Josh Gracin and His Ex-Wife Have Restraining Orders Against Each Other
Remember last summer when JOSH GRACIN checked himself into an inpatient facility after writing an apparent suicide note . . . then appeared to have it together just a couple weeks later?
Well, we don’t know exactly how he’s feeling, but we do know that his marriage is over. According to TMZ, Josh and his wife Ann are divorced, and she’s basically getting half of everything.
We’re talking a 50% stake in the 24 songs he recorded during their marriage . . . $1,590 a month in alimony . . . and $1,436 a month in child support. They were married 17 years and have four children together.
They’re also sharing custody of the kids, which will be interesting . . . because each of them has a restraining order against the other where they have to stay at least 25 feet apart.
Country Quiz: Who Said? “If Your Marriage Isn’t Your Priority, You’re Not Married.”
“Someone said one time, ‘If your marriage isn’t your priority, you’re not married’ . . . for me that’s so true.”
A. Brad Paisley
B. Miranda Lambert
C. Tim McGraw
D. Keith Urban
E. Carrie Underwood
F. Dierks Bentley
ANSWER: D. KEITH URBAN, on his marriage to NICOLE KIDMAN. He also told “People”, quote, “So as long as I keep her as a priority, everything else sort of seems to work. And when I don’t keep it as a priority, it’s . . . Jenga.”
Cole Swindell Doesn’t Have a Sister . . . Despite What it Says in Wikipedia
COLE SWINDELL’s Wikipedia page says that he has two brothers and a sister. But since it’s Wikipedia, he was asked to confirm it. He said, quote, “No. I’d love to meet the sister . . . I don’t know what to say to that.
“What if she’s the one who put it on there? No, I’m kidding. Not that I know of. I do not have a sister. I have two brothers.”
Chase Rice is Thankful His Hard Work is Finally Paying Off
CHASE RICE was asked about the state of his career. Turns out it couldn’t be better. He said, quote, “It’s been fantastic. It’s more than an honor to have things going on right now.
“It’s a dream I’ve always wanted to come true and it’s finally happening and I’m very, very thankful. I’ve been working at this for years . . . and it’s finally paying off.”
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW filmed the video to “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” inside the de-commissioned Tennessee State Prison.
George Strait Mourns Loss of Clubowner, Friend and Early Believer Kent Finlay
George Strait has released a statement following the death of beloved songwriter Kent Finlay, his friend and former boss. The 77-year-old owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas died on Monday (March 2). The important role he played in Strait’s life is immeasurable.
The singer’s first gig with the now-famous Ace in the Hole Band came on Oct. 13, 1975 at Cheatham Street, a venue Finlay ran until his death. For nearly 40 years the two called one another friends — it was Finlay who drove with Strait to Nashville for the very first time in 1977. Long ago country’s most successful male artist thanked Finlay and his then-wife Diana for “giving me and the guys a place to perform when no one else would.”
Strait, songwriter Daryl Staedtler and Finlay made that long drive from Texas to Nashville in hopes of landing a major record deal. They took turns driving and sleeping in a Dodge cargo van, only to come home empty-handed.
“The truth of the matter is that every major label passed on George Strait,” Finlay told the Tennessean in 2014. “That van had two seats and an Army cot in the back. We took turns driving and riding and sleeping in the cot.”
Eventually, Nashville executives discovered what Texas fans knew. Strait played weekly at Cheatham for seven years. It was “Ladies free” and nickel beer, according to the venue’s website. “I knew he would be a star,” Finlay said, “probably before he did.”
Strait wouldn’t be the only star to call Cheatham home. For 40 years it was known as a place for songwriters and players looking for a crowd and to better their craft. Finlay often helped.
He died surrounded by friends and family on Monday at his home in Martindale, Texas. Daughter Jenni — co-author of her dad’s biography — pointed out it was Texas Independence Day, telling Austin 360, ”You know he would have loved that.”
Strait’s statement came shortly after noon:
“Country music — and just music in general really — lost a great friend today. His legend will live forever in Texas, though. We’ll never forget our friend Kent Finlay. Sad day.”
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