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Jul 25

The Secret Sisters To Release New Album Through Cracker Barrel

The Secret Sisters will release their new album, Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition, exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The project, out August 4, will include two brand new tracks that were not available on the regular edition of the album which was released in April.

“We grew up eating home-grown, Southern comfort food made mostly by our grandmothers,” the duo said. “Cracker Barrel has always been a top choice for us, because eating there reminds us of home and the meals we shared so often with our family. We both have a soft spot for meals at Cracker Barrel, which is what makes us excited about this exclusive music program and being able to release Put Your Needle Down in a Deluxe Edition format. We always want to give more to our fans, so being able to offer two additional songs on the Deluxe Edition CD is something that makes us very happy.” Continue Reading


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Jul 25

Scotty McCreery & Kenny Chesney Debut on Top 20

Scotty McCreery

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

It’s finally Friday, which means a new episode of Top 20 Country Countdown! On tonight’s episode, Kenny Chesney and Scotty McCreery make their countdown debuts with their latest videos. Host Nan Kelley taking 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 two weeks at the top of the charts? Can the duo it again? Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who tops the chart this week.

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Jul 25

Miranda Lambert Helps an Animal Shelter in Need

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Miranda Lambert’s love of animals is well-known, especially her passion for rescuing dogs. She recently shared her emotional story of helping a pet shelter in Tishomingo, Okla. where she lives with husband Blake Shelton. The yellow lab her parents had when she was born started it all.

“He slept under my crib and I think he was the one who started my love of dogs,” she said. “I feel like they love you for you, you know. That’s why I have six.”

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Jul 24

The Willis Clan Moves on to Next Round of America’s Got Talent

The Willis Clan

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The Willis Clan is headed to Radio City Music Hall. The family band made it through the latest round of NBC’s America’s Got Talent Wednesday night, receiving word that they will be among the acts to perform at Radio City Music Hall in the next round.

Members of The Willis Clan do more than sing, including songwriting, dancing, wrestling and horseback riding. Almost everything the family is involved in links back to their Irish roots. Parents Brenda and Toby homeschool and coach their 12 children, ranging in ages from 3 to 21. They auditioned for America’s Got Talent with an Appalachian-inspired rendition of The Sound of Music‘s “My Favorite Things.” Watch their audition >>

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The Willis Clan already has two albums, Roots and Boots, and they are in the middle of producing their third album, Heaven. The Clan will also perform at the Grand Ole Opry on August 23 and October 21.



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Jul 24

The Junk Gypsies Visit Yonder Way Farm

Junk Gypsies Amie and Jolie Sikes at Yonder Way Farm

The Junk Gypsies transform their friends’ produce market at Yonder Way Farm.

Amie and Jolie Sikes are longtime friends of the Kramer family, local farmers at Yonder Way Farm, who have an on-site market from which they sell organic meat and produce.  The Gypsies scour the farm for hidden treasures and inspiration to give the store a fresh look. They want it to feel like a real farmer’s market while keeping it personal for the Kramers.

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While visiting the farm, Amie and Jolie find cool pieces of farm equipment they can repurpose for the store. Jolie discovers an old, galvanized metal chicken coop, and Amie unearths a grain hopper that she reimagines into a pendant light. The Kramers even introduce the sisters to some baby chicks, inspiring Jolie to decorate her chicken coop at home with her son, Cash Baker.

Yonder Way Farm Store

Inside the Yonder Way Store.

The Junk Gypsies bring floral chairs for customers to sit and relax in the store, as well as an industrial spool for a display table and family photos of the Kramers to remind shoppers about the people behind the food. As a thank you gift, the Kramers surprise Jolie with a basket full of chicks for her newly renovated chicken coop.

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Jul 23

Brad Paisley to Celebrate His New Album With a Pool Party

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley photo by Jim Shea, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Brad Paisley will celebrate the release of his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, with a pool party at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on August 27. “We’re going to have the best time,” Paisley told KFRG. “There’s something about that city.”

The pool party continues with Paisley’s water-themed career. His latest single, “River Bank,” is climbing the charts while he crisscrossed the country on his two-year H20 Tour, beginning in 2010. He also had a hit with “Water.” Continue Reading


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Jul 23

Jason Aldean Releases “Burnin’ It Down”

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Jason Aldean has released the lead single from his upcoming sixth studio album. “Burnin’ It Down” was cowritten by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, along with Chris Tompkins and Rodney Clawson.

“Sonically, this track definitely feels like something different for me and what I have typically put out as the lead single off my previous albums,” he said. “I’ve pretty much always gone with a really guitar-driven song that’s pretty in your face, and this is more of a laid-back thing with a really cool groove.”

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Jul 23

Craig Morgan Hosts 8th Annual Charity Event

Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan photo courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Craig Morgan’s eighth annual charity event brought some of the biggest stars in sports and country music to Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, Tenn., over the weekend and raised $60,000 dollars in the process. A trail ride kicked off the event on Sunday morning with motocross stars Kevin Windham, Destry Abbott, Fred Andrews, Randy Hawkins, Andrew Short and Larry Ward, and fellow country stars Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks.

“This is all new to me,” Chuck Wicks told The Boot. “I’m just happy I’m in one piece. I survived. I followed the professional riders, and I kept up. I held my own. Maybe I’ll go get a dirt bike now.” That evening, Morgan, Lawrence and Wicks performed an in-the-round show at Dickson’s War Memorial Lawn. Morgan brought down the house with a country arrangement of Justin Timberlake’s “Drink You Away,” and all three men came together to make up a song on the spot using three words solicited from the audience, that included “Karen,” “love” and “mayonnaise.”
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Jul 23

Chris Young’s “Who I Am With You” Reaches No. 1

Chris Young

Chris Young photo by Sheryl Nields, courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Chris Young is celebrating his sixth No. 1 song. His latest single, “Who I Am With You,” topped the Mediabase Country Singles chart. Co-written by Marv Green, Jason Sellers and Paul Jenkins, the song has also been certified Gold.

“Everybody is looking for that one person who lets them be themselves and, whether we want to admit it or not, pushes us to be a better person,” Young said. “This song couldn’t say it any better and I’m glad I got to be the person to sing it.” Continue Reading


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Jul 23

Shania Twain Announces End of Las Vegas Residency

Shania Twain

Shania Twain photo by Mark Abrahams, courtesy of Sandbox Management.

Shania Twain’s time in Las Vegas is drawing to a close. She has announced that her two-year residence, Shania: Still The One, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, will wrap on Saturday, December 13.

“At the beginning of this amazing journey, through the rediscovery for my love of performing, I knew the stage would feel like home, but it turned out that Las Vegas itself became ‘home,’” Twain said. “Performing for fans who come from all over the world to see the show night after night warms my heart. I started the first international Shania Kids Can clubhouse in Las Vegas because I love this city, and my time here has given me more than anyone can ever know. I can’t thank Las Vegas enough.” Continue Reading


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