On the Red Carpet at the CMT Music Awards

Join Southern Living editor Kim Whitman on the 2011 CMT Awards' Red Carpet as she talks to some of country music's biggest stars.


[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Kimberly Whitman from Southern Living. We're here in Nashville, Tennessee, and here are a few of our favorite moments from the CMT Music Awards. [MUSIC] What is your favorite southern dish? Oh the macaroni and cheese with the breadcrumbs on top. That's my favorite. Yes. And mac and cheese. I mean, what's wrong with mac and cheese? Nothing. Macaroni and cheese is always kinda my favorite. And if you can put a little bacon in there, that's always nice. Collard greens. One of my favorite southern dishes that I like to make is tomato gravy and biscuits. Creamed corn. I am a huge brussel sprout fan. Catfish and hush puppies. And fried okra. My momma makes amazing roast beef and potatoes. Fried green tomatoes. Gumbo, 100%. Pure Louisiana chicken and sausage gumbo. They have a thing called chicken casserole that Reba always makes for me. Fried pickles, I'm obsessed with. And you dip em in ranch, and I'm like this is the best thing I've ever had. barbecue. I'm a fan of of like the real corn bread. Corn bread. Grits. grits, all of it. Fried chicken. It's gotta be, right? And what about the best advice your momma ever gave you? Don't eat fried chicken. And what about some great advice that your momma gave you? You know what? Just to always be myself. Don't let any man take your light away. What is the best advice your momma ever gave you that served you well in this adventure. Love your wife. [LAUGH] Don't do nothin' stupid. Brush your teeth. Oh, that's a good one. Yeah. Brush your teeth, baby. Every day. Your teeth, you gotta have them your whole life. Clean underwear, always. You never know what's gonna happen. Our mom, we're brothers, and our mom always said, wear clean underwear if you get in a car accident, and they take you to the hospital, at least let them say that Mary Anne's kids had clean underwear. Now, when you guys are on the road, is there any little piece of the South that you take with you when you go? Each other. [LAUGH] DVDs of the Andy Griffith Show. I like to take pictures of my family on my phone, you know, so I can look at those pictures at home when I'm out on the road. It's kind of cool. I have pictures of the family that I keep on my bus. I have a blanket that my wife washes when I bring home, I don't let the linen service take care of it. She washes it, something different about the smell. That's something I think that we love to talk about, tradition and family. What is your favorite Southern tradition that you have to pass down to your children. Taking them to church. You know, are there any southern traditions that you're passing on to your children? Oh my gosh. My Aunt Frieda taught me how to make the best chicken and dumplings, so I've taught my daughter how to do it. Always, always be a lady. Is there a southern tradition that you are trying to pass on to your children? University of Texas football. [MUSIC] We had so much fun. We can't wait to do it again next year. And you can find more of the best of the south in Southern Living and on southernliving.com.
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