Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood
With 125 million albums sold in the US alone, Garth Brooks is probably the most successful solo artist in the United States. After his divorce in 2000 from Sandy Mahl he begun a relationship with a fellow country music singer; Trisha Yearwood.
They got married on December 2005.
Gary LeVox and Tara LeVox
The lead singer of the “Rascal Flatts” Gary LeVox has been married to Tara Vernon since 1999. Gary said that the first time that he saw her, he knew he was going to marry her and he remembers having a extrange sensation at the moment.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian
A famous country singer by the age of 13 who has remained famous ever since, LeAnn Rimes married her current husband Eddie Cibrian after having an affair with him and divorcing her previous husband Dean Sheremet in 2010.
Jennifer Nettles and Justin Miller
The lead singer of Sugarland (a country duo), married her current husband Justin Miller in November 2011, after divorcing her previous husband in 2007. They dated for 2 years after her divorce before getting engaged. She gave birth to a son in December 2012. They named him Magnus Hamilton Miller.
Martina McBride and John McBride
After crossing over into pop-country style and gaining nationwide appeal (specially outside the country world) Martina McBride has been married since 1988 and they have 3 daughters. Her husband John McBride is an audio engineer.
Amy Grant and Vince Gill
Amy Grant is a media personality. She’s an author, an actress, a songwriter and of course a singer. She’s not however a country singer but more of a Christian gospel performer. She performed in a country music special on christmas alongside country singer Vince Gill. They became good friends. Both divorced their partners and got married. The ceremony took place on March 2000.
Jamie Lynn Spears and Jamie Watson
The younger sister of Britney Spears (the famous pop star) became known due to her role on Zoey 101 back in 2005. She became notorious after she got pregnant when she was only 16 years old and her career paused as a result. She started singing country music and released a single in 2005. She started dating Jamie Watson, a voice actor in 2012. They dated for 2 years and got married in New Orleans, in March, 2014.
Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr
The very successful country singer has reached spot number one with his singles eighteen times on the Hot Country Song Chart. He apparently had an affair with Brittany Kerr (an American Idol contestant) whilst still married to Jessica Ussery whom he met in High School. After getting a divorce he dated Kerr for a year and married her in March 2015.
Shania Twain and Frédéric Thiébaud
The best selling female artist in the history of country music, Shania Twain, the Queen of Country Pop divorced her husband, producer Robert John Lange, after he had an affair with her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. Shania then married the former husband of her former best friend, Frederic Thiebaud in 2010.
Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
The renowned country singer had 30 singles reach the top 10 on the US Country Billboard charts. Twenty two of those reached No.1. Clint Black married Lisa Hartman, an actress, and after living in L.A. they moves to Nashville in 2002.
Darius Rucker and Beth Rucker
Darius Rucker used to be the lead singer and guitar for “Hootie and the Blowfish” and went solo first, as an R&B artist. He transitioned into country music afterwards and signed with Capitol Nashville in 2008. He married in 2001 to Beth Rucker after having a daughter with her in 1995 when she was his girlfriend.
James Otto and Amy Alderson
A member of the MuzikMafia (a group of country musicians who in their own words “create music without prejudice”) married Amy Alderson in October 2005.
Keifer and Shawna Thompson
The country duo who’s had two #1 singles charted both on “Hot Country Songs” and “Country Airplay” have been married for more than 15 years.
They’ve never stopped performing together.
Phillip Sweet and Rebecca Sweet
Phillip Sweet is part of the Country band “Little Big Town” and plays the guitar. He’s also one of the vocals (the members of the band all sing in rotation) and he got married to his now wife Rebecca in March 2007.
Craig Morgan and Karen Morgan
Craig Morgan released his first album in 2000 and seventeen of his singles were on the Billboard Country Charts. Six on the Top Ten. He’s married to Karen Morgan. They lost a son on an accident on the Tennessee River. His body was found 10 days later.
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins
Thomas Rhett has had six #1 singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. He married to Lauren Greggory in October 2012 after knowing her since the first grade of school. They had trouble conceiving and decided to adopt a child. During the process they found out Lauren was pregnant. They plan on keeping both.
Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler
Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler recently got engaged in January 2017. Hunt has shared that much of his music has been inspired by Folwer. For example, his album Montevallo was actually named after the town that Fowler is from. In an interview with E! News Hunt shared: “I had never visited Montevallo, but right before I left to go to Nashville I met a girl from there. A lot of the experiences I had with her and the relationship I had with her, that inspired a lot of the songwriting on the album.”
Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans
The Country pop star was recently nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist. Kelsea Ballerini got engaged in December 2016 to Moran Evans, an Australian musician whom she met while co-hosting an award show in Australia.
Mo Pitney and Emily Bankester
Mo Pitney released his first album in October 2016. It got to #10 on the Top Country Albums Billboard in a week. He met his wife Emily as a teenager and according to him it was love at first sight. They got married in March 2016.
Dean Berner and Rachel Beauregard
The former member of “Edens Edge” a country group, is currently engaged to Rachel Beauregard, who’s part of the duo “Native Run” that also plays country music. Dean and Rachel got engaged in April 2016. He shared the news of his engagement on Facebook.
Craig Wayne Boyd and Taylor Borland
The former contestant on “The Voice” Craig Wayne Boyd met model Taylor Borland when he was taking part in the aforementioned singing competition. They started dating and got engaged in June 2015. They’re now married and have a daughter.
Nick Hoffman and Natalie Murphy
Nick Hoffman is fiddler and singer for the band “The Farm” whose first album (self titled) featured 2 Top 40 singles on the Country Airplay chart. He got married to Nathalie Murphy, a singer-songwriter. The ceremony took place on May 2016.
An Oyster Obsession In A Swedish Town
Along the Bohuslän coast, a town known for having some of the biggest and succulent oysters in western Sweden thrives because of its obsession with this desirable shellfish. Grabbestad, Sweden has become home to several oyster-loving foragers who spend their time in weeded areas searching for their delicacy. Linnéa Sjögren is half of a seaweed searching business, called Catxalot. She moved to Grabbestad specifically to locate shellfish and edible seaweed in an area that sports clean water that allows for these live creatures to thrive.
Grebbestad has a history of being the home to many fishermen because of the frigid North Atlantic waterway nearby. You will notice a line of fishermen on any given day trying their hand at their sport along the waterfront. This includes the hunt for oysters. In May, the Nordic Oyster Opening Championship is held. Grebbestad and nearby towns become alive with fishermen from all near and far in anticipation of winning this prestigious event. Those new to the idea can take a safari to educate them about the growth and harvest processes used with these shellfish. In addition to fishing, looking for seaweed and oysters, summer visitors enjoy other activities involving the ocean. This includes kayaking, swimming, and visiting nearby islands to take in the sights and sounds of a quaint lifestyle.
Activities To Enjoy
Catxalot, formed and run by Linnéa Sjögren and Jonas Pettersson are available to show inhabitants and visitors how to find and capture sea lettuce, oysters, sugar kelp, and other treasures of the sea. After a session kayaking and collecting, they teach their students the proper way to prepare and cook the take using a portable stove and seasonings. Ingela and Marcus Holgersson of Skärgårdsidyllen are also available to teach enthusiasts to collect seaweed and shellfish using stand-up paddleboards. Another business available to assist with harvesting tips is a session with Karlsson of Everts Sjöbod. Learn to shuck oysters collected directly from the dock area of his boathouse business.
Places To Dine
Grebbestad is a town agreeable for those who like to walk, making it a great location for those who wish to dine and explore the area after a hearty meal. Restaurang Telegrafen, which is positioned within an old telegraph station, is known for a selection of over 30 wines to choose from. Grebys has a seafaring atmosphere complete with traps located on the ceilings above those enjoying their shellfish dishes. Enjoy dinner in a secluded marina at Latitud 58°. Sältan Mat & Bar, located in Grebbestad’s port delights diners with fresh crawfish to peel and eat during its open season.
Places To Shop
There are several shops located in Grebbestad, making it easy to find a unique souvenir to remember visiting the area. Visit Sanna Wijk, named after the owner, and peruse her collection of kitchenware, flower pots, vases, and other ceramics in monochromatic and pastel colors. Take a trip to Grebbestad Bryggeri, Sweden’s oldest microbrewery for some of the area’s finest oyster porters, fermented soft drinks, and lagers. Antiques galore awaits at Riccius Antik, known for including nautical themed pieces within their shop.
Where To Stay
Consider staying in one of the Grebys Hotell’s nine rooms for the feeling you are staying in a Nantucket abode. For a waterfront view, ask for the “prince room”. If a larger area is more of your forte, sail to TanumStrand, a Nordic spa resort. Grebbestads Vandrarhem is another choice, boasting hostel-style rooms, shared cooking and dining areas, and angular ceilings for those looking to share the living experience with others at a cheaper price.