“Deer meat and turkey meat and anything wild is about as good as you can get,” Rhett Akins, an avid outdoorsman and hunter, tells Taste of Country when speaking of his wild turkey breast recipe. “The No. 1 main reason this recipe is cool is because you went out and got it yourself. You didn’t go to the grocery store and buy it. You spent hours and sometimes days or weeks trying to get the turkey. So it’s cool to know that you went out and did it on your own, like back in the old days.”
Luke Bryan has been looking forward to this weekend for some time now. In addition to performing on the 2012 ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 1), Bryan will also take part in the special ‘Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert’ taping set to take place the following night.
Chances are that no matter what happens to Jimmy Wayne in the coming weeks, he will remain with a smile on his face and in the grandest of moods. Earlier this month, Wayne was sitting front and center in a Tennessee board room when the news was revealed that a new bill he was fighting for — one which supports foster children — had passed congress.
Jake Owen is on a roll with topping the country charts. This week, his latest hit ‘Alone With You’ claims the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Country Singles chart. The tune is Owen’s second consecutive single to do so, following his multi-week No. 1 smash, ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night.’
JT Hodges got down to work last Thursday afternoon (March 22), shooting a music video for his latest single, ‘Goodbyes Made You Mine.’ The singer even put his acting chops to the work as he played the video’s leading man, keeping a close watch on a female friend he would love nothing more than to make his own.
Although we are only four months into the new year, 2012 is already shaping up to be one heck of a year for Sunny Sweeney. In addition to going into the new year as a happy newlywed, the singer-songwriter is also gearing up to hit the road with several country hunks this summer — Gary Allan, Josh Thompson, Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore and Eric Paslay — on the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour. But that’s not where things stop for Sweeney. As she continues to criss-cross the country, she will also begin working on her sophomore album on Republic Nashville.
Next weekend (Sunday, April 1), the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas. Many of the usual suspects fill out the nominees for the 2012 show, including Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney. But one name missing from the duo category this year will be Brooks and Dunn‘s Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks following their public parting of ways in 2010.
Taylor Swift and George Strait split the No. 1 title this week, as their songs top the two main country singles charts. Swift’s ‘Ours’ takes the leading slot on Billboard, while Strait’s ‘Love’s Gonna Make It Alright’ snatches the No. 1 position on Mediabase / Country Aircheck.
The lyrics to Thomas Rhett‘s debut single ‘Something to Do With My Hands’ are as fun and lovable as the 22-year-old star on the rise. The son of Rhett Akins inked his first record deal last year on Valory Music Co. and is anticipating the release of his first full-length album later this summer. Meanwhile, fans just can’t seem to get enough of his new single which he co-wrote with Lee Miller and Chris Stapleton.
Since his wedding last fall, Randy Houser can’t seem to wipe the smile off his face — not that he’s complaining. He has a lot to be smiling about, including his brand new baby boy, West Yantz Houser, born March 6. West is the first child for Houser and his lovely wife, Jessa Yantz, who wed in the Dominican Republic in September of last year. Houser has kept most of the wedding details to himself since the big day, but recently opened up to share details of his nuptials with us.
Hot newcomer JT Hodges is ready to give fans a better feel for him as an artist and as a person by hosting a new web series, titled ‘Just Talkin’. The first episode is set to premiere Wednesday (March 21), and it will be just the first of many to come. Hodges is planning on participating in the online event twice a month.
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