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Nashville notes: Tracy Lawrence’s charity turkey fry, Morgan Wallen’s Thanksgiving donations + more

Tracy Lawrence’s 17th annual Mission:Possible Turkey Fry and Benefit concert took place earlier this week, raising over $250,000 to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission. With help from over 250 volunteers, the event produced over 1,200 fried turkeys, which will be distributed across middle Tennessee this holiday season.

Just in time for the holiday, Morgan Wallen teamed up with Greater Good Music to provide Thanksgiving meals for over 400 families in need in his hometown of Sneedville, Tennessee. The initiative was a partnership between Morgan’s More Than My Hometown Foundation and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

Eric Church has some exciting merch deals available this week for Black Friday and CyberMonday. Check out his merch store for clearance deals, holiday bundles and more.

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Garth Brooks sells out every show of his 2023 Las Vegas residency in just one day

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Just days after Garth Brooks announced his Garth Brooks/Plus ONE Las Vegas residency, all shows for the 2023 run sold out in the first day of presale.

The singer shared the news on this week’s installment of his Facebook Live series, Inside Studio G.

“First of all, thank you. What an unbelievable day this was for us,” Garth told viewers. “Every show in ‘23 is pretty much...done. A whole year in one day. That’s nice.”

The singer also said that he’d been “on the phone all day” with people associated with his Vegas residency, and that he's hoping to be able to accommodate the fans who weren’t able to snag their tickets due to the rapid sell-out. According to CMT, over 60,000 fans -- all of whom had to register through Ticketmaster to participate in the sale -- weren’t able to secure their seats.

“How do you take care of those people who weren’t taken care of?” Garth continues.

Garth mused that the remedy for that might be to extend the residency into 2024, but he stressed that nothing is confirmed just yet.

“If ‘24 comes around and Caesars [Palace] is sweet enough to want to do this for another year...[I] wasn’t planning on it, but hey, I got nothing to do!” he said, adding that he'd like the verified fans who tried to get tickets this time around will have first priority for any subsequent shows.

Garth’s residency is set to launch in mid-May at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and will continue through December. He previously played a multi-year Vegas residency, which ran on and off from December 2009 to November 2013, at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

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Amid sobriety journey, Charles Kelley pens his “goodbye letter to alcohol” in a new song


Charles Kelley documents his sobriety journey in an intimate new song called “As Far as You Could.”

The Lady A vocalist shared the demo on social media, posting a stripped-back, raw recording that features only his vocals and a piano. In the caption of his post, Charles shared just how personal this track is to him.

“This song is my goodbye letter to alcohol,” he wrote. “...This song was very therapeutic to write and I hope it can meet someone where they are.”

“‘Cause you took me high but you sure as hell brought me down / We said goodbye but I’m gonna see you around / And to tell the truth, I thought I never would / But it’s time I finally put you down for good / ‘Cause you’ve taken me as far as you could,” Charles sings in the chorus.

In August, Lady A announced that they were postponing their scheduled Request Line Tour to 2023 in order to support Charles as he worked toward sobriety. Lady A's Dave Haywood co-wrote “As Far As You Could” with Charles and songwriter Jimmy Robbins.


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John Legend thinks Carrie Underwood should replace Blake Shelton on 'The Voice'


Blake Shelton might be leaving The Voice, but that doesn’t mean country music is leaving the show.

In fact, Blake’s fellow coach John Legend is hoping that another superstar from the format replaces the Voice veteran once he steps down. “I think it should be someone in country,” John told Extra on the red carpet before the live shows kicked off.

“We’ve never had another country coach before, because it’s only been Blake,” John points out. “You know, I could see Carrie [Underwood] doing it.”

Of course, Carrie’s already pretty familiar with NBC, the network that airs The Voice -- as John notes, she's performed the Sunday Night Football theme for nine years now. "She could be good," he adds.

Of course, John might be just a tad biased, as he and Carrie have collaborated together in the past. Carrie’s 2020 holiday album, My Gift, includes a duet they recorded called “Hallelujah,” which John co-wrote.

Blake announced last month that he’s leaving The Voice. The show is currently in his 22nd season, and the next season -- Season 23, in the spring of 2023 -- will be his last.

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Which country star hosts the best Thanksgiving dinner? Justin Moore, Riley Green + more make their case

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Their songs might be easy on the ears, but how do country stars stack up when it comes to cooking Thanksgiving dinner? Well ... that depends on what kind of turkey day meal you’re looking for.

Justin Moore’s Thanksgiving sounds pretty traditional — and pretty delicious. “I fry turkeys, and then I do a big pot of white beans,” the singer explained in a recent interview with his label.

But the best part of dinner at the Moores? A family dressing (aka stuffing) recipe that’s been passed down to the singer’s mom. “She got the recipe from her sister, which, she’s passed unfortunately, but she kind of ruled the roost in our family on that side ... and now my mom has taken over that role,” he continues.

If a slightly more rustic Thanksgiving is more your taste, perhaps Riley Green is the perfect host — at least, theoretically. The Alabama native would ideally prefer to shoot his own Thanksgiving turkey, if not for one pesky logistical issue.

“The problem in Northeast Alabama is turkey season does not fall during Thanksgiving,” he points out. “We only have a spring turkey season. So if I’ve got one in the freezer, yes.”

Of course, you can’t go wrong with Trisha Yearwood. Not only is she a seasoned pro in the studio, she’s also a famously excellent cook who even has her own Food Network show and several cookbooks.

If you didn’t score an invite to Trisha’s Thanksgiving table this year, take a peek at the turkey recipe she shared with Good Morning America in 2019 — she says it will “change your life.”

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Luke Bryan will be "Prayin' in a Deer Stand" this Thanksgiving

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The man behind "Huntin', Fishin', and Lovin' Every Day" is waxing philosophical with his latest tune.

Luke Bryan's follow-up to his top-ten-and-climbing "Country On" takes his love of the outdoors and adds a spiritual element.

"I wrote a song a couple of years ago called 'Prayin' in a Deer Stand,'" he explains. "And we always wanted to release it kind of during deer season. It's out now and I love it."

"It's one of my favorite songs I've ever written," he continues, "and [I] really love the story that it tells. And I think, you know, if you're really into deer hunting and even being outdoors, I mean, so many times, whether you're hunting or fishing or whatever, [it's about] just kinda get[ting] to be out there and spend a little time with the big man upstairs."

And that's exactly what Luke plans to do over the November holiday.

"I've not hunted as much as I want to yet," Luke tells ABC Audio, "but Thanksgiving week, I'm ready to go. I've got all my hunting plans in order."  

Luke doesn't have too much time to play, though. He resumes his Sin City residency at Resorts World Las Vegas on November 30. 

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Nashville notes: Lainey Wilson’s 'Yellowstone' song, Tyler Hubbard’s Thanksgiving plans + more

In case you missed it, Lainey Wilson debuted a new song during Sunday night’s Yellowstone episode. Called “Smell Like Smoke,” the song is available now.

Tyler Hubbard will play the halftime show at the Vikings vs. Patriots Thanksgiving Day game in Minnesota.

Brandi Carlile has announced her The Mothership Weekend, a Mother’s Day celebration planned for May 12-14 in Miramar Beach, Florida. Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, The Milk Carton Kids and more will perform.

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Carly Pearce promises to keep showing fans “how I see the world” in her next album


Carly Pearce’s life these days looks a whole lot different than it did when she was writing songs for her last album, 29: Written in Stone.

And that’s a good thing: Much of that project was inspired by her highly public divorce from fellow artist Michael Ray, and the grief she experienced after the unexpected death of her longtime producer, Busbee.

Now, a few years later, Carly’s in a happier place. She’s got a new man in her life, and her career has skyrocketed to the tune of accolades, number-one hits, hosting gigs and even an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.

As she looks ahead to her next musical chapter, Carly says that there’s one big thing that hasn’t changed.

“I think what fans have shown me is they want to see how I see the world,” she explains in an interview with her record label. Though life may be “much fuller and richer now,” it’s still not without its challenges.

“You don’t just wake up one day and say, ‘Everything’s great, and yay!’” Carly goes on to say. “So I think this one is more...navigating, to me, the best season of my life, honoring what I have been through, honoring that some of those things will live on with me as I carry through my life. And celebrating that I made it through in such a wonderful way.”

Carly recently shared some in-the-studio snapshots with fans on social media, revealing that she’s started cutting her new album.


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Thomas Rhett thinks it’s “absolutely insane” that “Half of Me” is his 20th number-one hit


Thomas Rhett’s career is coming full circle.

2022 marks a decade since the release of his debut single, “Something to Do With My Hands,” and just before the end of the year, he notched another big accomplishment: his 20th number-one country single as an artist, “Half of Me,” a duet with Riley Green.

“It’s pretty quick, you know?” TR marvels in an interview with his record label. “I’m 32 years old. I feel so blessed to just have accomplished what we’ve gotten to do in the last 10 years, which is absolutely insane.”

The song is special, too. Not only is it a collaboration with his buddy Riley, but he also co-wrote it with his songwriter dad Rhett Akins, who’s been writing songs with Thomas since the very beginning.

“It is nuts,” the singer continues. “This is one of the simplest songs about beer that I think has ever existed.”


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Breland, For King & Country take the stage for a CMT Crossroads Christmas special


Christian duo For King & Country, who are known for country collabs with artists like Dolly Parton, are taking center stage for a festive CMT special.

The bandmates are hosting CMT Crossroads Christmas: For King + Country & Friends, a one-hour holiday special featuring an array of special guests from the country format and beyond.

Breland will give a performance during the special, as will singer and actor Chrissy Metz, Christian artist Natalie Grant and Australian Christian singer Rebecca St. James. Together, the performers will bring holiday cheer to fans with classic hymns such as “Silent Night,” “Go Tell it On the Mountain” and many more.

CMT’s Crossroads franchise pairs unlikely combinations of artists together for an evening of surprising duets and musical mash-ups.

The event will premiere on December 12 at 10 p.m. ET, with encore broadcasts set for December 18 and Christmas Eve, December 24. Tune into CMT to watch.

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Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney jokes that his kids are “pretty devastated” about getting a baby brother


Dan + Shay won Favorite Duo or Group at the 2022 AMA Awards over the weekend, but back home in Arkansas, band mate Shay Mooney is working on growing another group of his own: He and his wife Hannah are eagerly anticipating the arrival of baby boy number three.

However, on the AMAs red carpet, Shay admitted to ET Online that his two sons -- five-year-old Asher and two-year-old Ames -- aren’t exactly thrilled that the new addition to the family will be a baby brother.

“They were more excited at the thought of a baby sister. They were pretty devastated whenever they found out it was another brother,” Shay laughed. “But it’s funny, man. They’re gonna be great big brothers, and we’ll have a lot of fun.”

Asher and Ames were watching the AMAs from home, Shay said, but added, "They don’t know why dad’s on TV.”

As for the singer and his wife, they’re just excited to expand their family, and are bracing themselves for the chaos ahead.  Or, as Shay put it, “We’re about to be outnumbered!” 

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Enchiladas, banana pudding + “Whiskey Cupcakes”: Get in the kitchen with Miranda Lambert’s new book


Just in time for Thanksgiving, Miranda Lambert has announced the release of a new book centered around family, food and home.

Called Y’all Eat Yet? Welcome to the Pretty B*****in Kitchen, Miranda’s new book of recipes and family stories will draw inspiration from the meals and memories of her childhood in Texas.

“Watching my mom and her friends, I saw the way pitching in, working together, loving music and being there for each other is the greatest gift you can have in life,” Miranda explains. “I think my mom inherited that gift from her mom, because they both attracted the most awesome group of girlfriends.”

Y’all Eat Yet? will inspire you to bring that same homecooked color and sparkle to all your family get-togethers, with help from recipes for Nonny’s Banana Pudding, Stacked Enchilada Bake and Whiskey Cupcakes.

The new book pairs perfectly with Miranda’s line of Wanda June home goods, which delivers the same cozy Southern flare as the recipes themselves. The book goes on sale April 25, 2023.

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Nashville notes: Luke Combs’ Crocs collab and Parker McCollum’s summer 2023 shows

Luke Combslatest collab with Crocs will drop on Wednesday. The singer, whose limited-edition Crocs shoes have been in high demand in the past, is releasing a new design with a Mossy Oak camo pattern.

Parker McCollum has announced some summer 2023 dates on his upcoming headlining tour. Larry Fleet, Jackson Dean, Flatland Cavalry and Randy Rogers Band will serve as opening acts on the new dates.

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Maren Morris is “thinking of my LGBTQ+ family” after Colorado Springs nightclub shooting

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Maren Morris extended her love, support and thoughts to the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs following a nightclub shooting that claimed the lives of five victims.

On Twitter, Maren shared her devastation at the tragedy, especially in light of the continuing high numbers of mass shootings in the U.S.

“Can’t really continue saying ‘my heart breaks for...’ when it’s never allowed to heal from the last time this happened, and the time before that, and so on,” she wrote. “Thinking of my LGBTQ+ family today.”

According to ABC News, the shooting took place at Club Q in Colorado Springs on Saturday night. A gunman opened fire as soon as he walked into the LGBTQ+ club, killing five people and injuring 25 more. The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez has since told reporters at a news conference that the tragedy is being investigated as a hate crime. Police reports also indicate that two unarmed patrons confronted Vasquez and fought with him, saving more lives.

Maren also shared video of a witness to the shooting emotionally sharing his story.

The singer has often voiced her support of the LGBTQ+ community. Earlier this year, after a spat with Jason Aldean’s wife Brittany over some transphobic comments Brittany made in an Instagram reel, Maren released a limited-edition line of “Lunatic Country Music Person” tees, a reference to a dig Fox News’ Tucker Carlson made at her during that feud. The shirt ultimately raised $500,000 for GLAAD and the Trans Lifeline.

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Kane Brown adds summer leg to Drunk or Dreaming tour, with a stacked bill of opening acts

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Kane Brown just added seven new days to his Drunk or Dreaming Tour, spanning between the middle of June and early August.

The new shows are set to feature a stacked lineup of opening acts. Darius Rucker, Gabby Barrett, LoCash and Restless Road are all on the bill, and they’re divvying up dates across the U.S.

This particular leg of the Drunk or Dreaming Tour kicks off June 11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but Kane will be on the road long before that. He has been overseas for some international dates on the Drunk or Dreaming Tour since September, and he's booked more than 20 U.S. stops for the first half of the tour, kicking off in March.

In between shows on his busy touring schedule, Kane has also managed to release a Christmas song recently: his version of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.”

Fans who want to see Kane at one of the newly-announced Drunk or Dreaming tour stops can go to his website to register for a fan presale, which opens November 28.

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