WE HIM TOO, MIRANDA!
Whether he’s coaching contestants on The Voice, tweeting out funny photos of himself or red-red-red-red-rednecking through his latest hit, Blake Shelton just makes us swoon. The only thing better? When Miranda Lambert returns the love by picking up our issue with Blake on the cover!
Kenny Does Rum!
And who knew he could distill as well as he sings? Chesney just launched his own line of premium rums ($18.99 a bottle, in three varieties). Pour a glass of the coconut flavor (Kenny’s favorite) and let your pirate flag fly!
THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE
It’s not all about the bed-hopping and backstabbing. The music on the ABC drama is pretty darn good too, thanks to a soundtrack produced by famed roots rocker and producer T Bone Burnett. A recent standout: a remake of the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” by child stars Lennon and Maisy.
COUNTRY’S BIGGEST PARTY!
2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS
JUNE 5, 8 P.M. ET/PT
LIVE FROM NASHVILLE’S
Hosted by Kristen Bell and Jason Aldean
For the full list of nominees, go to cmt.com
EVERYBODY HAS A STORY
VINCE GILL, AMY GRANT, FAITH HILL AND OTHER STARS PERFORM SONGS WRITTEN BY YOUNG PATIENTS AT THE MONROE CARELL JR. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT VANDERBILT. PROCEEDS FROM THE CD BENEFIT THE HOSPITAL’S MUSIC THERAPY FUND.
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When Songs Become Books
Thompson Square’s Keifer and Shawna Thompson teamed with famed Christian author Travis Thrasher to turn their hit single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” into a novel ($19.99, at book-stores). The married duo based the book, in part, on their own love story.
JAKE THE HERO
When the husband of Jake Owen’s former publicist Regina Stuve contracted a deadly bacterial infection during a vacation in remote Wyoming. Owen borrowed a private jet to whisk Stuve and husband Ron to infectious-disease specialists in Nashville. “We have no doubt Jake saved Ron’s life,” says Stuve.