Take it from Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are definitely relationship goals.
Even after a couple years together, the country singer and his pop icon girlfriend can’t keep their hands off each other. Expressing their love no matter where they are, Levine himself admits how tired he is of seeing them all lovey-dovey whenever they’re together. “They’re so in love it’s disgusting,” said Levine when he appeared on The Howard Stern Show Tuesday (Oct.31). “It’s so funny. They found each other at really interesting times in their lives. It’s really beautiful.”
Although Levine joked about feeling weird over their close relationship, he truly remains supportive of the couple and reveals how real their romance truly is. Shelton and Stefani try to stay as grounded as possible, and Levine admires that for his own marriage. “Because [their relationship] is in the public eye, a lot of people want to have their own bulls– opinions about it, but I’m, like, there. I see it every day. I have a pretty unique perspective on it, and it’s real, man. I’m so affectionate and gross with my wife — this is a whole other level of vomit. They’re so in love. It’s really nice,” Levine explained.
Just like many others around town, Levine was shocked over their relationship—he found out through a random kiss he witnessed and couldn’t believe his eyes. “They kissed or something — they did something crazy. Imagine if two of your friends who don’t hook up started kissing,” chronicle Levine on the radio show. “It was something that was a giveaway and I was like, ‘I f—ing knew it!’
Shelton and Stefani got together after spending time together on NBC’s The Voiceand became official back in November of 2015. The two have been inseparable ever since, planning lowkey dates at home and traveling to visit Shelton’s ranch out in Oklahoma. Fans can see Shelton and his buddy, Levine, on The Voice, which airs Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.
The Turnpike Troubadours will finally get their own appearance on Austin City Limits. The revered, longest-running music television program taped live at Austin’s Moody Theater has chosen the Oklahoma-based band for the final episode of ACL‘s 43rd Season.
This is a huge honor for a band that’s been making big waves in the Texas and Red Dirt music scene for nearly a decade, including packing Austin’s Moody Theater for regular gigs. This will be the band’s first opportunity at a national broadcast, and is well-deserved considering the size of their following, and the influence they have in the Texoma music scene.
The band will tape the episode on December 5th, and for those who can’t be there in person, the episode will be streaming live worldwide starting at 8pm CT/9 pm ET. The episode will air at some point in 2018.
Turnpike’s latest record, A Long Way From Your Heart, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Country Albums chart upon its release on October 20th, with strong sales behind the critically-acclaimed effort that continues to place the band near the very top of independent country music. Signed with Thirty Tigers, and with little help from radio beyond regional play in Oklahoma and Texas, they continue to show what quality music and grassroots efforts can result in, regularly packing large venues in the region, while their prestige continues to grow across the country.
Also announced for Season 43 is Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, who will tape his episode on November 27th. Though Austin City Limits is sometimes criticized for not featuring enough actual Austin and Texas artists, the 2nd half of the Season 43 taping has picked up for locals, including Shinyribs, who taped his appearance on October 29th. Frontman Kevin Russell’s last appearance on the show was in 2007 as a member of The Gourds. Also of note in country and roots, Chris Stapleton taped an episode on October 23rd that will also air in Season 43.
Author Karen Burton Mains: Most of us have forgotten how to greet the day. The knowledge is all but lost to us that a new day is sacred: a gift from God is arare and precious gift. A new day brings with it another opportunity to start all over, to raise one’s head from the pillow with a glad heart, to watch the clouds roll across the dark sky now fusing pink, and to breathe that child prayer of gratitude,
O God life again. Again one more day of life.”
We must relearn how to stand in awe, how to face for a moment the eastern sky with praise and thanksgiving and allow our hearts to be filled with a corresponding inner daybreak of adoration .
We must learn to not ever take for granted -no matter how pain-filled our life-that we are alive for granted- and the earth still turns on it’s axis, that evil has not wobbled the world of its course while we slept, and we must understand this sacramental symbol of life which comes resurrecting every twenty-four hours .
Celebrating each new day helps us develop the ability be be grateful for all new moments and fore the God who is in each one. The discipline of celebrating each new day influences our attitude toward all of like. A new day signifies: The Lord of mornings is still sovereign over the world.