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Sep 1

Top 10 Country Songs for Labor Day

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We’ve compiled our top ten country songs for Labor Day to salute working men and women across America!

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“Hard Workin’ Man” – Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn’s “Hard Workin’ Man” is a working man’s anthem, celebrating a blue-collar work ethic while waiting for Friday to come around, just in time for a weekend of fun.

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“9 to 5″ – Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is one of the hardest working women in country music, making music, touring and working on a number of side projects for more than 40 years. “9 to 5” was written for the film by the same name, and became an ode to office workers everywhere.

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“Little Man” – Alan Jackson

This Alan Jackson song is a tribute to the “little man” trying to keep up with the big corporations threatening to put them out of business. The tune is as relevant today as it was when it was released in 1999. Continue Reading

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Aug 31

Flippin’ RVs Premieres on Great American Country

Flippin' RVs Premiere

Labor Day is this weekend, which means fall is right around the corner. With fall comes camping, hiking and all things pumpkin. At Great American Country, we’re most excited about our new show, Flippin’ RVs! Just in time for camping season, Flippin’ RVs follows married couple Justin and Anna as they scour the nation for trailers and RVs in need of some love.

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Aug 30

One Pan Nan: Kickin’ Pimento Cheese

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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 Kickin’ Pimento Cheese.

The Kelley’s Kickin’ Pimento Cheese

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Aug 29

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Return to No. 1 on Top 20

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood's Somethin' Bad VideoMiranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are back on top with “Somethin’ Bad” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! The pair swapped places with Scotty McCreery, bumping his latest video, “Feelin’ It,” to No. 2. Danielle Bradbery rounds out the Top 3, with Jana Kramer returning to the countdown at No. 16 with “Love.”

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  1. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  6. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  7. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  8. Hunter Hayes – “Tattoo”
  9. Neal McCoy – “Can You Do This”
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Aug 29

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I am resolving to finally get all of my friends and fans HOOKED on cauliflower pizza crust. There is absolutely no reason (OK, maybe a few) for you to ever eat regular pizza again. Cauliflower as a pizza crust is one of the best ideas ever, and you will be shocked at how incredible this recipe is. If I can eat guilt-free pizza almost every night of the week, sign me up! Try it out and let me know what you think.

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Aug 29

Top 5 Country Songs About Football

Country Artist Kenny Chesney Loves Football Season

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Football season is here, which means tailgating, touchdowns and a whole lot of celebrating when our favorite teams win. Country stars, from Kenny Chesney to Carrie Underwood, are also big fans of football season. Here are our Top 5 Country Songs About Football:

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Kenny Chesney – “The Boys of Fall”

Kenny Chesney is a huge football fan and counts the likes of Peyton Manning and Sean Payton among his close friends. He has co-produced several football documentaries, including The Boys of Fall, The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story and, most recently, The Believer,  a documentary about Steve Spurrier. His hit “The Boys of Fall” is a poignant look at football and what it means to small towns across the country.

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Brad Paisley – “Country Nation”

In the lyrics of “Country Nation,” from his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, Brad Paisley pays tribute to a number of things that makes America a ‘country nation’, including football. He name-drops several teams, from his beloved West Virginia Mountaineers to the Tennessee Volunteers, Michigan Wolverines and many more. Continue Reading

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Aug 29

Great American Country’s Summer Vacation Highlights

Here at Great American Country, we’re feeling sad and nostalgic that the end of summer is near. Instead of mourning the loss of lazy days gone by, we’re celebrating our favorite moments. The staff spent their summer traveling across the U.S., from our home base in Knoxville to snowy Alaska. Let there be no question, the Great American Country team knows how to enjoy summer. Take a look at the cool places we visited!

Site manager Sarah Herron vacationed at a dog-friendly beach, Edisto Island in South Carolina.

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Aug 28

Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” Reminds Them of Home

Florida Georgia Line's Dirt Album

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Florida Georgia Line’s latest single, “Dirt,” is a departure from their party anthem hits like “Cruise” and “This Is How We Roll.” The song’s different feel inspired the duo to record it, along with its firm reminder of their country roots.

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“We’ve done the party songs, we’ve done the upbeat fun stuff, and this is just a song that everybody can relate to,” Tyler Hubbard said. “People young or people older, everybody kinda has that place in their life that’s home and that they have a special spot in their heart for. I think that’s the kinda thing we’re trying to capture with this song.” Continue Reading

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Aug 28

Eric Church and Wife Katherine Launch Chief Cares Charity

Eric Church and Katherine Church Charity

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Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, are paying it forward. The couple have announced the launch of their charity, Chief Cares. Administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Chief Cares has already helped a Nepalese orphanage in getting beds and clothing and offering schooling for area children, delivered aid in Haiti and helped the Humane Society fund their no-kill animal shelters.

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Aug 27

Food Network’s Trisha Yearwood Nominated for 2014 CableFAX Award

Trisha Yearwood on Food Network

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Trisha Yearwood is cooking up more than just new music. Her Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, has been a recipe for success. Last year, she won the “Best Host – Food” CableFAX Program Award and is a finalist once again for this year’s honor. Winners will be announced on October 14.

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