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Kelly Clarkson And Brett Eldredge Partner With Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® For Holiday Series

To celebrate the holiday season, exclusive music videos feature new hits and traditional holiday classics

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® kicked off the holiday season today with the release of its “Rocking and Stockings” content series with multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar Kelly Clarkson and platinum-selling singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge. The exclusive performances of new hits and traditional holiday classics premieres today on Cracker Barrel’s YouTube channel with Clarkson’s “Love So Soft,” followed by Eldredge’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” on Nov. 17. Fans can follow along as each new video launches weekly through Dec. 12.

 

“Rocking and Stockings” features four performances of new music from Clarkson’s recently released eighth studio album “Meaning of Life,” including her latest hit single, “Love So Soft,” as well as “Meaning of Life” and “Heat.” It also includes Clarkson’s new holiday track “Christmas Eve.” From his 2016 holiday album “Glow,” Eldredge performs traditional classics, including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “First Noel.”

 

“The holidays are always a special time for us,” said Cracker Barrel Senior Marketing Manager Julie Ulmer. “We created ‘Rocking and Stockings’ to bring together two of music’s most beloved artists for exclusive performances as a joyful way to kick off the season and to help inspire the love and togetherness we hope our guests feel when they dine with us.”

 

“Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday and recording the music for ‘Glow’ was a dream come true,” said Eldredge. “I’ve been inspired for this record from a very young age, and I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I’ve loved since I was a little kid. I think we found a little magic on this album and Christmas is all about magic!”

 

For fans wanting more, Cracker Barrel is offering Eldredge’s fourth studio album “Brett Eldredge” and holiday album “Glow,” as well as Clarkson’s “Meaning of Life” album and children’s books “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby” and “River Rose and the Magical Christmas,” at its locations nationwide and online at shop.crackerbarrel.com.

 

“Meaning of Life” is the album Kelly Clarkson was destined to make with Atlantic Records; it is a collection of soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label’s classic canon. In addition to her new album, Clarkson also succeeded her New York Times Top 10 bestselling-debut children’s book, “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby” this year with “River Rose and the Magical Christmas,” both available now from HarperCollins.

 

While Eldredge’s chart-topping album “Brett Eldredge” shows the singer’s diverse and ever-evolving sound, his dream of creating a holiday album became reality with the release of “Glow” last year, which gave the singer a chance to record all the classic songs he loved as a child.

 

By partnering with artists through its Spotlight Music Program, Cracker Barrel provides guests exclusive access to content they can’t find elsewhere like the “Rocking and Stockings” performance series. Known for its Warehouse Sessions, Cracker Barrel has partnered with artists including Alison Krauss, NEEDTOBREATHE and Reba McEntire for live and taped performances from its Décor Warehouse in Lebanon, Tennessee. In February, Cracker Barrel’s partnership with a cappella group Pentatonix and singer-songwriter legend Dolly Parton won the artists a Grammy Award for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” for their unique remix of Parton’s 1970s hit “Jolene.” This was the first time the song had won the prestigious award since its release over 40 years ago.

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About Kelly Clarkson:

Grammy-Award winner Kelly Clarkson recently released her eagerly anticipated eighth studio album “Meaning of Life.” Her first release with Atlantic Records, “Meaning of Life” is the album Clarkson was destined to make, a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label’s classic canon. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of American Idol’s inaugural season and has grown to be one the most popular artists of this or any other era, with over 100 No. 1 Billboard singles and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. Clarkson has released eight studio albums (“Thankful,” “Breakaway,” “My December,” “All I Ever Wanted,” “Stronger,” “Wrapped In Red,” “Piece By Piece,” “Meaning of Life”), one greatest hits album, and two children’s books (New York Times Top 10 best seller “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby” and the recent follow up “River Rose and the Magical Christmas”). She is the recipient of three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards, and one Country Music Association Award. Clarkson was also recently announced as a coach on the 14th season the “The Voice,” in addition to serving as a Key Advisor on the current season’s Knockout Round.

About Brett Eldredge

Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge recently released his new single “The Long Way” from his self-titled record, which was the best-selling album (all-genres) upon release and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and the Top Album Sales Chart. “The Long Way,” which he performed on both The TODAY Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in August 2017, follows Eldredge’s six chart-topping singles including his most recent, “Wanna Be That Song.” His sophomore album “Illinois” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart upon its release, and it features the platinum-certified mega hit “Drunk On Your Love” and gold-certified “Lose My Mind.” The Paris, Illinois native released his Christmas album “Glow” in October 2016, which earned him the No. 1 song on the Holiday Music and Adult Contemporary charts with “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” a duet with Grammy-winner Meghan Trainor. Eldredge’s 2013 debut album “Bring You Back” spawned three chart-topping singles including the platinum-certified “Don’t Ya,” the gold-certified “Beat of the Music,” which was the most played country song of 2014, and the gold-certified “Mean To Me.” Known for his world-class vocals, Eldredge has performed his songs on nearly every major television show in the country and was most recently featured on Keith Urban’s ripCord World Tour. He is currently on the road with Luke Bryan through 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.bretteldredge.comfacebook.com/bretteldredge and @bretteldredge.

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) shares warm welcomes and friendly service while offering guests high-quality homestyle food and unique shopping – all at a fair price. By creating a world filled with hospitality and charm through an experience that combines dining and shopping, guests are cared for like family. Established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn., Cracker Barrel and its affiliates operate 647 company-owned Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations in 44 states and own the fast-casual Holler and Dash® restaurants. Dedicated to its mission of Pleasing People, Cracker Barrel was named the 2017 Best Full-Service Restaurant in America by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. For more information about the company, visit crackerbarrel.com.

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Many Of The Biggest Names In Country Music Came Together For A Good Cause Sunday Night

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Keith Urban played a star-studded, sold-out fundrasing show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena last night (11/12). Proceeds from COUNTRY RISING, presented by Hilton and Dollar General, are going towards the Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. Additionally, the fund will also envelop victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas.
Donations are still being accepted and you can support the cause by texting “NASHVILLE” to 41010 to make a $10 donation or by visiting www.CountryRising.org.
PHOTOS for outlets wishing to support and cover the event are available gratis here.

For more information, visit: www.CountryRising.org.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

About Dollar General
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,000 stores in 44 states as of August 19, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.

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Just In Time For Veteran’s Day, Temecula Road Releases A Very Emotional Video

Country trio Temecula Road premiered their latest video, “Everything Without You” last week. The video, directed by Kyle Cogan, is the perfect accompaniment to the song and features the real-life love story of Lisa and Adam Franco, a retired Marine, who was deployed while Lisa was 5 months pregnant.  Between cinematic performance shots of Temecula Road, the couple’s love story is narrated via photos, home videos and personal texts.   The band was drawn to the couple’s story and felt the emotion that comes with having a loved one far away, especially for military families, is relatable and had this to say about the video, ‘Everything Without You’ touched us the first time we heard it, so we wanted the video to be very special too. After hearing the Adam and Lisa’s inspiring love story, we felt it was the perfect fit to highlight the sacrifices our troops endure every day to protect our country, and the strength of their loved ones at home patiently awaiting their return.“

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/tDbfp5_zZf0

ABOUT TEMECULA ROAD:  Called out by The Huffington Post as one of the top country artists to watch and named after the town they grew up in. Temecula Road‪ (comprised of sisters Emma and Maddie Salute and longtime friend Dawson Anderson) are known for their trademark harmonies and their covers which have earned praise from Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay, Cam and RaeLynn. Their first two singles, ”What If I Kissed You” and “Hoping” have both surpassed 1MM streams each on Spotify. The trio were named one of Radio Disney’s NEXT BIG THING artists and were nominated in the “The Freshest! – Radio Disney Country Best New Artist” category at this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards, putting them in great company alongside Lauren Alaina, Maren Morris, Old Dominion and RaeLynn in the category.  On the touring side, Temecula Road have opened for Martina McBride, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Eli Young Band and will open for Sara Evans in 2018 in addition to making a return to Stagecoah Music Festival.

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Little River Band & Friends: Christmas Concert For Nashville Foster Care Kids

Little River Band is proud to announce a partnership with Foster care organization Monroe Harding.  LRB and friends, special guests Sixwire, Stranger Friends (John Martin & Jamie Floyd,) and Andrea Zonn are lending their musical talents to present a holiday concert on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville.  Tickets for this benefit show can be purchased at Ticket Flyor directly from the Marathon Music Works website by clicking this link.  Tickets range from $15-$75.


Known for iconic hits like “Cool Change,” “Reminiscing,” “Lonesome Loser,” The Night Owls,” “Take It Easy On Me,” “Help Is on Its Way,” Happy Anniversary,” “We Two,” “Man On Your Mind,” “The Other Guy,” and “It’s A Long Way There,” LRB is also known for their caring hearts and giving back when and wherever they can.

Little River Band has hosted Carols by Candlelight concerts in numerous cities for more than a decade. This particular event is being dubbed the 1st Annual Carols by Candlelight – Nashville, as it is the first time the band will bring the event to Music City. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Monroe Harding and their services for children and youth in foster care.

Monroe Harding had this to say about the upcoming event:  
“We are thrilled that the Little River Band has chosen Monroe Harding as their community partner for such a special event,” said Sarah Brock, Monroe Harding’s Marketing & Community Relations Manager. “The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for children in foster care and we appreciate Little River Band, and all the artists, raising awareness for those in foster care and celebrating their spirit with beautiful music.”

Little River Band’s lead singer Wayne Nelson said, “Christmas should be a special time of year for kids and families. Sadly there are some forgotten kids that have neither. Monroe Harding has been caring for those kids for over a century. Let’s help them continue their great work!”

For more than 120 years, Monroe Harding has continually adapted to meet the needs of more than 16,000 children and youth in Tennessee who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. They provide services to children currently in foster care, and to those who have aged out and still need support and guidance toward independence.  Find out more at www.monroeharding.org.

https://youtu.be/bR2Hb_s8G0I

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Big Machine Label Group Celebrates 51st Annual CMA Awards

Big Machine Label Group’s celebration of the 51st Annual CMA Awards at FGL House in Nashville on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  Photo credit: Getty Images

BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP hosted their annual CMA Awards After Party in Nashville at FGL House to celebrate and treat guests to a special surprise. Alongside label family, friends and industry executives BMLG President/CEO SCOTT BORCHETTA toasted with Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka to the independent powerhouse’s star-studded roster and introduced the return of Superstar duo SUGARLAND. JENNIFER NETTLES and KRISTIAN BUSH took the stage to perform some of their smash hits – “Baby Girl” and “Stay.” MAYOR MEGAN BARRY, NASCAR driver JIMMIE JOHNSON and ABC’s The Bachelorette’s LUKE PELL were all on hand to sing along on the Cruise rooftop.

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 09: Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland perform onstage during the Big Machine Label Group’s celebration of the 51st Annual CMA Awards at FGL House in Nashville on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMLG ) *** Local Caption *** Jennifer Nettles;Kristian Bush

BMLG artists kicked off “Country Music’s Biggest Night” with REBA McENTIRE, RONNIE DUNN and THOMAS RHETT singing “Hold My Hand” in the all-star opening performance. McEntire performed “Legends” alongside KELSEA BALLERINI as well as present Entertainer of the Year to close the show. Thomas Rhett serenaded the audience with his latest chart-topping single “Unforgettable” from his Billboard 200 No. 1 album LIFE CHANGES (The Valory Music Co.). Solidifying their highly-anticipated return on the CMA Awards, five-time Duo of the Year winners Sugarland presented the category during ABC’s live broadcast. BRETT YOUNG presented Song of the Year to LITTLE BIG TOWN, who accepted on behalf of his labelmate TAYLOR SWIFT for single-handedly penning the band’s “Better Man.” Swift’s highly-anticipated sixth studio album reputation (Big Machine Records) recently became Target’s biggest music pre-sale ever ahead of tomorrow’s (11/10) official release.

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 09: (L-R) Carly Pearce, Drake White, Trent Harmon, Danielle Bradbery and Brett Young attend Big Machine Label Group’s celebration of the 51st Annual CMA Awards at FGL House in Nashville on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMLG ) *** Local Caption *** Carly Pearce;Drake White;Trent Harmon;Danielle Bradbery;Brett Young

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A Thousand Horses Saddle Up For Kid Rock’s GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH Tour 2018

Photo credit: Ford Fairchild

With fans and critics anticipating, “Are A Thousand Horses about to become the world’s biggest Southern rock band?” (Classic Rock), the hard-charging quartet is hitting the trail with a defiant, genre-busting icon in the new year. They’ve been selected by the “American Badass” himself – KID ROCK – as direct support for his GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH TOUR 2018. 


Set to take the stage for massive arena concerts, A THOUSAND HORSES can’t wait to showcase their “hard, Southern-rock edge” (Entertainment Weekly) to rowdy fans of their provocative host. Huge crowds will be looking to turn loose, and the band is more than happy to oblige with fist-pumping hits like their GOLD-certified #1 debut, “Smoke,” and good-timing latest single, “Preachin’ To the Choir.”

“Last year we had the opportunity to do two nights at Fenway Park with Kid Rock and to get the chance to tour with him in 2018 is a dream come true,” stated A Thousand Horses. “We have been big fans for a long time and can’t wait to get on the road to prove Southern Rock is alive and well.”
 
With tickets on sale now, the tour will kick off in Nashville on January 19 and includes dates from New York to Nevada, culminating with a show at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center on March 24. 
 
Here’s a complete list of the dates, cities and venues that will feature A Thousand Horses:
 
January 19 – Nashville, Tennessee – Bridgestone Arena
January 20 – Louisville, Kentucky – KFC Yum! Center
February 2 – Tulsa, Oklahoma – BOK Center
February 3 – Houston, Texas – Toyota Center
February 9 – Atlanta, Georgia – Infinite Energy Arena
February 10 – Charlotte, North Carolina – Spectrum Center
February 16 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Air Canada Centre
February 17 – Columbus, Ohio – Nationwide Arena
February 23 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Wells Fargo Center
February 24 – Cleveland, Ohio – Quicken Loans Arena
March 2 – Uncasville, Connecticut – Mohegan Sun Arena
March 3 – Baltimore, Maryland – Royal Farms Arena
March 9 – Newark, New Jersey – Prudential Center
March 10 – Nassau, New York – NYCB LIVE
March 16 – Chicago, Illinois – United Center
March 17 – Omaha, Nebraska – CenturyLink Center
March 20 – Denver, Colorado – Pepsi Center
March 23 – Phoenix, Arizona – Talking Stick Resort Arena
March 24 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Mandalay Bay Events Center
 
Lauded as “Country’s coolest band” (Rolling Stone), A Thousand Horses is made up of Michael Hobby (lead vocals), Bill Satcher (lead guitar), Zach Brown (guitar), and Graham Deloach (bass). 
 
This summer the band released their scorching, live-focused project, BRIDGES, which includes six swaggering new tracks like “Preachin’ To the Choir” and seven acoustic versions of the their best-loved jams – including breakout smash, “Smoke.” The album was co-produced by the band themselves with studio aces Corey Crowder and Dann Huff. Each of the acoustic tracks was recorded live, with six taking shape in London’s famed Metropolis Studios (recorded live-to-vinyl) and “Smoke” filling the air during a raucous night in the Nashville tourist destination of Printer’s Alley.
 
Their first album, SOUTHERNALITY, was released to Top 5 success in 2015, leading to nominations at the ACM Awards, American Country Countdown Awards and the CMT Music Awards, a tour with superstar Jason Aldean and a string of international concert dates. The band is currently in the studio working on the next evolution of their muscular Southern Rock-meets-Country sound.
 
ABOUT A THOUSAND HORSES
America’s bona fide band of brothers A Thousand Horses delivers an authentic fusion of Southern Rock and contemporary Country mixed with rowdy jams. Their 13-track project BRIDGES features working man’s anthem “Preachin’ To the Choir” along with seven acoustic tracks, six of which were recorded live in the U.K. at the famed Metropolis Studios. The group’s debut single “Smoke” made Country Aircheck history as the highest debut for a new artist and solidified the band (with at least three members) as the first this decade to score a #1 with their first single on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. A Thousand Horses have landed multiple awards show nominations, most recently vying for the title of New Vocal Duo or Group Of The Year at the 52nd Annual ACM Awards. The band’s debut album, SOUTHERNALITY, blends Southern Rock and influential sounds of The Black Crowes and Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street era. The talented foursome soars with Michael Hobby on lead vocals as Bill Satcher and Zach Brown on guitar and Graham Deloach on bass round out their unique grooves. After opening for Country powerhouse Jason Aldean and a string of performances in the U.K. last fall, A Thousand Horses are currently headlining shows across the U.S. before kicking off their opening run on Kid Rock’s GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH TOUR 2018 in January. New music from the band is on the horizon, with details coming soon. For more information and tour dates, visit AThousandHorses.com

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Thomas Rhett Continues To Accelerate With Ninth Career No. 1 “Unforgettable,” His 3rd Chart-Topper In 2017 And Fasted Rising Single So Far

Photo courtesy of the Valory Music Co.

Current multi-CMA nominee and ACM Awards Male Vocalist of the Year THOMAS RHETT’s career continues to skyrocket as “Unforgettable” hits No. 1 today on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts, reaching the top in just 14 weeks as the fastest-peaking song of his career so far. The “charming” (Rolling Stone) single is also holding the No. 1 spot for the third straight week on the Mediabase Canada Country chart. “Unforgettable” is the second single from Thomas Rhett’s Billboard 200 chart-topping release LIFE CHANGES (The Valory Music Co.), marking the third No. 1 this year and the ninth of his career.

“This is a really cool way to kick off CMA week,” said Thomas Rhett. “It’s always a good week because everyone is in town, we all get to see each other, hangout backstage at the show, but to also find out ‘Unforgettable’ is No. one is awesome.”

Thomas Rhett is currently nominated for three CMA Awards including Male Vocalist of the Year, Musical Event Of The Year and Music Video of the Year for the No. 1 GOLD-certified lead track “Craving You” as well as an American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist. He has earned major trophies from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, iHeart Radio Music Awards and more while also drawing GRAMMY® Awards and Teen Choice Awards nominations, among others.

In September, Thomas Rhett released his third album LIFE CHANGES, the biggest, boldest-sounding record of his career, filled with a diverse batch of songs united by the “consistency of their craft” (Variety) as he stretches his sound to new limits. Highlighting his “detailed style of songwriting” (Rolling Stone), the new release debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, marking the first Country release to take the top spot in 2017.  He recently announced his headlining LIFE CHANGES TOUR 2018, following his in-demand HOME TEAM TOUR which has sold out 27 stops so far this year and continues this week in Europe. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit ThomasRhett.com.

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Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum Celebrates The Holidays With Deck The Hall Presented By Balsam Hill

The holiday season is just around the corner, which means it is time, once again, to Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Throughout Deck the Hall presented by Balsam Hill, the museum will be packed with seasonal activities that blend music, art, education and even Santa Claus, offering fun for the entire family.
“We are thrilled about our partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It has been an incredible collaboration to bring to life our shared vision of a spectacular Christmas tree for the tree lighting ceremony,” said Kristen Gasior, CMO for Balsam Hill, retailer of realistic Christmas trees and Christmas décor. “We are so happy to be part of such a nostalgic family event, and we can’t wait to see how our giant Rockefeller tree and its beautiful ornaments will look all lit up for this special event.”

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. on Nov. 24, with a performance of hits and holiday classics by country music star, philanthropist and radio host Tracy Lawrence.. He will then light a new, twenty-five-foot Balsam Hill Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory and Lawrence will sign copies of his new album, Good Ole Days, available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Throughout the holiday season, the museum will offer many free activities. Children of all ages can have a free photo taken with Santa Claus on both Saturdays and Sundays during Deck the Hall. Don’t miss Santa on Nov. 25–26, Dec. 2–3, Dec. 9–10 and Dec. 16–17. String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry, a puppet show created by a partnership of the Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, returns to the museum for a two-day run, Nov. 24–25.

On Nov. 25 Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels will sign copies of his new memoir, Never Look at the Empty Seats, purchased from the Museum Store.

On Dec. 3, all ages can pull a free Hatch Show Print poster for themselves. Participants will learn about letterpress printing from the staff of one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the United States. Hatch staff will help participants create their very own letterpress art using carved wood, linoleum and metal block images from the Hatch collection.

Additional hands-on activities in the Taylor Swift Education Center (TSEC) will provide fun for the entire family throughout Deck the Hall, including cookie decorating on Sundays, Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. Museum admission or membership is required for programs in the TSEC. Cookies, icing and edible decorations will be provided. For a complete list of activities, click here.

“With a long-standing commitment to the Middle Tennessee community, the museum is filled with family programming all year long, including the holidays,” said Ali Tonn, director of education and public programs for the museum. “We always look forward to celebrating the season with our locals by offering special programs to get everyone in the holiday spirit. And it is a perfect time for local families to use our new Community Counts program and come Deck the Hall with us.”

Through Community Counts, youth (ages 18 and under) who live in Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson or Wilson county will receive free walk-up admission outside of school hours, and up to two accompanying adults will receive a 25 percent discount on admission. Click here for more information on Community Counts.

Back by popular demand, the museum will present A Legendary Holiday at Historic RCA Studio B, which will include a tour of the studio and a holiday concert with guitarist Meagan Taylor, great-niece of Chet Atkins, and pianist Jason Coleman, grandson of Floyd Cramer. In the very same studio where Country Music Hall of Fame members Atkins and Cramer popularized the Nashville Sound more than fifty years ago, Taylor and Coleman will perform Christmas classics and timeless songs originally recorded in the RCA studio. The performance will also include special guest appearances from Country Music Hall of Fame member and frequent Studio B session player Charlie McCoy and classic vocalist Mandy Barnett a modern torchbearer of the Nashville Sound. Dates are Dec. 16 and 17. Seating is limited and tickets are $25. Tours depart from the museum at 3 p.m. and return at 5 p.m.

The museum’s retail shops have items for every shopper’s budget this season. Visit the Hatch Show Print Store for a large selection of handmade prints, cards and branded merchandise, or choose a one-of-a-kind framed monoprint from Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery. Offerings from Circa and the Museum Store include vinyl LPs and CDs, specialty books, Nashville-made gifts, food and home accessories, men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry and much more.

Access to most holiday programs is free with museum admission and free to museum members. Individual memberships start at $50 and make great holiday gifts. Perks of membership include free admission to the museum and hundreds of programs each year; invitations to exclusive members-only events; and discounts at the Museum Store, Circa, Hatch Show Print Store, 2|22, Red Onion, and Bajo Sexto Taco.

Deck The Hall receives additional support from Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated and Hilton Nashville Downtown. A comprehensive list of all Deck the Hall activities can be found at countrymusichalloffame.org/deckthehall2017.
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Kelsea Ballerini Releases Highly Anticipated Sophomore Album Unapologetically – AVAILABLE NOW

The wait is finally over, as Grammy-nominated hitmaker Kelsea Ballerini releases her latest album Unapologetically. The project serves as the CMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” nominee’s sophomore release, and the follow-up to the Gold-certified debut, The First Time, which also produced multiple Platinum-certified hits.  After just 9 minutes, the official release the album hit No.1 on the iTunes Country Albums chart and is No. 3 on the All Genre Albums chart.

 

“Legends,” the lead single from Unapologetically, has continued to turn heads while currently racing up the charts. The track immediately charged its way into the Top 15 on the iTunes All-Genre Songs chart within 12 hours of its release. Additionally, her empowering anthem “Miss Me More” stormed its way to No. 1 on the iTunes Country Songs chart upon its release two weeks ago. Ballerini shared one of her favorite fan-made videos showing off their fierce sides lip-syncing the song on her Instagram.

 

Ballerini is also returning to her roots, with a very special show this past weekend in her hometown of Knoxville, Tenn. The singer/songwriter performed a full set at her high school, Central High, this past weekend. The show was highly centered around the encore song, “High School,” which is featured on Unapologetically. The reflective ballad was penned solely by Ballerini, inspired by her experiences at Central High.  The emotional night concluded with the “Peter Pan” singer donating $20,000 to the school for future music programs. In an Instagram post, she called this, “the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever been able to do.”

 

The talented songstress kicked off her album release week by announcing “The Unapologetically Tour,” which will begin next year. The must-see spectacle kicks off Feb. 8 in Birmingham, Ala. where fans will be treated to a unique set list packed with some of the country singer’s biggest hits like the upbeat “Love Me Like You Mean It” and the heartbreaking “Peter Pan” along with new songs from Unapologetically.

 

The album buzz has reached new heights, with recent features in Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Paste Magazine and many more. Ballerini has also kicked her promotional efforts into high gear, making recent appearances on The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon while also gracing the cover of Parade Magazine in October. The country starlet will appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight at 11:35pm ET (check local listings) and on the Nov. 8 edition of Good Morning America. CBS also recently announced that Ballerini will be the headliner for The Thanksgiving Day Parade, airing Nov. 23.

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Three New Whiskies to Welcome Autumn

The world’s leading distiller of Scotch whisky, William Grant & Sons, is excited to highlight three new whisky releases just in time for the cooler months ahead.

Glenfiddich Winter Storm, part of the Glenfiddich Experimental Series of unusual and unexpected variants, is the first-ever single malt Scotch to be finished in ice wine casks. The combination of both pioneering liquids results in a crisp, premium whisky aged 21 years, imbued with a unique layer of sweetness and complexity. Taste the heightened candied sweets and oak flavor of Glenfiddich, complemented by mouth-watering tropical fruit notes and an underlying rich drying sensation from the ice wine cask finish. (SRP: $250) www.glenfiddich.com

 

The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 4 is the fourth bottling in the highly regarded Tun 1509 series that marries 23 casks – 13 traditional American oak barrels and 10 European oak sherry butts – in a true expression of whisky craft. The use of both traditional casks and Sherry butts, results in a complex and rich expression that has an initial sweetness that gradually develops into deeper richer oak with some dried fruits and a cinnamon and ginger spiciness. (SRP: $399) www.thebalvenie.com

 

Tullamore D.E.W., the original triple distilled, triple blend Irish whiskey, recently released Cider Cask whiskey. This new sophisticated spirit is a marriage between the craft of small-batch cider-making and Tullamore D.E.W’s legendary whiskey. This soon-to-be your new seasonal favorite, is the first whiskey to be finished in hard apple cider casks giving it a taste as rich as it looks with a lovely balance of oak, creamy malt and subtle fruitiness. (SRP: $39.99) www.tullamoredew.com

 

Bad Apple D.E.W.

1 ½ parts Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask

1 ½ parts Hard Apple Cider

½ parts fresh lemon juice

½ parts simple syrup

4-5 mint leaves

1 dash Angostura bitters

 

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, fill with ice and shake. Double strain into rocks-filled highball. Garnish with mint sprig.

The team at William Grant & Sons asks that you please drink responsibly.

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