The second day of the country music festival kicked off on Friday morning when a standing crowd filled the CMA close-up stage inside the Music City Center for a glimpse of country music legend Reba McIntyre.
McIntyre shared the story of her forthcoming lifestyle book, Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots, due out in October.
She told the story of reuniting with her current boyfriend Rex Lynn in 2020, whom she met while co-starring in the 1991 film The Gambler Returns. The two met again during an after-dinner drink in the wine cellar. Lynn nicknamed her “Tater Tot”. What happened after that has gone down in history.
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“It was a given,” McIntyre said.
She also told the story of going through her parents’ belongings with her siblings after their death.
“It took me a while to get through my mom’s bathroom. She had a lot of little bottles from the hotel,” she said. “Mom was the type to hoard a little.”
Once everything was sorted out, the four brothers received coffee mugs and four poker chips to draw and choose.
“Alice got a big chair that Mama rocked all four of us in…after it was all over we said, is there anyone you want to replace?” “We never had a disagreement or an argument, and that brought us even closer together.”
Spending time with loved ones is the theme of her new book, which will feature personal stories, lifestyle tips and recipes.
“Even if things don’t fit, it doesn’t matter, I don’t care,” McIntyre said. “It doesn’t have to be flashy. Things don’t have to match, just invite people and have fun.”
McIntyre will perform a surprise performance at Ole Red’s Spotify House on Friday to celebrate the festival’s 50th anniversary.