Mix in nasty voicemail, lawsuits and alleged break-ins, and it’s a volatile cocktail — plus the makings of a damn good country song!
Final Round: Rich and Ashley sued each other back and forth, and Ashley’s attorney, Chris Sevier, got dragged into the middle of a mess that included allegations of copyright infringement, as well as Rich accusing Sevier of stalking him.
First Blow: “Achy Breaky Heart” was wildly successful … Asked for his opinion, Tritt called the song “frivolous” and said he didn’t want to see country music turned into an “ass-wiggling contest.” Cyrus fired back (using Tritt’s own lyrics! Accepting Favorite Country Single, he raised the trophy and declared: “To those who don’t appreciate it for what it is, “Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares.”” Final Round: Tritt apologized to Cyrus and even sent him a peace lily.
In 2002, they performed together at the memorial for Waylon Jennings.
First Blow: Asked about Keith’s post-9/11 anthem, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said, “It’s ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant.” Keith labeled Maines “a lousy songwriter” and toured with a backdrop depicting her consorting with Saddam Hussein.