Blake Shelton and LeAnn Rimes are on the cover of People magazine today. People Country’s out with Kenny Chesney on the cover – he’s their Hottest Guy of 2013. Others who made the hot list include Gary Allan, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and Keith Urban.
Keith Urban doesn’t know yet if he’ll be back on ‘Idol’ but rumor has it he won’t. Yesterday Mariah Carey said she’s leaving and weeks ago Randy Jackson and Nikki Minaj quit too.
Even tho Shania’s giging in Las Vegas now she wants to record again and she’s been doing a lot of writing. She does get noticed by fans when she goes out but she says they’re really cool about it and the only weird thing about living in Vegas is driving by Twain Avenue in her car.
Tonight, Blake Shelton’s on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Zac Brown Band performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Billy Ray Cyrus is on The Tonight Show.
For awhile now, LeAnn Rimes and her husband Eddie have been shopping a reality show based on their lives. The show has yet to secure a title or a network, but LeAnn says they will get that.
finally - Blake Shelton and the rest of ‘The Voice’ cast are on Oprah’s ‘Next Chapter’ series Sunday night at 9pm ET/8pm CT on OWN.
Blake Shelton had his tornado benefit concert last night. Miranda Lambert hardly got into her song, ‘The House That Built Me’ when she broke down and started crying. I think it was because she looked at the big screen behind her and there were pictures of animals affected by the tornado. Luke Bryan was there and tweeted, “truly uplifting. I had chills the whole time on stage.” If you want to donate, head to Facebook.com/UnitedWay.
Kenny Chesney Burns Thru the Diesel
Kenny Chesney employs 65 buses and tractor-trailers for his current stadium tour, burning through almost $300,000 in diesel fuel. It takes eight hours to set up for one of his shows.
Blake Shelton Dishes on His Marriage
Blake Shelton’s on the cover of Friday’s People magazine opening up about his marriage. He and Miranda have an open policy to go thru each others phones, computers and even dresser drawers.
Taylor Swift Has New Scent Coming Out
Taylor Swift has a new scent coming to Ulta stores in late June. It’s called ‘Taylor.’
Keifer from Thompson Square on Vocal Rest
Keifer from Thompson Square is battling a very serious vocal condition so doctors put him on complete vocal rest and they’ve had to cancel all of their shows this weekend.
The Band Perry Perform Tonight
Finally – tonight, The Band Perry performs on The Tonight Show.
I just love being a part of the Country Music Community. I have never worked in any other musical format and I never will. Country music is about the melody, the lyrics, the story, and the heart.
Country artists drop what they are doing every summer just to return to Nashville to meet with, and entertain their fans at the CMA Music Fest. Garth Brooks once signed autographs there for 36 straight hours!! This is also a format that pays attention to radio. They understand that about 90% of Americans still get their first introduction to new music ON THE RADIO!! They also understand the absolute necessity of connecting with their fans. And no format does that better than Country Music.
What I love most though, is that Country Music is about everything we love. God, family, the United States Of America, and helping neighbors. That is what Country Music did last night during "Healing In The Heartland". They opened their hearts, showed their tears, shared their talent AND their money, and they helped people heal. Nothing does that better than music, and no music does that better than Country!
We all know summer's in West Texas are HOT. Access to swimming pools is a must, but the upkeep is a chore with our daily wind/dust storms. I saw this video on facebook today and thought "whoa!!"
Seriously!!??! That is so cool. Momma likey! Momma want!
I couldn't get any firm numbers on price, but I'd venture that it's not cheap. I also wonder how well it would stand up to our hard water in West Texas.
If you'd like more info on these pools, visit Hidden Water Pools
Tonight, Blake Shelton's ‘Healing In The Heartland’ tornado benefit airs live on NBC, CMT, Bravo and E! from Oklahoma City at 9 ET/6 PT. Miranda will sing, so will Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Daruis Rucker, Reba, Vince Gill and Usher.
Ronnie Dunn Putting Together OK Benefit
Ronnie Dunn tweeted yesterday, “big day working to put together another Oklahoma benefit. Garth has confirmed. Toby’s been traveling but hopefully we’ll have a confirmed date soon. Hoping to land the OU stadium. I'm good. We'll get it done.”
Kenny Chesney is PEOPLE's Hottest
People Country’s ‘Hottest Guy of 2013’ is Kenny Chesney. Kenny will never retire from music and says, “when Willie Nelson walks thru the world, his feet are in the sand and I can see myself sliding into that when I’ve done it as long as he has.”
Willie Nelson Plays For Charity
Willie will play a benefit concert for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in New York City June 5 and if you buy the $1,200 ticket you’ll get to meet Willie.
Pop Star Comes to Defense of LeAnn Rimes
Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas just tweeted, "everyone who gives LeAnn Rimes a hard time, be embarrassed that u read enough celebrity gossip to give someone you don't know a hard time."
Kellie Pickler Says Broadway's in Her Sights
Finally, Kellie Pickler says a role on Broadway may just be in her future.
Blake Shelton's ‘Healing In The Heartland’ tornado benefit airs live tomorrow night on NBC, CMT, Bravo and E! It’ll be from Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena with Miranda, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Daruis Rucker,Reba, Vince Gill and Usher. My insiders say Carrie Underwood and Toby Keith will be there too but that has not been confirmed yet.
Miranda Lambert Tries to Mow Carpet
Miranda Lambert tweeted, “just rolled the push mower through the house to mow the back yard. Don't tell Blake!”
Brad Paisley on New Fogerty Album + More
Speaking of Miranda, she has a duet on John Forgerty’s album of classic Creedence tunes, ‘Wrote a Song for Everyone,’ out today. The record also features Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson.
Carrie Underwood Loves Martina
Carrie Underwood loves Martina’s voice and she says, “in a way, she taught me how to sing."
Jo Dee Messina Asking Fans to Fund Album
Jo Dee Messina’s asking fans to fund her next album and so far she has 110 people donating nearly $6,000 but she has to reach $100,000 by June 23. If you pledge $500 you’ll get a phone call from Jo Dee herself. For more info, head to Kickstarter.com.
Trisha Yearwood's on 'Live with Kelly & Michael' today.
Finally - Trisha Yearwood’s on ‘Live with Kelly and Michael’ today.
Weddings. If your first thought is "expensive" you are probably right! However, think back to the most memorable weddings you have been to. What is it that you remember most? The dress? Bridesmaids? Flowers or cake? No. The most memorable weddings are fun, unusual, and comfortable! If you are sitting around all dressed up and miserable it doesn't matter how much money was spent on the day...YOUR memory is of misery!
So if you are planning a wedding, you should think about what you want most. Is it about YOU wearing a really expensive dress and being a princess for a day? Mom, is it about impressing the people you invite? If it is about the celebration of love then make it a celebration! I think about Blake and Miranda's wedding. She made it memorable with atmosphere. It was not her dress others copied...it was the creative "broach bouquets" she had! She created those because she loves the vintage look. It was also the wedding arch made of deer antlers covered in twinkle lights. Chosen because Blake loves deer!
The best wedding I have ever been to (and that includes my own) was my son Adam's. It was on the beach at South Padre Island. We were all barefoot, the sun was setting over the Gulf of Mexico, the groom wore khaki, and the party was fabulous!! I remember the atmosphere of love...not money.
Given the statistic that we talked about a couple of weeks ago: 8 out of 10 marriages that end in the first 5 years end because the couple is financially stressed over paying off a much-too-expensive wedding...
After the destruction that has occurred in Oklahoma recently I think it is important to point out that no matter what disaster occurs; we rebuild. There is no greater example of this than what happened today. 7 months after being completely devastated by Hurricane Sandy, The Jersey Shore reopened. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend. I lived in New Jersey for several years and was still living on the East Coast when Sandy hit. At the time it seemed like a monumental undertaking to be able to fix everything that was broken. The nightly news was all about which towns had power and which ones didn't. Where the National Guard would be the next day distributing water and supplies. The underground tunnels that connected New Jersey and New York were flooded for months.
Everybody agreed that it would never be the same after a such a monumental storm. But bit by bit and little by little things got better. Rubble turned into clearings, clearings turned back into houses. Lone posts jutting out of the ocean turned back into bustling piers. And today a five mile long ribbon stretched along the beach to mark the reopening of one of the largest tourist attractions in America.
It takes a lot of time, labor, heartbreak and tears but we always rebuild.
If you want to check out more info on the reopening of the Jersey Shore check out the Today Show's coverage here
I've always tried to be the "strong" one, the one that everyone turns to when they need help or a shoulder. I've always tried to be a super hero for my friends & family. Turns out that I do have a kryptonite... My family is my kryptonite. That fact has never been clearer than it has over the last week.
A week ago tomorrow, my dad passed. I can't type those words without tears. But in my weakest time, my family & friends have also proven to be my strength. I've felt very blessed to have so many people's condolences, prayers & thoughts.
My family is my strength and my weakness. ~ Aishwarya Rai Family is not an important thing. It's everything. ~ Michael J. Fox Our strength grows out of our weaknesses. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Make sure you take a moment this weekend to remember those that lost thier lives protecting our freedoms AND hug your family. You never know when they'll be taken from you.