Hank Williams Jr. Controversy + More – This Week’s Hottest Posts
It wasn't a good week for Hank Williams Jr. Regardless of how one feels about his comments on 'Fox and Friends,' the end result — being kicked off the ESPN 'Monday Night Football' intro — wasn't satisfying. The original story, his two follow-up statements and the press release stating that the two parties had separated were a few of the hottest stories this week, although only two made this week's Top 10.
The October Top 40 list cracked the Top 10, as fans were anxious to find out how far Scotty McCreery's new single 'The Trouble With Girls' got in just four weeks after being released to radio. Trisha Yearwood received some sad news this week, but it was very, very happy days for Eric Church and his wife. Catch up on all the big stories you might have missed this week in another edition of this week's hottest posts.
Tim McGraw Admits He Fell in Love With Faith Hill Feet First
This headline wasn't a metaphor for McGraw's hesitations. He literally fell in love with his wife's feet, first. While promoting his new film 'Dirty Girl' on 'Regis and Kelly,' he told the story of seeing Faith Hill in Billboard and admiring her tootsies. The couple recently celebrated 15 years of marriage. Maybe Hill got a complimentary foot message on their big day. We didn't have any pictures of that, but we did collect a gallery of shots of the lovebirds through the years to commemorate their milestone.
Eric Church and Wife Katherine Welcome First Child
Church and his wife, Katherine, gave birth to Boone McCoy Church on Monday. It's the first kid for the young couple, and everyone is happy and healthy. He wasn't the only country star to become a father this week. John Rich's wife and Keith Anderson's wife also gave birth. Crozlë J Anderson is was born on Wednesday, and immediately began learning how to pronounce her first name. Good luck, kid!
Jason Aldean Tour Dates Extended Into 2012
“I never want this year to end," Aldean says, so he's decided to drag 2011 into 2012. The My Kinda Party Tour will be extended next year, although he'll come armed with a new opening act. Luke Bryan will do the honors, beginning with a January date in Cedar Falls, Iowa. "Luke and I are really good friends," Aldean explains. "We hang out on our off days, we hunt and fish together and we love to play music to our fans. It’s gonna be a blast.”
Designer Says Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Dress Is His New Best-Seller
Fashion designer and 'Project Runway' winner Christian Siriano says he can barely keep up with orders for the dress he created for Taylor Swift to use in her commercial for her new perfume, Wonderstruck. It seems simply spritzing on the scent isn't enough to turn one into a princess. And here we thought the dress chandeliers were a bonus item with purchase.
Top 40 Country Songs - October 2011
Every month, Taste of Country looks at chart position, staff opinions and reader reactions to determine the hottest songs. In September, it was Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's 'Remind Me,' but October brought a new crop of country talent to the top of the list. Find out where all your favorite songs ended up, and feel free to share your opinions.
Hank Williams Jr. Addresses Controversial Comments
It's hard to tell if a more contrite response would have saved Williams' job at ESPN, but contrition has never been the legend's specialty. He apologized for offending anyone, but stopped short of retracting his comments about President Obama and Hitler. It was a good run for Bocephus.
Country Legend Gene Watson's Tour Bus Nearly Flips Over
Has your GPS unit ever steered you down a dark country road because a perfectly smooth, paved alternative meant a longer drive? That's what happened to Gene Watson. One mistake led to another, and before he knew it he was climbing out of the bus window and calling for a ride to his show in New Mexico. Fortunately, nobody was harmed.
Win Tickets to Meet + See Brantley Gilbert on the 2011 Taste of Country Christmas Tour
Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett are playing over a dozen shows across the south, and Taste of Country readers have a chance to win a pair, as well as meet Gilbert before the show. Be sure to 'like' us on Facebook to keep up to date on all the big contests, including this month's opportunity to get a video message from Scotty McCreery.
Gwen Yearwood, Trisha Yearwood's Mother, Dies at 73
Gwen Yearwood inspired Trisha's now-famous cooking habit and worked with her daughters to publish two southern cookbooks. She was much more than a mother to Yearwood. She was also a best friend and a role model. Gwen lost her battle with cancer last weekend, leaving a big hole in her daughters' hearts.
Hank Williams Jr. Pulled From 'Monday Night Football' After Comparing Obama to Hitler
The iconic Hank Williams Jr. intro was yanked after he made a few controversial comments on 'Fox and Friends.' Later in the week, the network announced they'd permanently split with Williams and then shared how they'd fill his shoes.