22 Celebrities Dish: What's Country Now
"I grew up in Austin and have luckily been able to watch more and more local farmers pop up over the years. I use local ingredients every day in my restaurant so right now I'm into shopping locally and supporting local farmers."
Chef Bryce Gilmore; owner and executive chef, Odd Duck, Farm to Trailer, and Barley Swine
"I'm really into BootsnGus lamps. They take canning jars and turn them into chandeliers -- a little bit modern, a little bit country."
Tyler Florence, chef and owner, Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco
"I prize my custom-made boots by Houston's legendary Dave Wheeler. He even detailed them with my favorite buttons."
Lela Rose, fashion designer
"Splitting firewood, mending fences, cutting hay -- I have never done more fulfilling work than the seasonal preparation that's so essential to country dwelling."
Scott Avett; singer and banjoist, The Avett Brothers
"Christopher Brosius designs scents that smell just like nature -- the woods, dirt, and wet rocks. His Burning Leaves evokes the country for me."
Parker Posey; actress, Price Check
"California wine culture is refreshingly country in that there's not a lot of pretense. At The Hitching Post in Buellton, California, it's burger night every night at the bar, and they serve great wine by the glass."
Jenny Lewis, singer-songwriter
"Country to me is living life at its simplest: Learning to appreciate a sliced vine-ripe tomato with a dash of salt, served between two slices of good bread and eaten over the kitchen sink."
Art Smith; chef and owner of Southern Art in Atlanta
"Greens! Kale. Collards. Sorrel. Yum! They grew wild on the Kentucky farm where I grew up, and now they're on fancy restaurant menus. Nothing better for you, just pure country eating."
Annie Potts; actress, GCB
"Sitting in an apartment in Beijing looking out at the winter haze and smog, I'm thinking about when I walked the Great Wall, then came back to my friend Lao Chen's house, sat around a space heater, and ate a pile of home-cooked farm food, while listening to their chained-up dog howl in the courtyard. Now that's country—on the other side of the planet."
Abigail Washburn; singer-songwriter, City of Refuge
"There is nothing better than broken-in boots, bargains, and bringing something old back to life. Always try to see the beauty under the surface and repurpose."
Cari Cucksey; host, Cash & Cari on HGTV