Indian Summer Maddie and Tae Sisters on the Fly Mustang Monument
Miranda Lamberts B&B Launch

The Ladysmith is a boutique bed and breakfast owned and developed by Miranda Lambert located near The Pink Pistol in the heart of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Originally built in 1901, this historic two-story building has been meticulously renovated throughout to become a chic inn and destination.

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Dolly Parton Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Nashville, Tenn. (August 28, 2014) – Dolly Parton, who’s usually flooding stadiums with fans around the world, cools off her Summer by taking a dive into the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Dolly was challenged by several people including famous duet partner, Kenny Rogers.  His doubted dare sparked her to accept and prove how nothing stands in her way for a good cause.

“Kenny said you'll never do it with your false hair, your false eyelashes, and your false nails,” responds Dolly.  “Kenny, you'd be surprised at what all I do with my falses; for a good cause and a good laugh.”

Parton drowns down the wigs, nails and lashes with a polar plunge to raise awareness for ALS at her Nashville home while resting after her Blue Smoke World Tour.

“Although, I didn’t challenge anyone, I do challenge everybody to make a generous donation like I did!” adds Parton.
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Imperfection is Beauty

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be 
absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” 
― Marilyn Monroe
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JW Brooks Custom Hats

J.W. Brooks was born in Durango, Colorado and raised on the ranch lands of Colorado and Wyoming. He believes that it was this lifestyle that instilled in him the desire to preserve the country lifestyle and western heritage.

From a very young age, it became apparent that J.W. was destined to become an ARTIST. At the ripe old age of ten, J.W. illustrated a children’s book and by the time he graduated high school, he was being commissioned for his western art. In 1994, J.W. was the youngest artist commissioned to render Phoenix, Arizona’s “Rodeo of Rodeos” rodeo lithograph. Phoenix later asked J.W. to be the featured artist again in 1996 and 1997. In 2004, he was honored again by Scottsdale, Arizona’s Parada Del Sol Rodeo to be their featured artist.

In 1991, J.W. was hired by legendary hat maker, Kevin O’Farrell, owner of O'Farrell Hat Company, on a hunch that J.W.’s artistic hand would lend itself naturally to the crafting of a cowboy hat. He was right! It was during his apprenticeship under Mr. O’Farrell that J.W. realized a sense of pride and accomplishment in producing pieces of wearable art that stemmed from his own western heritage. If you own a custom cowboy hat by J.W., you’re in good company. J.W. has been the custom hat maker of choice for many professional cowboys as well as actors and entertainers.

In addition to crafting cowboy hats and drawing western art, J.W. has gained popularity as a country western singer. In 2004, J.W. entered and won the Arizona regional competition which propelled him to the top 15 contenders to be considered for CMT's televised “Nashville Star.” Shortly thereafter, J.W. joined the house band at the famous country western bar, Mr. Lucky’s where he had the honor of singing on the very stage where legends had sang before him, such as Waylon Jennings, Charlie Pride, J. David Sloan, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and many others. You can listen to J.W. and Western Bred on their website:

See more of J.W.'s stunning and unique hats on his website

Top: Brown with Roses: Sweet starting at $775, Head Arty starting at $775
American Cowgirl starting at $775
Tribute starting at $775
Parade Horse starting at $775

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Maddie & Tae: Girl in a Country Song

This Texas-Oklahoma duo have just released their 
First single "Girl In A Country Song" on iTunes Now

C) 2014 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Dot Records)

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39th Annual National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductions

Five Cowgirls to Receive Honors at the 39th Annual National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductions
Ceremony to be held Oct. 23 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (July 16, 2014) – The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame – the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage in their trailblazing efforts – is pleased to announce the 2014 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductees, who will be honored in the 39th annual induction ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center Round Up Inn in Fort Worth, Texas. This year’s class includes a sister-duo known for their award-winning Chuckwagon cooking; a nationally-known trick rider and cattlewoman; a celebrated Fort Worth pathologist; and a Hollywood Western screenwriter. 

The 2014 inductees are:

  • Jean Cates and Sue Cunningham: Tasty traditions have always been served up in Jean Cates and Sue Cunningham’s family.  Born in Turkey, Texas, the sisters learned what it meant to be real cowboy cooks thanks to their father. They began the C-Bar-C Chuckwagon and made history in 1992 when they walked away with the winnings at the Western Heritage Classic Cook-off in Abilene, Texas, as the first women team to claim the top honor. In 1996, they were awarded the American Cowboy Culture Award presented by the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration. They were also named Chuckwagon of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.

  • Shirley Lucas Jauregui: Shirley Lucas Jauregui dreamed of owning and riding a horse while growing up on the edge of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Jauregui and her sister, Sharon, landed their first trick riding appearance at the 1948 Lakeside Rodeo followed by the Sheriff’s Rodeo at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The sister act juggled their nationally-known act, performing at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, the Cow Palace, and Albuquerque, with movie contract work, doubling for movie industry names such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Shirley Jones, Betty Hutton, Grace Kelly, just to name a few. They also had their hand in designing the latest western fashions for women by working with brands such as Wrangler. Jauregui was named California’s Cattlewoman of the Year in 1996, and received the Tad Lucas Memorial Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 2008.

  • May Owen, M.D. (1891-1988): Dr. May Owen committed to a career in medicine at the age of nine when she discovered her true passion was helping others. Her first patients were animals on her family’s farm in Falls County, Texas. While she attended high school in Fort Worth, Texas, she remained committed to helping her father on the farm every weekend and still graduated at the top of her class. The first woman to enroll in Louisville Medical College in Kentucky, she earned her medical degree in 1921, and continued studies at Mayo Clinic and Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Owen contributed to the world of veterinary medicine by assisting with the development of a rabies vaccine and the discovery of diabetes in sheep when fed molasses cake. Her greatest contribution to the field of pathology was discovering the danger of surgical glove powder.

  • Frances Kavanaugh Hecker (1915-2009): Known as the “Cowgirl of the Typewriter,” Frances Kavanaugh Hecker was one of the few women writing western screenplays in Hollywood, a primarily male-dominated profession. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up around ranching in Houston which gave her what she called “the feeling of Westerns.” Her credits began with the Driftin’ Kid in 1941, and over the next ten years, worked on over 30 films starring the likes of Tom Keene, Lash LaRue, Eddie Dean, Ken Maynard, Bob Steele, and Hoot Gibson.

The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame selection process is rigorous and lengthy. Out of a competitive list, which consistently grows with each new nomination, only four or five successful candidates per calendar year are honored with the prestigious distinction of becoming a National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductee. The Hall of Fame is grouped in to five categories: artists and writers, champions and competitive performers, entertainers, ranchers (stewards of land and livestock), or trailblazers and pioneers. Since 1975, 215 women have been inducted.
“We are pleased with the selection of this year’s inductees, and welcome them to the Hall of Fame family.” said Patricia Riley, Executive Director, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. “Each brings a unique cowgirl story to the Hall of Fame that will be preserved for generations to come.”
The Induction luncheon and ceremony is the largest event for the Hall of Fame, and draws approximately 700-1,000 attendees each year. The event will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with the opening of holiday shopping vendor booths and a champagne reception followed by the Induction luncheon and ceremony. For ticket information, please contact Emmy Lou Prescott at or call 817-509-8965.  
For more news about the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, visit

About the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. The Hall of Fame’s purpose is twofold: to preserve the history and impact of western women living from the mid-1800s to present day, and to foster an appreciation for their ideals and spirit of self-reliance. These women are the legacy of legends — artists and writers, champions and competitive performers, entertainers, ranchers (stewards of land and livestock), trailblazers and pioneers. The Museum is considered an invaluable national educational resource for its exhibits, research library, rare photograph collection, and award-winning distance-learning programs for grades K-12 and adults.

Located at 1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, the Cowgirl is open Monday (Memorial Day to Labor Day) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for children ages 3 to 12 and senior citizens (60+) and $10 for adults (ages 13+). For more information, please visit or call 817-476-FAME (3263).
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Blake Shelton Kicker Country Stampede Festival

Blake Shelton Announced as First Headliner for 2015
Kicker Country Stampede Festival Set for June 25–28, 2015

Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Lee Brice & More Bring Country
Stampede to CMT Hot 20 Countdown on July 12
MANHATTAN, KS (July 11, 2014) – Thousands of country music fans flocked to Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas, and soaked in performances by some of today’s hottest country music stars, including Luke Bryan, Eric Church and more, at Kicker Country Stampede 2014. If you missed the action this year, tune into CMT Hot 20 Countdown on July 12 (11:00am ET/PT on CMT) to catch the highlights and see interviews with and performances by Stampede artists Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett and more.

Country megastar and judge on NBC’s The Voice Blake Shelton will be one of the headliners for Kicker Country Stampede 2015. Stay tuned for even more exciting artist announcements in the coming months! Early-bird, weekend, VIP and Reserved tickets are currently on sale, along with 700 reserved camping spots, for June 25–28, 2015. VIP tickets are available for $490, four-day GA passes for $120, four-day, jump-the-line passes for $130, reserved seats for $250, reserved camping sites for $175 and all other camping is available starting at $135 until Nov. 30. For more information on tickets or for any of your Kicker Country Stampede needs, visit

Kicker Country Stampede offered a full-fan experience in 2014 with fun for attendees of any age. In addition to the main stage boasting the biggest names in country music, Steel Rodeo Tours provided non-stop, action packed freestyle motocross exhibitions. The Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriters Tent featured established, as well as up-and-coming songwriters, including Lance Carpenter, Rob Northcutt Band, Tony Ramey and more. Kite's Grille & Bar Tuttleville Stage once again showcased the best local talent the Midwest has to offer, including Tim Zach & The Whiskey Bent, County Road 5, Jared Daniels Band and more. Other activities included a carnival, mouth-watering vendor food, shopping, interactive exhibits and much, much more.
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Unique Equine Art

Artist Babis created this sculpture named ‘hedonism(y) trojaner’ out of resin and recycled computer buttons. 

 All images ©  Babis Pangiotidis

Driftwood Horse Sculptures by Heather Jansch

Driftwood Horse Sculptures by A horse chandelier made out of Swarvski crystals by Stella McCartney

Junkyard Horse sculptures by Doug Owens

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Cowgirl Tank Tops

Here our seven of our favorite cute and stylish cowgirl tank tops!
ranging from $18-$45

Be Grateful tank top by Original Cowgirl Clothing Co. $36
Cowgirl tank top by CouthClothing $18

Take a little ride with you tank top by TumbleRoot $26.95

Dang Cowgirl tank top by Dang Chicks $32

It's all about the South tank top by ATX Mafia $40

Rock & Roll Cowgirl Turquoise and Ombre Aztec tank top $45
The Grooming Tree tank top by Tara Kiwi $39.50 $23.70
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