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KACEY MUSGRAVES APPEARS AND PERFORMS ON TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON.

Kacey Musgraves appeared and performed on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She sang a new holiday song she recently wrote called “Glittery.”

She enjoyed her first late-night talk show interview by discussing Dolly Parton, singing with Willie Nelson on the CMA Awards, an adorable clip of her 9-year-old self singing “Rainbow Connection” and becoming a triple threat with her Amazon Prime Christmas special.

 

LUKE BRYAN AND THE REST OF THE AMERICAN IDOL CAST RETURNS TO ABC EARLY NEXT YEAR.

In August of this year, ABC announced the return of American Idol for an all-new season. Returning to the singing competition show as judges are our own Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. It was just announced today the new season will premiere February 16th via Twitter.

Luke, who recently picked up the ACM Award for Album of the Year for Crash My Party, is making his way up the country charts with “What She Wants Tonight.”

ERIC CHURCH, BROTHERS OSBORNE, LITTLE BIG TOWN, VINCE GILL AND CHRIS STAPLETON SCORE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS.

Eric Church scores two nominations at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, including Best Country Album for Desperate Man and Best Country Song for his recent No. 1 smash, “Some Of It.”

Brothers Osborne scored Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” while Little Big Town receives a nod in the same category for “The Daughters.”

Vince Gill is up for Best American Roots Song for “I Don’t Wanna Ride the Rails No More,” and Chris Stapleton is nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” for Toy Story 4.

The 62nd GRAMMY Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles January 26th at 8pm ET on CBS.

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Brand New Man,” Brooks & Dunn With Luke Combs
“I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” Brothers Osborne
“Speechless,” Dan + Shay
“The Daughters,” Little Big Town
“Common,” Maren Morris Featuring Brandi Carlile

Best Country Song
“Bring My Flowers Now,” Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde, songwriters (Ashley McBryde)
“It All Comes Out in the Wash,” Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“Some of It,” Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson, songwriters (Eric Church)
“Speechless,” Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Dan + Shay)

Best Country Album
Desperate Man, Eric Church
Stronger Than the Truth, Reba McEntire
Interstate Gospel, Pistol Annies
Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
While I’m Livin’, Tanya Tucker

Best American Roots Song
“Black Myself,” Amythyst Kiah, songwriter (Our Native Daughters)
“Call My Name,” Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I’m With Her)
“Crossing to Jerusalem,” Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash)
“Faraway Look,” Dan Auerbach, Yola Carter & Pat McLaughlin, songwriters (Yola)
“I Don’t Wanna Ride the Rails No More,” Vince Gill, songwriter (Vince Gill)

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” From: Toy Story 4 (Chris Stapleton)
“Girl in the Movies,” From: Dumplin’
“I’ll Never Love Again” (Film Version), From: A Star Is Born
“Sprit,” From: The Lion King
“Suspirium,” From: Suspiria

Audio / Eric Church talks about being creative in the studio for his new album, Desperate Man.

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Eric Church (creative process in the studio) OC: …the creativity. :57
“It was an interesting creative process. This record was made in the studio, from writing to completion, then any record we have ever made. It was really there, ‘cause I wrote songs there, we change things there. I played parts there, I never played, never thought of. I think maybe it was the first album in our career that there was more creative energy in the studio than any other, because it was written, made, conceived, it was all there. I mean, on ‘The Snake,’ for example, that background part was myself, Jeff Hyde and Joanna, and we tried to sound the old blues kind of sound. We were doing that creatively in the studio, and it made a really interesting thing. A lot of people will say, ‘Who sang that? who is that?’ Well it was us! We were feeling the creativity.”

Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE’S TJ OSBORNE TALKS ABOUT THE SONG “I DON’T REMEMBER ME (BEFORE YOU).

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Brothers Osborne (I Don’t Remember Me (Before You) 1:05
“There was a bit of the song that was a little on the nose. I don’t – it started the first tag (sings) which was an idea Shane had. He showed up that day and goes ‘I don’t remember my life before I had my babies.’ He said, ‘I literally can’t think of who I was. I don’t remember who I was before [my] husband Michael.’ And we thought man, that is a really interesting thing. An incredible idea. I’m sure it’s been done to some extent, but I can’t really recall that subject being said that way. And so, we were all about it. We loved the idea and the concept, but when Jay [Joyce] heard it, he goes, ‘Man, I think it would be really cool to save the ‘before you’ till the end of the song and I instantly was like, ‘Man, I think that’s a killer idea.’ John and I were all about it. And so, it ends now (sings) it kind of goes in a turn around. You don’t know what the hell I’m talking about. ‘I don’t remember me,’ you keep hearing this, and then at the end is the reveal ‘I don’t remember me before you,’ which I think is great. It also made it problematic [for] the title of the song.”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD RELEASES THE VIDEO FOR HER LATEST SINGLE, “DRINKING ALONE.”

Carrie Underwood has released video for her latest single, “Drinking Alone.” Set in a sultry, underground nightclub, the clip, which was directed by Randee St. Nicholas, follows the song where two strangers nursing heartbreaks are drawn together, but don’t go home together. Wearing garb similar to her Cry Pretty Tour 360 and CMA Awards performance outfits, Carrie looks so stunningly beautiful you almost don’t notice anything else in the video, especially the first time around.

Carrie co-wrote the song with her producer David Garcia and Brett James, and it’s the follow-up to her previous No. 1 smash “Southbound,” and she’s happy the song didn’t end up as a typical rebound relationship song.

“I feel like the title could have gone to a very like sad emotional place, but me being me, I still wanted to have that strong kind of character in there. So, I love the fact that this is a breakup song,” says Carrie. “‘I’m here at the bar drinking my pain away. You and me can hang out. Why should we both be lamenting over lost love separately? We’re both here doing the same thing. Let’s just do that together.’ I love that the character, I was like I don’t want her like going home with him. I don’t want any of that. I just want it to be like, ‘Okay we’ll just hang out. We’ll drink. We’ll maybe share a corner booth kiss.’ But it’s just more about that night and that moment and that Band-Aid and then going your separate ways. ‘Like this isn’t a thing. I’m not looking to start a new relationship. I’m out of this one. Let’s just let whatever this is be what this is right now.’”

Carrie is nominated for two American Music Awards — Female Artist of the Year and Country Album of the Year for Cry PrettyThis year’s American Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday (November 24th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about “Drinking Alone,” which she co-wrote with Brett James and David Garcia.

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Carrie Underwood (Drinking Alone) OC: …right now. 1:07
“I had the title, and we just kind of started what does this mean. This is another one that I feel like the title could have gone to a very like sad emotional place, but me being me I still wanted to have that strong kind of character in there. So, I love the fact that this is a breakup song. ‘I’m here at the bar drinking my pain away. You and me can hang out. Why should we both be lamenting over lost love separately? We’re both here doing the same thing. Let’s just do that together.’ I love that the character, I was like I don’t want her like going home with him. I don’t want any of that. I just want it to be like, ‘Okay we’ll just hang out. We’ll drink. We’ll maybe share a corner booth kiss.’ But it’s just more about that night and that moment and that Band-Aid and then going your separate ways. ‘Like this isn’t a thing. I’m not looking to start a new relationship. I’m out of this one. Let’s just let whatever this is be what this is right now.’”

LITTLE BIG TOWN’S NIGHTFALL PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE FRIDAY; “SUGAR COAT” VIDEO STARRING KATE BOSWORTH TO WORLD PREMIERE FRIDAY MORNING.

Little Big Town’s upcoming ninth studio album Nightfall will be available for pre-order this Friday. With the preorder, fans will automatically get “Sugar Coat” a powerful and gripping song from the album penned by “Girl Crush” writer Lori McKenna along with Josh Kerr and Jordyn Shellart. Grammy-nominated “The Daughters” and current single “Over Drinking” will also be instantly accessible to fans with the pre-order.

The “Sugar Coat” official music video will also world premiere Friday morning at 10am CST/11am EST and stars acclaimed actress and producer Kate Bosworth (The Long Road Home, 21, Superman Returns, Blue Crushin a breathtaking performance.  The video also showcases actor Isaiah Stratton (Homeland) as the lead male.

 

“I play a woman who is in a complicated marriage,” says Bosworth. “She is often lonely and unfulfilled – realizing that she is not getting what she needs from a partner, devastated by the choices that her husband is making. As she slowly discovers what is happening, while it’s a sad moment, it is ultimately a resilient one. She finds her strength, her fortitude, and ultimately herself. It was an honor to bring this song to life with a band that I love.”

The video was shot outside of Nashville and was directed by brother-sister duo, Stephen and Alexa Kinigopoulos (Running Bear) who set the stage in the early 1960s. The story gives a look into the all too familiar comfort of putting on a pretty face in times of duress, and beautifully captures the tale of a betrayed housewife that takes viewers not only through a music video but what also feels like a short film.

Nightfall is set for release January 17th following an album release show at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in NYC on January 16th.

 
NIGHTFALL TRACK LIST:
1.  Next To You (Hillary Reynolds, Michael Jade, Trevor Jarvis)
2.  Nightfall (Karen Fairchild, Daniel Tashian, Fancy Hagood)
3.  Forever And A Night (Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Foy Vance)
4.  Throw Your Love Away (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose, Lori McKenna)
5.  Over Drinking (Carey Barlowe, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Steph Jones, Hillary Lindsey)
6.  Wine, Beer, Whiskey (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Sean McConnell, Tofer Brown)
7.  Questions (Karen Fairchild, Jon Green, Sara Haze)
8.  The Daughters (Karen Fairchild, Sean McConnell, Ashley Ray)
9.  River Of Stars (Karen Fairchild, Daniel Tashian, Ian Fitchuk)
10.  Sugar Coat (Josh Kerr, Jordyn Shellhart, Lori McKenna)
11.  Problem Child (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Sean McConnell, Tofer Brown)
12.  Bluebird (Karen Fairchild, Daniel Tashian, Ian Fitchuk)
13.  Trouble With Forever (Jason Saenz, Marc Beeson, Sara Haze)

LAUREN ALAINA WALTZES INTO THE FINALS ON ABC’S DANCING WITH THE STARS (BROWN BAG).

Lauren Alaina and her partner Gleb Savchenko delivered two entirely different dances – the Paso Doble (Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger”) and the Viennese Waltz (Tim McGraw’s “Humble & Kind”). She and Gleb, who earned 27 out of 30 for both dances) are safe to move to the finals on Monday, November 25th.

Make sure to tune in to Dancing With the Stars on Monday (November 25th) at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC to watch Lauren and her partner Gleb AND don’t forget to ADD (or convert) her new single, “Getting Good.”

CUTS 1-7:

CUT 1: LINER Lauren Alaina (Tune Into DWTS)
“Hey y’all, it’s Lauren Alaina. Don’t forget to tune in to Dancing With the Stars on ABC on Monday.”

CUT 2: Lauren Alaina (I’m good. How are you)
“I’m good. How are you?”

CUT 3: Lauren Alaina talks about learning the two dances – the Paso Doble and the Viennese Waltz – for this week’s show. She feels it was her best night of the competition.

Lauren Alaina (two dances)
OC: …dances, I think. :52

CUT 4: Lauren Alaina says one of her favorite things from her experience on Dancing With the Stars has been the wardrobe department, who have helped make her more confident in wearing her costumes on the show.

Lauren Alaina (so proud)
OC: …so proud. :59

CUT 5: Lauren Alaina talks about the emotional ended of this week’s show.

 Lauren Alaina (Ally and the end of this week’s show)
OC: …of this show, so…  2:25

CUT 6: Lauren Alaina is looking forward to the finals of the show next week, and she says she will do her best to win the show.

Lauren Alaina (next week)
OC: …do my best. :52

CUT 7: Lauren Alaina (Thank you guys)
“Thank you, guys. Have a good day.”

 

Audio / CUT 1: LINER Lauren Alaina (Tune Into DWTS)

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“Hey y’all, it’s Lauren Alaina. Don’t forget to tune in to Dancing With the Stars on ABC on Monday.”

Audio / CUT 2: Lauren Alaina (I’m good. How are you)

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“I am so good. How are you?”

Audio / CUT 3: Lauren Alaina talks about learning the two dances – the Paso Doble and the Viennese Waltz – for this week’s show. She feels it was her best night of the competition.

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Lauren Alaina (two dances)
OC: …dances, I think. :52

Audio / CUT 4: Lauren Alaina says one of her favorite things from her experience on Dancing With the Stars has been the wardrobe department, who have helped make her more confident in wearing her costumes on the show.

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Lauren Alaina (so proud)
OC: …so proud. :59

Audio / CUT 5: Lauren Alaina talks about the emotional ended of this week’s show.

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Lauren Alaina (Ally and the end of this week’s show)
OC: …of this show, so…  2:25

Audio / CUT 6: Lauren Alaina is looking forward to the finals of the show next week, and she says she will do her best to win the show.

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Lauren Alaina (next week)
OC: …do my best. :52

Audio / CUT 7: Lauren Alaina (Thank you guys)

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“Thank you, guys. Have a good day.”

 

NEWS AND NOTES: Shania, Kacey and more

Shania Twain appears on Live With Kelly and Ryan on Wednesday (November 20th).

Kacey Musgraves is set to appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (November 20th). Dolly Parton will also appear.

Shania Twain will perform a medley of her greatest hits on this year’s American Music Awards, marking the first time she’s performed on the AMA stage in 16 years. The 2019 American Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday (November 24th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

We are just nine (9) days away from being able to watch Kacey Musgraves celebrate Christmas with her Amazon Prime Video variety special, A Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show, which premieres November 29th. “I think some of my favorite moments were the comedy bits — getting to stand alongside and learn from a pro like Fred Armisen or James Corden — and then sing with some of my favorite musical people,” Kacey tells Entertainment Tonight. The special will include comedy sketches and musical numbers with a host of famous friends and some of her favorite people including James Corden, Fred Armisen, Camila Cabello, Lana Del Ray and Zooey Deschanel, as well as her own real-life Nana.

 

LUKE BRYAN ANNOUNCES THE FINAL LINE-UP FOR HIS SOLD-OUT CRASH MY PLAYA 2020.

As the calendar moves closer to Thanksgiving Luke Bryan fans have a little more to be thankful for and look forward to as the final line-up of performers for his CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 was announced today. The SOLD-OUT destination concert event in the Riviera Cancun region of Mexico is in its sixth year will take place January 22-25, 2020. Newly announced performers include headliner Old Dominion as well as Lee Brice, Scotty McCreery, Granger Smith, Jordan Davis, Jon Langston, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, Kendell Marvel and DJ Rock.

 

As previously announced, Luke will headline two nightly concerts and Jason Aldean, making his debut at PLAYA, will headline one night. Also, Dustin Lynch returns as the only artist who has appeared all six years of the event.

CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 will be hosted at just one resort for the first time in 2020 at the Moon Palace Cancún. From sun-up to sun-down, the resort sizzles with energy and is ranked amongst the best in the region on TripAdvisor. This oceanfront sanctuary offers a vibrant spectrum of magnificent rooms, all-inclusive food and drink, 24-hour concierge service, relaxing pools, on-site restaurants, and bars, as well as plenty of activities on both land and sea, including offsite adventures to Isla Mujeres, Rio Secreto, and Chichen Itza.

For more information about CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 visit: www.crashmyplaya.com

About Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is a twotime Academy of Country Music and a twotime Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards, a soon-to-be three year celebrity judge on ABC’s “American Idol,” a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, and a six-time CMT Artist of the Year. Bryan has more certified digital singles than any other country artist, with 54 million tracks and 12.5 million albums with seven Billion music streams and has 23 #1 singles, 12 of which he co-wrote. The Academy of Country Music recently honored Luke with the Album of the Decade award for his four-time Platinum selling album Crash My Party. In late October, Luke wrapped his “Sunset Repeat Tour” in Detroit at Ford Field marking his 36th career headline stadium shows and playing for one million fans in 2019. The Georgia native is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “What She Wants Tonight.”

Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook

JORDAN DAVIS AND HIS WIFE KRISTEN WELCOME THEIR FIRST CHILD.

Jordan Davis and his wife Kristen welcomed their first child, a daughter, on Sunday (November 17th). Eloise Larkin weighed in at 8 pounds and measured 19.75 inches.

“We are overjoyed with the addition of our baby girl Eloise Larkin Davis,” the couple told ET. “Momma and baby are healthy as can be and we have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.”

Jordan, who is making his way up the country charts with his latest “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot,” has lots of time to spend with his wife and new daughter. He only has a pair of dates left for the year, and then is set to hit the road on his Trouble Town Tour beginning January 10th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For audio prior to Baby Eloise’s birth, click here.

THANKSGIVING 2019: Artist Audio

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 28th, 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, Brandon Lay, Carrie Underwood, Caylee Hammack, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Jon Langston, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt, Travis Denning and more. They share their thoughts, memories and favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Brothers Osborne, who usually have their annual Misfits Thanksgiving dinner, are set to perform this year during halftime of the Detroit Lions 80th Thanksgiving Day Classic on Thursday, November 28th. The performance will be televised as part of FOX’s coverage of the game starting at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT.

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 / 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 / Carrie Underwood says she’s thankful for her family, which has grown by one this year, as well as her fans, her health and her recent Cry Pretty Tour 360.

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Carrie Underwood (Thanksgiving 2019) OC: …blessed with. :46
“My list of things I’m thankful for is too vast. First and foremost, my family. We had a baby earlier this year, which is crazy to think about all of the things that we’ve done and thinking about starting off this year pregnant and having a baby and all of the places that he’s already seen. I’m thankful for health and we’ve had safety along all of our travels. Of course, I’m thankful for the tour and I’m thankful to the fans that have come out to see us. There’s a lot to be thankful for. God has blessed us with some incredible stuff and hopefully we’ve done good with what we’ve been blessed with.”

Audio / Caylee Hammack says Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday, because she gets to just spend time with her family.

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Caylee Hammack (Thanksgiving) OC: …favorite holiday. :27
“Thanksgiving is the one holiday where we stay at home. We stay at my family’s house, and it’s just me, my mom and dad, my brother and sister and their families. We all sit around and just eat all day. And I love Thanksgiving because you don’t have to worry about getting gifts for people; you don’t have to worry about wrapping them. You just show up and you eat all day with the people you love. So, I absolutely love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday.”

Audio / Caylee Hammack talks about her favorite Thanksgiving dish.

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Caylee Hammack (Thanksgiving eats) OC: …cranberry jelly. :15
“My favorite Thanksgiving meal (dish) is definitely cornbread dressing. My mom makes the best, er, some people call it stuffing, but I’ve always called it dressing for some reason. But I love that with canned cranberry jelly.”

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 / 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 Urban (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 says he usually goes home to Georgia for Thanksgiving.

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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 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 / 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.”

 

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