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Mar 30

Hunt for Americana Photo Contest: Winners Announced!

At Great American Country, we are total suckers for vintage Americana. Whether it’s a roadside motel from years past, a cross-country trip in a retro RV or an old Patsy Cline album, it just doesn’t get any better than the classic pieces of American culture that take us back to the good ol’ days.

Inspired by this fascination with historical America, we started the Hunt for Americana photo contest with Popular Photography magazine a few months back to find out what American nostalgia looks like to all of you.

Hunt for Americana Photo Contest Winners

We asked our fans to submit their own images of iconic Americana and had a panel of judges evaluate the submissions based on skill, adherence to theme, composition, color and nostalgia factor. And… the results are in!

Below are the four regional Grand Prize winners that we selected to receive a 1-year freelance, $5,000 contract and a 5-year subscription to Popular Photography magazine, but you can see all of the finalists HERE »

Grand Prize Winner – Northeast Region

Red Barn by Bruce Martin

“Red Barn” by Bruce Martin, New York

Love vintage barns? Check out these stylish barn transformations »

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Mar 29

Summer Music Festival Outfit Inspiration

A typical music festival outfit looks something like this: flower crown, crop top, high-waisted jean shorts, mirrored sunglasses. But why not switch it up this year? The ’70s are back in a big way for spring (and fall), so tap into those groovy vibes with platform sandals, crochet tanks and mini skirts. After all, there’s no better time to try out a trend than at a music festival. Get inspired by our summery outfit picks below, and let us know which music festivals you’re attending this year!

Summer Music Festival Fashion

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Mar 27

Carrie Underwood Returns To No. 1 on Top 20

Scotty McCreery and Suzanne Alexander on Top 20

On this week’s show, Scotty McCreery drops by to chat with Suzanne Alexander.

Carrie Underwood is back in the top spot on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown with her latest, “Little Toy Guns.” Blake Shelton with Ashley Monroe and Chris Young round out the Top 3, while new clips from Miranda Lambert, Cole Swindell and Reba McEntire make their countdown debuts. Plus, host Suzanne Alexander is joined by special guest Scotty McCreery.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

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. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  2. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  3. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  4. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started”
  5. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  6. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  7. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class”
  8. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  9. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You”
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Mar 27

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Bananas Foster Pancakes

Krystal Keith's Bananas Foster Pancakes

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

This is one of my favorite indulgent breakfasts. It combines one of my favorite breakfast foods, pancakes, with one of my all-time favorite desserts, Bananas Foster. If you haven’t ordered Bananas Foster at a restaurant, go ahead and put it on your foodie bucket list because it is a must! Bananas sautéed in brown sugar, butter and rum. They light the mixture on fire, which is always fun, and serve it over vanilla ice cream. Sounds like the perfect topping for pancakes, too, huh? I also thought so. 

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Mar 26

Spring Salvage on Great American Country

This spring, Great American Country is out to prove that one man’s — or woman’s — trash is, indeed, a treasure just waiting to be discovered. Whether it’s about reclaiming one-of-a-kind vintage architecture, snatching up buildings about to be demolished or restoring classic RVs and trailers, our primetime lineup is focused on making the old new again.

West End Salvage

First up is the  West End Salvage marathon on Monday, March 30 starting at 8/7c.  Watch as Don Short and his team of pickers, carpenters and designers come up with innovative uses for antique, industrial and outdated goods collected from all over the world. In each episode, Short and the crew will reinvent a room in a client’s home using unique finds from the chock-full, 50,000-square-foot West End warehouse.

Photo Gallery: 19 Clever Before-and Afters »

Then, on Monday, April 13 at 10/9c, tune in for the new series Salvage Dawgs, featuring one of the premiere architectural salvage operations in the U.S. In every episode, Black Dog Salvage co-owners Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside let viewers in on the shrewd world of negotiations as they bid on condemned homes and buildings slated for demolition. Their goal is to secure pieces of America’s past, hidden inside these old structures.
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Mar 25

It’s International Waffle Day!

International Waffle Day
As the wise, inspirational Leslie Knope once said, “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles and work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter but work is third.” Since today is International Waffle Day, it only seems appropriate to remember and repeat her words. Wherever you are and whatever you do today, at least make sure to eat a fluffy, warm waffle.

Waffle Day originated in Sweden due to confusion over similarly pronounced words Våffeldagen, meaning “waffle,” and vårfrudagen meaning “Our Lady’s Day.” March 25 traditionally celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation, a Christian holiday when Mary the mother of Jesus learned she would bear a son. Swedes also celebrate the beginning of spring on March 25. So, the Swedish people simply combined the holidays, celebrating Our Lady’s Day and the start of spring by eating waffles.

Parks and Recreation - More Waffles

Now, who’s thinking breakfast for dinner featuring waffles? Check out Ree Drummond’s homemade waffle recipe from the Pioneer Woman.


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Mar 20

Blake Shelton Moves Into No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton, Ashley Monroe

Everything is new on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe return to No. 1, knocking Carrie Underwood down to No. 2 with “Little Toy Guns.” Besides a new number one, there are also a number of brand-new videos on this week’s countdown, including the latest clips from The Swon Brothers, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton and Eric Paslay.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

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. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  3. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  4. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  5. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  6. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class”
  7. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started”
  8. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  9. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
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Mar 20

You Should Know: 7 Emerging Artists from SXSW

South By Southwest 2015 - SXSW
, the annual music, film and interactive festival in Austin, Texas, showcases the best, newest and hottest talents in the audio, visual and tech industries. The South by Southwest festival is a gateway to success for young musicians, filmmakers and entrepreneurs looking to get their “big break.” The music festival is unique, itself, in that over 2,200 acts perform on over 100 different stages throughout the week. Often, musical artists already have large followings, but performing at SXSW catapults them to the mainstream. Here are seven bands you should know by Sunday, because, come Monday, everyone will be talking about them.

BØRNS - Sure, he gained support from Taylor Swift and exchanged a few messages about whales with her, but more than that, Garrett Borns’ pop-py, ’70s inspired debut EP, “Candy,” is making waves. His unique blend of ethereal and electro-rock sounds make for a magical musical escape.

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Mar 18

Junk Gypsies Announce Their Own Paint Line

Junk Gypsies Announce New Paint Line

Fans of Junk Gypsies, rejoice! Amie and Jolie Sikes, the sisters known for their ability to turn “junk” into treasure and create incredible spaces, have made it even easier for their fans to DIY their own projects. The Texas siblings took to Instagram to announce they will release their own line of paint during Texas Antiques Weekend, set for the first weekend of April.

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“On this glorious Monday morning, we have really, really, realllllly BIG news!!!” they wrote. “It’s been a dream of ours since the beginning days of Junk Gypsy to have our own paint…. and now, the dream has become a reality!! the JG core palette brought to you as an all-American made chalk & clay paint!!! We can’t wait for you to see the entire line… it’s debuting at the #jgworldhq this #texasantiquesweek!! #jgpaint
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Mar 17

Traditional Irish Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Holidays provide the perfect excuse to try (and perfect) new recipes. This St. Patrick’s Day, experiment with Irish cuisine by making these traditional, and not-so-traditional recipes. From shepherd’s pie to colcannon to Guinness-inspired desserts, we’ve rounded up the best treats, sides and hearty main dishes from the Emerald Isle.

Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day

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Soda Bread – If you go to Ireland wanting authentic Irish soda bread, don’t be surprised when the baker hands you a loaf without caraway seeds, butter or raisins. Only the American-Irish versions include those add-ins. Serve as a side or an appetizer with Irish butter. Get the recipe here »
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