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The singer, 33, who will release his new CD, Hillbilly Bone, March 2, reveals his worst moment onstage and his secret crush (shh! don't tell Miranda)
1 The first concert I ever saw was...
Sawyer Brown in Ada, Okla. I was 15, and it definitely made me want to do this for a living. I went and bought the ticket, but I used my parents' money.
2 The song that makes me happy is...
"Celebration" by Kool & the Gang.
3 One day I'd like to see...
The set of The Price Is Right. I don't care who the host is or who's on, I just love the game.
4 I think gummy bears should be a food group.
5 I will never eat...sushi. I don't like the way it smells, the way it looks and the way I imagine it tastes.
6 The most embarrassing thing I've ever done onstage was...tripped and fell opening for Rascal Flatts. The stage was wet, I slipped, and it took me about 7 minutes to get upright again. My guitar was on one end of the stage and the microphone on another.
7 I love to read...tweets on Twitter. I mostly follow people based on their pictures. I'll follow cleavage!
8 My favorite cartoon is...
Woody Woodpecker. It's just funny to say his name.
9 My good luck charm is...
10 I dream about...
Katy Perry. I like her music, but I think she's smokin' hot too.
Jimmy Wayne's 1,700-MILE CRUSADE
Having known homelessness himself, the singer is walking from Nashville to Phoenix to help homeless teens
You know, I lived last year to the fullest; I had so much fun touring with Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley, but I didn't have time to give back. When everything was settling down, I was in my house relaxing, and I had this feeling of guilt just come over me.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE YOU?
I walk about 3 mph. I started out thinking I was going to do 25 miles a day, but that's not happening: You spend three hours a day talking to people! It's going to take a minimum of 2½ to 3 months.
ANY INTERESTING MOMENTS ALONG THE WAY?
I went into this biker bar and said, "Hey guys, can I use the restroom?" Nobody spoke to me. It was like an old Clint Eastwood film. Then someone said, "Right, there it is." When I came back out, they didn't even look at me, but one of them said, "I know who you are. Be safe." Very cool.
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JASON MICHAEL CARROLL'S MOVIE STAR MAKEOVER
"I walked into a salon in Nashville, held up a picture of Bradley Cooper from The Hangover and said, 'Can you do this?' " Carroll says of his new look. So how does he like the result? "What's funny is when my hair was long, I would wash it and just let it fall. Now I'm using product and figuring when to put it in-not when it's dry, but not when it's wet either!"
She played an Alaskan mail pilot on the '90s drama Northern Exposure, and now Janine Turner is flying into new territory as a country singer, recording a debut CD, Mockingbird Hill, with daughter Juliette, 12. "I've always loved to sing, and Juliette has this gift to write music," says Turner, 47. "I figured at this stage in my life, I needed to either do it or forget about it!"
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THE BROWNS' HOUSE
Divorcing after 10 years of marriage, music producer Tony Brown and his wife, Anastasia, the former Nashville Star judge, have put their home on the market
The 6,587-sq.-ft. home, which includes a 600-sq.-ft. guesthouse and a granite pool on a 2.34-acre lot, was the scene of many a Nashville post-awards bash. "It was built for entertaining inside and out," says listing agent Michael Sohr of Keller Williams.
With their blonde waves, piercing blue eyes and pouty smiles, Julianne and Meg sure do have a lot in common.
The singer-songwriter, who wrote Keith Urban's hit "Stupid Boy," will release her self-titled debut CD. Feb. 23. Here are three reasons to give her a listen:
1. SHE DOESN'T MIND GETTING PERSONAL
"My shows are rootsy and real. You aren't going to see dancers or crazy stage effects. You're going to feel like you've connected with me and my song and my life."
2. SHE'S EASYGOING
"I'll take gas station coffee over Starbucks any day. I am the ultimate road trip buddy."
3. SHE'S CARING-AND A GOOD COOK TOO!
"I like to take care of people. If you're sick, I'll make you chicken noodle soup. It's my grandma Delphine's recipe."
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"He's even more handsome in person," Underwood says of Fisher
CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS ENGAGED!
The singer received a 5-carat yellow sparkler from her hockey player boyfriend Mike Fisher Dec. 20. Underwood admits she was shocked by the ring: "I would never have guessed yellow, but now that I have it, I absolutely would not want it any other way." Underwood says she's thinking of an outdoor wedding sometime after her tour wraps later this year. "I'm Southern," she says, "and I want my wedding day to be me-so I'll probably be rocking some big hair and some eyeliner." As for the honeymoon? "We don't care where, as long as we're together."
John Rich and wife Joan welcomed their first child, son Cash, in Nashville Jan. 10.
Clay Walker and his wife, Jessica, welcomed daughter Mary-Elizabeth in Houstson Dec. 27. The baby joins big brother William Clayton, 1, and Walker's children from a previous marriage, MaClay, 14, and Skylor, 10.
Love and Theft's Eric Gunderson, 25, is planning a spring wedding to his girlfriend of three years, college student Emily Hagar, 24. Gunderson proposed during a carriage ride through historic Charleston. "I cannot wait to be married to Emily," he says. "She's my best friend and understands me and my career choice better than anyone I know."
Sarah Buxton is engaged to Nashville guitarist Tom Bukovac. The couple have not yet set a wedding date.
Kenny Chesney's concert movie Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D hits theaters in April.
Toby Keith's record label Show Dog Records has merged with Universal South to form Show Dog-Universal Music. One of Keith's first acts: signing Trace Adkins, who had recently decided not to renew his contract with Capitol Records.
George Strait will have a limited role in the movie A Pure Country Gift, the sequel to his 1992 hit Pure Country, in which he played country singer Dusty Chandler.
Brooks & Dunn will be honored April 19 at the taping of ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn-The Last Rodeo, which will air on CBS at a later date.
TURNS 48 ON FEB. 7
SARA EVANS, 39
JASON ALDEAN, 33
CARRIE UNDERWOOD, 27
KRISTIAN BUSH, 40
KENNY CHESNEY, 42
REBA McENTIRE, 55
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