OFFSTAGE: Gwyneth Paltrow Endorsed by Brad Pitt, Tim McGraw

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“When I used to go out with Brad Pitt, he’d say ‘You have a good voice for country music,’” Gwyneth Paltrow told People magazine. Wow. Who knew Pitt had such a gifted ear for music? But it’s not just Pitt who thinks Paltrow’s got the voice for country. She was cast as a country star in the upcoming movie, Country Strong, and her co-star Tim McGraw said, “She did such an authentic job. Her voice had a real honesty to it, which is tough to fake in country music.” So that makes it official. Paltrow can sing. You know what else Paltrow can do? Cuss and let loose and get Faith Hill into all kinds of trouble at dive bars in Nashville. At least that’s how she tells the story. Funny how McGraw didn’t have anything to say about that.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.