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Kid lands the cutest first kiss ever (Video)

Oct 23, 2014 -- 3:19pm


While shopping with his father at Best Buy, little Julian finds a potential future girlfriend and lays a big kiss on her! Luckily his dad was there to capture the adorable moment.

Little Big Town Join Grand Old Opry

Oct 22, 2014 -- 6:37pm


Little Big Town's journey to the Grand Ole Opry came full circle Friday night, October 17th. A sold-out crowd was on hand to watch the platinum-selling group become the Opry's newest members a full 15 years after the "Day Drinking" singers first appeared together on the esteemed Opry stage. The official induction followed the group's surprise invitation earlier this month from fellow Opry cast member Reba McEntire.

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In 1999, as young hopefuls in country music, the quartet of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook made their performance debut on the Opry stage.

"This was the first place we ever played in front of human beings in a public way," Sweet told Rolling Stone Country and other media outlets backstage before the group's official induction. "We didn't have a band, we didn't have any musicians. It was just us… "

"And one borrowed guitar," Westbrook chimed in.

Having only played in each other's living rooms and at various conference rooms around town in search of a record deal, the foursome received their first invite to play the Opry when another act canceled at the last minute.

"We literally knew three songs," Schlapman said.

"That was the same day we signed our record deal," said Westbrook, who is now married to fellow group member Fairchild.

With several family members and industry friends in attendance to witness the special occasion, the group recalled the influence the 89-year-old Grand Ole Opry has had on previous generations.

"My mother started listening to it as a kid," Schlapman explained. "We listened to it growing up at our house. Then when we came to town, I came to the Opry a few times and sat out in the audience and just dreamed, 'I wonder what it feels like to be invited to be an Opry member.' I've played that through my head so many times across the years. Now we finally know."

"The first time we played the Opry, I had family members listening in other towns, back before Wi-Fi," Sweet added. "My sister had to drive to the golf course 10 miles away from our house just so they could get on the hill to pick up the AM radio to hear the station."

"The only way, down in Georgia, they could hear the Opry was to sit in the car and listen to the radio," Schaplman said, adding that no one in her family knew what time the group was going on, and that her grandfather nearly missed the whole thing when nature called. "He went into the bathroom and, of course, we came on. So my grandmother laid down on the horn and my papaw came out pulling up his pants. He made it just in time. He's in Heaven — with his pants on, I'm sure — watching us now."

The group, who are also celebrating the October 21st release of their sixth album, Pain Killer, chose to echo their very first Opry performance with a back-to-basics rendition of their 2006 hit, "Bring It on Home." After performing their breakthrough Top 10 hit "Boondocks," the group officially joined the cast of the longest-running live radio show in American history. They were inducted by fellow members Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens, who at 93, is the Opry's oldest member.

During their induction ceremony, the group also received well-wishes via video messages from Opry members Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and the Oak Ridge Boys.



Willie Nelson: I don't Smoke Joints Anymore

Oct 22, 2014 -- 6:25pm


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Willie Nelson, outlaw country singer and Texas' most famous pot smoker, has swapped out smoking joints for something that doesn't hurt his lungs quite as much.

Nelson reportedly told Uncut, a British music magazine, that he uses a vaporizer to toke up because joints are more harmful for his lungs and singing voice, according to WTVA.

The singer told Uncut magazine, "I enjoy smoking. But I use a vaporizer these days; they're better for your voice and lungs. There's no smoke and heat on it. Even though marijuana smoke is not as bad as cigarette smoke, any time you put any kind of smoke in your lungs it takes a toll of some kind."

Nelson has lately been spreading his pot knowledge, giving New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd advice on how she should consume marijuana for a column.

"I needed a marijuana Mr. Miyagi, and who better than Nelson, who has a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and a first-degree black belt in helping NORML push for pot legalization?" she wrote.

Is Your Pooch Your Favorite Bed Partner?

Oct 21, 2014 -- 3:36pm


A new survey by the American Pet Products Association reveals that 50% of dogs sleep with their owner. Other findings:

- 62% of cats sleep with their owner

- 53% of people say their pet disturbs their sleep

- 32% of large dogs sleep with their owner

Four year old recites Bible books and covers George Strait

Oct 21, 2014 -- 3:33pm

This isn't new, but I'd never seen it before and thought I'd share it with my listeners. It's one of the cutest things I've ever seen. I just wish his Sunday School teacher had let him finish!  -- Julie Steele



Glen Campbell's Battle with Alzheimer's Worsens: See His Final Song and Video

Oct 16, 2014 -- 3:19pm


It's been three years since Glen Campbell first opened up to PEOPLE about his battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Since then, the "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer, 78, was moved into an Alzheimer's facility full-time in April, and, according to his wife, Kim Woollen, would likely never perform or play guitar again.

In light of the news, Campbell's label has released his final studio recording, a somber ballad called "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," about the decline of his health and a farewell to his family. The accompanying video shows footage of Campbell throughout his prolific career, as well as rare and personal family footage.

Sample lyrics include the lines, "I'm still here, but yet I'm gone," and "I'm never gonna hold you like I did, or say I love you to the kids."

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According to The Alzheimer's Site, Campbell is in the final stages of the disease, and receiving 24-hour care.

"There's a lot of sadness, but we just continue to make the best of every day," Woolen told PEOPLE in May.

Watch the touching video below:  


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