You may have seen the video of Army veteran Justin Patterson giving Brantley Gilbert his Purple Heart, and you may have even heard of how the two kept in touch after their Memorial Day ride. That's not uncommon. The "One Hell of an Amen" singer says he's frequently on the phone late at night, talking to military vets who are battling demons.
Gilbert has been a vocal and active supporter of the troops overseas, as well as organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project. He says it adds a lot to his life, beyond the very public events, ceremonies and YouTube videos.
"I invest in relationships so once I care about somebody, once I give a s––t about somebody I like to keep up with them and make sure they're okay, the best I can," Gilbert says.
It's a roller coaster. Some of his new friends relapse back into PTSD symptoms. "I find myself on phone conversations late at night, talking about things that are difficult to talk about that aren't about me, which is really, really good for me," the singer reveals.
Few are aware that Gilbert was once working toward a degree in marriage counseling before chasing musical dreams. He's also a guy who has battled mental demons, often with alcohol and reckless behavior. He's a credible and reliable confidant for these men and women, and that's a responsibility he holds dear to his heart.
Big gestures like the Wounded Warrior Project motorcycle ride and the more recent Chatanooga Unite concert are what fans see. It's what they don't see that leads to these events, and will continue to in the years to come.
Today is Thomas Rhett's third wedding anniversary. And when you look back at the video from the day he married his wife Lauren, it looks so much like his brand new video for his song "Die a Happy Man" that it's hard to tell the two apart. "My wife is one of those people that never wants to be in the spotlight or in videos, but it was inevitable for her to be in this one because I wrote the song for her and about her," Rhett told People about "Die a Happy Man."
The song — which goes "If I never get to build my mansion in Georgia/Or drive a sports car up the coast of California/If all I got, is your hand in my hand/Baby I could die, a happy man" — is off Rhett's latest album Tangled Up.
Casey Beathard and Dave Turnbull wrote "The Boys of Fall," which Kenny Chesney released in July of 2010 as the first single from his 12th studio album, Hemmingway's Whiskey. The song debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart — Chesney's highest debut since September of 2007 — and hit No. 1 in October. It also earned a Top 20 (No. 18) spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Football is my biggest passion, other than songwriting and the family stuff I do. If I'm not with my family or writing, I'm at home, just watching football. That's my background: My dad and brothers were in football, and I have a big passion for it. I'm coaching my kids all through it.
That phrase, "the boys of fall," is something I'd heard a while back. It was something about, "I miss the boys of fall." I wrote it down and sat on it for a while.
Dave and I were sitting around with nothing to write. It was one of those times where it was in the air; you knew football season was coming. When Dave and I started talking about football, that phrase came back to me. We wanted to write it.
It was not so much about football as much as, we were talking about life. I always coordinate football with life anyway — leaning on each other and all that stuff you face in life. There's not a small town — or any town — in this country that doesn't get it. This is where football came from. I'm surprised there hasn't been a big song about football until now.
I knew Kenny had the same passion for football as I did. I remember him being on ESPN doing all the college game-day interviews, and I've seen him on TV with Sean Payton, the coach of the New Orleans Saints. I sent the song to him the first chance I had. He immediately got back to me and said he was going to put it on his album. This story was originally written by Alanna Conaway, and revised by Angela Stefano.
Business network CNBC reports a new survey found that nearly half of Americans have no savings at all. Data from GoBankingRates.com found that 28% of those surveyed had no money in their savings account and 21% didn't even have a savings account. Just 29% had 1-thousand dollars or more in savings.
An exercise pill – a way to pharmaceutically work out without the hassle of actually finding the time and going to the gym – might be the answer to every couch potato addicted to Netflix and Sunday Night Football's dream. But this pill isn't meant for them: an exercise pill would primarily benefit people who are paralyzed or had a stroke, or patients with spinal cord injuries, for example, and that's good news.
In something out of Brave New World, researchers are now starting to develop a pill that would help patients get the benefits of exercise, such as muscle growth, even when at rest.
Trials of the exercise pill are ongoing with animals. Let's hope they don't result in super muscular pets.
Test trials with animals are already underway but the thought of super muscular guinea pigs or chimps is kind of disturbing.
"They'll let you get muscles that are stronger and faster and reach exercise goals much quicker," said Ismail Laher, co-author of the study from University of British Columbia in Canada in this story from Time.
According to a new review in Trends in Pharmacological Sciences. "This is an achievable goal based on our improved understanding of the molecular targets of physical exercise," said co-author Ismail Laher in a release.
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Happy 19th wedding anniversary to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill! The couple wed on this day, Oct. 6, in 1996.
The two began dating while Hill was an opening act on McGraw's Spontaneous Combustion Tour earlier that year. At the time, Hill was newly engaged to record producer Scott Hendricks, but it didn't take long for sparks to fly between Hill and McGraw instead.
"When we started touring together, I wasn't involved with anyone, but she was," McGraw recalls to Country Weekly. "But you can't be around Faith and not fall in love with her. Things just kind of happened. When two people are meant to be together, there's nothing that's going to keep them apart."
McGraw and Hill didn't waste any time in deciding to spend their lives together. While still on the Spontaneous Combustion Tour, McGraw proposed to Hill, in a decidedly unconventional way.
"We were playing at a country music festival, and we had a trailer that was our dressing room," McGraw says. "I had a big mirror that was in there, and right before I went on stage, I wrote 'Will you be my wife?'… I mean 'Will you marry me?' and I went on stage, and when I came off stage, she had written 'I am going to be your wife, yes.' And so, we still have that mirror."
With so much of their lives spent in front of a crowd, the country stars opted for a low-key wedding, eloping in a secret ceremony in McGraw's home state of Louisiana, then resuming their tour only four days later.
At the time of their nuptials, Hill was newly pregnant with their first daughter, Gracie Katherine, who was born on May 5, 1997. A very pregnant Hill can be seen in the music video for the couple's first duet, "It's Your Love," which shot straight to No. 1 and became a multi-platinum hit.
McGraw and Hill, who are also parents to Maggie Elizabeth (born in 1998) and Audrey Caroline (born in 2001), have maintained a successful marriage in spite of their busy careers and constant public scrutiny.
"I think, for us, [the key is] being as normal as possible and raising our family and being in a family situation as much as possible …," McGraw tells EOnline. "Certainly it's different because of what we both do, but we try to keep it as much of a family environment that we can.
"And, most of the time … we try to make that the priority and the primary time that we spend," McGraw continues. "For us, we leave the front doors when we go to work, but when we're home, we don't talk about none of the music that much … It's a whole different world."