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FHM Features Country Music’s Sexy Sirens in Annual Music Issue


NEW YORK, NY -- Feb. 2, 2005 -- The March 2005 issue of FHM pays tribute to the beautiful women of country music with a triple gatefold cover and photo portfolio featuring Kerry Harvick, Jennifer Hanson, Lauren Lucas, Catherine Britt, Shelly Fairchild, Jessi Alexander, Jamie O’Neal and Tift Merritt. FHM’s Music Issue showcases Nashville’s songbirds with 10-pages of color photographs shot by Frank W. Ockenfels.

FHM’s Women of Country Music triple gatefold cover follows the magazine’s blockbuster September 2004 gatefold that featured some of the elite female athletes from the U.S. Olympic team and was reported in the news worldwide.

FHM’s Women of Country Music cover and inside portfolio was shot on location in Nashville and spotlight the women of country music as never before. The portraits are accompanied by a Q&A in which the singers talk about life as honky tonk women:

Jessi Alexander: “You know you’re living a country song when your dad’s in jail, your car is broke, you’ve lost your job and your boyfriend’s cheating on you. I’ve had all those things happen at once. My dad’s in and out of jail all the time. I’m used to it.” Her debut album, “Honeysuckle Sweet”, will be released in March.

Catherine Britt: “I had trouble when I first came to America (Britt was discovered in her hometown of Newcastle, Australia by Elton John). I couldn’t comprehend what bagels were and grits might as well have been from another galaxy. All this breakfast stuff really freaked me out. But I got over that quickly. Now I eat everything.” Her upcoming debut album will feature a duet with Elton John.

Shelly Fairchild: “I like to wear high-heel boots and skirts on stage, mainly to show a little bit of leg. My mom has great legs, and I think I inherited them.” Fairchild’s debut album “Ride” is in stores now.

Jennifer Hanson: “When I was dating my husband, he dipped tobacco, and I thought, ’I’ve got to try this.’ So I dipped. That is probably the most redneck thing I’ve ever done. Man, I got sick instantly.” Hanson will be out with a new album later this year.

Kerry Harvick: “Growing up, we used to have these things we called ’pasture parties.’ That was when you had about 100 people in someone’s pasture listening to loud music, drinking beer and having a big fire. We were in a small town, and that’s what we did for fun.” Harvick’s self-titled album launches in March.

Lauren Lucas: “Talk about hillbilly, my dad had a gun rack in our den. And the bass player in my old band would go squirrel hunting. Once his uncle came back with a dead turkey, which I helped pluck.” Her debut, “The Carolina Kind”, hits stores this summer.

Tift Merritt: “Being on the road is great. The hour and a half that you’re onstage makes everything worth it - the traveling, all the dirty laundry in your suitcase, being away from your family, all those things.” Merritt’s “Tambourine” is nominated for a Grammy.

Jamie O’Neal: “My friend used to sneak into this saloon with flasks of moonshine, which tastes like strawberry gasoline. Not that I know what gasoline tastes like, but you get the point. It made me do crazy things like dance on the bar. Drinking moonshine is something I can guarantee I’ll never do again.” Her newest release, “Brave,” is out in March.

The March issue of FHM hits newsstands on Tuesday, February 8, 2005.


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