But for Yearwood, the show sounds like it hits very close to home.
Think about it. She and the show’s leading lady and fictional country star Rayna James have so much in common. They both thrived in the ’90s. They are both pining for the days when female singers were holding the door open for other female singers. They both have gorgeous hair. They both spend a lot of time in their gourmet kitchens. And they both are in love with powerhouse country superstar singers.
In Rayna’s case, it’s Luke Wheeler. (Ruke, as the couple’s been dubbed.)
In Yearwood’s case, it’s Garth Brooks. (Trarth? Gisha?)
Anyway, for all those reasons and more, the show feels really real to her.
“I really identify with Rayna being her age,” Yearwood recently told ABC News Radio. “I mean, I’m older than her, but I kind of identify with that character a lot and just the things she goes through and how the odds are kind of against her and all that.”
As for Rayna’s love affair with Luke, who has children from a previous marriage, Yearwood thinks the plotline sounds familiar, too.
“The thing with her and Luke, a little bit of it is like, ‘I know it’s not about us, but … it’s interesting,” she said.
- 2013, Kelly Clarkson marries Brandon Blackstock in Tennessee
– 2011, The Eli Young Band earns its first platinum single for “Crazy Girl”
– 1992, “Pure Country” has its Nashville premiere, attended by Garth Brooks, Joe Diffie and Randy Travis, plus the movie’s star, George Strait
– 1970, Jimi Westbrook is born in Jacksonville, Arkansas. He joins the vocal group Little Big Town, identified by thick, four-part harmony on such hits as “Boondocks,” “Pontoon,” “Tornado” ” and “Little White Church”
- 2013, Jason Aldean headlines the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time. Filling out the bill are Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett
– 2002, Keith Urban begins a six-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Somebody Like You”
– 1985, Reba McEntire sings the national anthem prior to the first game of the World Series at Royal Stadium in Kansas City. The Cardinals beat the Royals, 3-1
– 1958, Brenda Lee records “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville
- 2007, Alison Krauss teams with Robert Plant for a “CMT Crossroads” taping at The Mill in Lebanon, Tennessee, with band members T Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller. In the audience are Michelle Branch, John Waite, Ed King, Holly Williams, Jessica Simpson and Bill Lloyd
- 2002, A new episode of “CMT Crossroads” airs, pairing The Dixie Chicks with James Taylor. The set list includes “Some Days You Gotta Dance,” “Wide Open Spaces” and “Ready To Run”
- 1984, Mickey Gilley is honored with a star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 1980, Don Williams’ “I Believe In You” takes up the #1 position on the Billboard country chart
- 2006, MCA releases Vince Gill’s “These Days,” an unprecedented box set featuring four discs of entirely new material. Guests on the project include Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, Gretchen Wilson, Phil Everly, LeAnn Rimes, John Anderson, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris and Amy Grant
– 1997, SHeDAISY’s Kelsi Osborn marries Steve Simpson
– 1990, Naomi Judd tells reporters she has hepatitis and will have to give up performing. She and Wynonna hold the press conference in the same room in which they auditioned for RCA in 1983
– 1989, Mercury releases The Kentucky HeadHunters’ “Pickin’ On Nashville” album
“Aunt @mirandalambert & Uncle @blakeshelton 4 the win! She is destined 2 b a Country/Rock legend with this! Thnx guys,” Clarkson tweeted on Tuesday (Oct. 14), after her 4-month-old baby girl River Rose received a Gibson acoustic guitar from her famous friends. Shelton is managed by River’s father (and Clarkson’s husband) Brandon Blackstock.
That tweet has been favorited almost 5,000 times.
And here’s why: the photo Clarkson tweeted has all the elements to take it from cute to off-the-charts adorable.
1. River Rose’s sing-songy name is in gigantic gold letters down the neck of the guitar.
2. The guitar case is open on the couch, and River Rose is nestled down inside the case.
3. Her fat little baby arm appears to be propping her up beside the guitar.
4. The guitar is easily three times the size of River Rose.
5. She’s all dressed up for the photo shoot, from her cozy socks to her lacy headband.
I just can’t wait for the day when River Rose can sit up and hold that Gibson in her arms.
- 2011, Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Thom Schuyler, Allen Shamblin and John Bettis during a ceremony at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel
– 2003, Pat Benatar joins Martina McBride to tape an installment of the Radney Foster-hosted “CMT Crossroads” in Nashville. Among the songs they perform together: “Independence Day,” “We Belong” and “When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues”
– 1982, Dolly Parton takes “I Will Always Love You” to #1 for the second time. The new version was recorded for the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas”
– 1972, Loretta Lynn becomes the first woman to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in the sixth annual awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. She also takes Female Vocalist and shares Vocal Duo with Conway Twitty
Now I know one of the things I’ll be thankful for this Thanksgiving — the much-anticipated album from Trisha Yearwood due out on Nov. 17. It is her first one with new music — six new songs — in seven long years.
Yearwood just revealed the cover art featuring her in a white gown, a tiara and a pair of Rocky Balboa’s actual boxing gloves, for what seems like the greatest hits of all greatest hits albums.
It’s called PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit.
There will be huge hits, obviously, like “She’s in Love With the Boy,” “XXX’s and OOO’s,” and “How Do I Live.” Plus the title track and five other new ones, like “She Met Him in a Motel Room” and “Your Husband’s Cheating on Us,” which sound like they could be two sides to the same story.
“I’m excited for you to be the first to see the PrizeFighter CD cover,” Yearwood said Tuesday (Oct. 14) on Facebook when she revealed the cover artwork. “The song ‘PrizeFighter’ describes for me the fight we all fight, whatever it is. It’s the courage to get up every day and give it your best shot, no matter the odds.
“For me, I learned that strength from my mama, Gwen. She went toe to toe with breast cancer, and though she lost her battle, she fought every step of the way with grace, dignity, humor and love. She’s my prizefighter. Whatever your battle, whoever your prizefighter is, my hope is that you draw strength from this important message.”
Describing the album’s title, Yearwood says it’s about the punches you throw and the punches you take in life.
“But it’s the entire fight that defines who you are,” she said.
Carrie Underwood could just paint her baby’s nursery yellow. That’s always a pretty safe and gender-neutral go-to color for expectant parents. But it sounds like she and her husband Mike Fisher have decided to wait on any kind of décor until they find out if the baby is a boy or a girl.
“We haven’t really worried about too much,” Underwood told CMT Radio’s Cody Alan about the holding pattern she is in right now, so early in her pregnancy. “Until we find out if it’s gonna be a boy or a girl. We haven’t really done anything with the room or anything.”
But that’s not to say she hasn’t started stockpiling some baby essentials with a little online shopping.
“I bought a few books online — kids books and stuff — that I grew up with. Just little things. But we’re kind of waiting to see if it’s a he or a she,” she said.
And so far, Underwood admits her pregnancy has been all good.
“I feel really good. I think I’ve been really lucky in my symptoms thus far,” she said. “It’s still strange to honestly wrap my head around it, as I’m sure it is with all pregnant people. But it’s exciting.”
One thing she isn’t so sure about is how she’s going to maintain her ever-changing styles on the CMA Awards stage.
Underwood told Alan she doesn’t think she’ll be able to pull off the standard 10 wardrobe changes in a night like she’s done in the past. “I don’t know if I can keep up with those numbers,” she admitted, “just from pure exhaustion.”
- 2010, Miranda Lambert’s “Revolution” album is certified platinum
– 1991, Atlantic releases Tracy Lawrence’s debut single, “Sticks And Stones”
– 1978, The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducts Joe Allison (“He’ll Have To Go”), Tom T. Hall (“Harper Valley P.T.A.”), Hank Snow (“I’m Moving On”) and Don Wayne (“Country Bumpkin”)
– 1969, Kimberly Roads (now Schlapman) is born in Toccoa, Georgia. She is destined for membership in Little Big Town, a harmony-based group known for “Boondocks,” “Tornado,” “Pontoon” and “Little White Church”