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Do you remember hearing about a fire happening on the Universal Studios backlot in Hollywood back in 2008? Here is a link to the New York Times article for those who need a refresher: http://tinyurl.com/y2jglcnc

“According to a new report from the New York Times, a fire that swept the Universal Studios backlot in Hollywood, Calif., in 2008 resulted in massive damage that wasn’t publically reported, including losses of irreplaceable master tapes from some of country’s biggest names. Universal claimed after the fire in 2008 that the damage was “relatively minor.”  The company reported that a vault of video and television media was destroyed, along with a portion of the studio tour” (Taste of Country, “LORETTA LYNN, MERLE HAGGARD + MORE CLASSIC COUNTRY RECORDINGS DESTROYED IN UNIVERSAL FIRE” http://tinyurl.com/yxqkgj7y)

“According to the original report, Universal initially claimed the damage was “relatively minor,” but internal documents published by the Times dispute that account. “The West Coast Vault perished, in its entirety. Lost in the fire was, undoubtedly, a huge musical heritage,” a memo written in March of 2009 states” (Taste of Country, “REBA MCENTIRE, GEORGE STRAIT REPORTEDLY AMONG 800+ ARTISTS WHO LOST MASTERS IN UNIVERSAL FIRE” http://tinyurl.com/yxg5zepb)

We can only imagine how these artists must feel. We’re sure it was hard enough to hear about the fire in general. But finding out over 10 years later that your masters were part of the casualty must feel like a punch to the stomach!

“The cause of the fire is now believed to have been a blowtorch used by workmen to repair the chapel roof on New England Street around 3am. They reportedly followed policy of standing watch for an hour (to spot any fire after the work) then went for a break. The fire was reported at 4.43am by a security guard. The Universal City Fire crew were on scene four minutes later, by which time a whole block of facades was engulfed” (TheStudioTour.com, “2008 Fire” http://tinyurl.com/y5w2jl64)

What are your thoughts on this whole situation? What would you do if your masters got destroyed? Let us know in the comments below.

Women in country music are not being given the radio airplay they deserve or need to keep their presence in the media. So Luke Bryan is taking a stand and starting to speak up about it.  Bryan is even quoted in the article saying, “It’s definitely a conversation that we do always [have], and even going forward. We’re always making sure that we’re doing our, I guess, due diligence … and not missing out on a talented woman out there, a talented young lady that’s up and coming,” Read more here: https://bit.ly/2MFFqGK

And speaking of women in country music, the same article also lists songs from various women in Country music that require our attention. The list includes “Ladies in the 90s” by Lauren Alaina, “Buy My Own Drinks” by Runaway June, “Friends Don’t” by Maddie & Tae, “Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves, and “Miss Me More” by Kelsea Ballerini.

Do you spot any favorite songs? Who are some of your favorite women in country music? We want to know! Let us know in the comment section below.

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Miranda Lambert is our queen. Strong, sassy, sweet and somethin’ else–she’s a one of a kind woman, and she should be everybody’s role model. She’s certainly a role model for our CG Girls.

Annie

Miranda is an Annie. I mean, literally, she’s a Pistol Annie. Annie is soft and feminine, but confident as all hell.


When Miranda pulls out her pink guitar and sparkly boots, paired with a cute dress, she’s definitely an Annie.

Miranda proves you can be strong AND soft, fierce and feminine. That makes her Annie’s idol.

Charley

Miranda is a Charley. Charley is classic country: hardworking and tough as nails. That’s our Miranda, too.

Charley wears boots and jeans, not for style but for the mud she works in.

Miranda is the hero of her own story, and doesn’t need to be saved. Charley is just the same!

Etta

Miranda is an Etta. She loves nature, and sees beauty in all things.

If you know anything about her relationship with Blake Shelton, you know Miranda has a flair for the romantic, and Etta is just the same.

Don’t let her delicate beauty fool you: Miranda–and Etta–are independent Country Girls.

Jane

Miranda is a Jane. She’s got a wild streak in her. Like a set-your-shit-on-fire, laugh-as-it-burns wild streak.

Jane lives for the moment, and is all about being young and having fun.

The last thing Jane needs is someone to slow her down. She’ll never settle, just like Miranda.

What’s your favorite side of Miranda? Which CG Girl are you? Tell us in the comments!

Country Girls of all kinds love Fall. Whether it’s back to school, hunting season, or perfect temperatures for enjoying the outdoors, there’s something for everyone to fall for! Our CG Girls are no exception. See why Annie, Charley, Etta, and Jane love Autumn, and see what they’re wearing this season!

Annie

Annie is our girly-girl, but she’s sharp as a tack. Annie loves back-to-school shopping, and organizing both her locker and her closet.

Annie’s pick:

Rhinestones, angel wings, pink, and paisley – Annie is all over it. Annie pairs her pick with a cute denim mini, and boots, of course.

Charley

Charley is our hardworking tomboy, and a sharpshooting hunter in the Fall. She keeps her style simple and practical, but effortlessly cool.

Charley’s pick:

Charley is rarely found not wearing jeans and boots. She’s all about Fall staples, and this outfit is no exception.

Etta

Etta is our boho Country Girl. She’s in tune with nature, so she loves all the changing colors of Fall. Etta can be found horseback riding through fields or collecting leaves.

Etta’s pick:

Sunflower and script over a rich purple and a cool style, this hooded 3/4 sleeve is perfect for Etta. Etta pairs this top with a flowy maxi skirt and her trademark long, wavy hair.

Jane

Jane loves Autumn air. With Halloween, and campfires for scary stories and Truth or Dare, Fall is perfect for this wild child.

Jane’s pick:

Jane adores the comfy fit and sporty style of this fleece sweatshirt. She would pair it with her favorite destroyed denim and cowboy boots.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

Etta is a flower child. She prefers to be barefoot and in the grass. She loves nature, animals, and feeling free. Etta may seem delicate and flighty, but she has a powerful creative mind and strong spirit. She is confident in herself and loves life.

Favorite Country Girl shirt:

Favorite artist: Tom Petty

Country Crush: Dierks Bentley

Favorite saying:

Favorite outfit:

Etta is named for Etta Place, the mysterious companion to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Check out her Pinterest page!

Charley is tough as nails, and she won’t let you forget it! Charley has worked on a farm her whole life, and loves every grueling minute of it. She’s a tomboy for sure. Charley refuses to give a damn what anyone thinks about her.

Charley is fearless, confident, and dignified. Even when she’s quiet, she’s got a million thoughts in her head, and when she speaks she’s wicked smart. You don’t have to worry if she’s better than you – she is.

Favorite Country Girl shirt:

Favorite Artist: Johnny Cash

Country Crush: Jason Aldean

Favorite Saying:

Favorite outfit:

Charley is named for Charley Parkhurst, a stagecoach driver who posed as a man so she could have equal rights and vote.

Check out her Pinterest page!

Jane is the wild one of the bunch. She loves having fun and breaking rules. Jane always has a new idea for getting into trouble. She laughs, she dances, and she lives passionately.

Jane has something of a redneck streak in her. She loves to get down and dirty, and she’ll do anything if you dare her first. She’s loud, proud, and comfortable in her own skin.

Favorite Country Girl shirt:

Favorite artist: Miranda Lambert

Country Crush: Brantley Gilbert

Favorite Saying:

favorite outfit:

Jane is named for Calamity Jane, a sharpshooter and rider with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

  

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Annie is our sweetheart. She’s the girl next door, a daddy’s girl, the kind of girl they write country songs about. In the words of Tom Petty…

She’s a good girl, loves her mama, loves Jesus and America too. 


Annie is a girly girl and loves it. Her favorite colors are pink and glitter. But Annie has a sassy side! Fierce and loyal, Annie won’t take any crap, especially when it comes to her family, friends, and Country music.

Favorite Country Girl shirt:

Favorite artist: Carrie Underwood

Country Crush: Luke Bryan

Favorite saying:

Favorite outfit:

Annie is named for sharpshooting legend Annie Oakley, who always dressed like a lady and shot like a badass.

Check out her Pinterest page!