GARTH BROOKS CANCELS TV APPEARANCES AFTER VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN MISSOURI


Garth Brooks was scheduled to make a string of media appearances this week but has canceled them all in the wake of the violence that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri. He issued a statement yesterday (Tuesday, November 25th) saying, "We landed in NY last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation. To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me. I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow. Love one another...g"

Those canceled appearances include scheduled stops at The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, the Today show and Live! With Kelly and Michael.

Reba McEntire took to Twitter to ask fans to pray for peace in Ferguson after news broke that there would be no indictment against Darren Wilson, a local police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown back in August. She wrote, "Pray for forgiveness, pray for the community, pray for the families, pray for understanding and pray for love. I pray for all those things and for God to be with the town of Ferguson." Reba released a song she wrote called "Pray for Peace" this summer.

Charlie Daniels, David Nail, LeAnn Rimes, and Chely Wright also tweeted about the situation in Ferguson.

KEITH URBAN CHARTS ANOTHER NUMBER ONE


Keith Urban’s "Somewhere in My Car" climbs to the top of the Billboard country chart this week. The song is his 17th Number One single.

Keith co-wrote "Somewhere In My Car" with J.T. Harding, and the idea for the song was actually born in Keith's car. He explains: "I had a day scheduled to write with him, and I had just gotten this song, this particular song that I heard and downloaded by a particular artist, and I loved the rhythm and the energy and the whole thing about it," recalls Keith. "I got J.T. and put him in the car, and turned it up as loud as I could and said, ‘(Yells) We need something like this!’ But a similar song structure – and the song was born of that." . They, along with their two daughters, will spend Thanksgiving abroad before returning home to the States.

AUDIO: KEITH URBAN ON WRITING 'SOMEWHERE IN MY CAR'

JOE NICHOLS SURPRISED BY RANDY TRAVIS AT TEXAS SHOW


Joe Nichols got a big surprise during his show on Saturday (November 22nd) at Billy Bob’s Texas in Ft. Worth when Randy Travis paid an unexpected visit to see Joe perform.

Travis even treated Joe and his family to some Texas BBQ. In return, Joe honored his musical hero with a solo acoustic performance of Randy's hit "Promises," as Randy watched from side stage.

Last year, Joe was handpicked by Randy to record the duet "Tonight I’m Playin' Possum," a tribute to pair’s country music idol, the legendary George Jones, featured on Randy’s 2013 album release, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am.

TRISHA YEARWOOD'S THANKSGIVING MUST-HAVE


When it comes to Thanksgiving, Trisha Yearwood says her day includes some favorite traditions. Tops on her list is her grandomther's cornbread dressing.

She tells us: "I grew up where we always had a big Thanksgiving kind of late lunch and then tried to stay awake to watch the football games, you know? (laughs) So, I kind of keep that tradition alive. I get up in the morning, and usually I put the turkey in the night before, and I love to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. That’s a tradition that I did since I was a kid — and usually everybody else is still asleep. And then we have . . . and it just depends: living in Oklahoma, my family is in Georgia, so Thanksgiving is either, it could be just us as a family, sometimes it’s a bigger crowd. But it always involves food and my grandma’s cornbread dressing, which is my favorite, and football."

Trisha released her new album, Prizefighter: Hit After Hit, earlier this month. The 16-song collection includes 10 classic Trisha hits and six new songs, including her current single and title track, "PrizeFighter," featuring Kelly Clarkson.

AUDIO: TRISHA YEARWOOD ON THANKSGIVING

KIP MOORE MAKES UP FOR LOST TIME THIS THANKSGIVING


The Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow (Thursday, November 27th) is allowing Kip Moore to do something he rarely gets to -- go home. The singer is anxious to head back to Georgia to spend some long overdue time with his five brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews.

Kip tells us: "Thanksgiving is huge for me, because I never get to see my family period. All of my nieces and nephews are growing up and my brothers and sisters; I’ve been gone from home since right when I turned 18, I’ve been a long ways away from home. And that’s the one bad part about it is knowing my family is growing up and they’re all experiencing things together and I don’t get to be included on it, because I’m off doing this. So, when I get together with them, it means a whole lot to me. Usually, we’ll try to go fishing together – me and my brothers, or my dad, we used to always go when we would go back home for Thanksgiving. So, yeah, just time to get to hang out with them is huge for me, and I hate that I don’t get to do it more." in Detroit with opening acts Charlie Worsham and Clare Dunn.

AUDIO: KIP MOORE ON GOING HOME FOR THANKSGIVING

BITS AND PIECES: BIG & RICH AND TOBY KEITH


Big & Rich will be the recipient of the 2014 AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Each year, this award is presented in recognition of excellence in the field of music and entertainment, as well as service to the community. Big & Rich will receive the award at the President’s Gala at the Peabody Hotel on December 28th. Big & Rich will be the headline entertainment at the President’s Gala Dinner Dance and star in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s halftime spectacular on December 29th.

Toby Keith's "Drunk Americans" video premiered on Vevo, with its CMT premiere set for Thursday (November 27th). Toby's new album will be released next year. On January 9th, Toby headlines CMT's Ultimate Kickoff Party, which will air live from the College Football National Championship in Dallas. He'll be joined by Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge.

SARA EVANS DEBUTS NEW VIDEO


Sara Evans has released the video for her new single, "Put My Heart Down." The song is the second release from her latest album, Slow Me Down, which was released earlier this year.

The video was shot in Nashville at the historic Riverside Mansion.

Sara said, "One of the things that attracted me most to record 'Put My Heart Down' was that it's a sad song with a happy melody. I like the contradiction and I think it makes for a really interesting overall song. (Director) Peter (Zavadil) found a great way to bring that contradiction to the screen with the light bulbs and showing them eventually exploding. You have such beautiful and pretty scenes with the soft lighting and beautiful mansion, contradicted by the exploding bulbs. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out."

Sara performed "Put My Heart Down" on the October 29th episode of the hit ABC drama Nashville with one of the series’ leading men, Luke Wheeler, played by actor Will Chase. Their song is available now on iTunes.

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