July 27, 2009 — Keith Urban and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles were both plagued with physical ailments, Mel McDaniel is improving and LeAnn Rimes' marriage is at a crossroads.
Some of country's most significant stars are working through health and personal issues. They include:
• Keith Urban is battling a pinched nerve, though it hasn't kept him off the concert stage. He told concert-goers in California that the injury was "wicked," according to The Sacramento Bee. He didn't use the ailment as a crutch. He waited until near the end of the night to tell the audience he was in pain.
• LeAnn Rimes was spotted several months ago on dates with actor Eddie Cibrian. Now it appears her marriage to Dean Sheremet is crashing after seven years. She's been spotted in public without her wedding ring, and People magazine indicated the country couple is living apart. In the meantime, Eddie Cibrian's wife, Brandi Glanville, told Us Weekly that she had left Eddie, saying Eddie and LeAnn "deserve each other."
• Grand Ole Opry star Mel McDaniel has been moved from a Nashville-area hospital to a rehabilitation facility as he continues his recovery from a heart attack in June. During his hospitalization, he was placed in a medically induced coma. A benefit concert for Mel has been slated for Aug. 13 at the Nashville Palace with guest appearances by Gene Watson, David Ball, Jim Ed Brown and Buddy Jewell, among others.
• After cancelling a pair of shows more than a week ago, Sugarland backed out of three more concerts this past weekend, citing Jennifer Nettles' vocal problems. The duo hopes to be back on the road by next weekend. In the meantime, they'll be featured on the Aug. 3 ABC special Sugarland: Live On The Inside, the night before their CD/DVD with the same title gets released. The full concert will likewise be featured in movie theaters across the U.S. on Aug. 6.