• Darius Rucker Beers and Sunshine
  • Little Big Town Wine, Beer, Whiskey
  • Gary Allan Waste of a Whiskey Drink
  • Dierks Bentley Gone
  • Eric Church
  • Luke Bryan Down to One
  • Brothers Osborne All Night
  • Mickey Guyton Heaven Down Here
  • Taylor Swift no body, no crime
  • Jon Pardi Tequila Little Time

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ERIC CHURCH WROTE AND RECORDED NEW MUSIC PRIOR TO THE QUARANTINE.

Eric Church has been releasing new music over the past few months. He surprised fans with “Bad Mother Trucker,” “Crazyland,” an ode to his fans “Through My Ray-Bans” and a tribute to those who’ve been there for him “Doing Life With Me.”

Eric says he recorded these and other songs in December (2019) and January 2020, long before we knew there was a global pandemic on the way. “We made this project before COVID ever existed. So, for me, we never came in reacting to COVID. We made this project, we wrote this project, we recorded this project before we ever knew what COVID was,” the North Carolina native told reporters during a virtual press conference at the recent CMA Awards. “I think a lot of that is a little bit divine that if you listen to the songs and you hear what the songs are, you very easily go, ‘This sounds like they were in the middle of quarantine,’ but we weren’t. I was not. So, for me, it just kind of happened the way it was supposed to happen. I did not make this album after COVID happened. I made it before.”

Eric is currently making his way up the country charts with “Hell of a View.”

Audio / Backstage at the recent CMA Awards in November, Eric Church talked about recording his new project before COVID hit, even though some of the songs may sound like he wrote and recorded them during the middle of the pandemic.

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Eric Church (how COVID didn’t affect new project) OC: …made it before. :41
“We made this project before COVID ever existed. So, for me, we never came in reacting to COVID. We made this project, we wrote this project, we recorded this project before we ever knew what COVID was. I think a lot of that is a little bit divine that if you listen to the songs and you hear what the songs are, you very easily go, ‘This sounds like they were in the middle of quarantine,’ but we weren’t. I was not. So, for me, it just kind of happened the way it was supposed to happen. I did not make this album after COVID happened. I made it before.”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD GIVE FANS A CHRISTMAS “GIFT.”

Carrie Underwood gave her fans an amazing Christmas gift; she announced a new album is coming. On Christmas Day, Carrie took to her socials to reveal she didn’t want to stop making music, so she said her new album, titled My Savior, which will be filled with gospel hymns she grew up singing, should arrive just in time for Easter.

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“I’ve been making music that I love and been giving my heart to the Lord with My Gift, and you guys have been so wonderful to support, lots of love and support, which I have felt every step of the way,” says Carrie. I basically didn’t want all of that to end, when I was making this music, I felt like my soul was in such a great place, I wanted to keep making music like the music off of My Gift.”

She adds, “I made an album called My Savior, which is hopefully a little companion to My Gift. “This album is full of gospel hymns that I grew up singing.”

Carrie finished by saying, “It’s just been such a blessing to make music like this, music that is near and dear to my heart, and I hope you guys enjoy listening to it as much as I loved making it.”

 

KEITH URBAN PERFORMS A DIFFERENT KIND OF NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW.

Normally, Keith Urban plays a big New Year’s Eve show in Nashville with hundreds of thousands of people in attendance. This year — the year of COVID-19 — he performed a 30-minute acoustic virtual show from his driveway straight to his fans. Check it out below.

Keith is currently making his way up the country charts with “One Too Many” with P!NK.

 

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NEW YEAR’S 2020

2020 will go down in history as one of the worst and most difficult years in our history. Every single person has dealt with loss, fear, uncertainty, working from home (or losing a job), rebuilding from tornadoes, fires, hurricanes, recovering from COVID-19 and much more.

For the music industry, live entertainment came to a screeching halt with production folks, crew and musicians losing their respective gigs since artists weren’t able to tour. The industry rallied and many artists pivoted and really helped us navigate through a bad year by releasing a ton of new music and performing virtual shows.

For this post, we’re revisiting some of your favorite artists’ hangover cures, which a few of us could’ve used nearly every day this year while dealing with a global pandemic. We’ve also been able to check in with a few artists about what they hope 2021 brings. One thing is for certain–we are all looking forward to shedding the horribleness of 2020, hopefully getting a fresh start in the new year AND getting through this together.

Audio / Brandon Lay says he hopes to be able to hit the road in 2021.

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Brandon Lay (2021) OC: …I can’t wait. :18
“The one thing that I’m looking forward to most for 2021 is definitely the road. It has been too long, and I am so ready to get with the band. I’m ready for loud music, and I’m ready for fans and seeing familiar faces out there in the crowd. And I just, I can’t wait.”

Audio / Brothers Osborne talk about how people spend the last moments of the year, and the first moments of the new year.

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Brothers Osborne (New Year) OC: (TJ) …next month. :44
JOHN: “I think it’s kind of funny how we spend literally the last moment and the very first moment of every year being extremely intoxicated, extremely, because you don’t want to wait until like 12:30 to get your buzz on. You’ve got to do it before midnight, and then once midnight happens, you’re like, ‘Omigod! Now it’s time to celebrate even more.’ Debauchery is the literally bookending your entire year.” TJ: “I love how everyone starts the year off with diets and then we end the year with like excessive amounts of food. And then you get to the end of the year, you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m going to start a diet on the 1st, so I’m going to eat everything that’s in front of me.’ I love it.” JOHN: “And come February 1st, ‘what diet?’” [laughs] TJ: “What diet? I’ll start it next month.” [laughs]

Audio / Dierks Bentley says he usually looks forward to a "mellow hang" on New Year's Eve.

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Dierks Bentley (New Year’s) OC: …in stride. 1:11
“New Year’s is rough. New Year’s hurts no matter what’s going o n. I’ve played a lot of New Year’s shows, you know, but I’ve honestly found that it’s not my favorite night to throw down. Look, for a living, that’s what I do. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, I host a big party; not only on stage, but I’ve got friends backstage. It starts before the concert sometimes, [and] it goes long after the concert, so a lot of times on New Year’s, I’m looking for a really mellow hang – a good party, good friends, pretty chill. Some of my best New Year’s – it doesn’t make for great radio – but some of my best New Year’s have been just like actually hearing fireworks go off while I’m in bed, [laughs] and know I’m gonna wake up the next morning for the first day of the New Year feeling great, feeling recharged and I’m ready to go ad go into the New Year feeling good as opposed to going into it with a giant Jagerbomb hangover, which I’ve done many, many times. So, the goal this year is to go into it feeling pretty good and the kids help with that, because you really just don’t want to be hungover with children. It’s not a good feeling. You would probably admit to any crime to get them, just feel better, and get them leave you alone. So, [I’m] gonna try to hit New Year’s this year in stride.”

Audio / Eric Church talks about what he’s looking forward to most in 2021.

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Eric Church (looking ahead to 2021) OC: …looking forward to. 1:11
“I think, for me, the thing I’m looking forward to most next year is getting around the corner from this virus and getting some kind of normalcy. I’m confident that next year is when we’ll finally put this in the rearview at some point in time. We’re all looking for a vaccine early in the year and the more we can take the cases down between January and May, I think the higher likelihood that we’ll be on a stage somewhere in the fall, late summer/fall, and then certainly into the fourth quarter. So, I’m looking forward to that. I know there may be some early stuff where we can’t be at capacity. I get that, but I’m looking forward to being back at capacity and being, seeing people grouped up and arms around each other’s shoulders and just, I miss that. I miss playing. I miss the camaraderie. I miss going town-to-town and doing that. It’s just what I was born to do, and I miss seeing the fans. Next year, we’re all hopeful, I’m hopeful and quite confident, actually, that next year will be the year that we get to start doing that and then hopefully more and more as we go. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Audio / Jon Pardi talks about what he's looking forward to in 2021.

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Jon Pardi (looking forward to 2021) OC: …that was awesome. :28 “For next year – 2021 – I’m looking forward to some kind of medication/vaccine to help people, to make people immune to this virus that is ruining EVERYTHING! So, I look forward to that and hopefully we’ll get that going and then we’ll be back to concerts and full capacity sports games and bars and honky tonks and…it looks like 2019. Remember 2019? That was awesome.”

Audio / Jon Pardi talks about his go-to hangover cure.

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Jon Pardi (hangover cure) OC: …deal with it. :20
“My hangover cure is Bloody Marys, but be careful – because once you have a couple, don’t go to beer, because if you go to beer, you’re gonna start drinking again and you’ll end up a morning drunk. OR if you want to go the non-alcoholic route, there’s nothing you can do for hangovers. [laughs] You just go deal with it.”

Audio / Kacey Musgraves has her own hangover cure.

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Kacey Musgraves (hangover cure) OC: …water. Yup! :32

“Coconut water is a major help with hangovers and also, a lot of times we go and eat Vietnamese pho. It’s a soup, and it’s got this awesome broth. You can get different things in it or whatever, but for some reason, it’s just like…it’s almost like a chicken noodle soup kind of an idea, you know, but it’s good. That’s good for hangovers too. That, sleep, Tylenol, coconut water and just water, in general. And when you’re drinking, have your alcohol, drink a little bit of water, drink some more alcohol, drink some water. Yup!”

Audio / KASSI ASHTON IS LOOKING FORWARD TO HOPEFULLY TOURING IN 2021.

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Kassi Ashton (looking to 2021) OC: …this year. :25
“Next year, I’m looking forward to — all fingers and toes and hair crossed — I’m looking forward  to, hopefully, touring. That’s what we all want. That’s why we signed up for this gig in the first place is I just want to be on stage with my friends making music, making art and taking people away from the troubles of this year.”

Audio / Kip Moore gives advice on how to avoid a hangover on New Year’s Eve.

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Kip Moore (avoiding hangovers on NYE) OC: …yourself. :03
“Pace yourself on New Year’s – that’s the remedy. Pace yourself.”

Audio / Luke Bryan’s favorite New Year’s Eve has to be when he and his now wife Caroline reunited.

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Luke Bryan (New Years-best) OC: …great night. :17
“My best New Year’s Eve is definitely when my wife and I started back dating. We started back dating right before Christmas, and we went on a trip down to Florida and met some friends. And her birthday is New Year’s Eve. We celebrated it that night. It was just a great night.”

Audio / Parker McCollum says he's most looking forward to in 2021 -- hopefully -- is to get back on the road playing shows.

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Parker McCollum (looking forward to in 2021) OC: …to each other. :08
“What I’m most looking forward to in 2021? Hopefully,  getting back on stage and people being allowed to stand next to each other.”

Audio / Travis Denning talks about what he's looking forward to in 2021.

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Travis Denning (looking forward to 2021) OC: …to normal. :10
“The one thing I’m looking forward to in 2021 is getting back on the road; playing concerts, getting back in the swing of things and just getting back to normal.”

Audio / Travis Denning recalls his favorite New Year’s Eve party.

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Travis Denning (favorite New Year’s Eve party) OC: …it was good. :41
“I think my favorite New Year’s Eve party ever was when my sister got married, and my sister’s party got done at 10:30, 10:45 and she got married right behind a little club that I played a lot in Macon, Georgia called the Crazy Bull and love the owner. We’re boys, you know? So, we just literally walked right over and burned the house down. That was one of my favorite New Year’s Eve memories, ‘cause I got to see my sister and brother-in-law get married and that was such a great, great time, and then me and my older cousin and best friend, we ended up at Waffle House that night, so it was good.”

 

NEW YEAR’S LINERS 2020

Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (New Year) 1

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“Hey Everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (New Year) 2

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“Hey Everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick. Happy New Year.”

 

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 CARRIE UNDERWOOD (NEW YEAR)

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

Audio / LINER CAYLEE HAMMACK (NEW YEAR)

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“Hey y’all! This is Caylee Hammack, wishing you a very Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Chrissy Metz (New Year)

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“Hey! This is Chrissy Metz, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Happy New Year)

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

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy New Year)

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“Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley. 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 Gary Allan (New Year)

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

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (New Year) 1

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“Hey y’all! I’m Jon Langston, wishing you a very 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 (Happy 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 Kassi Ashton (New Year)

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“Hey! It’s Kassi Ashton. I’d love to wish everyone 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 Kylie Morgan (New Year)

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“Hey! It’s Kylie Morgan, wishing you a very 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 Maddie & Tae (New Year)

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“Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you 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 Parker McCollum (New Year)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Parker McCollum, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

 

Audio / LINER Priscilla Block (New Year)

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“Hey, it’s Priscilla Block, wishing you a very 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!”

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (New Year)

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“Hey y’all, this is Travis Denning, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND MADDIE & TAE PERFORM “O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL” FOR CRACKER BARREL’S SOUNDS OF THE SEASON.

Carrie Underwood is joined by Maddie & Tae on the Christmas classic, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” for Cracker Barrel’s Sounds of the Season.

 

 

 

PARKER McCOLLUM SCORES HIS FIRST NO. 1 SONG WITH “PRETTY HEART.”

Parker McCollum’s “Pretty Heart” climbed to the top of both the Country Aircheck and Billboard Country chart this week. The Texas native wrote the song with Randy Montana, and it’s his first chart-topper.

“Pretty Heart” was just certified Gold by the RIAA and has averaged over 5 Million streams weekly. With the release of Hollywood Gold, Parker earned the highest-selling debut EP of 2020 debuting at No.10 on the Billboard Country Chart. Critics continue to praise Hollywood Gold with Billboarding noting, “McCollum’s voice is twangy and strong and the Texan’s songwriting really stands out. There’s nothing cookie-cutter about these songs.” American Songwriter adds, “Parker McCollum shines bright on his new EP Hollywood Gold.”

Parker said he dreamed of country music success when he was just a teen. “It’s like exactly how I dreamed it up and told my older brother that I was gonna do this when I was 17 years old is exactly how it has gone, up until the global pandemic, everything was pretty spot on. It’s like a movie script or something,” he says. “The end-all goal really was to come to Nashville and sign a major record deal and try to go play country music at the highest level. But it’s exactly how I envisioned it when I was a teenager, 16-17-years old, it’s gone identical to that, to that dream. So, to say I’m lucky and blessed is an understatement.”

A native of Austin, Texas, Parker has made a strong impression on critics and fans alike. American Songwriter notes, “he teeters on the edge of next-level superstardom, taking cues from rule breakers like Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves,” while Rolling Stone adds, “Parker is a no-holds-barred, confessional singer-songwriter who excels at relatable tales.” Parker continues to rack up impressive streaming numbers recently crossing over 350M total career domestic streams. His No. 1 single, “Pretty Heart,” can be found on Parker’s recent EP release, Hollywood Gold.

Parker has been named a SiriusXM Highway Finds Artist and has previously been selected as an Artist to Watch by CMTRolling StoneSiriusXMMusicRow and Sounds Like Nashville. A singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and dedicated road warrior, Parker began building a following in 2015 with his album The Limestone Kid. The track “Meet You in The Middle” became a hit on Texas’ regional radio chart — no small feat for an independent, 22-year-old musician — but it was the album’s widely-acclaimed follow-up, Probably Wrong, that helped Parker find national success. Compared to John Mayer and Jason Isbell by Rolling Stone, Parker supported the album with a string of sold-out shows, bringing record-breaking crowds to venues like San Angelo’s RiverStage and two sold-out night at Billy Bob’s along the way. Born in Conroe, TX, the 28-year-old artist bridges the gap between Texas’ homegrown music scene and Nashville’s country-industry headquarters.

Audio / Parker McCollum says he dreamed of having country music success when he was just a teenager.

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Parker McCollum (dreamed of success) OC: …understatement. :52
“It’s like exactly how I dreamed it up and told my older brother that I was gonna do this when I was 17 years old is exactly how it has gone, up until the global pandemic, everything was pretty spot on. It’s like a movie script or something. I grew up listening to the Randy Rogers Band…but Randy from the Randy Rogers Band managed me for two-and-a-half years. That was a dream come true; it felt like that was the end-all goal for a little while. It was like man, we made it, but the end-all goal really was to come to Nashville and sign a major record deal and try to go play country music at the highest level. But it’s exactly how I envisioned it when I was a teenager, 16-17-years old, it’s gone identical to that, to that dream. So, to say I’m lucky and blessed is an understatement.”

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NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL 2020: HOSTED BY LITTLE BIG TOWN

Little Big Town hosts a New Year’s Special. Click here to download.

CAYLEE HAMMACK COVERS DOLLY PARTON’S “HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS” IN A FIRESIDE ACOUSTIC SESSION.

Caylee Hammack channels Dolly Parton in a recent acoustic session by performing “Hard Candy Christmas.”

 

 

Caylee is also making her way up the country charts with her single, “Just Friends.”

 

CHRISTMAS 2020: Little Big Town

The members of Little Big Town have their own traditions, but one they’ve all seemed to have adopted is Kimberly Schlapman’s annual holiday tradition.

“My favorite holiday tradition is, it’s happened every year that I can remember that I’ve been alive,” she says. “We would go over to my grandmother’s house and have Christmas over there, and everybody would come home to Mama and Daddy’s house. We’d sit down and Mama hands out everybody a gift, and we act like we don’t what it is, but we do ’cause it’s always Christmas pajamas. So, everybody opens their Christmas pajamas and goes and puts ’em on, and we come back to the living room and we sit around Daddy and he reads ‘The Christmas Story,’ and we tuck ourselves in until Santa comes.”

One of Karen Fairchild’s traditions include making candy. “Christmases at our house usually included making candy with my mother and my grandmother,” says Karen. “We did everything from potato candy to chocolate dipped peanut butter (JIMI: “That all sounds amazing.”) and fudge. My mom’s fudge recipe is amazing.” KIMBERLY: “What is potato candy?” KAREN: “It does use a potato, but it’s rolled and it has peanut butter inside.”

The band is currently making their way up the country charts with “Wine, Beer, Whiskey.”

 

Audio / LITTLE BIG TOWN'S KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN AND HER FAMILY HAVE THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TRADITION.

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LBT (Christmas) OC: …Santa comes. :28
“My favorite holiday tradition is, it’s happened very year that I can remember that I’ve been alive. We would go over to my grandmother’s house and have Christmas over there, and everybody would come home to Mama and Daddy’s house. We’d sit down and Mama hands out everybody a gift, and we act like we don’t what it is, but we do ’cause it’s always Christmas pajamas. So, everybody opens their Christmas pajamas and goes and puts ’em on, and we come back to the living room and we sit around Daddy and he reads The Christmas Story. And we tuck ourselves in until Santa comes.”

Audio / LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD TALKS ABOUT MAKING CANDY AT CHRISTMAS WITH HER MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER.

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LBT (Karen-candy making) OC: …peanut butter inside. :19
“Christmases at our house usually included making candy with my mother and my grandmother. We did everything from potato candy to chocolate dipped peanut butter (JIMI: “That all sounds amazing.”) and fudge. My mom’s fudge recipe is amazing.” KIMBERLY: “What is potato candy?” KAREN: “It does use a potato, but it’s rolled and it has peanut butter inside.” 

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  • Alan Jackson with WUSN/Chicago’s Jeff Kapugi and Marci Braun, as well as UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Steve Hodges.