9/11 Tributes and Baby Pictures – This Week’s Hottest Posts
The 10th anniversary of 9/11 dominates this week's hottest posts on Taste of Country. Beginning with a list of how over 30 stars remember the terrorist attacks, to how one famous 21-year-old honored those who lost their lives, there are plenty of never before heard stories relating to that tragic day in 2001.
Scotty McCreery continues to be a pace setter on this weekly list, although the 'American Idol' winner has only one story in the Top 10. Pictures of Jewel's new baby were of much interest, as was Miranda Lambert's (possible) next single from her 'Four the Record' album. Catch up with the hottest stories of the week right here, in one neat and tidy Top 10 list.
For the first time, we got a complete look at the 12 songs 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery planned to include on his new album, 'Clear as Day,' when it hits stores next month. There are a number that we've heard plenty about, and a few like 'Dirty Dishes' that the singer hasn't dished on. Later, McCreery revealed his secret formula for determining if a song was album-worthy or not.
One month after several people were killed and over 40 injured when Sugarland's stage collapsed before a show at the Indiana State Fair, one of the victim's parents has filed suit and listed Sugarland as a defendant. No details have emerged as to what they're asking for. The band -- like the other 15 listed defendants -- hasn't responded.
Well, the two singers didn't physically rescue the boy from danger, but their music helped a team in California locate the autistic youth and pull him up to safety. The kid's father knew alarming noises would push the 8-year-old further into hiding, so they coaxed him out by blasting 'Good Time' and 'No More Tears' from the loud speaker. It worked!
In an exclusive interview with Taste of Country, Lee Greenwood shared his favorite 'God Bless the USA' moment. It happened just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when he was asked to sing before the fourth game of the World Series. Greenwood's song has stood the test of time, he says, because it's a song of hope and encouragement.
At a recent show, Miranda Lambert played a song she said she was hoping would be the follow-up single to 'Baggage Claim.' 'Mama's Broken Heart' is wild and crazy, and even though Lambert is still getting familiar with how to perform the song live, she brings plenty of wild and crazy to the stage in a video captured by a fan in the crowd. Her new album, 'Four the Record,' hits stores on November 1.
Over 30 country artists took time to reflect on where they were when they learned the World Trade Center had been attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. A couple were overseas, while more than a few were still in elementary school. Clearly it was as life-changing an event for celebrities like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum as it was for non-celebs.
NBC's 'America's Got Talent' finale was Wednesday, and LeAnn Rimes was the only country artist invited to perform with one of the four finalists. She performed with the dance team Silhouettes, and admitted before they began she'd have a difficult time keeping herself together if she watched their inspirational performance. The singer didn't break down during her song 'Give,' but once the music stopped she struggled to keep her mascara from running.
Jewel's baby came a little early. OK, he came a lot early, but everyone is happy and healthy now. The singer proudly showed off a few pictures to fans this week. Her husband, Ty Murray, jokes that he can't wait to take the boy out for his first cow roping lesson. Kase is a fifth generation cowboy. Maybe if he's blessed with mama's genes, too, he'll be the next singing cowboy, like Gene Autry.
Big Kenny of Big and Rich wrote this song when he was literally down to his last dollar. His story also includes the 9/11 tragedy. The singer-songwriter was as broke as broke can get at the time. In fact, he owed over $200,000 to various businesses and credit card companies. In true Big Kenny style, he put a smile on his face and pulled it together.
Taylor Swift was just 11 when the Twin Towers fell in 2001, but she was plenty mature enough to understand the significance of the day. During a show in Vancouver, she played Alan Jackson's iconic tribute song. The fan who took the video at the bottom of this story seems to believe that the mostly Canadian audience didn't know the song, but the screams would seem to indicate otherwise.