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Cole Swindell Says Performing on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade “Doesn’t Even Seem Real”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell usually heads back home to Georgia for Thanksgiving, but he’s making an exception this year to sing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Cole grew up watching the parade every year, and he’s having trouble processing that he’ll actually be a part of the event on Thursday.

He says, “That doesn’t even seem real. Especially from, you know, the folks where we’re from, we’ve all watched that. Even New York is bigger than we’ve ever imagined.”

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood and wife, Kelli, will be spending their first Thanksgiving with their baby boy, Cash, this week. Of course, everyone else in Dave and Kelli’s family wants to see Cash on Thanksgiving, too. Dave isn’t getting into the what he jokingly calls the “dirty politics” of visiting his family over Kelli’s family this holiday season though.

He says, “I think for the holidays this year, it’s just gonna be about, ‘What’s the most amount of family we can get him around.’ Everybody wants to see him.”

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Image Courtesy RCA/PearlGarth Brooks spends a second week at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with Man Against Machine. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the project moved 62,000 copies to come in at #5 on the overall Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Man Against Machine is available in physical form at all retailers, but you can get it digitally only at Garth’s GhostTunes.com.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Miranda Lambert‘s boutique with locations in her hometowns of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, and Lindale, Texas? ANSWER: The Pink Pistol.

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Image Courtesy MCA Nashville/McClisterSam Hunt has a show in Florida the day after Thanksgiving, so he’s bringing his entire band and crew home to Georgia to celebrate Turkey Day. It’s no problem since Sam’s hometown is on the way from Nashville to Florida.

He says, “[We] get together with my dad’s folks for lunch and then my mom’s folks for dinner. I’m gonna bring the guys down, and they’re just gonna be part of the family.”

Sam plays Tallahassee, Florida, Friday night prior to the Florida-Florida State game on Saturday.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean and Bob Seger‘s CMT Crossroads episode premieres Friday night at 10 ET.

Thomas Rhett loves to eat dressing at Thanksgiving, but he’s not a fan of gravy.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill try to take their three daughters to the beach every Thanksgiving.

The Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry makes a sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and a “sugary nutty topping” every Thanksgiving.

Josh Turner had released the video for “Lay Low,” the lead single from his new studio album due out in 2015.

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Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryCarrie Underwood and her husband, Nashville Predators hockey player Mike Fisher, won’t get to spend all of Thanksgiving Day together since he has a game that night.

“Our Thanksgivings and actually our holidays are kind of a mess, to be honest, because our plans revolve around mainly his hockey schedule,” Carrie admits.

Now that they’re expecting their first child, Carrie is committed to really celebrating holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, though.

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Image Courtesy Dick Clark Productions/ABCWhen Luke Bryan sits down to Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, he’ll definitely be thinking about the 1.7 million fans who came to see him in concert this year.

Luke tells ABC New Radio, “I’m thankful for just another year in this business where I felt a lot of love from a lot of people, a lot of fans. We went out and worked our butt off this year and stayed safe and stayed healthy.”

All that hard work ended up securing a CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy for Luke earlier this month.

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Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman has teamed up with Smithfield Brand meats for their Lend a Ham campaign this holiday season.

Every time someone tweets @SmithfieldBrand or posts on their Facebook wall using the hashtag #LendAHam, the company will donate one serving of protein to a food bank, up to one million servings.

To launch the campaign, Kimberly went undercover at a grocery store to hand out $100 gift cards to unsuspecting customers. Highlights from Kimberly’s giveaway are now featured in a new YouTube video.

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Image Courtesy BJ Yeager/Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols got a surprise visit from Randy Travis over the weekend. Randy attended Joe’s show at Billy Bob’s Texas Saturday night in Ft. Worth, Texas. The two shared some barbecue, and Joe honored the country legend with an acoustic performance of Randy’s song “Promises.”

Joe and Randy sang a duet of “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” in tribute to the late George Jones on Randy’s 2013 album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am. Randy hasn’t made many public appearances since suffering a stroke and undergoing heart surgery last year.

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