GARTH PLAYS PAPARAZZO!
LORETTA LYNN’S BIG NIGHT!
“Country music has never had a more truthful or more fearless artist than the one we’re honoring here tonight,” Reba McEntire told the crowd at the Grammy Salute to Country Music honoring Loretta Lynn in Nashville Oct. 12. “She did it all. She wrote ’em, sang ’em and played ’em.” Stars like Lee Ann Womack and Kid Rock performed Lynn’s hits, while White Stripes singer Jack White, who produced Lynn’s 2004 Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose, declared her “the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century.” The Coal Miner’s Daughter herself, who celebrates a half century in the industry this year, brought up Garth Brooks to sing with her on her 1971 Conway Twitty duet “After the Fire Is Gone,” but the night left her nearly speechless. “I sure am proud,” she said. “I don’t know what to say except thank you.”
Gretchen Wilson, Martina McBride and Reba paid tribute to Lynn. “She stood up for us women in an era when ‘Stand by Your Man’ was more than just a song,” Reba said.
All for the Hall!
Nashville, Oct. 5
KEITH’S ALL-STAR JAM
The Opry’s Back!
Nashville, Sept. 28
A COUNTRY HOMECOMING
Five months after Nashville’s floods submerged its famous stage, the renovated Grand Ole Opry House celebrated its reopening with an all-star jam. “It’s good to be home tonight,” said Trace Adkins. “I feel like we’ve all come home.”
Carrie Underwood popped in on David Spade before his show in Las Vegas Sept. 18.
BIG APPLE PICKIN’
Bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent takes in the New York City view Sept. 21.
FLATT OUT FANTASTIC
The trio belt out the National Anthem at Ohio Stadium before the Ohio State-Miami game Sept. 11.