Country music has been a happy home for a number of ‘American Idol’ contestants, including two winners — three if you count Kelly Clarkson, who just recently decided to try her luck in the genre. Since their time on the show, the singers have grown up considerably. Even Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina — who are just one year removed from the FOX reality series — look different than they did when fans met them in 2011.
On Tuesday night Keith Urban was asked to be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Vince Gill popped the question during his annual benefit show for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum — could there be a more fitting place to reward an artist for his or her commitment to country music?
Faith Hill found success in Nashville soon after she moved from Mississippi in the late 1980s, but she spent some time flipping burgers at McDonald’s prior to her Music City experience. “Fries, burgers, cash register — I did it all,” Hill said. “I hated it. God bless the people that work there.”
While the majority of country music’s top men hide beneath cowboy hats, more and more are tossing the lid aside. Chris Young made the decision last year, but other stars like Keith Urban and Jake Owen have regularly showcased their long, flowing locks to adoring fans.
Legal issues continue to plague country legend Randy Travis. Elizabeth Travis — the singer’s ex-wife and manager — filed a lawsuit last Thursday (April 5) alleging breach of contract in matters pertaining to their post-divorce agreement.
Over the last decade, once reliable country superstars like Clint Black, Travis Tritt and Shania Twain have all but vanished. Sure, they may pop up on reality television or record an occasional duet, but with each passing year, fans are left hungry for new music from these former icons.
While Blake Shelton had a few good zingers during the ACM Awards on Sunday night, Brad Paisley quietly mocking Zac Brown while the two jammed out on ‘Whiskey’s Gone‘ might have been the funniest moment. Paisley played an April Fool’s joke on Brown, who seems to have taken the ribbing in stride. Although he does look like he’s ready to rip that beanie from the singer’s head, doesn’t he?
Finding a male country singer without his hat on feels about as sensational as seeing a woman without her shirt. Rarely do stars like Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Zac Brown leave home without their signature head-toppers. You might be surprised to learn that plenty of them sport a pretty nice head of hair, however. Perhaps more will begin changing their look a la Chris Young, who made a statement by ditching the black cowboy hat in 2011.
An online critic with harsh words for ‘The Voice’ singer RaeLynn is feeling the wrath of the blonde cutie’s coach today. Blake Shelton read a personal assault on his 17-year-old singer’s performance from Monday night and fired back with a (not so safe for work) series of tweets.
What a baby face Jason Aldean had when he debuted with ‘Hicktown’ in 2005! Other than the clean-shaven cheeks and a few less necklaces, not much has changed in the Georgia born country singer’s look. His style is similar, and he still sports the same earrings seven years later. It’s a look that works for Aldean, so why change it? Holding onto a little more stubble is probably a good move. It gives his face a farm-worn look.
Lawyers for both sides agreed that Sugarland could give their deposition in lawsuits stemming from last August’s stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair offsite, via video. The band will sit down to record next week in Charleston, W.V.
Charlie Daniels may have summed up Earl Scruggs‘ contribution to country music the best. “No one will ever play the banjo like Earl,” the famous fiddle player said on Sunday, as over two thousand fans and contemporaries gathered around him at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
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