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5 Alter Egos That Only Come Out When I Listen To Country Music

Reasons To Love Country
7 reasons to love country music (or at least give it a chance). Read More »
Country Music Lessons
Ten lessons Winona has learned from country music. Read More »
Country Star Stalking
Nashville Country Star Sightings
Read about Winona's desperate quest to see a country star! Read More »

My favorite thing about country music is the focus on storytelling. Country songs are full of vivid characters and tales of heartbreak and hi-jinks. I think this is why, sometimes when I’m listening to country, I start feeling like a different character myself. The funny thing is, it’s not necessarily the character featured in the song I’m listening to, it’s a character within myself that can only be awakened by a certain combination of lyrics and banjo chords. For example, the other day when my boyfriend Nick got home from work, I said hi and then immediately began railing against “big city fat cats” who don’t understand the values of the REAL America. Nick shook his head and said, “You’ve been listening to ‘Flyover States’ again, haven’t you?” Oops. Guilty. Here is a rundown of my five main country music alter egos and the songs that trigger them… Keep reading »

10 Ways We Would Like To Comfort Luke Bryan After His Fall

Luke Bryan Falls Off Stage
Luke watch out for that ledge!!!
14 Reasons We Love Luke
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Illustrated by super sexy Luke GIFs! Read More »

If you didn’t yet hear the sad news, Luke Bryan fell off a stage while doing some intense hip gyrating during a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday. He managed to get back up and finish the song, but later took to Twitter to reveal he’d needed to get stitches after the show. Our reaction? POOR LUKIE POOKIE WE WILL KISS IT AND MAKE IT ALL BETTER!!! In the spirit of altruism and public service, we would like to selflessly volunteer to help nurse Luke back to health in any of the following ways: Keep reading »

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “The Normal Heart,” Listen To Dolly Parton’s Latest & Try Jamaican Veggie Patties

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch "The Normal Heart," Listen To Dolly Parton's Latest & Try Jamaican Veggie Patties

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 holiday weekend! 
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These Kids Have An Important Message About Drinking And Falling In Love

Friends Don't Let Friends Drink And Fall In Love
New Favorite Country Song, Right Here!
Emerging Country/Folk
11 Emerging Country & Folk Artists We're Obsessed With
Amelia and Winona pick their fave up and coming country/folk artists. Read More »

In light of songs like “Donkey” (shudder) taking over the mainstream country airwaves, I feel the need to even things out a bit by presenting some evidence that good country music is still being made, even if radio stations insist on plugging their ears and yelling “LALALALA” when confronted with any artist that’s not Florida Georgia Line. So here’s one I’m loving right now: “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink (And Fall In Love),” by LA-based country singer Sam Outlaw. It’s a honky tonk ballad perfect for a hot summer day sipping whiskey on the porch. And the video, in which the song is masterfully lip synced by some adorable kids for a crowd of stuffed animals, is just too good not to share. Enjoy! [YouTube]

Build Your Bunkers Now: This Is Going To Be The Biggest Country Hit Of The Summer

Jerrod Niemann Donkey
God Help Us.

There’s a disturbing buzz building in Nashville right now. It’s reminiscent of the sound of the T-Rex approaching in “Jurassic Park.” At first, it’s just a faint vibration, then a loud, sickening THUMP, then a deafening roar, and suddenly you’re stuck between its jaws, being eaten alive, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The advancing predator I’m referring to in this case, though, isn’t a dinosaur; it’s a country song called, “Donkey.”  Keep reading »

Watch This: Carrie Underwood’s Epic Cover Of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”

Carrie Underwood Covers Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You
Daaaaaamn, Girl!

Last night, I went to a benefit concert called, “All For The Hall,” which was put together by Vince Gill and Keith Urban to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Reba was there, and Brett Eldredge, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Milsap, Deana Carter, David Nail, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Brantley Gilbert (who, I’m sorry, gives me intense douche chills). It was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, and all the performances were killer (except for Brantley’s, mostly because I was distracted by his gratuitous wallet chains), but the best moment happened, as it usually does, when Carrie Underwood walked out on stage. “I will not be doing this song any justice, but I’m doing it anyway,” she said lied, before belting out a shockingly beautiful cover of Dolly Parton’s classic, “I Will Always Love You,” backed by Vince and Keith. I posted on Instagram last night that I was stuck permanently in the swooooon position after witnessing this performance, and it’s true. I woke up still swooning. Caution: watching this video might cause you to swoon uncontrollably too. But man, so worth it. [Popdust]

Want: Willie Nelson’s Old Tour Bus (Which Is Now For Sale On Craigslist)

In the market for a new set of wheels? Want something that will set you apart from your friends and their lame-ass Volkswagen Jettas and Honda CR-Vs? How about this 1983 Eagle bus? It comes with crushed velvet curtains, stained glass windows, some sweet airbrush artwork, and gets a cool 7 MPG highway. Need more convincing? What if I told you this bus was built for Willie Fuckin’ Nelson andused as his tour bus in the ’80s? Yep, now you’re listening, huh? This rolling rock ‘n roll relic is currently listed on East Texas’ Craigslist page, and it’s going to the highest bidder this weekend. The offers are topped out at $65,000 right now. Just $65,001 will make it yours. Don’t let this deal pass you by. [Village Voice]

15 Life Lessons We Learned From Tim McGraw Songs

Tim McGraw Life Lessons

Contrary to popular belief, Tim McGraw is more than just sex on a stick. In his 24-year career as one of country music’s greatest singers, he’s racked up three Grammys, 14 ACM Awards, 11 CMA Awards, 10 American Music Awards, 3 People’s Choice Awards, and the prestigious Katie And Winona Award For Country Music DILF of the Year (spoiler alert: he ties with Luke Bryan every year). He’s also a father of three girls, married to Faith Hill, son of the late Tug McGraw, and the hottest man to wear a cowboy hat since … ever. To pay tribute to Tim on his 47th birthday(!) we’re taking a look at 15 of his classic song lyrics that have taught us valuable life lessons while we belted them out in the car. Turns out this country bad boy is full of fortune cookie-worthy wisdom! Keep reading »

11 Emerging Country & Folk Artists We’re Obsessed With

11 Emerging Country & Folk Artists We're Obsessed With
Reasons To Love Country
7 reasons to love country music (or at least give it a chance). Read More »

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 »

Lingerie Style Inspiration: Shakira’s Sexy Red Corset Dress From The ACM Awards

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!)…

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