Hugh Howser: The Quarantine Special!
With everything going on in the world, we needed a laugh (or 20) so our good friend, event planner/comedian Hugh Howser, is back to give us his “Hughlarious” take on living in quarantine and dealing with friends and family members’ responses to the Covid-19 pandemic (“It’s just crazy”). Hugh and Hunter explain why they feel it's offensive for people to be spreading cheer by putting up Christmas decorations with Easter right around the corner ("Would a tulip kill you?), while Ashley says you can decorate however you want to spread joy right now. Plus, Hugh’s telling some more stories about his beloved grandmother Swopie, and giving some tips to brides on what to expect when you’re postponing your wedding due to the pandemic. Just a note: Listen with earbuds if you’ve got little ones around.
24 Mar 2020
Amy Grant has us over to her house for tea and an intimate conversation covering everything from faith and mentorship to cooking and skincare tips. What a gift! It was an opportunity for us to share which of Amy’s songs and stories have impacted us the most and also soak up the wisdom that just seems to spill out of Amy every time she speaks. She shares stories about her heroes Minnie Pearl and Carole King as well as encouragement to light the creative spark in all of us.
17 Apr 2019
Lauren Alaina is finally here!!! We talk all about Lauren's current spot on Blake Shelton's tour as well as her new single, "Ladies in the ‘90s." Also, Lauren and Ashley spent a week together at Onsite in January doing some intense therapy work. Lauren opens up about that experience and moving forward following the loss of her stepfather and the end of her recent engagement. We also laugh about the challenges of flirting with intention now that Lauren’s re-entering the dating world.
13 Mar 2019
Hugh Howser is an event planner to the stars, a link to Nashville’s old guard and one of the funniest people we know! Hugh grew up in Nashville and has become the go-to designer for weddings and events with his company, H Three Events. He gives us some tips on how brides can best work with their wedding planner, how to lessen stress during the wedding gown selection process, and explains why social media has driven up the cost of weddings across the board. Hugh also tells us about his biggest inspiration, his legendary grandmother Swopie, and recaps his recent sightings of Cissy Houston and Katherine Jackson at a Diana Ross concert in Las Vegas. Then there are his “Hughlarious” impressions and stories. Too much fun!
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Dave Barnes Holiday Extravaganza!
Our friend Dave Barnes (aka "Mr. Christmas") is back for a holiday extravaganza for the ages! We’re talking favorite Christmas memories, movies, and, of course, music. Over the last decade, Dave has created some of our favorite original Christmas songs on his two holiday albums, Very Merry Christmas and A December to Remember, which led to him launching his annual Christmas tour. Dave tells us the secret to writing a great Christmas song, why he’s still got big dreams for his Hillary Scott duet, “Christmas Tonight,” and reveals how Tim McGraw came to record his holiday tune, “Mary and Joseph.” Dave also has a message for his buddy Thomas Rhett and tells us about writing standout tracks on the latest projects from Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood.
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This is it! Scotty McCreery stops by to give us the rundown on his recent wedding to his longtime love, Gabi, and tell us how she keeps him from playing the “diva” as a country star. We’ll also dig in to the hilarious flirtation between Scotty’s grandma and “Celebrity Family Feud” host Steve Harvey during the McCreery family’s recent appearance on the game show. Hunter and Scotty also give some insight into their wild night out in Nashville last December celebrating a good friend’s birthday.
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Kane Brown’s career is on fire with recent collaborations with Khalid, Camila Cabello and Brooks & Dunn on top of his own best-selling album, “Experiment.” We caught up with Kane just before his bowling party in Nashville to celebrate his latest No. 1 hit. The wide-ranging conversation reveals a different side of the rising superstar as he opens up about headlining a sold-out arena tour, marriage with longtime love, Katelyn Jae, and the surprising perks of good karma.
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CMA Award winning singer/songwriter Brandy Clark is here to talk about her third album, Your Life Is a Record. The new songs, which are partly inspired by the break-up of a 15-year relationship, are Brandy's most vulnerable and personal to date. She says, “I've written a lot of songs about characters. But this time I wrote a lot of songs about my heart.” We talk about how she grew creatively on this album, which includes collaborations with Oscar-winner Randy Newman and Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne. We also celebrate Brandy’s love of Designing Women and her newly-formed book club, in addition to discussing how we each deal with negative self-talk and what we’ve learned from our failures. We also explore what it was like for Brandy to embark on a country music career after first coming out of the closet with a little inspiration from friend and collaborator Shane McAnally. NOTE: This episode was taped a few days prior to Pete Buttigieg suspending his Presidential campaign.
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Carly Pearce is here, and she is a force! We’re talking about her spot on Luke Bryan’s stadium tour and her ongoing devotion to the Grand Ole Opry. Carly also tells us about taking her boyfriend, Michael Ray, to Opry legend Jeannie Seely’s house to drink wine and hear stories about country’s colorful history. Ashley digs in to get some good dating advice from Carly while Hunter relates their respective dating histories back to songs on Carly’s debut album, “Every Little Thing.”
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Rising country star Jimmie Allen is quickly becoming a favorite talk show guest for the likes of Hoda Kotb and Steve Harvey, and you’ll see why after listening to this episode. The man has humor and personality to spare, but it’s his wisdom and heart that make him really stand out from the crowd. Jimmie recently lost his father, James. He tells us how he’s passing on what his father taught him in his relationship with his son, Aadyn. Jimmie also tells us how he deals with internet trolls, why he refuses to settle for mediocrity and explains why he’s patterning his career after his musical influences Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas and Darius Rucker. And don’t miss Jimmie breaking into song with one of his favorite Disney Musical numbers!
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Celebrity Stylist Amanda Craig
Celebrity stylist Amanda Craig gives us an in-depth look into her journey to becoming one of Nashville’s most in-demand stylists while also building the team at her salon. which is a story that anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit will identify with. And since Amanda is Ashley's stylist, they also share a few of their most hilarious moments from the chair. Apologies in advance! Amanda, who works with Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, also shares great summer hair tips for men and women.
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Get ready to laugh with RaeLynn! The country star is here to tell us all about the fun moments with her hubby, Josh, that led to her brand-new song, “Tailgate.” There are plenty of hilarious stories about Rae’s last-minute Christmas decorating, memories of bad haircuts, true stories from the tanning bed and singing with her family at church back home in Baytown, Texas. She also gives us some insight into her life as a soldier’s wife as Josh continues his career in the Army.
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