Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Country Report

For:  Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Tracy Lawrence Hosting 7th Annual Turkey Fry Tuesday


Tracy Lawrence is set to once again host his "Mission Possible Turkey Fry."  For the seventh annual event the country star is hoping to fry up at least 500 turkeys to provide meals for those who are homeless and hungry in the Nashville area.  He'll don his apron and set up his kitchen in the parking lot of the Nashville Rescue Mission Tuesday morning, and plans to keep cooking up birds all day long.  Tracy says he's glad to help out in this way.  He adds that every year he's "humbled by the outpouring of support from friends who give their time to be part of the Turkey Fry."  He explains that with his "mission" he's hoping to not only give food to people in need, but to raise awareness of the Nashville Rescue Mission, which he calls "a blessing" to the community.


Lawrence hosted his first "Mission Possible Turkey Fry" in 2006.  Over the past six years he's fried up close to six-thousand turkeys and served more than 35-thousand meals.  And the singer isn't just feeding the homeless at his event.  The "Turkey Fry" is open to the public.  Everyone is welcome to enjoy the free meal, and donations will be accepted from those who wish to contribute.


Justin Moore Considering Starting A Thanksgiving Tradition


Justin Moore says he'd like to launch a new Thanksgiving tradition.  The country singer explains that he's been inspired by a friend who makes Thanksgiving eve a special day as well.


Moore admits his family doesn't do anything out of the ordinary for Thanksgiving.  He describes their celebration as "pretty boring" and "common," explaining that they eat the traditional meal of turkey and dressing.  But he adds that the dressing is rather special.  Justin says they cook up a family recipe that they really enjoy.


Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles Shares Her Many Reasons To Be Thankful


Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles describes herself as "a happy girl" as Thanksgiving approaches.  The singer admits she could go "on and on" with her gratitude list, but says some of the most important things have to do with those she's closest to.


Jennifer adds that she's thankful for music and her career.  She says she really appreciates the people she works with as well as the fans who buy the records which allows her to do what she loves.


Darius Rucker Launches "Toy Drop" Competition


Darius Rucker will be spreading some Christmas cheer this holiday season.  He's launched the "Ten-Thousand-Dollar Holiday Toy Drop" competition, in which he'll bring ten-thousand-dollars worth of toys to the city that receives the most demands.  Darius admits he already knows where he wants to take the toys.


But Rucker just might get his wish.  Lindenhurst and Island Park, New York and Toms River and Seaside Heights, New Jersey are some of the top contenders.  The four cities were among the hardest hit areas when Hurricane Sandy came ashore late last month.  For more information on Rucker's "Ten-Thousand-Dollar Holiday Toy Drop" or to vote for a city visit  Voting ends on December 10th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.


Willie Nelson Supporting New Book With TV Appearances


Willie Nelson is keeping busy promoting his new book.  The country star is supporting his latest literary effort, "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From The Road," with some TV appearances.  He'll be a guest this morning on NBC's "Today" and also make a stop at ABC's "The View."  He's slated to be a guest on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday.  In "Roll Me Up" Nelson reflects on a variety of topics, from Texas, horses, and wives to politics, children, poker, and more.  Peppered throughout are jokes, insights, and the "outlaw wisdom" the 79-year-old country star has acquired over the course of his life.  "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" is Nelson's seventh written work.  The book is in stores now.


Rascal Flatts, Jake Owen, Kip Moore Join ACA Lineup


The lineup continues to grow for the American Country Awards.  Rascal Flatts, Jake Owen, and Kip Moore are the latest stars to sign on for the upcoming event.  They're beefing up a performance roster that already includes Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, and top nominee Luke Bryan.  A number of other stars are also on board for the ceremony, including Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery, LeAnn Rimes, Chris Young, and others.  Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth are set to host the 3rd annual American Country Awards, which will take place in Las Vegas and air on Fox on December 10th.


Carrie Underwood Likes "Nashville"


Carrie Underwood says she's a fan of the ABC series "Nashville."  The singer tells "Rolling Stone" she believes the series does a good job of representing the city.  But she admits it doesn't completely mirror reality -- at least not as she knows it.  Underwood says she hopes viewers "don't think all the ladies of country music are that scandalous" or that "it's all backstabbing and everybody sleeping with everybody else."  While Carrie admits there "might be all kinds of stuff going on" that she's not aware of, these things haven't been a part of her experience as a country star in Nashville.  Underwood says instead she's found residents to be "pretty open and friendly and normal."  "Nashville" airs on ABC on Wednesday night.


Blake Shelton Gets Dad Praise From "Voice" Host Carson Daly


While Blake Shelton is denying rumors that he and wife Miranda Lambert are on their way to becoming parents, one star believes Shelton will be a great dad when the time comes.  "The Voice" host Carson Daly says the country singer seems to be a natural with kids.  He tells both Shelton and his fellow "Voice" coach Adam Levine have each spent time with his two-and-a-half-month-old daughter Etta.  Carson says that while Adam held the baby "like a bomb" in the movie "The Hurt Locker," Blake looked as if "he's been practicing."  Daly adds that Blake has an obvious nurturing paternal side.  He says it's evident in the way Shelton works with his team on the show -- both on and off camera.


Uncle Kracker Credits His Laid Back Nature To Don Williams


Uncle Kracker says he's name-checking one of his "all-time favorites" on his new album.  The "Midnight Special" track "Nuthin' Changes mentions "Williams," which the singer says is a nod to country great Don Williams.  Uncle Kracker says Don was "a big influence" on him, and he could listen to Williams' greatest hits "for days."  He cites Williams' classic "I Believe In You" as the reason he tends "to gravitate toward being so laid back."  Uncle Kracker says there's "a certain magic" with Williams' records, and adds that few people made albums that "felt and sounded as good" and had "the quality of writing" of Williams' releases.


Uncle Kracker recorded "Midnight Special" with noted Nashville producer Keith Stegall.  Stegall is best known for his work with Alan Jackson, but he's also produced records for Zac Brown Band, George Jones, Randy Travis, and others.  "Midnight Special" features Uncle Kracker's current single, "Nobody's Sad on a Saturday Night."  The album is in stores now.


Country Birthdays Include


Dierks Bentley is 37.

Josh Turner is 35.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1961, Jim Reeves recorded "Welcome To My World."


Today in 1985, Randy Travis released the single "1982."


Today in 1990, Merle Haggard filed for divorce from his fourth wife, Debora Parret.


Today in 1997, Carl Perkins suffered a stroke.  He died less than two months later.


Today in 1998, Lee Ann Womack's single "A Little Past Little Rock" hit number one on the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart.


Today in 2000, NBC aired "Dixie Chicks: On The Fly," the band's first network special.


Today in 2001, Charlie Daniels underwent surgery for prostate cancer.


Today in 2003, Travis Tritt and his wife, Teresa, welcomed their son, Tarian Nathaniel Tritt at a Marietta, Georgia area hospital at 1:26 a.m.  The newest member of the Tritt family, who weighed in at six-pounds, 12-ounces, joined older brother Tristan and sister Tyler. 


Today in 2003, Brooks & Dunn's Ronnie Dunn was among those induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2004, Rebecca Lynn Howard helped Santa Claus distribute 15 tons of gifts to children on the Santa Special, an annual railroad trip traveling through Appalachia.


Today in 2005, Lila McCann married Mike Wolofsky at Nashville's Hermitage Hotel.


Today in 2005, Aaron Tippin began a nine-day USA tour of the Middle East where he performed for American soldiers.


Today in 2006, Tracy Lawrence was at the Nashville Rescue Mission to cook Thanksgiving turkeys.


Today in 2006, Charlie Daniels, Sawyer Brown, Phil Vassar, Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols and Daryle Singletary performed at the annual Christmas For Kids benefit at the Ryman Auditorium.


Today in 2007, Trisha Yearwood was a guest co-host on ABC's "The View."  She also performed on the show.


Today in 2010, just eight minutes after becoming available, tickets for Kenny Chesney's 2011 concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, which holds nearly 60-thousand-people, were sold out.


Today in 2010, The Judds rode The Santa Train, and distributed gifts to children in Kentucky living along the Appalachian train route.  While both Naomi and Wynonna Judd had each gone on The Santa Train before, this was the first time they took part in the charity event together.


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