Country music is currently dominated by vapid “bro country” bands and pop-infused megastars like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. If mainstream country isn’t you thing, we can’t blame you (although we do encourage you to check out Luke Bryan’s butt, which transcends all genres). However, if you’ve been writing country off completely, you’re seriously missing out. Look beyond the top 40 countdowns, and there are some truly amazing bands making music in the country/folk/Americana category right now. Thoughtful lyrics? Check. Lovely harmonies? Check. Banjos? Double check. Whether they’ve been recording under the radar for years or are just making their debut, here are 11 emerging folk/country artists we can’t get enough of. Keep reading »
Out of all the gorgeous gowns I saw on the red carpet and on stage at last night’s ACM Awards, the Kristian Aadnevik corset dress Shakira wore to perform “Medicine” with Blake Shelton was my absolute favorite. My reaction to it was a combination of “Oh my God she looks amazing,” and “Oh my God I want to be wearing that right now!” And while most of us don’t have that many opportunities to wear a skimpy corset dress in real life, we can definitely make some opportunities to wear the lacy red lingerie that inspired it. Click through to check out a few fabulous slips, bras, and corsets to bring a little sexy Shakira style into your bedroom (or under your work clothes, if you’re feeling particularly daring!)…
I was totally in my element watching last night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, basking in the hotness that is Luke Bryan and contemplating my love-hate relationship with Taylor Swift, when Stevie Nicks showed up and totally changed the game. She took the stage with Lady Antebellum for a medley of Lady A’s tune “Golden,” and— wait for it— Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon.” In that moment, dreams came true. I didn’t even mind that Hillary Scott was a bit pitchy at times, because it was THAT magical. It was like watching the Power Rangers get together for the first time. Check it out for yourself and thank us later.
I happen to think Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks has one of the most glorious voices currently in music, so I am not the slightest bit surprised that the band killed Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” at a concert in London recently. I mean, no offense to Miley, who I happen to think really shows off her impressive vocal range on the song — look at me, talking like I’m Bette Midler and know shit about “vocal range” — but Natalie’s voice was made to sing this ballad, especially since she adds her own dose of country twang. Listen/watch above! [via Jezebel]
Some people live their whole lives never meeting their soul mate. But for those of us who love country music, that will never be the case, because on July 17, 1976, Luke Bryan and his cute tushie entered the world. The universe will never be the same.
For those of you who don’t know much about my future husband Luke, he’s famous for hits like “That’s My Kind Of Night,” “Crash My Party,” “All My Friends Say,” and the list goes on. Sure, his voice is one reason to love him, but there’s so much more to him than his catchy songs. Like his ass. And his dancing. And his wit. Anyway, I’ll let the GIFs do the talking. Keep reading »
Miranda Lambert just announced a release date for her fifth studio album, Platinum, and even though we have to wait til June 3rd (that’s soooo far away!), I couldn’t be more excited. Miranda is one of my favorite country artists — a strong, sassy lady in a sea of autotuned frat boys — and the two years that have passed since her last album, Four The Record, have been long, long years. Here are 5 reasons I’m going to make a paper chain to count down the days until Miranda’s new album comes out, because I’m that stoked about it: Keep reading »
If I asked you, “What is something that instantly makes you happy, no matter how terrible you’re feeling?”, what would you say? A baby’s smile? Ryan Gosling’s torso? I would say catchy ’80s songs and banjos. Bluegrass band The Cleverlys has combined these two happy-making things into one amazing cover of The Bangles’ “Walk Like An Egyptian,” which I have had on repeat all morning. Way better than a baby’s smile, if you ask me. [YouTube]
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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“I think that we are so challenged as women to be everything, and do everything, and make it look easy. Also to speak our minds, but not be bitchy. All these things are, quite frankly, impossible to achieve. So knowing what we want — no, it doesn’t make us a bitch. It makes us know what we want, plain and simple.”
–Jennifer Nettles, star of the country duo Sugarland who recently released an awesome solo album, “That Girl,” is on the cover of this month’s Redbook. Inside, she shares the kind of candid insights and wisdom that make her my life dream BFF. For example: “It’s important to have an examined life — but it’s a fine line between having an examined life and being hypercritical of oneself. There has to be balance in there somewhere. I haven’t found it yet. When I do, I’ll let you know.” Jennifer, please call me so we can have coffee and go shopping and talk about the meaning of life. [Redbook]
Just in case you had high hopes for better country music in 2014, Larry King has some very troubling news for you. Let’s all hope Billy Ray’s hip hop rebrand doesn’t include any twerking tips from Miley. [Saving Country Music]