One minute she’s serving sandwiches at the Beatty Street Grocery, the next she’s protected by an entourage, sashaying the streets of Nashville in high heels and a revealing mini. That’s a scenario the parents of 18-year-old ‘American Idol‘ contestant Skylar Laine are asking God to protect the singer from.
Turn on any Oldies radio station and you’re bound to hear the guitar or penwork of Billy Strange, a talented writer, musician and actor who died on Wednesday morning at the age of 81. The versatile guitarist and songwriter performed with everyone from Roy Rogers and Spade Cooley to Count Bassie, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
On Monday, America got a glimpse at the country talent Blake Shelton was boasting about earlier this week when he predicted a Nashville-bound singer would make it to the final rounds of ‘The Voice‘ — and maybe win it all. The singer and coach of the reality show picked up two new members for Team Blake in the second episode.
Reba McEntire is taking reports of her alleged tragic death very well. After tweeting yesterday that she was indeed still breathing and doing all the things expected of a healthy, 56-year-old woman, she posted this picture to the Reba McEntire on WhoSay website.
The final contestant to earn a golden ticket during ‘American Idol‘ on Sunday night was 24-year-old Jason Hamlin. His friends call him ‘Wolf,’ and it’s easy to see why. The golf course mechanic is a larger, much hairier Johnny Cash lookalike.
Dolly Parton has the perfect topic for her next try at a Broadway musical: herself. The singer, songwriter and star of the upcoming ‘Joyful Noise’ movie says she’d love to make her personal story of determination and success into a musical, and has even begun to work on it.
Tim McGraw‘s old record label is letting the songs from the embattled ‘Emotional Traffic’ album trickle out one at a time. Just weeks ago, ‘Better Than I Used to Be‘ was released as a single within hours of a judge’s decision to separate the parties. Now, the song ‘Right Back Atcha Babe’ is available on iTunes.
Procter and Gamble have pulled print advertisements featuring Taylor Swift wearing CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara, but it’s not because of anything the 22-year-old country beauty did or didn’t do. The images were “enhanced in post production,” meaning they were Photoshopped to expand upon the makeup’s effect. That’s a no-no, according to the Council of Business Bureau Claims.
Once upon a time cruise ships were a destination for country stars with more grey in their hair than styling wax. Not any longer. Add Rascal Flatts to the list of contemporary artists with a cruise ship date in 2012.
George Jones and Glen Campbell will be honored with lifetime achievement awards next year. During a special ceremony on Feb. 11 — one day before the 2012 Grammy Awards, which will air on CBS — their contributions will be acknowledged by the Recording Academy in front of five other honorees and an invitation only crowd.
Now that Tim McGraw has officially parted ways with Curb Records, he’s searching for his next big deal and big contract. While the singer will release an independent single to radio in January, he’s been window shopping at the biggest labels in Nashville.
Kellie Pickler is sharing new music with her fans and giving them a chance to download the title track if they pre-order ’100 Proof’ on iTunes. The singer has also released video of an acoustic performance of ‘Unlock That Honky Tonk,’ a banjo-driven, bluesy country tune that shows her fiery side.
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