OFFSTAGE: Beyond the Pictures of People

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Do you ever do this? Buy the People Country Special and spend a little too much time looking at the pictures? Rascal Flatts with Justin Bieber! Brad Paisley in a NASCAR pace car! Dierks Bentley with the Situation! It’s OK. I do it, too. But this issue is so full of great stories, I’m encouraging everyone to read it. Really read it. From cover to cover. That way, you won’t miss out on the little details, like Reba’s own country music awards. Her award for best celebrity shopping buddy? (Faith Hill) Or Miranda Lambert’s biggest splurge? (Boots, especially the vintage ones. She bought her first pair of Old Gringo boots when “White Liar” went platinum.) Or Tim McGraw’s secret for always looking like a real good man? (Do 200 pushups and crunches a day). And how Sara Evans counts her friends in Alabama as one of her Top 7 blessings. “I want to do a Real Housewives of Birmingham!” she says. “But we would love each other and not fight.”

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