By People Staff
March 11, 2009 12:00 PM

6 ON THE SCENE

Taylor Swift takes on New York—then L.A., Carrie Underwood’s big People’s Choice wins and more

15 ROUNDUP

In the studio with Martina, behind the scenes of Brad and Keith’s video, plus a spring tour preview

24 HOT MUSIC TO HEAR NOW!

Free music from Billy Currington, Jimmy Wayne and other stars

26 BEHIND THE LYRICS

Darius Rucker reveals the inspiration for “It Won’t Be Like This for Long”

28 MOST ROMANTIC WEDDINGS

A look back at celebrity ‘I Dos’

32 REESE WITHERSPOON’S EASY STYLE

Get her look for less

34 STARS’ FAVORITE DRUGSTORE BEAUTY BARGAINS

36 COVER

Inside Kenny Chesney’s Malibu retreat

44 MY FAVORITE ESCAPE

Lee Ann Womack on how she relaxes

46 BABY BLISS

First photo of Dierks Bentley’s new baby daughter

48 WHERE I COME FROM

Alabama’s Randy Owen shows off his hometown

53 MAKE YOUR OWN GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

56 HOST A GAME NIGHT!

62 MOST WANTED CHICKEN RECIPES

From King Ranch casserole to a restaurant favorite

70 BARBECUE OF THE MONTH

At Bessinger’s Bar-B-Q in Charleston, the secret is in the sauce

72 NEW WAYS TO WALLPAPER

Make over a wall in your home with a favorite photo or even your child’s artwork

76 YOU TELL US

Readers share tips and their funniest stories and photos

78 PUZZLER

79 SECOND LOOK

80 I COUNT MY BLESSINGS…

Josh Turner reveals five reasons he’s thankful

STAFF FOR THIS ISSUE

Executive Editor: Maggie Murphy

Editor: Cynthia Sanz

Senior Editor: Jamie Bufalino

Associate Editors: Eileen Finan, Bethany Lye

Creative Director: Sara Williams

Director of Photography: Chris Dougherty

Deputy Art Director: David Jaenisch

Picture Editor: Christine Ramage

Assistant Photo Editor: Jen Lombardo

Contributors: Susan Nash Gilpin, Michelle Tauber, Andi Miller, Antoinette Y. Coulton, Danielle Anderson, Holly Carter, Anne Marie Cruz, Clarissa Cruz, Rennie Dyball, Liza Hamm, Joyce Huang, Amy Elisa Keith, Samantha McIntyre, Dwyer Paulsen, Thailan Pham, Alex Tresniowski, Charlotte Triggs, Ulrica Wihlborg, Chris Willman

Chief of Reporters: Lisa Kay Greissinger

Reporters: Liz Berman, Shayla Byrd, Allie Gross, Jessica Haralson, Debra Lewis-Boothman, Hugh McCarten, Lesley Messer, Gail Nussbaum

Research: Robert Britton (Director), Céline Wojtala (Deputy), David Barbee, Jane Bealer, Stacie Fenster, Margery Frohlinger, Ean Sheehy, Patrick Yang

Copy Editor: Aura Davies

Production Artists: Denise Doran, Cynthia Miele, Dan Neuberger

Scanners: Brien Foy, Stephen Pabarue

Imaging: Francis Fitzgerald (Director), Robert Rozkowski (Manager), Romeo Cifelli, Hubert Lau, Peter Nora, Mark Polomski

Production: Meghan Milkowski, Amy Taup (Associate Production Directors), Aislinn Fahy (Positioning & Makeup Manager), Joe Gesslein, Caroline Rufino

Administration: Patricia Hustoo

Style & Entertainment Group: Paul J. Caine (President and Group Publisher), David Geithner (SVP and Group General Manager), Fran Hauser (Group Digital President), Nancy Valentino (VP, Communications & Brand Development), Susan Parkes-Cirignano (VP, Marketing), Lori A. Kyle (Group Production Director)

Publishing: Jennifer Ogden-Reese (VP, Consumer Marketing, People Group), Karen Kovacs (Associate Publisher, Advertising Sales), Elissa Fishman (Finance Director, People Group), Andy Meyerson (Eastern Advertising Director)

ON THE COVER

Photograph by Melanie Dunea. Groomer: Cori Bardo/Celestine Agency; Stylist: Basia Richard/Artists by Timothy Priano. Insets (from left): Scott Kirkland/Globe; Steve Granitz/Wireimage; MLM/Fame; Bryan Bedder/Getty Images; Jill Johnson/JPI

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