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18 years in, Brad Paisley and wife Kimberly share what they love about their marriage

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Roy Rochlin/FilmMagicBrad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary last month. Almost two decades into their marriage, the couple is still finding a lot to love about each other, and they shared some of the specifics in a new cover story for People.

“You keep our house afloat,” Brad tells his actress wife, nodding to her skills as a mom to 14-year-old Huck and 11-year-old Jasper, as well as her knack for dealing with his own more immature moments.

“Seeing you give birth to two kids and raise a third is amazing,” Brad jokes about his childlike nature. “And you try to do the right thing all the time.”

“You care about all creatures, great and small,” Kimberly replies to Brad, citing a recent example: He ran out to check on a nest of goose eggs during a particularly powerful rainstorm. “They weren’t [okay],” Brad recalls.

“But it’s sweet how much you care,” insists Kimberly.

Most of all, the couple says they’re proud of how much they enjoy spending time together, even after years of marriage.

“A lot of married couples would rather do anything but spend the evening together,” Brad reflects. “That’s not the case in our house.”

Brad pays tribute to his wife, and all the other grit-fueled, independent women who inspire him, in his new song, “Off Road.”

By Carena Liptak
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Breakout TikTok star Priscilla Block readies a self-titled debut EP

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Mercury Nashville Priscilla Block first made waves on TikTok early last year with her songs “Thick Thighs,” “PMS” and “Just About Over You.”

Now, she’s poised to become a bona fide country star, with “Just About Over You” cruising into country radio’s Top 40 and a newly-announced, self-titled debut EP set for release on April 30.

“This EP is such a vulnerable side of who I am and where I’ve been,” Priscilla explains of the six-song project. “It’s my story of falling apart in order to find myself again. I hope that when you hear these songs, they make you feel that it’s ok to not be perfect and realize that sometimes we need the lows to value the highs.”

Priscilla Block features the singer’s current single, as well as the previously-shared “I Bet You Wanna Know,” plus her brand-new song “Wish You Were the Whiskey.”

By Carena Liptak
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Trisha Yearwood admits it can be tough to age gracefully in the public eye: “I think about it a lot”

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Shannon Finney/Getty ImagesAs someone who’s been in the country music spotlight for three decades, Trisha Yearwood has had plenty of experience navigating getting older in the public eye. Still, the singer admits that it can be difficult to brush off the comments and critiques that people make about her appearance — at any age.

“I think about it a lot,” Trisha reflects in an interview with New Beauty. “Especially when I look back and see pictures of myself when I was 28 and remember I wasn’t happy with how I looked.”

“As women, we’re so hard on ourselves!” Trisha goes on to say. “We’re never thin enough, we’re never pretty enough, we’re never, whatever, fill in the blank.”

Looking at those pictures now, of course, it’s difficult to even remember exactly what it is she didn’t like about them.  “I’m like, ‘Oh my God, there’s not a line on your face!” says Trisha. “Why were you so hard on yourself?’”

But over the course of her career, Trisha, who turns 57 this fall, has learned an important lesson about beauty: It’s important to focus on making yourself happy, rather than trying to please everyone else.

“I learned a long time ago that, no matter how I feel about myself, somebody is going to love it and someone is going to hate it, so I have to base how I feel on how I actually feel about myself — not how someone else feels about me,” she declares.

By Carena Liptak
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Zac Brown Band will share some news with fans during a livestream event from Southern Ground Studio

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ABCZac Brown Band are cooking up something special over at their Nashville studio, Southern Ground, and they’re ready to clue fans in on what it is.

The band will announce some exciting news during an upcoming livestream event next month, their first ever to air from Southern Ground. Tickets start at $19.99, and VIP packages are also available, featuring exclusive signed merch, one-on-one virtual hangs with frontman Zac Brown, and more.

ZBB have been relatively quiet since releasing “The Man Who Loves You the Most,” their poignant reflection on fatherhood, last June. But on their socials, the band has shared a number of studio snaps over the past few weeks that suggest they’re up to something. One shot shows Zac with his acoustic guitar, “putting those finishing touches on a new one,” according to the caption. In another studio post, the band comments, “Feels so good to be back at it.”

ZBB’s virtual show will take place May 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Following their set, the band will host a VIP encore performance and Q&A.

By Carena Liptak
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Eric Church “can’t wait to see” all his fans on his just-announced Gather Again Tour

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ABCAfter more than a year off the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eric Church is ready to announce plans for his next batch of tour dates.

On Wednesday, the singer announced his upcoming Gather Again Tour, a massive arena run that is set to launch in Lexington, Kentucky on September 17. The tour will stretch through next spring, wrapping up with a grand finale show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on May 20, 2022.

“I cannot wait to get back on the road and play live music for good friends,” Eric says in a video message, also explaining that his Church Choir fan club will get first dibs on buying tickets. “Can’t wait to see you. Cannot wait to see you on the Gather Again Tour,” he adds.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 7 at 10AM local time, but Church Choir members will have access to an early pre-sale beginning May 4.

Meanwhile, Eric’s three-date roll-out of his triple album, Heart & Soul, begins on April 16.

Also, during this month’s ACM Awards, a PSA featuring Eric will debut to encourage fans to get their COVID-19 vaccines in order to hasten the return of live music. Darius Rucker and Ashley McBryde will co-star in the ad.

By Carena Liptak
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