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Aug 19

Scotty McCreery Extends See You Tonight Tour

Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery has extended his See You Tonight Tour to last through the fall. The tour originally kicked off in January and has stopped in over 50 U.S. markets, selling out more than 20 dates, including Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Danielle Bradbery will join McCreery as a special guest.

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Aug 19

George Strait Announces The Cowboy Rides Away Live Album

George Strait

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George Strait has hung up his cowboy hat on his touring career, but he is giving fans a chance to relive his The Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour with a live album, recorded during his record-breaking final show in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium will hit stores September 16.

The album will feature a number of Strait’s 60 No. 1 hits, as well as performances with special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride. Strait’s final show played for 104,793 fans in Arlington. Continue Reading


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Aug 19

Country Brides: How to Wear Cowboy Boots on Your Wedding Day


How about adding a little Western style to your wedding?

We love weddings. It should come as no surprise that we’re big fans of brides in boots. Whether you’re planning a wedding or just browsing, take a look at snapshots from our readers for inspiration. Recently we’ve seen a surge in boot-wearing brides who aren’t afraid to show their country side.

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Aug 19

Taylor Swift Releases ‘Shake It Off,’ Reveals New Album

Taylor Swift Shake It Off From New Album 1989
Taylor Swift debuted “Shake It Off” from her upcoming album and shared the new music video during her worldwide Yahoo live stream event on Monday. In front of a group of fans hand-picked to be in the studio, Swift revealed that she had three surprises to share. Up first was the announcement of her new single, “Shake It Off.” The song is pure pop and unlike anything Swift has recorded before.

“I’ve had to learn a pretty tough lesson in the past couple years that people can say whatever they want about at any time, and we cannot control that,” she said. “The only thing we can control is our reaction to that … You can either let it get to you … [or] you just shake it off.”

Watch Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” video below! 

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Aug 19

Wade Bowen Announces Plans to Release a New Album

Wade Bowen

Wade Bowen photo courtesy of Sweet Talk Publicity.

Wade Bowen has plans to release his seventh studio album this fall. While there is no release date for the project, Bowen tells Rolling Stone he is looking at dates in October. The album is the follow-up to 2012’s The Given.

“All the records I’ve done in the past have been very lyrically driven,” Bowen said. “I took more of a raw approach for this one,” he says. “It’s an album I can take to my live shows and really enhance it and have fun with it. This record has more energy in it than anything I’ve ever done, and that’s just from me trying to get in the studio and do something very different.” Continue Reading


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Aug 18

Florida Georgia Line to Release Anything Goes October 14

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of BMLG.

Florida Georgia Line will release their highly anticipated sophomore album, Anything Goes, on October 14. The duo announced the release of their new album live from New York City’s Central Park Friday morning, when they headlined ABC’s Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.

“Tyler and I’ve been really blessed to have an amazing team – an extended family – who push us continually to be better and think differently,” Brian Kelley said. “Whether we’re home or out on the road, we’re doing things the FGL way and it feels like with our recording, our writing, our lives … anything goes … and we can’t wait to see where it leads next. Continue Reading


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Aug 18

Blake Shelton and Elvis Featured on New Barbra Streisand Album

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Barbra Streisand’s upcoming album, Partners, will feature collaborations with several top artists, including Blake Shelton, and a virtual duet with the late Elvis Presley.

Set for release on September 16, the album will feature collaborations with artists across multiple genres. Streisand announced the project via Facebook on August 11.

“You heard it here first… My new album ‘Partners’ is coming September 16th,” she wrote. “What an extraordinary collection of talent!”

Partners will also feature collaborations with Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Babyface, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder. The album is available for pre-order now. Continue Reading


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Aug 18

One Pan Nan: Open-Faced Tomato Sandwich

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 an Open-Faced Tomato Sandwich.

“My mother-in-law Patricia is a great cook. I love going over to her house for supper because I love her and her cooking. This little open-faced, cheesy-bacon-tomato delight is one of her longtime staples. Charlie grew up on a farm in Maryland and Miss Pat says, “I used to make this sandwich all the time for lunch on the farm, and the guys loved it.”  Me too, Miss Pat.  It’s perfect for this time of year when all those delicious homegrown tomatoes are coming in!”

Miss Pat’s Open-Faced-Tomato Sandwich

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Aug 17

Sam Hunt Releases X2C Album Preview

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Sam Hunt released his X2C Album Preview EP digitally this week ahead of his full-length album, which is set to hit stores October 27. He put out the EP before his full album’s release date to give fans a preview of what’s to come.
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Aug 17

Love and Theft Announce Night That You’ll Never Forget Tour

Love and Theft

Love And Theft photo by Jeff Lipsky, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Love and Theft have announced their Night That You’ll Never Forget Tour, set to kick off October 16 in Portland, Maine. The tour will visit 25 cities before wrapping in Ogden, Utah, on December 20. Joel Crouse will join the tour for select dates with DJ Rod Youree and DJ DU appearing on select dates.
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