10 QUESTIONS for Martina McBride
The singer, 43, who joins Trace Adkins for their Shine All Night tour beginning Nov. 20, reveals her margarita obsession, early musical moments and her dream summer fantasy.
1 The first concert I ever saw was…
2 The song that makes me happy is…
“Air on a G String” by Bach.
3 One day I’d like to see…
the Northern Lights.
4 I think margaritas should be a food group.
5 The most embarrassing thing I’ve said to a fellow celebrity was…
introducing them by the wrong name! It was a totally embarrassing slip of the tongue and, no, I’m not going to give details!
6 My favorite movie is…
Moulin Rouge. It always inspires me.
7 My favorite on-the-road pit stop is…
a 24-hour grocery store late at night. Especially fun after a couple of margaritas!
8 My favorite DVD is…
Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series.
9 I’d pay $500 to meet…
Bobbie Gentry, so I could ask her the real story behind “Ode to Billie Joe.” I’d keep it a secret, of course!
10 I dream about…
living in Napa Valley for a whole summer and ending it by renewing my wedding vows and having a big party for our closest friends; going back to Italy; taking a ride on the Orient-Express; having a Tilt-a-Whirl in my backyard.
ROAD FROM RETIREMENT
The hard-working singer traded touring for quality time with the kids–but never strayed too far from the spotlight
Feb. 27, 2004
After hanging up his hat, he works out with the Kansas City Royals during spring training.
KANSAS CITY THUNDER
Nov. 6, 2007
Sells out nine concerts in less than two hours; shows include cameos by wife Trisha Yearwood.
CALLING IT QUITS
Oct. 26, 2000
Bows out of touring and recording to spend time with his girls. “Today we start a new life,” he says.
A GOOD CAUSE
Jan. 25, 2008
Performs in L.A. for the Southern California Fire Intervention Relief Effort.
July 18, 2008
Helps Billy Joel bid farewell to Shea Stadium.
AT THE MALL
Jan. 18, 2009
Joins Beyoncé and Bruce Springsteen to celebrate President-elect Obama.
Oct. 15, 2009
“We’re going to take the retirement roof off over our head, and I already feel taller,” he says of plans for an open-ended run of solo acoustic concerts at the Wynn casino and resort in Las Vegas. “I’ve cleared it with my girls…and that’s all that matters to me.”
NEW MUSIC TO RING IN THE SEASON
GREEN AND GOLD
Sugarland unveils five new tunes and remakes five classics, including “Silent Night.”
IF EVERY DAY COULD BE CHRISTMAS
Former Lonestar singer Richie McDonald takes on the holidays.
JOY TO THE WORLD
Bluegrass-tinged tunes from Charlie Daniels, with Jewel and Kathy Mattea as guests.
A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS
Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler and more sing to benefit Special Olympics.
THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
Lee Greenwood croons classics like “Joy to the World.”
Kids sing Christmas tunes penned by Joey + Rory and other Nashville writers.
NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
Standards from Reba McEntire, Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney and more.
I WAS IN A VIDEO!
All that wine Blake Shelton is swigging in his “Hillbilly Bone” video? “Welch’s grape juice,” says Nashville actor Brian Bailey, who sipped as a fellow diner in the Sept. 23 shoot at Nashville’s Stock-Yard Restaurant. But Shelton and Trace Adkins did “cut up a little bit on set,” he says. “Trace ate a flower off the centerpiece on his table.”
Get their song “Keep on Lovin’ You” at people.com/free
Husband and wife Can You Duet champs Meghan Linsey, 23, and Joshua Scott Jones, 29, will release their debut album next year. Here are three reasons to give them a listen now:
1. THEY’RE FUN: “We’re both outgoing. We sing karaoke,” says Linsey. “Josh likes to do ‘Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves’ by Cher. I rap to a little Salt-N-Pepa.”
2. THEY’RE DATE-FRIENDLY: “We have a lot of back-and-forth songs about guy and girl stuff,” says Jones. “There is something for everyone.”
3. THEY’RE DOWN-TO-EARTH: “We do our laundry at the laundromat,” says Linsey. “I like to cook and watch TV,” adds Jones. “I go between the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. And SpongeBob. It can be hilarious.”
FOR SALE $7,450,000
LEANN RIMES’ TENNESSEE HOME
The singer, who recently separated from husband Dean Sheremet, put their 13,380-sq.-ft. home on the market this past spring
A baby is on the way for Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook; their first child is due in March.
John Rich and wife Joan are also expecting their first child.
Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, are expecting their first child, a baby girl, in February. The singer and his wife plan to name their daughter Ella Cole.
Brad Paisley will coproduce a CW show tentatively titled Nashville with Star Trek pal Zachary Quinto. The drama will focus on a young female singer and a male songwriter. Says Paisley: “I’m very excited to portray the country music world of my favorite town, Nashville.” The singer will periodically appear on the show as himself and says other Nashville artists will guest star as well.
Eddie Montgomery is getting into the restaurant business, opening the Eddie Montgomery Steakhouse later this year in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
Gretchen Wilson has launched her own record label, Redneck Records. As president of the label, Wilson will help oversee all of the company’s operations.
Lucinda Williams tied the knot with her manager, Tom Overby, during her kickoff concert in Minneapolis Sept. 18. Williams borrowed the idea from one of her heroes, Hank Williams, who married his second wife onstage in New Orleans in 1952. “He is Midwestern, steady and sweet and loves her to death,” says a close friend of the bride’s.
Eli Young Band lead singer Mike Eli proposed to girlfriend of six years Kacey Jann Herndon on Sept. 22. Eli, who actually designed the ring himself, worried his big surprise would be blown when the package containing the bauble arrived via express mail: “I prayed that Kacey wouldn’t answer the door and accidentally see her ring. I told her that FedEx was coming to deliver my taxes!”
DEANA CARTER WEDS!
“Strawberry Wine” singer Deana Carter, 32, and carpenter Brandon Malone, 33, exchanged vows in front of friends and family at an intimate sunset ceremony on the beach at Leo Carillo State Park in Malibu Oct. 3. The couple married in front of a wooden cross in the sand, built by Malone, and had their two children (from previous relationships) as attendants.
TURNS 39 ON NOV. 15
DIERKS BENTLEY, 35
JOSH TURNER, 32
JOE NICHOLS, 33
TAYLOR SWIFT, 20