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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DAVID NAIL WRAPS HIS I'M A FIRE TOUR AND PLAYS GRAND OLE OPRY. (PRESS RELEASE)    11/19/14

Nashville, TN – November 19, 2014 – Just days after wrapping his headlining I’M A FIRE TOUR, MCA Nashville and GRAMMY-nominated recording artist David Nail came home to play the Grand Ole Opry last night. Nail, considered one of the most distinct and powerful voices in country music today, kicked off the Tuesday night Opry at the Rymanwith his signature hit “Red Light,” his current Top 20 and rising single “Kiss You Tonight,” and finally his No. 1 Platinum certified “Whatever She’s Got.”  
Follow @DavidNail on Twitter #ImAFire and on Facebook.
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Photo By: Chris Hollo 

Nashville, TN – November 17, 2014 - MCA Nashville and GRAMMY-nominated recording artist David Nail wraps his headlining I’M A FIRE TOUR at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay, WI this past weekend with his openers and rising country duo Native Run. Nail, considered one of the most distinct and powerful voices in country music today, kicked off the tour in Oxford, MS in early September and hit 25 cities including New York City, Boston, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Fort Worth, Cleveland and Grand Rapids. Rolling Stone Country named the I’M A FIRE TOUR one of the Fall 2014’s Must See Country Tours.

“There is no bigger compliment than people coming out to see you play your music live,” said David Nail. “Thanks to everyone who came out and made this tour so special." 

Nail ends his tour and leads in to the Thanksgiving holidays with his current rising single “Kiss You Tonight” sitting at #17 on Mediabase and #19 on Billboard Country singles chart. “Kiss You Tonight” is the followup to his No. 1 certified PLATINUM hit “Whatever She’s Got” from his third album, I’m A Fire.

The Missouri native has several remaining dates left this year. Check DavidNail.com for more details.

No stranger to the road, Nail has set out on his own headlining tour multiple times as well as hitting the road with Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Gavin DeGraw, Kenny Chesney and Billy Currington.
As an artist, Nail has become one of the most diverse and solid voices in country music. Esquire says “David Nail iscountry music.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says he “has established himself as one of the bright lights of contemporary country music” and SELF says Nail is “one of those quintessential country voices.”
Follow @DavidNail on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidnail #ImAFire
 

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SAM HUNT WILL PREMIERE HIS NEW SINGLE 'TAKE YOUR TIME' ON LETTERMAN ON MONDAY. (PRESS RELEASE)    11/19/14

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Wednesday, November 19, 2014) – MCA Nashville’s Sam Hunt returns to late night TV Monday night to perform his brand new single, “Take Your Time,” on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman.  “Take Your Time” is the follow-up single to Hunt’s Platinum-selling No. 1 smash, “Leave the Night On.” Both tracks are featured on Hunt’s album, MONTEVALLO, the No. 1 and best-selling country debut album since 2011.

Hunt recently announced his
Lipstick Graffiti Tour launching in Jan. 2015.  The first ever headlining tour for the country newcomer sold out most markets within minutes of going on sale.  Limited tickets remain in select markets, and Hunt is exploring larger venues and second shows where scheduling permits. Check www.SamHunt.com for the latest touring news and ticket information.

Hunt’s “Take Your Time” impacts country radio Nov. 24.  For information, music, images, tour dates and more, visit www.SamHunt.com.

 

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LAUREN ALAINA RETURNS TO THE GRAND OLE OPRY STAGE FOLLOWING VOCAL CORD SURGERY. (PRESS RELEASE)     11/18/14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Tuesday, November 18, 2014) – Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope Records artist Lauren Alaina returned to the Grand Ole Opry stage Saturday night in her first public performance since undergoing vocal cord surgery in August.  The Georgia native introduced two new songs, “Doing Fine” and “Breathe Again,” to the Opry audience.

Alaina shares, “There’s nowhere I’d rather make my first appearance back from vocal cord surgery than the Grand Ole Opry.  Being able to sing again on that stage is the highlight of my year.”


Alaina is currently in the studio working on the follow-up album to her Billboard 200 Top 5 debut, Wildflower, featuring the fan-favorite tune, “Georgia Peaches.” 

For additional information, news, music, images and tour dates, visit www.LaurenAlainaOfficial.com.

Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

 

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EASTON CORBIN HELPS PRESENT A $1 MILLION CHECK TO FFA. (PRESS RELEASE)    11/18/14

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 18, 2014) Mercury Nashville Platinum recording artist Easton Corbin saw a big payoff to his support and partnership with the National FFA Organization, Ram Trucks and their Next Crop Initiative’s “The Year of the Farmer” celebration. As part of the “The Year of the Farmer” celebration, Corbin - a former FFA member - spent the year traveling the roads of rural America to meet and raise money for the local FFA chapters and young members around the country. Click HERE for a brief recap of his year-long work with the Next Crop Initiative.

Ram Trucks kicked off the “Year of the Farmer” in February with the debut of their Super Bowl commercial, “Farmer,”which has garnered over 16 million views on YouTube. For every one million views, Ram pledged to donate $100,000, for a maximum donation of $1 million; viewers overwhelmingly supported the two-minute video, reaching 10 million views within days.

As a result, a $1 million check was presented to the National FFA Foundation, on behalf of Ram Trucks, by Corbinand Ram Trucks President and CEO Reid Bigland during the first session of the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo, held in Louisville, Ky.

As the “Farmer” video suggests, many budding farmers – including FFA members – were inspired by their grandfathers and fathers. As a former member of the Trent FFA Chapter in Florida, Corbin was no different. “I remember when I was in sixth grade and [my grandfather] asked me if I wanted to show a cow and I was like, ‘well yeah!’” Corbin said. “So, my grandpa was a big influence on me. He’s always been such a hardworking guy. I’ve always looked up to him.”

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About Easton Corbin
Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It;” making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1.  In 2012 the Gilchrist County Florida native released his sophomore album, All Over The Road, which included the Top 5 hits “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “All Over The Road.”  Corbin set a career-best debut on Country Airplay with his current single, “Baby Be My Love Song," the second single from his upcoming album. As a former FFA member Corbin recently partnered with Ram Truck brand and FFA to celebrate the “Year of the Farmer” by visiting and performing for FFA members in numerous cities along his Fall/Winter tour route.

Visit www.eastoncorbin.com to learn more about the Florida native. 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/eastoncorbin

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THANKSGIVING LINERS: AJ, Billy, Brothers Osborne, Canaan, Darius, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Gary, George, Jon, Kacey, Keith, Kelleigh, Kip, Lady A, Lauren, LBT, Luke, Mickey, Sam, Scotty, Uncle Si, Will    11/17/14

AUDIO:LINER AJ (Thanksgiving)
LINER AJ (Thanksgiving)
“Hi! This is Alan Jackson. I hope y’all have a very happy Thanksgiving out there.”

AUDIO:LINER Billy Currington (Thanksgiving)
LINER Billy Currington (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Brothers Osborne (Thanksgiving)
LINER Brothers Osborne (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Canaan Smith (Thanksgiving)
LINER Canaan Smith (Thanksgiving)

“Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

AUDIO:LINER Darius Rucker (Thanksgiving)
LINER Darius Rucker (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Dierks Bentley (Thanksgiving)
LINER Dierks Bentley (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Eric Church (Thanksgiving)
LINER Eric Church (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Eric Paslay (Thanksgiving)
LINER Eric Paslay (Thanksgiving)

“Hey! This is Eric Paslay, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

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

AUDIO:LINER George Strait (Thanksgiving)
LINER George Strait (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Jon Pardi (Thanksgiving)
LINER Jon Pardi (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Kacey Musgraves (Thanksgiving)
LINER Kacey Musgraves (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Keith Urban (Thanksgiving)
LINER Keith Urban (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Thanksgiving)
LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Thanksgiving)

“Hey! It’s Kelleigh Bannen, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

AUDIO:LINER Kip Moore (Thanksgiving) 1
LINER Kip Moore (Thanksgiving) 1

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

AUDIO:LINER Lady A (Thanksgiving)
LINER Lady A (Thanksgiving)
“Hey everybody! We are Lady Antebellum, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

AUDIO:LINER LBT (Thanksgiving)
LINER LBT (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Luke Bryan (Thanksgiving)
LINER Luke Bryan (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Mickey Guyton (Happy Thanksgiving)
LINER Mickey Guyton (Happy Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving)
LINER Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving)

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

AUDIO:LINER Scotty McCreery (Thanksgiving)
LINER Scotty McCreery (Thanksgiving)
“Hey! This is Scotty McCreery. Happy Thanksgiving!”

AUDIO:LINER Uncle Si (Thanksgiving)
LINER Si (Thanksgiving)

“Hey! It’s Uncle Si! Look here, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and hey, don’t eat all the turkey. Leave some for me.”

AUDIO:LINER Willie (Thanksgiving)
LINER Willie (Thanksgiving)

“Hey! It’s Willie Robertson, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

AUDIO:LINER Lauren Alaina (Thanksgiving)
LINER Lauren Alaina (Thanksgiving)
“Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

AUDIO:LINER Easton Corbin (Thanksgiving)
LINER Easton Corbin (Thanksgiving)
“It’s Easton Corbin here, and I want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving!” 

 

 

AUDIO:LINER Easton Corbin (Thanksgiving)
AUDIO:LINER Easton Corbin (Thanksgiving)
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LITTLE BIG TOWN'S KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN 'DRESSES UP' THE CHEW! (PHOTOS)    11/17/14

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman made a surprise appearance on the television show The Chew on Friday to make her Southern Cornbread Dressing and Gravy. She was pitted against the legendary R&B songstress Patti LaBelle, who made her Sensational Stuffing. The two ladies are both considered amazing chefs in their own right with Kimberly having her own cooking television show, while Patti has authored a handful of cookbooks. The two paired up with two of the chefs on the show in the Guess Who’s Coming to Thanksgiving Week. Check out a few of the photos below.

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THE MEMBERS OF LADY ANTEBELLUM WILL RECEIVE THE CRS 2015 ARTIST HUMANITARIAN AWARD. (AUDIO AND PRESS RELEASE)    11/17/14

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(Nashville, Tenn. – Nov. 17, 2014) – The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced Lady Antebellum as the recipient of the CRS 2015 Artist Humanitarian Award, to be presented during the opening ceremonies of Country Radio Seminar on Feb. 25, 2014.

The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor those Country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career.  Past recipients of the annual award have included Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks and Charlie Daniels, among others.

CRS President Charlie Morgan stated, "It is always humbling and inspiring to learn of the great work that Country Artists do behind the scenes to share the many blessings and gifts that come with fame and stardom.  I would argue no format has a more generous group of artists than we do and at CRS 2015 we will pay special tribute to one of the best, Lady Antebellum with our Artist Humanitarian Award."

Since the beginning of their career, Charles, Dave and Hillary of Lady Antebellum have used their music and their likeness to make a difference in people’s lives. Whether it was their most recent week-long 7FOR7 campaign where they traveled across the country to surprise and fulfill seven wishes for seven fans in seven days; to taking on rebuilding a flood damaged elementary school in Kingston Springs or lifting the spirits of the community of Henryville, IN by performing at their high school after tornadoes ravaged the town, raising more than $240,000 for them; to raising money for at-risk youth, Lady Antebellum has been there to lend not only their voices and time, but also their hearts and money to make a difference.

In December of 2012, Lady Antebellum established LadyAID, through which they continue to raise money and support kids in need on a local, national and global level through Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, and myLIFEspeaks. Armed with this overwhelming passion to help kids everywhere, Hillary Scott has spent time in Haitian orphanages helping to rebuild and serve the children. Charles Kelley has hosted his own golf tournament to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and his father’s John W Kelley MD Cardiovascular Endowment at University Health Care Foundation.  And Dave, along with Charles and Hillary, established a ping-pong challenge called Ping Pong & Songs during CMA Music Fest to benefit the children supported through LadyAID (a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee).

In addition, Lady Antebellum will be featured panelists on “How 3 Become 1: Lady Antebellum.”  The panel, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m., will discuss how the three balance their talents and creativity to form one song, one album, and ultimately, one band. The morning show hosts, PDs and OM/GMs in the seminar know how hard it can be to take a group of creative people and get them to work towards one goal. They will find out what Lady Antebellum does to achieve this every day. This is a rare opportunity to see how a group of very creative people successfully navigate this process and make decisions as one band.

Charlie Morgan adds about their panel participation, "Part of what makes CRS so powerful is the very unique relationship between radio and artists in the country format.  Nowhere does the interaction happen with more frequency and intensity than at CRS each year.  In 2015, Lady Antebellum will give us all rare access to their lives and their individual perspectives on being a part of one of the most successful bands in our format today”

For more information on Lady Antebellum, visit ladyantebellum.com. For more information on Country Radio Seminar, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com  

About Lady Antebellum:  Lady Antebellum recently released their fifth studio album, 747. The 11-song disc has already celebrated the PLATINUM certified multi-week chart-topping lead single “Bartender” and the brand new single “Freestyle.” The new music follows over 11 million albums sold worldwide, nine trips to No. one on the country radio charts, six Platinum singles, seven GRAMMY awards and “Vocal Group of the Year” honors from both the CMA and ACM’s three years in a row, and they are currently nominated for “Vocal Group Of The Year” and “Music Video Of The Year” at the upcoming 48th Annual CMA Awards. The trio's headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR visited 80 cities in the US and Canada over the course of this year, delighting fans and critics with the Dallas Morning News declaring "Lady Antebellum shows off its warranted leap to superstardom.”  

AUDIO:Lady A (Lady AID) 2
AUDIO: When Lady AID was first announced in 2011, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood talked about their hopes for the initiative.

Lady A (Lady AID) 2 OC: …to do it. :28
“There’s a lot of things we love to give to, but this was kind of the one umbrella organization that we can start as a band, and this will be the way that we can do a fundraiser, raise funds and then donate to these specific charities. After visiting the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, it’s really cool to be able to have an organization that we can give directly to them and directly to MyLifeSpeaks. And so, for us, this is a way that we can do it all in one place and have one kind of a joint effort to do it.” 

 

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SCOTTY McCREERY SCORES THREE PLATINUM SINGLES! (PRESS RELEASE)    11/14/14

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Friday, November 14, 2014) – Country music star and 
Scotty McCreery recently picked up three RIAA Platinum certifications with hit songs - “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls” off his Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope Records No. 1 debuting first studio album Clear As Day, and “See You Tonight,” the Top 10 lead single off his second consecutive No. 1 album, See You Tonight.
 
Written by McCreery, Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, “See You Tonight” marks the first Platinum-selling single for McCreery as a writer in addition to being the artist, making it particularly special. “I Love You This Big,” written by Ronnie Jackson, Brett James, Ester Dean and Jay Smith, was McCreery’s country radio debut and first Top 15 single.  “The Trouble with Girls” was written by Phillip White and Chris Tompkins, and remains a huge crowd favorite on McCreery tour dates.
 
Since his 2011 debut, McCreery has sold more than 2 million albums. He continues to cross the country headlining his See You Tonight Tour through the end of the year, and McCreery’s latest single, “Feelin’ It,” is currently climbing country radio’s Top 15.
 
For more information, images, tour dates, music and more, visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com.

AUDIO:Scotty McCreery (See You Tonight)
AUDIO: Scotty McCreery talks about the title cut – and current single, “See You Tonight” – on his new album.

Scotty McCreery (See You Tonight) OC: …my baby. :34
“‘See You Tonight’- that’s my baby. It’s the first song that’s really been out there that I’ve written and recorded so it’s special for me. When we wrote that song and got done with it, we looked at each other and we’re like, ‘This is a pretty cool one.’ So singing that one and hearing it on the radio – hearing it on the radio, if you ask my friends, it’s the one song that I don’t cut off that’s mine when I hear it on the radio. Because it’s like that. You sit back and you think about when you wrote that line and can tell stories about it. So when I hear it on the radio, I crank it! Most of the times I hear myself or anything – if I see me on TV, I’ll change the channel. It’s kind of weird. But not that song. That’s my baby."
 
 

 

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SAM HUNT'S LIPSTICK GRAFFITI TOUR SELLS OUT 15 DATES WITHIN MINUTES OF GOING ON SALE. (PRESS RELEASE)    11/14/14

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Friday, November 14, 2014) - Within minutes, and in some cases, within seconds of going on sale, 
Sam Hunt’s Lipstick Graffiti Tour sold out 15 markets on the Platinum-selling country artist’s first ever headlining tour. Due to the overwhelming response, Hunt is exploring larger venues and adding second shows in multiple cities where scheduling permits. The Lipstick Graffiti Tour launches in January on the west coast and crosses the country through early April. Checkwww.SamHunt.com for the latest touring news and ticket information.
 
Hunt is making waves on the music scene with his unique style of country music influenced by R&B soul.  His debut album on MCA Nashville, MONTEVALLO, is the best-selling debut album from a country artist since 2011 and features the Platinum-selling No. 1 smash single, “Leave the Night On.”
 
Called “stylistically provocative” by The New York Times and “deceptively phenomenal” by The Washington Post, Hunt is one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need to Know” and the focus of VEVO’s emerging artist LIFT program identifying Hunt as the “next big artist.” See latest video HERE.
 
LIPSTICK GRAFFITI TOUR Dates:
Jan. 29             West Hollywood, Calif.        
Jan. 30             Anaheim, Calif.                     
Feb. 5              Dallas, Texas                          
Feb. 7              Jackson, Miss.                        
Feb. 11            New York, N.Y.                    
Feb. 12            Boston, Mass.                        
Feb. 13            Burlington, Vt.                       
Feb. 14            Silver Spring, Md.                  
Feb. 19            Knoxville, Tenn.                    
Feb. 20            North Myrtle Beach, S.C.      
Feb. 21            Charleston, S.C.                     
Mar. 12            Columbus, Ohio                    
Mar. 13            Grand Rapids, Mich.             
Mar. 14            Chicago, Ill.                           
Mar. 20            Lincoln, Neb.                         
Mar. 21            Denver, Colo.                        
Apr. 2              Fayetteville, Ark.                   
Apr. 3              Columbia, Mo.                       
Apr. 4              Milwaukee, Wisc
*Additional Tour Dates To Be Announced
 
Joining Hunt will be Show Dog-Universal Music’s Native Run (Jan. 29 – Mar. 14) and Warner Music Nashville’s Michael Ray (Mar. 20 – Apr. 4).
 
Hunt’s “Take Your Time” hits country airwaves Nov. 24.  For information, music, images, tour dates and more, visit www.SamHunt.com.

 

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NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Luke, LBT, Church, Strait, Kacey    11/13/14

Keith Urban will appear on HSN (Home Shopping Network) throughout Saturday to unveil his new guitar collection, “Night Star.” The limited-edition features two versions – a solid body electric guitar and a handcrafted wood acoustic-electric guitar.

Did you miss Luke Bryan accepting his first CMA Entertainer of the Year Award or Little Big Town being named Vocal Group of the Year for the third consecutive time or did you miss Kacey Musgraves performing with Loretta Lynn or Eric Church collaborating with George Strait on “Cowboys Like Us” at this year’s CMA Awards? Well, you’ll be able to see these moments, plus others when CMT re-airs the 48th Annual CMA Awards November 21st at 9pm ET and November 22nd at 3pm ET.

Kacey Musgraves is up for Best New Touring Artist for this year’s Pollstar Awards, which will be handed out February 21st at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

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SAM HUNT GETS A LIFT FROM VEVO. (VIDEO)    11/13/14

In the new installment of Sam Hunt's Vevo Lift program, he takes us into the meaning behind the song, Ex To See -- the inspiration and writing session together with clips of different performances where the crowds are singing along.  

VIDEO:Sam Hunt Vevo (Ex-To-See)
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