All posts in December 2013

Kip Moore’s New House Is Not Infested With Bugs

Now that he's a successful country singer, Kip Moore has moved into a new house that is not infested with bugs.

Could Kellie Pickler Be Broadway Bound?

Could a new facet of Kellie PIckler's career reveal itself in the new year?

After her big win on Dancing With the Stars, Kellie Pickler was discovered to be quite the hoofer, adding another amazing talent to her résumé. But she's up for padding that a little bit more by doing a little acting. And not just TV or movies. Kellie is ready to take on Broadway.

“Since the show I've been wanting to do Broadway so bad just to throw together two of my passions—dance and music,” she tells Country Weekly. “I want them to do like a Tammy Wynette Broadway musical! I know Dolly Parton has her Broadway shows and I think if anybody lived a country song, it’s Tammy.”

That musical hasn’t been written yet, but Kellie has her eyes on another Broadway role should it become available and her former Dancing partner supports it. “Derek [Hough} was like, ‘You need to be Roxie in Chicago,’” she says, laughing. “That would be amazing! I’ve watched that move a million times. I know it by heart.”

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2013 Rewind Bonus: Country Legend Ray Price Passes

Ray Price

Ray Price photo by Donn Jones, courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Country music lost another legend when Ray Price passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer on December 16. He was 87.

Country stars remember Ray Price >>

Ray was admitted to the hospital in early December due to complications from the cancer. Diagnosed in 2011, the cancer had spread to Ray’s liver, intestines and lungs despite aggressive measures. On December 12, Ray and wife of 45 years, Janie, decided not to pursue further treatment. Ray left East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas for his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care.

Through his wife, Ray issued a final statement to his fans:

“I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.”

Family spokesman Bill Mack, a Texas Country Music Hall of Fame disc jockey, released a statement on his Facebook page at the instruction of Ray’s wife, Janie following Ray’s passing on December 16. “Ray Price left for Heaven at 4:43 p.m. Central Time,” he wrote. “He went in perfect peace.”

Ray performed his last show this year in May. He has a new CD coming out and several tribute shows were being planned to celebrate his career, including one set for February 12, 2014 in Nashville.

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Kacey Musgraves Says, “He’s So Rad”

You know Radney Foster, right? Maybe from his own hits like “Just Call Me Lonesome” and “Nobody Wins.” Or maybe from songs like “Raining on Sunday” and “I’m In,” which he wrote and recorded originally for his See What You Want to See album and which Keith Urban covered.

But for young country stars, he’s also a mentor offering great advice, like he did for newbie Kacey Musgraves while she still lived in Texas.

“He was actually one of the people who really convinced me to move to Nashville, because I met him when I was in Austin,” Kacey tells Country Weekly. “One of the things he told me was, ‘You've got to be present to win.’ And it really struck a chord with me and I decided to move.”

So, aspiring country singers, pack your bags!

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The Band Perry Recharges Their Live Show

The Band Perry Recharges Their Live Show

The Band Perry photo by David McClister, courtesy of Splash Public Relations.

The Band Perry has been in Europe on their We Are Pioneers Tour for the last several weeks and one of the things they’ve enjoyed most is bringing the songs on their Pioneer album to life. The new songs in their set have helped recharge their live show.

“It’s been great,” Reid Perry said. “Just because we love playing live and being able to add, not only new songs but new fast songs, which are always more fun to play live. It’s really breathed in a whole new energy, not only for us but for the people who’ve seen the show five, ten times.”

The material is also fun to play live because it challenges the band as artists. “Having worked so hard on them, they are forcing us to really work hard on the live show,” Kimberly Perry said. “It’s funny how we challenge ourselves to grow the songs and the songs are challenging us to grow the show. It’s just really cool to see the fans respond to that.”

The Band Perry will launch the North American leg of their We Are Pioneers Tour on January 9 in Canada. Their latest single, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” is climbing the charts.

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Kellie Pickler Spends Christmas in Afghanistan

Kellie Pickler Spends Christmas in Afghanistan

“Not every Christmas do you get 2 fist bump a soldier while hanging your feet off the back of a Chinook in Afghanistan,” tweeted Kellie Pickler. Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/kelliepickler.

Kellie Pickler and her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, spent Christmas bringing a little piece of home to our servicemen and women stationed in Afghanistan for the holidays. On her seventh USO Tour, Kellie, along with Kyle and her bandmates, did what she could to spread Christmas cheer and say thank you to those who couldn’t be with their families.

“There’s no place I’d rather spend Christmas,” Kellie told troops, according to The Washington Post. As she started her journey to the Middle East, she expressed her excitement on Twitter. “Bringing home to our service men and women! #7thUSOtour #GodBlessAmerica :) ,” she wrote.

Kellie charmed both American troops as well as those representing other countries, taking the stage in camouflage leggings and rhinestone boots and joking that she’d wanted to bring everyone a glass of Jack Daniel’s. While in Afghanistan, Kellie performed, visited wounded troops, posed for photographs and inquired whether anyone was from her home state of North Carolina. She also rode in military helicopters and fired a howitzer.

See our photos of Kellie’s first USO tour back in 2008 >>

“The USO tours and programs I’ve been part of have definitely been the highlight of my career,” Kellie said. “So I’m honored to join the USO in helping to raise awareness about the many precious moments that our troops and their families sacrifice due to their commitment and service to our country.”

Watch Kellie participate in the USO’s Christmas Convoy below:

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Kacey Musgraves Ends the Year as One of the Best

As the year winds down and Kacey Musgraves lands atop pretty much every "best of" list for 2013, I'm dying for another sit-down with the star to get a follow-up to her quote from this past spring.

New Year’s Eve: Who’s Onstage?

While the vast majority of major country artists won't be anywhere near a stage on New Year's Eve, there's still plenty of star power in Nashville, Austin and other locales, including Detroit.

Garth Brooks Explains the Hoodie

If you ever wondered how or why a star with endless access to designer clothes and A-game stylists would wear a hoodie at his own concert, this may shed some light on that. At least in Garth Brooks' case.