Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving - what are some of your favorite country artists thankful for?

“Thankful that, well, my marriage is just, it’s life-giving, not just life-changing, it’s been life-giving for me. And from there, we created life, and that’s just beautiful, absolutely beautiful. And the effect that all of that has had in my work, has given life to it too, given it a sense of purpose and really deepened the experience for me.” - Keith Urban
“My favorite Thanksgiving dish would be the homemade dressin’ that we, cornbread-based kind of dressin’ that we always have with turkey. That recipe is a kind of a combination of my mama, and Denise has taken it and perfected it over the years, so that me and my children really enjoy it.” - Alan Jackson
"There's always something to be thankful for. My son is a teacher in Sacramento, and he and his wife have a baby due. It's a boy. So, I'm gonna be a granddad." — Ronnie Dunn
"It's spicy corn casserole. It's got cream cheese, butter, flour, jalapeños and pico. It's probably two thousand calories for one helping, but Thanksgiving would be totally weird without it." — Sunny Sweeney
"The main thing I’m thankful for is my family, there's no doubt about that." — Darius Rucker
"You've got to have a big turkey. Thanksgiving is not possible without it. To me, you can't cook a turkey wrong. I've cooked turkey every way you could." — Dierks Bentley
"I'm thankful for my family, my son, my wife and great health. I'm very thankful for the success we've had lately. I'm thankful for Chief, I'm thankful for the fans." — Eric Church
"We travel so much, and we always try to make sure we take off the Thanksgiving holiday so we can be home with family." — Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley
"My favorite Thanksgiving food would have to be my grandmother's sweet potato casserole. There's just something she puts in it — probably all the love — that makes it better than anything I've ever tasted." — Lady A's Hillary Scott
“A couple of Thanksgivings ago we were here in Nashville and we did the whole, fry the turkey up, which was great. I mean, it just tastes so good: all those juices get locked in there. I love that too. You really can’t, for me, cook a turkey wrong. I’m going to eat it, ya know, anyway, 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’m pretty good any way you want to cook it up, but you’ve got to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.” - Dierks Bentley

Luke Bryan talks about family traditions as he was growing up, mainly about hunting, in this interview with Country Weekly:

Tonight is the "Country Music: In Performance at the White House" special on PBS. Sunday after the dress rehearsals, Dierks Bentley said, "Standing in the East Room of The White House rehearsing 'Home' was a surreal feeling. No matter whom you vote for or what you believe, it is one of the greatest symbols of our country." Dierks was so in awe that he used his iPhone and the Maps app to share photos of his location. The show also features The Band Perry, Darius Rucker, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Lauren Alaina and James Taylor.

Taylor Swift wrapped up her "Speak Now" world tour last night in New York, and friend and pop star Selena Gomez joined her on stage to sing "Who Says." Late in the show, another Taylor - James Taylor - hit the stage to duet with Taylor on "Fire and Rain." Justin Bieber was there, watching the show, but didn't go on stage. She'll take some time off for the holidays and hit it again in early 2012, working on a new album and tour, which will kick off in March in Australia.

Toby Keith fans, mark your calendar for a great Black Friday deal - the deluxe edition of "Clancy's Tavern" will be only $4.99 on!

Lady Antebellum, not to be outdone, is offering free shipping on everything in their online store on Cyber Monday. By the way, that second song they did on Dancing With the Stars last night is their next single, "Dancing Away With My Heart."

Gloriana is on the Tonight Show and Rodney Atkins is on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On Thanksgiving Day, Rodney will sing "Take a Back Road" on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. To say he's happy is an understatement: “So excited this year getting to play the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Such an honor, and it’s just one of those institutions that, you know, you get up Thanksgiving, turn the TV on, watch the parade. And to be an actual part of the parade is gonna be fun. I’m gonna put on my deer hunting gear though to stay warm!" Scotty McCreery will also be part of the parade. Friday night, Eli Young Band is on the Late Show with David Letterman.

The tweet of the day is from Martina McBride: "Tying up a few loose ends today and then I am officially on Thanksgiving break! NO BUSINESS. Yaay. Just family, friends, and food!"