Reba, Brad, Carrie + More Talk New Year’s Resolutions and Hangover Cures
What are some of your favorite stars doing to welcome in the New Year? Many of them are working hard, helping fans celebrate. Several artists have taken the time off around the holidays and will hit it hard when they return to the road in mid-January. There are two things on everyone's mind as we approach January 1; resolutions and hangover cures for those who imbibe too much on New Year's Eve.
Reba McEntire has had a great 2010, beginning it with the No. 1 song, 'Consider Me Gone,' and ending it with another chart-topper, 'Turn on the Radio,' as well as a long-running tour with her pal George Strait. So, what's next? "What I look forward to in 2011 is getting to go out on tour again with George Strait and Lee Ann Womack, spending more time with my buddies out on vacation, my families. I am just really looking forward to the next year."
Brad Paisley recently released his first greatest hits collection, called 'Hits Alive,' and he thinks that now is a good time to reflect on the last decade of hits. "This is an album of 'this is what I've been up to for the last decade.' It feels good to actually do that at this point, and recap, and show both on a record what we've accomplished, and then live what we've accomplished, which is probably something I'm even more proud of."
The highlight of 2010 for Carrie Underwood was her summer wedding to husband Mike Fisher. As for any New Year's resolutions, she just wants to focus on becoming a better person in her relationships. "Fortunately there's nothing I need to quit," says Carrie, who headlines a show on New Year's Day at the Borgata Spa and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.
Miranda Lambert is headed to the West Coast to ring in the new year. She will perform a two-night stand at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., beginning December 30.
Her fiancé, Blake Shelton, doesn't have any dates on the books, so there's a chance that he head out to California to support his wife-to-be. Having had such a big year with his induction into the Grand Ole Opry, awards and an engagement, what stands out as his favorite moment in 2010? "My favorite moment, obviously, is Miranda and I getting engaged, because I don't want to get kicked in the middle later," Blake jokes to The Boot, adding, "It seriously was. That was a cool moment. There's been a lot of ups and downs for Miranda and I over the years, and we just stuck it out. It hasn't been easy, but it's been worth it. That moment for she and I both, the time was right and that was something that we'll never forget. And career-wise, as well as personally, as much as I loved the CMAs and the ACMs and now this Grammy nomination, the Grand Ole Opry to me is one that I can die with a smile on my face, you know what I mean? You dream of what Nashville is going to be like and what you hope to accomplish one day, and that should probably be on everybody's list. For me, it was a really big deal."
Multiple Grammy nominees, Lady Antebellum, have had an incredible year in 2010, and they will certainly remember some of the highlights that dotted the past year. "Our goal now is to sit back, reflect and reconnect with family, and sit back and have an understanding of how incredible this year has been for us," the trio's Charles Kelley explains. "We really do understand that, and to have a little time to soak it in is going to be great. We're about to start on our next record soon, and that's our next goal: how can we do this for a long time? That's what we got our eyes set on." His fellow bandmate, Hillary Scott, says her goal for the new year will be writing and recording more songs that connect with their fans. "Making music that is relevant that people feel," Hillary states. "I think more than anything, we just try to write songs that are true to who we are, and if that resonates with people, then that's the win for us."
"My New Year's resolution is the same ones as usually everybody else's," Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery says. "It's always you want to lose a little weight. I definitely want to make great music and hang with Troy and have a great time and see all our friends out on the road playing and just have a great time." His duo partner, Troy Gentry, is on the same page. "Everybody wants to lose a little weight. I want to be a good dad and I want to be a good husband. I want to get out there and win over the hearts of our fans and continue making great music."
Kellie Pickler says she felt so blessed in 2010. "This year has just been so amazing. I've been so blessed, and workin' on the new album, a fourth USO tour, which is exciting. I'm newly engaged, so planning a wedding. Got a lot on my plate right now, but I'm having fun."
"Our lives have completely changed in just a little over a year, and it's completely surreal," Steel Magnolia's Meghan Linsey says. "It's like walking through a dream really. You dream about doing this your whole life, and then to be able to do it, it's like, 'Is that us?'" Her partner, Joshua Scott Jones, says being on tour with Brad Paisley was a big highlight of 2010. "A few years ago, we were living next door to Brad's drummer, and looking up to the musicianship of Paisley and all his guys and the way they run the show," Josh tells The Boot. "It was an amazing tour to be on. We learned a lot, and then just being nominated for awards is crazy. Playing the Grand Ole Opry was really big. And in 2011, we have a record coming out -- January 11." Steel Magnolia are set to perform at the Grizzly Rose in Denver, Colo.
Jack Ingram, who is performing at Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas, isn't really big into New Year's resolutions. He says, "I try to live every day like it's my last."
Dierks Bentley, who is preparing for his annual New Year's Day Percy Priest Lake jump, says there's not really a cure for a hangover. "I think January 1 is universally accepted as a dog, I mean, a little hair of the dog, I guess. But just water and stay on the couch. There's no real sure-fire cure for that."
Phil Vassar will not have to travel far from home for his New Year's Eve gig. He is schedule to help Music City celebrate the transition from 2010 to 2011 with a show at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville.
Lee Brice knows what works best for him when he has a hangover. "There's the hair of the dog approach, which is to just stomach whatever you were drinking the night before – a really stiff one, and you'll feel better immediately," He explains. "Or my favorite actual hangover cure is the process of sleeping in on the couch, watching football, eating Chinese food or something with cheese and meat and bread and fries and ketchup and ranch dressing. [laughs] That's the cure for me -- just sitting around all day letting it pass, relaxing."
Chuck Wicks is pretty much on the same page as Lee Brice. His tips include sleep and more alcohol. "Sleep it off, or drink more. That always works. If you stay drunk, you never have a hangover. I'm a genius. I think I've made a breakthrough. Ladies and gentlemen, if you stay drunk, you'll never be hung over."
The Randy Rogers Band will perform in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the Wormy Dog Saloon. The guys will also headline the Hangover Ball at the same place on New Year's Day.
Newcomer Troy Olsen will not be working on New Year's Eve, but he has a very important gig on New Year's Day -- he is scheduled to perform at the Ryman Auditorium on the Grand Ole Opry.
Collin Raye will ring in 2011 in Maricopa, Ariz., at Harrah's Ak-Chin-Oasis.
Canadian band, The Road Hammers, will reportedly disband after their New Year's Eve show at Langley, British Columbia's Cascades Casino.