Ceremony Was Held At Her Farm Near Nashville
Wynonna Judd married musician Cactus Moser in a sunset wedding June 10 on her farm in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., reports Us Weekly, which also has exclusive pictures of her dress made by Nashville seamstress Houri Barahimi, a native of Iran. Judd, 48, decided to forego shoes for her third trip down the aisle.
Moser, a former member of late ’80s/early ’90s hit making country group Highway 101, is now a drummer in Judd’s touring band, The Big Noise. The 55-year-old musician was “cowboy chic” in a tuxedo, which he accessorized with a vest, pocket watch and holster, according to Us Weekly, which unhelpfully fails to indicate whether the holster contained a firearm.
“I felt a joy that hasn’t been there before,” Judd tells Us about the intimate event, where attendees included her kids from her first marriage, Grace, 16, and Elijah, 17. Surprisingly (and sadly), the bride’s sister Ashley Judd and mom Naomi Judd did not attend the wedding.
Judd and Moser, who have been dating since 2009, announced their engagement last December. Judd divorced her second husband, her former bodyguard D.R. Roach, after four years in 2007, and split from first husband, businessman Arch Kelley III, in 1998. Kelley is the father of her children.
Plus, Lady Antebellum Has A Christmas Album In The Works
• After a sold out Virtual Reality World Tour stop in Cleveland last Friday night, Brad Paisley (pictured) treated his tour mates, bands and crew to late night Grand Prix Go-Kart racing at Fun ‘n’ Stuff, where the group raced until 3 a.m.
In other news, Paisley will return to Scandinavia for four concert dates in November, with The Band Perry in tow as his opening act. Paisley previously toured Scandinavia successfully in 2011. The run of November dates includes shows in two cities in Sweden and two cities in Norway.
• Lady Antebellum has recorded a Christmas album, which is currently being mixed in Nashville, their producer Paul Worley has revealed.
• Easton Corbin will release his second album, titled “All Over The Road,” on Sept. 18. The 11-song set includes the current top 30 single “Lovin’ You Is Fun.” The Florida native is best known for his back-to-back No. 1 hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It” from his self-titled 2010 debut album.
“‘All Over the Road’ is a fun title,” Corbin says in a press release announcing the release, “but it’s also actually what we’re doing out there. We’re all over the road trying to get music out to everybody, so I just thought it made sense.” Corbin is currently on tour with Brad Paisley.
• Pistol Annies have launched an online community called the Henhouse, which includes exclusive, behind-the-scenes content about the band including a “Live From The Henhouse” feature band member Miranda Lambert is billing as “advice that your momma won’t give you.” Access the site here.
The site also features online streaming station Henhouse Radio, which plays an eclectic collection of songs ranging from Merle Haggard to Tom Petty, plus a little Blake Shelton, too.
In other Pistol Annies news, the trio has added five headlining tour dates to its schedule in September, in addition to the shows they’ll be doing all summer as part of Lambert’s solo “On Fire” tour.
Singer Is Expecting Her First Child In November
Adkins Shows Off First Pic Of His New Grandson
Both Trace Adkins and The Band Perry shared adorable family photos on Facebook to celebrate Father’s Day. Adkins posted the sweet photo above of three generations of men in his family: Adkins, his new grandson, and Trace’s father, Aaron Adkins.
Said Adkins in the post, “I celebrated Father’s Day early this year when the eldest of my five daughters gave birth to my newest grandson, Jackson Trace Webber on Wednesday, June 6. Jackson weighed 7 lbs, 3 ounces.”
The Band Perry, meanwhile, shared the photo below of themselves as children celebrating a snowy day with their dad, Steve.
According to the accompanying message, “It snowed once every six years in Mississippi, and as you can see, we weren’t used to the cold. There was so little snow on the ground that Dad ended up pulling us down the hill on our sleds. He also ended up pulling us up the hill. Thanks Dad for always being there. Love Kimberly, Reid, and Neil.”
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Singer Will Spin “Country Gold” On Syndicated Program
Alabama frontman Randy Owen is joining fellow country stars like Kix Brooks and Jack Ingram who have developed successful side careers in country radio.
Beginning the weekend of July 14-15, Owen will host a four-hour weekly radio show, “Country Gold With Randy Owen,” syndicated by radio company Dial Global.
The show will feature country music from the 1970s through the mid-1990s, as well as career anecdotes from its celebrity host. It will focus on songs from such stars as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton and, of course, Alabama.
“I’m looking forward to visiting with the fans and playing some of my favorite songs and the greatest songs ever recorded,” says Owen in a press release announcing the show. “Hosting ‘Country Gold’ is going to be fun and exciting for me. I hope listeners request songs they want to hear and feel a personal connection with my show.”
As part of Alabama, Owen has earned 43 No. 1 singles, 150 industry awards including two Grammys, and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. The band had sold more than 75 million albums.
Singer Also Flexes His Comedy Chops In “SportsCenter” Commercial
MSN Music has an exclusive first listen to the new Kenny Chesney album track, “Sing ’Em Good My Friend,” plus video of Chesney talking about what the song means to him. Check them both out here.
In the video clip, Chesney describes the song as “haunting” with a “unique melody,” and says that after finding it, “I realized it was a song I was going to have to treat with very delicate hands.” He also calls the song “such a great love story.”
In other Chesney news, the singer shuns his usual nice guy image in a new commercial for ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” In the comedic spot, the country star spurns ESPN anchor Steve Levy’s attempt to join him at the popular table (complete with campfire) in the ESPN cafeteria. Other special guests at the “cool table” include Pistol Pete from Oklahoma State, Smokey from the University of Tennessee, Miles from the Denver Broncos, Hook ’Em from the University of Texas and two Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. The spot was filmed at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., campus. Watch it here.
Current Set Debuts At No. 1 On Country Albums Chart
Alan Jackson’s new album, “Thirty Miles West,” debuted at the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums sales chart this week, making it his 13th album to debut in the top spot on release week. The set also bowed at No. 2 on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 Albums chart.
Jackson wrote six of the album’s 13 songs. But for the seven he didn’t write, the country star recently explained to One Country his process for picking songs that fit him.
His main criteria, he says, is “whatever grabs me. I try to listen to the melodies a little bit first. Then I’ll study the lyrics some, but I don’t usually like to have a lyrics sheet. I just like to hear it, because [with a lyrics sheet] you start looking at who wrote it, and reading ahead, and you can’t really hear the song.”
Songs that make the cut, he says, are usually ones he ends up wishing he’d written. From there, he narrows down the choices by topic.
“Most songs are about love or lost love, and you’ll end up with an album of 10 or 12 heartbreak songs if you’re not careful,” he tells One Country. “I always try to mix it up with songs that are about something different than just love or heartache. I’m always looking for that.”
He has his own process in the studio as well. “For the most part, we pretty much go in there and [make what is] almost a live recording, instead of piecing it together with a computer all the time,” Jackson says of the method he and longtime producer Keith Stegall employ. “I think that makes a difference. I’ll go in there and sing a song four or five times, and that’s about it. We’ll take the best of it.”
Details The “Massive Flops” On His Road To Success
In a fascinating Q&A during last week’s Country Music Summit in Nashville, Luke Bryan traced the steps along his road to stardom.
Bryan said he moved to Nashville from his family’s Georgia peanut farm because “I felt like living a dream was really important in my life, and hauling peanut wagons and selling fertilizer wasn’t the best dream” for him.
When he was just signed to a Nashville publishing deal but hadn’t yet landed his record deal, Bryan said he’d spent $900-$1,000 of his own money to make copies of the songs he was recording demos for in Nashville, and hand them out for free at his shows. The strategy paid off. When he’d play a college town, Bryan said, he’d leave behind 500 CDs, and when he came back to play that town again, “those CDs had made it into people’s iPods and it grew the fan base.”
But not every market was a slam-dunk, Bryan said at the Summit, which was presented by Billboard and the Country Music Assn. In his early touring days, he said, “There were massive flops along the way. I played Auburn, Alabama, four times and lost $5,000 each time. We played Austin, Texas, and there were three people there.
“We’d load up our gear and drive all day and finally get to play at 11:45 at some American Legion,” said Bryan, “but I can remember really enjoying that moment.”
Bryan said the packed shows he’d play in his home state, where he had an established fan base, supplemented his initial forays into states like Indiana or Iowa, where he might lose $8,000 a night playing to tiny audiences.
After all the hard work he put into building his career, Bryan said he’s only now feeling the payoff. “Since 2004, it’s felt like a deadline that never really goes away,” he said of his career. “But now I feel like I can take a breath or two.”
Since becoming successful, Bryan said, his philosophy is “We just want to work and enjoy this and not let the money be the deciding decision” in business dealings.
Asked about maintaining his frat boy image at 35, and balancing that with being a husband and father, Bryan said, “My wife enjoys watching the fans have fun and watching my antics, like shaking my butt for girls.” At many shows, Bryan says, “My wife is in the middle of the crowd with her girlfriends partying.”
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