Country superstar Carrie Underwood has spoken up in support of gay marriage. During a lengthy interview with British newspaper the Independent, Underwood admits she and husband Mike Fisher attend a gay-friendly church in Nashville, and that she believes two people who love each other should be able to do so without scrutiny.
The 2012 CMT Music Awards featured top-notch performances from some of country music’s biggest stars, as well as red carpet highlights — and a few lowlights. Find it all in the Daily Roundup today. Also included is Scotty McCreery‘s momentous occasion and reviews of Alan Jackson‘s new album and Trace Adkins‘ new single.
Scotty McCreery has changed his name! The ‘Water Tower Town’ singer made the big announcement on late night television last night. Find out his new name, and also what led to this rash decision, in today’s Daily Roundup. Also learn about Kenny Chesney‘s new record deal, Sheryl Crow‘s brain tumor and the next four entries in the Top 100 Country Songs list.
Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina were just added to a major country music awards show, but Chely Wright wasn’t and she’s upset about it. OK, she didn’t mention this show specifically when talking about being shut out of industry events, but others like it. Read both of these stories, and find out about Garth Brooks new tour dates in the Roundup below.
One country bachelorette is officially off the market. Find out who got married in today’s Daily Roundup and learn which country superstar was deemed most beautiful in country music by a men’s magazine. Also find out what Tim McGraw did to bring joy to military vets.
Life as an independent artist has come to an end for Tim McGraw. After being without a record label for six months, the singer signed a new recording contract. Find out what superstars he’s on the same team as in the Daily Roundup below. Also, learn which country superstar was chosen to host the CMT Music Awards next month.
New music from Willie Nelson hit stores today, and a new song from Rascal Flatts hit radio. Find the Taste of Country reviews on both projects in the Daily Roundup below, as well as which country star wound up on Oprah’s new show with her famous husband.
Willie Nelson‘s new album ‘Heroes’ is an eclectic collection of ambient emo-country, Texas swing and jazzy ballads. The singer isn’t confined by the country genre on any of the 14 songs. No one will ever doubt his credentials, so even songs like ‘The Scientist’ feel like one Hank Sr. may have chosen decades ago. OK, perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but few other singers could give the political lyric the proper twang.
Just two weeks before Jake Owen proposed to now-wife Lacey Buchanan, he said marriage was not on his radar. Owen co-hosted the syndicated radio show Country Countdown USA at the end of March and told host Lon Helton that while Buchanan would be the one he would marry if he was going to be married, she shouldn’t expect a ring anytime soon.
Happy first anniversary to Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert! The country couple celebrate one year of matrimonial bliss today (May 14). Professionally, they have soared with multiple awards and perhaps the best albums of their careers in the past year. But their strong bond has been tested with periods of personal sadness and controversy, too.
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