It was an exciting week of country news, with some stories that left you feeling sympathetic (Randy Travis, LeAnn Rimes) and more that filled the air with excitement. Taylor Swift‘s new video and Toby Keith‘s new album are just two of the many excuses one had this week for shouting joy while co-workers drummed away quietly at their keyboards.
Earlier this month, we released a survey intended to gauge which country star — or stars — were having the best summer. You were allowed to vote on the top song, top album and top tour of the summer, in addition to seven other categories that described the vacation months from your perspective. The results are in, and the big winner is overwhelmingly Kenny Chesney.
Next Wednesday (Sept. 5), the nominees for the 2012 CMA Awards will be announced. That leaves stars less than two months to plan for the Nov. 3 broadcast. That’s two months to find the perfect dress, the perfect shoes or the perfect jacket. We’ve found the most adventurous outfits from previous CMA Awards and paired them side by side, just begging for your opinion. You get to play country music fashion police with your vote!
Last week, Randy Travis was cited with a Class C assault after a physical confrontation with his girlfriend’s estranged husband in the parking lot of a Texas church. The husband, Dr. Ritchie Beougher, claims the country superstar did much worse than inflict an “unwanted touch” upon him.
If Joanna Smith‘s new single ‘We Can’t Be Friends’ was released 30 years ago, we might call it a classic in 2012. Since the singer is relatively new, however (the sexy single ‘Georgia Mud’ barely cracked the chart in 2011 ), we’ll restrain ourselves from over-selling this portrait of caged yearning. Smith is the perfect voice to tell the story.
By 1997, Martina McBride was beginning to assert herself as the premiere female vocalist in country music, but she wouldn’t begin to take home awards until after she released ‘Evolution’ on August 26 of that year. Songs from her fourth studio album won her the Female Vocalist of the Year CMA in 1999. Many of her biggest hits, like ‘Happy Girl,’ ‘A Broken Wing’ and ‘Whatever You Say,’ come from this project.
Billy Ray Cyrus turns 51 years old today (August 25)! The famous country singer and father to Miley Cyrus was as hot as Garth Brooks early in his career, and in the 20 years since releasing ‘Achy Breaky Heart,’ he has notched seven Top 10 hits. What is your favorite Billy Ray Cyrus song?
‘Cafe on the Corner,’ Sawyer Brown’s ninth studio album, was released at the peak of the group’s early ’90s fame. Three Top 5 hits came from the record including the title track, ‘All These Years’ and ‘Trouble on the Line.’
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