including Brad Paisley’s “Ticks,” and “Urban” for Keith Urban and “Rascal Flatts”  they decided the best names for each of their cows to be their own namesakes, Gary, Joe Don and Jay.  We’ll keep you updated on that request.

See more photos: ‘Changed’ Grand Rapids

Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, Steve Grunwald, Jay DeMarcus


Though several cow names came up while talking with The Eli Young Band, the group agreed that it should be named “Crazy” Cow in honor of their song “Crazy Girl.” Of course that is instead of names like “Mad Cow.”

Other comments coming in from some of your favorite country music folks all started yesterday morning with an email to Steve Grunwald from Luke Bryan who wanted to know “Can I name an utter? Ha ha! Good Luck.”

Of course Jaron Lowenstein will “Pray For You” as he sends this tweet showing support:


JT Hodges – “You two enjoy your honeymoon together. Haha” (Referring to Nasarita, from his 2007 Masai wedding)

Ty Stone – “Hope you’re able to stay on 8 seconds!”

Colt Ford – “I really wanted to go with Grunwald to Africa, but he was afraid I would eat the cow before we got there.”

Darius Rucker – “FUNNY!”

Scott Borchetta, CEO Big Machine Label Group– “In the Malian city of Gao stands the Mausoleum of Askia the Great, a weird sixteenth century edifice that resembles a step pyramid. I somehow think this is an appropriate ‘edifice’ for you to visit.” We thought just in case some of you were curious what this ‘edifice’ looks like, see photo below.

Tomb of Askia in Gao (Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP/GettyImages)

Tomb of Askia in Gao (Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP/GettyImages)

Follow along with news and updates on the Brad Paisley Cow Project, right here at wycd.com!

Hear Brad Paisley’s call-in to the Dr. Don Morning Show with Rachael and Grunwald, to find out how this plan was hatched!

Nanci Haskin/99.5 WYCD


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