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Jul 29

Great American Country’s ‘Backstory’ Features Dolly Parton


Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Dolly Records

Dolly Parton is a world-class actress, best-selling author, dedicated philanthropist and a savvy businesswoman who’s been charting her own course for decades. But before life in the spotlight, Parton lived a humble life in the Smoky Mountains. This Saturday at 8/7c, Great American Country’s Backstory gives you an inside look at Parton’s rise to fame and her myriad endeavors as a country music star.

Many people know Parton for her music, but Dollywood is almost as much of an institution as Parton herself, especially in East Tennessee. Her theme and water parks attract thousands of visitors and celebrities every year. HGTV’s own Property Brothers visited in April with their other brother, J.D. Scott.

Whether she’s on stage, in the studio or making appearances at Dollywood, Parton never forgets her less-than-glamorous childhood. Tune in to Backstory on Saturday, August 2 at 8/7c for the complete story about country music’s sweetheart, Dolly Parton.

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Jul 29

Alan Jackson Exhibit to Open at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open an exhibit celebrating Alan Jackson’s 25 years in country music on August 29. The Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country exhibit will run through March 2015. Jackson will also serve as the Museum’s next artist in residence, making him the first ever to serve in that capacity while also being the subject of an exhibit.

“This exhibit will be a rare treat for museum visitors,” Museum Director Kyle Young said. “Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years. This exhibit and his artist-in-residence shows this fall are not to be missed.” Continue Reading


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Jul 28

Luke Bryan Partners With Miller Lite to Bring Servicemen and Women to Chicago Show

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan photo by Joseph Llanes, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Luke Bryan has teamed up with Miller Lite to bring 45 Army and Air Force servicemen and women to the Chicago stop on his That’s My Kind of Night Tour on August 31 at Soldier Field, all expenses paid. The text-to-win promotion will only be available in Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) stores from May through August.

“We are excited to give these incredible servicemen and -women the chance to win a truly amazing experience with Luke Bryan and Miller Lite,” Ryan Reis, Miller Lite senior director, said. “It’s an honor and privilege for Miller Lite to give back to the heroes in our armed forces.” Continue Reading


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Jul 28

Garth Brooks Adds 9 Chicago Shows, Breaks Own Ticket Record

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks photo courtesy of Nancy Seltzer & Associates.

Garth Brooks is definitely back. Tickets for the first show of his comeback tour, set for Chicago’s Allstate Arena on September 4, went on sale Friday morning at 10 a.m. By 10:35, another show had been added to accommodate fan demand. In total, eight more shows were added, resulting in 10 total shows scheduled for Chicago.

Brooks sold a total of 180,000 tickets for his Chicago shows in under three hours. He shattered his record of 141,717 tickets,which he set in 1997 at the same venue. The upcoming dates mark the first time Brooks has performed in Chicago in 17 years. Continue Reading


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Jul 27

Taylor Swift Gives Young Fan Advice on Unrequited Love

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is known for her songs about love – falling in love, out of love, and everything in between. She has also been involved in some high-profile relationships with the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and Harry Styles. So, when a young fan reached out to her via Instagram for relationship advice, Swift offered her some sage words of wisdom.

“@taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you,” wrote Hannah, who went on to explain that she was in love with a guy who had a girlfriend and would never like her back. After complimenting Hannah’s eyes, Swift addressed Hannah’s heart.

“About this guy,” she wrote. “I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart, the first thing a stranger will ask is ‘how long were you two together?’ As if your pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all. I don’t think that’s how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It’s just as crushing and just as thrilling. Continue Reading


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Jul 27

Randy Travis to Release Influences Vol. 2: The Man I Am on August 19

Randy Travis

Randy Travis photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.

Randy Travis will release Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am on August 19. The album follows last year’s Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, which included songs by Travis’ musical heroes Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Lefty Frizzell, among others. Vol. 2 follows in the same vein.

“We had such a great time putting together Influence Vol. 1, but there were still so many musical heroes of yesteryear that I learned from and wanted to honor,” Travis said in a press release. “We had no choice but to release a second volume. The influence that the older, great ones had on me, and the influence that I may, somehow, have on the ones that come along after me, is God’s way of allowing us to pay it forward. It is my prayer answered — and, His will done — it is what makes me ‘the man I am.’” Continue Reading


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Jul 26

Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke – The Best Of Certified Gold

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Dolly Records.

Dolly Parton has struck Gold once more. Her Blue Smoke – The Best Of collection has been certified Gold in the United Kingdom for sales of more than 500,000. The collection includes her latest album, Blue Smoke, as well as a second album of some of her biggest hits.

“Dolly could not be any happier,” her manager Danny Nozell said. “She has worked very hard over the past several years to create the momentum that we have going. Everyone at Dolly Records and Sony Music has done an outstanding job with making Dolly’s new music available, and the sales prove it.” Continue Reading


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Jul 25

Taylor Swift and Eric Church Set for iHeartRadio Music Festival

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson Public.

Taylor Swift, Eric Church and Zac Brown Band are among the artists who will perform during the all-genre 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival. None of them are strangers to the festival. Swift performed at the 2012 event while Church was in the lineup of the first iHeartRadio Country Festival in March.

Additional artists scheduled to take part in the iHeartRadio Music Festival include Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille and Steve Aoki. Continue Reading


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Jul 25

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

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

Photo courtesy 2014 ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood have made it three weeks at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Somethin’ Bad!” Scotty McCreery made a big countdown debut, entering the chart at No. 2 with “Feelin’ It.” Kenny Chesney’s“American Kids” also debuted on the countdown, coming in at No. 19.

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, 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 & Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  4. Neal McCoy – “Can You Do This”
  5. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  6. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  7. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  8. Haley & Michaels – “Just Another Love Song”
  9. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  10. The Band Perry – “Chainsaw” Continue Reading


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Jul 25

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Elvis Granola


Photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal.

You may know Krystal Keith as the singer of the sweet father/daughter wedding dance song, “Daddy Dance With Me,” which she wrote for her own wedding as a surprise for dad Toby Keith. Or maybe you know her from her official debut single, “Get Your Redneck On.” [Get it here!] But did you know she’s also super talented in the kitchen? Krystal’s been creating delicious meals from family recipes for years and featuring them in her blog, The Barnyard Bistro. Every week she shares her favorites exclusively with Great American Country!

“Everybody knows The King loved his peanut butter and banana sandwiches. He is one of the most notable musical figures of all time and has undoubtedly been an inspiration to the many musicians that followed him, including me. Elvis also inspired the cook in me to create this little concoction in his honor. I’m channeling The King and shakin’ things up in my blue suede shoes.”

Krystal Keith's recipe for Elvis Granola

1 cup banana chips, roughly chopped
1 1/4 cup raw rolled oats (whole, not instant)
2 Tbsp PB2 Powder
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp oil (something light in flavor: pecan, canola, coconut)
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Set banana chips aside. Combine remaining ingredients and mix well. There will be some chunks but try to work the oats well into the mixture. Bake for 15 minutes at 250 degrees, then increase to 375 degrees and bake an additional 8-10 minutes or until granola is golden- to medium-brown. Let cool completely and toss in banana chips. Serve with honey or vanilla yogurt or eat alone as a snack. Store in airtight container. Makes 4-6 servings.


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