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Is Martina McBride Country’s Martha Stewart?

What if Martina McBride took on a Martha Stewart role for all of her country-loving fans and friends and followers? That would be a good thing, right?

It looks like she’s off to a great start already. On Tuesday (July 1), she revealed the cover of her upcoming book, Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year.

McBride’s first book is part cookbook, part entertaining guide and part decorating inspiration. All, hopefully, with some kind of Nashville twist. The publisher’s website says this book will allow readers to understand that “beneath the glam, glitter and wild success, Martina remains a farm girl true to her roots and the country hospitality with which she was raised.”

A lot of the photos in the book were shot in or around the Nashville home McBride shares with her husband John and their three daughters Delaney, Emma and Ava.

The book won’t be available until October, so using McBride’s “Red, White and Blue Backyard Cookout” idea will have to wait until 2015′s Fourth of July. But I may still be able to do the Picnic Under the Old Oak or the a night of Mistletoe and Martinis before 2014 is over.

“I have a passion for food and entertaining, so I’m excited to be putting everything I love into the pages of my new book,” she said in announcing the project. “The response from fans to the cover on Twitter this morning was incredible. I can’t wait for everyone to see the full book.”

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This Day in Country Music- July 6th

  • 2012, Darius Rucker makes a surprise appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, performing “Wagon Wheel” with Old Crow Medicine Show
  • 2003, The Dixie Chicks perform at Dallas’ American Airlines Center despite a threat that Natalie Maines will be shot on stage
  • 1978, Tammy Wynette marries songwriter George Richey–known for such titles as “The Grand Tour,” “Soul Song” and “‘Til I Can Make It On My Own”–at her home in Jupiter Beach, Florida
  • 1956, Guitarist John Jorgenson is born in Madison, Wisconsin. He joins The Desert Rose Band, which fashions a string of 1980s hits, and plays on records by Pam Tillis, Rick Trevino and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others

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This Day in Country Music- July 5th

  • 2011, “Drop everything now”: Big Machine releases Taylor Swift’s “Sparks Fly” to radio
  • 2007, Toby Keith’s “Love Me If You Can” video airs on TV for the first time via CMT
  • 1982, Dave Haywood is born in Savannah, Georgia. He becomes a founding member of harmony trio Lady Antebellum, which wins seven Grammy awards from 2010-2012. The band’s hits include “American Honey,” “Downtown” and “Need You Now”
  • 1980, John Conlee makes his Grand Ole Opry debut

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This Day in Country Music- July 4th

  • 2010, Toby Keith performs “God Love Her,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!” and “American Soldier” from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston on the CBS special “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular”
  • 1986, Lee Greenwood performs “God Bless The U.S.A.” in the New York Harbor as the Queen Elizabeth II arrives from England to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty
  • 1985, Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic in Austin features the first live assembly of the Highwaymen: Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Also in the lineup are Neil Young, Hank Snow and June Carter Cash
  • 1976, Johnny Cash celebrates the Bicentennial by ringing a replica of the Liberty Bell 200 times in Washington, D.C. Also participating in the event are vice president Nelson Rockefeller and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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This Day in Country Music- July 3rd

  • 2004, Montgomery Gentry collects its first #1 country single in Billboard with “If You Ever Stop Loving Me”
  • 1982, “Any Day Now” takes Ronnie Milsap to #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1980, Singer/songwriter Sarah Buxton is born in Lawrence, Kansas. Signed for a time to the Lyric Street label, she earns hits as a writer with Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy” and “Put You In A Song.” She also provides supporting vocals on David Nail’s “Let It Rain”
  • 1958, Aaron Tippin is born in Pensacola, Florida. His hard-tipped vocals net him a strong 1990s presence behind such hits as “That’s As Close I’ll Get To Loving You,” “You’ve Got To Stand For Something” and “There Ain’t Nothing Wrong With The Radio”

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This Day in Country Music- July 2nd

  • 2005, “Fast Cars And Freedom” races Rascal Flatts’ name to the top of the Billboard country chart
  • 1991, MCA releases Trisha Yearwood’s self-titled debut album
  • 1973, MCA releases Conway Twitty’s “You’ve Never Been This Far Before”
  • 1964, Jim Reeves holds his final recording sessions, cutting the ironically titled “Is It Really Over?” and “Missing You” at Nashville’s RCA Studio B

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Why Brad Paisley Needs a Mononym

When the second episode of Rising Star began Sunday night (June 29), all I could think of was that Brad Paisley didn’t sound as cool as his fellow judges.

I mean, he is cool. Host Josh Groban even gave Paisley a “shout-out to your belt tonight” and compared him to the layers of an onion later in the show. But he just didn’t seem that cool when host Groban introduced the panel of experts as “Luda, Kesha and Brad Paisley.”

Why can’t Paisley have a mononym like the others?

He could start going by just Brad or Pais or Paiz — or some combination of all of those. Like Baizley. His full name is Brad Douglas Paisley. So maybe he could even do an initial thing. B.D.? Brad-D? Anything that’s two syllables and has a lifelong-nickname ring to it.

Kesha has a full name — Kesha Rose Sebert. Luda does, too. He was born Christopher Brian Bridges, then turned that mouthful into just Ludacris when he started his rap career and has since shortened it to simply Luda.

The reason I want Paisley to have a cool name is to reflect his ability to consistently come up with cool comments for the contestants.

On Sunday’s show, he told one contestant, “I was puzzled throughout — in a good way.”

And he told another, “You can overcome all these things in your life, I believe. Everybody watching is inspired by you right now.”

His other noteworthy remarks included, “You brought it. You have a presence. You’re adorable,” “Don’t ever lose the vulnerability” and “It was amazing to watch you deal with the nerves.”

And when Rye Davis performed Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing at All” and only made it to the 46-percent mark, Paisley left him with a pretty big glimmer hope.

“I felt like it was a little too pitchy,” he told him. “But you sound a lot like Alan Jackson, which is great. Alan Jackson worked in the mailroom at TNN for a long time, and he would go on TV and sing. And if you look back at the tapes, he was kind of where you are. And then he became the Alan Jackson that we know. And you have that.”

Paisley also engaged in some good-natured cattle-farmer jokes with Groban. Later in the show, he suggested a drinking game where every time Groban says the word “app,” everyone at home should take a drink.

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This Day in Country Music- July 1st

  • 1995, “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” puts John Michael Montgomery at the top spot on the Billboard country chart
  • 1989, Kathy Mattea’s “Come From The Heart” reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1972, Alabama, with the name Wildcountry, gives its first public performance at the Canyon Land theme park in Alabama
  • 1956, Elvis Presley appears on the second airing of NBC’s “The Steve Allen Show,” wearing a tuxedo and singing “Hound Dog” to a basset hound

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Happy Anniversary, Alan Jackson

He Signed His First Major Label Record Deal 25 Years Ago

I’m spinning Alan Jackson tunes on repeat all day Thursday (June 26). Is there any other way to celebrate Alan Jackson’s 25th anniversary in country music?

I will start at the beginning with “Here in the Real World” and move on to “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” where I’ll sing along while attempting some new-fangled harmony.

“Chattahoochee” is a given, which will prompt me to call my cousin and reminisce about how we’d sing it in back of mama’s Lumina at the top our lungs on trips to our grandma’s house in Chester, Ga.

Then I’ll move on to other favorites like “Gone Country,” “Midnight in Montgomery,” “Tall, Tall Trees” and “Like Red on a Rose.” By happy hour, I will likely be sobbing my eyeballs out with a glass of wine while listening to “Remember When.”

On June 26, 1989, the tall, soft-spoken Georgia native sat behind a desk to sign his record deal with Arista Records in a moment that would change his life forever.

But that moment of glory didn’t come easily. Upon moving to Nashville, Jackson worked a handful of jobs, including a stint in the mailroom of TNN: The Nashville Network. Even after the hard work looked as though it might be paying off, his first single, “Blue Blooded Woman,” failed to reach the Top 40.

But Jackson was special. He was not only determined to be a star, he was destined to become one. Some people have it, others don’t. Jackson was one of the blessed ones. His gift was song, and his calling was to share it with the world.

Releasing “Here in the Real World” in 1990, the rest is country music history. Millions of albums, scores of chart-topping country tunes, dozens of massive tours and, 25 years later, he’s still going strong.

There’s a lot of truth in that line from “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” about “made it up to Music Row. … Lordy, don’t the wheels turn slow?” Yes, they do, but country fans are so grateful he stuck with it.

Jackson is working on new music, planning a special 25th anniversary tour and will be the focus of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as their next artist-in-residence.

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This Day in Country Music- June 30th

  • 2001, Chet Atkins dies at home after a long bout with cancer. An influential guitarist and producer who helped create “The Nashville Sound,” he entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973 and earned a Lifetime Achievement award from the Grammys
  • 1993, Kenny Chesney signs his first recording contract, with Capricorn Records
  • 1963, Guitarist Dwayne O’Brien is born in Ada, Oklahoma. He joins the harmony-rich Little Texas, performing on the pop-influenced singles “What Might Have Been,” “You And Forever And Me” and “God Blessed Texas”
  • 1922, The first country record is made in New York, by Eck Robertson and Henry Gilliland. The two collaborate on “Arkansas Traveller”

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