28 Southern Gentleman Traditions (That Still Apply Today)

Being a Southern gentleman revolves around one word: respect. It's respect for yourself and for those around you. Being a gentleman isn't a personality quirk. It's not something you turn on and off like a switch. It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. And although it's a reputation that's quickly diminishing in today's self-absorbed world of me, me me — I'm hopeful the traditions can make a comeback.

Here are a few Southern Gentleman Traditions that should still apply today:

A gentleman will …

1… open her door

In old days, it was seen as a sign of his protection and strength, when a gentleman would help a lady up into the carriage. Their dresses were often long and heavy, so the gentleman would open the door for her so she wouldn't have to drop her dress in the dirt. Today, opening a door for her is not a sign of weakness towards her, but a gesture of affection.

2… let her walk through the door first

Women should always go through the door first. Even ardent feminists will admit to this. It's not an acknowledgment that women are the weaker sex — it's perhaps an acknowledgment of women as the stronger sex.

3… pull out her chair

In old days, it was common for the gentleman to pull out her chair and allow her to face the open room. Today, the gentleman pulls out her seat, and sits facing away from the crowd and the TV. Why? Because he doesn't need to be distracted — she needs to be the center of his attention, not a football game.

4… pick up the check

A gentleman always picks up the tab, especially on the first date, and with no expectations.

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5… hold the umbrella when it rains

When raining, a gentleman will hold the umbrella over her. No, he does not mind getting a little wet.

6… stand to her outside, closest to the street, when walking

Symbolically this might be seen that he'll always be by her side, through thick and thin, and will protect her from anything. But this does have historical merit to it. Before today's sewage systems, a man would stand on the outside of the sidewalk to protect a woman from the dust and sewage that could splash up from horse-drawn carriages. The notion of the man laying his coat over a puddle meant he was protecting her feet from fecal because sewage was common in the streets. Today, a gentleman might stand in the way of puddles splashing up the street, or in the event a car veers onto the sidewalk.

7… help her put on and take off her coat

Up through the early 1900s, women often wore multiple layers, making movement difficult. A gentleman would help his lady put-on and take-off her coat due to these restrictions. And while those multiple layers are less common today, men should still offer to help.

8… never walk ahead of her

Another reason with historical relevance. Because ladies often wore long dresses and could trip on them, a gentleman would stand behind them when climbing a staircase. Today, because of long heels or a long dress, a gentleman should follow the same etiquette. This is another sign of him protecting her.

9… walk her to her car / door

Because he's concerned for her safety, a true gentleman will walk her to her car or home to this day

10… carry her bags

A gentleman will help her carry her bags — whether they are groceries, packages, or she needs help with her luggage when flying.

11… give up his jacket

A gentleman will always pay attention. When she starts to shiver, he gives her his jacket.

12… give up his seat

If there are no other seats available, a gentleman offers his seat to a lady.

13… tip his hat

Tipping a hat to a lady is good form. If he's at a dinner table, a gentleman will always take off his hat — cowboy hat, baseball hat, or otherwise.

14… stand when she walks into the room

As a sign of respect, men used to stand when a lady, dignitary, or elderly person walked in the room. Today, when a woman comes into a room, or to the table, a gentleman should stand up to acknowledge her. Period. Standing for her shows they are attentive and they care.

15… never laugh for the sake of attention

Loud, unruly laughter is the characteristic of recklessness and bad-manners. A gentleman commands attention through his character, not his volume.

16… sit after she sits

She's the guest — a gentleman will allow her to sit first.

17… he listens to her

There's etiquette to listening: If a woman is talking, be quiet. Just shut up. To be a good listener is as important as to be a good talker. Simple enough, right?

18… always on time

A gentleman is only as good as his word. He should plan in advance and don't ever keep her waiting. Traffic is not an excuse for being late.

19… be complimentary of her

Even if is she is late, she spent a lot of time getting ready, so compliment her. Don't play on her insecurities, either. Insulting her is petty.

20… be trustworthy

A gentleman will always keep a secret, especially one entrusted to him by the woman he loves and cherishes. Should the relationship end and a break-up happen? The gentleman should still be trusted.

21… never look inside her purse

Whether he is invited or uninvited. A gentleman should simply refuse. Bring her her purse, don't fish around in there. A gentleman doesn't need to know what's in there, and they don't want to know.

22… never guess her age, or her weight

A gentleman should never even talk about weight in front of a woman. It's rude and disrespectful.

23… keep his appointments

A big part of being a gentleman is respecting other people's time. When a gentleman tells someone they're going to help them with something, they help them. When a gentleman promises they'll have a project done by a certain date, they meet the deadline. Not only does this build trust, it helps build self-trust, a crucial-yet-underrated form of trust for a gentleman.

24… send a proper thank you note

What constitutes a thank-you note? Don't use technology as a crutch. Text messages are impersonal and e-mails should be forbidden. I believe the old adage that the sooner you write a thank-you note, the less you need to write. Here is a simple formula: Start with a first line thesis statement. The second line is designative. The third is a kind of an affirmation. Close with something uplifting.

25… pick up after himself

A gentleman keeps a tidy office, home, and car. It shows he takes himself seriously, and takes pride in what he's worked hard for. No one looks up to a slob.

26… never hit a woman

No matter the reason or the circumstance, a gentleman never hits a woman…no matter what.

27… sends his mother-in-law flowers on his wife's birthday

His mother-in-law will always be the one who helped his wife when she was sad, skinned her knee, and kept her safe. For that, he should always be grateful. Showing appreciation to a mother-in-law and her sacrifice is a great way to tell a spouse 'Happy Birthday.'

28… ask her father for her hand in marriage

In Victorian days, a gentleman would have to show his 'credentials' to her father to show his worthiness. Today, a gentleman asks her father for his blessing because it shows a sign of courtesy and respect to his future father-in-law.

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Carrie Underwood Released Rare "What I Never Knew I Always Wanted" Family Video Montage and We Can't Even

With the release of "Carrie Underwood: The Storyteller Tour-- Stories In The Round, Live from Madison Square Garden," Carrie has also included a special treat for fans-- the family video montage from the tune, "What I Never Knew I Always Wanted."

Carrie and husband Mike Fisher have famously kept from showing their son Isaiah's face on social media, so this is a pretty rare video. Isaiah, born in February of 2015, now has a full head of hair and can sing along with mom to songs.

What's most interesting about this video is the song. It's an intimate look at a life Carrie says she never knew she wanted.

Never was the kind to think about dressing in white
Wasn't waiting on a prince to come riding into my life
Thought I was happy on my own
'Til you came and proved me wrong

I finally found what I never knew I always wanted
I couldn't see; I was blind 'til my eyes were opened
I didn't know there was a hole
Something missing in my soul
'Til you filled it up with your love, yeah

Never pictured myself singing lullabies
Sitting in a rocking chair in the middle of the night
In the quiet, in the dark
You're stealing every bit of my heart with your daddy's eyes
What a sweet surprise

And now I'm holdin' what I never knew I always wanted
I couldn't see; I was blind 'til my eyes were opened
I didn't know there was a hole
Something missing in my soul
'Til you filled it up, oh, with your love

Life has a way of showing you just what you need
And who you were made to be, yeah

I finally found what I never knew I always wanted
I couldn't see; I was blind 'til my eyes were opened
I didn't know there was a hole
Something missing in my soul
'Til you filled it up with your love
Yeah, you filled it up with your love, yeah

I never was the kind to think about dressing in white
I never pictured myself singing lullabies

"Carrie Underwood: The Storyteller Tour-- Stories In The Round, Live from Madison Square Garden" is available on iTunes, Qello and Amazon.


Keaton Jones and His Mother Kimberly Speak Out After Racist Allegations Rise

It doesn't take long for the Internet to get to work when something goes viral. Recently, a video of Keaton Jones, a young boy in Tennessee, was seen all over the Internet after his mother posted the heartbreaking video. Celebrities, athletes and politicians tweeted their support for the boy, but something was amiss. His mother's Facebook account had suddenly gone private.

Kimberly Jones made her Facebook page private after troubling photos of the family draped in Confederate flags were shared across the web. Keaton and Kimberly were on "Good Morning America" to share their side of the story.

"I feel like anybody who wants to take the time to ask anybody who I am or even troll through some other pictures, I mean I feel like we're not racist,. I mean, people that know us, know that."

KImberly did say the photos were real, "It was meant to be ironic and funny and extreme. I am genuinely, truly sorry. If I could take it back, I would. If they want to hate me and whatever that's fine, but still talk to your kids. Because [bullying] is an epidemic."


Keith Urban Shares Sweet Message For Nicole Kidman on Golden Globe Nominations—"Incredibly Proud of You"

Keith Urban is making his feelings known about Nicole Kidman's recent Golden Globes nomination.

The actress and Keith's wife of 11 years, was nominated for best performance by an actress in a limited series or motion picture for her role as Celeste Wright in the HBO's series, "Big Little Lies," for which she already took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

Nicole also received the nod for the Sundance TV movie in which she starred, Top of the Lake: China Girl, nominated for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Keith took to Twitter to share his excitement for his wife saying, "Hey baby- CONGRATULATIONS on all the GLOBES love this morn!!!!!! Incredibly proud of you, the work, and all the BLL and TOTL team. THE STARS ALIGNED!!! xxxxxx - KU #GoldenGlobes."

Now that's love. You can find out if Nicole wins on Jan. 7 when the Golden Globes air on NBC. We know who Keith will be rooting for.


Sturgill Simpson Doesn't Hate Luke Bryan, "When You Say Things In Print It's So Easy For Context To Get Twisted"

Sturgill Simpson has landed in hot water recently for making comments that were blatantly insulting to fellow country singer Luke Bryan in an article in the New York Times. It solidified Simpson as an outsider after the GRAMMY award winning artist was neither nominated nor invited to the ACM or CMA award shows. But the comments, framed to look like Simpson truly dislikes Bryan, were taken out of context. Who knows, they may get coffee after all.

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The Hottest Christmas Toy Of 2017 Is As Weird As It Gets

I've never understood how the Gift of the Season is chosen. Tickle-Me Elmo was not a great toy but people were literally punching strangers to get them. Does someone anoint the best tory or is it decided by the public? I don't know, but I am very curious because this year's "hottest toy" looks like a Teletubby-themed Furby and has a terrible name.

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Brett Eldredge is Single and Ready To Mingle—Are You?

Brett Eldredge is really getting into the holiday spirit...or maybe he's dipped into the spirits. The 31-year-old has been posting some interesting and hilarious videos on Instagram, but his newest post takes the cake.

Brett and a few friends decided to find that special someone for the holidays in an episode of Christmas Bachelors. Brett plays himself and a few other characters and has his friends join in to find their perfect lady

"Hi I'm Brett Eldredge and I am looking for that special, special lady to bring home for the holidays," he says kicking off the video. Seems normal, right? However, it gets better.

Brett takes on the role of the long haired rocker:

And the sentimental nerdy guy.

"What am I looking for in a gal? I'm looking for a deep soul, deep heart," Brett says. So, does anyone out there fit the bill?

However, the best line of the video comes from the spirit whisperer of Shakespearean times. "I don't prefer women who are able to breathe," he says. Fair enough, that somewhat limits the pool a little bit, but to each his own.

Ok ladies, first come first serve, good luck.


14 Funniest Country Music Tweets of 2017

As we near the end of 2017, it's only fitting that One Country shares a few of those classic, end of the year lists. Like you, we are kind of bored with the typical end of the year lists, so we're putting our own spin on a few!

This year, Twitter returned to the forefront of social media conversations thanks in part to President Donald Trump. But, don't worry these funny tweets didn't have anything to do with him. Months later, some of these tweets still make us LOL.

14 Funniest Country Music Tweets of 2017:


It's. Too. Funny.


You know you were one of them.


What if Charles Kelley shows up?


If it turns out that Carrie suffered life-threatening injuries, Keith has some explaining to do. ​


That tuck-in is key, Charlie.


At least you'll always be No. 1 in our hearts.


Does this mean Jimi Westbrook is the "mean one" in Little Big Town?


More true, than funny. But, still funny.


Wait a second. She's right.


There's Reba.

11. (NSFW)

The joke here is that Chase didn't put an apostrophe in his tweet and well, Shane's gay.


Kacey is boldly living out all of our travel dreams.


Any Katy Perry fans stream those albums?


There's Carrie!

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves (Finally) Announces New Album-- 'The Golden Hour'

It's been a long couple of years since Kacey Musgraves released the GRAMMY and CMA nominated, Pageant Material, but finally-- she's ready to release her fourth studio album, The Golden Hour.

Musgraves stormed onto the scene in 2013 with her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, but don't expect the same ol' country music witty goodness on this new project.

Musgraves told Entertainment Weekly, "I was thinking about how there are different masks that we wear that represent different sides of us. None of the masks are solely us, but they're all us. On this record, there's the lonely girl, the blissful girl, the new wife, the girl that's missing her mom, the angry girl, the sarcastic girl, the '60s-sequined Cruella de Vil with the beehive, the shy girl, the life of the party, the winner, the loser — they're all characters on this record. None of them alone are me, but the golden hour is when they all come together and you see me as a whole."

While she did link back up with collaborators Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, she also brought in Ian Fitchuk and the Silver Seas' Daniel Tashian. The Golden Hour is a little Bee Gees, Sade and Neil Young influenced.

And yes, there will be love songs, "I have a lot more love songs this time around, and I've never been one to write a love song and really feel it. That probably sounds like the most depressing thing ever. [But] I'm coming off getting married and being in this golden hour of my personal life, where all these things are finally coming to fruition. I found myself inspired to write about this person and all these things he brought out in me that weren't there before."


Jessie James Decker Bares Baby Bump In Instagram Selfie

It seems like a woman posting photos of her baby bump on Instagram is the thing to do nowadays. Joining the ever growing list of celebrities taking pictures of their unborn babies, Jessie James Decker is sharing her bump in anticipation of her newest arrival.

The singer, who's looking beautiful with her little bump at 23 weeks, took to Instagram to show off her pregnant belly saying, "#Preggovibes #23weeks #whosayspreggocantbesexy #babyboy #babynumber3."

More than 5 months pregnant and due in 2018, Jessie announced her impending arrival via social media with husband Eric Decker, wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans.

"Eric and I are so excited to share with y'all that we are expecting baby Decker number 3!," she posted to Instagram. "As you can see Viv is so happy and Bub doesn't quite know what's going on 😂 but we are over the moon and feel so blessed and can't wait to meet this little one end of march ❤️"

She also shared a sonogram picture of the little guy, who's gender was revealed in an adorable balloon filled video.

Baby No. 3 will join big sister, 3-year-old Vivianne Rose and big brother, 2-year-old Eric Decker II and according to the 29-year-old, this will be her last.

"This will be our last, so I want to enjoy it," Jessie said in an interview with Mini Magazine. "I always knew I was going to be a mommy and because I came from a family of three kids, I always assumed I would have three!"