Everything You Need to Know About the 11th Annual “CMA Country Christmas” TV Special

Everything You Need to Know About the 11th Annual “CMA Country Christmas” TV Special

Here’s everything you need to know about the 11th annual CMA Country Christmas TV special.

  • Date: Nov. 30
  • Time: 8-10 p.m. CT
  • Television Station: ABC
  • Hosts: Thomas Rhett & Lauren Akins
  • Location: Recorded in September without an audience
  • Performers: Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Gabby Barrett, Lady A, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, and Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling
  • Thomas Rhett says: “Christmas is Lauren’s favorite time of the year, and mine, but Lauren goes all out on Christmas, so just to be here experiencing this beautiful Christmas set . . . getting to host this together is gonna be a blast.”
  • Set List:
  1. Kelsea Ballerini: “Santa Baby”
  2. Gabby Barrett: “The First Noel”
  3. Lady A: “Wonderful Christmastime” and “Little Saint Nick”
  4. Little Big Town: “Christmas Time Is Here”
  5. Tim McGraw: “It Wasn’t His Child”
  6. Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling: “What Child Is This?”
  7. Dan + Shay: “Christmas Isn’t Christmas”
  8. Florida Georgia Line: “Lit This Year”
  9. Thomas Rhett: “Christmas in the Country”

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”

 

Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell