OFFSTAGE: A Playboy Model and Country Royalty: New BFFs?

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Kendra Wilkinson Baskett and Tayla Lynn. Those are two names I never thought I’d use together in a sentence. Yet, there they were — hanging out together in Nashville. Baskett is the Kendra from the Playboy mansion reality show, The Girls Next Door, and her current series, Kendra on Top. And Lynn is the granddaughter of Loretta Lynn and part of the country group Stealing Angels. The two girls did some sightseeing and then grabbed a bite to eat at the Loveless Café near Nashville. I had the chance to ask Baskett about her trip to the country. She was there to shoot a video for a new LoCash Cowboys song (more on that later). But meeting Lynn and seeing Nashville through her eyes made Baskett love the city. “This is somewhere I could see myself going a lot. It’s definitely me. It’s an amazing city. I’d always ranked Indianapolis as the No. 1 nicest city in America, but now I think Nashville might be it,” she told me. “I’m a cultural person. I’m not a one-sided person. I love to experience all colors of life. My husband’s a country boy, and now I feel like I got to finally experience that.” While she was there, Baskett made time for some boot shopping at downtown and some line-dancing at the Wildhorse Saloon.

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