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Comstock/ThinkstockFifty years ago this week, this Grand Ole Opry star became the first country artist ever to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Can you name him? ANSWER:  Jack Greene, who was known for his 1966 #1 hit "There Goes My Everything."

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ABC/Image Group LAFor a change this Thanksgiving, Dustin Lynch won’t be spending Turkey Day with his family in his hometown of Tullahoma, Tennessee. Instead, he’ll be performing on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

But the “I’d Be Jealous Too” singer shouldn’t be too homesick: he’s taking his whole clan along.

“Well, I'm gonna break tradition this year,” Dustin explains. “Usually, I go home. This year, I'm going to New York City. I'm playing the Macy's parade. I'm gonna be on the KFC float and I'm taking the whole freakin' family up there with me. So we're gonna do it big in New York City this year.”

Dustin isn’t ruling out another full-fledged traditional Thanksgiving meal once he gets back to the Volunteer state, however.

“I'll have to, yeah. 'Cause there's like certain dishes that my mom and sister cook that I know we won't find in New York, so we'll probably pig out again," he confesses.   "That's a great excuse to pig out twice, so yeah, we're gonna go for it!”

Dustin will sing his latest #1, “Small Town Boy,” on the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The three-hour spectacle starts at 9 a.m. and repeats at 2 p.m. on NBC.

Then on Monday, Dustin makes his CMA Country Christmas debut, performing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” on the annual holiday special. It starts at 8 p.m. ET Monday night on ABC.

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ABC/Image Group LAWith some rare time off this holiday, Garth Brooks admits he has a major agenda for Thanksgiving Day.

“We have six things planned:  eat, nap, eat, nap, eat and nap... We might do seven. Nap might start it,” he laughs.

Since Garth’s wife Trisha Yearwood happens to head a culinary empire that includes three best-selling cookbooks and a hit show on Food Network, there’s definitely an emphasis on the Turkey Day meal.

“We start it off with...a kind of a misfit Thanksgiving,” Trisha explains. “If you don't have a place to go on Thanksgiving, you come to my house and I cook.”

According to Garth, you should pray you have no other invitation and get to sample a feast straight from Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.

“If you sit at Miss Yearwood's table, you are a lucky man,” Garth brags. “That's some of the greatest food, if not the best food, I've ever had in my life.”

In fact, the six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year says Trisha’s culinary skills even outdo the generation before.

“I loved my Mama's cooking,” he tells ABC Radio. “Loved it. And I loved her mama's cooking. No offense -- they just can't compare. Miss Yearwood, there's something about it. From taste to texture, she's got it. So everything from mashed potatoes to the bacon-wrapped asparagus with syrup on top of it. It's just fabulous.”

Trisha even has a secret to make sure the bird turns out perfectly.

“She does the no-[baste] turkey, which no one thinks works,” Garth explains. “And it is the best, because turkey's either too wet or too dry. Hers is always perfect because of this technique."

"So it's pretty amazing to know that that's your best friend, but it's also your wife and it's who's cooking for Thanksgiving.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJohn Rich is going into business with Eastside Distilling, Inc. The two are partnering to create varieties of whiskey, vodka and rum under the brand name Redneck Riviera.

Be sure to tune in to The View on Wednesday, as Garth Brooks guests on the weekday ABC talk show that starts at 11 a.m. ET.

Marty Stuart will celebrate his 25th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry during two shows on Friday, December 1 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

The new Conway Twitty collection Timeless: Never Before Released Recordings is available now. It’s the first music by the “Hello Darlin’” singer to be available on vinyl in 26 years.

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AUDIENCE NetworkOnce the turkey is eaten and your Black Friday shopping is done, you can settle in to spend your Friday night with Lady Antebellum.

The Lady Antebellum:  You Look Good World Tour concert special premieres this Friday at 8 p.m. ET on AUDIENCE Network. The two-hour event captures the final North American performance on Lady A’s world tour, recorded this past September in Music City.

“Being on stage and feeling that high from your fans at a show is one of our favorite parts of what we do,” Hillary Scott says. “Their energy is crazy, so capturing it for something like this is always really fun to share. And we shot it in our hometown of Nashville, which makes it extra sweet!”

You can preview Lady A doing their latest single, “Heart Break,” at the Bridgestone Arena on YouTube now.

On Monday, watch for the trio’s third appearance on CMA Country Christmas. Hillary, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood will sing “Silver Bells” and “This Christmas” on the annual holiday special, which airs 8 p.m. ET Monday on ABC.

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ABC/Image Group LAOn Thursday, Cam will be bringing “Diane” to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The “Burning House” hitmaker will ride the Domino Sugar float during the two-and-a-half mile route down New York City’s 34th Street. You can watch her perform “Diane,” the lead single from her forthcoming sophomore album, during NBC’s coverage of the event. The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. and repeats at 2:00 p.m..

Cam kicked off a busy week in Nashville on Monday, surprising a group of tourists visiting Historic RCA Studio B on Music Row. The California native sang “Diane,” as well as “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” which Elvis Presley recorded in the very same room. You can check out Cam’s acoustic session on Facebook.

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ABC/Image Group LAMost people recognize the day after Thanksgiving as the shopping bonanza known as Black Friday, but did you know the Wednesday before Turkey Day is National Jukebox Day?

For the first time, the maker of the modern-day jukebox, TouchTunes, made the new holiday a reality in 2016. To celebrate this year, they’ve tallied the top-10 jukebox songs of 2017 so far.

It turns out country is king when America pays money to play a tune. Country titles make up more than half of the list, with both Garth Brooks’ classic “Friends in Low Places” making the ranking, as well as lesser-known favorites like Steve Earl’s “Copperhead Road.” Jon Pardi, Sam Hunt and Keith Urban are also in the top-ten, with Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” coming out on top.

This year, TouchTunes has partnered with Waffle House to give away prizes for National Jukebox Day, with the big one being a sweepstakes to win a $2,500 shopping spree. You can find out more at JukeboxDay.com.

Here’s the complete list of the most-played jukebox songs of 2017 so far:

1. “Tennessee Whiskey” -- Chris Stapleton
2. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” -- Keith Urban
3. “Body Like a Back Road” -- Sam Hunt
4. “Dirt on My Boots” -- Jon Pardi
5. “Copperhead Road” -- Steve Earle
6. “Friends in Low Places” -- Garth Brooks
7. “Shape of You” -- Ed Sheeran
8. “That’s What I Like” -- Bruno Mars
9. “Fat Bottomed Girls” -- Queen
10. “24K Magic” -- Bruno Mars

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ABC/Image Group LAThis Thursday, Chris Lane and Scotty McCreery will have quite a few things in common: Both are headed home to North Carolina for the holidays, and both are planning huge Turkey Day feasts.

“Thanksgiving Day, we do a huge lunch,” Chris says. “Big family, like 60 people, we get together. Everybody brings a covered dish, everybody brings a dessert and we go all out.”

For Scotty, it will be much the same -- except he warns that sometimes you need to keep an eye out on his mother.

“We typically, all the family gets together, Mama cooks a big ole ham, and we get the turkey, and we eat good,” he explains. “One year, Mom tried to fake us out -- she loves to eat healthy. She tried to make us apple pie, but with little squash instead of apples. We kinda figured it out, but it was a good try,” he laughs.

Scotty’s latest single, “Five More Minutes,” just cracked the top 25, while Chris’s new duet with pop star Tori Kelly, “Take Back Home Girl,” is also in the top 40.

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Comstock/ThinkstockRicky Van Shelton scored a #1 country hit in 1987 with this song that made it to #11 in 1967 for Mel Tillis. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Life Turned Her That Way."

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ABC/Image Group LALANCO not only arrives at #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay ranking this week -- they’re also making a little history with their debut single.

“Greatest Love Story” marks the first time in more than a decade that a new artist has written their debut single alone and then taken that tune all the way to the top of the chart. Lead singer Brandon Lancaster can claim bragging rights for that feat.

“It’s absolutely incredible to write a song that our entire band has believed in since day one… and for our years of hard work to finally pay off,” he says. “We built our foundation as a band on ‘Greatest Love Story’ because we believed in the power of country music storytelling. To see how much it has resonated with so many people makes us feel a little less crazy for believing in it so much.”

“Greatest Love Story” has already been certified gold by the RIAA, with LANCO's full-length debut due in early 2018. The five-man band heads out on the Losing Sleep trek with Chris Young next year as well.

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Myriam SantosIf you've been dying to see the new lineup of The Eagles, you're not only going to get your chance, but lots more besides.

The band's just announced a North American tour next year on which they'll share the stage with some of the biggest names in music: legends Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor, and Grammy-winning country star Chris Stapleton.

The bad news is there are only 12 concerts confirmed so far, although more are expected to be announced soon. The tour begins with a March 14 date in Chicago.  That show, as will four others on the trek, will be arena shows with The Eagles alone -- Don HenleyJoe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with country star Vince Gill and the late Glenn Frey's son, Deacon Frey.  Four will feature Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band, two will include James Taylor and His All-Star Band, and the tour's lone Texas stop will have Chris Stapleton joining the band on stage.

Tickets for the various dates go on sale beginning Friday, December 1, with others on sale the day after that.  American Express Card members can buy tickets as early as Tuesday, November 28.  For full ticket info, visit Eagles.com.

Here's the tour itinerary:

The Eagles and Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
4/14 -- Orlando, FL, Camping World Stadium
4/21 -- Miami, FL, Hard Rock Stadium
6/28 -- Denver, CO, Coors Field
6/30 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Field

The Eagles and James Taylor & His All-Star Band
7/26 -- Washington, D.C., Nationals Park
7/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park

The Eagles and Chris Stapleton
6/23 -- Arlington, TX, AT&T Stadium

Evening with the Eagles arena concerts
3/14 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
3/23 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
5/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
7/15 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
7/20 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden

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ABC/Image Group LAWhile they don’t typically celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, Keith Urban says he’ll never forget his first one in America, which took place close to 25 years ago.

“The first one I ever had, I remember going to this family’s home, they invited me to Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t believe the volume of food,” the Aussie superstar recalls. “It was insane. I’ve never seen so much food in my life. Then after the food, there was like twelve desserts. I was like, ‘Why are there so many desserts?’ They said, ‘Well, because every aunt and every grandma, everybody brought their thing, their special dessert, and you have to try every one of ‘em.’”

Though he was initially in disbelief, Keith says he eventually came around to the idea.

“I’m like, ‘There’s like three apple cobblers,’” he explains. “And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but they’re made by different people and they’re all watching, so you have to make sure you try everything up there.’ I was in love with Thanksgiving immediately,” he laughs.

This year, Keith’s mom is in the States to celebrate Thanksgiving with him, his wife Nicole Kidman, and their two daughters.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWatch for Kelsea Ballerini Tuesday on both Live with Kelly and Ryan and the season finale of Dancing with the Stars. Live typically airs after Good Morning America on most ABC stations, while DWTS starts at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Texas native RaeLynn plays Houston’s 68th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. On Sunday, she performed at Macy’s 70th Annual Great Tree Lighting in Atlanta.

Eighties’ hitmaker Lacy J. Dalton is introducing “Carl the Christmas Dog” in time for the upcoming holiday season. You can sample the yuletide track on YouTube.

You can check out High Valley’s new episode of Farmhouse Sessions on YouTube, which features their latest top-25 hit, “She’s with Me.”

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Warner Music NashvilleFor Chris Janson, it’s time to “Fix a Drink” and celebrate:  this week, the lead single from his Everybody album, “Fix a Drink,” becomes his second career #1.

“Having a hit on country radio is a huge blessing,” the Missouri native says. “It’s Thanksgiving week, and I’m extremely thankful. Reaching my country fans through radio has always been a dream of mine. Thanks for allowing me to make my dreams come true.”

Chris scored his very first #1 back in September of 2015, when “Buy Me a Boat” hit the top of the chart.

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you’ve seen Nicole Kidman’s 2001 movie musical, Moulin Rouge!, you’ve heard the vocal talents of Keith Urban’s Academy Award-winning better half. Now, thanks to a little convincing from her superstar husband, you can hear the Australian actress singing on Keith’s new single, “Female,” as well.

“I have a studio at the house, and that's where we recorded this song,” Keith explained to Entertainment Tonight. “And Nic was home, so I just went upstairs and said, 'Can you come sing on it as well?'"

"Nicolle Galyon, who's one of the writers was singing already," he adds. "And I said, 'It'd be great if Nic joined her.' So Nic and Nic.”

But judging from Nicole’s hesitancy, it sounds like we won’t be getting a full-blown duet from the couple anytime soon.

“I went down and I did it because he asked me to,” Nicole confessed to ET.  “And he knows I have no confidence when it comes to singing. So I'll sing for him, and that's it.”

Keith picked up three American Music Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles, winning Favorite Country Male Artist, Favorite Country Album for Ripcord, and Favorite Country Song for "Blue Ain't Your Color."

“Female” is the lead single from Keith’s new album, which is due early next year.

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ABC/Image Group LAGet ready for the first new music from Sugarland since 2010’s The Incredible Machine album.

Speculation about the reunion of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush started when the two took the stage together to present the Vocal Duo trophy earlier this month at the CMA Awards, and then showed up to perform together at the Big Machine Records afterparty.  

Jennifer and Kristian have finally confirmed that fans will soon be able to hear “Something More” from the pair, as they shared a video on social media during a recent photo session in New York City.

“Things you need to know, things you need to know,” Kristian teased. “We're still the same. We're a little taller. We are still the same, except we might be making new music…”

“Yes, we've been writing and in the studio together and we have some new music coming your way,” Jennifer confirmed.

So far, there are no more details about Sugarland’s new music -- except perhaps that most of their social media posts have included the hashtag #StillTheSame.

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CMTEver wonder what Kesha would sound like singing “Wagon Wheel?” Chances are, we’re about to find out, as the pop star teams up with Old Crow Medicine Show for a new episode of CMT Crossroads.  

Old Crow released the song in 2004, after lead singer Ketch Secor added verses to a chorus written by Bob DylanDarius Rucker famously took “Wagon Wheel” to #1 on the country chart in 2013, with a little help from Lady Antebellum.

Old Crow’s latest album and DVD, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, pays tribute to Dylan’s iconic album from 1966.

Though Kesha’s a huge star in the pop world, she’s certainly no stranger to country music. Her latest album, Rainbow, includes a duet with Dolly Parton on the icon’s hit, “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You),” which was co-written by Kesha's mother, Pebe Sebert.

Kesha and Old Crow Medicine Show stage their episode of CMT Crossroads Tuesday in Music City. You can catch the show’s premiere Wednesday, December 6 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Comstock/ThinkstockFifteen years ago this week, Country Music Hall-of-Famer Emmylou Harris joined Bruce Springsteen onstage in Birmingham, Alabama to sing this track from Born in the U.S.A. Can you guess which one it was? ANSWER:  "My Hometown," which is appropriate, since Birmingham is Emmylou's birthplace.

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ABC/Image Group LAFor Carly Pearce, the last couple weeks have simply been the stuff that dreams are made of:  She scored her first #1 with her debut single, “Every Little Thing,” which has also been certified gold in both the U.S. and Canada.

This weekend at the Nashville stop on Brett Young’s Caliville Tour, the president of her record company, Scott Borchetta, presented her with the plaque commemorating her accomplishments -- and she’s already decided where she’ll put it.

“I live alone, so wherever you enter my house, you're gonna see it,” she tells ABC Radio. “So maybe like my living room, just so I can stare at it. Because I've always dreamt of what that would be like. It's not gonna match anything in my house, and I don't even care.”

Carly confesses it’s an emotional time for her family, after all her mom and dad sacrificed to help make her success a reality.

“My parents let me quit high school at 16 and start home-schooling, because I saw an audition to sing in the country show at Dollywood,” she explains. “And they've always supported my music career, and to be honest, these days we're on a group chat together, and we kind of, when we get together, we cry, just because it's so full circle. They'll send me little emoticons of them crying or pictures. It's a really special time for my family.” 

You should soon start hearing the Kentucky native’s second single, "Hide the Wine," from her Every Little Thing album.  

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ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban got a triple thrill at Sunday night's American Music Awards.

He was announced as the winner in the category of Favorite Country Male Artist, but while he was on stage accepting the trophy, presenter Kathryn Hahn announced that he'd also won two additional awards: Favorite Country Album for Ripcord, and Favorite Country Song for "Blue Ain't Your Color."

Instead of juggling his three trophies, Keith handed two of them to his wife Nicole Kidman, who was sitting in the front row, noting that it was only right that she share in the wins with him.  He thanked everyone, including his "baby girl" Nicole and their daughters, who he called "Munchkin" and "Fifi" -- their actual names are Sunday and Faith, of course.

Backstage, Keith told ABC Radio that his wins felt "extraordinary," adding, "I have so much gratitude for what I get to do, makin' music and when you make a record like Ripcord and it connects the way it has with everybody, it's the best feeling. It really is."

He added, "And this time of year, too, with what so many people have gone through and are still going through, it's an extremely important time to take stock of everything good in your life: family, loved ones, your health, everything."

The only country performance during the show came from Florida Georgia Line, who teamed up with actress and pop star Hailee Steinfeld, deejay/producer Alesso and guitarist Watt for their pop hit "Let Me Go."  All the artists performed on a flashy set made of interlocking metal boxes stacked on top of one another.

The other country winners included Carrie Underwood for Favorite Female Country Star and Little Big Town for Favorite Country Duo or Group.

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