Beyond Tim and Faith — Country Music’s Top Couples
By now ya know that Gator 99.5 is offering the opportunity for one lucky winner and a guest to fly to Las Vegas, and see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul tour live at The Venetian in Las Vegas on March 21. The First Couple of Country? Well... here's a few more notables in Gator Country...
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood
Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter
Any fans of the Dukes of Hazzard? Oh yeah... I can hear the theme song of the TV show running thru my mind, as I write this... LOL
In 1969, one of the key members of the Outlaw movements, Waylon Jennings, would marry Jessi Colter . At this time, Colter adopted her stage name, Jessi Colter, in honor of her great grandfather, Jesse Colter. Colter then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, with Waylon. The 2 had one son, Waylon Albright “Shooter” Jennings. In the early 80s, Colter and Jennings nearly split up due to Waylon's bad addiction to drugs and other forms of substance abuse. However, they remained together until Jennings’s death in 2002.
Johnny Cash and June Carter
June Carter had performed with Johnny Cash for a number of years. Matter of fact, June's entire family performed with the Man in Black. In 1968, Cash proposed to June during a live performance at the London Ice House in London, Ontario. They would get married on March 1 in Franklin, Kentucky, and remained married until her death in May 2003, just four months before Cash died. The couple's son, John Carter Cash, is a musician, songwriter, and producer. Ok... I'm like SO gonna watch Walk the Line tonight on DVD! Ohhh... it's a Fav at St James Manor!
George Jones and Tammy Wynette
The Possum became aware of Tammy Wynette because their tours were actually booked by the same agency. Wynette was married to songwriter Don Chapel, who was also the opening act for her shows at the time. The three became friends but eventually Jones took more than a passing fancy to Wynette, who was eleven years his junior and grew up listening to all of his records. The couple would end up marrying in 1969. The marriage lasted 7 years.
Jones accepted the responsibility for the failure of the marriage, but denied Wynette's abusive allegations in her autobiography. Remarkably, the two did continue to play shows and draw crowds in the years after their divorce, as fans began to see their songs mirroring their stormy relationship.By the 90s, George and Tammy recorded a final album and even toured together before Wynette's death in 1998. When I hear anyone say "Country Couple"... George and Tammy are the first to come to mind for me.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
Blake first met fellow Miranda at the CMT's 100 Greatest Duets Concert in 2005. Lambert also sang background vocals on his cover of Michael Bublé's song, "Home", which became a Number 1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart. On May 9, 2010, after dating for four years, Shelton proposed to Miranda, after seeking her father's blessing. Married in 2011. There were 550 people were in attendance, including Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, and the Bellamy Brothers. Blake and Miranda reside in the small town of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, which is located in the Texoma area. did you know that Miranda's "Over You" was written by both Blake and Miranda? The story behind the song? It's about Blake's late brother Richie, who passed away in 1990. Blake was only 14 at the time.