Willie Nelson Gets Arrested, Starts a Party

When Willie Nelson got arrested last Friday for possession of marijuana, it wasn’t exactly the biggest shock in the world. He’s been very open with his use of pot — so open that Toby Keith was able to write and record his hilarious song “Weed With Willie” for the Shock’N Y’all album. Leave it to Willie to take an unexpected turn in the aftermath. When he got in trouble with the IRS years ago, he reacted by recording an album and selling it to raise money to pay off his debt. After he made bail for Friday’s arrest, he sent an email to a reporter suggesting the creation of a Teapot Party. A fan set up a Teapot Party site on Facebook on Sunday, and as of this morning, more than 20,000 people have “Liked” the site. Willie’s suggestion with the party is that the government should legalize marijuana. Tax it and make money off of it, he suggests, and a lot of the crime that surrounds its distribution will disappear. Read More

Willie Nelson Gets Arrested, Starts a Party

When Willie Nelson got arrested last Friday for possession of marijuana, it wasn’t exactly the biggest shock in the world. He’s been very open with his use of pot — so open that Toby Keith was able to write and record his hilarious song “Weed With Willie” for the Shock’N Y’all album. Leave it to Willie to take an unexpected turn in the aftermath. When he got in trouble with the IRS years ago, he reacted by recording an album and selling it to raise money to pay off his debt. After he made bail for Friday’s arrest, he sent an email to a reporter suggesting the creation of a Teapot Party. A fan set up a Teapot Party site on Facebook on Sunday, and as of this morning, more than 20,000 people have “Liked” the site. Willie’s suggestion with the party is that the government should legalize marijuana. Tax it and make money off of it, he suggests, and a lot of the crime that surrounds its distribution will disappear. Read More

Garth Brooks’ “Prayers” Mixes Media

During this week in 1990, Garth Brooks had a pretty impressive run going on the national country charts with two songs in the Top 20 at the same time. “Friends In Low Places” was at No. 17 in Billboard on its way down after peaking at No. 1, and “Unanswered Prayers” bolted to No. 8 after just eight weeks on the chart. Two decades later, Garth still remembers one of the lessons he drew from those two songs, which cast ex-romances in very different atmospheres. “Low Places” is a drunken intrusion into the wedding reception of an ex-girlfriend, while “Prayers” is a thoughtful note of thanks that an old flame flickered out. “Low Places” is still an iconic song for country fans, and it was a pretty smart move to not follow it up with something that had the same sort of party spirit. Read More

Bake With the Stars this Holiday Season

It’s probably a good bet that this holiday season either you or someone in your family will be baking cookies, pies, etc. — and country stars are no exception! We chatted with some of country’s top stars and persuaded them to share with us some of their favorite holiday memories. They also gave us the [...] Read More

Judds Kick Off Last Encore Tour

Wynonna and Naomi Judd hit the road on Friday as the Judds’ Last Encore Tour got underway in Green Bay, mixing some of the duo’s classics with numerous solo songs from Wy. Mother and daughter locked voices on such historic titles as “Love Can Build A Bridge,” “Young Love,” “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days)” and “Love Is Alive.” Wynonna ran through “No One Else On Earth” and “She Is His Only Need,” and they added a few holiday performances as well, including “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria.” The Judds took country by storm in the 1980s before a potentially fatal bout with hepatitis C forced Naomi to retire from the road. The disease has since gone into remission, but she’s been content to let Wynonna carry on her solo career while she stays at home in Nashville most of the time. Read More