IF TRACE ADKINS RAN THE WORLD

In his new book, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, singer Trace Adkins takes on everything from the war on terror to illegal immigration. So how would he fix a few other pressing issues? Britney Spears's Career "If she came to me, I'd tell her, 'You can't sing!' "

Air Travel " Airlines book more flights than the airports can actually handle. If the rest of us handled business like that, we'd get fired."

The Obesity Epidemic "We should start a fat tax. When people go for groceries, there'd be a guy with a scale and he'd say, 'We're adding a 15 percent surtax because you're 75 lbs. overweight.' "

High Gas Prices " We keep driving, so they sit in their boardrooms and go, 'Well hell they don't seem to mind.' "

NICOLE NASHVILLE
"There's just something about being in Nashville that's very comfortable"
—KIDMAN, ON LIFE IN TENNESSEE WITH HUSBAND KEITH URBAN

COUNTRY COUSINS

THESE LOOK-ALIKES PROVE THAT NASHVILLE AND HOLLYWOOD HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAN YOU THINK

TRENT TOMLINSON / STEVEN VAN ZANDT

SHANNON BROWN / JENNIFER ANISTON

JENNIFER NETTLES / KATE HUDSON

MIRANDA LAMBERT / HAYDEN PANETTIERE

QUESTIONS FOR JOSH TURNER

The big-voiced baritone has a new album, Everything Is Fine, and opens up about Opry honors and fatherhood (son Hampton just turned 1!).

1.
YOUR WIFE, JENNIFER, IS IN YOUR BAND, SO IS HAMPTON A ROADIE?
"We've got our own bus and he's got a crib in the back—bolted to the floor of course!"

2.
WHAT'S HE LEARN-ED FROM ROAD LIFE?
"We play a lot of fairs, so he's learned animal sounds. The first one he did was a pig. He scrunches up his nose and starts snorting."

3.
LEAST FAVORITE DAD DUTY?
"Feeding him. My mama describes it as a sporting event."

4.
HOW DID IT FEEL TO JOIN THE OPRY?
"Man, there's so much history there. I never dreamed I'd be inducted this soon. It's like a second home to me."

5.
YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF?
"Going home to South Carolina to fish, eat barbecue and be out in the woods."

FAVORITE TINGS

FROM ALTOIDS TO ZING ZANG, HERE'S WHAT THESE STARS CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT

TRISHA YEARWOOD

KITCHENAID STAND MIXER
"It's great for mixing cookie batter or whipping up mashed potatoes," says Yearwood. "I bought the pink one because a portion of the proceeds goes to breast cancer research." $349.99; cookforthecure.com

CINNAMON ALTOIDS
"I never leave the house without them." $1.79; altoids.com

BONNE BELL LIP LITES
"The cappuccino flavor smells and tastes good. It's almost like going to Starbucks" $3.50; in drugstores

MOTOROLA i580
She likes to use the walkie-talkie feature for quick calls to Garth. $279.99; sprint.com

OLAY ACTIVE HYDRATING BEAUTY FLUID
A fave of her mom's too, it "makes my skin happy," say Yearwood. $6.99; olay.com for stores

KENNY CHESNEY

ST. JOHN HOOK BRACELET
Chesney's signature piece. Wearing the hook outward indicates you're single. $400; caravangallery.com

RED BULL SUGARFREE
Kenny keeps a stash on his bus for pepping up pre-show. $1.99; in grocery stores

ZING ZANG BLOODY MARY MIX
The singer gets it shipped by the case. $4.75; in liquor stores or zingzang.com

JENNIFER NETTLES

JEANINE PAYER "PALMER" CUFF
This gift from bandmate Kristian Bush comes etched with a quote by poet Rainer Maria Rilke. $400; jeaninepayer.com

VOLUSPA 10 VOTIVE GIFT SET
The scented candles "are spicy and woods, which I like," says Nettles, who lights them backstage, $48; beautyexclusive.com

FAGE TOTAL 0% GREEK YOGURT
It's so creamy, snacking "fells like you're being bad, but you're not," says Nettles. $1.99; in grocery stores

GARTH RETURNS!

BUT IS HE THE SAME MAN WHO WALKED AWAY SEVEN YEARS AGO? A COMPARISON:

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1991
Garth on the rise

2007
Garth on the comeback

GONE COUNTRY!

THESE HOLLYWOOD STARS ARE TRYING THEIR HAND AT HONKY-TONK

JESSICA SIMPSON
"My next album is probably going to be with Willie Nelson," the Texas-born singer said in August's Harper's Bazaar.

JOHN AMOS
After singing a Randy Newman classic for a Hurricane Katrina charity album, the Men in Trees star landed a record deal.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
"I'm from Tennessee," he told CMT in May. "Don't be shocked when I put out a country album. "

FIRST JOBS QUIZ

MATCH THE COUNTRY STARS TO THE WORK THEY DID BEFORE HITTING IT BIG

WAL-MART DAIRY MANAGER

RECEPTIONIST

PEPSI DELIVERY PERSON

CHEERLEADER

DAIRY QUEEN SERVER

JENNIFER HANSON

JASON ALDEAN

FAITH HILL

MARTINA MCBRIDE

CRAIG MORGAN

THIS YEAR'S HIGHEST-GROSSING TOURS

KENNY CHESNEY
$71 MILLION
1,135,679 TICKETS SOLD

FAITH HILL & TIM McGRAW
$52 MILLION
578,130 TICKETS SOLD

RASCAL FLATTS
$34 MILLION
588,009 TICKETS SOLD

ANSWERS: Jennifer Hanson—Rams cheerleader, Jason Aldean—Pepsi delivery person, Faith Hill—music label receptionist, Martina McBride—Dairy Queen server, Craig Morgan—Wal-Mart dairy department manager