Valentine's Day: Cupid's Arrows Of Love Target (And Hit) Country Music Stars, Too
|This appeared in the Nashville Country Music Examiner - February 13, 2009|
From the roller-coaster highs that love can bring to the heartbreak devastation it leaves in its wake, country music stars, like the songs they sing, are among the most passion-filled souls around all year, not just on Valentine's Day.
Their romances and breakups, in fact, inspire some of the most heartfelt artistry our culture has known. And country fans, in turn, revel with happiness when a favorite country-music couple stands the test of time, just as they mourn when their favorite artists endure heartache from a love gone wrong
THE PARTING OF the late Tammy Wynette and George Jones, for example, was as heartbreaking for many country fans as any star-crossed Romeo and Juliet saga could ever be.
Still, whether country singers find themselves on the winning or losing end of love, the resulting scenarios often find their way into some of the genres best country songs, from Hank Sr.s Your Cheatin Heart and the David Allan Coe-penned Would You Lay with Me, to Chad Brocks (She Said) Yes and Brad Paisleys Everything to Me.
Moreover, while the rundown of some of the genres most-enduring matches, from No. 14 to No. 1, is presented in no particular order than one that is based on the couples wedding date, it does close with this writers favorite new country-music couples to watch.
11. BY ALL ACCOUNTS, it seems Grand Ole Opry star Marty Stuart and his wife, fellow Opry member Connie Smith, have been together a lifetime, because its hard to imagine one without the other now. However, it wasnt until July 8, 1997, that the country-star couple wed on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. FYI: Stuart, at age 12, first met Connie after one of her shows and that day, told him mother hed one day marry the cute n country star. And he kept his word.
By Lisa L. Rollins
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