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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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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