Our Country

  • Trisha Yearwood On Family, Food, 'PrizeFight'-ing, and Touring With Garth

    Our Country3 mths ago

    Trisha Yearwood’s new album, PrizeFighter , might be the result of a seven-year itch. It’s been that long since her previous project came out, and there are several reasons for that: The singer suddenly found herself full-time in Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, her hit Food Network show, as well as dealing with the bestselling cookbooks (and, now, personal cutlery line!) that developed. A death in the family also took center stage for a while. But mostly, she was riding out husband Garth Brooks’ designated retirement time with him in Oklahoma, enjoying the last years of having her stepchildren at home.

    So it’s no coincidence that she’s stepping back into the spotlight the same year Garth is. Although she’s done some small-scale solo touring in recent years, Yearwood is having a ball doing a mid-show set on her husband’s tour. And, keeping it all in the family, she’s signed with Sony Nashville, just like he has, in order to give tour-goers a souvenir in the form of PrizeFighter , which mixes greatest hits with new material. Yearwood came by the Yahoo studios in Los Angeles to perform acoustic versions of several of the album’s tracks… and to tell us about this (don’t call it a?) comeback.

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  • Willie Nelson Thinks President Obama 'May Be Happy' About Pot in D.C.

    Wendy Geller at Our Country3 mths ago

    It's a given that longtime marijuana activist Willie Nelson is pleased that voters have overwhelmingly chosen to back legalization in the nation's capital. However, Nelson upped the ante on the landmark vote by suggesting that President Obama himself might be happy about it, as well.

    In an interview with CNN's Brooke Baldwin Thursday, Nelson related, "I think I realize how [Obama] feels about it, and I've read some of his books and things about how he was a kid, he may have delved into that matter a bit.

    "So I'm sure he's very understanding of what's going on, and he may be happy to be see it happening."

    Nelson was likely referring to Obama's 1995 memoirs, Dreams From My Father , in which the then-senatorial hopeful admitted he smoked pot in his school days. (For what it's worth, the administration's current formal stance on marijuana opposes legalization.)

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  • CMT 'Next Women of Country' Event Aims to Put a Lot of 'Girl(s) in a Country Song'

    Chris Willman at Our Country3 mths ago

    The state of females on country radio has been so dire that, when you see CMT has an initiative called “Next Women of Country,” the name almost seems too naively hopeful. Will there be a next woman of country? As long as country radio has Miranda Lambert to play, doesn’t that fulfill their entire quota for the year? 

    CMT put on a showcase for some of these young women during CMA week in Nashville at the City Winery, co-hosted by Lee Ann Womack, odd man out Gavin DeGraw, and CMT exec Leslie Fram. The talent on view was so strong that it was hard to believe that at least one of these acts couldn’t rise up and crash through the bro ceiling. Actually, at least one of them is making big waves at the moment: Maddie & Tae performed their protest song “Girl in a Country Song,” which has somehow risen into radio’s Top 10, despite being openly (if playfully) oppositional to the subtle chauvinism that the format has lately seemed to stand for, where women usually ride shotgun, not in the driver’s seat. Go figure, and go forth!

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  • Keith Urban, Other Country Stars Pay Tribute to Vince Gill at BMI Awards

    Chris Willman at Our Country3 mths ago

    If you’re looking for great country music bromances, look no further than the one between Vince Gill and Keith Urban. Gill was honored at Tuesday night’s annual BMI Awards in Nashville with the “Icon” lifetime achievement award, and the highlight of this dinner every year is the all-star musical tribute to the honoree. Urban led a band of the city’s best session musicians through a selection of Gill classics, in an example of one of the genre’s very few true triple-threats — singer, songwriter, shredder — giving it up for another.

    Urban sang a stunningly strong version of Gill’s biggest ballad, “I Still Believe in You,” as if the song were his own, as well as jamming out on the barnburner “Liza Jane.” Gill protege Ashley Monroe joined Urban for “Whenever You Come Round,” followed by Michael McDonald putting a soulful spin on “When I Call Your Name.” While the event was not recorded for broadcast, you can see snippets of a couple of these Gill covers here.

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