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Sep 29

Lady Antebellum Was Challenged by a Tough Critic on New Album

Lady Antebellum's New Album '747'

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Lady Antebellum will release their new album, 747, on Tuesday. For this album, they were challenged to think outside the box by one of their biggest critics – Charles Kelley’s wife, Cassie.

“My wife is brutally honest, and she’s not the most musical person, but she is a very good example of a listener, or someone that would be a fan of our music, and she said, ‘Charles, I really want you guys to stretch yourselves a little bit. I know you’ve got better songs.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean by that? Better songs? This is great stuff?’ And she said, ‘I know, but I’ve heard that before. Y’all have done this before.’” Continue Reading

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Sep 27

Watch Keith Urban’s “Somewhere In My Car” Music Video

Keith Urban's Somewhere In My Car video

Keith Urban has released a steamy new music video for his latest single, “Somewhere In My Car.” The track is the fifth single from his Fuse album. Directed by John Urbano, the video shows a couple in the midst of a passionate moment.

“The story [of ‘Somewhere in My Car’] is what I would call melancholy,” he said. “So for me, the video had to be centered around the present and the past, but focused on the intoxicating emotion of ‘those nights’.”

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Sep 26

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

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood keep their No. 1 streak going, topping the charts with “Somethin’ Bad” again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown. Scotty McCreery and Tim McGraw with Faith Hill round out the Top 3, while Kip Moore and Dan + Shay return to the countdown with their latest videos.

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In addition to counting down this week’s top videos, host Nan Kelley was joined by hot new duo The Swon Brothers, who stopped by to talk about their new music and their whirlwind of a career since competing on NBC’s The Voice. Their “Later On” music video is currently at No. 8 on the 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. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  4. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  5. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  6. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  7. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  8. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  9. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  10. Jana Kramer – “Love” Continue Reading

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Sep 26

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

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Pumpkin — it’s the word on everyone’s tongue and the flavor in everyone’s bellies. If you’re late to jump on the pumpkin train, shame on you! Just kidding. (But really, the first day of fall was two days ago. What are you waiting for?) Whether you’ve been drinking pumpkin lattes for weeks or just bought your first slice of pumpkin bread yesterday, make it a priority to try this pumpkin cookie recipe.

My mom gave me this recipe that she’s been making for years, but we have no idea where it originated. No matter though, these pumpkin cookies are absolutely delightful, especially when eaten alongside a warm cup of coffee or tea. The recipe makes about 48 cookies, so feel free to share with coworkers, friends, family, or neighbors.
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Sep 26

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Dirty Rice with Shimp and Turkey

Krystal Keith's Dirty Rice With Shrimp and Turkey

Each time I visit Louisiana, I leave, filled to the brim, with inspiration. The last time I was down in that part of the country, my beloved Oklahoma Sooners played Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. (And won, but who’s bragging?)

The second I got home, I got to work creating a version of dirty rice that my trainer would approve of so that I could enjoy a little taste of Louisiana any time I wanted. I swapped the sausage and livers for ground turkey and used a hearty wild rice blend instead of white rice. I also doubled up on protein by topping it with shrimp! So, it is healthy and it’s like Mardi Gras in your mouth. I love a good double threat.
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Sep 25

David Nail Took Notes from Taylor Swift

David Nail I'm A Fire Tour

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David Nail has learned from some of the best in the business when it comes to touring. He recently launched his I’m A Fire Tour and is applying the lessons he picked up from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker.

“When we were out with Taylor Swift, I’d watch the show, and all I could think was, ‘Man, there’s so much room for error!’” Nail told People. “How you’re able to put 100 percent into your performance like she does, singing and walking down steps that are two feet wide and have no railing, it seems like there are too many things that could go wrong. She makes it look easy.” Continue Reading

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Sep 25

Kip Moore Releases Surprise 5-Song EP

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Kip Moore’s fans have been vocal about wanting new music. Moore delayed the release of his upcoming sophomore album, Smoke, in order to make it the record he wants it to be, but he couldn’t ignore fan demand, so he surprised fans on Tuesday by releasing Soundcheck, a 5-song streaming EP featuring four new songs and a live version of his hit “Beer Money.” Moore believes Smoke will showcase who he is as an artist.

“This record, I can’t believe it actually because I was in such a desperate place writing the first one, but this one has even more desperation and more passion than the first one for me,” he said. “This is a much more intense record than the first one. It’s a more in-the-present record as opposed to a nostalgic record …. I believe in this record wholeheartedly. There’s a lot more ‘me’ shining through on this record.” Continue Reading

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Sep 25

Garth Brooks Reveals Release Date of New Album

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The long awaited new album from Garth Brooks now has an official release date. Brooks will release his first new music in 13 years on November 11. He confirmed the news during a press conference in Atlanta on Friday.

Aside from the release date, Brooks has released very little additional information on his new project. However, it will include his current single, “People Loving People.” Brooks’ last album was 2001’s Scarecrow. Continue Reading

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Sep 24

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard is Engaged

FGL's Tyler Hubbard and Haley Strommel Engaged Aboard Helicopter

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Congratulations to Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and his longtime girlfriend Haley Strommel! The couple got engaged on Monday during a romantic helicopter ride. Hubbard posted a photo on Instagram of the couple celebrating with champagne aboard a chopper

“This is what a lucky man looks like right here. Not sure why but I sure am blessed to call this angel my [fiancée]. #loveisintheair #literally,” he wrote.

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Hubbard and Strommel have been dating for more than a year. Strommel is an Idaho native who has worked as a personal assistant and a client associate at Merrill Lynch in Nashville. Continue Reading

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Sep 24

5 Unique RVs Go Beyond Camping

We’ve shown you refurbished vintage RVs and how to camp, err “glamp” in style, but RVs also serve as unique businesses, tour buses and food trucks. Here are five “recreational vehicles” redefined.

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Hangover Heaven

For those mornings after you stayed out too late and had one drink too many the night before, Hangover Heaven treats the meanest of hangovers in their traveling RV clinic in Las Vegas. The 45-foot bus houses two lounge areas with flat-screen TVs and surround sound, four private bunks and a private consultation room. Dr. Burke performs his services and treatments on the bus, in your room or for a group with prices starting at $30 for a B-12 shot. Maybe this is a good excuse to take that Vegas trip you always dreamed about?

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