Cody Johnson tells Southern Living magazine that his family and the rodeo inspire his songwriting. “I pull especially from the love I have for my wife and daughters and the upbringing I had. My rodeo background influenced me a lot, and real-life instances inspire me. You can write about pain and happiness. You can try to prepare for it, but sometimes it just hits you out of the blue.”
Brett Young tells Pop Culture Country that Tim McGraw made him fall in love with country music. “The guy that got me into country music in the first place is Tim McGraw. I heard ‘Don’t Take the Girl’ before anybody in Southern California was really listening to country music, and it made me fall in love with the storytelling in country music. It’s a reason that I’m a country music fan. It’s the reason I do this for a living now.”
One Country claims Blake Shelton is clearing a portion of his land in Oklahoma so Gwen Stefani can plant a wildflower garden.
She tweeted, “@blakeshelton how am I so blessed ??? #iloveyou #GodsCountry #Congratsonnumberone ! #congratstomeonubeingmine gx #bestboyfriendever.”
Riley Green tells Country Music Chat Live that he was framing homes when he started singing country music. “I was framing houses when I first got rolling with music. So, I didn’t have a lot of money, but I wish I had spent more money on my recordings from the beginning. I’ve kind of accidentally done stuff right so far, which has been something I’m thankful for, but now it’s just kind of keeping it going and ironing things out in Nashville.”
Chase Rice tells the website “A Drink With” that he drinks way too much whiskey. “Basically, as with everything in life, I go as hard as I can until I can’t go anymore. I don’t remember the last hangover I had thought, probably because I just keep it going. I get up on a Sunday and we’re drinking it. The first week of [one] tour, I brought a big half gallon for the band and it was gone by the first night. Now I make sure to have my own!”
Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly, will break ground on their new Nashville nonprofit retail store tomorrow. The Store will allow those in need to shop for free.