(CMT Hot Dish is a weekly feature written by veteran columnist Hazel Smith. Author of the cookbook, Hazel’s Hot Dish: Cookin’ With Country Stars, she also shares her recipes at CMT.com.)
Last week, I told you how photographers shouted, “It’s nobody,” when the door of Sara Evans’ limo was opened outside designer Luca Luca’s party during New York’s Fashion Week. Sara said someone at the party would not allow her to depart the same door as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. I am predicting that this low-rate treatment will be repeated over and over when country artists are in New York in November for the CMA Awards. As for the jerks who mistreated Sara — a real lady — I would like to yell loud and clear through a megaphone: “Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan could learn a lesson or two on how to be a lady and a woman from Sara.”
Singer Terri Clark has married Greg Kaczor, her longtime friend, tour manager and guitar player. The couple tied the knot on Sept. 17 at Lake Louise in Calgary Alberta, Canada, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The bride chose an Amy Michelson custom dress of creamy silk with a corset bodice and open criss-cross ties along the back that cinched the waist. Terri also chose custom designed Justin boots for her footwear. The couple have worked together since 1995.
The initial sales week for Trisha Yearwood’s Jasper County was the biggest of her career with 117,000 copies flying off the shelves to earn the Georgia girl a No. 1 slot on the country album charts. With four gold and six platinum records to her credit, this is Yearwood’s 11th MCA album. If you’re hungry to hear great female vocals, they don’t come any better than Yearwood’s in any genre.
On a sad note, though, love and sympathy go to Trisha on last week’s passing of her 72-year-old father, Jack Yearwood, in Monticello, Ga.
Trick Pony ain’t walking. Ira Dean drives a Harley and a black Caddy Escalade. Heidi Newfield is having an old Cadillac redone to suit her retro taste, and Keith Burns has trucks and Jeeps and lives on the golf course.
Patty Loveless joined a long line of Georgia music makers, including her famous hubby and producer Emory Gordy Jr., when she was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame recently. Georgia is Emory’s home, and he and Patty have resided there for so long, the proud Kentucky born girl feels right at home. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue presented Patty with the Tiffany crystal “Georgy” award and asked her to close the ceremonies by singing “Georgia on My Mind.” Patty joins the distinctive list of Ray Charles, Alan Jackson, James Brown, Little Richard and Trisha Yearwood in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Her new album, Dreamin’ My Dreams, is worth your hard-earned money.
My grandson Jeremy Smith’s favorite T-shirt says “Help Somebody If You Can.” He loves the saying, so when he wore it to the Sunday evening service at church, he never gave a thought about taking up the collection. But his dad got a chuckle when Jeremy lined up with the suits and ties while wearing a shirt that read “Van Zant” in big letters on the back. Retired Utah Jazz player Karl Malone was on his way to Mississippi to help with the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts when he first heard Van Zant’s song, “Help Somebody.” He was so moved, went to Wal-Mart to buy copies of the duo’s CD, along with CD players and batteries to help spread the word among the people who needed to hear it.
Toby Keith’s Show Dog barking lot is making headlines and history. The first single out of the chute, “Big Blue Note,” debuted at No 35 in Radio & Records and makes history as the highest-debuting single from a new label since the trade publication’s inception in 1973. In the meantime, Toby is hard at work in Oklahoma — as a coach for his young son’s football team. He’ll be heading to Atlanta in early October to shoot his first movie.
Whisperin’ Bill Anderson got mugged at the Palm in Nashville. Actually, Bill’s caricature is now on the wall of the popular eatery in the form of a mug shot. When the drawing was unveiled, guests were served a special drink called a “Whiskey Lullabye-Bye” laced with lots of Jack Daniel’s. You do know Bill and Jon Randall co-penned, “Whiskey Lullaby,” the No. 1 hit for Brad Paisley, don’t you?
I guess by now you’ve heard Kenny Chesney performed at Farm Aid. Kenny’s that kind of man. He’d never let down family farmers or his pals John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. I understand Willie gave Kenny some kind and sound advice regarding the marriage annulment. With mega-marriages to his credit and 72 years on his personal odometer, Willie’s a good one to guide a friend to closure in such matters.
Jo Dee Messina got a gold Delicious Surprise last week. All her CDs are now certified gold. Look for Jo Dee on Thursday (Sept. 29) when she appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
Faith Hill’s new video, “Like We Never Loved at All,” debuted this week. Hot-shot hubby Tim McGraw joins Faith as her 1960s-era country hubby. Is it the Hollywood acting Tim’s been up to that inspired the setting?
The RCA Label Group’s Allen Brown — who knows all, sees all and tells me all — said Brad Paisley has been the biggest-selling male country artist for the past five weeks in a row. Ain’t that hot!
What is going on with Kenny Chesney’s ABC-TV special airing Nov. 23 in the same time slot as Faith Hill’s NBC-TV special? I cannot believe network TV is placing country music friends and fans against each other.
Porter Wagoner is doing a local TV commercial for Drycon, a carpet cleaning business in Music Town. Seated on a sofa, ladies man Porter says he had Drycon clean the air ducts in his house, and they found a blonde hair, a tube of lipstick and a note that read, “I Will Always Love You.” You know that’s the song the great Dolly Parton wrote for Wagoner when she left his TV show many, many songs ago. I was surprised when Porter ended the commercial by saying, “I will always love Drycon.”
Miranda Lambert is the opening act for Keith Urban’s tour until mid-October, then Little Big Town take the Nov. 6-Dec. 3 duty, followed by Deana Carter on Dec. 6-17.
Trace Adkins is resting at home in Nashville following emergency abdominal surgery in Minnesota for abdominal inflammatory infection. Trace’s wife, Rhonda, tells me he is doing OK. Sending prayers up for Trace — a good man.
Have you heard the dude singing “I Found Love at the Kmart Store” in the TV commercial? It’s our very own Darryl Worley.
The title track of Jessi Alexander’s debut album, Honeysuckle Sweet, has been lifted for use in the new Jennifer Lopez-Robert Redford movie, Unfinished Life.
No matter how many No. 1 parties Brooks & Dunn celebrate, they always act like it’s their first. That’s why they’ve had 15 great years in the hillbilly arena. Their latest was for “Play Something Country,” the biggie co-penned by Ronnie Dunn and Terry McBride from the current Hillbilly Deluxe CD. Surely you have this great record that’s co-produced by Tony Brown along with B&D.
See the new Hot Dish recipe of the week: Grilled Pork Tenderloin.