Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Tracy Lawrence Plans Follow-Up To Turkey Fry


Tracy Lawrence's efforts to feed those in need in Nashville isn't stopping with Tuesday's Mission Possible Turkey Fry.  The singer spent the day in the parking lot of the Nashville Rescue Mission, where he and a team of volunteers fried up 500 birds.  The country star tells Nashville's "Tennessean" that what they cooked up amounts to "well over seven-thousand" meals, which will be served at the Mission over the course of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  He adds that the turkeys they collected at the event will feed people at the mission throughout the holiday season.  But Lawrence says his work isn't done yet.  He explains that he'll be spending time Wednesday making deliveries of some of those meals to people in need.


Charlie Daniels Hosts Annual "Christmas 4 Kids" Benefit


The Charlie Daniels Band is continuing their holiday tradition.  The group once again hosted the annual "Christmas 4 Kids" benefit concert in Nashville Monday night.  But Charlie says it was never a tough decision to get involved with the Christmas 4 Kids organization.


This year's lineup also featured country stars Phil Vassar, Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore, and Sawyer Brown.  The concert, which took place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, supports Christmas 4 Kids.  The organization helps make the holidays a little brighter for underprivileged children in the Nashville area with a variety of seasonal activities and other events.


Alabama Tribute Special Airing Tonight


Country stars are singing the praises of Alabama.  The legendary group is being honored with the TV special "Alabama & Friends,"  The show, which shares the name of the recently released Alabama tribute album, features testimonials and performances from some of the stars who contributed to the disc.  On the show, the Eli Young Band's Mike Eli admits that Alabama has influenced "anything and everything" in their career.  Florida Georgia Line explains that Alabama set the bar for them when they became recording artists.  The duo's Brian Kelley says when they "hit the harmonies right and everything's ringing in your ears," they "call it 'Alabama.'"  Tyler Hubbard adds that one of their "craziest dreams" came true when they got to share the stage with the band.  Other guests include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood, and Jamey Johnson.  The hour-long "Alabama & Friends" will have its premiere on GAC Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


Lady Antebellum Performs On "Dancing" Finale


Lady Antebellum is among the many stars who took part in the "Dancing With the Stars" season 17 finale.  The country group added to the festivities on the ABC reality show Tuesday night with a rendition of their current hit, "Compass."

The show also featured musical contributions from Enrique Iglesias, Colbie Caillat, and Ylvis, along a reunion of the season 17 cast.  "Glee" star Amber Riley captured the mirrorball trophy at the end of the show, while Corbin Bleu took the runner-up position and Jack Osbourne finished in third place.  Blue Collar Comedy star Bill Engvall made it to the finals as well, but was eliminated on Monday's show.


Miranda Lambert Addresses Weight Loss Surgery Rumors


Miranda Lambert wants her fans to know she attained her current slim figure "the healthy and good old fashioned way."  In a new website post, the country star is denying rumors that she underwent weight loss surgery, calling such stories "ridiculous."  She explains that she trimmed down by watching what she ate and working out, and used the assistance of a trainer.  Miranda says she can't say just how many pounds she lost, because "it's not about a scale, it's about how you feel and how your jeans fit."  She adds that on her 30th birthday earlier this month, her "skinny jeans were finally baggy," so "mission accomplished." 


Lambert is also hoping to discourage people who are "tempted to read the 'Trash Talk,'" and wants to "encourage everyone to be confident at any size."


Brad Paisley's Wife Dismisses Infidelity Rumors


If Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are having an affair, they're doing a great job of keeping Brad's wife in the dark.  Kimberly Williams-Paisley tells "Us Weekly" she wasn't even aware such rumors were circulating, and finds them laughable, saying she hopes they help their careers.  She adds that she has complete confidence in the strength of her marriage, explaining that she and Brad spend as much time as they can as a family with their two sons, six-year-old Huck and four-year-old Jasper.  Kimberly adds that they're "very down-to-earth people" who "come from good families" and they "appreciate family."


Brad and Carrie have spent some time together in recent weeks.  They teamed up to co-host the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards earlier this month, marking their sixth consecutive year at the helm of the show.


Thomas Rhett Thankful For His Wife


Thomas Rhett says one thing he's grateful for this Thanksgiving is his wife.  The country singer explains that he needs a "constant support system," and she fills that role.


Rhett recently released his debut album, "It Goes Like This."  The disc features the hits "Something To Do With My Hands" and "Beer With Jesus," as well as the chart-topping title track.  Thomas has spent a lot of time this year supporting his music on the road, playing his own dates and opening shows for Jason Aldean.  And he has more concerts coming up next month.  He has a headlining appearance set for The Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri on December 5th.


Keith Urban Debuts New Hairstyle Via Twitter


Keith Urban is going for a new look for the holidays.  The country star has sheared off his long locks.  He gave an indication that he'd undergone a significant haircut on Monday, tweeting a photo of a barber's chair surrounded by hair with the message, "Snow ain't the only thing falling in Nashville today."  On Tuesday fans got to see the new 'do.  It's still long and shaggy on the top with bangs falling across his forehead.  But it's closely cropped across the back and around the ears.  Fans have been quick to respond to his new look with favorable comments.


Brenda Lee Surprised, Impressed By Kanye West Sampling


Brenda Lee says she's honored Kanye West sampled her vintage hit "Sweet Nothin's" in his new song "Bound 2."  The pioneering country-pop singer tells E! News she was initially surprised when she learned that West incorporated her spoken "uh-huh honey" line into his song, admitting she didn't think the rapper was aware of her or her music.  But Brenda adds that she's heard Kanye is "quite a smart guy and knows his stuff," and she's "honored that he knew the song."  West's video for "Bound 2" is also taking Lee by surprise.  She says she "never thought a Brenda Lee song would be used with somebody naked on a motorcycle," but adds that those types of surprises are "what's so fascinating about this business."


"Bound 2" is on West's most recent album, "Yeezus."  "Sweet Nothin's" is from Lee's 1960 self-titled sophomore album.  The song reached the number four spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at number 12 on the Billboard R&B chart back in 1959.


Country TV Tonight:


THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Garth Brooks is a guest.

LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) Florida Georgia Line is a guest.

THE MAKING OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! (NBC) A behind-the-scenes special about the upcoming live broadcast of "The Sound Of Music," featuring Carrie Underwood.

ALABAMA & FRIENDS (GAC) Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Florida Georgia Line are among the stars who join Alabama for a special concert in the legendary band's honor.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1993, Alabama topped "Billboard's" country chart with "Reckless."


Today in 1993, Joe Diffie became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1996, a former farm employee for Wynonna Judd and her then-husband, Arch Kelley the Third, accused the couple of making "sexually explicit and suggestive" comments and claimed that she was hired at lower wages than the last male farm manager.  She also alleged that her replacement, another male, was paid more than she was.  The lawsuit sought 800-thousand-dollars in damages and was later settled out-of-court.


Today in 1997, Reba McEntire joined the Dallas Cowboys at the team's Thanksgiving Day Game to benefit the Salvation Army.  She debuted her single "What If" for the annual fund-raising drive.  Proceeds from the song's release went to the Salvation Army.


Today in 1998, Capitol Records announced that Garth Brooks' "Double Live" CD had sold one-million-90-thousand copies in its first week of release.  That beat the old record set in 1993 by Pearl Jam's "Vs," which sold 950-thousand copies its first week out.


Today in 2001, during a ceremony at The People's Church in Franklin, Tennessee, Elvis Presley was posthumously inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.  Already a member of the Halls of Fame for Rock and Roll and Country Music, the gospel addition gave Elvis the distinction of being the only entertainer inducted into all three.


Today in 2004, Lonestar's "Mr. Mom" was spending its third week at number-one on "Billboard's" country chart.


Today in 2006, Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry pled guilty in court to a misdemeanor charge of falsely claiming the bear he shot on a Minnesota Farm in 2004 was wild.  The singer said he shot the bear without, quote, "realizing the seriousness of what I was doing.  For that, I am truly sorry."


Today in 2008, Sugarland, Trace Adkins, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Darius Rucker were among the stars participating in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Today in 2012, Dolly Parton's book "Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You" arrived in stores.


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