Feel-Good Friday: Uplifting Country News From Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton & Tim McGraw

These stories have cheered us up!

Written by Annie Reuter
Feel-Good Friday: Uplifting Country News From Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton & Tim McGraw
Taylor Swift; Photo Credit: Beth Garrabrant

Welcome to Feel-Good Friday, a weekly roundup of heartwarming stories, lighthearted videos,

and inspiring country news that reminds us all there is still good in the world.

Brett Eldredge gets animated in “Under the Mistletoe” with Kelly Clarkson

Brett Eldredge and his dog, Edgar, get animated alongside Kelly Clarkson in the festive music video for “Under the Mistletoe.” The pair’s soulful duet comes to life with a slew of new characters as Eldredge shows up for a holiday dinner in an RV. After a turkey mishap, Edgar chasing the family’s cat and a family member getting stuck in the bathroom, Eldredge comes to the rescue each time.

Dolly Parton saves 9-year-old from oncoming car

During an interview with Inside Edition, Talia Hill reveals that Dolly Parton saved her life while on the set of the singer’s Netflix film Christmas On the Square. Hill explains that she was getting hot chocolate when a producer said to go back to her beginning position. As she was walking back, a vehicle was headed in her direction and someone grabbed her and pulled her back.

“I looked up and it was Dolly Parton,” she told Inside Edition. “I was surprised, I was like [gasp]. And she’s like, ‘Well, I am an angel, you know,’ ’cause she plays an angel in the movie. I was in shock. She hugged me and shook me and said, ‘I saved your life!'”

Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow to perform during PLAY ON CBS concert special

Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow and The Highwomen are three acts scheduled to take part in the PLAY ON: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change benefit concert special Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. The show will raise funds for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and WhyHunger through the Play On Fund created by SixDegrees.Org. Viewers can donate to the organizations by texting the code “PLAYON” to 44-321. The show is executive produced by co-host Kevin Bacon, fashion designer John Varvatos, Rock the Bells founder and CEO LL COOL J, CBS This Morning anchor Anthony Mason, and benefit concert producers Greg Williamson and Nicole Rechter.

Taylor Swift drops second surprise album of 2020, evermore

Taylor Swift is making the most of her time in quarantine this year with the release of her second surprise album, evermore, today. The singer announced the project a day before its release explaining that her ninth studio album is “folklore’s sister record.”

“To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs,” she captions a photo on Instagram. “To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in.

“I’ve never done this before. In the past I’ve always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released. There was something different with folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning,” she continues. “I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales. I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of love lost and found into your lives. So I just kept writing them.”

Tim McGraw trims the tree, releases “It Wasn’t His Child”

Tim McGraw is gearing up for the holidays by trimming the tree in his home as per wife Faith Hill’s orders. Earlier this week, McGraw posted an image of himself sitting atop a very large ladder while decorating the Christmas tree. “A: Santa’s lead flying reindeer. B: wife trying to get rid of me before Christmas,” he captions the image.

In addition to decorating, McGraw released a new song just in time for the season. McGraw performed “It Wasn’t His Child” at this year’s CMA Country Christmas as well as at the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. Today, he officially releases the song.

“It’s been a crazy year and we’ve worked hard to put out music, knowing how much it can mean and provide solace in difficult times,” McGraw said in a release. “This is our final chance to thank everyone for sticking with us this year and more importantly, provide some Christmas spirit to you this holiday season.”