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Sep 14

Recipes Fit for a [Farm] Queen

In honor of Farm Queens, Great American Country’s new series premiering TONIGHT at 6/5c, we chose three delicious recipes to serve at your Farm Queens and Miss America Pageant viewing party. While pageant coach Chet Welch may not approve them for a contestant-in-training trying to watch her figure, we say go ahead and indulge a little.

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Aug 24

Country Homes: Transformed Barns

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Barns usually serve as backdrops for weddings, engagement shoots, senior portraits or rustic outdoor parties. But at Great American Country, we’re more intrigued by the barns themselves, not as backdrops but as country homes or retreats. With a renewed interest in simple living and re-purposing the old, folks are gravitating more and more to the countryside and converting unused barns into beautiful living spaces, businesses and more. Take a look at our Beautiful Barns gallery for some rustic barn inspiration.
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Jul 14

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

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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 7

CMA Fest: Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings Host Friday Night Concert

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert‘s good friends, Amie and Jolie Sikes, appeared throughout Friday night’s concert at LP Field to introduce artists and promote season two of Junk Gypsies. Helping the sisters with introductions were Farm Kings brothers Dan and Pete King. Concertgoers caught sneak peeks of the Junk Gypsies’ and Farm Kings‘ upcoming premieres on Great American Country.

The Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings at CMA Fest 2014

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The Junk Gypsies introduced Miranda Lambert, for whom the Gypsies designed the Pistol Annies logo. The Shelton-Sikes relationship goes deeper than that, though. Blake and Miranda hired the Sikes sisters to design a funky, boho wedding reception in 2011.

Dan and Pete King joined the Sikes sisters and Storme Warren, host of Headline Country and The Collection, to open the show and introduce the evening performers. Later in the night, Dan and Pete gave fans an exclusive look at their new season, starting in August.

Sister network HGTV’s Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, also made appearances to promote the new season of their show, airing June 8 on HGTV.

The new season of Junk Gypsies premieres Thursday, June 12 at 9/8c. Plus, enter for your chance to win $5,000 in our weekly Watch & Win giveaway throughout the month of June, and tune in to the Farm Kings season four premiere on August 14.

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Jun 5

Great American Breakfast Series Kicks Off CMA Fest

What better way to kick off CMA Music Fest than with a breakfast buffet, live music and a meet and greet with hot country artists? Great American Country welcomed 270 fans to a (very early) breakfast at Music City Center where Canaan Smith, Lauren Alaina, Dustin Lynch and Neal McCoy performed some of their most popular songs while guests sipped coffee. Following the performances, guests received signed photographs of the artists and interacted with them at an exclusive meet and greet at Fan Fair X.

CMA Music Festival Breakfast Series

Fans at the Breakfast also watched a special sneak peak of Great American Country’s newest programs. The Junk Gypsies new season premieres June 12 at 9/8c, and follows the Sikes sisters on their newest venture: a teen home décor line. All-new episodes of Highway Cowboys and Farm Kings premiere in July and on August 14, respectively.

The Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings will make special appearances throughout CMA Fest, including the Breakfast on Saturday and LP Field on Friday night.

Did you attend one of our Great American Country Breakfast Series events? All of the photos will be ready no later than Tuesday, June 10 on gactv.com/breakfast. Thank you for joining us at CMA Fest!

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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.

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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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Apr 25

Great American Country Picks Up Fourth Season of Hit Series Farm Kings

Great American Country Picks Up Fourth Season of Hit Series FARM KINGS

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After the third season of Great American Country’s original series Farm Kings posted double-digit audience gains among P25-54, the all-American lifestyle network has renewed the hit show for a fourth season. Scheduled to premiere this fall, the ten new 60-minute episodes highlight the ups and downs of the King family’s life on a Pittsburgh-area farm as they battle Mother Nature and continue to build their farm-associated small businesses.

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In season four, eldest brother Joe struggles to reinvent the farm’s co-operative crop program, while brother Dan faces a personal dilemma of leaving the family business behind when he leaves home. Meanwhile, mother Lisa faces an empty nest when her eighth child, John, graduates high school and contemplates moving out of her home. And, the entire family is in mad-scramble mode to produce sister Bitty’s wedding.

Farm Kings is a genuine American family story, sometimes raw and dramatic, but always authentic and fun,” said Steven Lerner, senior vice president of programming and development for the network, as well as its sister channels, HGTV and DIY Network. “Much like our recent original series pick-ups Highway Cowboys and Junk Gypsies, this series is an example of how viewers gravitate to our programming focused on uniquely American experiences. Farm Kings appeals to a consumer segment that advertisers find desirable – proud, patriotic people who share a common strong work ethic, who are chasing the American dream and who have spending power.”

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Feb 27

Last Chance to Watch & Win TONIGHT on Farm Kings

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February’s almost over and that means this is your last week to win during our “King of the Week Watch & Win Sweepstakes.” Tune in to Farm Kings TONIGHT, starting at 8/7c, to get the exclusive on-air code. You could win $2,000!

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But that’s not all– we’re also giving away Farm Kings calendars on Twitter! Starting at 8/7c, we’ll give away one calendar an hour for the next eight hours. See the official rules below. Continue Reading

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Jan 2

Farm Kings Q&A: Lisa King on Motivating Children with Down Syndrome

Lisa King and Ben King from the Great American Country Series Farm Kings

Lisa King and her son, Ben King, from the Great American Country Series Farm Kings.

On tonight’s all-new episode of Farm Kings at 9/8c, Joe tasks his mom Lisa and sister Bitty with running a fitness competition to inspire Freedom Farms’ loyal customers to buy local, eat healthy and get fit. The King family practices what they preach. The hardworking farm lifestyle comes naturally to them — but Lisa admits it’s sometimes a bit of a challenge to keep her youngest son, Ben, who has Down syndrome, active.

“Sometimes it’s very difficult to motivate children with Down syndrome,” says Lisa. “You give birth to nine other children who are very athletic, and then you have this child that you have to push and encourage. It’s a struggle for Ben.”

To make exercise fun, Lisa and Bitty started walking Ben down to the family pond with the incentive of feeding their ducks.

“Since we’ve started taking these walks with Ben, he’s lost about five pounds,” adds Lisa.”That just shows me that if I can inspire Ben to lose weight, I can inspire a whole group.” With Ben as her motivation, Lisa aims to inspire her family of customers to eat right and exercise. And she continues to find ways to challenge Ben to stay fit.

“I want to see [Ben] active,” says Lisa. “I want to see him healthy. I want him to outlive me.”

Over the past couple seasons of Farm Kings, we’ve received many questions from viewers regarding Lisa and Ben. This week we gave them the opportunity to ask some of those questions themselves! Here’s our Q&A with Lisa:

From Temperance Winfield via Facebook:
I have a 37-year-old Down syndrome brother who is the light of our lives. What do you do to keep Ben active and involved outside of the house & how do you manage that with such a busy work schedule?

Lisa: One of my hardest tasks is getting Ben outside, but he does simple things like taking the trash out and walking to the mail box. I manage with such a busy work schedule because whenever I’m busy he’s busy.

From Jane McClurg via Facebook:
Lisa, do you and your family ever receive negative reactions while in public, and if so, how have you found it’s best to deal with that?

Lisa: No, I haven’t received negative reactions in public but if I would’ve just stay positive because I know I can’t make everyone happy.

From Jamie Barker via Facebook:
Does Ben struggle in front of the camera?

Lisa: Haha, He actually  loves being in front of the camera, sometimes we actually have to tell him that’s enough.

From From Jamie Barker via Facebook:
What’s his (Ben’s) favorite thing to do?

Lisa: Ben’s favorite thing to do is to sing and dance to Big Time Rush.

From iMomma_B via Twitter:
Lisa, where or when did you develop your “can do” positive attitude and never say “I can’” spirit?

Lisa: I always had the “can do” attitude. “Can’t” hasn’t done anything good for me.

From Gail Atkinson via Facebook:
Seeing shows where your family does events for Special Olympics, is Ben involved in any sports with SO?

Lisa: Ben has just joined hockey this year and is very excited. Also, he seems interested  in bowling, so I’m looking into that sport more.

From Anthony Park via Facebook:
I know that you love Ben a lot. What has been the biggest challenge of raising a son with special needs, or do you find it challenging at all?

Lisa: The most challenging thing for me would be going through medical procedures with Ben but it is gradually getting better. It is hard to complain about the icing on nine layered cake.

From Gloria Harvell via Facebook:
How do you handle your children’s disagreements?

Lisa: I listen to their disagreements and I try to show the other side of the story. I always say this too will pass.

From Lorye Sholes via Facebook:

Your children are ALL so polite and well mannered. How did you do it?

Lisa: I expect them to be that way, I always told them to BE POLITE OR I’M GOING TO BITE.

To coincide with tonight’s episode, we’ve teamed up with the National Down Syndrome Society to provide you with facts regarding Down syndrome. Follow along with us tonight on Twitter — @gactv. Also, don’t forget to check in to tonight’s GetGlue.com sticker, featuring Lisa & Ben!

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Dec 22

Property Brothers Host Top 50 Country Countdown Starting December 23

The Property Brothers Host Top 50 Country Countdown December 23

HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, will count down YOUR picks every night, starting Dec. 23 at 10/9c.

We once again turned to the experts – YOU – to determine the list of the top music videos of 2013. Top 50 Country Countdown airs in a special five-night event Monday through Friday, Dec. 23-27 at 10 p.m. ET on Great American Country.

Hosted by HGTV’s popular Property Brothers Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott, Top 50 Country Countdown looks back at the year in music, revealing fan favorites in a list that includes country superstars and hot newcomers. Filmed at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Jonathan and Drew had plenty of company stop by, including country stars Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker, Thompson Square and Chris Young; Farm Kings star Dan King; rodeo star Trevor Brazile; and The Jubilee Showgirls.

Fans logged on to GACTV.com throughout November to weigh in on their favorite music clips of the past year. With full results just days away, a preview of the chart reveals Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan tied for most entries on the list with three videos apiece. Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton own bragging rights for most appearances inside the Top 10 with two each.  Fans also took a liking to several collaborations, a rock star equally at home on the country charts, and even a few members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Following the nightly premieres Dec. 23-27, Top 20 Country Countdown runs in a marathon event Saturday, Dec. 28 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, leading into Great American Country re-airs of CMA Awards Red Carpet Live and The 47th Annual CMA Awards.

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