Country star Trace Adkins has become an official part of Louisiana's music history after he was inducted to his native state's Music Hall of Fame on Saturday (21Jun14). The singer was given a warm welcome home when he brought his summer concert tour to Baton Rouge's Dixie Landin' amusement park, and in the middle of the gig, Mike Shepherd, the president and executive director of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, took to the stage to honour Adkins.
Shepherd presented the You're Gonna Miss This hitmaker with an award and an official statement signed by the state’s governor, Bobby Jindal.
Adkins was born and raised in Sarepta, Louisiana, and even named his band The Sarepta Gentleman's Club after his beloved hometown.
He joins the ranks of fellow Louisiana natives, including Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis and Aaron Neville, as Music Hall of Fame members.
The honour is a positive after a string of unfortunate 2014 events for Adkins - in January (14) he checked into rehab in a bid to beat alcoholism, he mourned the death of his father in February, and in March, his third wife filed for divorce to end the couple's 16-year marriage.
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Actress and now country singer Laura Bell Bundy talks Anger Management, Hart of Dixie, growing up in Kentucky, being nominated for a Tony, and being the next big thing in country music. This multi-talented blonde is certainly a bombshell. She's just about to explode.
Congrats on joining the cast of Anger Management alongside Charlie Sheen. Tell us a bit about your character, Dr. Jordan Denby.
I am truly having a great time doing the show. Jordan is a high strung, recovering alcoholic, emotionally unstable hot mess, yet she cares about her work and is very conscientious trying desperately to keep it together. She and Charlie go at it a bit and push each other’s buttons. The dynamic is a lot of fun. There are always funny things happening on set...Feels like all I am doing is laughing.
You were the original Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical, which led to your Tony nomination. How did you feel when you found out you were nominated?
When I heard that I was nominated I thought for sure I was dreaming, then I thought I might be dead, or that I heard incorrectly. I was silent for about 30 seconds, and then I started jumping around and screaming all alone in my apartment. When people started calling congratulating me, I finally felt assured I was alive and what I heard was true.
You are no stranger to accolades. You were recently named part of CMT’S Next Women Of Country. What sets you apart from other country artists?
I believe that every artist must follow their heart and pay attention to what is the most satisfying creatively for them and notice when they feel most inspired. I feel most inspired when I am being original or creating music that is different, it must be bold or so honest that it might reveal too much, that's when you know you are going to connect. I don't gravitate toward the in between. I never have. It is too safe. Comfort is suicide as an artist. I think what sets me apart from other country artists right now is that I am exploring the world of beats meeting banjos.
Your character on Hart of Dixie is a lot of fun. Do you relate to her in any way? Will you continue your role on HOD as you move forward with Anger Management?
I have based Shelby on my mother so, yes, I do relate to her in the way I relate to my mother, who is a total hoot! She is a high energy, all synapses firing, sweet, driven, determined southern woman. When I play Shelby I often ask myself, "how would Lorna say this? What would mom do in this situation?" Although not as frequently, I am able to still make appearances in Bluebell this upcoming season.
"Two Step," your new single, has done very well. What do you think makes the song so popular?
People have been line dancing and two-stepping for generations. I think "Two Step" connects because it has a really strong sexy beat and makes you want to move, but also gives people an excuse to dance.
What’s next for you?
When I am not filming, I am making music and writing songs. I often do concerts around the country and some overseas. I'm putting out a brand new song Nov 5th called "Kentucky Dirty," the music video being released the following week. I also put out a new mix-tape with my buddy Huff D every month on my website and soundcloud that features popular tunes and my original material. Of course, I will keep doing Cooter County videos. That's my sketch comedy web series: www.cootercounty.com
"I'd hide their names throughout the lyrics. It was a great song but it was a folksy-sounding song and the rest of the record is more fast paced, rock 'n' roll, so it didn't make the cut." Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill proved he is now a real family man by incorporating the names of the band's wives and children, including his daughter Dixie Pearl, in a song for their new album Mechanical Bull.
Singer/songwriter Carole King has been named the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year. The You've Got a Friend hitmaker will be the guest of honour at the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy's 24th annual benefit gala, which will take place in Los Angeles on 24 January (14), two nights before the Grammy Awards.
The event will feature tribute performances from Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and the Dixie Chicks.
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, says, "Her (King) contributions as a songwriter and performer have truly changed the landscape of pop music, and her philanthropy speaks volumes about her generosity and personal passions.
"We are also grateful to the extraordinary artists who have announced their desire to be a part of what will undoubtedly be a magical and inspiring evening."
It's been a stellar year for King - the veteran star was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April (13), while she made history in May (13) when she became the first woman ever to receive the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last December (12).
The 2013 MusiCares honour, which recognises artists for their creative accomplishments as well as their charitable work, was bestowed upon Bruce Springsteen, while previous recipients include Sir Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Neil Young and Neil Diamond.
MusiCares provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times.
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Models and musicians – the pairing is as perfect as pancakes and syrup. Just last week, U2 bassist Adam Clayton married his model girlfriend Mariana Teixeira de Carvalho in Dublin, entering a long, distinguished line of rockers who have said “hell yeah” to fashionistas and models around the globe.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best model/rocker pairings over the years.
Kate Moss and Pete Doherty Kate Moss may be happily married to The Kills’ Jamie Hince, but before there was Jamie, there was her busted relationship with Pete Doherty. Moss was hardly a vision of innocence herself, but hooking up with a notorious, self-admitted junkie made for pure tabloid gold. Drugs and scandal followed, with Doherty claiming everything from “loving her bones” to saying that Moss was a “nasty old rag” who once kicked him in the head. In his mind, the pair broke up because, according to Doherty, “I can’t buy her diamonds.”
Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley The Piano Man definitely loves his statuesque blondes, and supermodel Christie Brinkley is no different. Brinkley starred in Joel’s video for “Uptown Girl,” which, contrary to popular belief, wasn’t actually written about Brinkley, but another one of Joel’s model exes – Elle McPherson. The pair married in 1985, but their marriage was strained due to Joel’s philandering and love for booze, and they finally divorced at the end of 1993.
Jack White and Karen Elson This couple was smoking hot and seemed like they were made for each other. White and Elson met when the former starred in the White Stripes video for “Blue Orchid,” and the pair married in 2005. Although they divorced 6 years later, they were awesome enough to hold a divorce party in 2011, so everyone thought that all was well between the two. However, lately Elson has accused White of basically being a douchebag (who really has it out for the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, for some reason), and White has countersued her in what’s become a messy ending for the once-reigning Couple of Cool.
Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge Son of a preacher turned rock star who has fire-sex meets California girl at overexposed music festival, and they live happily ever after – that’s essentially the story of Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill and Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge. The two met at Coachella in 2011 and married later that year. Their daughter, Dixie Pearl Followill, was born in June last year.
Simon Le Bon and Yasmin Parveneh Not all model/rocker pairings end badly. Simon Le Bon has been married to Yasmin Parveneh since 1985. At the time of their marriage, their relationship was all over the gossip headlines – Le Bon was the lead singer of Duran Duran, one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, and Parveneh herself was one of the highest-earning models of the decade.
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Previously trying his darndest to be the Leonardo DiCaprio of the pop world, Adam Levine has had a long list of models by his side. His latest model girlfriend, Behati Prinsloo, is set to be his future wife, putting to rest his image of the perpetual pop bachelor. Though the pair had briefly broken up and Levine wasted no time in hooking up with model Nina Agdal, the two got back together and decided to get engaged.
Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. When Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. hooked up in 2008, it seemed like a match made in hipster heaven. Usually seen in paparazzi photos holding hands and walking dogs, the relationship was rumored to be much rockier than it initially seemed, and the couple finally broke up a year later. Deyn has definitely dated her share of rock stars, including The Paddingtons’ Josh Hubbard, Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald, and Last Shadow Puppets frontman and solo artist Miles Kane. The world is waiting for a supergroup of all the model’s exes, hopefully called Deyn’s Discards.
Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter Like Billy Joel, Rod Stewart likes his women tall and blonde (and nearly identical-looking). In 1990, Stewart married model Rachel Hunter, the woman responsible for millions of young men saving up their dollars for Sports Illustrated issues in the 90s. The two separated in 1999 and officially divorced in 2006, and Hunter went on to have it going on as “Stacy’s Mom,” while Stewart – what else? – married another model.
Iman and David Bowie Arguably one of the coolest couples ever, Iman and David Bowie have been married since 1992. The union of Ziggy Stardust and the most gorgeous advocate for social aid had the entertainment world in a frenzy. Forget haters, barely anyone thought that this marriage would last, but twenty-one years later, the couple is still going strong.
Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour From the documentation of his behavior in the media, it’s safe to say that anyone who dates Axl Rose is probably making up for some bad karma in a past life. Allegations of physical abuse, theft, and violence Rose’s relationship with Seymour, but for some reason, the couple still decided to get engaged. The engagement was short-lived, due to Rose accusing Seymour of being unfaithful (because why would anyone cheat on a prize like Axl Rose?) and the couple finally broke up.
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen Who would’ve ever thought that Keith Richards would be the guy to be married to his wife for thirty years? Richards married model Patti Hansen in 1983 and have been together since then. A couple that makes it through drugs, rock and roll, Mick Jagger, and everything in between, is definitely a couple that stays together.
Paulina Porizkova and Ric Ocasek When these two hooked up, most people were scratching their heads, thinking “….what?” The gorgeous, then-19 year old Paulina Porizkova was featured in the Cars’ video for “Drive,” and although lead singer Ric Ocasek was still married at the time (and 35 years old), the two started dating and have been together ever since. Porizkova has also gone on to say that Ocasek is better-looking than George Clooney.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills And the award for the most notorious rocker/model pairing goes to Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. Mills is a former model, famous for 2 things: having a prosthetic limb as part of her leg and for trying to suck Sir Macca drier than anyone else ever could. The pair married in 2002 and divorced 6 years later, with the divorce becoming a highly-publicized affair for the settlement amount that the celebrities were fighting for. Mills wanted £125 million – McCartney offered £15.8 million. Because is £15.8 million is obviously pennies, Mills kept fighting for more, eventually ending up with a total of £24.3 million, plus £35,000 per year to take care of their daughter. The best part of this is that Mills fancies herself to be a charity campaigner.
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Expectant actress Jaime King marked the impending arrival of her first child by throwing a Star Wars-themed baby shower on Saturday (17Aug13). Hollywood stars Selma Blair and Jessica Alba were in attendance, as were King's Hart of Dixie co-stars Rachel Bilson and Wilson Bethel, as well as fellow mother-to-be Teresa Palmer and her fiance Mark Webber.
King's husband Kyle Newman tweeted a picture of the couple's Star Wars cake, which featured the caption "May the force be with baby Newman," and depicted the parents-to-be as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.
After the bash, held at Soho House in Los Angeles, King took to her Twitter.com page to share snaps of her smiling guests, writing, "Best baby shower ever! Thanks to all."
Burlesque star Dixie Evans has died at the age of 86. The veteran performer, who was known as the 'Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque', passed away at an assisted care facility in Las Vegas on Saturday (03Aug13), just months after she suffered a stroke.
Evans shot to fame in the 1950s and became known for using her act as a tribute to Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe, mimicking the star's iconic look and even recreating scenes from her movies on stage.
However, the show infuriated Monroe who threatened Evans with a lawsuit in a bid to force her to change her act.
Evans' famous fans reportedly included Frank Sinatra, while longstanding rumours suggest Monroe's ex-husband Joe DiMaggio went to see her show in the aftermath of the couple's divorce.
Evans' career entered a downward spiral in 1962 after Monroe's death and she later became an avid collector of burlesque memorabilia, launched a pageant and founded the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Sin City.
She also inspired the career of current burlesque sensation Dita Von Teese, who paid tribute to her idol in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "Sweet & wonderful lady of burlesque, us neo-burlesque dancers owe a lot to you. Rest in peace."
"I'm all sweaty in this tube top and its (sic) puddling. Why did I wear all black?" Dixie Chicks star Emily Robison questions her stage outfit choice as she performs with her band Court Yard Hounds in the Chicago, Illinois sun at the Lollapalooza festival on Saturday (03Aug13).
Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss, Bruno Mars, Tim Mcgraw and the Dixie Chicks have all cancelled concerts in Canada after severe floods hit Calgary. Officials in the city declared a state of emergency last month (Jun13) as a result of heavy downpours, which caused major devastation throughout the area.
Calgary's Saddledome arena was badly hit by the floods, and venue bosses have been forced to call off a number of high-profile gigs as they begin the massive clean-up operation.
The concerts were part of a series held in connection with the annual Calgary Stampede, which has also been affected by the flood problems.
Stampede chief executive Vern Kimball says of the axed gigs, "We understand that this news is disappointing and we're disappointed too... It became evident late (on Monday) to the Stampede and the (venue bosses) that the services necessary for an acceptable concert experience just weren't available given the current status and limitations of the building.
"Given the size of the four shows, and that they're all intended for indoor setup with tailored effects and lighting, there was no feasible alternative to host any one of these shows at another Calgary venue during Stampede."
Organisers hope to reschedule the gigs.