The past few years has seen an explosion in the popularity of country music. In the 90's it was "alternative" music, the aughts saw the rise of hip hop as the mainstream's biggest music genre, and if the first few years of the teens hold up, this could be the decade of country music. If you need further proof, Rolling Stone just launched RollingStoneCountry.com.
Sure, there were some big country music stars in the past, but with the rise of Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert, plus a c... [Read more]
1. George Strait
George Strait joined the U.S. Army in 1971, and was later honorably discharged. He then landed a role in a terrorist action film called "The Soldier" in 1982.
2. Tim McGraw
One of Tim McGraw's favorite past times is quail hunting.
3. Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton designed his own tattoo on his arm, and thinks it's one of the crappiest out there. The images of deer tracks are usually mistaken for ladybugs.
4. Toby Keith
Toby Keith's real last name is actually Covel.
5. Luke Br... [Read more]
For the initiated, the Country Megaticket is like buying a season ticket for a local concert venue, but only going to see the big country music shows. [Read more]
I hadn't thought much about the whole Dixie Chicks / Toby Keith controversy in a long time (if you need a refresher, check out http://www.btchflcks.com/2013/03/shut-up-and-sing-dixie-chicks.html). It made me think about whether or not I consider my personal principles in the context of entertainment. I mean, I like to think of myself as fairly principled. I've done a u-turn and made a passenger get out of my car and pick up some litter they tossed out the window. I've abruptly left a party because the host used the n-word. Heck, I even had a "Free Mr. Bates" bumper sticker on my car.
But when it comes to entertainers, I seem to give everyone a pass. [Read more]