Miranda Lambert Accused of Assault; Still Dating Blake Shelton
- The sheriff’s department in Tyler, Texas is investigating an alleged assault case involving Miranda Lambert. According to reports, Lambert and her boyfriend Blake Shelton were attending
a CD release party foran Adam Hood show when she was approached by Aisha Esbay for a photograph. She said Lambert told her “maybe later.”
Esbay said she went back over to Lambert after she said the singer treated another of Esbay’s party poorly.
“I walked back over there to tell Miranda that she shouldn’t treat her fans like that and she jumped up and started cussing me saying I was in the VIP section and needed to go back with the other trailer trash,” she said.
She said that Lambert then shoved her two times, pushing her backward.
“I caught myself on the stool and was just like OK, so I turned around and she shoved me two more times as she let the cuss words fly,” she said.
The whole story sounds pretty sketchy to me, but either way, it’ll only add to her growing outlaw image and give Adam Hood some extra publicity. UPDATE 4/25: The accusations were found to be completely false and Lambert has been cleared of all charges.
- Meanwhile, Chris Cagle is citing self-defense in the assault charge cast against him for punching a fan’s boyfriend in the face. His one-day trial is set for Sept. 23 after his current tour ends.
- Randy Owen has been selected to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which was created in 1986 to pay tribute to the immigrant experience and individual achievement.
- Little Big Town left Equity Music Group and joined Capitol Nashville Records.
- The Lady Antebellum trio explained their songwriting process in an interview with Craig Shelburne:
Kelley: We always start with melody first. That’s what we have always done. … Dave will come up with some chord structure and then Hillary and I will come up with the vocal melody over that. Then something will come out of our mouths, like “Love Don’t Live Here,” and there’s a song, and we will write around that.
Scott: Literally, he’ll play the guitar, and we sit around and mumble until something comes out. Or sometimes we come in with a line or an idea, but a lot of times we are just moved by what Dave plays.
- In a special to to the Austin American-Statesman Parry Gettelman humanizes the name Chris Gaffney through stories from people who were close to him. This is Texas Music says a tribute night will be held for Gaffney just outside of Austin on May 25th with proceeds going towards medical and funeral expenses, and the Hacienda Brothers‘ third and final studio album, Arizona Motel, will be available June 24.
- Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert and Montgomery Gentry have been added to the list of performers at the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 18.
- A new film from Big Kenny Alphin of Big & Rich will premier on the big screen at the Nashville Film Festival today. “Bearing Light: A Journey to Sudan” is the story of his trip to the Sudan with his wife last fall.
- Emily West made her Opry debut on Saturday night and performed “Rocks In Your Shoes” and “Mississippi’s Cryin’.” She described the experience in her MySpace blog.
Little Jimmy Dickens and I walked into the Opry together. He didn’t know who I was when he was walking in with me. (But I pretended he did.) He moved his own parking cone in the Opry parking lot to park his truck too. I just cant tell you all how each second of that day was the most surreal seconds of anyday I have ever felt! It was like a fairy tale. I even wore my poofy fairy tail dress.
- A study by Saga Motor Insurance found that drivers listening to country music are the second-most likely to be stopped for speeding and that they’re more likely to have an accident than listeners of easy listening or reggae.
- After almost a year in the making, Austin’s KUT is ready to air a one-hour documentary, “Amazing Grace: The Story of Willie Nelson.”
Produced by David Brown, “Amazing Grace” features rare demo recordings of Nelson’s early sessions and tracks the songwriter’s life from childhood to the present. Besides Willie, Sister Bobbie and Poodie Locke, others interviewed include Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson and John Mellencamp.
- Also via Still Is Still Moving is the news that Legacy Records has released the third podcast in their Willie Nelson series. Good stuff.
- Jack Ingram is the first country artist to team up with Nike for the Nike + Workout Series. They released his album, This Is It, on iTunes with voice-overs from Ingram himself. The “Jack Ingram: Endurance Express” mix is tailored to take listeners through one of his 4-mile training runs, teaching listeners how to regulate pace and boost stamina, while gradually increasing run speeds from a 9-minute per mile warm-up pace to a 7-minute per mile clip. Listen to a sample on the Nike + Workout site.
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