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Oct 1

Sons of Bill Releases Love and Logic

Sons of Bill's Love and Logic Album Release

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Just after being named “Best Family Band” as part of Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Things We Saw at Americana Fest 2014,” Sons of Bill has released their new album, Love and Logic. Comprised of brothers Sam, James and Abe Wilson, along with Seth Green and Todd Wellons, the new project, the band’s fourth, puts their songwriting on display.

“To be honest with you, they became another band,” former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer, who also produced the album, told Style Weekly. “I think it has much more depth in its writing, in its playing and its choice of instrumentation. I think it’s a great record. It’s one of the proudest records I’ve ever been a part of. I love it. They’re becoming their own band. It is like launching a new band and that’s exciting to me. I feel like we hit the bar times two.” Continue Reading


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Oct 1

Dierks Bentley’s “Miles & Music For Kids” Raises Record Donation

Dierks Bentley

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Dierks Bentley wrapped the first leg of his  RISER Tour over the weekend, with final stops across the Midwest. He also held his 9thAnnual “Miles & Music For Kids,” which raised $335,479 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the biggest donation to date.

“I’m still coming down from the high of such an unbelievable last run of shows on the summer leg of this tour,” Bentley said. ”The fans in Cincy, Cleveland and Indianapolis were ready to close out their summer in a big way. Then we got back to Nashville, and I was totally blown away by the outpouring of support we got for this year’s ‘Miles & Music.’  This little event we started nine years ago has taken on a life of its own. I feel like I’m just a small part of this thing. It has really become about country music fans and bikers coming together to help our community and those kids. It’s incredible.”  Continue Reading


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Sep 30

Luke Bryan Honored With a Corn Maze in Tennessee

Luke Bryan Corn Maze at Honeysuckle Hill Farm

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Luke Bryan is the latest country star to get the corn maze treatment. The country superstar’s image has been made into a corn maze at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, Tenn. Every September, the farm and others throughout Tennessee honor the state’s rich music tradition by creating mazes in the likeness of country stars like George Jones, Kellie Pickler, Jason Aldean and Alan Jackson.

The maze at Honeysuckle Hill Farm, located just 35 minutes north of Nashville, features Bryan’s face with the words “Nashville [hearts] Luke Bryan.” In addition to the Luke Bryan corn maze, other activities at the farm include a zip line, bonfire and haunted house. Continue Reading


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Sep 30

Krystal Keith Wraps Nationwide Tour

Krystal Keith

Krystal Keith wrapped her North American tour on September 27 at the Susquehanna Bank Center outside Philadelphia. She was also a special guest on proud papa Toby Keith’s Shut Up And Hold On Tour. While her father might be famous, it’s her own talent that is winning her critical praise and fans across the country.

Keith was recently the subject of USA Today’s “Eight Fun Facts,” in which she revealed that she doesn’t like foods that start with the letter “M,” she’s a licensed cosmetologist and she hasn’t had a soda since she was nine years old. Continue Reading


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Sep 29

Florida Georgia Line Proud of Their ‘Dirt Campaign’

Florida Georgia Line

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When Florida Georgia Line released their latest single, “Dirt,” they announced the kickoff of their Dirt Campaign, which raises money for Habitat for Humanity in conjunction with Omaze to help build homes for underprivileged families. The idea for the Dirt Campaign was born from the duo’s own good fortune.

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“Tyler and I had this dream of building/buying somebody a house because we’ve been so blessed in the past year with each buying homes,” Brian Kelley said. “We teamed up with Habitat and Omaze and we realized we could do way more to help way more families and build a ton more houses. It’s just something that’s very close to our heart.” Continue Reading


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Sep 29

Lady Antebellum Challenged by a Tough Critic on New Album

Lady Antebellum's New Album '747'

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Lady Antebellum will release their new album, 747, on Tuesday. For this album, they were challenged to think outside the box by one of their biggest critics – Charles Kelley’s wife, Cassie.

“My wife is brutally honest, and she’s not the most musical person, but she is a very good example of a listener, or someone that would be a fan of our music, and she said, ‘Charles, I really want you guys to stretch yourselves a little bit. I know you’ve got better songs.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean by that? Better songs? This is great stuff?’ And she said, ‘I know, but I’ve heard that before. Y’all have done this before.’” Continue Reading


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Sep 27

Watch Keith Urban’s “Somewhere In My Car” Music Video

Keith Urban's Somewhere In My Car video

Keith Urban has released a steamy new music video for his latest single, “Somewhere In My Car.” The track is the fifth single from his Fuse album. Directed by John Urbano, the video shows a couple in the midst of a passionate moment.

“The story [of ‘Somewhere in My Car’] is what I would call melancholy,” he said. “So for me, the video had to be centered around the present and the past, but focused on the intoxicating emotion of ‘those nights’.”

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Sep 26

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Stay at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood keep their No. 1 streak going, topping the charts with “Somethin’ Bad” again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown. Scotty McCreery and Tim McGraw with Faith Hill round out the Top 3, while Kip Moore and Dan + Shay return to the countdown with their latest videos.

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In addition to counting down this week’s top videos, host Nan Kelley was joined by hot new duo The Swon Brothers, who stopped by to talk about their new music and their whirlwind of a career since competing on NBC’s The Voice. Their “Later On” music video is currently at No. 8 on the countdown.

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also 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. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  6. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  7. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  8. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  9. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  10. Jana Kramer – “Love” Continue Reading


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Sep 26

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing


Pumpkin — it’s the word on everyone’s tongue and the flavor in everyone’s bellies. If you’re late to jump on the pumpkin train, shame on you! Just kidding. (But really, the first day of fall was two days ago. What are you waiting for?) Whether you’ve been drinking pumpkin lattes for weeks or just bought your first slice of pumpkin bread yesterday, make it a priority to try this pumpkin cookie recipe.

My mom gave me this recipe that she’s been making for years, but we have no idea where it originated. No matter though, these pumpkin cookies are absolutely delightful, especially when eaten alongside a warm cup of coffee or tea. The recipe makes about 48 cookies, so feel free to share with coworkers, friends, family, or neighbors.
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Sep 26

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Dirty Rice with Shrimp and Turkey

Krystal Keith's Dirty Rice With Shrimp and Turkey

Each time I visit Louisiana, I leave, filled to the brim, with inspiration. The last time I was down in that part of the country, my beloved Oklahoma Sooners played Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. (And won, but who’s bragging?)

The second I got home, I got to work creating a version of dirty rice that my trainer would approve of so that I could enjoy a little taste of Louisiana any time I wanted. I swapped the sausage and livers for ground turkey and used a hearty wild rice blend instead of white rice. I also doubled up on protein by topping it with shrimp! So, it is healthy and it’s like Mardi Gras in your mouth. I love a good double threat.
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