News And Notes
Sep 16

A Day at the Tennessee Valley Fair


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

Maddie & Tae

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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

MuttNation's Mutt of the Week, Harry

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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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Sep 13

How to Go Camping in Style

It’s not officially fall yet, but with our new series Flippin’ RVs premiering this month, and pumpkin-flavored everything hitting grocery store shelves and coffee shops, we can’t help but get excited about all things fall. Cooler temperatures and crisp autumn air make the upcoming season perfect for camping and getting outdoors.

But what about those who aren’t so keen on the outdoors, especially at night? Well, if trekking into the wilderness or driving to a remote state park sounds daunting, consider your own backyard (or a friend’s or family member’s) as an alternative. It’s a good way to ease into camping, and you always have the option of sleeping in a real bed and taking a real, hot shower.

If you’re a fashionista, however, dressing for a camping trip (either in your backyard or at a campground) may prove challenging. Outdoor gear is less than flattering and definitely not cute. Let us offer you some inspiration. Below we’ve styled two different camping looks for the fashion-minded ladies. Just know that a lingering campfire smell on your clothes is inevitable.


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Sep 12

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Keep No. 1 Streak Alive on Top 20

Top 20 Miranda and Carrie music video
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood keep their No. 1 streak alive with “Somethin’ Bad” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Scotty McCreery and Tim McGraw with Faith Hill round out the Top 3, while videos from Jason Aldean, Kip Moore and Dan + Shay make their countdown debuts.

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Besides counting down this week’s Top 20 videos, host Nan Kelley also took a look at the recently announced nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards! Turns out, a number of nominees also have videos on this week’s Top 20.

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding 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. 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. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  6. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  7. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  8. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  9. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
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Sep 12

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Truffle Honey

I have found a new favorite Nashville restaurant. I don’t even like calling it a restaurant because in my opinion, nothing in Nashville compares. It is called Moto, and it is fabulous. Everything on the menu has a uniqueness, which is rare for an eatery that is this great. Most restaurants have one or two odd pairings that will raise an eyebrow for those that like to order outside of the norm, but Moto’s menu is filled with rarely seen or up-and-coming ingredients and unexpected pairings. Every single thing I’ve tried has been perfection.

Recently, they have been featuring a Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Truffle Honey, which, I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about, but I had to try it, and I’m glad I did. I decided to bring my new Nashville favorite to Oklahoma and give it a try in my own kitchen. The hubs melted with the first bite, which was my reaction when I tried it at Moto, so I knew this one was a keeper.
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Sep 12

Florida Georgia Line Was Almost ‘Orange Peach’

Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line almost had a very different name. Their home states of Georgia and Florida are known for peaches and oranges. Looking for a name that would pay homage to their roots, the duo very nearly named themselves ‘Orange Peach,’ they tell Taste of Country.

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“We lived together for two years in Nashville and were hanging out in the hall and decided to take this music thing seriously and wanted to represent where we came from,” Brian Kelley said. “Orange Peach was an early suggestion, then it got moved to Florida Georgia Line.” Continue Reading


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