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What you see is not always what you get. Take Cledus T. Judd. On the outside, the comedian whose videos spoof the biggest stars is a laugh a minute. But on the inside, Cledus suffers from manic depression, which was diagnosed when he sought treatment several years ago for a serious cocaine problem. Read More
During the summer between his junior and senior years of high school, something strange happened to Darryl Worley. You could call it a growth spurt - but that would be an understatement. Read More
The worst winter ever was probably '98," recalls Alan Clark. "A Ramen noodles Christmas, for sure." Alan, the eldest of the six brothers who make up The Clark Family Experience, lets out a heavy sigh. That Christmas, with the whole group and their crew stuffed into a small Nashville apartment, seemed like the low point for the group. Read More
The members of five-man Nashville band Sixwire still remember the magical moment when they knew everything would work out. It happened three years ago, when guitarist/producer/songwriter Steve Mandile made an important personnel decision. Read More
Jamie O'Neal knew she was living on the edge - she'd been playing practical jokes on tourmate Toby Keith, and Toby had promised to get even. Read More
Imagine a newsstand jammed with newspapers, all screaming out true-to-life Dixie Chicks headlines - natalie's lil' slade goes varoom! ... emily paints nursery blue, worries about belly/dobro connection ... martie gets irish re-hitch, puts off baby ... dixie chicks stay in sony nest for barnful of bucks ... unruffled chicks return - and rock the coop! Read More
I was very ready for this album to come out," says Andy Griggs, sitting on the couch in his home outside Nashville. Read More
I had 25 shots of Jack Daniel’s a night on my last three drinkin' days - third, fourth and fifth of November in 1995," recalls Daron Norwood with the passion of someone who knows he's lucky to be alive. "And on my knees I cried out, ‘God, I gotta do something - or die.'’” Read More
I've been a lot of different people," Kris Kristofferson says offhandedly. Indeed, he's been a scholar, soldier, songwriter and actor. Now, more than anything, he's a contented family man living in Hawaii. Read More
Naomi is well-known as the star mom of super singer Wynonna and movie star Ashley Judd. She is also known for speaking her mind. Look for her homespun words of wisdom in a new Country Weekly column, Ask Naomi, beginning soon. Readers are invited to write for her advice on love, health, family ... anything. But beware - Naomi plans to tell it like it is! Read More
You won't find pricey antiques or fancy decor in Sara Evans' Oregon home. The four-room cottage Sara shares with husband Craig and their nearly 3-year-old son, Avery, is decorated in what could be called "granny chic" - comfortable hand-me-down furniture, vintage fabrics and special personal touches. Read More
A painfully shy young man, lanky and blond, sorts through the mail at a television network, wondering if he'll ever be on TV one day. Read More
Hank Cochran often gives credit to the Man Upstairs for the classic songs that have landed the Mississippi-born singer/songwriter in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Read More
I found this really great house!" she says excitedly. "It's in an older neighborhood that's being refurbished. I'm mostly unpacked, but I've still got boxes sitting around with stuff in them. Read More
?D/ Kessie Marie get along well. Usually. "She's really good about picking me up and throwing me," reports Kessie, 29. "When I was 15, I would throw her down the stairs," confirms 24-year-old Chaz. "She ran into the kitchen one day, saying, 'Mom! Chaz is throwing me down the stairs!' And I yelled, 'Yeah, and I'll do it again if you don't shut up!' " Read More
High on a hill outside Nashville, Ricky Skaggs steps out the door of his home. The wind drifting through the front-porch wind chimes punctuates his words with a sweet, gentle melody. Read More
Eddy Arnold changed the sound of country music -- with strings attached. In the 1960s, the smooth-voiced, easygoing singer dared to break tradition by recording songs with lush violins in the background. And with that, Eddy helped take country in a smoother, more sophisticated --and more commercially successful -- direction. Read More
Every day is a winding road, Sheryl Crow sang in one of her biggest hits - and it turns out her road will soon bring her to Nashville. Read More
Chely Wright started the summer with a bang. At her fan club party, she shared the stage with her favorite singer, Loretta Lynn, and her favorite actress, Sissy Spacek. She helped raise over $100,000 for her Reading, Writing & Rhythm Foundation. She was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. Read More
Diamond Rio guitarist Jimmy Olander has a new tune to play - and it's a lullaby. Jimmy and his wife, Claudia Fontenot, fulfilled their dream of parenthood when they welcomed 6-pound, 11 1/4-ounce Maximum Fitzgerald Olander into their world on May 21. Read More