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Jul 22

Inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival Set for Las Vegas

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Jason Aldean at the 2014 CMA Music Festival; photo courtesy of the CMA.

Las Vegas is gearing up for its first ever country music festival. The inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival is set for October 3-5 at The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino. Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have been announced as headliners.

“It’s exciting to see the Route 91 Harvest Festival come to fruition,” Chris Baldizan, Senior Vice President of Entertainment for MGM Resorts International, said. “With an amazing lineup of talent over three days, our guests will experience country music at a unique, one-of-a-kind venue right on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. It’s great to have a partner like Live Nation who shares our passion and vision for entertainment.” Continue Reading


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Jul 17

Top State Fairs in the U.S.

State Fairs are about more than agricultural competitions and blue ribbon pie contests. (Although, there’s nothing better than indulging in state fair foods, like funnel cakes, caramel apples and deep fried everything). Across the U.S., millions of people flock to state fairs to celebrate the culture of the region through food, fun and entertainment. Along with amusement rides and indulgent treats, state fair concerts offer some of the best live music experiences. Most are held in late summer and early fall so we’ve compiled seven top state fairs across the country:

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Jul 14

‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock’ Airs August 5

Little Big Town

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Did you make it to this year’s CMA Music Festival? Or, do you want to re-live the excitement all over again? CMA Country Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs August 5 at 8/7c on ABC, featuring performances from some of country’s biggest stars, as well as back stage access. Little Big Town will return to host the concert special.

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Nightly concerts featured country music stars Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley and The Band Perry, among others. CMA Music Festival took place June 5-8 in downtown Nashville, with hundreds of hours of live music and countless opportunities for fans to get up close and personal with some of their favorite artists.



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Jun 30

10 Country Stars Who Totally Rock the Cowboy Look

Great American Country is saddling up for a new show. The Highway Cowboys are a new breed of American heroes who volunteer to heard loose cattle threatening the safety of drivers along busy Texas roads. The new series debuts next Tuesday, July 8 at 10/9c, so we’re celebrating country stars who rock the cowboy look.

George Strait, the King of Country Music, is the epitome of a cowboy. Known for his signature cowboy hat and Wranglers, he’s now retired from touring, giving him more time to spend at his Texas ranch, working cattle, riding his favorite roping horses and spending time with his family.

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Kenny Chesney is more of an island cowboy than a Texas cowboy, but he’s rarely seen on stage without his cowboy hat.

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

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Jun 23

Florida Georgia Line Working on Their Own Clothing Line

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Florida Georgia Line photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of BMLG.

Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are working on their own fashion line. The line was partially inspired by one of their often used hashtags, #cantaffordnotto. The saying started within the Florida Georgia Line camp and grew from there, eventually going viral.

“We’re going to start a website,” Hubbard said. “We’re going to start a clothing line, Can’t Afford Not To. It’s just become a cool thing, one of those sayings that keeps coming up. So we’ll see what happens with it.” Continue Reading


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Jun 13

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week Miranda Lambert gets some incredible feedback on one of her new songs; Kip Moore and Chris Young discuss injuries; Jason Aldean performs with George Strait; Kix Brooks wife posts a hilarious #TBT; And Charlie Daniels is the picture of contentment. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week:

Miranda Lambert – MirandaLambert: I never thought I would actually hear from the Queen herself!

Kip Moore – KipMooreMusic: Never injured my eye and never left a stage…no clue where that comes from. I’m good

Chris Young – ChrisYoungMusic: Overheard tonight,”That guy has more cuts than Chris Young making dinner!” Haha!!

Jason Aldean at 2014 CMA Music Festival

Jason Aldean at the 2014 CMA Music Festival; photo courtesy of the CMA.

Jason Aldean – Jason_Aldean: A night i will never forget, gettin to sing w Mr. George Strait on his last show. What an amazing night. Continue Reading


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Jun 13

Tim McGraw’s ‘Superstar Summer Night’ Premieres on Great American Country

Tim McGraw‘s star-studded concert, Superstar Summer Night, premieres on Great American Country this summer, June 21 at 8/7c. The two-hour concert event features McGraw performing songs from his latest album Two Lanes of Freedom, and some of today’s chart-topping artists.

This once in a lifetime television event is the perfect opportunity for fans to see McGraw on stage with some of today’s biggest music stars, including: Jason Aldean (“1994″), Dierks Bentley (“Summer on Fire”), Luke Bryan (“Crash My Party”), Brantley Gilbert (“Country Must Be Country Wide”), Faith Hill (“Piece of My Heart”), Keith Urban (“Long Hot Summer”), Florida Georgia Line with Nelly (“Cruise (Remix)”), Lady Antebellum (“Goodbye Town”) and The Band Perry (“DONE.”). The special will also feature can’t-miss duets and collaborations with John Fogerty, Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo and Pitbull.

“There’s no better time for live music than in the heat of the summer,” said McGraw in an interview with CBS. “Country music is hotter than it’s ever been, and with some help from a few friends in other formats, too, we’re going to get summer started off right. I’ve been lucky enough to have all these artists tour with me, and it’ll be fun to get everyone back together to help raise money and bring some attention to Lifting Lives. Not enough people know what good work the organization does, and when I was asked to help put this show together, it was a no-brainer.”

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Jun 12

In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts to Air on Great American Country

Robin Roberts with Luke Bryan on ABC's Good Morning America

ABC Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts interviews Luke Bryan.

Robin Roberts, from ABC’s Good Morning America, has your all-access pass into the homes and private lives of country music’s biggest stars. She’ll sit down with today’s hottest artists as well as some of music’s greatest icons for an intimate conversation covering everything from their quiet nights at home, to their wild lives out on the road.

In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts will feature exclusive interviews with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Shania Twain, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, and the cast of Nashville.

The special showcases a different country music artist: Aldean talks about fame, family and the heavy media coverage of his divorce. Bryan opens up about his family tragedies that nearly broke him. Twain discusses life back in the spotlight and her battle with stage fright. Roberts goes behind the scenes with the cast of Nashville, even making a cameo in one of the episodes. Finally, Roberts sits down with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to discuss their mega-hit “Islands in the Stream.”

The series premieres Saturday, June 14 at 8/7c on Great American Country.

The Great American Country network delivers original lifestyle programming celebrating the best of American living and country music. Find us on your TV!


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Jun 9

George Strait Plays His Final Show as a Touring Artist

George Strait wrapped his career as a touring musician Saturday night when he played the last show of his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In true Texas fashion, George did it big, setting the record for the largest indoor concert in North America with 104,793 fans in attendance. The Rolling Stones’ 1981 show at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans held the previous record at 87,500.

George Strait's Last Concert

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George arrived on stage following an introduction from his good friend Ray Benson of opening act Asleep at the Wheel. The King of Country stood in awe at the sheer size of the crowd and waited for applause to die down before launching into his opening song, “Check Yes or No.”

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here tonight,” he told the crowd. “It’s just been on my mind since we started this tour two years ago, and finally it’s here tonight. We broke a record for the most people, ever. Really? Why wouldn’t we, huh?” Continue Reading


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Jun 4

CMA Fest: Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings to Make Special Appearances

The stars of Great American Country’s hit series Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings will co-host the CMA Festival’s Friday night concert at LP Field. Performers will include Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry and Eric Church.

Junk Gypsies, Season 2

Amie and Jolie Sikes

Farm Kings Dan and Pete and Junk Gypsies Amie and Jolie Sikes will also join our guests at the CMA Fest Great American Country Breakfast Series to introduce performers and discuss upcoming premieres of their respective shows. The King brothers will be at AT&T Fan Fair X and the HGTV Lodge on Friday, followed by the Sikes sisters on Saturday. 

Social Media Maven Jessica Northey will host the morning concert series. Her weekly #CMchat features celebrity Q&A sessions, Facebook and Twitter discussions and Google+ hangouts. Forbes gave Northey the No. 3 spot on its list of Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers.

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