Taylor Swift/TwitterForget about playing Joni Mitchell. Taylor Swift should set her sights on portraying Marianne Faithfull instead. The blond superstar did an admirable job of channeling the '60s icon Monday night, when she joined the Rolling Stones on stage for a rendition of "As Tears Go By."Read More »from Taylor Swift Channels ’60s Icon On Stage With the Stones
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 11:49 AM EDT
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Photo: Steve GranitzBlake Shelton recently stopped by "Oprah's Next Chapter", along with fellow "Voice" coach Adam Levine, and the famed talk-show host was able to get a few tidbits about how the busy country superstar is able to keep his marriage to equally busy country superstar Miranda Lambert going strong.
Shelton was forthright and his advice was simple: When work starts taking up too much time away from his wife, he's learned to say "no."Read More »from Exclusive! Blake Shelton Opens Up to Oprah About Marriage: ‘Learn to Say No’
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Wed, May 29, 2013 11:42 PM EDT
Lambert performs for tornado relief. Photo: NBCYou have to hand it to Blake Shelton: The native Oklahoman, upon hearing of the devastation wrought in his home state May 20, was able to call on an admirable list of talent in a remarkably short amount of time to put together an all-star benefit concert airing a little more than one week later on a major network.
Still, despite that, the show managed to go to the dogs.Read More »from Blake Shelton’s Tornado Relief Concert Boosts Oklahomans–Both Two- and Four-Legged
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Wed, May 29, 2013 8:01 PM EDT
Photo: Brian BaggettAn afternoon spent hanging with the Pistol Annies is pretty much similar to the scenario in the band's latest video, "Hush Hush"--lots of laughter and girl talk. As the three women glam up for a special secret show in a tiny California desert town--all three traipsing in ultra-femme jeweled flip-flops--the conversation bounces easily around everything from current dress styles to eyeliner to sharing each other's things on the road ("Well, obviously not bras, we have three different sizes here").
This is a girl's club, for sure, where boys are allowed but will be hard-pressed to keep up. However, despite all the fun going on, the undeniable fact is that it's pretty hard to find a group of artists currently busier--or more business-minded--than the Pistol Annies.Read More »from The Pistol Annies Talk Musical Sisterhood: ‘We’re Like A Family’
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Fri, May 24, 2013 1:23 PM EDT
Photo: Jason SquiresGiven the outpouring of concern that Oklahoma musicians have shown toward their home state this week (see Toby Keith and Blake Shelton), it should come as no surprise that yet another native Oklahoman has come forth to help.
And this one did it in a big way: "American Idol" Carrie Underwood has pledged a remarkable $1 million to Oklahoma for tornado relief.Read More »from Carrie Underwood’s Incredibly Generous Donation to Oklahoma
- Laura Ferreiro | Our Country – Wed, May 22, 2013 5:00 PM EDT
By Laura Ferreiro
(Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images)The love story of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash has become the stuff of legend. Famously illustrated in the Oscar-winning 2005 film "Walk the Line," the country couple's great love for one another kept them together through Cash's substance abuse problems and the trials and tribulations of living in the public eye.
Now director Allison Anders has put her own spin on the story, telling it from June Carter Cash's point of view in the upcoming Lifetime biopic "Ring of Fire." Based on the book "Anchored in Love" by Johnny and June's only son, John Carter Cash, the film had its world premier at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Tuesday night before it airs Monday (May 27) on the cable network. Cast members, the director, producers and Lifetime executives were on hand to share their experiences and their take on the story of the country music royalty.Read More »from Jewel Discusses Her Role as June Carter Cash in Lifetime Biopic
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Wed, May 22, 2013 12:18 PM EDT
Lambert and Shelton perform on "The Voice" (Photo: Trae Patton)Native Oklahoman Blake Shelton isn't just giving lip service to the devastation his home state has suffered this week. "The Voice" coach has sprung into action, telling Billboard that he's already organizing a benefit concert for tornado relief.
Shelton, who revealed his plans after Tuesday's "Voice" episode, noted that details are still forthcoming. However, "I'm hoping it will raise a lot of money," he noted. "Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly."Read More »from Blake Shelton Organizing Benefit for Oklahoma Tornado Relief
Photo: Adam TaylorFirst, she won hearts on "American Idol," but only finished in sixth place. Now, Kellie Pickler has another reality show accolade to her name, and this time she's right on top. Pickler was crowned winner of "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday, taking home the mirrorball trophy after narrowly beating out Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman for the honor.Read More »from Kellie Pickler Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Tue, May 21, 2013 12:24 PM EDT
Toby Keith, who grew up in Moore and whose name is on the Moore water tower, says that although the damage is terrible, he has faith that his home town will be able to rebuild itself.
"This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in. I rode my bike through those neighborhoods," he observed in a statement issued on Monday. "I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much."Read More »from Toby Keith Expresses Sorrow Over Hometown Tornado Devastation
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Tue, May 21, 2013 9:43 AM EDT
First of all, the King of Country, George Strait, will be taking the stage. That should be enough for anyone — but to add to the fun, he'll be joined by Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum!Read More »from Exclusive! Second Round of CMT Awards Performers Announced
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