THE TWANG TOWN LOWDOWN:
KEIFER THOMPSON opened up about the vocal issues that shut him down and forced THOMPSON SQUARE to cancel shows until further notice.
He started feeling pain in his throat almost a year ago . . . but ignored it because he didn't want to let his fans down. He says, quote, "I've never had any formal training or anything like that.
"So, I've kinda just done it on what my heart felt like, and it wasn't always right, apparently. The pain got so bad that after a concert it felt like someone was stabbing me in the throat."
Turns out Keifer developed a hemorrhage and a polyp on his vocal cords and had to do two full weeks of silence. He says the hemorrhage is, quote, "Completely healed and resolved . . . and the polyp is about 70% down, so they won't do surgery."
There's no word yet when Thompson Square will start performing again . . . but in the meantime, Keifer is working on getting rid of his bad vocal habits. He says, quote, "You can still sing soulfully and with power and not scream and grow polyps."
Ever wanted to score KACEY MUSGRAVES' '60s siren look? Pick up the new Self magazine! Inside, Kacey talks makeup and swears by Crisco and aspirin to treating eczema and breakouts.
She reveals, "I get eczema on my arms, and my acupuncturist said to put vegetable shortening, like Crisco, on it. I tried it for a week and the eczema went away. Another time, I had a breakout, so my memaw applied a paste of crushed uncoated aspirin and water. Fifteen minutes later it had shrunk. Swear."
Check out the full article on Self.com.
BRAD PAISLEY performed "Dead Flowers" with the ROLLING STONES inPhiladelphia on Tuesday. He played guitar and traded vocals with MICK JAGGER.
Here's a clip posted by the Stones, which includes Brad talking about performing with them. And here's a longer fan-shot video.
KIP MOORE will perform tomorrow on the "Fox & Friends All-American Concert Series". He'll also be talking to the crew about his summer tour. (Got Country)
Old school country singer SLIM WHITMAN passed away yesterday from heart failure. His most recognizable song was the 1952 hit "Indian Love Call", which features some sweet, sweet yodeling. It was also the song they played in "Mars Attacks!" to kill the aliens.
Listen to "Indian Love Call" here.
THE DA OF THE DAY:
Not the average place you would go out to have a drink. Deputies say two women were arrested for drinking wine inside a Wal-Mart.
According to the arrest report, Alicia Potter and Megan Beck took wine from the shelf and started drinking it while walking around the store.
Both women were taken out of the store-- as they yelled and cursed at the people nearby.
The report says that Potter was pepper sprayed because she kicked and fought deputies while they tried to put her into the patrol car.
Both were arrested for disorderly intoxication and were taken to the Naples Jail Center.
WHAT YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW SAYS ABOUT YOU ON YOUR FIRST DATE:
On a first date, "what TV do you watch?" can be a minefield. If you can't agree on a single show, it's a pretty huge indicator that things won't work out. Here's what you're telling your date when you say your favorite TV show is…
Game of Thrones: You are extremely emotional, and Facebook needs to know about it.
Archer: You're an a-hole. But a really funny a-hole.
Hannibal: You're a little mentally unbalanced, but not as mentally unbalanced as your shrink.
The Office: You want to fall in love and get married, and you don't care who knows it.
Arrested Development: You could never date someone who didn't love Arrested Development. (minus the fourth season).
Veronica Mars: You've had a hard life, but it's only made you stronger.
True Blood: You're real kinky, and totally open about it.
Scandal: You're a workaholic who seriously needs to get laid.
Grey's Anatomy: You're going to have sex in an elevator and regret it.
The West Wing: You're a really good person, but you're kind of annoying.
The Newsroom: You're a questionably good person, and you're kind of annoying.
The Mindy Project: You're so single it hurts.
Fringe: When you were a kid, your parents never let you stay up to watch The X-Files.
How I Met Your Mother: You have a cheesy catchphrase for every occasion.
Parks and Recreation: You're clever, but not as clever as you think you are.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: You always go for the unattainable ones.
Firefly: Your last good relationship was over 5 years ago.
Dollhouse: You're gorgeous, but also kind of a mess.
30 Rock: You want a partner who can beat you at Trivial Pursuit.
Happy Endings: You've taken at least 1 improv class.
Battlestar Galactica: You spend a lot of time writing very deep, thoughtful emails and never sending them.
Portlandia: You're a hipster, but you don't THINK you're a hipster.
New Girl: If you're a girl, you want to be Zooey Deschanel. If you're a guy, you're in love with Zooey Deschanel.
Justified: If you're a guy, you want to be Timothy Olyphant. If you're a girl, you're in love with Timothy Olyphant.
Dexter: You have a dark secret that you think no one knows about. (They do.)
Homeland: You're a woman who thinks you're incredibly good at your job, but no one else appreciates it.
Mad Men: You wish you could smoke in your office (but you'd never actually do it).
Doctor Who: You can recite every Time Lord incarnation in chronological order, but you'll forget your date's name at least twice.
Suburgatory: You grew up in the suburbs, and secretly miss it.
Coupling: You're an anglophile.
Lost: You're a masochist.
Felicity: You wish you were back in college.
Law & Order: You have a firm belief in structure and would never stop what you're doing while a cop asks about your whereabouts last night.
Law & Order: SVU: You have a firm belief in structure and would never stop what you're doing while a cop asks about your whereabouts last night, and you're a woman.
Pushing Daisies: As a child, you wished your life had been narrated by Roald Dahl.
Cougar Town: You have a tight group of friends who love to judge people. Also, you have a drinking problem.
Borgias: You're a history buff with a serious sex drive.
Raising Hope: Your family is…well…let's just say no date will meet them 'til the wedding.
Nurse Jackie: You might be a secret drug addict.
The Vampire Diaries: You publicly scoff at Twilight but you've read every one of the books cover to cover.
Teen Wolf: You have serious '80s nostalgia, and too much time on your hands.
Girls: You're a 24-year-old woman or a 54-year-old man.
Sons of Anarchy: You'll order Coors Light on a first date.
Friday Night Lights: You sometimes think about quitting your job to become a marriage counselor.
The IT Crowd: You constantly resist the urge to answer every question with, "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
Storage Wars: You're a compulsive gambler.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: You're a city-dweller with a white collar job.
Sex and the City: You often wonder if the best times in your dating life are over. And you may be right.
The Good Wife: You used to watch Sex and the City religiously.
Sherlock: During the date, you'll mention Benedict Cumberbatch no less than three times.
Elementary: You haven't seen "Sherlock" but you've heard it's good.
The Voice: You don't have cable.
American Idol: You love commercials.
Modern Family: You'd never admit it, but you call your mom every day.
Gilmore Girls: You're sweet to the point of getting taken advantage of by jerks. Still, you never lose the sweetness.
Dancing with the Stars: You own an item of clothing covered in sequins.
Revenge: You wish you lived in the Hamptons.
The Big Bang Theory: You may have a mild case of OCD.
Bones: You love people with mild cases of OCD.
Two and a Half Men: You're my mom.
Glee: You got cut from your high school musical and never got over it.
Smash: You grew up in New York City.
Nashville: You want to get married just so you can be a celebrity for a day.
Shameless: You've been to at least 1 AA meeting.
Project Runway: You would kill to be Tim Gunn's best friend.
The Mentalist: You're vertically challenged, but hot.
American Horror Story: You still have issues with your mother.
Colbert Report: You can quote at least one line from a Christopher Guest movie.
The Sopranos: You've never been to New Jersey.
The Wire: You're a TV critic.
CSI: You were born before 1970.
The Bachelor: You will text your friends every single word that he said after the date, and discuss ad nauseum.
9 THINGS TO NEVER TO SAY TO YOUR BOSS:
Our friends at monster.com have compiled a list of the 9 worst things you could EVER say to your boss and here they are:
1. "I need a raise." Never enter salary negotiations talking about what you need -- because of rising costs or a new expense, for instance. Your employer doesn't care about your financial problems.
2. "That just isn't possible." Always speak to your boss in terms of what can be done. For instance, rather than saying "We can't get this done by Friday," say "We could definitely get this done by Monday, or if we brought in some freelance help, we could meet the Friday deadline." When you talk to your boss, think in terms of solving problems for her, not in terms of putting problems on her plate.
3. "I can't stand working with ____." Complaining about a coworker's personality usually reflects more poorly on you than on the coworker. Don't make these kinds of conflicts your boss's problem. Of course, management is interested in problems that jeopardize the company's ability to function.
4. "I partied too hard last night -- I'm so hung over!" Buck up and get through the day with some ibuprofen, extra undereye concealer and coffee. But don't share the sordid details of your night on the town with your boss. Even if you have a friendly relationship.
5. "But I emailed you about that last week." Alerting your boss to a problem via email doesn't absolve you of all responsibility for it. Bosses hate the "out of my outbox, out of my mind" attitude. Keep tabs on all critical issues you know about -- and keep checking in until you hear a firm "You don't need to worry about that anymore."
6. "It's not my fault." Are you a whiny 8-year-old or a take-charge professional? Assume responsibility and take steps to fix a problem that you did, in fact, create. And if you are being wrongly blamed for a problem, saying "Let's get to the bottom of this" or "What can we do to make it right?" is much more effective than saying "It's not my fault."
7. "I don't know." If your boss asks you a question you can't answer, the correct response is not "I don't know." It's "I'll find out right away."
8. "But we've always done it this way." You may find yourself with a new boss who wants to try new things -- and the best way to present yourself as a workplace relic is to meet change with a "we do it this way because this is the way we do it" attitude.
9. "Let me set you up with..." Avoid the urge to play matchmaker for your single boss. The potential risk far outweighs any potential benefit.