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Lee Ann Womack & Willie Nelson Release “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” For The Holidays

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GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM award-winning vocal powerhouse Lee Ann Womack and country music icon Willie Nelson have just released a version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.

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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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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.

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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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Kellie Pickler To Join Phil Vassar For Special Holiday Tour And New Christmas Single “The Naughty List”

Country music fans know that when the holidays come around that they are in for a treat from their favorite stars. Now, two essential holiday-favorites, recording artist Phil Vassar and country music darling Kellie Pickler, are teaming up this season for a special Christmas tour around the country launching at the end of November and continuing throughout December. Tickets for A Christmas Tour go on sale Friday, July 28. In honor of the tour, Pickler and Vassar teamed up to release a new Christmas single this holiday season called “The Naughty List,” written by Phil Vassar and Juliana Songs, and co-produced by Vassar and long-time friend Dane Bryan, who also co-produced Vassar’s first Christmas album, Noel.

“I absolutely love Kellie, and am so excited to go on tour with her,” shares Vassar, who has completed a Christmas tour every year since 2009. “She is an amazingly talented lady and everyone who comes to our show this holiday season is going to be in for a fun time!”

Vassar established himself as a holiday-favorite upon the 2011 release of his first Christmas album, Noel. The album was co-produced by Vassar and his longtime friend Dane Bryan and includes covers of holiday favorites such as “Away in a Manger” and “Merry Christmas Darling” as well as witty original songs with “Santa’s Gone Hollywood” and “Big Ol’ Texas Christmas.” Noel also included a fan-favorite version of Vassar’s own “Let’s Make A Little Christmas,” a track that originally appeared on 2007’s Hear Something Country Christmas, which also included Kellie Pickler’s sultry rendition of “Santa Baby.”

“So excited that Phil and I are hitting the road together this Christmas season,” shared the country music recording artist and reality star Kellie Pickler. “Being able to tour with Phil is an amazing honor…he’s an incredibly talented artist.  We’re both looking forward to spreading as much cheer as we can this holiday season!”

Kellie Pickler’s 2007 version of “Santa Baby,” which she performed that year at “CMA Country Christmas,” quickly became a Christmas classic and landed on Taste of Country’s Top 50 Country Christmas Songs. She also notably performed “The Man With The Bag” at the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Pickler continues to release hauntingly memorable holiday singles, with “My Christmas Caroline” debuting in 2015 and last year releasing a special version of “White Christmas” – a tune she famously covered with Michael Bublé in 2013 and remains the biggest-selling Christmas song of all time. An avid supporter of the military, Pickler has completed 11 USO tours and spent five Christmas holidays performing for servicemen and women overseas.

Pickler has further celebrated the Christmas spirit with two holiday collections in her Southern home goods line with the Grand Ole Opry, Selma Drye. The collections have included ornaments, festive frames, decorative wreaths, as well as two special one-of-a-kind collector’s snow globes that play Pickler’s versions of “My Christmas Caroline” and  “White Christmas.”

A Christmas Tour Dates:
Friday, Nov. 24 Wheeling, WV The Capitol Theatre
Saturday, Nov. 25 Van Wert, OH Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Thursday, Nov. 30 Waukegan, IL The Genesee Theater
Friday, Dec. 1 Milwaukee, WI Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Thursday, Dec. 7 St. Charles, MO The Family Arena
Friday, Dec. 8 Madisonville, KY The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts
Saturday, Dec. 9 El Dorado, AR Griffin Music Hall
Sunday, Dec. 10 State University, AR Fowler Center @ Arkansas State University
Thursday, Dec. 14 Hamlet, NC Cole Auditorium & Community Center
Friday, Dec. 15 North Canton, OH Canton Palace Theatre
Saturday, Dec. 16 Rising Sun, IN Rising Star Casino Resort
Wednesday, Dec. 20 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre
Saturday, Dec. 23 Charlottesville, VA The Paramount Theater

For more information and ticket sales, please visit www.philvassar.com and www.kelliepickler.com. Additional shows to be announced.

ABOUT PHIL VASSAR
Phil Vassar is one of a handful of musicians to have multiple hits as a songwriter and as an artist. He has 10 No. 1s, 15 Top 10s, and 26 Top 40s. Top songs include “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Carlene,” “Six Pack Summer,” “American Child,” “For a Little While” and “My Next Thirty Years” (Tim McGraw), “Right on the Money” (Alan Jackson), “I’m All Right” and “Bye Bye” (Jo Dee Messina), and many more. American Soul is Phil’s ninth album. He also recently launched “Songs from the Cellar,” a wine-infused musical conversation airing across the U.S. and Europe. Learn more at philvassar.com and songsfromthecellar.com.

ABOUT KELLIE PICKLER
Kellie Pickler grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina with the words of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton shaping her musical footing. At the age of 19, she first gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol.” She has gone on to release four critically acclaimed albums, including her Gold-certified debut Small Town Girl as well as 100 Proof, which Rolling Stone named the Best Country Album of 2011. Among her best known hits are the Gold-certified “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” “Best Days of Your Life,” “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind,” “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You,” and “No Cure for Crazy.”
In spring of 2013, Pickler partnered with dance coach Derek Hough and won the Mirror Ball Trophy on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” That same year, she also released her fourth album, The Woman I Am, with Black River Entertainment, which featured three songs co-written by Pickler including the title cut. She voiced the lead character, a sweet potato named Mirabelle, in the Veggie Tales animated movie “Beauty and the Beet” in 2014, and launched her home goods line, “Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler,” in collaboration with the Opry Stores (shop.opry.com) in 2015.
Her CMT docu-comedy series “I Love Kellie Pickler,” which co-stars her husband, songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs, debuted in November 2015, propelling the network to its highest premiere with adults since 2012 and women since 2008. The hit television series is returning forit’s third season in summer of 2017.
Pickler is an avid supporter of the U.S. military, having completed 11 USO Tours thus far. For more information, please visit www.kelliepickler.com.

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Dolly Parton’s “Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” Available On DVD Dec. 20th

Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of LoveBeginning Dec. 20th, Dolly Parton fans can buy their very own copy of “Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” if you didn’t get a chance to see it on tv or if you just want to have your own copy to keep.  Continue Reading →

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CRYSTAL GAYLE TO KICK OFF DECK THE HALLFRIDAY, NOV. 25, AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM

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Crystal Gayle, who was invited Tuesday night to join the Grand Ole Opry in January 2017, will kick off Deck the Hall—a full schedule of holiday activities—at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Friday, Nov. 25. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a performance by the Grammy-award winning artist that will include hits as well as some holiday classics. She will then light a thirty-foot Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory. Following the performance and tree lighting, Gayle will sign copies of her CDs available for purchase in the Museum Store.  Continue Reading →

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Christmas Came A Little Early: A Very Kacey Christmas Available Oct. 28th

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Christmas came a little early this year as we enjoyed a special preview  of Kacey Musgraves’ first Christmas album out October 28th. 

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Gaylord Opryland Resort Starts Christmas Preparations In July

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The calendar says it’s summer, but Gaylord Opryland Resort is already preparing for its 33rd annual A Country Christmas. 

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Tim Rushlow Gives Holiday Performance for Troops

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Tim Rushlow just returned from an undisclosed location where he spent part of his holiday break with Navy Entertainment playing for our troops deployed overseas this holiday season. Tim was Master of Ceremonies at a holiday celebration for our sailors and soldiers, and their families who are stationed abroad. He delivered a scorching set of Christmas classics to ring in the season and also sprinkled in a few of his own hits as well.  Continue Reading →

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