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.
Martina loves her some George frickin’ Strait
George Strait has launched his The Cowboy Rides Away tour, a bittersweet affair that will bring him to many cities for the last time, as a performer, anyway.
Making things more special in Lubbock, Tex., Friday night (Jan. 18) and Oklahoma City the next: King George gave away mortgage-free houses to wounded military veterans.
Tour opener Martina McBride did it in person.
“I’m the luckiest girl in the world ‘cause I get to tour with George frickin’ Strait,” Martina told the crowd.
So frickin’ true.
Michael J. Fox has smoothed things over with Taylor Swift
Looks like actor Michael J. Fox may have butted heads a little with Taylor Swift, but everything’s OK now, Taylor has assured her Twitter followers.
“Hey everybody, Michael J. Fox got in touch with me today and we are good. Thank you for having my back,” she tweeted Friday (Jan. 18).
It all started at the Golden Globe Awards, where Michael’s 23-year-old son, Sam, was handing out trophies. Host Tina Fey joked, “You know what, Taylor Swift? You stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son.”
Then – and we’re not sure if he was joking – Michael J. Fox himself told New York magazine that he in fact doesn’t want Taylor to date his son.
“I don’t keep up with it at all, but Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right? What a way to build a career,” MJF told the mag.
That did NOT sit well with Taylor’s fans, who went bonkers on social media.
But Taylor settled everything back down with her tweet.
Lesson learned, Michael? Do NOT mess with T Swizzle fans!
Is Hillary giving birth to a Lady Alien??
OK, so we learned earlier that you don’t mess with Taylor Swift, and here’s another lesson: Maybe you don’t want to suggest someone’s unborn baby is unattractive?
Guess if anyone could get away with that with expectant mother Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, it would be her bandmates.
Charles Kelley recently told reporters: “I’ve seen a picture of the ultrasound. The baby looks like an alien right now.”
“I’m just kidding,” Charles added quickly, but then he kept on going.
“She showed [the picture] to me, I’m like, ‘Uhh!!’”
Hillary added, “Well, at first, he was like, ‘Which one is the baby?’”
In other baby news, Hillary says she and her hubby will indeed find out what the baby’s gender is before the baby is born.
Hillary says she doesn’t like surprises and she doesn’t like keeping secrets, so when she finds out, we’ll probably know too.
In case you didn’t get tickets to see Martina McBride and George Strait’s sold out tour, here’s something to hold you over.