With the breakup of country-pop’s favorite couple – Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert – the hierarchy of super-star country couples has been totally upended. So we’re re-examining the genre’s power elite who also happen to call one another “bae.” (No, seriously, try to picture Garth Brooks saying that.)
Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
Married in 2005 at their Oklahoma ranch, Garth and Trisha have a remarkable 57 combined years in the music business. The eccentric Brooks actually proposed to Yearwood in front of thousands of fans. They’re currently touring together, but the duo doesn’t stop at singing. Trisha in particular is multi-talented, currently hosting a Food Network Show, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” and is also the author of several cookbooks. Garth sticks to music in general, but whether he’ll pull out his alter ego any time soon remains to be seen.
Celebrity couples just make sense, right? They "get" one another. They get what it's like to be adored. They get what it's like to lack privacy. They get what it's like to roll around in money (I'm assuming). There's an added layer of compatibility when the two celebrities are not just famous, but come from the same industry. So these five country couples just make sense.
Johnny Cash + June Carter
Johnny Cash and June Carter are kind of the quintessential country couple. They first met in 1956 when they were both part of the Opry company; by the 1960s, Cash and Carter were regularly performing together. In 1968, Cash proposed, and the two were married a month later. The couple was married for 35 years, and they were the subject of the 2005 film "Walk the Line." During their professional career, Cash and Carter also won prestigious awards for their duets "Jackson" and "If I Were a Carpenter."
It's about that time again. Summer ushers in lots of things, including beach weather, time off from school, and (if we're lucky!) vacations, but it also brings about one big phenomenon in the music world: country music.
Year after year, country artists across the U.S. make it their duty to perform all summer long.
Country fans flock to these shows not just for the music (although that part is pretty fantastic), but also for the afternoon tailgating and laid-back atmosphere. Done right, and country concerts could be the perfect way to spend a whole summer. Find out who's touring, and when, below!
Your Guide to Summer 2014 U.S. Country Concerts
Dates: June 20 through Oct. 5, 2014
Next three shows in: Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; North Little Rock, AR
About the show: You may know him from "The Voice," but country star Blake Shelton forgoes the TV in favor of the stage for his Ten Times Crazier Tour, starting in June.
Full listings: Blake Shelton Tickets »
Lady Antebellum — comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood — announced the country trio would be heading out on the road this fall. This will be Lady Antebellum's second part of their tour to promote their album, "Golden." The group started The Lady Antebellum Tour in May and ended it in June to allow enough time for lead singer Hillary Scott to have her baby in July. (Which means she was performing on stage at 7 and 8 months pregnant — impressive!)
They'll resume the tour, this time, under the moniker The Take Me Downtown Tour 2013. The tour 2013 begins Nov. 8, with Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves as the opening acts. Click the cut for the full list of dates.