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ABC/Fred LeeMichael Ray‘s latest single may be “Real Men Love Jesus,” but with his family at Thanksgiving, he says real men love grandma’s calorie-laden desserts.

“My grandmother makes this thing called a Dump Cake and it’s like super bad for you. There’s no healthiness in the whole thing,” he asserts. But the “Kiss You in the Morning” chart-topper says the treat is so tasty, it inspires a little competition.

“It like causes almost a family feud every holiday… It’s so good… It’s like chocolate cake and chocolate pudding and Cool Whip, I guess it …read more

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ABC/Fred LeeMichael Ray‘s latest single may be “Real Men Love Jesus,” but with his family at Thanksgiving, he says real men love grandma’s calorie-laden desserts.

“My grandmother makes this thing called a Dump Cake and it’s like super bad for you. There’s no healthiness in the whole thing,” he asserts. But the “Kiss You in the Morning” chart-topper says the treat is so tasty, it inspires a little competition.

“It like causes almost a family feud every holiday… It’s so good… It’s like chocolate cake and chocolate pudding and Cool Whip, I guess it …read more

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Natasha Moustache/CMAOn Thanksgiving, you’ll find Darius Rucker watching football and eating sweet potato pie, if the “Southern Style” hitmaker has his way.

“I’m a big food guy, as you can tell by looking at me up here. I like food a lot!” he jokes. “My favorite thing is my sisters’ sweet potato pie. I just, I love sweet potato pie so much and I don’t get it very often and my sisters always make sure I get a couple during Thanksgiving and Christmas. So that’s my favorite thing, sweet potato pie.”

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ABC/Image Group LAHaving picked up both his second CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy and the American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist — Country just this month, Luke Bryan admits he certainly has plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

“I’m thankful certainly for my health and the health of my family and my fans and that every year it seems like I’ve been blessed that things do get bigger and better every year, and I feel like I have cheated the system for quite a few years now,” he says slyly, “so I’m …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Chris Young‘s first number one single? ANSWER: “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2009.

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Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks is taking his World Tour to North Charleston, SC, this February.

Garth will play one show only at the North Charleston Coliseum Saturday, February 13. As with Garth’s other shows, wife Trisha Yearwood‘s also on the bill.

On-sale date for tickets is Friday, December 4, exclusively through Ticketmaster.

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Southern ReelZac Brown Band‘s latest song may be “Beautiful Drug,” but there’s another tune featuring Zac you may soon start hearing a lot. The band leader contributes vocals to Avicii‘s “Broken Arrows,” the third single from the Swedish DJ and producer’s million-selling STORIES album.

The just-released video for the song was inspired by the true story of an unnamed Olympic high jumper who overcame his struggles with alcohol to win a gold medal in 1968. Neither Avicii nor Zac actually appear in the clip, which goes on to depict the athlete’s struggles raising a …read more

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Natasha Moustache/CMAIf you feel like you haven’t seen much of Jennifer Nettles lately — well, the female half of Sugarland is about to change all that. In fact, she’s pretty much taking over your TV during the 2015 holiday. For the sixth year in a row, she’ll host CMA Country Christmas on ABC on December 3, and then a week later, she’ll play Dolly Parton‘s mother Avie Lee in the NBC movie Coat of Many Colors. But her TV takeover starts this Thursday as she gets up early to do the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTim McGraw will be one of the main speakers at Country Radio Seminar 2016. He’ll give a talk called ”Transcending/Evolving with Tim McGraw” at the annual disc jockey convention in Nashville in February.

Florida Georgia Line will play the Carolina Country Music Fest June 10-12 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Michael Ray performed his number-one hit “Kiss You in the Morning” at a surprise presentation Monday at Nashville’s Hunters Lane High School, where StubHub and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation gave close to $40,000 worth of instruments to the band program.

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Schmidt Relations/Kristy BelcherAlan Jackson‘s song “You Can Always Come Home” is the centerpiece of a new campaign to build more than 300 Habitat for Humanity homes around the U.S. The “Home for Good” project, sponsored by building products maker Ply Gem, kicks off today with a two-week online contest that will fly two winners home to be with their families during the holidays. Alan will also be a part of a Builders Blitz in the Nashville area next June during CMA Music Festival.

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