OFFSTAGE: Country Stars Share Thanksgiving Plans

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I’m making a pumpkin pecan praline cheesecake from a recipe I saw in Southern Living magazine. But other than that, my mother-in-law is doing most of the heavy lifting for our Thanksgiving dinner this year. But as I sit here trying to figure out how to lock my spring-form pan, I wonder what the country artists are up to this year. Do they cook? Do they travel? Do they actually count their blessings, out loud? Do they have eating contests? Here’s what I found out from various radio interviews I’ve come across this year:

Alan Jackson: “My favorite Thanksgiving dish would be the cornbread-based kind of dressing that we always have with turkey. That recipe is a kind of a combination of my mama, and [wife] Denise has taken it and perfected it over the years, so that me and my children really enjoy it.”

Dierks Bentley: “A couple of Thanksgivings ago, we were here in Nashville, and we did the whole fry-the-turkey-up, which was great. I mean, it just tastes so good. All those juices get locked in there. I love that, too. You really can’t cook a turkey wrong. Trust me, I’ve played a lot of county and state fairs where I’ve seen gigantic turkey legs. I’m pretty good any way you want to cook it up, but you’ve got to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.”

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley: “Thanksgiving’s a really big holiday for my family. We always have about 60 of our closest family and friends up in the North Georgia mountains for kind of a yearly big Thanksgiving extravaganza. We have about everything under the sun to eat, and I usually have an eating contest with my brothers.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.