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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Luke Bryan Thankful for the 1.7 Million Fans Who Came to See Him This Year

Image Courtesy Dick Clark Productions/ABCWhen Luke Bryan sits down to Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, he’ll definitely be thinking about the 1.7 million fans who came to see him in concert this year.

Luke tells ABC New Radio, “I’m thankful for just another year in this business where I felt a lot of love from a lot of people, a lot of fans. We went out and worked our butt off this year and stayed safe and stayed healthy.”

All that hard work ended up securing a CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy for Luke earlier this month.

He adds, “I feel like we still moved the needle a little bit and really made some things happen out there.”

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Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman Wants You to Help Lend a Ham to Those in Need

Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman has teamed up with Smithfield Brand meats for their Lend a Ham campaign this holiday season.

Every time someone tweets @SmithfieldBrand or posts on their Facebook wall using the hashtag #LendAHam, the company will donate one serving of protein to a food bank, up to one million servings.

To launch the campaign, Kimberly went undercover at a grocery store to hand out $100 gift cards to unsuspecting customers. Highlights from Kimberly’s giveaway are now featured in a new YouTube video.

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Joe Nichols Gets a Surprise Visit from Randy Travis at Ft. Worth Concert

Image Courtesy BJ Yeager/Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols got a surprise visit from Randy Travis over the weekend. Randy attended Joe’s show at Billy Bob’s Texas Saturday night in Ft. Worth, Texas. The two shared some barbecue, and Joe honored the country legend with an acoustic performance of Randy’s song “Promises.”

Joe and Randy sang a duet of “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” in tribute to the late George Jones on Randy’s 2013 album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am. Randy hasn’t made many public appearances since suffering a stroke and undergoing heart surgery last year.

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Big & Rich Playing AutoZone Liberty Bowl Halftime Show December 29 in Memphis

Image Courtesy Webster PRBig & Rich will perform at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis December 29. They’ll also headline the President’s Gala Dinner Dance at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis on December 28.

Big & Rich will also receive the Liberty Bowl’s Outstanding Achievement Award at the dinner recognizing their achievements in the music world. Previous recipients include Clint Black, Alabama and Little Richard.

For more information on the game, go to It airs on ESPN December 29 at 2 p.m. ET.

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Sara Evans Debuts Explosive New Video for “Put My Heart Down”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans doesn’t have any co-stars in her new video for “Put My Heart Down.” The clip features Sara alone in Nashville’s Riverside Mansion, surrounded by hundreds of lights, which are meant to signify the light coming on in her head that this relationship is over. Eventually, the lights explode, something Sara feels demonstrates the song’s sad lyrics and happy melody.

She says, “You have such beautiful and pretty scenes with the soft lighting and beautiful mansion, contradicted by the exploding bulbs.  I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”

Sara premiered the video for “Put My Heart Down” exclusively at It’s the latest single from her current album, Slow Me Down.

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Garth Brooks Canceling This Week’s TV Appearances in Wake of Unrest in Ferguson, MO

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks is rescheduling as many TV appearances as possible this week, due to the riots in Ferguson, MO.  This includes his planned appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael Tuesday, a Thursday night appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and a Friday morning appearance on NBC’s Today. Garth is also slated to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which tapes in Los Angeles, on Tuesday afternoon. He taped that appearance Monday before the grand jury’s decision was announced not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on murder charges in the death of Michael Brown.

Garth sent an email to fans Tuesday, saying, “We landed in New York last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation. To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me. I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow. Love one another…g”

We’ll keep you posted on Garth’s confirmed cancellations and rescheduled appearances.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKelly Clarkson‘s husband, Brandon, is the manager of which country superstar? ANSWER: Blake Shelton.

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Randy Houser Surprises Military Family with VIP Trip to His Upcoming Tucson Concert

Image Courtesy EckrichRandy Houser was the bearer of really good news for one military concert during a backstage visit at his show in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday night. Air Force Staff Sergeant Christopher Solso and his wife, Clare, were surprised with a meet-and-greet with Randy, who presented them with a voucher for a year of free groceries on behalf of Eckrich meats’ Operation Inspiration campaign and Operation HomeFront.

Randy will also host the Solso family for a VIP trip to his December 14 concert in Tucson, Arizona. The husband and wife will tour the film studio in Tucson where Randy shot his latest video, “Like a Cowboy,” before seeing Randy’s show that night at the city’s Fox Theater.

Randy says, “Being a part of Operation Inspiration and getting to meet with military families like Christopher and Clare Solso is such an honor. I am proud to have been a part of this surprise and can’t wait to see them again in December.”

For more information on Operation Inspiration, go to

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