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Local fiddle player Tom Hansen of the group Honky Tonkitis announced he will be appearing in the NFL Thanksgiving day halftime show during the Detroit Lions home game against the Houston Texans.

"I'm really excited to be playing at what will most likely be the most well-attended and most-watched performance of my career," Hansen said Wednesday.

"A lot of hard work, dedication and just plain elbow grease went into creating and building this performance, one uniquely shaped around my specific talents," Hansen explained.

"We're all really excited for Tom and wish him the best of luck," Honky Tonkitis singer Johnny Maplewood commented, "I'll have my Tivo on 'record' and I'll be silently praying for Tom to 'break a leg,' as they say."

Hansen will be performing a version of The Power of Love, a song made famous by 80's band Huey Louis and the News, with the halftime group, Up With Fiddles, a midwestern violin ensemble that promotes positive life choices through the use of the violin.

"There's eighty-two of us marching on the field. You can find me in section eight, row two, fourth from the left. You'll know it's me because I'll be wearing a red ribbon on my lapel," Hansen concluded.

"I'll be there as well," accordion player Don Turner announced. "I'll be the guy in the stands throwing crap at Tom."

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