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LUKE BRYAN ENLISTS SOME FAMOUS FRIENDS TO EXPLAIN WHAT MAKES THEM COUNTRY.

KACEY MUSGRAVES WILL BE HONORED WITH THE INNOVATOR AWARD AT THIS YEAR’S BILLBOARD WOMEN IN MUSIC EVENT.

Billboard announced this week it will honor Kacey Musgraves, as well as SZA and Hayley Kiyoko at its 13th annual Women in Music event in New York City December 6th, in conjunction with the release of its “Women in Music” issue.

Kacey will be honored with the innovator award, which recognizes female artists who challenge musical convention, create positive change and contribute new ideas both in and outside of their creative work. With her third No. 1 Country Albums release, Golden Hour, she has evolved her traditional country sound with daring vision, becoming an in-demand live act while serving as an advocate for inclusion and tolerance.

They will join Billboard’s Woman of the Year, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae and Cyndi Lauper.

NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Kacey, Chris

Luke Bryan takes over Pickler and Ben on Tuesday. He talks about his latest single, “What Makes You Country,” American Idol and his favorite holiday traditions. Check local listings for times.

 

Kacey Musgraves will be a guest judge during the highly-anticipated fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Her “weave-snatching” episode will air December 14th at 8pm ET on VH1.

Chris Stapleton will be among the artists paying tribute to the legendary Dolly Parton as MusiCares Person of the Year February 8th. Pink, Leon Bridges, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, Lauren Daigle and many more will also perform at the event taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center two days prior to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards.

 

THANKSGIVING 2018:

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 22nd, and most people will be enjoying time with their friends and families, including some of your favorite country stars, such as Adam Hambrick, Alan Jackson, Brothers Osborne, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Little Big Town, Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt, Travis Denning and more. They share their thoughts, memories and favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Audio / Adam Hambrick says he’s very thankful to his family.

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Adam Hambrick (Thanksgiving) OC: …I was raised. :32
“I know this sounds very cheesy, but I am very thankful for my family. A lot of the good things that have happened in my life are just a result of being raised in a family with two parents that love each other, with sisters that I love and being raised in a community of people, even outside of my family, that’s just a lot of love and a lot of care. Those are the things that raise a person up to be successful, and I am a success because of the way I was raised.”

Audio / Adam Hambrick says his Grandfather’s turkey and dressing and a special side dish signals Thanksgiving.

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Adam Hambrick (Thanksgiving food) OC: …Thanksgiving. :21
“Oh man. Give me Granddaddy’s turkey and dressing and just the friggin’ canned cranberry sauce, [laughs] like I’ll suck it down like a champ. There’s just something about the canned cranberry sauce with my Granddaddy’s turkey and dressing that will always taste like Thanksgiving.”

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 an d 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 / Carrie Underwood says she’s thankful for her family this year, including her second child on the way.

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Carrie Underwood (Thanksgiving 2018) OC: …with them. :15
“I am thankful for definitely my family. I just have the best kid in the world [and] another on the way, and I’m excited that my busy season is about to slow down and I’m going to really get to spend some time with them.”

Audio / Carrie Underwood says she and her family don’t have too many Thanksgiving traditions.

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Carrie Underwood (Thanksgiving) OC: …the other one. :34
“We don’t have too many set-in-stone Thanksgiving traditions. I find myself a lot of times working on or around Thanksgiving or unable to get home or whatever. We try to be together, but sometimes that just doesn’t work out. But yeah, I mean, I think it’s just about we eat. I eat a lot every year on Thanksgiving. [laughs] I never skip THAT tradition. But yeah, that’s the gist of it, and I’m kind of lucky. I get two Thanksgivings, because I also get to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with my husband’s family, so if I don’t hit one, I’ll definitely be able to get the other one.”

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 / Darius Rucker talks about what he's thankful for at Thanksgiving.

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Darius Rucker (Thanksgiving) OC: …alive. :17
“The main thing I’m thankful for is my family, no doubt about that. Thanksgiving is about family first, you know either getting together going to New Jersey and getting together with family or in Charleston and getting together with my family and just cooking and eating and sitting around talking and remembering and being thankful for where we are and that we’re all still alive.”

Audio / Dierks Bentley, who is thankful for his wife, two daughters and son, talks about his Thanksgiving must-have! It’s an oldie, but a goodie!

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Dierks Bentley (Thanksgiving must-have) OC: …for Thanksgiving. :34
“You gotta have a big turkey. Thanksgiving is not possible without a turkey. We cook it traditionally, but when we’re in, a couple of Thanksgivings ago, we were here in Nashville, we did the whole fry the turkey up, and it was great. It just tasted so good; all those juices get locked in there, and I love that too. You really can’t, to me, cook a turkey wrong. I’m gonna eat it any way, and I have over the years. Trust me, I’ve played a lot of county and state fairs, where I’ve seen gigantic turkey legs, you know, I’ve had the flat meat. I’ve done turkey every way you could do it. I’m pretty good any way you want to cook it up, but you’ve got to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.”

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 / Jon Langston talks about his Thanksgiving tradition.

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Jon Langston (Thanksgiving) OC: …pretty cool. :21
“We always watch football on Thanksgiving. It was pretty cool in high school. It was a big deal in high school if you had practice on Thanksgiving Day because you made third round of the playoffs. So, in high school we always had practice on Thanksgiving, so I guess that was pretty cool. Everybody’s waking up on a cold Thanksgiving morning going to football practice, but yeah, pretty cool.”

 

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 / Josh Turner explains what he enjoys about the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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Josh Turner (holidays) OC: …the peace and quiet. :38
“I love being outside in nature and the outdoors, and the holidays is a great time for me to go and partake in that part of my life. A lot of times, Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s a little cold to go fishing, but when it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s a great time to go hunting, especially in South Carolina, that’s when the temperatures are starting to drop and the conditions are getting right, and especially in November, kind of the tail end of the rut, as far as deer season. So, it’s a good time to get in the deer stand whether you kill anything or not, it’s just a great time to just get away from everything and get away from the noise and the lights and the diesel fumes [laughs] and just relax and just enjoy the peace and quiet.”

Audio / Keith Urban gives thanks for many things, including his wife and two daughters.

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Keith (Thanksgiving) OC: …for me. :21
“Thankful that, well, my marriage is just, it’s life-giving, not just life-changing, it’s been life-giving for me. And from there, we created life, and that’s just beautiful, absolutely beautiful. And the effect that all of that has had in my work, has given life to it too, given it a sense of purpose and really deepened the experience for me.”

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 / 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 / Maddie & Tae talk about their Thanksgiving traditions.

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Maddie & Tae (Thanksgiving) OC: (TAE) …I do. :41
MADDIE: “I love Thanksgiving because I get to see my family, and it’s not as much pressure as Christmas I feel like because there are no gifts exchanged. It’s just all about quality time and I love quality time. My favorite dish is some broccoli-cheese casserole and Tae’s favorite dish, I know, is cranberry sauce, just plain. Just plain ole cranberry sauce, no turkey, just cranberry sauce.” TAE: “She knows.” MADDIE: “That’s it.” TAE: “I genuinely feel there’s something wrong with me. (MADDIE: “Out of the can.”) out of the can. My parents know just to have cranberry sauce for me, like no one else can touch it. There’s a home video where my brother Mason tries to eat it, and I’m like, ‘What are you doing? This is mine.’” MADDIE: “She eats it out of the can.” TAE: “I do.”

Audio / Mickey Guyton reveals her favorite Thanksgiving dish.

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Mickey Guyton (favorite Thanksgiving dish) OC: …both so much! :39
“My favorite Thanksgiving dish that has to, has to, has to be at Thanksgiving dinner is dessert. Dessert is my favorite Thanksgiving dish. I mean, it doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s sweet. My mom actually makes an Italian cream cake that’s absolutely awesome. It’s homemade, and the entire family, that’s the first thing to go at Thanksgiving dinner. And my Grandma D, she makes a pecan pie that is awesome. She taught me how to make them when I was little, and I just love them, and that’s the other thing that I look forward to at Thanksgiving dinner, and I love them both so much!”

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.”

Audio / Travis Denning says Thanksgiving is one of his favorite times of the year.

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Travis Denning (Thanksgiving) OC: …love Thanksgiving. :43
“Thanksgiving actually is probably one of my favorite moments of the year, and the reason is actually because just about every Friday after Thanksgiving, I would play a small acoustic show at this bar in my hometown and it’s always so much fun. So many of my old friends come and it’s packed and it’s super loose and super fun and everybody’s just enjoying it. I might play three of my songs, and then I just try to figure out how many old country songs I can sing. That’s so fun, because you’re coming off spending so much time with your family and then you get this little time to go spend with your friends. I think it’s just great because you get to knock out so much like reconnecting and fellowship. I love Thanksgiving.”

 

KIP MOORE’S “ROOM TO SPARE: THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS” EP IS AVAILABLE NOW.

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore’s anticipated Room To Spare: The Acoustic Sessions EP is available everywhere today. The seven-song release makes good on a promise by Moore to deliver an acoustic collection to his diehard fans. Moore has given a glimpse of what to expect leading up to the release by sharing a selection of the songs taken from the EP, that fans and critics alike have been quick to applaud.

Fans will be able to experience the new unfiltered songs this fall on Moore’s limited Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour with special guests Charlie Worsham and Jillian Jacqueline. Tickets and date information is available at kipmoore.net.

Kip Moore’s Room to Spare Dates:
11/29   Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
11/30   Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman
12/1     Emporia, KS – Granada Theater
12/8     Akron, OH – Goodyear Theatre

**Physical EP only available at roomtospare.kipmoore.net and at Moore’s Room To Spare shows.

Order Link:  http://strm.to/roomtospare

Spotify link to Kip’s “ACOUSTICS” playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/12WO6tPEBZjeu71HGGd4iX

Youtube EP Playlist : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlUYLj_MHt5rtsKcXk-FlsiPNXCGARYJS&disable_polymer=true

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Posted by Kip Moore on Friday, October 19, 2018

Kip Moore’s current Top 10 single “Last Shot” is the second taken from his revered third studio album SLOWHEART and follows his fourth No. One hit “More Girls Like You.” Moore’s third studio album SLOWHEART garnered instant praise from critics as his “most complete, cohesive declaration of his artistic sensibilities yet” (NPR,) as well landing on multiple “Best Of” lists including Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, UpRoxx, Bobby Bones Show, Taste Of Country, Sounds Like Nashville, The Boot, PopMatters and Whiskey Riff. SLOWHEART follows the acclaim that surrounded Moore’s sophomore album WILD ONES and his PLATINUM debut album UP ALL NIGHT that spawned three No. One hit singles, including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.” For more information, visit kipmoore.net.

THANKSGIVING 2018: LINERS

Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

 

Audio / LINER AJ (Thanksgiving)

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“Hi! This is Alan Jackson. I hope y’all have a very happy Thanksgiving out there.”

Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey Guys, I’m Billy Currington. Have a great Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey y’all! This is Brandon Lay. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! This is TJ, and this is John, and we’re wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Thanksgiving)

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

Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley! Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey folks! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey guys! Gary Allan here. I just want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving, and have a Happy Holidays and make sure you’re safe out there. Drive safe. Party your butts off, but do it safe.”

Audio / LINER George Strait (Thanksgiving)

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“Hi! This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Thanksgiving)

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Hey y’all, I’m Jon Langston, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey I’m Jordan Davis. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey y’all I’m Josh Turner, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Thanksgiving)

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“Happy Thanksgiving everybody. It’s Keith Urban here. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all of you listening for your incredible love and support that I’ve received over the last year, and to wish you and all of your family all the very best for this holiday.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey what’s up guys, this is Kip Moore wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER LBT (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey, we’re Little Big Town. Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Maddie, and I’m Tae, and we’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Happy Thanksgiving)

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“Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton here, and I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving)

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“Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Thanksgiving)

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Hey y’all! It’s Travis Denning, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

CHRIS STAPLETON WINS MALE VOCALIST, SINGLE AND SONG OF THE YEAR AT THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS.

Chris Stapleton was the night’s big winner. He took home three trophies, including the hardware for Male Vocalist of the Year (for the third year in a row) and for Single and Song of the Year for “Broken Halos,” which he co-wrote with his friend Mike Henderson.

He says he’s always surprised to hear his name called when it comes to awards. “These things are always fantastic to win, but when you get nominated or invited to these parties, in my estimation, you’ve already won and you’ve already gotten to be far beyond anything, you know, anybody who’s a musician could ever dream of getting to do, and we get to do that every day, we get to live it every day. As far as thinking about going into anything, I’m always genuinely surprised to win anything, and I’m always grateful for it.”

Chris is making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “Millionaire,” which is from his current album, From A Room: Volume 2.

Audio / Chris Stapleton says he's always surprised when he wins awards.

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Chris Stapleton (CMA 2018) OC: …grateful for it. :30
“These things are always fantastic to win, but when you get nominated or invited to these parties, in my estimation, you’ve already won and you’ve already gotten to be far beyond anything, you know, anybody who’s a musician could ever dream of getting to do, and we get to do that every day, we get to live it every day. As far as thinking about going into anything, I’m always genuinely surprised to win anything, and I’m always grateful for it.”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD WINS FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR.

Carrie Underwood pulled triple-duty during this year’s CMA Awards as host, performer and winner. She picked up the award for Female Vocalist of the Year this year, an award she previously won four times (2006-2008, 2016).

She said backstage that this award means a lot to her. “I would be lying if I said I didn’t want awards because I’m a competitive person and I love these,” says Carrie. “I love these shows. I love the CMAs. I have such respect for this show and this organization, but when you’re making an album, you want it to be better. You want to push yourself as an artist. For me, with all the ups and downs we’ve been through, plus making an album on top of all of that, I mean this one definitely means a lot.”

 

Carrie performed her current single, “Love Wins,” on the CMAs and it earned the first standing ovation of the night.

Audio / Carrie Underwood says winning the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award this year means so much to her.

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Carrie Underwood (CMA Female win) OC: …means a lot. :38
“I think I’m still in shock to be honest. When we were making this album, I would be lying if I said I didn’t want awards because I’m a competitive person and I love these. I love these shows. I love the CMAs. I have such respect for this show and this organization, but when you’re making an album, you want it to be better. You want to push yourself as an artist. For me, with all the ups and downs we’ve been through, plus making an album on top of all of that, I mean this one definitely means a lot.”

KACEY, DIERKS, BROTHERS O, JON AND LAUREN ARE THE SUBJECTS OF SOME PRETTY “MEAN TWEETS.”

The fourth edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Mean Tweets aired after the 52nd Annual CMA Awards, and several of your favorite country artists read some pretty twisted tweets about themselves, including Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi and Lauren Alaina, among others.

KACEY MUSGRAVES WINS CMA ALBUM OF THE YEAR FOR “GOLDEN HOUR.”

Kacey Musgraves earned her first CMA Album of the Year award for her latest offering Golden Hour. During her acceptance speech, she explained it was a very special anniversary. “I just realized this morning…it sounds like a lie, 10 years ago today, I moved to Nashville. That’s so crazy.Ian FitchukDaniel Tashian, my two co-pilots and co-producers, made this record with me. We poured everything we have into this, and I’m so proud of it. It’s inspired by, just this beautiful…this beautiful universe, all of you, and just most of all…love.”

Golden Hour, which was released earlier this year, is a very special album to the artist who crafted it. “It was really important for me to kind of give people a little bit of a hiding place with this record,” says Kacey. “We live in such a tumultuous and chaotic time, and I think a lot of people may have expected some social commentary out of me, and not that there isn’t in some ways on this record, but I wanted to turn away from that because I was really inspired to write about just like this beautiful world we live in, all these wonderful people, my husband, getting married, leaving my 20s, looking ahead to my 30s and just this really open-hearted, really positive time and the music is directly inspired by that.”

Audio / Kacey Musgraves wanted her CMA Album of the Year Golden Hour to provide some escapism for fans.

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Kacey Musgraves (CMA Album) OC: …by that. :37
“It was really important for me to kind of give people a little bit of a hiding place with this record. I mean, we live in such a tumultuous and chaotic time, and I think a lot of people may have expected some social commentary out of me, and not that there isn’t in some ways on this record, but I wanted to turn away from that because I was really inspired to write about just like this beautiful world we live in, all these wonderful people, my husband, getting married, leaving my 20s, looking ahead to my 30s and just this really open-hearted, really positive time and the music is directly inspired by that.”

 

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