Kip Moore’s Writing for the Love of Music Again

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore knows his fans are waiting impatiently for the follow-up to his 2012 debut album, Up All Night. The first two singles he’s released from the sophomore record — “Young Love” and “Dirt Road” — stalled out on the charts. He’s now back in the studio recording new songs while trying not to overthink the music-making process.

Kip tells The Oakland Press, “I might have gone a little too aggressive or too intense with what I was doing. What I had to do was quiet thinking and just enjoy writing again and let it go from there.”

Kip expects to release his new single, and hopefully his new album, in 2015.

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Carrie Underwood Avoids Holiday Shopping Crowds at All Costs

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleYou won’t find Carrie Underwood anywhere near a mall this holiday season.

“I do not do crowds,” she says. “Never have.”

Growing up in Oklahoma, Carrie went with her mother to Walmart just about every Black Friday, and the experience seriously freaked her out.

She explains, “I’d have to leave the store because I would hyperventilate and need to get out.”

These days Carrie ends up looking for good deals online instead of in stores.

She says with a laugh, “I like the online shopping. I’m more of a Cyber Monday kinda girl.”

Carrie has a gift for her fans this holiday season. Her double-disc Greatest Hits: Decade #1 compilation comes out December 9 featuring her latest hit, “Something in the Water.”

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Miranda Lambert Appearing on Shelter Pet Adoption Special Thanksgiving Night

Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert is one of the stars appearing on Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular Thanksgiving night. The special is designed to raise money for and awareness of shelter pets, and that’s a cause very dear to Miranda’s heart. She just opened a no-kill shelter, Redemption Ranch, in her hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

As for appearing on the Fox special, Miranda says, “I’m thankful for anybody that’s willing to put something together to celebrate shelter pets. That’s what I do.”

Pedigree is one of the show’s sponsors, and Miranda has worked extensively with the dog food company to help get shelter pets adopted.

“Pedigree renovated 48 shelters this year and gave 500,000 pounds of food away, including pallets and pallets of it to my shelter,” Miranda says. “So, when I’m not doing music, I’m doing something with animals. It’s my other passion.”

Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank co-host Cause for Paws Thursday night on Fox. Scarlett Johansson, Betty White, Kristen Bell, Fergie and Pink are among the other stars appearing on the special.

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Cole Swindell Says Performing on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade “Doesn’t Even Seem Real”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell usually heads back home to Georgia for Thanksgiving, but he’s making an exception this year to sing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Cole grew up watching the parade every year, and he’s having trouble processing that he’ll actually be a part of the event on Thursday.

He says, “That doesn’t even seem real. Especially from, you know, the folks where we’re from, we’ve all watched that. Even New York is bigger than we’ve ever imagined.”

Cole expects he’ll be getting a lot of texts and phone calls from friends and family back home that day.

“My family’s gonna be gathered around and waching,” Cole says. “It’s gonna be fun.”

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs Thursday morning on NBC. Dan + Shay will perform during the parade, too.

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Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood Navigates the Family Politics of Having a New Baby at Thanksgiving

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood and wife, Kelli, will be spending their first Thanksgiving with their baby boy, Cash, this week. Of course, everyone else in Dave and Kelli’s family wants to see Cash on Thanksgiving, too. Dave isn’t getting into the what he jokingly calls the “dirty politics” of visiting his family over Kelli’s family this holiday season though.

He says, “I think for the holidays this year, it’s just gonna be about, ‘What’s the most amount of family we can get him around.’ Everybody wants to see him.”

Dave and Kelli have come up with a great solution to give Cash the most family time possible on Turkey Day.

“I think we’re gonna, obviously, entertain everybody coming to Nashville and being with us probably more than us traveling too much during the holidays,” Dave says.

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Garth Brooks Spends Second Week at #1 on Country Albums Chart with “Man Against Machine”

Image Courtesy RCA/PearlGarth Brooks spends a second week at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with Man Against Machine. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the project moved 62,000 copies to come in at #5 on the overall Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Man Against Machine is available in physical form at all retailers, but you can get it digitally only at Garth’s

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Miranda Lambert‘s boutique with locations in her hometowns of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, and Lindale, Texas? ANSWER:  The Pink Pistol.

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Sam Hunt Bringing His Band and Crew Home to Georgia for Thanksgiving

Image Courtesy MCA Nashville/McClisterSam Hunt has a show in Florida the day after Thanksgiving, so he’s bringing his entire band and crew home to Georgia to celebrate Turkey Day. It’s no problem since Sam’s hometown is on the way from Nashville to Florida.

He says, “[We] get together with my dad’s folks for lunch and then my mom’s folks for dinner.  I’m gonna bring the guys down, and they’re just gonna be part of the family.”

Sam plays Tallahassee, Florida, Friday night prior to the Florida-Florida State game on Saturday.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean and Bob Seger‘s CMT Crossroads episode premieres Friday night at 10 ET.

Thomas Rhett loves to eat dressing at Thanksgiving, but he’s not a fan of gravy.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill try to take their three daughters to the beach every Thanksgiving.

The Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry makes a sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and a “sugary nutty topping” every Thanksgiving.

Josh Turner had released the video for “Lay Low,” the lead single from his new studio album due out in 2015.

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Carrie Underwood’s Pregnancy Leads Her to Get Serious About Celebrating the Holidays

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryCarrie Underwood and her husband, Nashville Predators hockey player Mike Fisher, won’t get to spend all of Thanksgiving Day together since he has a game that night.

“Our Thanksgivings and actually our holidays are kind of a mess, to be honest, because our plans revolve around mainly his hockey schedule,” Carrie admits.

Now that they’re expecting their first child, Carrie is committed to really celebrating holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, though.

She says, “I told him this year, I was like, ‘I’m really tired of skipping holidays.’ I feel like, especially now, we need to make it more of an effort to, no matter what situation or what hand we’re dealt, you know, make that special.”

Carrie is making the best of the situation this Thanksgiving and inviting a few of her “misfit friends” over for a big meal.

“I guess we’ll be watching Mike on TV as we’re eating our stuffing and pumpkin pie and things like that,” Carrie says. “But he can come join us afterwards. So, I think that’s — we’re just gonna make it special one way or another.”

Look for Carrie to perform her new song, “All Is Well,” with Gospel artist Michael W. Smith on the CMA Country Christmas special this Monday night at 8 ET on ABC.  The duet appears on Michael’s new holiday album, The Spirit of Christmas, on sale now.

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