John Russell/CMAThanksgiving might look a little different this year than normal, but Tim McGraw is keeping things in perspective with the heartwarming new music video for his song, “Gravy.”
In the clip, Tim spotlights cherished family memories, with a montage of home movies showing families -- including his own -- spending time together. The video even features throwback snippets of memories Tim shares with his wife, Faith Hill, and their three now-young adult daughters, Gracie, Maggie and Audrey.
It’s the perfect visual treatment for a song that underscores the most important message of Thanksgiving.
“Biscuits in the oven, chicken in the fryer / Lights turned on, cable paid / If you ask me, I got it made,” Tim sings in the chorus of the song. “If I could hug my kids and kiss my wife / One more day in this crazy life / Take a second to stop and smell the daisies / Everything else is gravy...”
“Gravy” is one of the tracks on Tim’s 15th studio album, Here on Earth, which dropped in August of 2020.
ABCEarlier this month, Chris Stapleton dropped his fourth studio album, Starting Over. The project soared to number-one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and also swept into the top five on the all-genre Billboard 200.
Now, Starting Over has earned Chris yet another chart accolade. On the Billboard Country Songwriters chart dated November 28, he comes in at the number-one slot for the first time in his career.
The achievement's thanks to five songs that he co-wrote on his new album, all five of which have entered into the Hot Country Songs’ Top 50. “Maggie’s Song,” which Chris wrote solo as a tear-jerking tribute to his beloved family dog, enters in at number 50 on the chart. “Devil Always Made Me Think Twice,” “Cold” and “You Should Probably Leave” come in at number 46, 40 and 24, respectively.
Following its release, Starting Over notched 103,000 equivalent album units earned, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It’s also Chris’ fourth album to hit number one on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, following Traveller, From A Room: Volume 1 and From A Room Volume 2.
ABC/Image Group LAMorgan Wallen is getting a Saturday Night Live do-over in December, as he’s booked to give his performance debut on the show during one of the final three episodes of the year.
Variety reports that Morgan will perform during the December 5 episode, which will be hosted by Jason Bateman. Morgan was previously scheduled to debut on SNL in October, but he lost his slot after a series of TikTok videos emerged showing the singer partying maskless in multiple bars and crowded rooms, raising concern over his lax approach to social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Morgan announced his new December 5 SNL date to fans on social media, along with the wry caption, “Let’s try this again.”
Getting pulled from SNL was a catalyst of Morgan to take a self-imposed break from the spotlight, after subsequently admitting to fans that he had “lost myself a little bit.”
But the tail end of 2020 has been good to the singer. Not only did he score his fourth consecutive number-one hit at radio with “More Than My Hometown,” he also brought home the title of New Artist of the Year at the 2020 CMA Awards.
The other performers taking the stage on SNL next month will be Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Dua Lipa, while Timotheé Chalamet and former cast member Kristen Wiig are hosting on December 12 and 19, respectively.
Jordan SmithTracy Lawrence is now the recipient of an official day of recognition, with November 24 dubbed “Tracy Lawrence Day.”
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee bestowed the honor on Tracy, and Chris Young officially presented it to his fellow country star on Tuesday. “Tracy Lawrence Day” recognizes the singer’s commitment to supporting the homeless community of Middle Tennessee.
Also on Tuesday, Tracy held his 15th annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry and Benefit Concert. Each year, the event raises funds for the Nashville Rescue Mission, as well as preparing turkeys for families in need across Music City just in time for Thanksgiving.
This year, the day started in the Nashville Rescue Mission parking lot, where volunteers began arriving first thing in the morning and fried birds through the afternoon. Tracy then hosted a livestream benefit concert, which also included appearances from Chris Young, Tim McGraw, Cole Swindell and more.
While this year’s Tracy Lawrence Day may now be behind us, you can still get involved in Mission: Possible by visiting the event’s virtual auction and bidding on items and experiences such as dinner with the singer and his wife, Becca.
ABCAs country stars and fans gear up for Thanksgiving, Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett have some downtime on their hands -- and they’re using it to help raise money for a good cause.
A few days ago, Thomas tried his luck at flick football as part of the #GoodHandsChallenge, which college football commentator Kirk Herbstreit launched in partnership with insurance company Allstate.
The challenge calls on fans to film themselves playing flick football, and Kirk will judge the best videos on social media. Meanwhile, Allstate will donate up to $150,000 to scholarship funds.
Kirk challenged Thomas to get the ball rolling, and the singer obliged, sending his paper football smack into the center of the goal post on his first try. He then challenged Dierks, who of course had to put his own comedic spin on the stunt.
“Here we go! Thomas Rhett said he did in the first try. Yeah, right,” Dierks joked as he got ready to take his shot, and send the paper football flying over its target.
“I mean, it was such a good kick, it went over the goalposts, but instant replay shows it was actually inside the posts, much further back than Thomas Rhett,” the “Gone” singer crowed, doing his best sports commentator impression. “I win.”
Every video submission in the #GoodHandsChallenge will be matched with a $10 donation to college scholarship funds. Anyone can participate, though Dierks singled out singer Chuck Wicks to try his hand at the challenge next.
Courtesy of BBR Music GroupThrowing a holiday party is a yearly tradition for “One Big Country Song” duo LoCash, and this year, they’re taking the festivities virtual. The band has just announced their Christmas Bash, which will livestream next month.
“Every year we have our LoCash holiday party and this year is no exception! Like 2020, it’s going to be different than in years past -- we’re going virtual,” explains duo member Chris Lucas. “We all have so much to celebrate and want to give folks a reason to laugh and smile -- and we are ready to bring that to our families and friends.”
The Christmas Bash is set for December 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Tickets are on sale now.
Fans will have two purchasing options: For $15, you can snag a seat in the virtual “balcony,” and for $30, you can grab a “front row” seat, with the band mates being able to see and hear you throughout the show. The “front row” ticket also includes admission to a pre-show hang with the band.
LoCash has a lot to celebrate this holiday season. Not only did they score a chart-topping hit this year with “One Big Country Song,” but their current single, “Beers to Catch Up On,” is beginning to light up country radio, becoming the second-most added song to rotation last week.
Comstock/ThinkstockThis Christian, pop crossover singer is celebrating her 60th birthday. Known for her popular cover of "Sleigh Ride," she and husband Vince Gill also host a yearly holiday show at the Ryman Auditorium. Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Amy Grant.
John ShearerMorgan Wallen’s homage to his hometown has reached listeners in small towns nationwide, as “More Than My Hometown” ascends to the top spot on country radio.
That makes the single Morgan’s fourth in a row to go number one, giving him something extra to be grateful for this Thanksgiving week.
“Thank you, country radio, my incredible fans and my relentless team for making this our fourth consecutive number one,” the singer shared. “Also, thank you to my co-writers for collaborating with me on this song and for just being some damn good friends. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.”
Morgan is rounding out his 2020 with some major career successes: Before earning his latest number-one hit, he was also named the 2020 CMA Awards New Artist of the Year. That extra validation is especially sweet coming at the tail-end of what’s been at times a challenging year in his personal life. Earlier in 2020, he was arrested on drunk and disorderly charges in Nashville. He also revealed that he fathered a son in recent months, and he lost his debut performance slot on SNL after a weekend of partying that went against the late-night show’s strict COVID-19 social distancing protocols.
Following that setback, the singer announced he was going to take a short break from the spotlight. When he returned, he announced his new double album, Dangerous, a mammoth 30-song collection due out at the top of 2021.
“More Than My Hometown” is included on the track list for that project, and Morgan also recently shared three more of its songs. One of those, “Livin’ the Dream,” is a poignant and self-reflective song that confronts the darker aspects of celebrity.
Reid Long and Becky FlukeIn addition to being one-fourth of Little Big Town, Kimberly Schlapman is known for her Southern cooking, and she's offering all the inside details for an ideal turkey this Thanksgiving.
While the singer acknowledges that preparing the turkey can often be a challenging process, she has a tried and true way to cook a delectable bird.
"I do have a really yummy turkey recipe. Turkey's tricky because it can be super dry, but I believe my mother-in-law taught me that if you baste a turkey the whole time you're cooking it, you can come out with a mighty fine, juicy turkey," Kimberly reveals.
For the Georgia native, what takes the main course up a notch is her signature peach sauce from her beloved 2015 cookbook Oh Gussie!: Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly's Southern Kitchen.
"In my cookbook, I have a recipe for peach sauce, so you make this peach sauce and then you inject it into the bird and then as you're cooking it, when that juice runs out of the turkey, you suck it up with the baster and drizzle on top just every 15, 20 minutes, if you can," she explains. "And it makes for a super juicy bird."
Kimberly recently released a children's book, A Dolly for Christmas, inspired by the true story of how her daughter Dolly was adopted just before Christmas. Fans can also catch Little Big Town's performance of "Christmas Time Is Here" on CMA Country Christmas, airing Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockPriscilla Block has unveiled the video for her viral hit, "Just About Over You." Priscilla released the song independently through social media earlier this year and is now signed to UMG Nashville.
Niko Moon recently paid a virtual visit to Notes For Notes, aiding students in a virtual songwriting and production session. Niko shared demos of unreleased songs while the students shared their own original demos with the singer.
The clip follows a man named James as he's released from prison and now re-acclimating to civilian life. Upon returning to his mother's house, he comes across an old letter received from a past love named Loren. He takes the letter signed "yours always" with him to the church to seek sanctuary, as Sam plays and sings on the front steps of the home.
As James exits the church, a stranger hands him a piece of paper with Loren's number. After getting a job at a local restaurant, the video ends as James sees Loren through the window from the kitchen, walking in with her new boyfriend.
"Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s" is the third single off Sam's sophomore album, Southside, following the consecutive chart-toppers "Kinfolks" and "Hard to Forget." Southside debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in April.
ABCMany country stars turned to social media to share their gratitude following Tuesday morning's announcement of the 2021 Grammy Award nominations.
Mickey Guyton made history by becoming the first Black female solo artist to be nominated for a Grammy in a country category, when "Black Like Me" earned a nod for Best Country Solo Performance.
“I am speechless,” Mickey shared in a statement. “This nomination is a testament to never give up and live your truth. I can’t think of a better song to make history with than ‘Black Like Me’ and I hope that I can continue to help open doors for other women and people who look like me.”
Fellow first-time nominee Ingrid Andress was blown away by her nominations for Best Country Album, Best Country Song and Best New Artist.
"THIS. CANNOT. BE. REAL. 3 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS ARE YOU KIDDING ME RN????? IM SCREAMING," she professed on Instagram. "I am truly honored that the music my friends and i write is something you all can relate to. I will never forget this feeling. Thank you thank you thank you."
For Dan Shay, their collaboration with Justin Bieber on "10,000 Hours" is the hit that keeps on giving, scoring them a nod for Best Country Duo/Group performance.
"Thank you so much to the nomination committees for considering us, it truly means the world. we’re proud to share this moment with our friend @justinbieber, and all the wonderful fans who got us here," the duo wrote on Instagram.
Maren Morris used social media to congratulate her fellow nominees for Best Country Song, for which she earned two nominations: for "The Bones" and The Highwomen's "Crowded Table." Ashley McBryde also commended the artists she's nominated alongside for Best Country Album, stating, "excited isn’t a big enough word for this feeling."
Here are other country stars' reactions to their Grammy nominations:
Lady A: "Thank you to every single person that has listened to this song and made it part of their story."
Old Dominion: "It’s incredibly rewarding to be recognized in such a huge way for putting ourselves out there."
Chris Armstrong '90s country great Hal Ketchum has died at the age of 67.
Hal's wife Andrea Ketchum confirmed his passing on his official Facebook page today.
"With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of dementia. May his music live on forever in your hearts and bring you peace," she writes.
Born in New York in 1953, Ketchum later migrated south to Texas, where he cut his teeth performing at clubs around the state as a singer/songwriter.
After moving to Nashville and signing a record deal with Curb, he had a thriving career throughout the 1990s. His 1991 debut album Past the Point of Rescue spawned four singles, a pair of which reached number two on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart: "Small Town Saturday Night" and the title track. The album was certified gold by the RIAA.
The title track of his 1992 album Sure Love peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, while "Hearts Are Gonna Roll" reached number two and "Mama Knows the Highway" hit number eight.
Throughout the decade, Ketchum reached the top 20 with hits including "I Know Where Love Lives" and a cover of the Vogues' "Five O'Clock World." He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1994.
At the 1997 CMA Awards, Ketchum was nominated for Musical Event of the Year for his contribution to a remake of Charlie Daniels' "Long Haired Country Boy," recorded with Daniels and John Berry.
In 1998, Hal was diagnosed with rare neurological disease acute transverse myelitis, which caused the left side of his body to become paralyzed. Andrea shared in April 2019 that he was retiring amid a battle with dementia.
ABCMiranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Ingrid Andress picked up multiple nominations at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
Miranda appears in three of the show's four country categories, including Best Country Album for Wildcard and Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance, for the chart-topping "Bluebird."
NewcomerIngrid also pulled in nods for Best Country Song, for her hit "More Hearts Than Mine," and Best Country Album, for Lady Like.
Ingrid also finds herself in the coveted all-genre Best New Artist category alongside Jimmie Allen's "This is Us" collaborator Noah Cyrus, plus Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion and others.
Meanwhile, Maren is nominated twice for Best Country Song with "The Bones" and "Crowded Table," the latter of which she's featured on as part of The Highwomen.
Mickey Guyton's "Black Like Me" is up for Best Country Solo Performance, while Dan Shay appear in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category for "10,000 Hours," featuring Justin Bieber, along with Brothers Osborne's "All Night," "Ocean" by Lady A and more.
The 2021 Grammys will be hosted by The Daily Show host Trevor Noah and air January 31 on CBS.
Here are the country nominees at the 2021 Grammy Awards:
Best Country Album Wildcard — Miranda Lambert Lady Like — Ingrid Andress Nightfall — Little Big Town Never Will — Ashley McBryde Your Life Is a Record — Brandy Clark
Best Country Song “Bluebird” — Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby (Miranda Lambert) “The Bones” — Songwriters: Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz (Maren Morris) “Crowded Table” — Songwriters: Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Lori Mckenna (The Highwomen) “More Hearts Than Mine” — Songwriters: Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland (Ingrid Andress) “Some People Do” — Songwriters: Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey, Thomas Rhett (Old Dominion)
Best Country Solo Performance “Bluebird” — Miranda Lambert “Stick That In Your Country Song” — Eric Church “Black Like Me” — Mickey Guyton “Who You Thought I Was” — Brandy Clark “When My Amy Prays” — Vince Gill
Best Country Duo/Group Performance “10,000 Hours” — Dan Shay ft. Justin Bieber “Some People Do” — Old Dominion “All Night” — Brothers Osborne “Ocean” — Lady A “Sugar Coat” — Little Big Town
Best New Artist Ingrid Andress Noah Cyrus Phoebe Bridgers Chika D Smoke Doja Cat Kaytranada Megan Thee Stallion
Greg NoireBrett Eldredge and Sofia Reyes head to historic Capitol Studios in Los Angeles for the video for their duet on the Spanish version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside."
Dressed to the nines -- Brett in a tuxedo and Sofia in a shimmering gold gown -- the twosome offer a beautiful, bilingual rendition of the holiday classic, sitting socially distanced in the studio as they trade verses in Spanish and English. The video includes sleek shots of the studio where Frank Sinatra laid down vocals for several albums.
“I love Sofía’s voice and I’ve always wanted to learn some Spanish. And who better to learn from than her?” Brett shares, with Sofia adding, “I’m so happy to work with Brett. It’s an honor and I think you’ll love the Spanish version of this song.”
The country star previously released "Baby It's Cold Outside" as a duet with Meghan Trainor on his Christmas album, Glow.
Brett's set to perform on The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, airing Thanksgiving Day on ABC at 9 p.m. ET, along with Christmas in Rockefeller Center December 2 on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.
One shows the singer in a cozy red and white jacket surrounded by red and green ornaments, with the phrase "Darlin,' nobody dazzles like you do" written around her, while another features a guitar with the Dolly-ism "Our love is a song our soul knows by heart" printed on it.
Other designs include a picture of Dolly in a Mrs. Claus suit that professes "You'll always be at the tippy top of my nice list," a butterfly adorned pink card, the Southern-inspired "Merry Christmas y'all" and many more.
"Knowing that I can be a small part of making someone's day a little brighter is such a great feeling, and this holiday season, especially, it helps to know someone you love is thinking about you," Dolly says in a statement.
The holiday collection follows the release of Dolly's "Birthday Time" mashup card that features the legend herself singing an original birthday song set to the tune of her hit "9 to 5."
Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1958, Decca Records released the holiday classic "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," recorded by this Country Music Hall of Fame member when she was 13 years old. Can you name the singer? ANSWER: Brenda Lee.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDierks Bentley is performing his new single, "Gone," on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today.
Home Free has released the video for "Cold Hard Cash" featured on their Christmas album, Warmest Winter.
Shy Carter has released his version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You." The songwriter-turned-artist has penned hits including Kane Brown's "Heaven" and "Good As You" and Keith Urban's "Never Comin' Down."
Jeff JohnsonThough Thanksgiving will look different around Chris Young's table this year, he will continue his tradition of helming the most important part of the meal: the turkey.
"I actually do the turkey every year, so that's like my thing. This sounds like I'm cussing at you, but I spatchcock it," he shares. That's a method of preparing the turkey that involves butterflying the bird, making it easier to season.
"Basically what you do is you remove the spine and then you basically flatten the turkey out so it cooks faster and it doesn't dry out. I do like a custom brine anywhere from 24 to 48 hours beforehand and then do all that," the singer explains.
"It's just kind of not being afraid to do it and having done it before, it's just repetition. It's all it is."
Like many people across the country, Chris and his family are adapting their Thanksgiving plans this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country star planning to gather with only a couple immediate family members.
"[We] won't be doing like extended family, not getting like the whole aunts and uncles and cousins and stuff together this year, but I'll probably get together with my parents," he reports.
Chris' fans have new music to be thankful for this season: He just released a new song featuring Kane Brown, "Famous Friends," that's featured on his upcoming Raised on Country album.
John ShearerWhen Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line contracted COVID-19 earlier this month, he spent nearly two weeks quarantining on his tour bus parked in his driveway.
It was difficult being so close, yet so far from his wife Hayley and their two-month-old son, Atlas, one-year-old son Lucca and daughter Olivia, who turns three next month. But the singer found the silver lining by using his time in isolation to write several new songs, including the Olivia-inspired "Thank God for Girls."
“I’m good. Honestly, I feel really fortunate. I was able to have 13 days of alone time on the bus, which was bittersweet. I missed my family like crazy but I didn’t feel terrible so I got to make the most of it," Tyler explains of the experience. "I wrote a bunch of songs and made the most of the time, and it kind of flew by, but I feel great."
In addition to overcoming COVID-19, Tyler is also nursing his foot back to health after tearing his Achilles tendon in a dirt bike accident this summer. But in spite of the challenges, the singer is looking ahead to a brighter 2021, which includes the release of FGL's new album, with current single "Long Live" climbing up the charts.
"I’m feeling really grateful and really blessed and excited and I feel like we’re at the end of a crazy season and the beginning of an awesome one, for sure," he states. "It may be another crazy one but I believe it’s gonna be awesome.”
Tyler reunited with his family early last week after testing negative for the virus.