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OFFSTAGE: Lunching With Martina McBride and Trace Adkins Was in Top 10 of '10
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I like to think my life is full of spontaneous dinner dates with Kid Rock and chats with Gwyneth Paltrow. But the reality is, it's not, although that may be why I appreciate those really special moments so thoroughly. And why my personal Top 10 country music moments of '10 list is made up of those times when I was thinking, "Is this really my life?" One such hour was when I had lunch with Martina McBride and Trace Adkins back in March. Not at some fabulous white-tablecloth hot spot, though. We were in the unglamorous catering room of a venue in Green Bay, Wis., eating cheese curds and pasta and salad and soup and burgers along with McBride's husband John, her daughter Ava and a few others. It was just the casual nature of it all that I loved. The banter about the past few shows, the way McBride talked about her plans for the day and night and the non-stop adorableness that is Ava McBride. I was so honored to be sitting at that table, even just for a quick lunch before sound check. (This lunch, by the way, was tied for its spot on the list with the time I spent drinking Maker's Mark on the rocks with McBride at the after party. We talked forever about which jeans had the best fit. I said True Religion, and I think she said Taverniti. Then again, I'd put my notebook away at that point and my memory was kind of soaked in bourbon.)
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