Listen, I love me some fun, thoughtless country party songs as much as the next girl (emphasis on the word “girl,” which is the closest thing to a name most male country artists will deign to call a woman), but over the past year, as bro country has exploded and completely taken over the charts, I’ve found myself growing bored and depressed by it. The sheer lack of women’s voices on country radio is upsetting enough; what’s worse is that the vast majority of the bro country tunes that dominate the airwaves are basically leftovers of the same song microwaved, sprinkled with casual misogyny, and served on a slightly different platter. Don’t believe me? Check out this video by Entertainment Weekly country critic Grady Smith. Keep reading »
Looks like Ashley and Wynonna Judd are going through another sibling feud, and this one’s a doozy, even when compared to the last one, when Wynonna got married next door to Ashley’s house, didn’t invite her, and then giggled delightedly as her new husband fired a gun in Ashley’s general direction. Eesh. This time around the Judd drama is a little more high tech. Apparently when Ashley took her Mini Cooper to a mechanic last month to get it checked out, the mechanic uttered the only words more frightening than “You’re going to need a new transmission”: “Ummm, we just found a GPS tracking device hidden under your car.”
And guess who put it there? Wynonna! Keep reading »
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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“Though I NEVER care what the tabloids have to say about me… I wanted to address this certain story they are running this week and set the record straight. I DID NOT have surgery to lose weight. That is ridiculous. I lost my weight the healthy and good old fashioned way. Watching what I eat and working out with my trainer Bill Crutchfield. As for the assumed number of pounds lost…? I don’t even know! Like I have always said, it’s not about a scale, it’s about how you feel and how your jeans fit. And on November 10th when I turned 30, my skinny jeans were finally baggy! Mission accomplished! So for anyone who is tempted to read the “Trash Talk” please don’t. I am proud to be a normal size girl and I want to encourage everyone to be confident at any size.”
–Miranda Lambert served up some weight loss real talk on her Facebook page yesterday in response to tabloid rumors that she got gastric bypass surgery (!) to slim down. This right here is why Miranda will always be one of my favorite country stars: she’s honest and sassy and down-to-earth. Also, if you’re not following her Facebook page, I highly recommend it. In between anti-tabloid screeds like this, she posts dorky jokes and pictures of stray dogs she rescues in Oklahoma. Love. Her. [Facebook]
When I decided to move to Nashville, celebrity sightings were pretty high on my list of “new city perks,” ranking somewhere between “high concentration of cute banjo players” and “existence of sweet tea.” Based on the blogs and gossip columns I read, it was impossible to go to the grocery store in Nashville without rubbing shoulders with Brad Paisley or exchanging muffin recipes with Taylor Swift. I loved how effortless it all seemed. How simultaneously casual and glamorous. I started pre-bragging about my anticipated celebrity encounters before I even left Portland.
“You’ll text me as soon as you see Carrie Underwood, right?” my friends would ask as they helped me pack up my kitchen supplies.
“Of course,” I would breezily reply, not mentioning that I had already looked up her preferred bakery and planned to go there every Monday afternoon to increase my chances of “accidentally” running into her and becoming her best friend. Keep reading »
This morning on my way into work, John Mayer’s “Assassin” came on my iTunes, and I said “Ugh, this song is so underrated.” Then I realized I said it out loud on the train and the lady next to me shot me one of those “whatever you say” glares, having no idea what I was listening to. But the song speaks to me. It’s haunting in a beautiful way, but it was never pimped out like the majority of John’s other songs—which is probably why I love it.
I listened on to one of my favorite jams and realized there are SO many great tunes, by well-known and lesser known artists alike, that are completely underrated. Some songs just never made it big and others are simply underplayed and under appreciated for how freakin’ awesome they are. Because why listen to fantastic, fresh songs when every radio station can play Lady Gaga’s “Applause” one hundred times between breakfast and lunch, amiright? Keep reading »
Did you guys watch the CMA Awards last night? I didn’t get to see the actual show, although according to Katie, I didn’t miss much. But come on, the red carpet fashion is what everyone really cares about, so let’s delve into the sartorial choices of country’s superstars, shall we? Who wins the crown for best color? Whose vintage style is on point? Who is most likely to be mistaken for a Vegas lounge singer? Who seems to be trying really hard to impress your mom? Click through to find out!
October is country music month — what better time to spread some love for a genre that’s adored by half the country and reviled by the other? Country music is a pretty standard life soundtrack if you live in the South or any rural area, but if you live in a city, especially a super liberal, quinoa-eating, Ralph Nader-voting, Arcade Fire-worshiping one (ahem, Portland), being a country fan can be pretty lonely. In fact, when I lived in Portland, I was convinced I hated country until a couple of my friends basically forced me to listen to it. Now I live in Nashville. Coincidence? Kind of. Mostly. But really, I love country music and am always excited and perhaps overly willing to convince other people to love it too. Wondering how to get your hipster friends on board the country train? Here are some tips… Keep reading »
Four of the things in life I love the most: Dolly Parton, Casey Wilson (RIP “Happy Endings”!), country music, and drunk people trying to explain things. Obviously the Nashville episode of “Drunk History,” which delves into Dolly’s tempestuous relationship with Porter Wagoner, is delighting me to no end. Check out this hilarious clip above and watch the whole episode here. [Comedy Central via Jezebel]