In the latest issue of People Country, you can find out exactly where country stars find the best barbecue. But I have to warn you, if you don’t live south of the Mason-Dixon Line, it’s kind of depressing. Tim McGraw likes Podnuh’s in Baton Rouge, Jason Aldean picks Fincher’s Bar-B-Q in Georgia and Jake Owen names a spot in Florida. Dolly Parton chooses Couser’s Southern Restaurant in Nashville (and also serves up quite a spread at her Dollywood theme park). I’m sure all those meals are just fine. But for those of us who live up north, what about us? Even though it didn’t make it to the top of anyone’s list, Memphis-based Corky’s is my personal favorite. Not just because it’s tasty, smoked and hand-pulled, but because they will deliver it to your door. You can get three pounds of their pulled pork and a bottle of sauce for around $70 and eat like a star no matter where you live.
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Nashville Lifestyles magazine has just issued their Hot List for 2010 and it has a little bit of everything, from iPads and cars to art and celebs. But the one I agree with the most? Faith Hill. Because, well, duh. Look at her. She’s nice to look at, for sure, but she’s also on the list because of what she did this summer when she hosted the Nashville Rising benefit concert with her husband, Tim McGraw. But the magazine also cites her always-classy and never-trashy styles to prove that “some things really do get better with age.” Another hottie on the list? Heather Ann Heatherly, from Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Nashville’s lower Broadway. She’s apparently been behind that bar for 15 years and will be missed when she moves to California. But like Brooks & Dunn say, you can take the girl out of the honky-tonk but you can’t take the honky-tonk out of the girl.
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Let me preface this by saying I’m genuinely thrilled for all the Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts fans out there. They will now have achance to get autographs from the artists they love. But I can’t help but wonder, “Why now?” McGraw hasn’t done time in a CMA Music Festival autograph booth since 2000. He stayed away for 10 long years. And Rascal Flatts haven’t been at a booth since 2002, so it’s been eight years for them. Don’t you wonder what has brought them back? It’s not like they need the ego boost of seeing thousands of people waiting in line to meet them. And I’m pretty sure they don’t need to get their names out there like rookie artists might need to. So there can only be one explanation. They must just miss getting to know their fans up close and personal and one at a time. And if you’re coming into town next week, find out where your favorite stars will be during the CMA Music Festival.