Jewel Strikes First; Pranks Paisley
- Notorious prankster Brad Paisley was the first to fall victim to not one, but two pranks on this year’s tour at the hand of Jewel. Yeah, it’s a slow news day.
- Robert K. Oermann goes to great efforts and research to portray the Opry members as more than just artists in his new book, Behind the Grand Ole Opry Curtain, and C. Eric Banister says it’s through their stories of romance that Oermann is most able to humanize the people most of us only see on stage.
- CMT Insider producer Laura Douglas captures the chemistry between Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert in an interview for CMT.
What is your relationship like?
Lambert: Honestly, really … I don’t know. We really are what you see here. We do this in our own private time. We just pick on each other all the time. But I think we have one of the strongest relationships that I’ve ever seen. We’ve been through a lot of crap together — a lot of crap — and I think that in the beginning, being apart all the time and going through some really hard times just kind of … I’m glad we got over that hump because we really just get along great. We can make it, being away for weeks at a time. We have arguments on the phone, but five minutes later, we’re saying, “I love you,” “See you in a week,” whatever it is. We really just are best friends.
Shelton: There were times early on there that — I know that she did and I know that I did — we were just ready to give up on it and walk away from it because there’s nothing easy about having a relationship doing what we do. But we just decided that as miserable as we are together, it’s way more miserable when we’re apart.
Lambert: (laughs) Well, that’s a sweet way of putting it. Thank you, honey.
- Forum member Chris D. feels that SHeDaisy, despite not sounding very country, is an underrated group and wonders who you think is an underrated artist.
- Country Universe kicks off a series of Classic CMA Moments at #25 with Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesia‘s duet on “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” in 1983.
- Rodney Crowell performs a couple of acoustic versions of songs from his newest album, plus a fantastic one that didn’t make it (“Fly Boy and the Kid”), in a session with World Cafe host David Dye and answers questions about his inspiration. He also mentions that he’s working on a memoir that he hopes to have out in late ’09 or early ’10.
- For episode 10 of Nashville At Nite, Ashlie Kolb interviews cast and crew members from the movie Billy: The Early Years, including John Carter Cash and Josh Turner.
- The Opry Live YouTube Channel added several live performances from the taping of “Into the Circle” that didn’t make it into to the show. James Otto finds his groove on “These Are the Good Ole Days,” Kellie Pickler sparkles in “Red High Heels,” although hers are actually gold, and memory comes out like mammary when Ashton Shepherd soars on “Old Memory.”
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- Bruce: LW, Don't apologize for your Bryant comment. You were more gracious than I would have been.
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