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Remember When Leonard Nimoy Recorded a Johnny Cash Song?

Mar 02, 2015 -- 3:54pm


When Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday morning (Feb. 27), he left behind a vast legacy as an actor and director. But the entertainer was significantly lesser-known for a brief stint as a country singer.

Nimoy shot to fame playing Spock, the famously logical Vulcan on Star Trek, which ran from 1966-1969 and has aired endlessly in reruns ever since. His visibility from the show convinced Dot Records to offer the actor a recording contract, which resulted in the release of his first album, Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space, in 1967.

That proved successful enough to spawn a string of follow-up albums, including 1970′s The New World of Leonard Nimoy. For that project Nimoy boldly went where he had not gone before, branching out for a country cover of Johnny Cash‘s “I Walk the Line.” Other aspects of the album also leaned toward a country sound; the project also featured a cover of “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” as well as a Nimoy original titled “The Sun Will Rise.” The album continued in the vein of Nimoy’s previous efforts, which leaned toward songs about hope and the human condition.

Nimoy’s rendition of “I Walk the Line” also appeared on a compilation album titled Highly Illogical in 1993.

His forays into singing are now mostly remembered as an interesting footnote to a career that included television, film, poetry, books, photography and more. In addition to countless acting appearances both in and out of Star Trek, Nimoy also directed such notable films as The Good Mother and Three Men and a Baby.
Nimoy died at the age of 83 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


I Wonder Why This Craze Never Caught On! (Video)

Feb 27, 2015 -- 6:29pm

I found this on You Tube and thought it was worthy of posting simply for the hilarity of it. I have two questions. What in the heck are they wearing? And, what is Cowboy Hip Hop? Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.



Tim McGraw Pays Touching Tribute to Glen Campbell at 2015 Oscars Read More: Tim McGraw Pays Tribute to Glen Campbell at 2015 Oscars

Feb 24, 2015 -- 3:38pm





Tim McGraw brought the house down at the 2015 Academy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 22). The country superstar performed Glen Campbell‘s final song, the Oscar-nominated “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” during the broadcast.


Dressed in a black tuxedo and his signature cowboy hat, McGraw took the stage alone, beginning the song acappella before a band and chorus of backing vocalists joined him. He remained the only one on stage, however. Antique lamp posts surrounded him, giving off a glow of rich gold.


The song appears in the documentary film Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which chronicled the music icon’s final tour as he struggled withe the progression of his Alzheimer’s. The emotional lyrics look back on Campbell’s life and also reflects on everything his progressing Alzheimer’s is slowly taking from him from an almost unbearably resolute perspective, reflecting, “And best of all, I’m not gonna miss you.”


Written by Campbell and Julian Raymond, the track was also nominated for Best Original Song this year. Sadly, the singer could not be on hand to witness the tribute; Campbell has been living in an assisted care facility for most of the last year, and his wife, Kim, has stated that he will never perform in public again. The song is from the final recording session of his legendary career, and McGraw calls it “a powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry.”

A recent article revealed that Campbell is too sick to understand if his song wins at the Oscars this year, and in fact no longer even remembers that he was once a top-selling recording artist.


McGraw approached the song cautiously, not deviating far from Campbell’s recorded version. From a bar stool he sat belting out the simple melody, and when he was done, many of the celebs in the audience were seen wiping away tears.


“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” also took home Best Country Song honors at the 2015 Grammy Awards earlier this month. This isn’t Campbell’s first Academy nomination. In 1969 his song “True Grit” was nominated from the film of the same name.


Brantley Gilbert Gets Double-Pistol Back Tattoo

Feb 24, 2015 -- 3:32pm


Brantley Gilbert had two black antique pistols tattooed on his back earlier this week. A new photo shows one with the singer’s “BG” logo carved into the burnished silver grip. The other gun has a cross on the handle.

On Monday (Feb. 23), the “One Hell of an Amen” singer shared a picture of tattoo artist Carl Grace inking something on his back. “So my boy Carl Grace came by … because it was Monday,” he says.

As it turns out, the design for the tattoos laid on the rustic table, just below an actual pistol. It appears the tattoo may have been designed using two of Gilbert’s guns. He’s an enthusiast, previously insisting that he be allowed to carry his two 1911 pistols in the music video for “Bottoms Up.”
Grace revealed the finished piece of art (scroll down to check it out) just after 12AM CT on Tuesday morning. Both guns point down the center of Gilbert’s back. They’re nearly identical, with only the grips and some insignia on the right gun distinguishing the two.

The country star is no stranger to ink. His left arm is covered, including a heaven and hell scene on his shoulder that commemorates his life-threatening accident from the mid-2000s. In 2012 he attempted to count them all during an appearance on Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton. There’s a crown of thorns on his back in addition to ink on his rib cage that has “Brothers” written in the center.

“There are a few other people in my life who have that same tattoo,” he says.
The BG logo, skulls, flames and brass knuckles round out Gilbert’s body gallery, and that was as of 2012! It’s difficult to believe the singer is through after Grace’s work. 

Check Out the Wackiest Shirts in Garth Brooks’ Closet [Pictures]

Feb 24, 2015 -- 3:22pm


Garth Brooks released his debut country album in 1989, and despite a long hiatus from the road between then and now, he has been in the spotlight since … And he’s worn some interesting shirts.

There’s no question Brooks is traditional country, from his big cowboy hat down to his boots, but he’s never been afraid to be loud and proud when picking out a shirt. These pictures prove that the “Mom” singer is a fan — a really big fan — of wacky Western wear. In fact, Brooks put a small brand of shirts, Mo Betta, on the map! The country superstar started wearing the Apache, Okla. company’s threads in the ’90s, showing up to concerts, awards shows and even album cover photo shoots sporting their out-there looks. For example, on the cover of The Chase,Brooks threw on this fashion statement.

We’ve found the most fun looks from Brooks’ shirt collection, which you can see in the photo gallery above. This is one guy who isn’t afraid to rock paint splatter, and he does it so well.

Dead Man Propped Up, Dressed In Green Lantern Costume At Wake

Feb 18, 2015 -- 4:16pm


And I shall shed my light over dark evil, for the dark things cannot stand the light; The light of... The Green Lantern!"

So said the legendary DC Comics superhero, Green Lantern, whose likeness will live on in the hearts of Renato Garcia's family. The 50-year-old Puerto Rican man died Monday after having respiratory issues, and his family decided to dress him in the costume he'd taken a liking to in the weeks leading up to his death:

Two boys attend the wake of Renato Garcia, dressed as fictional superhero the Green Lantern and propped up against a wall in his sister's apartment in San Juan.

The Associated Press reports:

Garcia's sister explained that she and her brother never discussed funeral wishes, but neighbors and friends suggested dressing him as the comic book superhero. Weeks earlier Garcia had found the costume in a bag of donated clothing and started wearing the guise daily.
His family saw him as a superhero.

"He was always very helpful," Garcia's sister and caretaker, Milagros Garcia, told Primera Hora. "You beckoned and he was always there."

Garcia's body was propped up in a standing position for the wake. Posing bodies at wakes and funerals is a familiar tradition in Puerto Rico, according to the New York Daily News. Professional boxer Christopher Rivera was stood up in the corner of a boxing ring, dressed in his boxing gear, after he was killed in 2014, the paper reports.

Garcia's funeral is reportedly scheduled for Wednesday.

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