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Oct 31

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Pumpkin Spice Grits

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Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith

Fall is finally here! This is my favorite season for many reasons, like sweaters, pumpkin patches, all of my favorite holidays and frozen egg nog. (Yes, even at 12 degrees, I like my egg nog frozen!) This time of year I get call after call asking for the perfect fall recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert from friends and family wanting to try new things and entertain with a dish that is sure to impress. Pumpkin is a go-to fall ingredient, so all my favorite pumpkin recipes are coming to mind as I share my ideas and recipes with them. Last fall, I shared my Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with y’all. This year, I’m keeping the pumpkin theme alive and well with my Pumpkin Spice Grits. These are subtly sweet, deliciously smooth and creamy with a hint of pumpkin pie perfection. I enjoy these for breakfast or as a perfect dessert after a savory fall dinner.

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Oct 31

Blake Shelton Repeats At No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton

Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/BlakeShelton.

There are no tricks, just treats on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Blake Shelton repeats at No. 1 this week while Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts round out the Top 3. Kenny Chesney charts two videos, with “American Kids” coming in a No. 15 and his latest, “Til It’s Gone,” debuting at No. 20. Plus, host Nan Kelley has a sneak peek of Tim McGraw’s new video.

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extras, including videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  4. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  5. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
  6. Cole Swindell – “Hope You Get Lonely”
  7. Lucy Hale – “Lie A Little Better”
  8. Hunter Hayes – “Tattoo”
  9. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
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Oct 30

Country Stars Share Favorite Halloween Memories

Hillary Scott's Halloween Costume as a Kid

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott shared this Halloween photo from her childhood.

Halloween — typically, jack-o’-lanterns, witches, and, of course, candy come to mind at the mention of this holiday. But one country star associates Halloween with fireworks.

“When I was a kid, I was all into fireworks,” Dierks Bentley said. “Growing up in Arizona, we couldn’t get them, so we’d have them shipped in illegally. I still remember the name of the guy we’d call. His name was Joe, and he’d ship them in a package with no writing on them. We were all about M-80s in the mailboxes and bottle rocket wars. To me, as a kid, Halloween was fireworks, blowing up stuff around home.”

Scotty McCreery‘s favorite Halloween was spent chasing girls. “My favorite Halloween memory would have to be me in my gorilla costume running down the street chasing some little girl I was friends with,” he said. “I knew her, but I was scaring her half to death. My favorite costume, though, would have to be my Elvis Presley costume. I think I was about 10 years old when that was happening.”

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Oct 30

AT&T U-verse Presents My Opry Debut on Country Deep App

Grand Ole Opry Stage

Photo courtesy of Opry.com.

The Grand Ole Opry and AT&T U-verse have teamed up to give customers an exclusive backstage look at six country music rising stars as they make their Opry debuts. My Opry Debut, available exclusively on the AT&T U-verse Country Deep app and Uverse.com, features Jamie Lynn Spears, The Cadillac Three, Sam Hunt, Chase Bryant, Maddie & Tae, and Cole Swindell as they step onto the historic stage for the first time.

“U-verse has always been about delighting our customers with compelling content, and My Opry Debut is the perfect addition to our Country Deep app,” said Brian Collins, Vice President of U-verse Consumer Marketing and AT&T Home Solutions. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Grand Ole Opry to document that moment when a new artist gets to walk out and play on the Opry stage for the very first time, and give our customers a behind-the-scenes look at the experience.”

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Oct 29

Brantley Gilbert, Maddie & Tae Share Favorite Costumes

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Brantley Gilbert photo by James Minchin, courtesy of BMLG.

When Halloween rolls around, it’s not uncommon to see people dressed up like their favorite celebrities. While Brantley Gilbert will not be dressing up like any of his musical heroes since he has a show scheduled for Halloween, he does have a favorite costume memory, which happened just last year.

“I got a picture from a brother of mine and my godson actually dressed up like me,” he said. “That was pretty cool. It was pretty funny.”

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Country newcomers Maddie & Tae have worn their fair share of costumes growing up. Maddie’s favorite was Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. “It was rockin’, but I like fell every step because of that dang tail,” she said. “I could not walk in it.”

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Oct 29

Miranda Lambert Raises Over $600,000 for MuttNation Foundation

Miranda Lambert With her Dogs

Photo courtesy of MirandaLambert.com.

Miranda Lambert is giving her money to the dogs. She raised $628,148 during her 7th Annual Cause for the Paws show, which took place at the inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Proceeds went to her MuttNation Foundation.

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“I always have a great time in Vegas, but being able to save dogs along the way was probably the best,” Lambert said. “Getting to do what I love and help the cause that’s closest to my heart, and do it in Vegas, it doesn’t get any better. With the money raised, I am looking forward to seeing lots of dogs find loving forever homes through adoption.”

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Oct 29

Luke Bryan and David Nail Know “Good” Halloween Candy

Luke Bryan at CMA Awards and David Nail at ACM Honors

Luke Bryan photo courtesy of CMA; David Nail photo courtesy of ACM.

If you happen to live in Luke Bryan’s neighborhood, be prepared to hand out the “good candy” when he brings his two boys to your door to trick-or-treat. He uses the opportunity to take sons Bo and Tate door-to-door to learn more about his neighbors.

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“We’re looking forward to trick-or-treating, and doing it in our neighborhood,” he said. “You can find out a lot about your neighbors by what kind of candy they put out. “Like full bars of Snickers bars and Reese’s cups. But the old chocolate popcorn ball of stuff, that’s no good either, like Dots – you get Dots one time of year and they pull your teeth.” Continue Reading

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Oct 28

Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Merge Tours for Stadium Shows

Jason Aldean's Burn it Down tour and Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour

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Two of the biggest touring acts in country music will collide in 2015. Kenny Chesney’s newly announced Big Revival Tour will merge with Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour for 10 stadium shows in summer 2015.

“We’ve played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock,” Chesney said. “There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can hit it the way Jason does, so I’m glad we’re able to bring both of our tours together for 10 nights this summer. I know what me and the guys are bringing in terms of music, and I know Jason can hang with us.”

After performances from yet-to-be-announced opening acts, Aldean will take the stage with his show with Chesney closing down the night. Aldean is up to the challenge of headlining a stadium with Kenny Chesney. Continue Reading

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Oct 28

Eric Church and Darius Rucker Remember Favorite Halloween Costumes

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Darius Rucker likes to dress up with his children. They stick with themes, and, while they are still deciding on what to be this year, Darius and his son once had a memorable outing as Star Wars characters.

“We’re talking about costumes,” he said. “We have a couple of ideas. Still the greatest one we ever had was when he was Darth Vadar and I was Luke Skywalker, and we were walking around, and he would look at everyone and go, ‘I’m his father.’ That was a very, very good one. But we’re talking about a couple of things. We’re talking about Ninja Turtles, or we’re talking about pro wrestlers, but nobody would know who we were. So, the Ninja Turtles are the winner right now, but we’ll come up with something cool.”

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Oct 27

Kenny Chesney Announces The Big Revival Tour

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Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Kenny Chesney is officially returning to touring in 2015. He announced his Big Revival Tour during an appearance on Good Morning America on Friday morning. The tour will kick off in Nashville on March 26, 2015, which also happens to be Chesney’s 47th birthday.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate,” he said. “I’ve been ready to get out there for a long time. Now that we’re announced, I’m fired up! This new music brings a new energy to the show, and it’s gonna take what we do to a whole other level.”

The Big Revival Tour will play arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums and feature some of country’s hottest acts — not yet announced — as special guests. Continue Reading

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