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The Dave Barnes Situation -- Part One
Singer/songwriter Dave Barnes, a longtime friend of Ashley and Hunter’s, stops by for a hilarious chat about the non-cheesy way he’s writing about his kids on new album, “Who Knew It Would Be So Hard to Be Myself,” the mysterious way he found out that Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris recorded his song, “Craving You,” and the huge way Blake Shelton recording his song, “God Gave Me You,” continues to impact his life. There’s also some big love for Amy Grant and Naomi Judd in this episode. Part Two coming next week!
|Jun 19, 2018|
Celebrity Stylist Amanda Craig
This week, Ashley and Hunter catch up with celebrity hair and makeup artist Amanda Craig. Before launching her own salon in Nashville, Amanda spent eight years on the set of “The Voice” making sure Blake Shelton was camera-ready. She also counts Kelly Clarkson, RaeLynn, Cassadee Pope and others among her clients. Ashley and Hunter also get their hair done at Amanda’s salon, Leigh, Edwards and Co., which she co-owns with friend of the show, Derek Reynolds.
In this conversation, Amanda gives an in-depth look into her journey to becoming one of Nashville’s most in-demand stylists while also building the team at her salon which is a story that anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit will identify with. And since Amanda is Ashley's stylist, they also share a few of their most hilarious moments from the chair (aka Ashley getting her hair cut and colored). Apologies in advance!
Amanda also shares great summer hair tips for men and women.
Plus, Ashley and Hunter check in about their CMA Music Festival experience with updates on Little Big Town, Naomi Judd, Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery and more!
|Jun 12, 2018|
Jordan Davis’s Home State
Ashley and Hunter sit down with country music hitmaker Jordan Davis, who is burning up the road after his #1 hit “Singles You Up” kickstarted his career. it’s a wide-ranging conversation covering Jordan’s current video game obsession, his approach to songwriting AND his evolving attitude towards cardio in his workouts. Ashley and Hunter look forward to CMA Music Festival in Nashville and give an update on Ashley’s big move into her new condo.
|Jun 05, 2018|
Catch Up: Light Fixtures, Shania Twain and Flirting
On the second episode of All Our Favorite People, Ashley and Hunter catch up on Memorial Day to talk about the incredible response they’ve received on the debut episode featuring Jackie Lee and his journey over the last two years facing two bouts with cancer as told in his new song, “Long Year.”
Ashley also opens up about buying her first condo this past week and (at Hunter’s encouragement) reaches out to the folks in podcast land for help in picking out light fixtures. Hunter talks about his trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville to see the Shania Twain exhibit as well as the new Armadillos and Outlaws: Country’s Roaring ‘70s exhibit. There’s further talk of Ashley’s first Silent Disco experience and regaining her ability to flirt after the stress of buying a home.
New interview coming next week!
|May 29, 2018|
Jackie Lee's Long Year
On our first episode of All Our Favorite People, we welcome country singer Jackie Lee. We’ve known Jackie Lee for several years through red carpet and sit-down interviews as well as hilarious exchanges on Twitter. Ashley and Jackie were actually featured side-by-side in Nashville Lifestyles magazine’s Single in the City issue a few years back, and you can hear their hilarious stories about that experience later in the episode.
Up front, we’re talking in-depth about Jackie’s recent revelation that he’s now a cancer survivor. Not long after losing his beloved mother, Ladonna, to ovarian cancer in 2016, Jackie himself was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He underwent surgery in December 2016 to remove the testicle, but the cancer returned.
Around this time, Jackie wrote his new song, “Long Year,” which is a letter to his mother, Ladonna, just wishing she was with him as he faced his own cancer battle. As he faced chemotherapy in late 2017, Jackie bought a camera and shot footage during his treatment, and that footage is included in his powerful new video for “Long Year.” His hope is that in sharing his story, it will give someone else the hope they need to get through whatever they are facing. You can see it here:
Jackie received a clean bill of health after his treatment ended in January 2018, but the emotional healing process is ongoing. We are honored to have Jackie as our first guest to share this incredible and emotionally raw story with us. Here are some key moments from our conversation:
On finding the right doctor, Dr. Lawrence Einhorn in Indiana, after the cancer returned:
“It really changed the whole process for me…He’s the guy that cured Lance Armstrong and several astronauts and the coach for the Colts. He’s an 85-year-old man that’s cute as a button. Just perfect…My mom’s two sisters and my dad, we got in the car and we drove up to Indianapolis. It’s just so much emotion, because we didn’t know what we were getting into at the time. This is September. We drive up there, and we’re all sitting in the doctor’s office, because we do everything as a team in my family. Nobody goes alone, and we’re sitting in there and Dr. Einhorn walks in. He just has this warm smile, and he’s like, ‘Jackie, first off, I don’t know what you do for a living, but I bet you’re a musician ‘cause you’ve got holes in your jeans and you’ve got great hair.’ I said, ‘You got it!’
He asked me about my doctor’s and what do they want to do? I told him what they were wanting to do about the port and all this stuff. He goes, ‘Nope, none of that.’ He says, ‘You’re 26 years old. You’ve got your health.’ At this point, the cancer — I never felt any sickness from the cancer. We’re talking really small seeds of cancer that are — obviously if you don’t fix it, it turns into something really bad. But at the time, it’s very small seeds in my abdomen area.
He said, ‘You have your health. You’re very young. Your veins are great.’ You can see the bruises on my arm still from where we did all the injections, but he said, ‘You’re going to get a needle in the arm every time. That’s how you’re going to get your treatment.’ He goes, ‘You’re going to live as normal as you can through this next nine weeks.’ It ended up by being 12 weeks when it was all said and done, or 11 weeks.
He said, ‘You’re going to feel fatigue and you’re going to lose your hair, but you’re not going to lose your spirit.’ And that absolutely wrecked me in that doctor’s office. It kind of still wrecks me now. I felt like it was my mom talking to me for a second. It was just one of those moments. I was really hurt at that time. I didn’t understand what was going on. I didn’t understand why it was going on. I never thought I was gonna die. I never had those moments, but I did know that there was a really long road ahead of me. I just really wanted my mom to be there with me. I felt like she was in the room with me that day.”
“First off, food. Everything tastes like sand. The consistency. The taste. Everything is just bland. Even water. To this day — ‘cause I had to go to the hospital last week to get a checkup. Everything’s great. We’re still all clear. — They have a brand of water at [the hospital], and I look at that bottle — it tastes just like this water [I’m drinking now], but because I associate that brand and that water [with chemotherapy], it legit makes my stomach hurt. Everything was so different. I didn’t understand that sitting with my mom through all of this. I had no idea.
My dad had been through it. He never left my mom’s side all day long for three-and-a-half years. Now, he’s being put through another helpless situation for him. He was saying, ‘Jackie, I will drive anywhere if there’s anything your tastebuds remotely want. I will make it. I will go get it. I’ll call it in.’ There was nothing. He would force me to drink, in a very loving way, Pedialyte, just so I could have something inside of me that would hydrate me. It’s a sucky, sucky thing.”
On finding inspiration to go forward from his mother’s own words:
At the end of the video [for ‘Long Year’] is where we start talking about those Post-It notes. What was so crazy — my mom wrote hundreds of Post-It notes all over the house, and my brother took a handful of ‘em , and put ‘em in a shadowbox picture frame. This was all the time it was just coming together. This is one of those things I do believe God one-hundred percent, He showed up. [My brother] Kinsey took a picture [of the Post-Its] and said, ‘Hey, zoom into the middle.’ That’s when we talked about ‘Comeback,’ and it being a song we were going to record. So now, [another new song] ’Comeback’ will come out on May 25th. The artwork for ‘Comeback’ is going to be her handwriting. The Post-It says, ‘Your setback is a setup for a comeback.’”
|May 22, 2018|
Introducing All Our Favorite People
Welcome to the All Our Favorite People Podcast!
The All Our Favorite People podcast is a place for longtime friends and Nashville-based media personalities Ashley Eicher and Hunter Kelly to share with you all about the music, movies, books, TV and whatever else they’re loving that week.
Drawing on their respective backgrounds at Rolling Stone Country and ABC News, the show also features in-depth interviews with Ashley and Hunter’s favorite creative friends and heroes where you will hear things you aren’t going to hear anywhere else.
They also know how to have fun, and you can expect a lot of laughs in every episode.
|May 17, 2018|