LOS ANGELES -- Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw arrived at the Sony Studios back lot in a stretch black limousine, casually dressed and all smiles, for a recent taping of the syndicated Pyramid game show. The couple's appearance will air during "Sweethearts Week" in February to coincide with Valentine's Day.
It was a much different scene than the world saw last November when the couple's marital woes spilled out of their bedroom and into the Nashville courts, where each asked for orders of protection against the other. After making both the TV news and newspaper headlines, Morgan and Kershaw have reconciled.
"Well, Sammy and I had a rough seven weeks," Morgan told CMT News. "We've struggled real hard with putting this relationship back together. We had a lot of outside influences that we shouldn't have indulged in ... a lot of people were involved and one thing led to another and it snowballed. We just got out of control. Thank God we were able to talk things through and make it right again."
Though she didn't elaborate on the "outside influences" affecting her marriage, Morgan is very candid about just about everything else on Show Me How, her new album on the Image Entertainment label. The project reunited her with Richard Landis, the producer who crafted Morgan's big hits "Something in Red" and "Watch Me." On the 11-cut disc, Morgan tackles heartache, loneliness and aging with sass and vinegar.
"Life is so different for women now," she said. "We all have skeletons in our closets, and most of us have been married once or twice, and there's no getting around it. It's hard to find someone pure as the driven snow, especially at my age."
She attacks the subject from both sides. "Used" is a soul-baring confession of a woman who has "crashed and burned" but is still in the game, admitting with a shrug, "I'm used, but who isn't?" "Bombshell" is a former hottie's tongue-in-cheek lament about her aging assets, and "Do You Still Wanna Buy Me That Drink (Frank)" is a humorous look at a woman knocking a would-be suitor off his barstool with the truth.
"I've been there, and there's so many of my fans -- and even people who aren't my fans -- who listen to radio and can relate to that song," Morgan said. "It's so typical of telling someone your schedule and how many children you have, and all of a sudden you turn around and they're gone!"
Morgan also recorded "Show Me How," the title cut co-written by current media "it" girl, pop singer Jessica Simpson. Simpson and her husband, fellow pop vocalist Nick Lachey, star in their own MTV reality series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. And though she hasn't seen the show, the five-times-married Morgan certainly knows a thing or two about the public peering into your love life. When asked what advice she'd give to someone purposefully exposing their private life to the world, Morgan said it's all in how you handle it.
"You just have to kind of roll with the punches and say, 'Think what you want to think. I know who I am.' Walk a mile in my shoes, then come tell me how to live my life."
Nearly 30 years into her career, Morgan says she's handling her life -- and this album release -- a bit differently.
"I've reached an age where I don't want to be on the road all the time," she said. "I want to enjoy my husband and my home and my children. I'm not going to go out and kill myself, but I'm promoting it the best way I can for where I want to be right now."