Food takes center stage on Thanksgiving, and like us, country stars have their favorite dishes. For Dierks Bentley, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without turkey. For years, turkey duty fell to his father. Now that he has passed on, Bentley has stepped up to the carving plate.
“Thanksgiving is not possible without a turkey,” he said. “My dad’s always been the one to cook and carve it, but in years here recently, I’ve been taking over those duties. Big responsibility.”
Dierks and his family go the traditional route of roasting the turkey in the oven but a few years ago, they decided to drop the bird into a deep fryer. Deep-fried turkey earned the Dierks Bentley stamp of approval, but he’s happy to eat turkey any way it’s served.
“You really can’t cook a turkey wrong,” he said. “I’m gonna eat it any way, and I have over the years. Trust me, I’ve played a lot of county and state fairs, where I’ve seen gigantic turkey legs. I’ve had the flat meat. I’ve done turkey every way you could do it. I’m pretty good any way you want to cook it up, but you’ve got to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.”
Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the people and things that matter most. Several of your favorite country stars are sharing what they’re most thankful for this year and their answers have a common theme: family. Eric Church might come across as a tough guy on stage, but he’s a family man at the end of the day, grateful for the people who surround him.
“I’m thankful for my family, my son, my wife and great health,” he said. “From a career standpoint, I’m very thankful for the success we’ve had lately. I’m thankful for what the fans have done. I’m thankful that we’re starting to have some hit songs on the radio. There’s a lot of stuff to be thankful for in that regard.”
Reba McEntire at the 1984 CMA Awards, after winning her first Best Female Vocalist of the Year award
The CMA Awards are billed as “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Part of that moniker comes from the memorable moments on stage during the show. Country stars attend not only as nominees, but also as fans. The ladies of Little Big Town share their favorite memories from years gone by.
“Seeing Reba win Female Vocalist for the first time, Vince Gill performing for the first time and wondering who he was – voice of an angel,” Karen Fairchild said. “All these great moments of discovery for us, as fans of country music watching that show, and that’s still what it is for so many people.”
“I remember as a kid just really paying so much attention to the audience, those first few rows and who’s on there and who are they sitting with and what did they have on,” Kimberly Schlapman added. “It was so glamorous, so glamorous, especially back then. I don’t know if it comes off nearly as glamorous now, but back then it felt so much bigger than life.” Continue Reading
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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and his brothers, Josh and John, recently joined together for a charity golf tournament and concert. The tournament took place at Champion’s Retreat in Evans, Ga., outside of Kelley’s hometown of Augusta.
Kelley’s Lady Antebellum bandmates, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, offered their assistance for the event while Jake Owen, Kip Moore, the Swon Brothers, retired NFL player Sterling Sharpe and golfers Jim Furyk and Kevin Kisnerwere also on hand.
“One of our first shows we’ve ever played was in Augusta at this really small venue,” Scott told WJBF.com. “This has been a part of our story all along. We’ve tried to play in Augusta and in the state of Georgia throughout our career.”
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A number of country stars are featured on the soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me. The soundtrack includes new, original music from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Kacey Musgraves, Colbie Caillat, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett, Phoebe Hoffman and newcomers SHEL and Gareth Dunlop. The soundtrack hits stores October 9, ahead of the film’s October 17 release.
Lady Antebellum’s “I Did With You,” which will play during the movie’s credits, was cowritten by the band along with Monty Powell. Based on the movie’s premises, they penned the songs with specific scenes in mind.
“All the women and their husbands or families that come to see the movie are going to be really thinking about what they just watched,” Hillary Scott said. “It’s like we wanted to put specific things in the song, in the lyrics, that will make you go back straight to that scene in your head that you just watched. There’s one line in the first verse of the song about ‘dancing in the headlights.’ You see them do that in the movie and all these different lines that we were really purposeful with, wanting them to relive that in their head.” Continue Reading
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Lady Antebellum will release their new album, 747, on Tuesday. For this album, they were challenged to think outside the box by one of their biggest critics – Charles Kelley’s wife, Cassie.
“My wife is brutally honest, and she’s not the most musical person, but she is a very good example of a listener, or someone that would be a fan of our music, and she said, ‘Charles, I really want you guys to stretch yourselves a little bit. I know you’ve got better songs.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean by that? Better songs? This is great stuff?’ And she said, ‘I know, but I’ve heard that before. Y’all have done this before.’” Continue Reading
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David Nail has learned from some of the best in the business when it comes to touring. He recently launched his I’m A Fire Tour and is applying the lessons he picked up from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker.
“When we were out with Taylor Swift, I’d watch the show, and all I could think was, ‘Man, there’s so much room for error!’” Nail told People. “How you’re able to put 100 percent into your performance like she does, singing and walking down steps that are two feet wide and have no railing, it seems like there are too many things that could go wrong. She makes it look easy.” Continue Reading
Lady Antebellum is gearing up to release their new album, 747, on September 30. The band put their hearts and souls into the project, and feel their new music will be with them for a long time. They are also eyeing a couple of prizes.
“The recording process and all of that will always be a time and place for us that we’ll look back on with so much joy and really great memories, but these songs, I feel like, are gonna travel with us for a while,” Hillary Scott said. “I don’t wanna lose that feeling. I don’t wanna lose that fight. I want that to carry over into the next however many years we’re blessed to be able to do this.” Continue Reading
Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and fiancee Kelli Cashiola were married Saturday, April 14, 2012. Photo by Skip Hopkins, courtesy of The Greenroom.
Congratulations to Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and wife Kelli Cashiola Haywood, who welcomed their first child, a son, on Sunday, September 7. Haywood took to Twitter to give fans the good news on Monday.
“So happy to have a healthy baby boy here with us! Cash Van Haywood was born last night,” he wrote. “Mom and Dad are doing great and couldn’t be happier!”
Cash Van Haywood weighed in at 7 lbs. and is 19 inches long. His name is taken from Kelli’s maiden name, Cashiola, and Van is Haywood’s father’s name. The new baby made his arrival earlier than expected, causing the band to cancel their show Sunday evening at Allegan County Fair in Michigan. Continue Reading
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Lady Antebellum will ring in the New Year in Nashville. The trio is set to headline the Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway in downtown Nashville. The free concert is one of the country’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations and features Nashville’s own Music Note Drop at midnight.
“We’re so looking forward to celebrating New Year’s this year in our hometown,” Hillary Scott said. “It’s such a magical time of year, so getting to be home with our friends, family and all of Nashville downtown on Broadway will be such a fun way to ring in 2015!” Continue Reading