Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Country Bites News snippets April 1 - April 7, 2013

Country Bites News snippets April 1 – April 7, 2013


Kacey Musgrave’s  “Merry Go ‘Round” is new on the BBC Radio 2 "C" Playlist (Week Commencing: 6 April 2013). This title will be released on April 15, 2013. She plays London’s Bush Hall on Mon 15 Apr 2013
Taylor Swift’s latest UK single “22” has been added to the Radio 1 "A" Playlist

Gene Watson is coming back to the UK once again with a few dates in October:
Thursday 10 October 2013: Butlins Skegness (2Country Festival), Skegness, Lincolnshire PE25 1NJ
Friday 11 October 2013: The Circus Tavern, Purfleet, Essex RM19 1TS - Phone: (44) 01708 863838
Saturday 12 October 2013 The Leeds Irish Centre, York Road, Leeds LS9 9NT (with guest Will Banister) call 0113 248 0887 or 0113 248 9208
Monday 14 October 2013: The Allingham Arms Hotel, Main Street, Bundoran, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Tuesday 15 October 2013: Armagh City Hotel (The Phil Mack International Show), 2 Friary Road, Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland BT60 4FR

Lynne Butler is next Live Music Night artist to play in York. It takes place at the Ambience Cafe Bar on Saturday 20th April for Lynne's blend of "Country, Bluegrass and Beyond" with a American-themed buffet. Tickets are available now online at or by calling Ambience on 01904 652500

Mo Bandy (USA), Will Banister (USA) and Nicky James (UK) are playing the Queens Hall, Watton in Norfolk on July 13th for Enquiries contact Mike Rix 01953 889890. 

On the Official UK Singles Top 100 Chart (Week April 13, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s new UK single “22” moves 14-12 in its 7th week selling 24,700 copies and a total so far of 95,302.  I Knew You Were Trouble” (Mercury) which peaked at #2, drops 17-22 on its 26th chart week selling 13,100 copies with a total to date of 654,449. Swift’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” stays at No.89 in its 33rd chart week selling 2,800 copies with a new tally of 542,022.

Since the C2C Country to Country Festival at the North Greenwich Arena (O2) some of the media and participating artists on the Pop Up stages have suggested there is a “massive appetite” for country music in the UK. This does not seem to be bearing out in terms of retail figures. Tim McGraw’s “Nashville Without You” and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” UK singles enjoyed a 6 week run on the BBC Radio 2 “B” and ”C” prior to the event and neither charted on the Official UK Top 100 singles chart. Here is a reality snapshot check of the UK iTunes Singles Overall Chart (Top 1500) chart positions (April 2):
#11 Taylor Swift “ 22”,  #21 Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble”, #218 Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”, #525 Connie Britton & Hayden Panettiere “Wrong Song”, #1067 Tim McGraw “Nashville Without You” and at #1313 Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats”

On the Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week April 13, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s RED was down one slot 22-23 in its 24th chart week selling 5,500 copies with a total to date of 341,184.
Hot from the C2C London country festival, Tim McGraw with TWO LANES OF FREEDOM (Big Machine) has fallen off the Top 100 place from No.96. The C2C London Arena Country Festival headliner charted for just 3 weeks. It debuted at No.43 selling over 2,500 copies then dropped 42-61 and in its third week fell 61-96.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week April 13, 2013)
Lady Antebellum in their 84th chart week returned to the No.1 slot with NEED YOU NOW. They have 4 album sets in the Top 20
Tim McGraw with TWO LANES OF FREEDOM (Big Machine) drops 1-2 in his 4th retail week with Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell with OLD YELLOW MOON at No.3 in their fifth chart week.
Alan Jackson’s gospel set PRECIOUS MEMORIES – VOL 2 (Humphead) which debuted at No.6. falls 12 places to No.19

On the Hotdisc Chart (April 7, 2013 Chart) 
Ray Scott's run at the top of the charts with "Those Jeans" ends on the Hotdisc Top 40 as as Billy Yates returns to the Hotdisc charts after a long lay off with a brand new song “Only One George Jones” which crashes in at No.1!
It's Billy's eighth Hotdisc number 1 single, a record although one of them was a duet with the great George Jones himself.

With tracks from April’s 2013 Hotdisc #172 starting to impact the chart saw Lana Gibson make her debut on the Hotdisc chart at No.6 and a No.1 bow on the UK & Irish Chart with a cover of "Crazy Arms" (Mooney/Seals)
US artist Chuck Hancock and his traditional country music finds favour once more with the old school DJs in Europe as his self penned song "Too Drunk To Drive" is an immediate Top 10 success with a No.7 debut.

American singer-songwriter Tim Culpepper is the other new entry inside the Top 10 with his fourth single release, "One More For The Road" (Elbert West/Tim Culpepper/Jeanette Marie) drawn from his acclaimed album POURIN’ WHISKEY ON PAIN which follows up his previous two singles, two of them made the top spot.
Five other entries find themselves inside the Top 20 on this chart week. Amy Ames gets her biggest hit to date with "Do Drop In" at 14, while Frank Ortega sees his first Hotdisc single, "Two Places At Once" enter at No.15.
The UK’s The Hayley Oliver Band are back after a long break with a new album and the first single, "Right Person At The Right Time" debuts at 16 and No.2 on the UK & Irish chart.
Brit act, The Sonny Walters Band, is in at 17 with a self penned tune “Stone Rollin’ Home” and British singer-songwriter Tony Clarke is at 20 with his fun song, "I'm A Country Star."


(9 April 2013) Chuck Wicks - Rough (Liz Rose Music) 5 tracks / Total Length: 18:10 Amazon UK

(8 April 2013) Brad Paisley - Wheelhouse (Deluxe Edition)
Brad Paisley pulls out all the stops on his adventurous new album, WHEELHOUSE, which includes appearances by rapper LL Cool J and comedian Eric Idle. “The point of this record was to stretch as an artist, to bend genres as much as I could where it still felt comfortable in country music,” he says.


Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey “The Great Country Songbook” will be released June 14th 2013.

Billboard Current Boxscore
Rank: #13
Artist: CMC Rocks The Hunter: Rascal Flatts, Big and Rich, Corb Lund, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Love Theft, Jack Ingram and others
Event Venue City/State: Hope Estate Winery Hunter Valley, Australia
Event Dates: March 15-17, 2013   Gross Sales:-$1,662,010  
Attend/Capacity Shows: 6,811 / 10,000
Sellouts - 3 / 0  Prices - $268.26, $164.68, $128.43, $81.82  Promoters: Chugg Entertainment/Rob Potts Entertainment Edge

Rank: #95  Artist: Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry  Event Venue City/State: Palais Theatre Melbourne, Australia
Event Dates - March 15, 2013 Gross Sales: $282,185 
Attend/Capacity Shows: 2,752 / 2,876
Sellouts: 1/0  Prices: $102.54  Promoters: Chugg Entertainment/Rob Potts Entertainment Edge

Barrie, Ontario, Canada – MTS Management Group is proud to announce, Amy Rose has been named “Artist Of The Month” for April, by the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO.) This honor is given to outstanding artist members of the CMAO.  The selected artist receives a special spot on the CMAO website main page and in their newsletter. Past recipients include Western Avenue, Ann Chaplin and Genevieve Fisher.  To read the Amy Rose “Artist Of The Month” profile, visit - .
Watch “Party Like A Redneck" (Redneck Reunion) written by Amy Rose, Marty Beecroft & Glenn Coulson >> YouTube


Jewel, Katie Armiger, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Danielle Peck, Tate Stevens, Charlie Worsham, Blackberry Smoke and Love And Theft performed as a part of the free and open to the public ACM Experience happening April 5-7 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Fans could experience a first look at the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie Ring of Fire starring Jewel as June Carter Cash, and the ACM Songwriter Show.
Jewel performed a mash-up of her song “Hands” along with Tori Kelly's “Fill a Heart” at the 48th Annual ACM Awards April 7. Kelly's song was written for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign and Jewel's version was featured during the show to help raise awareness for ACM Lifting Lives. Check out ACM Awards 2013 Blog post

The Band Perry brought a History-Making Crowd to their hometown (Greeneville, TN) with a FREE Show. They release their new album PIONEER (April 2nd) on Republic Nashville.

Cactus Moser is up and at 'em again, following the August motorcycle accident that took one of his legs – and nearly his life.
"After eight months of waiting, he walked towards me for the first time two days ago," Moser's wife, Wynonna Judd, 48, told PEOPLE backstage at Dancing with the Stars on Monday, adding that fellow contestant Lisa Vanderpump was one of the first people to walk with him. "It's been an emotional ride for me this week."
Of Moser's prosthetic leg, the country star said, "It freaked me out because I've seen him in a wheelchair and using a walker, and he just walked towards me and I was like, 'Wow.' I was so stunned. I saw the wreck, I saw him lose the leg."
Wynonna has nothing but praise for the fellow musician. "He's so positive," she said. "I call him Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky. It's really irritating, because sometimes I just want to complain or act tired about dancing, and he'll say, 'But you're moving and you're looking so great.' I'm like, 'Go talk to Tony. You guys are so alike.' "

Sammy Kershaw’s Lafayette, Louisiana home sustained heavy smoke damage after a fire broke out in the country star’s kitchen. Kershaw inadvertently started the fire when he grabbed cans of homemade spices he was delivering to a friend.  The box containing the spices slid over the kitchen stove, catching the knobs that ignite the burners.  Kershaw says there were likely flammable items on the stovetop that caught fire. No one was injured in the blaze.

In true “Pioneer” fashion, The Band Perry pushes the envelope once more and has become the first recording artists to have a Gigi’s cupcake named after them. The new cupcake called, VERY PERRY CHOCOLATE CHERRY, was inspired by The Band Perry’s new music, a song in particular called “I’m A Keeper,” from the band’s iTunes Country chart topping CD, PIONEER
l-r TBP's Neil Perry, Gigi's founder Gina Butler
 (aka Gigi), TBP's Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry
Photo Credit: Ben Krebs

Kimberly Perry explains, “When we heard that we might have a Gigi’s cupcake named after us we knew right away what the flavor would be. There is a song on our new album that has a line in it that says, ‘I’m gonna change my name to Cherry….,’ so we decided that the cupcake had to be some kind of a cherry cupcake.”

Faith Hill and John Fogerty along with The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line in a special collaboration with rapper Nelly have been added to the lineup of artists scheduled to perform at ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night. The special will tape April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and air on CBS Sunday, May 19.
Previously announced stars performing include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Pitbull. Tim will highlight the summer’s biggest tours, movies and new music during the special. It will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music.
Before taping his special, Tim will perform his new single, “Highway Don’t Care,” along with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban live during the ACM Awards.

ASCAP recently hosted a showcase at Hard Rock Café Nashville as part of the NSAI’s 21st annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. The show took place on Tuesday, April 3rd and featured renowned ASCAP members including producer/songwriter Chris DeStefano (“Good Girl,” “Why Ya Wanna”, “Something ‘Bout Love”), songwriter-artist Katrina Elam (“Easy,” “Say Goodnight,” “No End In Sight,” “Change”), and songwriter JT Harding (“Alone With You,” “Party Like A Rockstar,” “Somewhere With You,” “Smile”). Produced by NSAI, Tin Pan South reigns as the world’s largest all-songwriter festival.
The showcase also served as announcement of Elam’s switch to the PRO, as well as her recent signing with Words And Music Administration for worldwide representation of her current catalog. Elam has had recent success with the ACM nominated song “Easy,” a duet between Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield, and “Say Goodnight,” the latest single from the Eli Young Band, written by Elam, Melissa Peirce and John Paul White.

Brad Paisley is the first country artist to be featured on the cover of Guitar World magazine and the May issue is on stands now.
The article delves into the nuts and bolts of the making of Wheelhouse, and guitar geeks will appreciate the details of how Brad achieved the different sounds on the record. From G-bender and B-bender to Trainwreck Liverpool and Catalinbread Montavillian Echo – there’s something for guitar aficionados.

US Tours
The LACS, Backroad Records country music hit duo, will be bringing their undeniable style of genre-merging music across the country on their 20-city “Country Boy Fresh Tour” from May 15-July 26, 2013. The “Country Boy Fresh” tour announcement comes as the Georgia natives are celebrating several impressive career milestones – 52 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with their “190 Proof” album, 8 million YouTube views of their wildly popular video (Country meets Rap = ? ), “Kickin’ Up Mud” >> YouTube and 100,000 Facebook “Likes.” In addition, The LACS have sold over 150,000 albums in total, and 400,000 digital tracks to date.

Carrie Underwood has completely sold out her concerts. The ‘Good Girl’ hitmaker has not played to a single empty seat over the course of her 2013 Blown Away Tour, comprising 22 shows in North America so far this year.
Underwood recently returned from Europe, where she performed a string of dates. Her sold-out dates stateside have included First Niagara Center in Buffalo; Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ont.; Spokane Arena; and SaveMart Center in Fresno. Underwood performed to capacity crowds of more than 10,000 fans at each of those shows.
According to Country Music Is Love , the Blown Away Tour also broke records at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ont. as the fastest sellout in the venue’s history, as well as the largest number of tickets sold to a single performance.


Earlier this year, listeners were asked to pick their favourite from their list of Radio 2's Top 100 Most Played Albums.
On 1st April 2013, they counted down the results of the votes all day before Jo Whiley announced the winner.
The only country album in the Top 100 was at No. 81 with Shania Twain’s COME ON OVER
The Top 10 were: 1) Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head, 2) Keane - Hopes & Fears, 3) Duran Duran – Rio,
4) Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon, 5) Dido - No Angel, 6) The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers, 7) Pet Shop Boys – Actually, 8) The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 9) U2 - The Joshua Tree and at 10) Queen - A Night At The Opera.

UNITED KINGDOM Top streamed tracks on Spotify from March 25 - 31.
1. Bastille, "Pompeii" (Virgin Records)   2. Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors" (RCA Records)
3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, "Thrift Shop" (Macklemore)
4. P!nk, "Just Give Me a Reason" (RCA Records) 5. Bruno Mars, "When I Was Your Man" (Atlantic Records)
6. Avicii, "I Could Be the One (Nicktim Radio Edit) (Avicii vs. Nicky Romero)" (Virgin Records)
7. Disclosure, "White Noise" (Universal Island Records)   8. The Lumineers, "Ho Hey" (Dualtone Music Group Inc.)
9. Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not" (Hollywood Records Inc.)  10. The Saturdays, "What About Us" (Polydor Ltd. (UK)

Forty Five percent of Americans now listen to online radio occasionally, at least once a month, according to the newly updated Infinite Dial Study by Arbitron and Edison Research. That translates to 120 million Americans, and it’s a number that grew 6% over last year. The weekly number – Americans that listened to online radio weekly – grew 4% to 33% and roughly 86 million. But here’s the big news of the study: Consumers reported spending more than two hours more listening online than they did a year ago! Weekly listeners spend an average of 12 hours a week listening to online radio, versus close to ten hours last year.


Joanna Smith will release a new single "Girls Are Crazy" on April 30

Kellie Pickler revealed that her new album will be ‘KELLIE COUNTRY’ . Pickler, who is bouncing from the Dancing With The Stars dance studio to the recording studio, said the album will be out when she is done with the show, but she is working on both concurrently.
She confirmed that ’100 Proof’ producers Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten are producing the new effort, her first for Black River Entertainment, and most of the same musicians from her previous album will appear. Most important, however, is the sound she is going for on this next effort. The new album “is definitely going to be my country…[there were] too many suits and ties, trying to make the calls,” the singer tells Taste of Country. “This record will definitely be Kellie country, for sure.”-

Virginia-based singer/songwriter Mike Aiken brings a hot twangin' number to Country radio with his latest single, the "gotta ditch the real world" sing-along "Summertime Song." It appears on the promotional disc CDX Vol. 567 (track #14) Press Release

Collin Raye, ten-time male vocalist of the year nominee, just signed a booking representation agreement with the esteemed Brand Entertainment Agency (BEA). - Webster & Associates 

The Oak Ridge Boys remembered former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher - Webster & Associates  

Music Review (Jon Pareles)
New York TimesConcert review Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: Separate Country Roads Meet on the Upper West Side
Between songs at the Beacon Theater on Wednesday night Emmylou Harris brought up fondly remembered things: cassette tapes, percolator coffee, hotel windows that opened. There was a bigger one too. “Remember country music?” she asked.
That’s a question country music has asked itself for well over half a century, as each generation’s songs invoke traditions while pushing them aside. But the country that Ms. Harris remembers — and has upheld since the 1970s — is a particular mix. It’s part classic (mountain music, honky-tonk) and part reinvention, with literary, musical and psychological forays that follow through on the songwriting of Gram Parsons, with whom she recorded and toured until his death in 1973. It wasn’t the direction mainstream country would eventually take, but it survives in the twangy, tenacious music now called Americana

Billboard Cover Story Luke Bryan  Extract: From sold-out ‘Spring Break’ tours to rocking the ACM Awards, Luke Bryan is country’s next poster boy...It’s unseasonably chilly for the first day of spring, a fact Luke Bryan notes as he chit-chats with the photographer while ensconced in a Nashville studio for his Billboard cover shoot. He picks up a pair of dice and tumbles them, puts his baseball cap on, turns it backward and then picks up a guitar and begins singing Tracy Lawrence’s 1993 hit “Alibis.” It’s obvious sitting still for a photo shoot is hard for the Georgia native—and not smiling in every shot is even harder.

The Tennessean - Brad Paisley previews new album ‘Wheelhouse’ at Las Vegas event - Tate Stevens' 'Power of a Love Song' bombs; James Arthur's 'Impossible' soars
…Extract: If you want an example of how badly contestants from "The X Factor" U.S. are doing on the charts compared to their U.K. counterparts, then you don't need to look any further than comparing what's going on with Tate Stevens and James Arthur. Country singer Stevens, 37, is the 2012 winner of "The X Factor" U.S. Pop/rock singer Arthur, 25, is the 2012 winner of "The X Factor" U.K


BBC Radio 2's Hardeep Singh Kohli talks to American country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes -


The Band Perry "Done" -  the band stopped by Target Stores to “check out“ their new album >> YouTube
The Band Perry perform "Better Dig Two" on The David Letterman Show 4/1/2013 >> YouTube

Ashley Monroe performs "Two Weeks Late," a song from her solo album "Like A Rose" live at the Grand Ole Opry >>

Was Miss Potter thinking of Harry? - This is a VoicePlay a capella version of "I Knew You Were Trouble" / "As Long As You Love Me" / "All Around The World" originally performed by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and Ludacris. It features Rachel Potter on lead vocal - YouTube and is available on US iTunes

Julie Roberts auditioned on The Voice in a third Blind Audition episode broadcast on NBC on April 1, 2013. It was NO April Fool and she didn’t make it to the next round. She performed a cover of Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You” >> YouTube
It was not a good song choice for her, none of the judges turned their chairs around and Blake said, "I should've known that was you. I'm sorry.”
Quite why was an former professionally signed Mercury Nashville Records recording artist having to appear on the show?
Julie Roberts released a Statement About ‘The Voice’ Audition at
The press described Julie as “An X-country singer” and regarding her second album that it “flopped so her label dumped her
Julie Roberts photoshoot
When Julie’s self-titled debut album was released Entertainment Weekly called it “one of the most auspicious debuts in years”. The album was certified GOLD and led to two Horizon Award nominations from the Country Music Association, Top New Artist and Top New Female Vocalist nominations from the Academy of Country Music, as well as a Breakthrough Artist nomination from the CMT Awards.

In 2004 her single "Break Down Here" made # 18 on Billboard Hot Country Songs. The second and third singles, "The Chance" and "Wake Up Older", reached No. 47 and No. 46, respectively.
Her second album MEN & MASCARA was released in 2006 and peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums. It produced two singles: the title track and a cover of Saving Jane's "Girl Next Door", neither of these singles charted. In June 2011 she independently released her third album ALIVE which was fabulous, and received critical acclain with a 4 STARS review by Taste Of Country

Gretchen Wilson kicked off the release of her new RIGHT ON TIME CD when she perfomed “Still Rollin” on the Today Show.
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford raved about the new album and chatted with Gretchen about the new release before she launched into a full-band performance of the single

It's Goodbye Wy on Prom night at "Dancing With the Stars" – In the third week of competition, the lowest number of judges’ scores and viewer votes befell country star Wynonna Judd and her rock star of a pro partner, Tony Dovolani, and both were ejected from the competition.
Wynonna Judd partnered with Tony Dovolani scored 5, 5, 5 (15) dancing the Samba to DEF LEPPARD'S classic hit "Pour Some Sugar On Me" >> YouTube
Speaking after the announcement of her departure, Judd said the show helped her face one of her biggest fears and develop a lifetime friendship with Dovolani. “I’m a singer, not a dancer,” Judd said. “I can’t wait to get back to making my record. I love my country music fans.” Judge Len Goodman told Judd she had “no rhythm and no hip action.” Judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Judd she liked the theme of Judd’s dance, but that the rest of the performance was “like a whisper.” “I’m sorry, I didn’t see it go up a notch this week,” Inaba said
Wynnona cited dance and Dovolani’s tutelage as inspiration to take better care of herself, and said she will continue dancing.
Just not in front of 20 million people,” she joked.She said she wasn’t really sure what she was going to do in the morning, since she’d fallen into the routine of waking up and rehearsing her dances with Tony. Bu she was clear about her long-term plans.
“I’m going to go home and work on the record,” Judd said. “I’m going to get up on that stage and sing, which is what God gave me the talent to do
Kellie Pickler partnered with Derek Hough scored 8, 9, 8 (25) on DWTS. The couple won the high score for their energetic jive.
Kellie Pickler was declared “Prom Queen” on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday, after she wowed the judges with a lively "Footloose" - Sharper than a samurai sword,” exclaimed judge Bruno Tonioli, while Carrie Ann Inaba declared, “Ridiculously amazing!”, "Plenty Of welly are official queen of the prom"" said Len Goodman. >> YouTube


Nicole Kidman wore Nicholas Kirkwood elaphe and patent leather sandals at an Omega Event in Austria available at Net-A-Porter ($825)
(L - R) Julianne, Gwyneth & Nicole 

Julianne Hough made her first red carpet appearance as a single gal at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California for the Second Annual FABB West Opening Night Cocktail Party.
She wore a Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 ensemble on this occasion. Opting not to wear the sea-foam blouse as presented on the fashion runway, she wore an electric-orange short-sleeved knit sweater with an abstract-print skirt with red piping and a skinny red belt. She wore Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Spring 2013 yellow satin ‘Isabel’ three strap heels and flawless hair and makeup.

Gwyneth Paltrow wore Victoria Beckham at the Tracy Anderson Flagship Studio Opening in Brentwood, California as a client and friend of Tracy Anderson.
Showing off her perfectly toned bod, a result of her work with the fitness guru, the actress wore a Victoria Beckham dress.
Her vibrant-hued violet sleeveless mini dress with a flared skirt was styled with a pair of Michael Kors shoes.

Shawna Thompson of the country duo Thompson Square wore a Graceful Geometry Dress from ModCloth - ($47.99). 
(Photo-  livestream in New York City
on March 28, 2013)

This printed dress has a mesh panel between the sweetheart neckline and the collar. Rows of printed diamonds and triangles in various patterns and sizes adorn the fabric of this fit-and-flare frock. A mesh top lays between the Peter Pan collar and sweetheart bodice, which adds a bit of dramatic elegance.


If Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry‘s boyfriend is planning to propose, the singer is sure to be surprised. Perry told Taste of Country that marriage and starting a family are not on her to do list for 2013, adding with a laugh, “And that goes for all three of us. We can’t have babies.”The group is hyper-focused on their new album, ‘Pioneer,’ the release of which leads right into the ACM Awards, which leads to another tour with Rascal Flatts and then planning sessions for a headlining tour in 2014. As for the identity of the mystery man the blonde singer is dating, she would neither confirm or deny rumors that it’s JP Arencibia of the Toronto Blue Jays (Neil and Reid were similarly tight-lipped).

Hayden Panettiere can't wait to have children. The 'Nashville' actress - who is rumoured to be secretly engaged to World Heavyweight Champion boxer Wladimir Klitschko following their reconciliation in January - has revealed she wouldn't be shocked if she has kids with the Ukrainian athlete in the near future and thinks it will be the "most beautiful, exciting thing" because she "was born to be a mother."

LeAnn Rimes was horrified to find a snake in her backyard. The 'Can't Fight The Moonlight' actress discovered the reptile at her Los Angeles home and although it was harmless, she was left shaken by the incident while her husband Eddie Cibrian and stepsons Mason, nine, and five-year-old Jake, thought it was cool. She tweeted: "Omg I just found a snake in our backyard. It was a harmless snacks, but I can't stand them. Of course, all the boys in the house found it cool (sic)."
While she may not approve of Jake and Mason's love of snakes, LeAnn previously revealed she loves having them in her life.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will be married 17 years in October, making them a rare example of a celebrity couple that has managed to maintain a successful marriage and raise three daughters while navigating their high profile careers. Tim says it helped that both of their careers were already established when they got married, but the biggest secret to the success of their family is that they decided early on family would always come first.
We made a conscious decision when we got married that no matter what, if we were going to start a family that that was going to be our first priority and everything else was sorta just gonna find it’s place,” explains Tim. “For better or worse, for our careers better or worse or whatever, that’s always been our core understanding and our core principal, is putting our family first.” Not only has that principle helped them maintain a healthy marriage, but Tim also says, “I think that’s paid off in our kids and their lives and how we’ve given them as much of a normal life as we can in a situation that they’re in.”

Bed Blake & Beyond: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have plans to open a bed-and-breakfast across from her retail store, The Pink Pistol, in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, according to InTouch. And why wouldn't they? They've been operating a very successful doggie bed-and-breakfast in their backyard forever. "I never know what to expect when Miranda leaves and goes to town," Blake admits. "I'm really not kidding when I say at least 20, 25, maybe 30 times, she's come home from the grocery store and there will either be a cat or a dog in her car. And they're not always puppies, you know. There might be a damn, big-ass pitbull in there." Blake tries to express his concern about the dangers of non-puppy pickups, but says Miranda always stops him with, "Well, it licked me. So it was nice." The couple keeps the animals until they can find them a good home. No word on when the B&B for humans will open, but the nightly rate is estimated to be around 200 licks

Carrie Underwood: I'd quit my job if my husband told me to "If Mike ever told me he needed me to quit, I'd quit," Carrie Underwood the Play On “Quitter” singer told People for the cover story which hit newsstands April 5. "When you make that promise to somebody, and you stand before God and your family and friends, you've got to do everything that you possibly can to make that work."

For Underwood and ice hockey hubby Mike Fisher, who will celebrate their third anniversary in July, making it work means frequent texts, hosting wine-and-grill nights at home with friends and meeting up for casual dates – at Subway.

Matraca Berg: hey everyone. Been dark awhile. Jeff's mom passed away and we have serious sickness in the family that we are dealing with as well. I am about to go into the studio and remix some things on the record that wasn't released here. Didn't have the time to get it exactly how I wanted before the U. K. release, so now I do and hopefully that's a good thing.


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