"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," Lambert said. "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 poundsRead More »from Miranda Lambert: I Did Not Have Surgery to Lose Weight
- Our Country – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 2:03 PM ESTMiranda Lambert at 2013 CMAsIf you were one of the many who watched this year's Country Music Association Awards earlier in the month and were stunned by Miranda Lambert's sexy, trim figure — you may also have wondered how she managed to achieve such visible results in a seemingly short amount of time. The tabloids certainly wondered as well, and apparently Lambert herself has had enough of the chatter. Defending herself against rumors of weight-loss surgery, the country star took to her official website to address what she calls "trash talk"...and she wants fans to know that in her book, there are no shortcuts to fitness.
- Wendy Gellar | Our Country – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:48 PM ESTGolden Carrot Equine Rescue: Anza, CAIt's a fact: Nobody works forever, and that includes our animal as well as human friends. One of the hardest-working species, horses, are hit particularly hard at retirement with issues such as arthritis and other disabilities that result from a lifetime of physical hauling, racing, riding, and rodeo. However, although their work days may be over, they still have a lot of life left in them!
Luckily, there is someone out there who cares about giving these older workers a peaceful and dignified retirement. Road Trip host Marc Istook headed out to Anza, Calif., to meet a very special horse lover, Casey O'Connor, who operates the Golden Carrot Equine Rescue. O'Connor, a former legal secretary, decided to follow her heart's passion and has now devoted her life to rescuing and caring for older and disabled horses. The animals can depend upon a "forever home" at the rescue, and do not have to worry about working again if their condition does not allow it.
O'Connor, who runs her rescue with theRead More »from Road Trip: Meet Amazing ‘Horse Healer’ in Anza, CA
- Lyndsey Parker | Our Country – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 5:57 PM EST
Britney Spears may be making headlines this week for her eighth album Britney Jean, but her younger sister Jamie Lynn stole a bit of her thunder by unveiling the video for her debut single, "How Could I Want More," on Tuesday — the same day that Britney's album started streaming on iTunes.
Jamie Lynn Spears's music couldn't sound more different from the clubby electropop of, say, Britney's Vegas-ready banger "Work B----." "How Could I Want More" is a mature country ballad produced by Georgia singer-songwriter Corey Crowder and dedicated to her fiancé, Jamie Watson. And the song's video is stark and simple, shot in a recording studio with just a few lightbulbs for atmosphere and not a single scantily clad dancer in sight.
Although 10 years separate these sisters in age, a side-by-side comparison of their material almost makes it seem like 22-year-old former Nickelodeon star Jamie is the elder Spears.
However, fans eager to hear a different side of Jamie Lynn Spears can check out her duetRead More »from Jamie Lynn Spears Makes Her Video Debut — and Upstages Britney?
Honoring the great combination of holidays that's upon us may be easier than you think. Especially if you're a country music fan.
Wait, what?! Believe it. We brought John Rich, whose new variety show, "Rich at Night," debuts on TV Guide Network Monday night, into our New York City studios to treat us to a little Thanksgivukkah ditty and give us some tips on what he refers to as a holiday "juggernaut."
While Rich is not Jewish, he admits he's learned an appreciation for the culture thanks to a dear friend.
"It sounds like you're at a bar mitzvah," he said after performing his "mashugana"-filled tune before explaining. "One of my go-to players in Nashville is named Jonathan Yudkin and he's … like a one-man string section. I've known him for 15 years. Any Yiddish or old school stuff I know, I know from Jonathan Yudkin."
Apparently, that stuff he knows is quite a bit. Enough, in fact, to help him whip up a tune on the spot and come up with eight easy tips – one for each night of the FestivalRead More »from John Rich's Guide to a Country Thanksgivukkah
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Sun, Nov 24, 2013 2:49 PM EST
Talk about a fairy tale come true: Danielle Bradbery's story sounds so-over-the-top on paper that it's almost cliche. A shy teenage girl with no prior vocal lessons and no stage experience finds herself auditioning for a wildly popular reality talent show, due to her mother signing her up behind her back. Said inexperienced girl goes on to wow the nation, win the whole shebang, and become the youngest-ever champion on NBC's "The Voice."
"It kind of blows my mind too," admits Team Blake's latest pride and joy, with a smile. She explains that she really, honestly never did think she was going to win in the first place. More cliches? Possibly, but in Bradbery's case there's not even a whisper of insincerity in them.Read More »from Danielle Bradbery Talks ‘Voice,’ Coming Out of Her Comfort Zone, And Blake Shelton’s Support
- Our Country – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 1:41 PM ESTCountry fans were all abuzz this week with newlywed Kelly Clarkson's announcement that she's got a bun in the oven — just weeks after she said "I do" to Reba McEntire's stepson Brandon Blackstock!
At 31, Clarkson — who has made a long-anticipated foray into country music after ruling the pop charts for years — certainly qualifies as a young mom, but she's far from the youngest in country music history. Let's take a look at some of country's youngest moms, which span a range of several decades!
While Clarkson was still planning her wedding (and eventual elopement), Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott gave birth to her first daughter, Eisele Kay, in July. Scott, 27, had celebrated her own wedding about a year and a half earlier.Read More »from Country Music's Youngest Moms: Who Said 'I Didn't Even Know What Pregnant Meant'?
Meanwhile, one of country's modern greats, Martina McBride, had her first of three daughters at the age of 28. Faith Hill, who also has three daughters, started her family off at just a few months shy of 30.
Going a little further back, Tammy Wynette had already given
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 3:08 PM ESTScotty McCreery performs at Durham's Carolina Theater 11/19
"This is a good vibe for me," announced a grinning Scotty McCreery, addressing a cheering crowd at the historic Carolina Theater in Durham, NC. Truer words were never spoken: McCreery, himself a Carolina boy from neighboring Raleigh, no doubt felt completely at home with an adoring hometown audience cheering him on.
McCreery's Nov. 19 special performance for Ram Country Live attracted a line of fans stretching around the block for a chance to see the Season 10 "American Idol" winner deliver his special brand of traditional-yet-fresh country. While they waited, McCreery chatted with Ram Country about his latest album (See You Tonight, released last month), life as a college sophomore at North Carolina State University, and some of his guilty pleasures (Katy Perry tunes, cookies-n-cream Hershey bars).
As loyal followers of the 20-year-old's career might expect, McCreery noted that the growth between his 2011 debut and the current record is noticable due to the perspective he's gained Read More »from Scotty McCreery Rocks Hometown Carolina Crowd for Ram Country Live: Watch Again Dec. 11!
- Taryn Ryder | Our Country – Mon, Nov 18, 2013 5:56 PM EST
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At this point, when you date Taylor Swift, you should expect consequences (or rather, a song written detailing what went wrong in your relationship).
The 23-year-old singer covers New York magazine, and in the article, Taylor subtly reveals that she heard from Jake Gyllenhaal — whom she dated for about two months in fall 2010 — after her mega-successful album "Red" came out.
“I heard from the guy that most of 'Red' is about,” Swift recalls (for those not keeping track at home, Yahoo Music can confirm most of the album is about the 32-year-old actor). “He was like, ‘I just listened to the album, and that was a really bittersweet experience for me. It was like going through a photo album.’ That was nice. Nicer than, like, the ranting, crazy e-mails I got from this one dude."
Considering Taylor has a long list of former flames — including Harry Styles, Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner, and Conor Kennedy (just to name a few) — that doesn't narrow down who Crazy Email Guy might be.Read More »from How Did Jake Gyllenhaal React to Taylor Swift’s Revenge Songs?
- Our Country – Mon, Nov 18, 2013 12:36 PM ESTCourtesy of The Greenroom PRRelax, everyone! Contrary to a slate of swirling rumors, Nashville's favorite sweethearts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, say they are definitely not separating or divorcing.
In fact, the couple -- married for 17 years and parents to three daughters -- seemed more admiring of each other than ever this past weekend, chatting about their current Soul2Soul joint show at Las Vegas's Venetian resort.
"It's perplexing," said Hill of the divorce chatter. "I don't know why 'happy' can't be a story."
McGraw agrees, but notes that fielding tabloid discussions regarding their marriage is nothing new. "Since the first week we were married [those rumors] have been out," he said. "We don't even think about it."
The couple says that the only time they worry about such talk is in regards to their children -- but even then, it doesn't seem to be a serious family issue. "They've been around it too, so they laugh it off," explains McGraw.
At any rate, the pair seem too busy to even consider something as Read More »from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: No Divorce on the Horizon
Lisa Marie Presley performs in Graceland's Jungle RoomSitting in a chair, lights and cameras pointed at her, Lisa Marie Presley involuntarily twitches when a soundman’s boom microphone accidentally hits the ornate chandelier hanging overhead, just outside camera range.
She is sitting dead center, smack in the heart of Graceland — and however controlled, is giving off the vibe of a teenager whose parents went away for the weekend and now an unexpected mob of party guests are clumsily, but methodically, wrecking her house.
And what on earth will she tell her parents?
"I'm very protective over it," she says. "I feel really comfortable here, very happy and comfortable."
Maybe two rooms over, past Graceland’s dining room and kitchen, a herd of camera-crew types is setting equipment up in the Jungle Room, where Lisa’s father famously recorded in 1976, and where she'll soon be performing for the very first time, for all eyes to see.
"But this is working inside of where I grew up, which is very strange. I feel like I'm watching, making sure that Read More »from Lisa Marie Presley: Live From Graceland!
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