MusicRow’s Favorite Things: Holiday Shopping List

Oprah Winfrey has her Favorite Things list full of ideas for holiday gifting, so does MusicRow! Check out the list below for some awesome gift ideas, selected by the MusicRow staff.

Ken Burns’ Country Music Documentary

Ken Burns‘ eight-part Country Music documentary, which premiered Sept. 15 on PBS stations nationwide, reached 34.5 million unique viewers. Directed by Burns and produced by Burns, Dayton Duncan, and Julie Dunfey, the 16-hour film traveled from country music’s beginnings in early America to the genre’s explosion in the mid-1990s.

The DVD of the 16-hour documentary alone retails at $109.98 at It can also be paired with its companion book, as well as the Country Music soundtrack.


Garth Brooks Legacy Vinyl Collection

The collection includes albums that are digitally remastered from analog recordings or CDs; the Digitally Remixed/Remastered Edition will include vinyl albums and CDs that are digitally remixed, except for Triple Live recordings; finally, the Analog Edition includes vinyl albums and CDs from the original analog recordings.

Each of the three box sets includes both vinyl as well as CDs of albums including Brooks’ classics No Fences, The Chase, In Pieces, Fresh Horses and Triple Live. The box set retails for $75 – $250, with a selection of packaging.


Spontuneous is a simple party game for all ages and musical tastes. A word is given and it’s a race to sing or shout out song lyrics containing that word. Play begins with the Tunesmith turning the timer and announcing a Trigger-Word from their Hit-List. The first player to start singing scores, but they must sing a minimum of five words containing the Trigger-Word.

Spontuneous retails for $29.99 on


Airpods Pro

Now with active noise cancellation, AirPods Pro have been designed to deliver immersive sound, as well as transparency mode so you can hear your surroundings, and a customizable fit for all-day comfort. Just like AirPods, AirPods Pro connect to your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Airpods Pro retail at $249.00 on


MusicRow Membership

As Nashville’s leading music industry publication, MusicRow delivers six annual print issues a year, including our Country Radio, MusicRow Awards, Touring, Publisher, and Artist Roster issue, as well as our InCharge issue, which is a contact directory of almost 400 Nashville music business gatekeepers.

Along with the six print issues, a MusicRow membership includes afternoon and morning news emails, access to the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart, voter eligibility for the annual MusicRow Awards, and notification about our annual events.

A yearly MusicRow membership is $159.


Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life by Tim McGraw

Award-winning country artist and actor Tim McGraw released his new book Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life in October. The book melds his personal fitness transformation story with practical advice to inspire healthy changes in readers’ lives. For the first time, McGraw shares the details of the mental and physical routine that got him in the best shape of his life.

Grit & Grace retails for $29.99 at


George Strait’s Strait Out of the Box Vinyl Collection

The legendary George Strait will release Strait Out of the Box: Vinyl Collection, a limited-edition, 10-volume vinyl set on Friday, Dec. 6, with pre-orders available now at

The Strait Out of the Box compilation offers 128 songs, featuring his 57 No. 1 singles. The collection will comprise all of the songs on previous Strait Out Of The Box projects, including singles such as “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” “Check Yes or No” and “She’ll Leave You with a Smile.”


GIFFT By Kathie Lee Gifford

Pictured: MusicRow awards co-host Alecia Davis, Kathie Lee Gifford, MusicRow Awards co-host Sherod Robertson. Photo: Steve Lowry

MusicRow tried some of Kathie Lee Gifford‘s wine at the 2019 MusicRow Awards. The GIFFT line of wines offers a Rosé, Red Blend, Pinot Grigio and a Chardonnay.


Tickets To ICE! featuring A Christmas Story at Gaylord Opryland Hotel

ICE! at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel is back with the theme featuring the beloved classic holiday movie A Christmas Story. The interactive scenes and slides are hand-carved from two million pounds of ice, created by a talented team of artisans. Tickets range from $21.99 per child and $29.99 per adult.


The Singer/Songwriter Rule Book: 101 Ways To Help You Improve Your Chances Of Success by Larry Butler

Music industry exec. Larry Butler‘s guide to finding success as a singer-songwriter in a highly saturated field. The Singer/Songwriter Rule Book: 101 Ways To Help You Improve Your Chances Of Success retails for $10 on


Willie’s Remedy and Willie Nelson Product Limited Edition Gift Set

Willie’s Remedy is a Limited Edition Gift Set features a choice of Willie’s Remedy hemp-infused coffee or tea, hemp tote bag, 15 oz. ceramic mug and a vinyl imprint of Willie Nelson‘s 2019 release Ride Me Back Home. The album’s title track was just nominated for the Grammy Award in the Best Country Solo Performance category.

Get your Willie’s Remedy here!


Nashville Skyline Vinyl Wall Art

This wall art showcases the Nashville skyline etched into a vinyl, for $49.99. The art is customizable with different cities, but we prefer Nashville’s skyline.


Amazon Echo Buds

Amazon’s version of wireless headphones are becoming favorites. The Echo Buds work with Amazon Alexa app to stream music, play Audible audiobooks, make calls, or get directions; as well as other digital assistants like Siri or Google Assistant. The Amazon Echo Bugs retail for $129.99 on


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s ‘This Shirt Saves Lives’

Photo: Courtesy

To support the work that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is doing, you can donate at least $20 a month and receive a This Shirt Saves Lives t-shirt.


Tickets To GLOW Nashville at First Tennessee Park

Located at First Tennessee Park, GLOW Nashville features one of the country’s tallest Christmas trees, millions of lights adorning larger-than-life sculptures, epic ice skating and tubing experiences, a life-size Santa’s Workshop and many more immersive activities designed to create memories for all ages. Ticket prices vary.


Big Machine Vodka

Big Machine Platinum-Filtered Premium Vodka is 25 times distilled and three times platinum filtered. The spirit launched in late 2016 and is the creation of Scott Borchetta and his record label Big Machine Label Group. Click here to find where Big Machine Vodka is sold near you.


Guitar Amp Wall Key Holder

For the audio-head in your life. Click here to get yours.


Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop Book

Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop is the first fully illustrated tour of this iconic print shop. Complete with 190 illustrations, the book chronicles the long life and large cast of employees, entertainers, and American legends whose histories are intertwined with it. It retails for $45.00.


Apparel from Project 615

Project 615 was formed in 2010 as a fundraising and awareness effort for the homeless population in Nashville. It has since raised over $500,000 for a variety of causes, and employees over 50 people recovering from homelessness and addiction. Get a great holiday gift and give back, win-win!


Tickets To See The Grand Ole Opry at The Ryman Auditorium

Grand Ole Opry member Chris Janson performing at the Ryman. Photo: Zachary A. Sinclair

Seeing a show at the historic Ryman Auditorium is unlike any other experience. During the holiday season, the Grand Ole Opry moves back into the Ryman for its regular shows. Check out the event calendar here, and go see the Grand Ole Opry in one of it’s original homes.


Donation in Your Name to Music Health Alliance, MusiCares, The T.J. Martell Foundation or another worthy charity

Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, members of the music community across the country have gained access to lifesaving cancer treatment, transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other crucial services. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years, or who has credited contributions to at least four commercially released recordings or videos. Donate to Music Health Alliance here.

MusiCares is a non-profit organization established in 1989 and incorporated in 1993 by the Recording Academy. MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community. Donate to MusiCares here.

The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer. The Foundation was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $280 million for research at flagship hospitals in the United States. Donate to the T.J. Martell Foundation here.


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LB Cantrell is Project Manager at MusicRow magazine. She heads up specific, large-scale projects for the company and assists in day-to-day tasks. LB also manages the MusicRow Top Songwriter Chart and contributes editorial for both the print and online platforms. She joined MusicRow full time in January of 2019, after interning and working part time for the company for a year. She is from Blairsville, Georgia and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Music Business degree in 2018.

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