(CMT Hot Dish is a weekly feature written by veteran columnist Hazel Smith. Author of the cookbook, Hazel's Hot Dish: Cookin' With Country Stars, she also hosts CMT's Southern Fried Flicks With Hazel Smith and shares her recipes at CMT.com.)
Possibly naked, lying across a road and allegedly drunk, Randy Travis was arrested near his wrecked 1998 Pontiac Trans Am that had been driven off the road and slammed into a construction zone near his home in Tioga, Texas. The Grayson County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a passing motorist at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 7).
Travis was arrested for driving while intoxicated, but once inside the police cruiser, he allegedly became belligerent and began to shout and threaten to kill the cops while being transported to the station. A police spokesman said Travis was brought to the station naked, but it was unclear if he undressed on the way or if he was discovered without his clothes. In any event, when they arrived at the jail, police gave Randy a shirt and a paper suit to cover himself.
His mugshot looked pretty awful, showing an angry Randy with a black eye and other facial injuries. He was released after posting a $21,500 bond -- $1,500 for a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and $20,000 for a felony charge of retaliation stemming from his threats against the law officers.
A drunk is a royal pain in the butt. Can you imagine Randy threatening to kill the cops and him being buck naked? I wonder if Texas is the best place for Randy to reside. This is his second alcohol-related arrest in 2012, both in Texas. In February, he was charged with public intoxication after being found in his car outside a church.
Where Do the Stars Come From?
Where do all the stars come from? Well, a lot of the newer stars drop by my kitchen on their journey to the big time. The past three weeks were rich with talent -- handsome Dustin Lynch, the return of Bucky Covington from Rockingham, N.C., plus Thomas Rhett, the son of Georgia Peach Picker Rhett Akins. There's no telling where these three young men's careers will be one short year from now.
Thinking about all the new acts who cut their teeth right here in my kitchen is overwhelming. Brad Paisley was my very first guest, and he's made more than one trip to my kitchen. I've been blessed with two visits from Jamey Johnson. Kid Rock stopped by, as did Larry the Cable Guy. I loved Zac Brown Band being here. Not only a great cook and great musician, Zac is a great guy.
Hall of Famers George Jones, Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Anderson came to visit, too, and the Eli Young Band have been here twice or maybe more. I must take time to congratulate Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band and his wife Kacey on the birth of their daughter, Kline, born July 30. The last time the band appeared here, Mike and Kacey had just learned that they were going to be parents. The pretty Kacey was just beaming, and Mike could not talk for smiling. Kline is the first offspring for the Texas group.
My friend Wynonna visited and so did the incredible Dierks Bentley and my favorite group, the Grascals. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood ate from my table, and so did legendary chef Emeril Lagasse. Joe Nichols, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Colt Ford and the always-wonderful Kellie Pickler came by twice, and newcomer Jana Kramer dropped in. It was such a treat when Jessi (Mrs. Waylon Jennings) Colter came, and I loved Laura Bell Bundy being here.
My beautiful friend Alison Krauss knows my door is always open for her and her handsome son, Sam. Speaking of people named Sam, Sam Bush has been here, and so has Rodney Atkins, Eddie Montgomery, Brett Eldredge, the ever-so-gorgeous Chuck Wicks, Crystal Gayle, James Otto, the Civil Wars, Casey James, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Craig Morgan, the award-winning duo Thompson Square, Love and Theft, American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina and Gloriana.
The wonderful foursome who, like me, work for CMT are the beautiful Alison DeMarcus, the equally beautiful Katie Cook, the ever-wonderful and smart Cody Alan and handsome Evan Farmer. They've been here, fed their faces and promised to return.
Zac Brown Band Bringing Southern Ground Festival to Nashville
The Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music and Food Festival will descend on Nashville come Sept. 21-22 at Riverfront Park. Zac and his band and friends such as Gregg Allman are set to perform. Others include Amos Lee, David Gray, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Michael Franti & Spearhead and the always-wonderful Jerry Douglas. Blackberry Smoke, Sonia Leigh and other artists from Brown's Southern Ground record label will also appear.
Zac and company will return to Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 20-21 for his second Southern Ground Music Festival there. The Charleston event will feature the Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and a slew of others. Zac and his bandmates know how to throw a party.
Kenny Chesney Is on Top With "Come Over"
"Come Over" topped the country singles chart in just 11 weeks. One of this summer's hottest songs, it is Kenny Chesney's 22nd single to top the Billboard country chart and has been certified gold for digital sales of 500,000 copies.
"Come Over" is the second single from Chesney's Welcome to the Fishbowl which has already yielded the hit "Feel Like a Rock Star" featuring Tim McGraw. The Kenny/Tim Brothers of the Sun tour is one of the biggest tours this summer. One million tickets have been sold, doubling the ticket grosses of both Roger Waters and Coldplay.
Kenny and Tim played the biggest party of the year at the Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis on July 28. They followed with 50,000 at Browns Stadium in Cleveland on July 29. Their next tour stop takes place Saturday (Aug. 18) at Detroit's Ford Field.
Tayla Lynn Finger, a member of the trio, Stealing Angels, and her husband Jon Cody Finger announce the birth of a son, Tru, born Aug. 3. Tayla, who once worked at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, is the granddaughter of the legendary Loretta Lynn.
Farm Aid takes place at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., on Sept. 22. Artists scheduled to appear are Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, Neil Young, Jack Johnson and others.
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