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Aug 29

Top 5 Country Songs About Football

Country Artist Kenny Chesney Loves Football Season

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Football season is here, which means tailgating, touchdowns and a whole lot of celebrating when our favorite teams win. Country stars, from Kenny Chesney to Carrie Underwood, are also big fans of football season. Here are our Top 5 Country Songs About Football:

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Kenny Chesney – “The Boys of Fall”

Kenny Chesney is a huge football fan and counts the likes of Peyton Manning and Sean Payton among his close friends. He has co-produced several football documentaries, including The Boys of Fall, The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story and, most recently, The Believer,  a documentary about Steve Spurrier. His hit “The Boys of Fall” is a poignant look at football and what it means to small towns across the country.

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Brad Paisley – “Country Nation”

In the lyrics of “Country Nation,” from his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, Brad Paisley pays tribute to a number of things that makes America a ‘country nation’, including football. He name-drops several teams, from his beloved West Virginia Mountaineers to the Tennessee Volunteers, Michigan Wolverines and many more. Continue Reading


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Aug 29

Great American Country’s Summer Vacation Highlights

Here at Great American Country, we’re feeling sad and nostalgic that the end of summer is near. Instead of mourning the loss of lazy days gone by, we’re celebrating our favorite moments. The staff spent their summer traveling across the U.S., from our home base in Knoxville to snowy Alaska. Let there be no question, the Great American Country team knows how to enjoy summer. Take a look at the cool places we visited!

Site manager Sarah Herron vacationed at a dog-friendly beach, Edisto Island in South Carolina.


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Aug 28

Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” Reminds Them of Home

Florida Georgia Line's Dirt Album

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Florida Georgia Line’s latest single, “Dirt,” is a departure from their party anthem hits like “Cruise” and “This Is How We Roll.” The song’s different feel inspired the duo to record it, along with its firm reminder of their country roots.

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“We’ve done the party songs, we’ve done the upbeat fun stuff, and this is just a song that everybody can relate to,” Tyler Hubbard said. “People young or people older, everybody kinda has that place in their life that’s home and that they have a special spot in their heart for. I think that’s the kinda thing we’re trying to capture with this song.” Continue Reading


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Aug 28

Eric Church and Wife Katherine Launch Chief Cares Charity

Eric Church and Katherine Church Charity

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Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, are paying it forward. The couple have announced the launch of their charity, Chief Cares. Administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Chief Cares has already helped a Nepalese orphanage in getting beds and clothing and offering schooling for area children, delivered aid in Haiti and helped the Humane Society fund their no-kill animal shelters.

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Aug 27

Food Network’s Trisha Yearwood Nominated for 2014 CableFAX Award

Trisha Yearwood on Food Network

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Trisha Yearwood is cooking up more than just new music. Her Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, has been a recipe for success. Last year, she won the “Best Host – Food” CableFAX Program Award and is a finalist once again for this year’s honor. Winners will be announced on October 14.

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Aug 27

The LogHeads Visit Knott’s Berry Farm

To prepare for Camp Snoopy‘s 30th birthday celebration, Knott’s Berry Farm asked the stars of Great American Country’s series LogHeads to outfit the theme park in custom-made Rocky Top Log Furniture. The main restaurant at Camp Snoopy, in Grizzly Creek Lodge, needs a major renovation.

In tonight’s new episode of LogHeads, which airs at 9 p.m. ET, Tommy and Gwen Mitchell travel to the theme park, where he and his team build 90 chairs, 41 tables, 38 benches, two buffets and a custom hall tree bench. Don’t worry, the LogHeads also spent some downtime exploring the park.

“We had a lot of fun doing this project,” said Tommy Mitchell. “I changed that chair design five times.”

The Mitchells rode on Camp Snoopy‘s famous log flume ride, the Timber Mountain Log Ride, an appropriate attraction for the LogHeads. They were also joined by special guests at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Lodge — Peanuts characters Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Lucy.


“We are so pleased with the quality and craftsmanship of the LogHeads, and the design Tommy and Gwen brought perfectly reflects the spirit of the Grizzly Creek Lodge,” said Russ Knibbs, vice president of food and beverage for Knott’s Berry Farm. “Having this partnership, featured within an episode of LogHeads on Great American Country, is a perfect way to celebrate Camp Snoopy’s 30th.”

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Don’t miss this all-new episode, TONIGHT at 9 p.m. ET to see the LogHeads Knott’s Berry Farm adventure!

Plus, be sure to enter for your chance to win a four-piece, custom bedroom suite crafted by Rocky Top Log Furniture! Official Rules >>



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Aug 26

Little Big Town Announces The Pain Killer Tour

Little Big Town Tour

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Little Big Town will launch The Pain Killer Tour on November 8 in Youngstown, Ohio. The tour, which will feature Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne as special guests, will stop in 13 cities, wrapping on December 13 in Rockford, Illinois. The band will release their new album, Pain Killer, on October 21.

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“We are so excited to share Pain Killer and get on the road for this tour,” Karen Fairchild said. “Kimberly, Phillip, Jimi and I are thrilled to have such amazing openers in Brett and Brothers…we’re big fans.” Continue Reading


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Aug 26

2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Red Carpet Looks We Loved

When awards season comes around, we’re all about the celebs’ red carpet looks. Somehow, every single year the stars continue to impress us with their bold sartorial choices. In case you missed Monday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards, we collected our top five favorite outfits from the red carpet. Dresses in sparkly silver, red or white ruled the carpet, but one brave actress broke the mold, wearing a short and sassy navy number. Check out our favorite (most unexpected) looks!


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Kate Walsh attended as a presenter in a bright yellow Stephane Rolland gown.

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Aug 26

Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles Marries In Nashville

Love and Theft Wedding

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Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles married fiancee Jenna Michelle Kennedy on Sunday, August 24 at the Ruby, a boutique events center in Nashville, reports PEOPLE Country. Liles proposed to Kennedy last May and the couple welcomed a son, Jett Barker Liles, on December 2, 2013.

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“I am so blessed to have [Jenna] in my life and for us to become one,” Liles told People. “She is my best friend, and I am so grateful for the Lord bringing her into my life.” Continue Reading


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Aug 25

Great American Country’s Favorite Red Carpet Looks from the 2014 VMAs

At Great American Country, while we love the musical performances at the Video Music Awards, we especially make a note to watch the Red Carpet arrivals. Celebrities always bring their A-game for award shows, and this year’s VMAs were no different. From Miley Cyrus’ relatively conservative leather getup to Taylor Swift’s teeny-tiny romper, we’ve rounded up our favorite looks from the 2014 VMA Red Carpet.


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Taylor Swift performed her newly released (and very catchy) pop song, “Shake It Off,” live for the first time.


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Iggy Azalea, while not a winner, performed her new single, “Black Widow,” with Rita Ora.


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Beyoncé closed the show with a 15-minute-long performance before accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from husband, Jay Z.


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Pretty Little Liars actress and country singer Lucy Hale cohosted MTV’s VMA pre-show.


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 Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball,”and surprised everyone with her touching acceptance speech.

What were your favorite looks?


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