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Sep 19

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Remain at No. 1 on Top 20

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Carrie and Miranda repeat at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Bad.”

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood make it another week at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Bad” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Scotty McCreery and Brad Paisley round out the Top 3, while Old Crow Medicine Show’s latest video, “Sweet Amarillo,” makes its countdown debut at No. 13.

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Besides counting down this week’s Top 20 videos, host Nan Kelley was joined by the one and only Kenny Chesney. Chesney stopped by to talk about his new album, The Big Revival, out September 23, as well as his new video, “American Kids,” which landed at No. 14 on this week’s countdown.

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding 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. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  6. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  7. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  8. Dolly Parton – “Home”
  9. Jana Kramer – “Love”
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Sep 19

Here Are the Winners of the Great American Country Giveaway

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Howdy, y’all! Today is a big day. We’re announcing the winners of the weekly prizes and the $50,000 cash Grand Prize from the Great American Country Giveaway! The sweepstakes, which launched in August and ended on September 12 at 5:00 p.m., celebrated all things Western and Texas-sized, specifically our new show Highway Cowboys.

If you missed your chance to enter the Great American Country Giveaway, don’t worry, there’s more to come! Make sure you never miss our sweepstakes announcements by signing up for our newsletter.

Now, see who rode off with the $50,000 grand prize and $1,000 weekly prizes:

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Sep 19

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Grilled Balsamic Chicken

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I spent a month backpacking Europe after I graduated from college, and in a little shop in Paris, I found the most amazing well-aged balsamic vinegar. I had never really been much of a fan of balsamic, but this was aged to the point where the tart vinegar flavor had turned into a sweet, almost honey-infused flavor. I bought a bottle to bring home, and since that moment, balsamic and I have had quite the love story! This is one of my favorite recipes to use that balsamic on, and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I love it.
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Sep 18

Great American Country Visits American Field

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Photo courtesy of Ellen Foord

It’s no secret that we support American-made products here at Great American Country, so attending the American Field pop-up exhibition and market in Boston was a dream come true. American Field celebrates craftspeople from all over the U.S. who create American-made goods such as clothing, furniture or accessories. Plenty of food and drink vendors attend, as well as American-made enthusiasts, like Great American Country and Ellen Foord.

Foord contributes to our sister site’s blog, DIY’s Made + Remade. She also runs a personal blog, Minnow + Co., and was lucky enough to attend American Field and write about her experience to share with the rest of us! Among some of Foord’s favorite American-made items were Grillo’s Pickles, a floral button-down from Stock Manufacturing Co., sustainably designed furniture from Structure Design & Build and, of course, 100 percent cotton T-shirts from Great American Country’s upcoming new series, Horses Cut Shop, slated for 2015. See the rest of her picks on Made + Remade!

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Sep 18

New Series Horses Cut Shop Slated for 2015 on Great American Country

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Photo courtesy of Ellen Foord

Gabe Johnson owns Horses Cut Shop, a Seattle based T-shirt company creating one-of-a-kind shirts based off of small businesses sprinkled throughout America. In Great American Country’s newest yet-to-be-titled original series, Johnson travels the U.S. looking for small towns with small, struggling businesses and untold stories. What he learns on his adventures inspire his T-shirt designs that he sells in department stores across the country. Gabe then gives back some of the profits to the businesses featured on the shirts.

“I find a business that means the most to that town. I get to know those owners, and I work with them to take their identity that they’ve nurtured and built, and I put it on an American-made T-shirt,” said Gabe. “I expose their story to the world, I put money back in their pocket, and I promote them. It’s my job to find them and tell their story. I’m discovering America – one T-shirt at a time.”

Stay tuned for premiere dates and the latest developments on GreatAmericanCountry.com!

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Sep 17

George Strait Releases The Cowboy Rides Away: Live

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George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium is now available. The album was recorded during Strait’s final show on his last tour and features special guests Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson.

Eric Church was on hand both at the final show in Dallas and as an opener several times throughout the show. Strait was impressed with how Church worked the crowd.

“Eric Church is just a great artist,” Strait said. “He’s a really great performer and great songwriter. He’s got the total package. When we did our shows together during the tour he came out and, well, he said I’m not going to bring my band. I’m just going to do a set just me and my guitar. Continue Reading

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Sep 17

Americana Music Festival: 10 Acts to Catch

J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers will perform at The Americana Festival on September 19. (Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/thedirtdaubers.)

The Americana Music Festival kicks off this week in Nashville, featuring four nights of live music from September 17-20. 165 live performances will take place at more than nine music venues throughout downtown Nashville. It’s a music festival like no other, and if you are headed to Music City this week, here are 10 shows not to miss:

Lee Ann Womack – September 18, 7:30p at Cannery Ballroom

Lee Ann Womack is set to release her new album, The Way I’m Livin,’ on September 23. “We wanted to capture the moment,” Womack said of the album, which was recorded almost completely live. “Both the moment in the song and the moment when the musicians catch fire. There’s a magic when the players find each other, find the heart of the song – and that spark is the greatest moment of all.”

Angaleena Presley – September 18, 9:00p at High Watt

Known as one-third of Pistol Annies, Angaleena Presley will release her solo debut, American Middle Class, on October 14. “A lot of folks first heard of me when I wrote a song called ‘Knocked Up’ that Heidi Newfield cut on her first solo record,” she said. “People would say, ‘God, honey, that song has balls.’ But I just wrote what I knew. I was pregnant, not married, and felt like the shame of my family.”

Marty Stuart – September 18, 9:30p at 3rd & Lindsley

Marty Stuart is one of “country’s most historically-minded new traditionalists.” He will take the stage at 3rd & Lindsley for a show featuring his own brand of sound, which combines elements of honky tonk, rockabilly, country-rock, traditional country and bluegrass. Continue Reading

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Sep 17

Easy Tin Foil Recipes for a Bonfire

Camping season is upon us! It’s time for hot dogs, s’mores and open campfires. But what if you want to switch up the typical camping menu? Different doesn’t have to mean fancy, which is why we love tin foil campfire recipes. Throw some meat, veggies and a sprinkle of your favorite spice in a piece of foil, cook it over the fire, and you’re done! You can even make desserts in tin foil. Here are three of our favorite recipes.tin-foil-hobo-dinner-recipe

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Sep 17

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Honored in Corn Maze

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Dolly Parton‘s Imagination Library delivers books to children around the world every month to encourage reading and imagination. Over 1,600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to children every month. McMinn County boasts the highest enrollment in Parton’s program in Tennessee, with 92 percent participation. To celebrate the achievement, Mayfield Farm in Athens, Tenn., will honor the anniversary at their 7th annual corn maze.

Each fall, the Mayfield family opens up the eight-acre corn maze to the public, along with a pumpkin patch and haunted trail. The maze officially opens on September 27, but the anniversary celebration takes place on September 20th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., with special guests and plenty of activities for kids.
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Sep 16

A Day at the Tennessee Valley Fair

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At Great American Country, we are big advocates of supporting your local community. Not only does community involvement benefit the economy, but it fosters pride, loyalty and appreciation among the area’s inhabitants. Fairs and festivals are just two of many ways to get involved. Because our network is based in Knoxville, Tenn., just 15 minutes outside the Tennessee Valley Fairgrounds, I decided to explore my own neck of the woods.
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