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Aug 22

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Is Now Open

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Johnny Cash (1932 – 2003) walks inside the gates of Folsom Prison, preparing to perform his fourth concert for inmates there, California, 1964. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Fans of Johnny Cash can now visit the home he grew up in. The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opened in Dyess, Arkansas, on Saturday, reports Rolling Stone Country. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by members of the Cash family, who lived in the home from 1935 until 1953. The five-bedroom home has been refurnished with retrieved family items and donations.

“If Dad walked into the house today, he would have been overcome,” Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s oldest daughter, said.  ”Many people approach me about starting Johnny Cash projects and I usually say no. But, in talking to Dr. Ruth Hawkins and Arkansas State University, I realized several things, and one is that my children need to know their family legacy. It’s so beautiful.” Continue Reading

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Aug 22

Florida Georgia Line Digs Deeper with “Dirt” Music Video

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Florida Georgia Line recently released the video for their new single, “Dirt.” Known for their feel-good party anthems and good-time music videos, “Dirt” digs a little deeper.

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“I think it’s a more dramatic video,” Brian Kelley said. “It matches the song. The song is kind of a topic we haven’t really touched, a little deeper, but it’s FGL to the core, man. Somethin’ that we’ve been waitin’ to put out for a long time, this kinda song.” Continue Reading

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Aug 21

Dierks Bentley Lands at No. 1 with “Drunk On A Plane”

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Dierks Bentley photo by Nino Munoz, courtesy of The GreenRoom.

Dierks Bentley has landed at No. 1 on the country charts with his single “Drunk On A Plane.” The song marks the second consecutive No. 1 hit from his recently released RISER album, and is his 12th No. 1 as both a singer and a songwriter.

“I think I knew even back when we were in the studio making this album that we were on to something special, but once you let it fly out into the world, you just never know what will happen,” Bentley said. “First, ‘I Hold On’ came out and really hit people in an emotional, personal way, and I was totally blown away by all the stories I heard and how impactful some of those lyrics were for a lot of people. And now, the reaction to ‘Drunk’ has just been crazy…two VERY different songs that the fans have taken and made their own.” Continue Reading

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Aug 21

Watch the Trailer for Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, a documentary on the life and career of country legend Glen Campbell, is set for release on October 24 in New York and Nashville. The film was made during Campbell’s final tour after he was diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s.

I’ll Be Me features footage from Campbell’s Goodbye Tour, along with stories from artists and celebrities he influenced, including Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, Steve Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, the Edge, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Webb and Jay Leno. The film also includes footage from Campbell’s doctor visits after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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Aug 21

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Chipotle Lime Shrimp Skewers

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You may know Krystal Keith as the singer of the sweet father/daughter wedding dance song, “Daddy Dance With Me,” which she wrote for her own wedding as a surprise for dad Toby Keith. Or maybe you know her from her official debut single, “Get Your Redneck On.” [Get it here!] But did you know she’s also super talented in the kitchen? Krystal’s been creating delicious meals from family recipes for years and featuring them in her blog, The Barnyard Bistro. Every week she shares her favorites exclusively with Great American Country.

“I plan on keeping summer alive as long as I can. Grilling our dinner is one thing that keeps us outside and in the summer spirit. We love inviting our friends over and enjoying dinner on the patio on these warm summer nights. This recipe for Chipotle Lime Shrimp Skewers is the perfect outdoor meal to share with friends. Serve them over a bed of rice or sautéed peppers and onions, with a few hot tortillas and a bucket of Pacificos, and you’re off to a great night.”

Chipotle Lime Shrimp Skewers

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Aug 21

Top 20 Country Countdown Visits Gatlinburg

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This Friday at 8/7c, Top 20 Country Countdown will air a prime time special on location in Gatlinburg, Tenn., a popular family vacation destination. Host Nan Kelley visits some of the town’s hot spots. See how you could win a Gatlinburg getaway below!

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Nan ventures to the heart of Gatlinburg, where she spends some time shopping and dining in The Village. She also visits Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler, where viewers will get a look at a working distillery and live bluegrass. Our host takes in the beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains with a visit to the famed Space Needle, towering 400 feet in the air and she took a ride on the Aerial Tram at Ober Gatlinburg. Continue Reading

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Aug 21

Trisha Yearwood Announces First Album in Seven Years

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Trisha Yearwood photo courtesy of Food Network.

Trisha Yearwood’s husband, Garth Brooks, isn’t the only one planning a comeback. Yearwood has signed with Sony Music Nashville and RCA Records and announced her new album, Prize Fighter, in front of an audience of industry and media in Nashville on Tuesday night.

“It’s a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning the fight no matter what,” she said. “And I think it’s a message that we all need to hear.”

The album, which does not have an official release date, is Yearwood’s first since 2007’s Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love. Yearwood used sports to explain her decision to record again after a seven-year break. Continue Reading

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Aug 20

Thomas Rhett Appreciates Dad’s Advice on the Road

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Thomas Rhett photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group.

Thomas Rhett has learned the art of songwriting from one of the best in the business – his father, Rhett Akins. Rhett loves having his father join him on the road, but when Akins is on the tour bus, it is not all about father-son bonding.

“Every time Dad comes to the show you can guarantee that he’ll be at the front of the house at the beginning, and then backstage when we get off stage,” Rhett said. “And the first thing I’ll be is like, ‘What’d you think?’ And he’ll either say it was awesome or got a list of things that I shoulda done better or set list should’ve been different.” Continue Reading

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Aug 20

Great American Vacation: Grand Finale!

I’ve been sharing details of our family vacation to Colorado, and this week, it’s the grand finale.  Drum roll please….

Our final day in Colorado Springs took us bright and early to the top of Pike’s Peak. I planned this activity for the last day because I was concerned about the altitude and felt like a couple days into our stay it wouldn’t be an issue. I chose not to drive the windy road to the top, but instead took the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway. The railway began in 1891 and climbs to the very top, a full 14,115 feet up.

The Leitman family takes a trip to Pikes Peak on their Colorado vacation.

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Aug 20

Blake Shelton Releases “Neon Light”

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Blake Shelton is one of country music’s most lovable acts, well-known for his sense of humor, especially on Twitter. But in his new single, “Neon Light,” he is revealing his mean side. The tune is a revenge song about forgetting an ex over a few drinks and a potential rebound.

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