Willie Nelson will receive his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of a modern Korean martial arts system. Grand Master Sam Um will be promoting Nelson in a ceremony at his studio in Austin, Texas on April 28. The ceremony will take place just two days before the singer's 81st birthday. Willie has practiced martial arts most of his life, starting with studying kung fu when he was a songwriter in Nashville. Over the past two decades Nelson has been training, often practicing techniques while traveling on the road in his tour bus. (Photo Credit: www.nashville.com )
The man is often the one to go in for the first kiss, but that wasn't the case in Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline's relationship. The two met while attending Georgia Southern University, and Caroline reveals that she was actually the one to make the first move. Caroline tells People Country, "He was always a gentleman. We hung out as friends first and he never made a move on me. I kissed him first! He was always so scared of making a girl feel uncomfortable, he wouldn't cross a line." Now, Luke has found enormous success and risen to super-star fame, but Caroline says he's still just the same person he's always been.
The Grand Ole Opry house was packed on Saturday night as The Swon Brothers made their debut appearance on the hallowed stage. The sibling brothers took the stage and talked about how honored they were to be there and how it was a dream come true to be standing on that stage. The brothers also talked about the history of the Opry and introduced their first song as a tribute to the legendary show. They then sang a verse and chorus of the George Jones classic "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes." Halfway through the song, the duo stopped singing and called their parents on stage with them. They then explained that they wanted to thank their parents for all of the sacrifices they made over the years to help them get to where they are now.
Keith Urban will host a weekly online video series titled "Idol Chatter" that will feature American Idol's on-air talent as well off-air team, as they chat with Urban about life on the set. The unedited series of shorts premiered yesterday online. In the first episode, Keith gives viewers a tour of the trailers where the show's host and judges go to get ready. The video shows Urban standing in the parking lot pointing to the trailers for Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. The camera then pans to a small U-haul where Keith says he spends some of his off-air time. He then opens the door to the U-haul trailer, revealing not much more than folding chair, a guitar and a rack full of t-shirts.
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