Showing posts with label Nashville. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nashville. Show all posts

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Randy Travis divorces his old lady

Country music superstar Randy Travis has divorced his wife Lib Hatcher after 19 years of marriage.

Randy Travis is 51. Lib Hatcher is somewhere around 70.

Though there have been rumours Lib might have been Randy's "beard" (they did have a house in Hawaii), there were reports back in July that Randy was cheating with the wife of his dentist. Lib reportedly caught him by sticking a spycam on his tour bus!

Randy and Lib have been together in one way or another for 34 years, ever since he, as the teenage Randy Traywick won a talent contest at the nightclub in Charlotte, North Carolina that Liz owned with her first husband. Randy was 17. Liz was 37. She left her husband for young Randy.

Randy and Liz' relationship raised eyebrows in Nashville and beyond in the 1980s. As far as anyone knew, the older woman Liz was the only girlfriend Randy ever had. They married in 1991.

The couple has a home in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Randy Travis filed the divorce petition in nearby Albuquerque on Thursday. The petition calls for an equal split of assets, and doesn't give a reason for the split besides saying a "state of incompatibility exists between the parties."

Lib will stay on as his manager.

Randy Travis was considered "too country" when he broke in Nashville in the Eighties, but Lib Hatcher got him a record deal. His first album, Storms of Life, was released in 1985 and is one of the greatest country music albums of all time.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Lewis Bailey's grand ole night at The Opry

Lewis Bailey (Tabloid Baby's pal and Voice of The South) and his lovely wife Gail had the best seats in the house last night for the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorum. The lineup included Ricky Scaggs, Terri Clark, Marty Stuart, Sixties legend Jeannie Seely, Opry icons Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Anderson, and Elizabeth Cook, the gal Lewis pegged last May as The Next Big Thing in Nashville.

Lewis reports: "Elizabeth Cook, Bill Anderson, and Gail and Lewis Bailey went across the alley from the Ryman to Jack's Bar-B-Q joint between shows. I told Miss Cook that Tabloid Baby has been pushing her CD since her album started pressing. Also got to squeeze Jeannie Seely. I told her, "Don't Touch Me If You Don't You Love Me." She said that she was sure we could come to my terms. Jeannie is still one hot gal. Jimmy Dickens, Ricky Skaggs and Marty Stuart were in prime form, too. Did I mention that Jeannie Seely is HOT!"

(Clockwise from top left: Lewis Bailey with Elizabeth Cook; Marty Stuart & Gail Bailey; Gail with Little Jimmy Dickens; Lewis squeezes Jeannie Seely)

photos © Sharpshooter Worldwide. Used by permission.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Lewis Bailey has tickets to see Elizabeth Cook perform Saturday night at the Grand Ole Opry

Our pal Lewis Bailey of Bailey Mountain, Georgia, Tabloid Baby's mainline to country-western music, made a phone call to one of superstar friends and got himself Gold Circle seats for tomorrow night's show at the Grand Ole Opry, with a lineup including Ricky Scaggs, Terri Clark, James Otto and Elizabeth Cook. You remember Elizabeth Cook. She's the gal Lewis turned us on back in May as the latest next big thing in country-western music. Elizabeth Cook looked to be one smart alt-country hellcat, with album called Balls produced by Rodney Crowell and a debut single that made things clear by stretching out the title to Sometimes it Takes Balls to Be A Woman.

Lewis writes: "Cook has had very little play on CMT and GAC. Nashville can be a hard town."

And Elizabeth could be a hard fit. Heck, her latest single and video (above is a song from the Velvet Underground! But it does fit. The Opry Live show at the Ryman Auditorium will be televised tomorrow at 8 on GAC. And look for Lewis in the Gold Circle section. He's the handsome one without the hat.