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When Gwyneth Paltrow walked the red carpet Monday night (Nov. 8) during the Nashville premiere for the film, Country Strong, we talked movies (and babies and blogs and her appearance on next week’s episode of Glee). But once my questions turned from movies to music, I wanted to know all about Paltrow’s new love of old Nashville. She’s said before how much she loves Jim Lauderdale. And Lauderdale even told me earlier in the night about what a thrill it was the night she and her husband, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, came to the Station Inn to hear him perform. But when I asked her about new stuff, she had two definite favorites: Dierks Bentley’s bluegrassy cover of U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)” and his way-more-country “Bad Angel,” which he sings with Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson. So I have to think Paltrow will be rooting for Bentley’s Up on the Ridge to win album of the year honors at Wednesday’s (Nov. 10) CMA Awards in Nashville. She’ll be making her live country music singing debut at the show with a little help from Vince Gill. View photos from the Country Strong red carpet.