NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Dierks, Sam, Lady A, Luke    11/26/14

Keith Urban, who is celebrating a No. 1 single with “Somewhere in My Car,” picked up the ARIA Award for Best Live Act this week. He accepted the award via video link from London, where his wife Nicole Kidman is finishing up a movie. “This is insane. I’ve never got an award like this,” said Keith. He and his sweet family, including daughters Sunday and Faith, are celebrating Thanksgiving overseas.

Dierks Bentley
, whose single “Say You Do” is climbing the country charts, celebrated his recent birthday on the road with his Riser Tour. The band and crew pitched in to get him a drone, something he’s been wanting for quite some time. Check out the video on his official facebook page here.

Sam Hunt is featured in an article titled “Why Sam Hunt is Good for Country Music” on Fader. The Georgia native just released “Take Your Time” as the follow-up to his debut No. 1 single, “Leave the Night On.”

Lady Antebellum are set to perform during the 2014 NASCAR Spring Cup Series Awards December 5th. The show will air live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 9pm ET.

The latest installment of LBTV, takes fans behind-the-scenes with Luke Bryan at this year’s CMA Awards, where he picked up the night’s top honor, Entertainer of the Year. Check it out below.

VIDEO:LBTV Thursdays 2014! Episode 39
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SAM HUNT PERFORMS TAKE YOUR TIME ON LETTERMAN. (VIDEO)    11/25/14

Sam Hunt and his band hit the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday night (11/24) to perform his new single, "Take Your Time," from his debut album, Montevallo. Check out his performance below.

VIDEO:Sam Hunt: "Take Your Time" - David Letterman
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DARIUS RUCKER RECALLS HIS MOST MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS PRESENT. (VIDEO)    11/25/14

Another holiday season is here, and Darius Rucker is celebrating in the best way! His new Christmas album "Home For The Holidays" is available today, and in honor of these holiday classics, Darius is fondly remembering his favorite memories from the past.

Watch the video here to recall one of the greatest gifts he has ever received. 

Get in the Christmas spirit and purchase "Home For The Holidays" here: http://geni.us/141P

VIDEO:Darius Rucker Recalls Most Memorable Christmas Gift
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JOSH TURNER RELEASES THE VIDEO FOR HIS LATEST SINGLE, 'LAY LOW.' (VIDEO)    11/25/14

Josh Turner just released the video for his latest single, "Lay Low." He shot the clip, with director Trey Fanjoy, at a cabin that's more than 200 years old over in East Tennessee.

“I couldn’t have asked for better weather, a better director, a better crew, an easier shoot," says Josh. "I mean, it’s been a dream.”

The couple that was cast in the video are actually a couple in real-life.

"Lay Low" is the first single from Josh's forthcoming album, due out next year.

VIDEO:Josh Turner - Lay Low
VIDEO:Behind-the-Scenes of Josh Turner's Lay Low
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LITTLE BIG TOWN'S KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN LENDS A HAM. (VIDEO)    11/24/14

Lend A Ham this holiday season!

We’re on a mission to feed 1 million people and need your help to make it happen!

Together with Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman, we want to hear how you are paying it forward this holiday season and all year round. Whether you’re serving up meals at a soup kitchen, donating a coat to someone in need, or shoveling the sidewalk for a neighbor, Tweet us @SmithfieldBrand using the hashtag #LendAHam or post to our Facebook page. Each time the hashtag is used, we will donate one serving of protein to a food bank up to 1 million servings.

Follow us on Twitter - @SmithfieldBrand – and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CookingwithSmithfield for delicious recipes, tips and surprises!

VIDEO:#LendAHam with Smithfield and Kimberly Schlapman
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LITTLE BIG TOWN SCORES NO. 1 AND SOME HEAVY METAL. (PRESS RELEASE)    11/24/14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Monday, Nov. 24, 2014) – CMA Vocal Group of the Year and the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry Little Big Town lands at No. 1 on this week’s MediaBase country chart with “Day Drinking,” the lead single off the group’s critically acclaimed sixth studio album, PAIN KILLER, released on Capitol Records Nashville. This single marks the first No. 1 as writers for Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook – also written with Barry Dean and Troy Verges. Additionally, the chart-topping tune makes the band’s fifth RIAA Gold-certified single with sales surpassing 500,000.

"This feeling will never get old," exclaimed Westbrook.  "Thank you so much to the fans and country radio for making our first song from Pain Killer such a success. No. 1...what more could we ask for? We are absolutely thrilled."

Little Big Town’s follow-up single, “Girl Crush”, impacts country radio Dec. 15. Rolling Stone calls their latest a “stop-you-in-your-tracks ballad. ‘Girl Crush’ takes the modern phrase and turns it upside-down to convey the classic country-song theme of unrequited love.” The New York Times takes note saying, “Little Big Town delivers one of the most devastating country songs in recent memory, a scorching and pained meditation on jealousy delivered with heavy resignation. While the Miami Herald states, “Karen Fairchild is a revelation on ‘Girl Crush.’”


Little Big Town has sold out multiple dates headlining
The Pain Killer Tour with Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne. Only six dates remain on The Pain Killer Tour including stops in Chicago, Detroit and Green Bay. For more information, tour dates and music, visit www.LittleBigTown.com.

 

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KEITH URBAN SCORES 17TH NO. 1 SINGLE. (AUDIO)    11/24/14

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Keith Urban’s “Somewhere in My Car” climbs to the top of the Billboard country chart this week. The song is his 17th No. 1 single.

The first glimmer of the idea for the song, which Keith co-wrote with J.T. Harding, was actually born in Keith’s car.

“I had a day scheduled to write with him, and I had just gotten this song, this particular song that I heard and downloaded by a particular artist, and I loved the rhythm and the energy and the whole thing about it,” recalls Keith. “I got J.T. and put him in the car, and turned it up as loud as I could and said, ‘[Yelling] We need something like this!’ But a similar song structure – and the song was born of that.”

Keith is currently in Europe with his wife, Nicole, while she finishes up filming a new movie. They, along with their two daughters, will spend Thanksgiving abroad, before returning home to the States.

AUDIO:Keith Urban (Somewhere in My Car)
AUDIO: Keith Urban talks about “Somewhere in My Car,” which is featured on his new album, Fuse.

Keith Urban (Somewhere in My Car) OC: …born of that. :39
“The first song on the album is called ‘Somewhere in My Car,’ and I wrote it with a guy named J.T. Harding. I had a day scheduled to write with him, and I had just gotten this song, this particular song that I heard and downloaded by a particular artist, and I loved the rhythm and the energy and the whole thing about it. And I got J.T. and put him in the car, and turned it up as loud as I could and said, ‘[Yelling] We need something like this!’ But a similar song structure – and the song was born of that.”

 

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LITTLE BIG TOWN ARE TOPS WITH DAY DRINKING. (AUDIO)    11/24/14

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Little Big Town score their third No. 1 single as “Day Drinking” climbs to the top of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase country chart. It’s the band’s first as co-writers (Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, along with Barry Dean and Troy Verges…Kimberly Schlapman was off filming her GAC-TV cooking show).

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he song includes the band whistling throughout the song, and as Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild explains, “It was out of necessity.”

“We were writing, I think it was on a Monday, and I was still a little hoarse from the weekend,” recalls Karen. “So, when I wanted to sing that melody, I whistled it on ‘Day Drinking,’ and they were like, ‘That’s cool! We should leave that.’”

Little Big Town is in the midst of their Pain Killer Tour – featuring Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne – and the next stop on the trek is December 4th in Detroit, Michigan.

AUDIO:LBT (Day Drinking) 2
AUDIO: Little Big Town explain why their No. 1 hit “Day Drinking” features whistling.

LBT (Day Drinking) 2 OC: (Karen) …of necessity. [Jimi laughs] :33
KAREN: “Sometimes when we come back from the road on a weekend, we’re a little road weary, and we’re vocally… (JIMI: “Trashed.”) …we’re a little trashed, ‘cause you sing, sing, sing, sing. And so we were writing, I think it was on a Monday, and I was still a little hoarse from the weekend. So, when I wanted to sing that melody, I whistled it on ‘Day Drinking,’ and they were like, ‘That’s cool! We should leave that.’” JIMI: “The hook should be, that should be another hook, the whistle.’ KAREN: “It was out of necessity.”

AUDIO:LBT (favorite day drink)
AUDIO: The members of Little Big Town reveal their favorite day drink.

LBT (favorite day drink) OC: (Jimi) …drink for me. :38
PHILLIP: “My favorite day drink is typically a margarita with nice Riposotta tequila. [laughs]” JIMI: “If I day drank tequila, I’d need a day nap, always.” PHILLIP: “Kimberly’s day drink would be… (KAREN: “A Cuban.”) …or a pineapple mojito.” KIMBERLY: “Oooh, that sounds nice.” KAREN: “My day drink would probably be a glass of… (JIMI: “White Wine.”) …white wine. I like beach drinks, like legitimately beachy drinks.” PHILLIP: “A rum runner.” JIMI: “Rum, yes, rum drinks are good. I like [a] mai tai. That’s a good day drink for me.”

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LUKE BRYAN PICKS UP AMA AWARD FOR BEST MALE PERFORMER COUNTRY.    11/23/14

Luke Bryan will be clearing off more space on his mantle since he picked up the award for Favorite Male Artist: Country at Sunday night’s American Music Awards. Nashville’s Meghan Trainor (“All About That Bass”) presented Luke with the trophy.

“Pretty sure I have [on] red lipstick a little bit,” Luke said when he jumped onstage after kissing his wife Caroline. He went on to thank the AMAs for allowing him to be a part of a multi-genre night, as well as giving thanks to God, his fans, management, crew, band, label, his mama and his bus driver,  “Thanks for making my dreams come true. Thank you. Love you,” Bryan said before walking off stage with his new trophy. 

 

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DARIUS RUCKER'S 'WANTS' FOR CHRISTMAS. (AUDIO)    11/23/14

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Darius Rucker recently released his first Christmas album, Home for the Holidays. He co-wrote two songs on the collection – the 2009 “Candy Cane Christmas,” which originally appeared on Now! That’s What I Call Christmas 4 and his new holiday single, “What God Wants for Christmas.” He teamed up with producer Frank Rogers and songwriter Monte Criswell.

“Monte Criswell had this great idea and this great thing he had come up with of ‘What God Wants for Christmas,’” says Darius. “We sat down and the first thing I did was I Googled ‘What God Wants for Christmas,’ and I couldn’t believe no one had ever written that…So, we sat down and just the whole time was so inspirational I think for all of us. We were sitting there writing the song and it was coming. Every line somebody said was a line we used and it was a great line. We wanted to write one of those songs that years from now people are still listening to and people are still – and it’s important to people. We wanted to put God back in Christmas, and that’s what we tried to do with that song.”

Home for the Holidays also features such classics as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Sheryl Crow, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Winter Wonderland” and “White Christmas,” among others.

AUDIO:Darius Rucker (What God Wants for Christmas)
AUDIO: Darius Rucker talks about how he and his co-writers – producer Frank Rogers and Monte Criswell – came up with his Christmas single, “What God Wants for Christmas.” The song appears on Darius’ first Christmas album, Home for the Holidays.

Darius Rucker (What God Wants for Christmas) OC: …with that song. :57

“Frank and I had gotten with this guy named Steve Lesley. Frank Rogers and I got with Steve Lesley years ago when we wrote ‘Candy Cane Christmas’ which is a secular, cool, great song that we loved. And so we decided we were going to put that on the Christmas record, but we wanted to write a religious song too, and Monte Criswell had this great idea and this great thing he had come up with of ‘What God Wants for Christmas.’ He was like, ‘Let’s write this.’ I was like, ‘Cool. Let’s write that.’ We sat down and the first thing I did was I Googled ‘What God Wants for Christmas,’ and I couldn’t believe no one had ever written that. Of all the Christmas songs and all the ideas people have had no one had ever written ‘I Wonder What God Wants for Christmas’ and that was crazy to me. So, we sat down and just the whole time was so inspirational I think for all of us. We were sitting there writing the song and it was coming. Every line somebody said was a line we used and it was a great line. We wanted to write one of those songs that years from now people are still listening to and people are still – and it’s important to people. We wanted to put God back in Christmas, and that’s what we tried to do with that song.”

VIDEO:Darius Rucker's "What God Wants For Christmas"
VIDEO:Darius Rucker - What God Wants For Christmas
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NEWS AND NOTES: Eric Church, LBT, Lady A, Keith, Vince, Jennifer    11/23/14

Eric Church has been added to the list of performers for the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards, along with Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood and Brett Eldredge. They join previously announced performers, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert. The show will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Music City Center December 15th on FOX.

Little Big Town are among the stars featured in new episodes of the acclaimed PBS series Front and Center. The band’s show will be filmed at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works during the first week of December.

Lady Antebellum will perform at the inaugural pre-championship concert for college football’s final four during the CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live From the College Football Playoff National Championship show. The 90-minute TV special, also featuring Toby Keith, Brett Eldredge and Big & Rich, will air live from the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, beginning at 9pm ET on CMT.

Keith Urban was nominated for two awards for the 2015 Country Music Awards of Australia, taking place January 24th at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Conference Centre. He’s up for Single and Video of the Year for “Somewhere in My Car.” He’s also up for two ARIA Awards for Best Australian Live Act and Best Country Album for Fuse. The awards will be handed out November 26th in Sydney, Australia.

Vince Gill will team up with Lyle Lovett for a three-date acoustic tour kicking off January 27th in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett: Songs and Stories will feature the two musicians and vocalists accompanying each other. The trek will also hit Englewood, New Jersey January 28th and Charleston, South Carolina on January 30th.

Jennifer Nettles will serve as honorary chair and host of the 2015 Georgia 4-H Gala, which will benefit Georgia 4-H, which is University of Georgia Extension’s statewide youth development program. The black-tie event will take place August 8th at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Jennifer was one a member of her 4-H’s state performing arts programs. She also achieved the title of Master 4-H’er, the highest award offered by 4-H, for her performing arts talents. She also achieved the title of Master 4-H'er, the highest award offered by 4-H, for her performing arts talents, as well as serving a camp counselor and as a district and state 4-H officer.

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THANKSGIVING AUDIO: AJ, Brothers Osborne, Darius, Dierks, Easton, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Josh Turner, Kip Moore, Lady A, Little Big Town, Mickey, Sam (AUDIO)    11/20/14

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 27th, 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, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, George Strait, 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:AJ (Thanksgiving)
AUDIO: Alan Jackson talks about his favorite Thanksgiving dish.

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 (misfits Thanksgiving)
AUDIO: Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne talks about their annual Misfits Thanksgiving dinner.

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:Darius Rucker (favorite part of Thanksgiving)
AUDIO: Darius Rucker talks about his favorite part of Thanksgiving.

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 (Thanksgiving)
AUDIO: Darius Rucker says he’s thankful for his family.

Darius Rucker (Thanksgiving) OC: …still alive. :17
“Oh, the main thing I’m thankful for is my family, there’s no doubt about that. Thanksgiving is about family for us. If we’re in Jersey, getting together with family. If we’re in Charleston, getting together with family and just cooking and eating. Sitting around and talking and remembering and being thankful for where we are, you know. We’re all still alive.”

AUDIO:Dierks Bentley (Thanksgiving must-have)
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!

Dierks Bentley (Thanksgiving must-have) OC: …for Thanksgiving. :41
“You gotta have a big turkey. Thanksgiving is not possible without a turkey. My dad’s always been the one to cook and carve it, but in years here recently, I’ve been taking over those duties. Big responsibility. 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:Easton Corbin (Thanksgiving)
AUDIO: Easton Corbin talks about spending Thanksgiving with family.

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:Easton Corbin (Thankful 2014)
AUDIO: Easton Corbin explains what he’s thankful for this year.

Easton Corbin (Thankful 2014) OC: …what I do. :08
“Well, this year I think, as I think every year, I’m so thankful for my family and friends out there and being able to make a living at what I do.”

AUDIO:Eric Church (Thanksgiving)
AUDIO: Eric Church says he’s thankful for his family – including son Boone – as well as for his fans, who made this year his most successful yet.

Eric Church (Thanksgiving) OC: …want to do it. :37
“A couple of things. I’m thankful for my family, my son, my wife 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’m thankful that we’re starting to have some hit songs on the radio, 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 because I’m just not a guy, you know if we were having this success and I wasn’t able to do it my own, it wouldn’t be the same for me. I’m not one of those people that could keep doing that. Some people can, I can’t. I’d bail. So, 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 (Turkey)
AUDIO: Eric Paslay loves him some turkey for Thanksgiving.

Eric Paslay (Turkey) OC: …really does. :09
“My favorite Thanksgiving food, I think, is the tryptophan turkey, ‘cause it really puts me to sleep. No [yawn], it really does.”

AUDIO:Eric Paslay (Thanksgiving)
AUDIO: Eric Paslay talks about his favorite Thanksgiving memories.

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 (Thanksgiving)
AUDIO: Josh Turner talks about how Thanksgiving is turning out to be his favorite holiday.

Josh Turner (Thanksgiving) OC: …holiday for me. :45
“Thanksgiving, in a lot of ways, has kind of bene one of my favorite holidays of the year, because I love that time of the year. I love the fall. That week has been the same ever since I was born. My birthday comes first, then the Clemson-South Carolina game and then Thanksgiving, and I’ve always kind of had time off during that time of the year. So, those three things, in that proper sequence, has always happened every single year of my life, so I can’t help for it to be a tradition. Like I say, it’s a fun time to get together with family and watch football and eat some good food and just enjoy the weather and the downtime, so it’s a fun holiday for me.”

AUDIO:Josh Turner (fave side dish)
AUDIO: Josh Turner shares his favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

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 (thankful 2014)
AUDIO: Josh Turner has a few things he’s thankful for this year.

Josh Turner (thankful 2014) OC: …future holds. :19
“Well, obviously, I’m very thankful for our new son, Hawke, in the house, but I’m also thankful too that I have a single out on the radio and it’s doing so good, and we’re busy on the road. I still get to do what I love to do for a living, so I have a lot to be thankful for, and just looking forward to what the future holds.”

AUDIO:Josh Turner (holidays)
AUDIO: Josh Turner explains what he enjoys about the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.


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 (Thanksgiving)
AUDIO: Keith Urban, who will be spending Thanksgiving this year in London with his wife and two daughters, gives thanks for many things, including his wife and two daughters.

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 (going home for Thanksgiving)
AUDIO: Kip Moore talks about going home for Thanksgiving and getting some time to hang with his five brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews.

Kip Moore (going home for Thanksgiving) OC: …do it more. :38
“Thanksgiving is huge for me, because I never get to see my family period. All of my nieces and nephews are growing up and my brothers and sisters; I’ve been gone from home since right when I turned 18, I’ve been a long ways away from home. And that’s the one bad part about it is knowing my family is growing up and they’re all experiencing things together and I don’t get to be included on it, because I’m off doing this. So, when I get together with them, it means a whole lot to me. Usually, we’ll try to go fishing together – me and my brothers, or my dad, we used to always go when we would go back home for Thanksgiving. So, yeah, just time to get to hang out with them is huge for me, and I hate that I don’t get to do it more.”

AUDIO:Lady A (Charles Thanksgiving eating contest)
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley talks about the annual eating contest he and his two brothers – Josh and John -- have over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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 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:Lady A (Dave-thankful)
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum Dave Haywood says the whole band is thankful for their families.

Lady Antebellum (Dave-Thankful) OC: …with ‘em. :13
"I think all of us are definitely most thankful for our families. They have been a huge support of our career ever since we started, and Thanksgiving is a great time to be with them. We travel so much, and we always try to make sure we take off the Thanksgiving holiday so we can be home with them.”

AUDIO:Lady A (Hillary's Thanksgiving food)
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott describes her favorite Thanksgiving dish.

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:LBT (Thanksgiving) 2
AUDIO: The members of Little Big Town love Thanksgiving since they get time off to be with their families.

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 (Thanksgiving plans)
AUDIO: Newcomer Mickey Guyton has been on her first radio tour, which has taken her all over the country promoting her debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” and she says all she plans on doing at Thanksgiving is…nothing.

Mickey Guyton (Thanksgiving plans) OC: …watch movies. :28
“My plans for Thanksgiving are to do absolutely nothing. I want to spend time with my family and watch movies. I want to watch Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving, and just sit and do absolutely nothing. That is what I want to do. It’s been a crazy nine weeks, and sometimes you just want to sit and not have to pack a suitcase, not have to worry about travel plans. I just want to sit and watch movies.”

AUDIO:Mickey Guyton (Thanksgiving traditions)
AUDIO: Mickey Guyton talks about one of her favorite Thanksgiving traditions.

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 (favorite Thanksgiving dish)
AUDIO: Mickey Guyton reveals her favorite Thanksgiving dish.

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 (Thanksgiving plans 2014)
AUDIO: Sam Hunt talks about his plans for Thanksgiving this year.

Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving plans 2014) OC: …the family. :34
“I believe we have the day of Thanksgiving off, and we are playing in Florida the next day for the Florida-Florida State game. I’m from Georgia, so that’s pretty much en route. So, I think the guys are gonna load up on the bus, and we’re just gonna drive down, and I invited them all to have Thanksgiving with myself and my family down in Georgia. So, I believe that’s what we’re gonna do. We get together with my Dad’s folks for lunch and then my mom’s folks for dinner, so I’m gonna bring the guys down, and they’re just gonna be part of the family.”

AUDIO:Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving eats)
AUDIO: Sam Hunt talks about his favorite Thanksgiving meal.

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.”

 

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