Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Tracy Lawrence Hosting Annual Turkey Fry Tuesday


Tracy Lawrence calls his annual "Mission Possible Turkey Fry" the "single most exhausting day" of the year for him.  But the country star tells Nashville's WSMV-TV it's also "the most gratifying."  He says his grassroots effort has developed "a life of its own," explaining that it started out small with just him and a group of friends and has grown into one of the most recognized events in Nashville.  For Tuesday's Turkey Fry, Lawrence along with some celebrity friends and other volunteers will take over the parking lot of the Nashville Rescue Mission, fire up some deep fryers, and cook approximately 500 turkeys.  Some of the birds will be served on the spot to anyone who stops by wanting a hot meal, while the majority of the turkeys will be stored and used to feed people at the mission throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.


This will be Lawrence's eighth annual "Mission Possible Turkey Fry."  Since launching the event in 2006, the singer's efforts have generated more than 40-thousand meals for those at the Nashville Rescue Mission.


Taylor Swift To Perform At Prince William's Charity Event


Taylor Swift is in the UK.  She's joining Bon Jovi frotnman Jon Bon Jovi in co-headlining Prince William's exclusive charity event.  Just 200 people are expected to attend the Winter Whites Gala, taking place at Kensington Palace in London on Tuesday.  The sold-out black tie benefit supports Centrepoint, an organization that assists homeless youth in the UK.  British singer-songwriter James Blunt and classical violinist Charlie Siem are also slated to perform at the gala.


Carrie Underwood Promoting "Sound Of Music" Broadcast


Carrie Underwood is getting a lot of TV time this Thanksgiving.  The country star will be promoting the upcoming NBC special "The Sound of Music Live!" as a guest on Thursday's edition of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."  She's also slated to make a special appearance on "The 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," airing on NBC Thursday morning.  Ahead of her TV appearances, Carrie will also be featured in the behind-the-scenes special "The Making of The Sound of Music Live!," airing on NBC Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


"The Sound of Music Live!" will be presented on NBC on December 5th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.  The cast soundtrack album, "The Sound of Music -- Music From the NBC Television Event," will be in stores two days earlier.  In addition, "The Sound of Music Live!" will be released on DVD on December 17th.


Kellie Pickler Returns To "Dancing With The Stars"


Kellie Pickler can relate to the three remaining finalists on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."  The country singer was in their place earlier this year.  She was also on hand for Monday's launch of the two-night season 17 finale.  Kellie admitted she was "worried every week" when she was on the show, and knows how nervous the current finalists are.  But she added that those nerves just reflects the intensity of the competition.


This time around Kellie brought some music to the ballroom.  She kicked off the show with a performance of her latest single, "Little Bit Gypsy."  She also chimed in periodically with praise for finalists Amber Riley, Corbin Bleu, Jack Osbourne, and Bill Engvall -- who was eliminated at the end of the show.


And another country act will be on hand as the finale comes to an end.  Lady Antebellum is one of several guest performers scheduled to appear on Tuesday's show, which will also feature one more round of dances before the winner is named.  "Dancing With the Stars" will air on ABC Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


Mindy McCready's Sons  Doing Well, In Permanent Homes


The late Mindy McCready's two young sons are reportedly doing well, nearly ten months after losing their mother.  While both boys had been in foster care when Mindy took her own life back in February, "People" says they each now have permanent homes.  Seven-year-old Zander was placed with his father, Billy McKnight, back in July, while 19-month-old Zayne is now living with relatives of his father, David Wilson.  Wilson died a few weeks before McCready


McKnight says when the subject comes up, he and his wife tell Zander his mom is "in heaven," and say they'll explain that Mindy "got sick" once the boy is old enough to understand.  Meanwhile, those close to Zayne's family say the toddler is thriving now that he's in "a stable situation."  And although Zander and Zayne aren't being raised together, the live just 150 miles apart and have regular visits with each other.


Florida Georgia Line Explain Debut Deluxe Reissue


Florida Georgia Line's latest release is a deluxe edition of their debut album, "Here's To The Good Times."  The country duo's Tyler Hubbard explains that the set is a fast way for them to get their latest work to the fans.


But Tyler adds that "Here's To The Good Times...This Is How We Roll" includes more than just some new tunes.  He says they've repackaged the set, which will help their fans "really get to know" him and Brian Kelley.  Tyler explains that their audience should be able to relate to them and understand them better when they see the album.  "Here's To The Good Times...This Is How We Roll" features the original disc's eleven songs along with the Nelly remix of "Cruise" and five new songs.  The deluxe set is in stores now.


Jerrod Niemann Shares His Strengths, Weaknesses As A Bartender


Jerrod Niemann says he's worked as a bartender before, which helps him relate to his new single, "Drink To That All Night."  The country star adds that he's skilled at mixing drinks, but bar owners probably wouldn't like his style.

"Drink To That All Night" is the lead-off single to Jerrod's next album.  The upcoming project will be Niemann's follow up to his 2012 studio effort, "Free The Music."


Jamie Lynn Spears Releases New Country Single


The younger sister of pop superstar Britney Spears is making her way into music.  Twenty-two-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears has released her first single called "How Could I Want More." 


Jamie Lynn seems to going less pop, more country for her musical career path.  "How Could I Want More" is available for download on iTunes, and Jamie Lynn says she's "so excited" to share her music with the world.  She also has the support of her older sister, who proudly tweeted the link to her 34-million followers.  Britney has even included Jamie Lynn on her upcoming "Britney Jean" album, due out next Tuesday.  The sisters will duet on a track called "Chillin' With You." 


The younger Spears is best known for her lead role on the popular Nickelodeon show "Zoey 101," which she left in 2008 to give birth to her daughter at age 16. 


"Duck Dynasty" Launches Wine Line


Now "Duck Dynasty" fans can sip on their Duck Commander Wines while watching the A&E show.  The Robertson family has partnered with Napa Valley's Trinchero Family to create their own wine line.  Varieties include the Triple Threat 2011 Red Blend, the Wood Duck 2012 Chardonnay, and the Miss Priss 2012 Pink Moscato.  And to promote their wines, WIllie and Korie Robertson will be making an appearance on ABC's "The View" on Wednesday.  The Robertson family will also be featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, airing on NBC Thursday morning.


And for those who just can't get enough of things "Duck," there's the chart-topping holiday album "Duck The Halls" and the cookbook "Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family and Food -- Bring Our Home To Your Table."  In addition, an hour-long "Duck Dynasty" holiday special will air on A&E on December 11th.


Country TV Tonight


DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC) Lady Antebellum is a guest performer.


CONAN (TBS) Jake Owen is a guest on this repeat episode.


Country Birthdays Include


Linda Davis is 51.  Linda is also the mom of Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott.

Joe Nichols is 37.

Gloriana's Mike Gossin is 29.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1968, Glen Campbell began work on his song "Galveston" at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.


Today in 1997, one day after its release, Garth Brooks' "Sevens" album broke a record by placing 12 of its 14 songs in "Billboard" magazine's Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart.  Garth's "Fresh Horses" project was the previous record holder with eight tracks.


Today in 1999, Clint and Lisa Hartman Black's duet, "When I Said I Do," was at number one on "Radio & Records'" Country Top 50 chart.


Today in 2001, Garth Brooks debuted at the top of "Billboard's" Top Country Album chart as well as the Top 200 Album Chart with his CD "Scarecrow."  This marked the ninth time that Garth topped the country album chart and seventh time that he debuted in the number one position on the pop chart -- more times than any other artist.


Today in 2001, Trace Adkins was arraigned on charges of driving under the influence, speeding and carrying an open container of an alcoholic beverage, which stemmed from a July 5th arrest.  He pled guilty to the DUI charge and was sentenced to two days in jail and a year's probation.  He also lost his license for a year.


Today in 2002, Trace Adkins headed overseas on a USO tour to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with the troops.


Today in 2002, new releases included Tim McGraw's CD "Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors" and a book chronicling the making of the album, as well as a special two-disc CD/DVD version of the Dixie Chicks' album "Home."


Today in 2003, James Carter, who sang the song "Po' Lazarus" on the soundtrack to the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou?," died following a stroke in Chicago.  He was 77.


Today in 2004, Martina McBride launched her "The Joy of Christmas" tour in Fargo, North Dakota.  She also used the performance as a donation drive to help the local YWCA, urging concertgoers to bring supplies to support the organization's programs for women and children.


Today in 2006, Sugarland performed the national anthem in their hometown of Atlanta for the Falcons-New Orleans Saints game.  They also performed during half time.


Today in 2006, Taylor Swift was at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota to perform and sign copies of her self-titled debut album.


Today in 2007, Vince Gill and B.J. Thomas performed at the first annual Musicians Hall Of Fame Awards Show at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  The event honored the inaugural class of inductees to the Hall of Fame.


Today in 2008, the movie "Four Christmases," featuring Tim McGraw and Dwight Yoakam, arrived in theaters.


Today in 2009, Billy Currington was among the performers at the 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Today in 2010, Willie Nelson was arrested for marijuana possession at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas.  Police reportedly found six-ounces of weed on his tour bus, which the country legend is said to have admitted was his.  Willie was taken into custody and held at a local county jail until he posted 25-hundred-dollars bond a few hours later.


Today in 2010, The Judds launched "The Last Encore" tour with a show in Green Bay, Wisconsin, marking the mother-daughter duo's first tour together in ten years.  Naomi and Wynonna Judd also said the trek would be their last.


Today in 2010, Thompson Square made their Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 2011, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles married her boyfriend of two years, entrepreneur Justin Miller, in a small sunset ceremony in Tennessee.  Just close family and friends, including Nettles' Sugarland bandmate Kristian Bush, were in attendance for the couple's special event.


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