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Tailgates, music and a magical special

October 5, 2018

MICKY 90 YEAR CELEBRATION: Zac Brown Band will take part in the star-studded celebration of Mickey Mouse’s Ninetieth birthday during an upcoming television special, Mickey’s 90th Spectacular.

The TV special, which will be taped Saturday, Oct. 6, will air on ABC Sunday, Nov. 4. The two-hour event will also feature performances by Meghan Trainor, Leslie Odom Jr., Josh Groban and NCT 127. Kristen Bell, Sofia Carson, Tony Hale and Sarah Hyland will also make appearances.

Additional performers and guests will be announced soon. Zac Brown Band will perform “Bare Necessities” from Disney’s 1967 film The Jungle Book. Mickey made his first appearance on Nov. 18, 1928, in the short film, Steamboat Willie. Mickey’s 90th Spectacular airs Nov. 4, 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

HALL OF FAME: Louisa, Ky. native Ricky Skaggs was recently inducted into the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Ricky was inducted with Paul Williams, Tom T. Hall and the late Dixie Hall at the 29th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Marty Stuart had the honor of officially inducting Ricky into the esteemed organization. Ricky will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this month.

NEW MUSIC: Country Music Hall of Fame member Ronnie Milsap will release a new album of Jan. 18 that features duets with an A-list cast, including Billy Gibbons, Luke Bryan, Dolly Parton, Jason Aldean, Willie Nelson, Lucy Angel, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, George Strait, Jessie Key, Leon Russell, Steven Curtis Chapman and Montgomery Gentry.

The 13-track collection, dubbed Ronnie Milsap: The Duets, includes one of Troy Gentry’s final recordings on the Montgomery Gentry/Ronnie duet, “Shakey Ground.”

In addition, Leon Russell, who passed away in 2016, is featured on “Misery Loves Company.” The album was recorded at Ronnie’s Place, the Nashville studio Ronnie owned from the late 1970s until 1995.

TAILGATE: Ahead of Garth Brooks’ concert at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday, Oct. 20, fans can hang with the G-man’s Queen at Trisha’s Tailgate.

Trisha Yearwood will be hosting a tailgating extravaganza—tickets are $65— where fans can sample her recipes and cocktails, as well as check out furniture and accessories from her home collection.

Trisha and Garth shared the news on Trisha’s Facebook Live series, T’s Coffee Talk. “Trisha’s Tailgate tent — it’s coming to Notre Dame,” said Garth. “I’m so excited. This is going to be the place, too. So, the day of the show, there’ll be a big-ass white tent. And wait till you hear what’s inside it.”

“It’s going to be a really cool combination of everything that Notre Dame loves and everything that Trisha Yearwood loves, so I’m really excited about it,” added Trisha. “So, if you were ever curious about, like, ‘I want to see your furniture’ ... ‘I want to see your rugs’ ... ‘I want to see your accessories’ ... ‘I’d like to try your food’—it’s all going to be there.”

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.

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