Lon’s co-host this week is the legendary Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire. She is releasing a 3-album set: “Revived, Remixed, Revisited.” It features a duet with Dolly Parton on Reba’s song “Does He Love You.” Reba explained, “They asked me who was on my wish list, and I said Dolly, and she said yes. Unfortunately we couldn’t be in the studio together because of Covid. But we did the video together.”
The video will be released the same day as the album. “We had the best time together, in between takes, just visiting and catch back up. We talked about our families, just like girlfriends do. t doesn’t matter how often I see Dolly, we can pick back up, just like a good girlfriend.”
Reba has known two artists in the Top 30 since they were children. When we came to Thomas Rhett’s song, she said, “We managed his dad, Rhett Akins, so I have a picture of Thomas and Shelby when they were little boys fishing at a 4th of July party. I’ve known him for a long time. I’m in love with the whole family.”
Reba also knows Lady A’s Hillary Scott, because Hillary’s mother, Linda Davis, sang with Reba for many years: “They’d come over the house, they were like family. I have a picture of Hillary standing beside her little pink Barbi car, and Shelby was sitting inside. I’ve known her a long time.
Reba spent the shutdown last year with her sister, Suzy, in Oklahoma. It was during that time that she was dating actor Rex Linn. “We met in January of 2020, because he was on ‘Young Shelton,’ and that was my first appearance. Then we didn’t see each other again until June 16th 2020. We were dating by telephone and text. It was the best. We got to know each other. We talked two to four hours a day. There was no physical contact, so it was all an intimacy of getting to know each other without the physical intimacy.”
Rex was born in Texas, but lived in Oklahoma. These days Reba & Rex are at a ranch in Tennessee. She explained. “Rex said it was a farm, and now it’s a ranch. We have cattle. That makes it a ranch. We have two Texas longhorns on the ranch. I don’t think I’ve been this happy in a long, long, long, long time.”
Good news for fans of Reba’s appearances on Young Sheldon: “I just finished, I can’t actually say this, but I’m coming back twice this season. Hopefully more. The last one I got to film was with Craig T. Nelson and Annie Potts. It was a lot of fun.”
In her spare time, Reba hosts a podcast called “Living & Learning.” She told Lon one of her recent guests was Trisha Yearwood: “We’re going to get together, all four of us, Rex & I with Garth & Trisha, and we’re gonna cook dinner, she’s gonna teach us how to cook, and then we’ll play cards. I did her cooking show, and I took home all the leftovers.”
Reba’s son Shelby will be getting married in February: “He & Marissa have been together for quite a few years. He’s no longer racing cars, but he’s coaching and managing other racers, so mama’s happy.”
Reba also has great stories this week about Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, and Dan & Shay.
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