On a hot April afternoon in Nashville, Eric Church rolls his four-wheeler down a ramp from his black Chevy Silverado and slips on camouflage boots and a belt containing a knife and a pistol. “This is a .40-cal, and it’s all business,” he says in a heavy North Carolina twang as he cocks the gun. “It’s for the rattlesnakes.” If you’re bit, is it all over? “You have a chance,” he says, cracking a devilish grin. “But we’d have to move it along.” Church, 34, purchased these 700 sprawling acres in January. At its highest point, the property overlooks Kenny Chesney’s old place. The land is Church’s reward for a monster year – the country singer’s third LP, Chief, debuted at Number One in July and has scored two hit singles: “Drink in My Hand,” an after-work anthem rich in Stones-y swagger, and “Springsteen,” a sweet, nostalgic tribute to one of Church’s favorite … [Read more...] about Eric Church: Boozin’ and Cruisin’ With Country’s Rowdiest Star
Paint it black by the rolling stones
There’s a certain romance that surrounds the Mavericks. Maybe it’s their Latin-tinged party sound. Maybe it’s Raul Malo’s enveloping tenor. Or maybe it’s just because somewhere right now, babies are no doubt being made to their music. Whatever the reason, the Miami-born, Nashville-based group is arguably the Last Great Romantic Band. “Yes!” shouts guitarist Eddie Perez when that moniker is floated. He mimes a mariachi guitar strum. “Resistance is futile! You too will fall,” says Malo, breaking into a warm laugh. With chilled Patrón poured in plastic cups, the mood at the Mavericks’ “clubhouse,” an inviting space in a Nashville warehouse out of which Malo’s wife Betty operates her jewelry business, is decidedly light. The guys — Malo, Perez and drummer Paul Deakin and keys man Jerry Dale McFadden — sip their tequila, crack jokes and quote lines from the Jack Black Mexican wrestling parody … [Read more...] about The Mavericks Dance the Pain Away on New Album ‘Mono’
This January marks the tenth anniversary of the Beatles‘ appearance on the American charts. Last month Rolling Stone conducted its first full-scale interview with Paul McCartney, in six sessions starting in a London recording studio and ending on a New York street. The New York sessions took place the day after McCartney had entered the US for the first time in two years, visa problems stemming from two marijuana violations now finally resolved. McCartney was cautious in his responses during the first two sessions. He and Linda remembered being on vacation in Scotland when they were first shown John Lennon‘s lengthy interview (Rolling Stone Number 74 and Number 75, January 21st and February 4th, 1971), and having been deeply hurt by it. At first he seemed to want to avoid the kind of controversy Lennon’s interview had generated but in later conversations he became freer with his answers. Because the various sessions were necessarily disconnected, our text does not … [Read more...] about Paul McCartney Is Not Dead (And Neither Is the Past)
I’ve been stuck in predictably cliché L.A. traffic for what seems like a Kardashian marathon’s amount of time when I realize my Uber driver has been playing the new Post Malone album on loop. Whether you’re body to body at the club or bumper to bumper on the 405, it seems you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing from the chart-topping singer. But starting this fall, you’ll be seeing a lot more of Post Malone too. Last month, the 90s eyewear giant, Arnette, tapped Malone as their new curator and spokesperson, calling him “the perfect ambassador” to relaunch the brand. Malone’s role includes collaborating on a collection of tricked-out glasses that will be sold through SunglassHut.com, and appearing in the company’s ad campaigns. The new eyewear launch follows two collaborations with Crocs (yes, those crocs) that sold out in minutes last year, and a curious partnership with Bud Light this past August on a limited-edition … [Read more...] about Post Malone Is Apparently a Fashion Icon Now, But Who the Heck Is Buying His Stuff?