November 23, 2012 |
On election night,, Kid Rock did something unusual, even for him. The Southern rock-rapper, a famed party monster whose annual Chillin' the Most cruise concert is an Olympian feat of seaborne drinking, conked out early. Kid Rock, born Robert Ritchie, had performed at rallies for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and his anthem for individual liberty, "Born Free," became the campaign's theme song. Perhaps the 41-year-old hoped to sleep through any bad news on the most nerve-wracking night in American politics.
June 1, 2012 |
Set in an East Texas work prison in 1976, the turgid indie "Cellmates" pairs an incarcerated Klan bigwig (Tom Sizemore) with a happy-go-lucky Mexican fieldworker (Hector Jimenez). The bigot endures the lectures of a potato-farming-obsessed warden (Stacy Keach, full throttle) and falls for a pretty Latina maid (Olga Segura). Really, you can't blame Sizemore for turning the simplest physical movement or line of dialogue into a hoedown of over-gesturing. Co-writer/director Jesse Baget's incessantly talky mix of faux-Coens-style redneck grandiloquence and un-Coens-like visual flatness leaves the fidgety star trapped in garish close-up for most of the film.
April 9, 2011 |
Parting is such sweet sorrow, even in cow towns. Talk about eras ending. Wednesday's Lakers game in Sacramento may be the NBA's last there … and Phil Jackson's last in a regular season anywhere. Unfortunately, Jackson won't get to say goodbye to the fans he called semi-civilized redneck barbarians, prompting them to go home and get their cowbells. Jackson has since called a move to Anaheim "ridiculous" and said he'll miss the rowdy atmosphere, so even if owners Joe and Gavin Maloof offered him their coaching job in 2005, they're skipping a farewell ceremony.
June 28, 2010 |
Irascible rednecks are nothing new in politics. Once upon a time, they tended to be either marginal firebrands like George Wallace or, more recently, the ne'er-do-well, embarrassing siblings of well-educated Southern pols — think Billy Carter or even Roger Clinton. But nowadays they seem to be the mainstream politicians themselves. In April, Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi, former national GOP chairman and potential 2012 presidential candidate, referred to himself as "a fat redneck" on CNN's "John King USA."
July 29, 2009 |
"Redneck Woman" Gretchen Wilson and her longtime record label, Sony Music Nashville, have parted. Sony announced the split Tuesday, describing it as a mutual decision. Wilson shot to fame with her 2004 smash "Redneck Woman." Her debut album, "Here for the Party," sold 5 million copies. Her next two albums for Sony -- 2005's "All Jacked Up" and 2007's "One of the Boys" -- reached No. 1 but didn't sell nearly as well as her debut and produced only one Top 10 single between them.
February 17, 2008 |
On last month's debut episode of CMT's celeb-reality competition "Gone Country," (8 p.m. Fridays), mentor John Rich of the country duo Big & Rich sat his pupils around a dinner table to prepare them for the challenges to come. His charges are stars who have seen better days (Bobby Brown, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister) or who have yet to break through (Diana DeGarmo of "American Idol," Julio Iglesias Jr.) -- all of them are on a quest to become country singers.