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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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Sep 16

Luke Bryan Will Kick Off Farm Tour 2014 on October 1

Luke Bryan Kicks off Farm Tour

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Luke Bryan will kick off his sixth annual Farm Tour in Knoxville, Tenn., on October 1. The tour will hit several farm towns throughout the southeast before wrapping October 11 in Macon, Ga. As in previous years, a portion of proceeds will go to local college scholarships for students from a farming family within the communities the tour plays.

Last year, Bryan’s Farm Tour played for more than 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns, breaking the previous year’s record. The “Harvest Time VIP Experience” will be available on the tour. The package includes a general admission ticket, a VIP viewing area, a parking pass, access to VIP-only restrooms, limited edition Farm Tour poster, private cash bar and more.
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Sep 15

Maddie & Tae Grew Up Fast to Sing Country Music

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Maddie & Tae photo courtesy facebook.com/maddieandtae.

Maddie & Tae are making waves in the country music world with their sassy debut single, “Girl In A Country Song.” While they are only 18 years old, the duo’s songwriting is wise beyond their years. They give credit to their careers for helping them grow up.

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“I think we started traveling back and forth to Nashville when we were 15 and 16,” Tae said. “We definitely had to grow up fast and figure out what we wanted to prioritize in our lives.” Not that they mind the sacrifices. Continue Reading

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Sep 15

Miranda Lambert Credits Kenny Chesney for Touring Success

Miranda Lambert Platinum Tour album cover

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Miranda Lambert has traveled a lot of miles over the years, playing music for fans far and wide. Known for her high energy show, she gives credit to Kenny Chesney for teaching her how to not only work an audience, but also run a tour.

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“When I was on the Kenny tour, his crowd and his crew and his everybody has his spirit, which is, ‘I love my job. I love what I do. This should be fun. This is entertainment,’” Lambert told ABC News Radio. “It’s just his great spirit and love of the beach and love of relaxing and having a margarita leaks throughout the entire camp, therefore throughout the entire tour to the person on the back row of the stadium, and that’s what’s important.” Continue Reading

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Sep 14

Recipes Fit for a [Farm] Queen

In honor of Farm Queens, Great American Country’s new series premiering TONIGHT at 6/5c, we chose three delicious recipes to serve at your Farm Queens and Miss America Pageant viewing party. While pageant coach Chet Welch may not approve them for a contestant-in-training trying to watch her figure, we say go ahead and indulge a little.

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Sep 13

Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation Breaks Ground on Redemption Ranch

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MuttNation’s “Mutt of the Week,” Harry – Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/MuttNation.

Miranda Lambert’s love of animals is well-documented. In an effort to continue to improve the lives of dogs in the Tishomingo, Oklahoma, area where she lives with husband Blake Shelton, Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation broke ground on Redemption Ranch, a 5-acre safe haven, this month.

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“MuttNation Foundation, Inc. is thrilled to share the news that we are opening our own private, no-kill shelter,” the group shared through a Facebook post. “While we will continue to support and work with shelters and rescue groups nationwide, it is our hope that we will be able to save even more homeless animals from needless euthanasia by providing a safe haven for them while awaiting adoption to their new families.” Continue Reading

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