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Dec 21

Reba McEntire’s Christmas Plans Include Lots of Family

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Reba McEntire (far left) as a child with her family.

Reba McEntire is closing out 2014 with a new record label home, the promise of new music in 2015, and a residency in Las Vegas with Brooks & Dunn. She’s enjoying the holiday season, taking advantage of the time to spend with her family. She’s also reminiscing about past Christmases.

“When I was growing up in southeastern Oklahoma, around Christmastime, Mama always bought Susie and I, my little sister, the same gift, only in different colors,” she recalled. “Mama always called Susie and I her ‘little girls.’ That used to make me so mad I couldn’t hardly stand it. Looking back, I just should have been thrilled to death I got a Christmas present at all.”

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Dec 20

Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line Recall Favorite Christmas Gifts

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Thomas Rhett photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group.

There is always one Christmas gift people remember for years to come. For Thomas Rhett, there are two presents that stand out as his all-time favorite Christmas gifts.

“As a child, it was probably my first drum set,” he said. “Then as an adult, my wife bought me a Benelli twelve gauge shotgun last year, which was pretty awesome. It’s better than I ever did for her.”

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Dec 20

Lady Antebellum: Real or Fake Christmas Trees?

When Christmastime rolls around, there is just one question to be answered – real tree or fake tree? The members of Lady Antebellum agree that they love a real Christmas tree, but a fake tree is much easier, especially as their trees are up for more than a month.

“I would love to have a real tree, and we used to have it, and I always wondered why I couldn’t breathe,” Charles Kelley said. “Dave and I share, we’re allergic to everything in this world, so we have to have fake trees.”

“Most people can handle the cleanup and the smell, but for me it’s just a little too much maintenance at Christmastime,” Dave Haywood agreed. “I’d rather focus on presents, family, food, so then the tree just pops in the attic for good.”

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Dec 19

Relive the Best Top 20 Moments of 2014

Nan Kelley at Santa's Workshop, Bass Pro Shops, Nashville

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2014 was a great year on Top 20 Country Countdown! Host Nan Kelley traveled the country, playing golf with Darius Rucker, visiting Gatlinburg, and even stopping by Santa’s workshop. She interviewed some of the biggest stars, including Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes. And, of course, she counted down your choices for the Top 20 music videos each week.

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As 2014 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the best moments of Top 20, all while counting down this week’s music videos. Will Carrie Underwood make it another week at No. 1 with “Something In The Water?” Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out, and relive some of the best moments of the year!

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Dec 19

One Pan Nan: Christmas Ginger Cookies

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Nan Kelley’s Ginger Cookies

“My mother-in-law, Patricia, is the Christmas cookie queen, so my husband, Charlie, grew up having the “best of the best” cookies during the holidays. This is one of his favorites, which she still makes today, and now it’s a yearly tradition at our house. Sugar and spice and everything nice — no truer words have ever been spoken for this little Christmas treat.”

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Dec 18

Miranda Lambert Releases “Little Red Wagon”

Miranda Lambert's Little Red Wagon Single

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Miranda Lambert is following up her hit song “Somethin’ Bad,” which featured Carrie Underwood, with “Little Red Wagon.” The song was co-written by Joe Ginsberg and Audra Mae, the niece of Judy Garland. Mae originally included the song on her 2012 album, Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound. Lambert may have never heard the tune if not for one of her musician friends.

“John Eddie is an artist who has come out on the road with us before and opened a few times,” Lambert told NewsOK.com. “He called my tour manager three or four years ago and said, ‘Hey, tell Miranda about this girl Audra Mae, specifically her song ‘Little Red Wagon.’ I think she could rock it.’”

Listen to “Little Red Wagon” below:

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Dec 18

Christmas Is All About Family for Justin Moore, RaeLynn

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Christmas is a time for family, and that sentiment holds true for Justin Moore and RaeLynn. Having three little girls at home makes the day extra special for Moore and his wife, Kate. Christmas is all about their daughters, and their oldest, Ella, provided the couple with one of their favorite memories on her first Christmas.

“She actually got her first tooth on Christmas morning,” he said. “That was pretty neat to see and something we’ll always remember.” Justin’s middle daughter, Kennedy, just turned three in November, and Rebecca, is five months old. “Of course I’m gonna spoil them rotten,” he said. “That’s my job as a daddy, especially to little girls.”

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For RaeLynn, Christmas is the one time of the year she will get to see all of her family, especially now that she is so busy traveling the country to promote her debut single, “God Made Girls.” Continue Reading

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Dec 17

Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves Extend Tours Into 2015

Fans of Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves are in for a pleasant surprise. Both acts announced they will extend their headlining tours into 2015. They also plan to release new music.

The spring leg of Little Big Town’s Pain Killer tour will kick off on March 5, 2015 in Savannah, Ga. The new leg will feature Chris Stapleton as a special guest and stops in 12 more cities. The band will also continue to offer a unique VIP experience for fans, allowing them to choose from two limited packages.

After celebrating their latest single, “Day Drinking,” reaching No. 1, Little Big Town released their new single, “Girl Crush,” to country radio. For tour dates and ticket information, visit littlebigtown.com.

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Dec 17

Kip Moore Talks Christmas Traditions, Future Family

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Kip Moore is enjoying some downtime after finalizing his 2015 tour dates last week. He plans to do some surfing, taking a break from the waves only to celebrate Christmas. One of Moore’s favorite traditions was going fishing with his brothers and their father, until his father passed away a couple of years ago. Another favorite ritual was watching Christmas movies as a family.

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“The night before Christmas.” Moore said, “my dad would take us to the store, the video store, and we would rent a bunch of movies, and we’d watch them all through the night. That was always a thing that we’d look forward to was all hanging out together and laughing until 3 or 4 or 5 in the morning, then waking up two hours later for the presents.”

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Dec 16

7 Easy, DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

If the holidays crept up on you this year, don’t worry. We found seven easy, DIY holiday decorating ideas for last-minute decorators. These festive handmade trimmings don’t require much effort or many materials. In fact, you can make most of them with items you already have at home! Keep reading for inspiration.

1. Create a festive banner with sparkly gold letters, a strip of burlap webbing and fresh greenery, berries and pine cones. Top it off with an oversized bow.

DIY Holiday Banner

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