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Apr 15

How Sara Evans is Helping Busy Moms at Dinnertime

How Sara Evans is Helping Busy Moms at Dinnertime

Sara Evans photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Sara Evans has partnered with Hidden Valley Original Ranch for a program that helps busy moms during one of the most hectic times of their day – dinnertime. Hidden Valley’s limited edition “Twist on Tonight” activity box will offer simple solutions to involve kids in meal preparation through a variety of creative, hands-on activities that encourage healthy eating habits.

“With a blended family of nine, I know crunch time all too well,” Sara said. “I’m excited to help other moms with an activity box that includes my family’s favorite salad dressing, as well as simple solutions for making a meal everyone loves while spending quality family time together. Moms can also sign up to receive helpful texts during crunch time with tips from moms, including me.” Continue Reading

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Apr 15

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: How to Make Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: How to Make Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

Krystal Keith photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal.

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. But now she’s sharing some of them exclusively with Great American Country! Check back with us every Tuesday for a new recipe from Krystal.

“Occasionally I find some great cuts of chicken that aren’t your everyday chicken breast,” says Krystal. “One of my favorite finds is boneless-skinless chicken thighs. They have so much flavor and the fact that they are boneless and skinless make them easy to cook, easy to eat and without the skin, they are also much healthier – bonus! I made honey mustard chicken bites years ago for a class on Spanish Tapas and decided to try that recipe out on these chicken thighs. It was delicious. The little blackened bits of honey on the edges combined with the subtle sharp flavor of the mustard makes this dish one that you will definitely want seconds of.”

Ingredients:
1.5lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 Tbsp honey (plus extra for finishing drizzle)
1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 tsp olive oil (plus extra for drizzling in pan)
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: How To Make Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, combine honey, mustard, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper; mix well. Rub the mixture generously over each thigh rolling the thighs back up to original shape. In an oven-safe skillet, drizzle oil and heat over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, Continue Reading

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Apr 14

Great American Country Announces Original Series Highway Cowboys and Junk Gypsies

Great American Country Announces Original Series Highway Cowboys and Junk Gypsies

Junk Gypsies

Great American Country, with its fresh all-American lifestyle positioning, has seen ratings growth of 23 percent among P25-54 viewers versus first quarter last year. Capitalizing on its viewership gains, the network will debut 150 hours of new, original programming in 2014, including the premieres of Highway Cowboys and Junk Gypsies coming in July.

Highway Cowboys, set deep in the wilds of Texas, follows a deadly epidemic sweeping through cattle country. Loose livestock become a lethal threat when they find themselves on the highways and byways of the Lone Star State. It’s life and death, and authorities are turning to the only experts who can handle the job: the Highway Cowboys. The 14 hour-long episodes focus on the brave men tasked with clearing the roads of wild animals. The stakes are high and this job is without question one of America’s dirtiest!

Highway Cowboys is a lively, exciting series that is beautifully shot and features heroic characters,” said Steven Lerner, senior vice president of programming and development for Great American Country, and its sister networks, HGTV and DIY Network. “It celebrates an American way of life that appeals to our viewers, who are hard workers themselves and have strong American values.” Continue Reading

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Apr 14

Read an Excerpt from Josh Turner’s New Book

Read an Excerpt from Josh Turner's New Book

Photo courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.

Josh Turner‘s book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood, will be released nationwide April 29. In the book, Josh shares what he’s learned over the years as a son, brother, friend, husband and father.

“I was raised in a strong Christian family in a tight-knit community in rural South Carolina,” Josh says in the book’s introduction. “I was taught why being thoughtful, respectful, and considerate of others makes life more fulfilling, and why trusting God with your life’s decisions is wise. If all that sounds a little old-fashioned, well, that’s because it is. And I’m okay with that.”

In the following excerpt from Man Stuff, Josh reveals what happened when he took those life lessons and applied them to his career in the form of bus rules:

In the early days of my career, we all traveled on the same bus. By ‘we all’ I mean my wife, Jennifer, the crew, the band, everybody. That’s just how it is when you’re starting out. But I felt convicted that we needed some rules, some bus rules. So I posted a list in the bus. There were actually quite a few, but here are four I remember:

1. No women on the bus unless they’re family.
2. No alcohol, drugs, or smoking.
3. Clean up after yourself.
4. We play country music and we dress the part.

I remember playing at the Grand Ole Opry several years ago, and a member of another band got on our bus and “took” the rules and hung them up in the men’s bathroom of the Opry. As you might guess, this got me and my list a lot of attention—negative attention.

Billboard magazine even included it in a story they were doing at the time on touring in the music industry. My reaction to the whole thing was “What’s the big deal? I’m not ashamed of the rules on my bus. I don’t care what anybody else thinks about it. It’s my bus.”

I don’t post my bus rules anymore. Everybody who works for me knows what I expect, and they abide by those expectations—or they don’t work for me. I believe this is the way it is with our heavenly Father. God has rules and expects us to abide by them. This is His world, and He knows how it works best. If we don’t want to follow His rules, we’re free to find another bus. But His is the only one that’ll get us to where we really need to be.

[Excerpted from Man Stuff, Josh Turner, Thomas Nelson, Releasing Nationwide April 29, 2014]

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If you happen to be in the Nashville area on April 22 you can meet Josh, who’ll be signing copies of the book at Lifeway Christian Store in Franklin, Tenn. from 6:15-7:15 p.m. The signing is free and open to the public.

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Apr 14

Keith Urban Looking Forward to Hitting the Road

Keith Urban Looking Forward to Hitting the Road

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban is looking forward to kicking off his Raise ‘Em Up Tour in  July. He’s also eager to take his opening acts, Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge, on the road with him.

“I had heard Jerrod’s record as it was being done because Jimmie Lee Sloas is a friend of mine and he’s producing it, and so he sent me some tracks,” Keith said. “Literally, it was when I heard about six tracks off that record, I immediately wanted to see if he would come out and join us. And Brett, we’d already done the tour in Canada together, and he’s just an incredible singer, cool cat, he’s got a great record too, so [I’m] very happy to bring them out with us.” Continue Reading

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Apr 14

Luke Bryan to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

Luke Bryan to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

Luke Bryan photo by Joseph Llanes, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Luke Bryan is in the first group of artists to be announced as performers at the Billboard Music Awards. Other performers include Jason Derulo, Imagine Dragons, John Legend and OneRepublic. The Billboard Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas on May 18 at 8/7c on NBC.

Luke is a finalist in six categories, including the all-genre Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Country Album and Top Country Song twice, once for his hit “Crash My Party,” and again for “That’s My Kind Of Night.” The full list of finalists can be found at www.Billboard.com. Continue Reading

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Apr 11

Carrie Underwood Continues Her Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood Continues Her Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood photo by James White, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Carrie Underwood makes it yet another week at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with her “Blown Away Medley!” Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert round out the Top 3 with their latest videos while Florida Georgia Line moves up to No. 15 with their latest video, “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Luke Bryan.

See photos from the ACM Awards >>

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Plus, host Nan Kelley headed to Las Vegas for the ACM Awards! She caught up with the night’s big winners, including Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore and The Band Perry. She even scored some time with Entertainer of the Year winner George Strait!

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away Medley”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Doin’ What She Likes”
  3. Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
  4. Little Big Town – “Sober”
  5. Chris Young – “Who I Am With You”
  6. Keith  Urban – “Cop Car”
  7. Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
  8. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer”
  9. Katie Armiger – “Safe”
  10. Cassadee Pope – “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” Continue Reading

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Apr 11

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Lauren Alaina posts a “Transformation Tuesday” featuring Carrie Underwood; Taylor Swift bakes cookies with Olympian Gracie Gold; The Band Perry apologizes to Sheryl Crow; and Luke Bryan and wife Caroline post a poolside selfie. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Lauren Alaina & Carrie Underwood

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/Lauren_Alaina.

Lauren Alaina – Lauren_Alaina: How about this for a #TransformationTuesday lol. I’ve always loved miss @carrieunderwood

Sheryl Crow – SherylCrow: Overall a great night at the #ACMs. Whew! I’m tired! Still picking confetti out of my hair! @ACMawards

The Band Perry – TheBandPerry: Sorry @SherylCrow!!! We love you! xxkP

 

Kip Moore climbs a rock wall in Las Vegas

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/KipMooreMusic.

Kip MooreKipMooreMusic: my Vegas high… Thanks red rock gym Continue Reading

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Apr 11

Top 20 Heads to Las Vegas for the ACM Awards

Top 20 Country Countdown

This week’s Top 20 Country Countdown comes to you from Las Vegas at the ACM Awards! Host Nan Kelley will go backstage to catch up with some of the night’s big winners, including Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore and The Band Perry. She’ll even get some time with Entertainer of the Year winner George Strait!

See photos from the ACM Awards >>

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Carrie Underwood has made it eight weeks at No. 1 with her “Blown Away Medley.” Can she do it another week, with Little Big Town, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert all knocking on the door of the top spot? Tune in tonight at 8/7c to find out! Check the full schedule » Continue Reading

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Apr 11

Eric Church Announces The Outsiders World Tour

Eric Church Announces The Outsiders World Tour

Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

Eric Church has announced he will kick off his The Outsiders World Tour on September 11 in Bossier City, Louisiana. Tickets for the tour will go on sale April 18 in select markets with members of Eric’s fan cub, the Church Choir, having access to a pre-sale starting April 15. Dwight Yoakam will join Eric on tour with Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark and rock band Halestorm joining for select dates.

Eric will visit venues including Madison Square Garden, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Sprint Center in Kansas City, the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, and FedExForum in Memphis, among others, stopping at a total of 31 venues. He will also return to the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina where he sold more than 15,000 tickets in 2012 as part of his The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour. Continue Reading

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