6 Country Music Duets We Need to Hear

There’s a lot that goes into recording a duet. Sometimes artists hear a song and immediately think, “Man, this would sound great if so-and-so sang it with me.” Sometimes two people want to record a song together and then find time searching for the right one. But sometimes reality gets in the way. If artists … Read more

4 Times Frankie Ballard Tried To Melt His Guitar Strings

Frankie Ballard is making a name for himself not only as a country singer, but also as a guitar slinger. The Michigan native isn’t the first crooner with a love for the electric guitar. Frankie follows the revered footsteps of Vince Gill, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. His solos and guitar licks can be on … Read more

Album Review: Billy Currington is Upbeat; Airy on ‘Summer Forever’

Billy Currington releases his sixth studio album Summer Forever, straight off his 10th No. 1 single, “Don’t It,” the lead track from the project. The upbeat love song, written by Jaren Johnston, Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman accurately sets the tone for the rest of the project. On the album, “Don’t It” leads right into … Read more

6 Best Country Covers of Pop Songs

While Nashville is home to some of the world’s best songwriters, it’s not uncommon for country singers to cover their favorite pop songs. You may be used to seeing them perform the latest Top 40 hit during their live show, but someone times artists fall so in love with a song that they record their … Read more

5 Country Music Kitchen Pros

Country music goes with some good home cooking, so it’s no surprise that some of the genre’s biggest stars are working hard in the kitchen. From gourmet to traditional, here’s a list of five country singers you wish you could dine with. Trisha Yearwood It’s no surprise that Mrs. Garth Brooks can make some grub. Not … Read more

6 Country Music Couples Who Met on the Job

When you live in a studio, on a stage and in a bus, it’s hard to meet people. So it only makes sense that country singers meet their spouses on the job. They might be fellow artists or even interns, but being drawn to the same profession seems to the first step to marital bliss … Read more

7 Songs That Should Have Been Hits

Country music is filled with passion and storytelling but sometimes we’re reminded that it’s also a business. From time to time, for whatever reason, spectacular hit songs never make it to your radio. Maybe it was controversial. Maybe there’s legality with copyrights and record companies. Maybe someone felt that it was a great album cut, … Read more

Honor Your Country Roots: Fiercest Country Music Albums of All-Time

Eight Second Angel boots is proud to honor the roots of country music and the hard-working, independent women who played a part in making country music what it is today.  Country music may have a reputation for cheating songs, but history has proven that it is also fertile ground for strong female singers and their … Read more

Write it Down: The Women Behind Country Music’s Biggest Hits

Eight Second Angel boots is proud to honor the roots of country music and the hard-working, independent women who played a part in making country music what it is today.  From Loretta Lynn to Emmylou Harris, country music has a long history of female songwriters telling tales of love, life and loss. The songwriting scene … Read more

6 Crazy Celebrity Cameos in Country Music Videos

Nashville and Hollywood have never been that different. Shawn Mullins called the City of Angels, “Nashville with a tan,” while Jason Aldean sang that Music City is “Hollywood with a touch of twang.” Not to mention that one of country’s biggest stars, Keith Urban, married one of the most famous actresses in the world, Nicole Kidman. But marriage isn’t the only collaboration between the silver screen and the airwaves. Country singers often enlist Hollywood’s elite to appear in their music videos.

The list of celebrity cameos is long, so here’s a look at a few the biggest names to appear:

Matthew McConaughey

A Texas boy at heart, Matthew McConaughey has made more than one appearance in the country landscape. In 1992, a young McConaughey played the gas station robbing heartbreaker described in Trisha Yearwood‘s “Walkaway Joe.” In 2010, he returned in a music different role for Jamey Johnson’s “Playing the Part,” in which he roamed around Los Angeles in a gorilla costume.

Andy Griffith

Brad Paisley‘s 2005 hit “Waitin’ on a Woman” offered the perfect role of everybody’s favorite sheriff. The tune, which describes a young man striking up a conversation with an older gentleman, was followed exactly in the video. The clip also cut in Andy’s character’s dialogue in place of Brad’s singing in certain parts, making the story that much more believable.

Liam Hemsworth

The youngest Hemsworth may have been engaged to a Cyrus for a while, but his foray into country music didn’t come until 2010 when he was cast in the Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather” video. Although he’s a fine actor, it likely wasn’t too much of a stretch for the Aussie to play cold well.

William Shatner

Brad Paisley definitely has some famous friends. While there have been lots of those friends — as well as his actress wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley — to appear in his videos, the next biggest star (after Griffith) would have to be Captain Kirk. A big “Star Trek” fan, Brad enlisted William Shatner to play his father in the 2007 video for “Online.”

Dennis Franz, Jane Krakowski, Lauren Holly

Dennis Franz may have rose to fame as a detective on “NYPD Blue,” but he became the missing person for the Dixie Chicks’ 2009 video “Goodbye Earl.” A celebrity filled clip, he played the abusive husband, Earl, who is killed by his wife, Wanda, played by Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”), and her best friend, Mary Ann, played by Lauren Holly (Dumb & Dumber). Lead singer Natalie Maines’ husband, actor Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”), and Michael DeLuise (“Gilmore Girls”) also make an appearance as the clueless police officers sent to investigate Earl’s disappearance.

Duck Dynasty

Since the rise of their reality show, the Robertsons have made appearances and numerous country events. However, their connection to country music was solidified on the small screen when Darius Rucker asked Korie, Sadie, Si and Willie Robertson to appear in his video for “Wagon Wheel,” which was released in 2013. (And yes, that’s Lady Antebellum, too.)

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7 Country Music Stars Swingin’ For the Fences

Country music has big connections to the boys of summer. If it wasn’t for his pitcher father, Tug McGraw, who helped get his son his record deal, the world may not have known Tim McGraw. Kimberly Perry is such a fan of the sport that she married catcher J.P. Arencibia. There are also numerous artists who … Read more