- Wendy Geller at Our Country1 day ago
Getting a little weary of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge? Although it does seem as if every celebrity (and non-celeb!) possible has posted a video of his/her dousing, here is one we promise you'll enjoy.
Cue country queen Dolly Parton, who was nominated by her dear friend Kenny Rogers to take the icy deluge. What makes Parton's challenge so special? Well, we're talking about a woman with one of the most famously constructed appearances in history — who once admitted she goes to sleep with her makeup on. Needless to say, getting wet and Dolly Parton are more than a bit of a messy mix!
Parton taunts Rogers on the video: "Kenny said, 'You’ll never do it with your false eyelashes, your false hair, your false nails,'" she chants, before saying pointedly, "Kenny, you’ll be surprised at what all I do with my falseness for a good cause and a good laugh."
She gamely adds, "You’re dying to see this hairdo go down the drain, aren’t ya?"
Yes, yes , we are! You can see the full video here:
- Wendy Geller at Our Country2 days ago
The life of a country star ain't all glitz and glamour -- or, as Ashley Monroe might put it, weed and roses. The singer-songwriter, otherwise known as "Hippie Annie" in her other band, the Pistol Annies, found herself forced to cancel several shows last month due to a decidedly unromantic ailment: a kidney infection.
When she showed up to hang out with the Ram Country team at Michigan's Faster Horses Festival just a few days after visiting the hospital, however, you'd never know the spunky, smiling Monroe had been ill. "It was bad," she admitted, but "I’m better than ever."
She's also raring to go, for the fun reason that she'll be playing the festival with some of her favorite buddies, including her fellow Pistol Annie Miranda Lambert (who, as a matter of fact, ended up taking the stage that night with Monroe). "Right when it hit noon I texted Miranda – I put two clap emoticons and said 'wake up.' Like, 'c’mon, it’s time to go!'”
- Wendy Geller at Our Country3 days ago
Ever been to a rodeo and wondered about the job of the “rodeo clown”—that brave soul that manages to distract the bulls from fallen riders, as well as entertain the crowd with a little comic relief at the same time?
It’s a job with a delicate balance, for sure. A group of elite men known as “protection bullfighters” evolved from this job; and have earned the reputation as the toughest guys in the rodeo due to the considerable dangers involved in their tasks.
Road Trip host Marc Istook traveled to Coffeyville, Kansas to meet one of these risk-taking daredevils. Cory Wall has been at the top of his game for 25 seasons strong, having parlayed an athletic background playing baseball, football, and competitive college wrestling. “Pushing the envelope was a big part of my life,” he admits.
However, he also admits that he couldn’t find anything more exhilarating than the sport of bullfighting, which in rodeo breaks down to being on guard at all times to attract the bull’s attention when a rider is thrown.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country4 days ago
Charlie Worsham is one of those musicians who have stunned those around with prodigious talent since a very early age; in fact, the 28-year-old was already receiving accolades from his home state of Mississippi for his unusual musical accomplishments. Add to that his Berklee School of Music education, and, well, it's no wonder he's made a tidal wave in Nashville of late.
"You know, I only claim to play three instruments," Worsham protests, when asked if he's a prodigy on a range of platforms. However, he does amend that a bit: "My Dad is a banker, but a drummer at heart; and my Mom used to teach piano lessons when she was younger. So I can play some piano, play a little drums, and fake the bass – but banjo, mandolin, and guitar are my thing."
- Wendy Geller at Our Country5 days ago
When considering Jana Kramer -- either in her famous role on miniseries One Tree Hill , or her new direction as a country chanteuse -- it's easy to imagine her presenting the most glamorous image possible. At the Faster Horses Festival in Michigan last month, Kramer did certainly project a gleaming persona (even in flip-flops and shorts!) but she also showed off another endearing and softer side.
The singer/actress sat down for her interview, but not before giving a couple of hugs to some very special spectators...her little niece and nephew, who came to see Aunt Jana in action at her job. After all, it's not too often she comes to work near their hometown.
Yes: "I am a Michigander!" exclaims the Detroit-area native. "There’s nothing more that I love playing a show in my hometown...the fact that I get to see my family and friends. My nieces and nephew are out here for the first time watching a show.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country8 days ago
If you were too busy to catch all the best news out of Nashville these past few days, here's a helpful rundown for you of the week's best country-music tidbits.
The biggest news, of course, came right here on Yahoo during a worldwide livestream with Taylor Swift. She debuted a new single, and announced she’s releasing her first official pop album in October.
Swift, of course, made her name as a country artist, and as she’s grown into a global superstar, she’s been one of the genre’s finest ambassadors – something the Country Music Association honored her for last year when she received the Pinnacle Award at the CMA Awards ceremony.
And even though she’s stepping into official pop territory now, she’ll always have a friend in the CMAs. After her announcement, the organization tweeted: “Good luck on your new venture; we’ve LOVED watching you grow." However, after some fans interpreted it as more of a kiss-off than congrats, CMA deleted the tweet and replaced it with this one: "We will never, ever say goodbye to Taylor Swift. We’re still dancing," referencing her new single, “Shake It Off.”
- Wendy Geller at Our Country10 days ago
When rising country duo Dan + Shay found themselves in the enviable position of getting to go on tour with none other than Blake Shelton, the pair found themselves instantly worried about one particular thing.
Pleasing Shelton's longtime and loyal fanbase? Living up to the Voice coach's network-worthy standards? Nope. Turns out these guys have their eyes on the ball.
" He’s always playing basketball so we’ve been working on our skills," explains Dan Smyers. " We got to beat Blake. If we’re going to play him at hoops, we got to win."
" There’s a major height advantage there he has," notes Shay Mooney, to which the pair laugh and quip, "T hat’s why we stand on top of each other’s shoulders ...we're almost his height."
- Wendy Geller at Our Country10 days ago
Carrie Underwood proved to legions of football fans last year that she could ably fill Faith Hill's high-heeled shoes in the role of Sunday Night Football siren. So, it's not as if the former American Idol champ actually needs any help ushering in the 2014 season. Nonetheless, Underwood has been granted an all-star backup team that's sure to keep her from dropping the ball.
Underwood will be accompanied by 11 of the NFL's best players, including the Manning brothers and 2013's Super Bowl champ quarterback Russell Wilson, when she blasts out "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" on the SNF season-opener Sept. 7.
All told, the staggering roster Underwood has assembled comes from the top contending-teams, collectively accounting for 44 Pro Bowl selections, five Super Bowl rings, three Super Bowl MVP trophies, and eight first-round draft picks.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country11 days ago
Country superstars Little Big Town did a neat job crossing into the music world's multigenre consciousness via the Grammy-winning summer anthem "Pontoon" in 2012, a song that celebrated the joys of coozies, catchin' rays, and mmmmmmm...motorboatin' .
How to follow that success up? Why, release a song called "Day Drinking," which swaps out the theoretical lake/river for a patio and umbrella, but basically espouses the same idea: Lazy-day enjoyment with a little liquid fun thrown in.
Did the band have any worries that fans might think they're being a little redundant ? "No, we had no problem with that at all," says singer Karen Fairchild with a laugh. "We like writing music and making music that makes people feel good."
LBT themselves exude an infectious sense of good humor and genuine friendliness, rare to find in an outfit that's had the same four members over its more than 15 years together. However, it's not libations that have smoothed their path; just simple good chemistry through their history.
- Wendy Geller at Our Country12 days ago
Some might say it was inevitable that JT Hodges would grow up to be a professional musician. Growing up in a musical family -- his dad owned a recording studio and his mother passed up a singing career in favor of being a stay-at-home mom -- the Texas native was exposed to an enormous range of genres and artists from a very early age.
Hodges admits that he "grew up in a studio," recalling many fond memories of hanging out with legendary names before he even was old enough to know what it all meant. "I remember being like 3 or 4 years old and chasing the dog under the console while Pop was doing sessions," he recalls. "And I met a lot of these guys like Leon Redbone, Michael Bolton, Delbert McClinton...I don’t wanna say I took it for granted, but I didn’t really know."