News And Notes
Aug 1

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

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Top 20 Country Countdown host Nan Kelley

What better way to start off a new month than with a new episode of Top 20 Country Countdown? On tonight’s episode, Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” makes its countdown debut while host Nan Kelley takes fans from No. 20, all the way to No. 1.

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad” has spent the last three weeks at the top of the charts, but Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have their sights set on No. 1 with “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s.” Can Miranda and Carrie top the chart again? Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who tops the chart this week. Continue Reading


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Aug 1

Whitney Duncan and Keith Tollefson Are Married


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Congratulations to Whitney Duncan and Keith Tollefson! The couple were recently married during an intimate ceremony in Tennessee. The couple became engaged in 2013 on Valentine’s Day after meeting while they were contestants on season 23 of CBS’ Survivor: South Pacific.

“Keith and I are hitched!” Duncan wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday. “Southern wedding at Twin Oaks in TN could not have been more perfect!” Continue Reading


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Aug 1

Great American Country, HGTV, DIY Partner With Rebuilding Together

In May, Great American Country, HGTV and DIY Network partnered with Rebuilding Together at the 2014 National Healthy Homes Conference in Nashville. The conference educated attendees about products, policies and improvements for healthier homes and addressed the value of living in a healthy home. Government employees and TV personalities from HGTV and DIY spoke at various conference tracks.

Country music star Casey James performed his single “Crying on a Suitcase” as a thank you to the volunteers who helped with Building a Healthy Neighborhood project. Ayla Brown also performed her song “Ain’t Leaving Anything Here.”

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Aug 1

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Casserole


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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. Every week she shares her favorites exclusively with Great American Country!

“If you haven’t been introduced to spaghetti squash, allow me to change your world. It’s like Mother Earth’s way of making spaghetti noodles. The list of dishes you can make with spaghetti squash is endless! I love creating all my favorite baked pasta dishes with it. I hope you enjoy this Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Casserole, and venture out to try this little veggie gem in other dishes!”

Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Casserole


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Aug 1

Garth Brooks Announces Comeback Tour Stop in Atlanta

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Garth Brooks photo courtesy of Nancy Seltzer & Associates.

Garth Brooks has announced the next city on his comeback tour. He will head to the Philips Arena in Atlanta on Friday, September 19. The announcement came less than a week after tickets went on sale for the tour’s first stop at the Allstate Arena in Chicago on September 4. Due to fan demand, Brooks added nine more shows for a total of 10 in the Windy City.

Tickets for the Atlanta show will go on sale at 10AM ET on Friday, Aug. 8 via Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000) or Ticketmaster Express (1-866-448-7849). Tickets will cost $56.94 plus $4.56 tax, a $4.00 facility fee and a $6.00 service charge, totaling $71.50, keeping in line with Brooks’ desire to keep tickets affordable. There will be no ticket sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on August 8. Continue Reading


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Jul 31

Watch Lucy Hale’s “Lie A Little Better” Music Video

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale photo courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Lucy Hale has released a new video for her latest single, “Lie A Little Better.” The clip was filmed at the Grand Ole Opry, where she made her Opry debut on June 21. In the clip, she is seen performing at the famous venue, goofing off with her band backstage, and singing into a hairbrush in an Opry dressing room.

“Little girls dream about their wedding dress,” she said about her Opry debut. “I dreamed about the dress I was going to wear on the Opry.”

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Jul 31

One Pan Nan: Creamy Cajun Corn and Shrimp With Bacon

Every week on Top 20 Country Countdown our host Nan Kelley counts down your favorite videos — but when she’s away from the studio, she’s likely to be found in her kitchen, creating healthy, delicious meals. Nan likes to keep it simple, cooking entire meals using only one pan. Her husband, Charlie, lovingly gave her the nickname “One Pan Nan,” and now that’s also the name of her new cookbook [get it HERE!]. We asked Nan to share some of her recipes with us, and this week, it’s Creamy Cajun Corn and Shrimp with Bacon. Check back every other week for a new recipe.

“I love Cajun food. Some of the best food in the world is down in Louisiana. I grew up 90 miles from New Orleans and have family down there, so Cajun/Creole food is a big part of our staple of dishes. This one pan recipe is full of flavor, fresh ingredients and is quick and easy. I love the fresh corn in it. You can put shrimp, salmon, fish or, for a really authentic Cajun experience, crawfish, in this dish, and it will be so good. Serve it with crunchy French bread with garlic butter on top, and enjoy a little bit of the Big Easy wherever you are!”

Creamy Cajun Corn and Shrimp with Bacon


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Jul 31

Big & Rich Will Release Gravity on September 23

New Big & Rich Album

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Big & Rich will release their fifth studio album, Gravity, on September 23. The project will be released on their own label, Big & Rich Records, and celebrates 10 years since the release of their debut album, Horse of a Different Color.

“This is an exciting and intense time in the history of Big and Rich,” Big Kenny said. “As artists, we are now at the place where we can finally gain complete creative control. That’s huge. It allows us to be true to ourselves and be the trailblazers we’ve always risked being.” Continue Reading


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Jul 31

The Junk Gypsies Collaborate With Pottery Barn Teen


This bed set has all the Junk Gypsy style elements.

If you thought the Junk Gypsies would slow down after opening the Wander Inn, you would be wrong. In fact, Amie and Jolie Sikes have been working harder than ever on their newest project, creating a home decor line for PBTeen. In tonight’s episode, the sisters take you through the entire process from creating prototypes to staging their designs for the catalog photo shoot.

Amie and Jolie decide to create a tufted denim headboard and repurpose an old guitar case as a jewelry shelf. They share other ideas, like a ship chandelier and glittered letters, with the Pottery Barn Teen reps, who visit the Junk Gypsy Headquarters to see the girls’ prototypes. Amie and Jolie emphasize the importance of glitter, feathers, dream catchers and fringe to the Junk Gypsy way of life. Finally, after three months of waiting, the Pottery Barn Teen team brings the finished products back to the Junk Gypsy Headquarters for the catalog shoot.

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Jul 30

Doobie Brothers Reveal Tribute Album Lineup

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Pictured (l-r): Patrick Simmons, Brad Paisley, Tom Johnston, Josh Leo, John McFee, and Sara Evans. Photo by Alan Poizner, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

New details have been released about the Doobie Brothers tribute album, Southbound, set for release on November 4. While the group remains tight-lipped on which of their dozens of hit songs will make the record, they have revealed which artists will appear on the record.

Acts confirmed for the project include Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Charlie Worsham, Sara Evans, Jerrod Niemann, Amanda Rivera and Love and Theft. Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and Dann Huff will each play guitar on project. The idea for the tribute album came from producer and songwriter David Huff.

“We were on the road, and he came and visited us,” band member Tom Johnston told Lagniappe Mobile. “He came to us with the idea, and everybody thought it would be a cool thing to do. We had never thought of that ourselves. At the same time, we didn’t know there were people in the country genre that were fans of the band. He thought it would be a really great idea for us to pair together with a bunch of big names in country music.” Continue Reading


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