An exclusive interview with Kristi Hansen’s fiancé Ben Shepherd

Last week, I told you about Kristi Hansen, a fixture in St. John who Kenny Chesney's "Happy on the Hey Now (A Song for Kristi)" from his new "Life On a Rock" album was written for. I tracked down her fiancé, Ben Shepherd, and he agreed to an interview. What I got was something I NEVER expected: the most epic love story, ever. This story makes "The Notebook" look like "Animal House."

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Little Big Town – ‘Your Side of The Bed’ – Review


Little Big Town have had a moderately successful year
(deliberate understatement). After the release of ‘Tornado’ the album last
October, they’ve gone from strength to strength, selling more than ever before
and picking up award after award. Nobody can deny it; right now, Little Big
Town are hot stuff, and big money for that matter. There are multiple tracks on
‘Tornado’ worthy of being a single, including ‘Sober’, ‘Leavin’ In Your Eyes’,
‘Front Porch Thing’ and ‘Can’t Go Back’, which is why I was a little surprised
when they chose ‘Your Side of The Bed’. Clearly they wanted to release a
ballad, to truly showcase the power of their individual vocals and 4-part
harmonies more clearly, and as they’ve had two upbeat singles from the album,
this makes logical sense. However, for me, although it’s a beautiful track, I’m
not sure if it’s dynamic enough to be a single, especially off the back of
songs like ‘Pontoon’ and ‘Tornado’.


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Hunter Hayes teaches how to handle long distance relationships in new “I Want Crazy” music video

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Hunter Hayes is quite the charmer.

The 21-year-old singer-songwriter has officially released the music video for "I Want Crazy," the lead offering from his forthcoming Hunter Hayes deluxe edition set. As the followup to 2011's Atlantic Records debut, the new album will feature seven new songs, as well as re-recorded cuts from his first album as duets. Ashley Monroe and Jason Mraz have already been confirmed for the album

In the new music video, Hunter teaches us all a valuable lesson about how to handle long distance relationships. Yes, it involves doing crazy things for love, including booking a late night flight all the way across country. 

"I finally get to talk about. It's one of those things…it wasn't something we had been planning," he says of new Country-pop single. "This is a song I wrote not too long ago. The funny thing with 'I Want Crazy' is [it was] part of the debut record, but it wasn't written or recorded with the debut record."


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Blake Shelton wags his finger at mainstream with “Country on the Radio” performance

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Blake Shelton recently dropped his seventh full-length studio album, Based on a True Story…, a collection jam-packed with redneck laundry lists and infectious melodies, dipped in his Southern charm. The 36-year-old singer performed one of his favorite tracks from the new record in a live session last week, a song titled "Country on the Radio," pointing out the faults of the mainstream. Many songs, particularly from the genre's leading men, often chronicle small-town life in worn-out cliches and tired images of cold beer, pickup trucks and scantily-clad women.

Perhaps, that's the point.

Blake himself often deep dives into such thematic material, including on his current radio offering "Boys 'Round Here." Featuring his wife Miranda Lambert's outlaw trio Pistol Annies, the boisterous, anthemic track is a prime example of what Shelton wags his finger at on "Country on the Radio."

"Yea the boys 'round here, drinking that ice cold beer, talkin' 'bout girls, talkin' 'bout trucks, tunnin' them red dirt roads out, kicking up dust," he bellows on the chorus. "The boys 'round here, sending up a prayer to the man upstairs, backwoods legit, don't take no sh**, chew tobacco, chew tobacco, chew tobacco, spit."


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