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Luke Bryan on His Quarantine Hobby, Recent Birthday with Friends, and ‘American Idol’

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Luke Bryan found a hobby during quarantine. The country music star is growing corn!

“Extra’s” Jenn Lahmers spoke with Luke, who talked about his harvest, his new album, his birthday, and whether he’ll be back on “American Idol.”

He told Jenn he already picked his first batch of corn and has more coming in after planting four acres. “I was bored during quarantine,” he said. “I go out there like ‘Green Acres’ on my little tractor, kept planting corn. I’m like, there is no way this will all come up.” It did, and Bryan boasted, “I crushed it. For once in my life, I was really a great farmer.”

About his new album, “Born Here, Live Here, Die Here,” he said, “I’ve already had three number ones off the songs… We were supposed to put the album out in April. With all of the COVID stuff, the world, we felt like it wasn’t time to do that… We decided to put it off till August 7. We did put out ‘One Margarita,’ which is a really, really fun song to have out this summer… I’m really proud of it.”

He is ready for the fans to hear it, too: “I have been riding around in my truck listening to it during quarantine.”

Like many things on hold, Luke’s tour was affected by the pandemic. “We rescheduled everything till next year,” he said, adding, “Once we figure out sports and allowing people to come back to sporting events, we can start getting really serious about looking into touring.”

The star just celebrated his 44th birthday in July, revealing, “We took the boys. We did a rafting trip down the Snake River, rafted into a campsite. It was the day of my birthday. Had a birthday party, we had no running water — we had spring water running out the side of the mountain… I had to take a makeshift shower.”

Smiling, he added, “My wife had always envisioned having some romantic waterfall moment. I’m like, ‘Baby, what’s wrong with this?’ It was 52 degrees, not proper timing.”

Breaking this news about the next season of “American Idol” and whether he, Katy, and Lionel will return, he said, “I totally am in full anticipation that I will be back. It all feels like it’s trending in the right direction… Can’t imagine ‘American Idol’ without my partners.”

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Shirley Jones recalls ‘The Partridge Family’ as it turns 50

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It’s been 50 years since “The Partridge Family” urged people to “C’mon, Get Happy!”

The sitcom premiered Sept. 25, 1970 on ABC, turned co-star David Cassidy (Keith Partridge) into an overnight teen idol and marked movie star Shirley Jones’ entree into series television. She played Shirley Partridge, the matriarch of a family singing group modeled after The Cowsills, whose string of hits in the mid-to-late ’60s included “The Rain, The Park and Other Things.”

“The Partridge Family” cast included future “LA Law” star Susan Dey (as oldest daughter Laurie Partridge) and Danny Bonaduce as wisecracking son Danny Partridge. Suzanne Crough played youngest daughter Tracy Partridge, with Jeremy Gelbwaks/Brian Forster splitting time as youngest son Chris Partridge. Dave Madden was on hand as the group’s perpetually flustered manager, Reuben Kincaid.

The series was notable from the get-go, since, when it premiered, Jones was married to David Cassidy’s father, singer/actor Jack Cassidy — making her David’s stepmother off-screen and his mom on the series.

Jones, 86, answered a few questions over e-mail about “The Partridge Family” and its impact on her life.

You turned down the role of Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch.” What changed your mind about starring in “The Partridge Family”?

As much as I enjoyed “The Brady Bunch,” I didn’t want to exclusively be the mama at home taking the roast out of the oven. “The Partridge Family” had the added component of music, which I loved, and I was also drawn to the idea of playing a single (widowed) woman raising children on her own. Finally, a half-hour television series allowed me to stay home with my real kids, something that had been significantly more challenging while travelling around the world making movies.

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Do you have a favorite moment or memory from the series?

The episode at Marineland. I’m a big animal lover and it was wonderful for me to see the beautiful aquatic life they had, particularly the whales, though I confess I never liked seeing them in captivity. We also recorded a lovely song for the episode entitled “Whale Song,” which was one of my favorites from the series.

Was there one cast member you felt closest to?

Obviously, I was very close to David because he was my stepson and I’d helped raise him as a child. But the truth is, I was close to all the cast members. It was a joy working with the entire cast and crew, and I still stay in touch with many of them.

Did you have any reservations about starring in a network sitcom with David — and did that relationship impact your onscreen dynamics?

I actually think our true-life relationship, our closeness, helped us in the show.

Your TV family was akin to “The Brady Bunch” in that it seemed like an anachronistic throwback during a very turbulent time in America, both socially and politically. Why do you think “The Partridge Family” struck such a chord with viewers?

With the horrors of the Vietnam War and the turbulent political climate at the time, I believe the show was a temporary escape. A place where older viewers could take a nostalgic trip back to simpler, happier times, and younger viewers could experience the aspirational joy of being in a family that worked together and traveled the country together … in a multi-colored bus, no less. In our current climate, I suspect there are a lot of real families out there doing this right now!

How surprised were you when “The Partridge Family” received a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist in 1971?

Quite surprised. At the time, I thought only newer rock acts, and older, more established acts like Sinatra or Miles Davis, received Grammy nominations. Happy to have joined the club.

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How Many Tattoos Does Demi Lovato Have? Each 1 Has Such Deep Meaning

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Harry Styles, Ariana Grande, and Justin Bieber are just some of the celebrities known for having huge tattoo collections. Each of them has at least 40 tats, and by the looks of it, they’re not stopping any time soon. Every time fans see them, they spot another one. Based on her regular Instagrams at the tattoo parlor, Demi Lovato is solidifying her spot on the list of celebs who can’t stop, won’t stop getting tatted too. Fans curious to find out how many tattoos Demi Lovato has will be surprised to hear the answer.

Lovato’s tats are usually symbolic, many reflecting her personal experiences with mental health, while others are tributes to her late family members and pets. Since a lot of her tattoos are visible, Lovato often shares the meanings behind them on social media in order to help fans understand them. She also has a few pieces that aren’t easily seen, making them a total mystery to her followers.

In a 2010 interview with Hollywood Life, Lovato revealed she got her first tattoo at the age of 16. Her collection has grown so much through the years, and right now, while it’s impossible to pin-point exactly how many tattoos she has, it’s clear she has over 25 in 2020. Each one is significant and tells a part of the star’s life story, and you can read about some of them below.

1. “You Make Be Beautiful” with a Dreamcatcher

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Lovato’s first tattoo features the lyrics “You make me beautiful” from Bethany Dillon’s 2004 song “Beautiful.”

“The words were so encouraging and lifted me through a really dark time in my life. It’s kind of a Christian tattoo, so for me it’s religious, but it could be for anybody,” Lovato told Hollywood Life in 2010. A year after getting it in 2008, Lovato added two feathers underneath. In 2016, she expanded her tattoo again with a dreamcatcher.

2. A Feather

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According to the singer, Lovato didn’t get this tat for any specific reason. “I have a feather behind my ear, and it honestly doesn’t mean anything. I just think it’s cute,” she told Hollywood Life in a 2010 interview.

3. Lips

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Lovato had these infamous lips done when she was 18 years years old. In 2015, the singer replaced the design with a rose, causing controversy with the original tattoo artist who drew the lips for her.

4. “Stay Strong”

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After completing rehab in 2011, Lovato said the first thing she did was get “Stay Strong” inked on her wrists. “A lot of fans were telling me that, and it helped me get through a rough period, so anytime that I would feel triggered to either self-harm or act out in an unhealthy behavior, I could look down at that and stay strong,” she told iHeartRadio at the time.

5. “Faith”

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Many of Lovato’s tats are inspired by her religion, like the word “Faith,” which is located on her right arm.

7. “Now I’m a Warrior”

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The phrase is a lyric from Lovato’s song “Warrior,” off her self-titled 2013 album, Demi. “[The tattoo] was kind of like a tribute to releasing the album as well as overcoming some really, really difficult things in my life,” she explained on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2013.

9. Roman Numeral 3 on Her Wrist

The roman numeral three on Lovato’s wrist is in remembrance of her father, Patrick Lovato, who died of cancer in 2013. “That was kind of our number because we were huge fans of Dale Earnhardt and NASCAR. So, I think it’s not only my most redneck tattoo but one of the most meaningful as well,” she explained in a 2015 interview with Deezer.

10. Roman Numeral Dates on Her Ribcage

12. A Rose

In 2015, Lovato’s rose tattoo caused quite the stir because she used it to cover up her image of a pair of lips, which reminded her of another body part instead. The star’s original tattoo artist didn’t appreciate the change at all.

13. A Lion on Her Hand

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Fans have a few different theories for what the meaning behind this tat is. The lion could represent the singer’s astrology sign, Leo, or her 2015 song “Lionheart,” which is about having courage. Not to mention, Lovato also used to call her late dog Buddy “little lion heart.”

14. A Portrait of Her Late Grandmother

For Lovato’s 26th birthday, she honored her grandmother by getting a portrait of her at the same age tattooed on her inner-forearm.

“This is for you Mimaw. You at 26 on my arm while I’m 26, and forever. I love you more. ❤️ Thank you @_dr_woo_ for making her come back to life for me.. it’s stunning and the most meaningful tattoo I have ever gotten. 🙏🏼🙌🏼,” Lovato wrote on Instagram.

16. “Buddy Was Here”

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After Lovato’s dog Buddy passed away in 2015 from a tragic accident, she had “Buddy was here” written on her foot. In 2019, she added a portrait of him above the words. “I will love you forever and never forget you,” Lovato wrote about Buddy on IG.

17. “me”

Some of Lovato’s smallest tats are located on her fingers, like the phrase “me” on her left ring finger. In a June 2019 IG post, Lovato revealed it serves as a reminder to put herself first.

19. “Survivor”

Lovato has continuously overcome her personal battles through the years in front of the entire world, so this phrase could reference her spirit of perseverance. “What I see in the mirror [is] someone that’s overcome a lot. I’ve been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter,” the star once said about herself during a 2019 Teen Vogue Summit.

20. A Fallen Angel on her Upper Back

Ahead of making her first performance after her July 2018 hospitalization due to an apparent drug overdose, Lovato got a tattoo that symbolized the “spiritual awakening” she was going through.

“Having a fallen angel being lifted by 3, pure, angelic doves (the Holy Trinity) as her inner light is being guided by a higher consciousness, and the disintegration of her dark wings was representing the darkness I was shedding,” she explained in a Feb. 11 IG.

21. A Butterfly on her Neck

In less than a year, Lovato got three neck tattoos and her latest addition appears to be a realistic image of a butterfly. “Dear little me, I’m sorry that it took so long but baby your free,” she captioned her IG of the artwork, suggesting it represents freedom.

With her history of getting new pieces and touch ups every few years, her collection likely won’t stop here.

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Bartenders Name Warming Whiskeys For The Cold Fall Evenings To Come

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Not to be the bearer of (more) bad news, but the carefree (yeah, right), sun-filled days of summer are almost behind us. Fall and its brisk mornings are coming down the track. That means evenings will now be paired with a light jacket or sweatshirt and (hopefully) a glass of whisk(e)y.

While we’re all about dark beers during the autumnal months, there’s nothing quite like a mellow, warming dram of Scotch, bourbon, rye, or Irish whiskey on a cool evening. Especially if you’re still intrepid enough to get a little fire going and sip your drink while the crickets chirp. Since we want to get the most out of our fall drinking experience, we decided to ask some well-known bartenders to tell us their picks for the best whiskeys to warm you up on a chilly fall eve.

Knob Creek Smoked Maple

Reniel Garcia, bar director at Havana 1957 in Miami

Knob Creek Smoked Maple is my fall go-to. As the name suggests, it has a smoky flavor and a perfect touch of maple on the palate. It’s ideal for a cool fall evening.

Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie

Crystal Chasse, beverage director at Talk Story Rooftop in Brooklyn

Scotch is usually my go-to and on a cool night, I’d opt for a smooth drinking Scotch like Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie.

Made in Islay where most Scotches are peated heavily (including many from Bruichladdich), Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie is unpeated, with a silky body and notes of dried fruits and baking spices. It’s the perfect mix for a breezy fall evening.

Johnnie Walker Blue

Marla White, lead bartender at Lona Cocina & Tequilera in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Johnnie Walker, with your choice between the red, black, green, or blue. This whiskey is best served neat and is meant to be sipped — never to be rushed so that you can experience the evolving flavors.

Suntory Toki

Frantjesko Laonora, lead bartender at Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort in Curaçao

Japanese Whisky brand Suntory Toki is a whisky with simple fruity notes and hints of vanilla custard, toasted cereal, and wood spice that will inspire you to come back for more because of the light, refreshing and clean taste.

Kessler Whiskey

Hayden Miller, head bartender at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Miami

Kessler may not always live up to its “smooth as silk” tagline for every drinker but to me, it’s a throwback. Autumn sweaters and nostalgia can only be complemented by a bottle tied to memories — pick yours and reminisce.

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Molly Safuto, bartender at Mila Rooftop Bar in Glendale, California

Jameson Irish Whiskey will always be my favorite. From mixing it with ginger ale, to have it on the rocks it reminds me of holidays with my family and warming up by the fireplace.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Mitchell Cochran, bar manager at Shades Bar & Grill in South Walton, Florida

Woodford Reserve Double Oak. It has flavors of caramel, honey, and vanilla it gives a very creamy finish. Great for sipping in cooler weather.

David Nicholson Reserve

Andy Printy, beverage director at Chao Baan in St. Louis

The best whiskey for those cool fall evenings has to be David Nicholson Reserve. Originally an old “store” brand, this is a great high rye bourbon that Lux Row distillers have brought back to life. Punching much softer than the 100 proof on the label would suggest, this features tons of pecan and gingerbread up front and finishes with dry lumber and vanilla.

It’s very light and gently complex, this one is best served neat or just a bit of ice.

Bunnahabhain 18

Brendan Bartley, head bartender and beverage director at Bathtub Gin in New York City

I can recommend one of my guilty pleasures in whisky. Bunnahabhain 18 Year is my poison of choice. Islay is known for making smoky whiskies and very good ones at that. This is one of the best to come out of there, in my opinion. Natural color, no-chill filtration, aged in mainly sherry. It’s a whisky that, given the right environment, will whisper sweet nothings to your soul. Has a load of fruit flavors and baking spice, but also some lighter fruits you might not expect, like pineapple and pomegranate.

It may not be for everyone, but those who like it will love it.

Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye

Max Stampa-Brown, beverage director at Borrachito in New York City

Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye from New York Distilling Company is sweet and comforting. Lots of tobacco and husk cherry going on. I would gladly cozy up with a Manhattan made with this juice. A Manhattan with Mister Katz’s tastes like a damn sunset.

Sazerac Rye

Gavin Humes, bartender at Scratch | Bar & Restaurant in Encino, California

My favorite cocktail in the world is a beautifully made Sazerac. When I’m sipping one of those on one of the few cool fall evenings we have here in California, I’m reaching for the Sazerac Rye. It’s a fantastic pairing with the Peychaud’s bitters, and just makes an excellent Sazerac. It’s delicious neat as well.

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