It seems like these days, everyone is jumping on the country music bandwagon — even television shows! Country music was already well-represented on the small screen with Blake Shelton on ‘The Voice‘ and Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles on ‘Duets.’ And now, E!’s new show ‘Opening Act’ has added Martina McBride to the list of country stars making waves on television.
Even though Carrie Underwood is a few years Taylor Swift‘s senior, that hasn’t stopped music critics from lumping the two popular blonde singers into the same mold. Both Underwood and Swift have major crossover power, but that doesn’t mean that they are cut from the same cloth. In fact, Underwood recently told BANG Showbiz that she hates being compared to her 22-year-old fellow country/pop star.
This year, Trisha Yearwood has managed to add another job title to her resume: Cooking show host. The country music star showed off her kitchen skills on the Food Network this spring in a six-episode series called ‘Trisha Yearwood’s Southern Kitchen.’ The first season of the show was just a test run, but as it turns out, cooking fans love the ‘She’s in Love With the Boy’ hitmaker just as much as country music fans — the show has been renewed for a second season.
Taylor Swift is no stranger to collaborating with artists of all genres. In addition to working with Justin Bieber, the Civil Wars, and others, Swift recently laid down vocal tracks for rapper B.o.B.’s newest single, ‘Both of Us.’ Last week, B.o.B. made the trek to Swift’s home state of Tennessee to film a music video for the song. While he claims to have enjoyed his time down south, both the rapper and his country counterpart encountered some obstacles during the shoot.
Sara Evans and her husband, Jay Barker, already have seven kids between them — but that hasn’t kept the happy couple from wanting to add one more little one to their gigantic family. No one has spotted a baby bump just yet, but Evans recently opened up to OK! magazine about her desire to have another child.
Naomi Judd has a lot of titles to choose from: She’s a country star, speaker, author, talk show host and an actress, too. Once again, fans will get to see the multi-talented singer’s role-playing skills in action when she appears in ‘The Nearlyweds,’ a made-for-television Hallmark movie.
Ever since teenage country star Scotty McCreery won Season 10 of ‘American Idol,’ he hasn’t stopped giving props to the popular show that gave him his big start in country music. On Tuesday, McCreery even stopped by to lend some encouraging words as future ‘Idol’ hopefuls gathered in Charlotte, N.C. to try out for the show’s next season.
In case you missed Jennifer Nettles’ good news this week, it’s that she and her husband of seven months, Justin Miller, are expecting their first child. Fans and country music industry peeps poured out their congratulations to the couple after the Sugarland star’s manager shared the good news on Monday.
Don’t expect to catch Carrie Underwood making spelling or grammar errors anytime soon. And if you know anything about the country songstress’ background, that shouldn’t surprise you. The ‘American Idol’ winner graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University with a communications degree. Though she’s a singing celeb now, Underwood’s focus was once journalism, so she still has an eye for her first love — good grammar.
It might seem like Keith Urban has been a bit quiet lately, but that’s not actually the case. For the past few months, the Australian country star has been hanging out on his home soil filming the Aussie version of ‘The Voice.’ But Urban just announced that when filming for the show wraps in January, he’s heading back out on tour, and he’ll be kicking off his next run Down Under.
Every summer, thousands of country music fans gather in Enterprise, Ala. for BamaJam, a three-day, three-night music festival. This year’s line-up was guaranteed to be a winner, but a bad storm blew in and threatened to derail opening night — until Tim McGraw stepped in.
Is anything more patriotic than hanging out on the National Mall on Independence Day? Probably not. That’s exactly where Josh Turner will be on the Independence Day this year. Along with actor Matthew Broderick, composer John Williams and a number of Olympic athletes, Turner will perform a portion of the program, which is known as ‘A Capitol Fourth.’
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