Q I don't hear anything about my favorite singer, Ricky Van Shelton, anymore. Is he retired?
—C. Donatto, Oshkosh, Wis.
Not exactly retired, but close. The country crooner decided this summer to pack up after 20 years in Nashville, Tenn., and move back home to Virginia—a transition that he says marks the end of his performing career. "Perhaps there will be other musical projects I can pursue without being away from home for long periods," he suggests, hinting about a CD of all-original songs he'd like to finish.