Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban: Get Stuffed With Country On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is officially a holiday, but that won’t stop many of country music’s top stars from working while the rest of us eat. Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and James Otto are a few of the artists who have Turkey Day activities planned. Some of those appearances — including Taylor’s first-ever network special — were already shot. But others, such as Gloriana’s appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, indeed occur in real time. Here’s a roundup of country-related Thanksgiving stuff: Read More

Kenny Chesney Finds It’s Lonely at the Top

One very familiar face is missing from the national concert tour scene this summer, a guy who needed a break after spending years among the annual top attractions on the road. Kenny Chesney had churned out massive tours for years, becoming one of music’s top ticket sellers and habitually playing 10 or 12 stadiums along the way each time he put together an itinerary. He was out there on stage successfully leading a big-time party in city after city, but doing it year after year came with a price. There’s plenty of work involved in the planning of a major tour, and Kenny was regularly writing songs and recording albums in his down time. He was quite the workhorse, and he got burnt out in the process. Read More