• NEWS AND NOTES: Chris, Lady A, Sam, Darius

    The dynamic duo of Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake is back, according to several sources, including Rolling Stone, Hollywood.com and Spin. The two will pair up for their first collaboration on record on the pop superstar’s new album, Man of the Woods, due for release February 2nd. The two previously shared the stage during the 2015 CMA Awards, as well as last year’s Pilgrimage Festival. JT’s new album will also feature appearances by Alicia Keys, Pharrell and Timbaland.

    Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley is set to headline the Snowmass Celebrity Ski Fest next month in Colorado. The two-day event, taking place February 21st and 22nd, will also feature appearances by Nashville’s Charles Esten and singer-songwriter Edwin McCain and will raise money for Lady A’s charity, LadyAID.

    Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Road” has been certified quadruple platinum (4x) by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

    Darius Rucker is enjoying the winter weather that has hit the Eastern Seaboard. He posted of a photo of his snow-covered front yard in Charleston, South Carolina. Check it out below.

     

     

  • SAM HUNT CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS BY GIVING BACK.

    Sam Hunt posted to his Instagram some photos and video of him and his wife Hannah over the holidays.

    He writes, “While I was in Nashville trying to get things going with music, Hannah was providing medical care to Hondurans during the 2009 coup. She was working in Syrian refugee camps and delivering Kurd babies in northern Iraq during the 2014 elections. She spent time in Israel where she helped with a feeding program and worked with Holocaust survivors.

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    This photo was taken by @igotnostrings in the Marshall Islands- where she was a part of a team providing basic health care to people on the island of Lib.

    Her heart for humanity is one of the things I admire most about her but she’s put her ambitions on hold to be with me for the past year and a half. This winter, thanks to the people who’ve supported me and my music, I’m able to go with her and be a part of her dreams as they’ve become mine. If you’ve ever bought a record or come to a show, God bless you for giving us this opportunity🙏”

     

     

     

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  • NEW YEAR’S LINERS 2017

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (New Year)

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    “What’s up everybody? This is Brandon Lay, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne. Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey, what’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (New Year)

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    “Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Clare Dunn, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Clare Dunn, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Happy New Year)

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    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (New Years)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Easton Corbin, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey! It’s Eric Church, hoping you have a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Happy New Year)

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    “Hi! I’m Eric Paslay, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (New Year)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Gary Allan. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (New Year)

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    “Hi! I’m Jon Pardi, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Josh Turner. Happy New Year!”

     

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (New Year)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a safe and Happy New Year!”

     

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (New Year)

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    “Hey everyone! This is Keith Urban. Have a safe and happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (New Year)

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    “It’s Kip Moore, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (New Year)

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    “This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (New Year)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is Luke Bryan, hoping you have a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Happy New Year)

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    “Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy New Year!”

  • CHRISTMAS 2017: Sam Hunt

    Sam Hunt, who is Billboard’s No. 1 Hot Country Songs Artist for 2017, has a couple of favorite Christmas gifts from when he was a child. One of them was a horse he received one Christmas. “I remember being really excited when, I got into riding horses, and one Christmas I got a Mustang that I named Comanche – a horse – and that was a really exciting time. I rode all the time after that. Before, I had some friends, a babysitter whose kids had horses, so I’d be able to ride occasionally, but now I was able to ride whenever I wanted to.”

    Sam was also named Billboard’s No. 1 Country Digital Song Sales Artist and the No. 1 Streaming Songs Artist. His history-making hit “Body Like A Backroad” topped multiple lists as well, including No. 1 Country Airplay Song, No. 1 Country Digital Song and No. 1 Country Streaming Song.

    Audio / Sam Hunt talks about two of his favorite Christmas gifts as a kid.

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    Sam Hunt (Christmas gift) OC: …most exciting. :51
    “I remember being really excited when, I got into riding horses, and one Christmas I got a Mustang that I named Comanche – a horse – and that was a really exciting time. I rode all the time after that. Before, I had some friends, a babysitter whose kids had horses, so I’d be able to ride occasionally, but now I was able to ride whenever I wanted to. I remember one year, it probably started from the horse-riding thing, but I got into wanting to be a bullrider. I was still pretty young – 8, 9, 10 years old – so one Christmas, we got a little steer calf. It had a little rope, and I’d try to ride a calf, you know? He sort of grew up with us and grew into a bull and ended up getting after my grandmother one afternoon. We had to get rid of him. He was just playing, but she wasn’t really the playful type, yeah. Those are probably the two most exciting.”

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, LBT, Sam

    Keith Urban and Little Big Town are among the artists set to honor to Sir Elton John during a tribute concert, taking place January 30th at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, John Legend and Sam Smith will also take part in the show, Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute, which will be recorded for CBS TV for a special airing later this year. Tickets go on sale Monday (December 18th).

    Sam Hunt recorded “This Land Is Your Land” for the Bright movie soundtrack released on Friday (December 15th). The film, starring Will Smith, will be released to Netflix on December 22nd.

     

     

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  • CHRISTMAS 2017 LINERS

    Holiday liners from UMG Nashville artists, including Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Canaan Smith, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Gary Allan, George Strait, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and more!

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    “Hi! This is Alan Jackson, and I’m wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER Billy Currington (Happy Holiday Season)
    “Hi! Billy Currington here, wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday Season.”

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    LINER Brothers Osborne (Christmas)
    “Hey! This is T.J., and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER Canaan Smith (Christmas)
    “Hey! What’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER Darius Rucker (Christmas)
    “Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER Dierks Bentley (Christmas)
    “Hey! This is Dierks Bentley
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    LINER Easton Corbin (Merry Christmas)
    “Hey everybody! This is Easton Corbin, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER Easton Corbin (Happy Holidays)
    “Hey everybody! This is Easton Corbin, wishing you and your family a Happy Holidays.”

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    LINER Eric Church (Christmas)
    “Hey everybody! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER Eric Paslay (Christmas)
    “Hi! I’m Eric Paslay. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER Eric Paslay (Holiday Season)
    “Hi! I’m Eric Paslay, wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season.”

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    LINER Gary Allan (MerryChristmas)
    “Hey! This is Gary Allan. Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER George Strait (Happy Holidays)
    ““Hey everybody! This is George Strait, wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season.”

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    LINER Jon Pardi (Merry Christmas)
    “Hey! This is Jon Pardi, wishing you a Merry Christmas!”

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    LINER Kacey Musgraves (Christmas)
    “Hey! This is Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER Keith Urban (Christmas)
    “Hi folks, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER Keith Urban (Holiday season)
    “Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and all your family the very best this holiday season.”

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    LINER Kip Moore (Christmas)
    “Hey guys, this is Kip Moore, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER Kip Moore (Happy Holidays)
    “Hey y’all, it’s Kip Moore. Happy Holidays!”

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    LINER Lady A (Christmas)
    “Hey everybody! We’re Lady Antebellum, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER Lady A (Happy Holidays)
    “Hey everybody! We are Lady Antebellum. Happy Holidays.”

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    LINER Lauren Alaina (Christmas)
    “Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

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    LINER George Strait (Happy Holidays)
    ““Hey everybody! This is George Strait, wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season.”

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    LINER LBT (Christmas)
    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

  • GRAMMY NOMINATIONS FOR CHRIS, LBT, LADY A, SAM AND BROTHERS O.

    The nominations for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards were announced early Tuesday morning (November 28th). Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town lead the country nominees with three apiece.

    Chris is up for including Best Country Album for From A Room: Volume 1, as well as Best Country Solo Performance for “Either Way” and Best Country Song for “Broken Halos.”

    The members of Little Big Town have nominations for Best Country Album for The Breaker, Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Better Man” and Best Country Song for “Better Man.”

    Lady Antebellum have two nods for Best Country Album for Heart Break and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “You Look Good.”

    Sam Hunt is also up for two Grammy Awards for Best Country Solo Performance for “Body Like a Backroad,” which is also nominated for Best Country Song. Sam wrote the record-breaking hit with Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

    Brothers Osborne picked up a nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “It Ain’t My Fault.”

    The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden January 28th on CBS.

    Best Country Album
    Cosmic Hallelujah, Kenny Chesney
    Heart Break, Lady Antebellum
    The Breaker, Little Big Town
    Life Changes, Thomas Rhett
    From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton

    Best Country Solo Performance
    “Body Like A Back Road,” Sam Hunt
    “Losing You,” Alison Krauss
    “Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert
    “I Could Use A Love Song,” Maren Morris
    “Either Way,” Chris Stapleton

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance
    “It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne
    “My Old Man,” Zac Brown Band
    “You Look Good,” Lady Antebellum
    “Better Man,” Little Big Town
    “Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland

    Best Country Song
    “Better Man,” Little Big Town
    Songwriter: Taylor Swift

    “Body Like A Back Road,” Sam Hunt
    Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne

    “Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton
    Songwriters: Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton

    “Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland
    Songwriters: Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Mark Wystrach

    “Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert
    Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall

     

  • THANKSGIVING 2017

    The Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth, in the state that’s now known as Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. While initially, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists, the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival like this did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s. People now celebrate the holiday by giving thanks for their blessings over the past year, as well as feasting on turkey and other festive goodies.

    Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 23rd, and most people will be enjoying time with their friends and families, including some of your favorite country stars, such as Alan Jackson, Brothers Osborne, Canaan Smith, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt and more. They share their thoughts, memories and favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

    Audio / Alan Jackson talks about his favorite Thanksgiving dish.

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    AJ (Thanksgiving) OC: …enjoy it. :19
    “My favorite Thanksgiving dish would be the homemade dressin’ that we, cornbread-based kind of dressin’ that we always have with turkey. That recipe is a kind of a combination of my mama, and Denise has taken it and perfected it over the years, so that me and my children really enjoy it.”

    Audio / Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne talks about their annual Misfits Thanksgiving dinner.

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    Brothers Osborne (misfits Thanksgiving) OC: …going home. :45
    “What we’ve done the past several years is because it’s so hard to go home, we would have what we call the Misfit Thanksgiving dinner, and all the people in Nashville who aren’t able to go home to their families, we would just invite them over to our house and have a big potluck style Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll take like a couple of tables and throw them together and throw some sheets on it just to make it look nice. It’s a very redneck display of like tableware, because all the plates don’t match and the forks and knives don’t match, but we don’t care. People will bring wine, and at the end of the day, we’ll probably have 12-15 people all sitting at dinner together that weren’t able to go home with their families, and just enjoy it with friends. It’s been really fun. Definitely a lot less stress than going home.”

    Audio / Canaan Smith says his favorite Thanksgiving dish is pumpkin pie.

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    Canaan Smith (pumpkin pie) OC: …Thanksgiving. :14
    “Pumpkin pie is where it’s at. My mom makes the best. She got it from her mom, my Nanny. It’s so good. It’s made from scratch. Everything about it, it’s just mouthwatering. I love it. I can’t get enough. If I could get fat, it’d be from pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / Clare Dunn talks about her favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

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    Clare Dunn (Thanksgiving dish) OC: …like hers. :21
    “I think my favorite Thanksgiving dish [is] my mom makes the best mashed potatoes in the world. I mean, they’re crazy. They’re like garlic and butter and all the good stuff, so that’s probably my favorite Thanksgiving dish. Oh, and she makes great stuffing too, and I’m not a stuffing person, but I like hers.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker talks about his favorite part of Thanksgiving.

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    Darius Rucker (favorite part of Thanksgiving) OC: …my family. :17
    “My favorite part of Thanksgiving is easy – it’s food. It’s eating. It’s hanging out with family and getting some great food, ‘cause that’s really what Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for all of the great things you’ve got, and I always give thanks for the greatest thing I’ve got and that’s my family.”

    Audio / Easton Corbin talks about spending Thanksgiving with family.

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    Easton (Thanksgiving) OC: …my grandma’s. :33
    “Having family and being able to spend that quality time with them and obviously, the opportunity to do what I do. But absolutely during that time, being able to spend that time with family and your loved ones. We used to always go to my grandma’s, that’s Christmas and Thanksgiving. We’d go there for the big meal. I don’t get to go back much. A lot of times I’ll stay up [in Nashville] for Thanksgiving, and then go down during Christmas, but we’d always go to my grandma’s.”

    Audio / Eric Church says he’s thankful for his family as well as for his fans.

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    Eric Church (Thanksgiving) OC: …want to do it. :23
    “A couple of things. I’m thankful for my family and great health. And I’m thankful for from a career standpoint, I’m very thankful for the success we’ve had lately. I’m thankful for what the fans have done. I mean there’s a lot of stuff to be thankful for in that regard. And I’m thankful that I was given the opportunity to do it my own way. I’m thankful that I’m going to get to keep doing this and do it the way that I want to do it.”

    Audio / Eric Paslay talks about his favorite Thanksgiving memories.

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    Eric Paslay (Thanksgiving) OC: …too much. :05
    “My best Thanksgiving memory, I think, is just hanging out with family, watching football and eating too much!”

    Audio / Josh Turner shares his favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

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    Josh Turner (fave side dish) OC: …’em myself. [laughs] :24
    “Uh, deviled eggs! [laughs] Where I’m from in South Carolina, I don’t think I’ve tasted a bad deviled egg. It’s like everybody has their own twist on it, but they’re all good, but I always loved it when my mama made ‘em. I’m learning as I get older, making deviled eggs is no easy task. It’s more complicated than it looks, and so that’s probably why I never made ‘em myself.” [laughs]

    Audio / Keith Urban will be celebrating Thanksgiving at home in Nashville, along with his wife, daughters and mother, who is flying in from Australia this weekend. He recalls the very first Thanksgiving he spent in the States.

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    Keith Urban (1st American Thanksgiving) OC: …immediately. [laughs] :44
    “The first Thanksgiving I ever had here, which was 25 years ago, ‘cause I’ve been here a long time now. But the first one I ever had, I remember going to this family’s home, they invited me to Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t believe the volume of food. It was insane. I’ve never seen so much food in my life. Then after the food, there was like 12 desserts. I was like, ‘Why are there so many desserts?’ They said, ‘Well, because every Aunt and every Grandma, everybody brought their thing, their special dessert, and you have to try every one of ‘em.’ I’m like, ‘There’s like THREE apple cobblers.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but they’re made by different people and they’re all watching, so you have to make sure you try everything up there.’ [laughs] I was in love with Thanksgiving immediately.” [laughs]

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about his annual Thanksgiving plans to go home to visit with his family.

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    Kip Moore (Thanksgiving) OC: …with them. :11
    “I [usually] go home for Thanksgiving. I love going home to see all them. I have five brothers and sisters and it’s a blast to go home and just catch up on their lives. I get so wrapped up in all this that I lose touch sometimes, and it’s cool to hear everything going on with them.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott describes her favorite Thanksgiving dish.

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    Lady A (Hillary-Thanksgiving food) OC: …ever tasted. :12
    “So, my favorite Thanksgiving food would have to be my grandmother’s sweet potato casserole. There’s just something she puts in it — probably all the love – that makes it better than anything I’ve ever tasted.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley talks about one of his favorite Thanksgiving memories.

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    Lady A (Charles-Thanksgiving eating contest) OC: …five pounds! :25
    “One of my most memorable Thanksgiving memories was probably the first year that me and my two brothers (John and Josh) decided to start our annual eating contest where we ate throughout the whole day. We started that morning and weighed ourselves and at the very end of the night, we weighed ourselves out and all three of us equally gained five pounds. I wish we had a more accurate scale to decide the winner, but we all tied. Five pounds!”

    Audio / The members of Little Big Town love Thanksgiving since they get time off to be with their families.

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    LBT (Thanksgiving) 2 OC: (Kimberly) …and eat. :31
    KIMBERLY: “Thanksgiving—we love Thanksgiving, ‘cause we get to be with our families and we don’t often get to spend time with our families, our extended families, until the holidays. I love being around the table with my family and talking and laughing and cooking and eating…” JIMI: “And eating and eating and eating and eating…” PHILLIP: “The laughter around the eating, the good cheer, the celebration, the music…” JIMI: “The eating, going taking a nap, then coming back and eating.” KIMBERLY: “Go to bed with a full belly, take a nap, and then get up and eat.”

    Audio / Mickey Guyton talks about one of her favorite Thanksgiving traditions.

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    Mickey Guyton (Thanksgiving traditions) OC: …Thanksgiving traditions. :17
    “One of my Thanksgiving traditions is playing charades after Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not the most competitive person in the world, but as soon as you put some Charades in the picture, I am crazy, and you will definitely want to be on my team if we’re playing Charades. I’m just saying. So, that’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt talks about his favorite Thanksgiving meal.

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    Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving eats) OC: …glass of milk. :34
    “When I pile my plate up, it’s mostly turkey and then I’ll put a little dressing on the side, and I’ll usually go ahead and grab my dessert on the first run [laughs] and have it ready before it all disappears. Those are the really the three things. It’s strange, but since I was very young, I’ve always loved drinking milk, my brothers too, we drank lots of milk. My cousins, who grew up down the road, they always looked at us funny when we wanted to drink milk with our Thanksgiving meal. They would have coke or whatever else. So, I still get turkey, dressing, a piece of pecan pie and a big ole glass of milk.”

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Eric, Keith, Brothers Osborne, Kip, Tyminski, Luke, Sam, Shania

    Eric Church and Keith Urban will headline next year’s Tortuga Music Festival, along with Florida Georgia Line. The three-day event, taking place April 6 – 8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will also feature performances by Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, Tyminski, Snoop Dog, Lucie Silvas, The Cadillace Three, Lee Brice, Dan + Shay and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale December 1st at 10am ET at TortugaMusicFestival.com.

    In addition to the headliners Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Blake Shelton, Luke’s Crash My Playa event will also feature Maren Morris, Brett Young and Dustin Lynch. The annual festival will take place January 17th – 20th, 2018.

    Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” music video has reached over 100 million views on Youtube.

  • SOME OF NASHVILLE’S BIGGEST STARS HELP RAISE MORE THAN FOUR MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE COUNTRY RISING BENEFIT.

    Nashville’s biggest stars united Sunday night for COUNTRY RISING, raising more than four million dollars to support charitable initiatives for those affected by the September 2017 hurricanes as well as victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas. From top to bottom, the production was as big as the talent that took the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, including host Bobby Bones and performers Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Keith Urban and surprise guest Jon Pardi. Additionally, Garth Brooks sent in a special video from Spokane, WA where he donated proceeds from the night’s two shows.
     
    Lady Antebellum opened the show with some of their biggest chart-toppers as well as an ode to Tom Petty as the trio covered “Learning To Fly,” followed by host Bobby Bones welcoming the crowd. “Our country has been hit hard by tragedy this year,” Bones said. “It’s affected our families. It’s affected our friends. It’s affected the Country music community, but even during those hard times what we always try to do is find the good and make the difference, and tonight we’re trying to make the difference.” 

    Sam Hunt performed a medley of his biggest hits, as well as a unifying chorus of “This Land Is Your Land.” Martina McBride belted out timely songs including “Love’s The Only House” while Keith Urban brought energy to the stage as he interacted with the crowd and performed his soulful “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Dierks Bentley’s set included his powerful song “Riser,” which he dedicated to the first responders and the community for rallying together and rising up in the midst of tragedy, also surprising the crowd by bringing out special guest Jon Pardi who performed “Dirt On My Boots.” 

    Jason Aldean took the stage for a significant set, acknowledging the shooting in Vegas that personally affected him.
     
    “It’s been a rough couple months for us up here, and it’s a lot of fun to get back out and play for the people who matter which is you guys,” said Aldean. “I love getting up every day and playing music, and I’ll be damned if anybody out there will ever stop me from doing that.”
     
    Little Big Town performed some of their biggest hits including their smash “Better Man” while Chris Stapleton’s set included his poignant “Broken Halos,” as he announced that he and his wife Morgane are donating $250,000 to the cause.

    Reba McEntire’s performance included her tenacious “Going Out Like That” while Garth Brooks sent a surprise special video performing “Callin’ Baton Rouge” from Spokane, WA, donating proceeds from the night’s shows.
     
    George Strait closed out the evening with his beloved hits including “Amarillo By Morning.”

    Fans across the country unable to attend the benefit can continue to give by texting ‘NASHVILLE’ to 41010, by donating at www.CountryRising.org or by purchasing merchandise HERE. All proceeds raised will go toward the Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. Additionally, the fund will also envelop victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating events, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. 
     
    COUNTRY RISING has also been supported by sponsors Citi, Texas Roadhouse, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, BMI, Budweiser, Frost, City National Bank, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store™, Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR, WME and Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Additional local businesses including Vintage Sparkle Furniture Rental, Events Plus, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, Black Tie Moving, Virago, Hattie B’s, Copper Whisk Cakes, Tin Roof, Dry House, Love and Lion, Foot and Salt Spa, HH Events and Revive Nashville have also stepped up to support the cause. 

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