STATUS: MARRIED FOR SIX YEARS TO KIMBERLY WILLIAMS-PAISLEY
Early on, Brad Paisley developed two secret weapons of woo: killer guitar skills and a disarming sense of humor. "Humor is the great equalizer, just like music," he says. "If you can make a woman laugh, you'll get to talk to her longer. For me it was a vital thing, especially in my awkward high school years when I was 98 lbs. When I learned how to be funny, it was life-changing." It also helped him snag his greatest catch, wife Kimberly. "It's probably 98 percent of why she's with me," he says. "A guy will wake up in the morning, probably looking his worst, and a woman is stuck with that if there's nothing else. As things begin to sag and looks fade, it's good to always have that sense of humor between you."
STATUS: DATING MIRANDA LAMBERT
WHAT HE THINKS IS SEXY ABOUT HIM: "I have a job. I have a car. The people I hang around with, if you've got a job, that's pretty awesome already."
WHAT'S NOT: "In middle school I had a bottle of Stetson and my buddies said, 'Are you wearing cologne? Ugh!' To this day it has scarred me. I swear to God, I don't even own a bottle of cologne. Whatever the hell I shower with is as good as it gets for me now."
HIS PERFECT EVENING: "A campfire and a Bud Light make me as happy as anything. It's all about fishing, hunting, tractors, relationships and love."
STATUS: MARRIED SINCE 2006 TO NICOLE KIDMAN
Ask Urban what is it about him that has female fans swooning, and the singer will laugh off the question with a shake of his famously tousled hair. So we've asked some of his female colleagues to sum up his sex appeal:
SARAH BUXTON: "Keith walks that fine line between bad boy, risk taker and family man."
JAMIE O'NEAL: "Keith is so sweet and sexy in a real way. And when he plays that guitar—ahhhhhh!"
HEIDI NEWFIELD: "He's got an edgy, organic, rock-and-roll vibe to him. He walks onstage and my eye is drawn to him. He's just hot!"
The Leading Man
STATUS: DATING SINGER/DANCER JULIANNE HOUGH
He was hot on Dancing with the Stars
, but his moves weren't always so smooth. "I had a chubby stage," says Wicks. "When I was about 13, I remember going to my community pool in Smyrna, Del., and the kids would make fun of me because, to cover up my love handles, I would pull my pants up to my belly button." Now 6' 3" and a lean 180 lbs., Wicks says his wake-up call came after high school. "I went to college in Florida and learned quickly that everybody has a good body down there because they live on the beach. I was like, 'Man, I better start trimming down or I'm going to be wearing my pants up to my belly button for the rest of my life.' "
The Free Spirit
STATUS: MARRIED SINCE 2005 TO CASSIDY
Bentley didn't always buck the hat-act mold. "I grew up in Arizona riding horses and wearing cowboy hats. Now I'm a country singer, and I don't wear hats and I ride motorcycles," he says with a laugh. "Go figure!" In his downtime, he and wife Cassidy hop on the bike and cruise the Tennessee back roads. "There's something about having someone grab on behind you and the engine roaring underneath—it's wild and free and exciting," he says. "It's probably the same way the guy felt in the 1800s riding a horse across the desert. You feel like there are no boundaries."
WHO'S THAT GUY?
Match the Star to His Rear View
ANSWERS: A) Brad Paisley; B) Garth Brooks; C) Keith Urban
; D) Jimmy Wayne; E) Tim McGraw
; F) Trace Adkins
The Smooth Talker
STATUS: MARRIED WIFE CAROLINE IN 2006
Bryan, a Leesburg, Ga., native, says he's a bit shy around women. "More times than not the girl would have to initiate the first moves," he says. But he's since learned to put his Southern charm to good use. "My accent seems to be my ace in the pocket. No matter where I'm at, the minute I start talking, especially if I'm up North, women are like, 'Keep talking!' If I need to turn heads, I just open my big country mouth."
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Will he or won't he? Don't count on Kenny settling down. "I have friends who have a normal family, kids and a dog," he told Playboy recently. "It's fine for them. But I'm such a free spirit. I feel more alive when I've got somewhere to go. I can stay on my boat for weeks if I have a guitar and a girl and a Bob Marley CD. After that I've got to move around."
5 REASONS YOU WANT TO DATE HIM:
1. HE'S SPONTANEOUS
"I've been guilty of just buying a plane ticket to a random place I've never been."
2. HE LOVES TO COOK
"I'm pretty proud of my grilling—I make a mean steak."
3. HE WON'T COMPLAIN AT THE MALL
"I like to shop. I like to own things that make me happy."
4. HE'S A REFORMED NERD
"In high school I was a dorky kid—never the guy girls wanted. It's weird to go to shows now and have women throwing their bras on stage."
5. HE'S STILL LOOKING FOR THE ONE
"When I find the right girl...the woman that I marry, I'm going to make her the happiest person ever. She deserves to be."
STATUS MARRIED TO WIFE RHONDA FOR 12 YEARS
ON WHY LADIES REALLY DO LOVE COUNTRY BOYS: "It gets down to the caveman basics—women know a guy raised in the country can provide for her, feed her and shelter her no matter what the circumstances. That boy from the country is going to take care of you."
We Asked, You Answered: WHO HAS THE BEST...
35% BLAKE SHELTON
27% Josh Turner
25% Chuck Wicks
13% Billy Currington
46% KEITH URBAN
20% Dierks Bentley
18% Joe Nichols
16% Jack Ingram
46% JAKE OWEN
24% George Strait
21% Brad Paisley
9% Joe Don Rooney
47% TOBY KEITH
22% Jimmy Wayne
20% Charles Kelley
11% John Rich
The Great Romantic
STATUS: WED SINCE 1996 TO FAITH HILLTim McGraw
operates in full-throttle mode—even in matters of romance. Among his finest sweep-her-off-her-feet moments? Setting up a candlelit outdoor bedroom in a private field and penning Hill a serenade for their 10th anniversary, and, for her 40th birthday, whisking her off for a surprise Greek cruise on the famous Onassis yacht, the Christina O. "He is a big dreamer," Hill has said of her guy. "He comes up with these fantastic ideas and figures out a way to get them done. He goes all out!" But McGraw insists he's no different from your average guy. "I have the means and a lot of help to be able to put those things together," he says. "Probably 99 percent of guys would do something like that in a heartbeat if they had the opportunity."
The Marathon Man
STATUS: MARRIED TO WIFE AMY SINCE '96
Ingram attributes some of his rough-hewn sexiness to growing up in Houston. "Rugged, raw and real—that's how I see being a Texan," he says. "Headstrong into the wind, the one that holds out a hand and says, 'Hang onto this, we're going to make it.' " But it's his passion for running that keeps that rugged form in shape. "I started running trying to hook up with my wife!" he says. "She ran, so I was kind of chasing her. Now I'll get someone to drive me 4 to 5 miles away from a gig and drop me off. There's no putting it off, I have to get back to the gig!"
The Family Man
STATUS: MARRIED SINCE 2003 TO KEYBOARDIST JENNIFER
Fans can't get enough of Turner's baby blues and sexy scruff, but wife Jennifer finds the singer at his most irresistible when he's just being himself. "He'll have our little boy out in his workshop and be teaching him, and to me that's sexy because he's spending time with the person we made together," she says. Adds Josh: "I love sitting around with the guys, telling hunting stories, talking guy things. But that's not the measure of a man. Honesty, integrity, being true to yourself—that's a man."