by Brad Schmitt
Brad Schmitt is a longtime Nashville entertainment journalist, having shared the goods on Music City’s most interesting people in the newspaper, on TV, and online for more than 15 years. Every week, Brad hits country fans with the latest news from Nashville and the lives of their favorite country artists.
They even love Eric Church in New York City
Eric Church has had a huge year. How huge?
They’re even noticing him at The New York Times.
The music critics at the Times put together a list of the best live shows that they’d seen in 2012, and Eric is the only country artist on the list. (It’s fun to see Eric’ name in a list with Jay-Z, the Rolling Stones, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons and a bunch of alternative pop, rock, hip-hop and blues acts.)
One of the critics, Jon Pareles, caught Eric March 14 at the Hammerstein Ballroom, and Jon writes this:
“A mean show, as these things go. Mr. Church has clawed his way into the country mainstream with a series of post-outlaw anthems, and he delivered them with verve and tension, as if he might not be allowed to for much longer.”
Wanna live next to Blake and Miranda? You’re not alone
Every year, real estate company Zillow does a survey of celebrities we most want to have as neighbors.
And every year, most folks answer that they’d rather not have a celebrity neighbor. (This year, that number is 45%.)
There was a tie for second place between Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift.
Now that would be fun living next to Taylor. You could go over and borrow a cup of sparkles and sunshine.
Taylor is the top do-gooder in all the land!
Well, that’s according to a list published by DoSomething.org, anyway.
Taylor Swift finished atop the “Top 20 Celebs Gone Good of 2012” list. That should be no surprise: Taylor forked over $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and she works with kids battling cancers, and, and, and…. She’s a good girl.
Occasional country singer Miley Cyrus finished No. 2, thanks in part to her work rescuing animals.