Country Music Awards Send Up Obamacare (video)

Fast-forward to the 3:30 mark. “Hey do you have that Obamacare?” Underwood asks when Paisley says he needs to see a doctor. “Oh, it’s great. I started signing up last Thursday, and I’m almost done.” The two then fumble with a laptop in an attempt to sign up. “Why’s it spinning?” Paisley asks. “Why’s it smoking?” The two then proceed to sing a brief song about the law — “Obamacare by Morning.” Aaron Blake covers national politics at the Washington Post, where he writes regularly for the papers Post Politics and The Fix blogs. A Minnesota native and graduate of the University of Minnesota, Aaron has also written for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The Hill newspaper. He joined the Post in 2010. Aaron, his wife, Danielle, and his dog, Mauer, live in Northern Virginia. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronBlakeWP .
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CMA Awards: Pondering the future of country music on the red carpet

Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Lots of happiness to be here. Lots of dreams coming true. But as the stars strolled past, we did our best to ask about the state of the art. Here are the four most interesting responses we heard. Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum Does country music have a gender gap? Its interesting. Having artists like Kacey Musgraves coming up I think shes gonna be a new champion for the genre. You got Miranda [Lambert] and Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift doing so well. But there needs to be more women represented in country, for sure. You cant deny it. Charlie Worsham What does the future of country music look like to you? I trust that a lot of us that are coming up through the ranks are going to handle it with care and take it to a new, good place. Its always been moving. Back in the day when Bill Monroe was the man, and when Hank Williams came along, it was like, Whoa! Lets stop this! Its too rowdy! Theres always been a struggle between tradition and blazing a new trail. That hasnt changed at all. Its just that the spectrum is wider than its ever been. Angaleena Presley of Pistol Annies Why arent there more women on country radio? I have no idea. Im just hopeful that it will change and radio will embrace women. Because we sure deserve it. There are more women putting out music, especially singer-songwriters who really have something to say. I love country radio. Maybe at some point theyre gonna love us back. Thomas Rhett What makes this moment unique in country music? There arent as many boundaries. I think everybody is just doing what they love and what makes them feel good. So country is just broadening and broadening its horizons. But its still about the story good old country people, talking about good old country things. Its a great time to be in it.
For the original version see http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2013/11/07/cma-awards-pondering-the-future-of-country-music-on-the-red-carpet/

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