By People Staff
September 09, 2009 12:00 PM

10 QUESTIONS for Miranda Lambert

The singer, whose new CD Revolution is out Sept. 29, fills in the blanks on her musical history and a few of her favorite things

1 The first concert I ever saw was…

Garth Brooks. My mom and dad took me. I was 10, and it was life-changing.

2 The first CD I ever bought was…

Shania Twain’s Come On Over. I always pestered my parents to buy me country CDs, but that is the first I bought with my own money.

3 My first celebrity crush was…

Jonathan Taylor Thomas from Home Improvement. I was 11. I never got to meet him, but I’d still like to ’cause he’s still cute!

4 If I were stuck on a desert island, I’d want to have…

Burt’s Bees lip balm, Merle Haggard’s box set and matches. I don’t want to have to start from scratch.

5 The thing I like best about myself is…

I love really hard. I don’t love that many, but the people I love, I love with all my heart.

6 The thing I wish I could change about myself is…

My impatience.

7 I take my coffee…

Actually, I take my creamer with a little coffee.

8 The last thing I do every night is…

Call my boyfriend [singer Blake Shelton].

9 The worst date I ever had was…

A guy who called his mother seven times, from the time we left till we got home. I like a boy who likes his mother, but I don’t like a mama’s boy.

10 The best date I ever had was…

Totally redneck! Out on a boat with Blake, fishing all day. I caught a 12-lb. and a 15-lb. catfish. He didn’t catch anything!

FANS WANTED

GLORIANA

The quartet—Rachel Reinert, Mike Gossin, Cheyenne Kimball and Tom Gossin—are currently touring with Taylor Swift and just released their self-titled debut CD. Here are three reasons to give them a listen:

1. THEY’RE SENSITIVE: “I love the cryers—the person in the meet-and-greet line about to explode with emotion,” says Tom Gossin. “We hug them and say, ‘It’s okay.’ ”

2. THEY SMELL NICE: “Taylor Swift calls us the best smelling band in the country,” he admits.

3. THEY’RE ANIMAL LOVERS: “I miss my dog horribly,” says Tom, who left his boxer Paris with his dad to go on the road. “She’s the love of my life. In my mind, I dedicate shows to her and pray she doesn’t hate me.”

MY FAVORITE BOOKS

Sara Evans

The singer, who coauthored her first novel, The Sweet By and By, out this month, shares her own top reads

GONE WITH THE WIND

by Margaret Mitchell

I love the whole southern thing—the plantation and the gowns—they’re so spoiled!

DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA YA SISTERHOOD

by Rebecca Wells

It touched my life.

THE GIRLFRIENDS GUIDE TO PREGNANCY

by Vicki Iovine

It told the truth. “This is what you need to bring to the hospital—and you’re going to gain weight no matter what.”

THE BIBLE

I read it every day; it’s definitely the book of all books.

UPCOMING CDs

Mark the calendar for these new releases…

GEORGE STRAIT

Twang

Aug. 11

LOVE AND THEFT

World Wide Open

Aug. 25

CHRIS YOUNG

The Man I Want to Be

Sept. 1

BROOKS & DUNN

#1s…And Then Some

Sept. 8

JESSICA HARP

A Woman Needs

Sept. 22

RASCAL FLATTS

Greatest Hits, Volume 1

Sept. 29

LUKE BRYAN

Doin’ My Thing

Oct. 6

TOBY KEITH

American Ride

Oct. 13

Charles Kelley’s ISLAND WEDDING

The Lady Antebellum singer says ‘I Do’ in a super-private ceremony in the Bahamas

With the sun just starting to set over a pink sand beach in the Bahamas on July 6, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, 27, married his girlfriend of almost three years, Nashville publicist Cassie McConnell, 26. His favorite moment? “When she walked out in the dress and veil,” says Kelley. “She looked absolutely gorgeous.” The wedding was a family affair, with about 25 guests including Kelley’s brother Josh and wife Katherine Heigl. “We had dinner with our families at this long table looking over the ocean, then we had a bonfire on the beach,” says Kelley. “We don’t get to spend much time with our families, so to all be together in such a beautiful place was really special.”

THE RINGS

The couple exchanged a simple diamond eternity band (for her) and gold ring (for him) during their vows.

MUSIC MEN

The brothers let loose back in the room at the Runaway Hill Inn. At the ceremony, big bro Josh played guitar and sang “Home to Me,” a song he wrote, as the bride walked down the aisle.

The wedding dinner featured lobster and beef tenderloin

Country Stars’ NEED FOR SPEED

See who’s been living in the fast lane on the NASCAR circuit this year

AT DAYTONA…

Keith Urban revved up the crowd at pre-race ceremonies for the Daytona 500 and revealed he’s a speedster too. The fastest he’s ever driven? “About 130,” said Urban. “It was only for a glimpse.” Also on hand: Kate and Kacey Coppola (inset), who sang the national anthem.

PIT STOPPERS

Rodney Atkins had a sit-down with Michael Waltrip at the Food Lion Speed Street event in Charlotte, N.C., May 22, while Kid Rock stood tall with Robby Gordon at the LifeLock 400 in Michigan June 14.

Back to SCHOOL

Yearbook photos revealed! Take a look at these (not so) familiar faces

KENNY CHESNEY, in 1986, didn’t need a cutoff shirt or cowboy hat to flash his winning grin.

JENNIFER NETTLES

1993

TOBY KEITH

1979

CARRIE UNDERWOOD
2001

TIM McGRAW

1987

LEE ANN WOMACK

1983

BLAKE SHELTON

1994

Sports fan TRISHA YEARWOOD was a water-girl for her Piedmont Academy football team in 1982.

Trisha was voted Most Intelligent!

DEALS

Julianne Hough will kick off her Sunday shoes and star as Ariel Moore in the remake of the 1984 hit Footloose. Shooting is set to begin in 2010.

Alan Jackson is coming out with an expanded edition of his popular cookbook Who Says You Can’t Cook It All, available at alanjackson.com.

NEW PETS

Kellie Pickler has a new pup, courtesy of her boyfriend, songwriter Kyle Jacobs. Nala, a Labrador, joins her menagerie of animals, including Boots the python, Moo Moo the Chihuahua and Pickles the cat.

CLOSE CALLS

Jack Ingram was taken to a local emergency room after being thrown from a steer during a celebrity bull-riding contest in Nashville in June. Ingram, who didn’t break any bones, told CMT, “That’s my first and last time on a bull.”

HONORS

Montgomery Gentry were inducted as Grand Ole Opry members during ceremonies in Nashville on June 23.

Charlie Daniels will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame during Oct. 12 ceremonies in Nashville.

I DOs

SHeDAISY lead singer Kassidy Osborn married longtime boyfriend Derek Williamson on May 28 in a private ceremony in San Diego.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

FAITH HILL
TURNS 42 ON SEPT. 21

LEE ANN WOMACK, 43

AUG. 19

JAKE OWEN, 28

AUG. 28

JENNIFER NETTLES, 35

SEPT. 12

JOE DON ROONEY, 34

SEPT. 13

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