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Sep 20

Tim McGraw Releases Sundown Heaven Town

Tim McGraw Releases Sundown Heaven Town Album

Tim McGraw makes it no secret that he is influenced by a number of musical genres and even musical decades. The ’70s, in particular, have inspired him throughout his career. Fans may not hear those influences on his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, however, as McGraw says it’s the “most country” album he has recorded in a while.

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“It’s a country album because I’m singing it, but if you want to say, ‘Is it a traditional country? …’ It’s not a traditional country album, but I think it’s very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career,” he said. “I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 years in music has been in a lot of ways, so I think that you can certainly hear parts of my career through all these songs.” Continue Reading

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Sep 19

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

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Carrie and Miranda repeat at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Bad.”

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood make it another week at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Bad” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Scotty McCreery and Brad Paisley round out the Top 3, while Old Crow Medicine Show’s latest video, “Sweet Amarillo,” makes its countdown debut at No. 13.

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Besides counting down this week’s Top 20 videos, host Nan Kelley was joined by the one and only Kenny Chesney. Chesney stopped by to talk about his new album, The Big Revival, out September 23, as well as his new video, “American Kids,” which landed at No. 14 on this week’s countdown.

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. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  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. Dolly Parton – “Home”
  9. Jana Kramer – “Love”
  10. The Swon Brothers – “Later On” Continue Reading

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Sep 17

Americana Music Festival: 10 Acts to Catch

J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers will perform at The Americana Festival on September 19. (Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/thedirtdaubers.)

The Americana Music Festival kicks off this week in Nashville, featuring four nights of live music from September 17-20. 165 live performances will take place at more than nine music venues throughout downtown Nashville. It’s a music festival like no other, and if you are headed to Music City this week, here are 10 shows not to miss:

Lee Ann Womack – September 18, 7:30p at Cannery Ballroom

Lee Ann Womack is set to release her new album, The Way I’m Livin,’ on September 23. “We wanted to capture the moment,” Womack said of the album, which was recorded almost completely live. “Both the moment in the song and the moment when the musicians catch fire. There’s a magic when the players find each other, find the heart of the song – and that spark is the greatest moment of all.”

Angaleena Presley – September 18, 9:00p at High Watt

Known as one-third of Pistol Annies, Angaleena Presley will release her solo debut, American Middle Class, on October 14. “A lot of folks first heard of me when I wrote a song called ‘Knocked Up’ that Heidi Newfield cut on her first solo record,” she said. “People would say, ‘God, honey, that song has balls.’ But I just wrote what I knew. I was pregnant, not married, and felt like the shame of my family.”

Marty Stuart – September 18, 9:30p at 3rd & Lindsley

Marty Stuart is one of “country’s most historically-minded new traditionalists.” He will take the stage at 3rd & Lindsley for a show featuring his own brand of sound, which combines elements of honky tonk, rockabilly, country-rock, traditional country and bluegrass. Continue Reading

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Sep 17

Easy Tin Foil Recipes for a Bonfire

Camping season is upon us! It’s time for hot dogs, s’mores and open campfires. But what if you want to switch up the typical camping menu? Different doesn’t have to mean fancy, which is why we love tin foil campfire recipes. Throw some meat, veggies and a sprinkle of your favorite spice in a piece of foil, cook it over the fire, and you’re done! You can even make desserts in tin foil. Here are three of our favorite recipes.tin-foil-hobo-dinner-recipe

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Sep 16

A Day at the Tennessee Valley Fair

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At Great American Country, we are big advocates of supporting your local community. Not only does community involvement benefit the economy, but it fosters pride, loyalty and appreciation among the area’s inhabitants. Fairs and festivals are just two of many ways to get involved. Because our network is based in Knoxville, Tenn., just 15 minutes outside the Tennessee Valley Fairgrounds, I decided to explore my own neck of the woods.
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Sep 15

Maddie & Tae Grew Up Fast to Sing Country Music

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Maddie & Tae photo courtesy facebook.com/maddieandtae.

Maddie & Tae are making waves in the country music world with their sassy debut single, “Girl In A Country Song.” While they are only 18 years old, the duo’s songwriting is wise beyond their years. They give credit to their careers for helping them grow up.

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“I think we started traveling back and forth to Nashville when we were 15 and 16,” Tae said. “We definitely had to grow up fast and figure out what we wanted to prioritize in our lives.” Not that they mind the sacrifices. Continue Reading

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Sep 15

Miranda Lambert Credits Kenny Chesney for Touring Success

Miranda Lambert Platinum Tour album cover

Photo courtesy of mirandalambert.com.

Miranda Lambert has traveled a lot of miles over the years, playing music for fans far and wide. Known for her high energy show, she gives credit to Kenny Chesney for teaching her how to not only work an audience, but also run a tour.

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“When I was on the Kenny tour, his crowd and his crew and his everybody has his spirit, which is, ‘I love my job. I love what I do. This should be fun. This is entertainment,’” Lambert told ABC News Radio. “It’s just his great spirit and love of the beach and love of relaxing and having a margarita leaks throughout the entire camp, therefore throughout the entire tour to the person on the back row of the stadium, and that’s what’s important.” Continue Reading

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Sep 13

How to Go Camping in Style

It’s not officially fall yet, but with our new series Flippin’ RVs premiering this month, and pumpkin-flavored everything hitting grocery store shelves and coffee shops, we can’t help but get excited about all things fall. Cooler temperatures and crisp autumn air make the upcoming season perfect for camping and getting outdoors.

But what about those who aren’t so keen on the outdoors, especially at night? Well, if trekking into the wilderness or driving to a remote state park sounds daunting, consider your own backyard (or a friend’s or family member’s) as an alternative. It’s a good way to ease into camping, and you always have the option of sleeping in a real bed and taking a real, hot shower.

If you’re a fashionista, however, dressing for a camping trip (either in your backyard or at a campground) may prove challenging. Outdoor gear is less than flattering and definitely not cute. Let us offer you some inspiration. Below we’ve styled two different camping looks for the fashion-minded ladies. Just know that a lingering campfire smell on your clothes is inevitable.

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Sep 12

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Keep No. 1 Streak Alive on Top 20

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood keep their No. 1 streak alive with “Somethin’ Bad” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Scotty McCreery and Tim McGraw with Faith Hill round out the Top 3, while videos from Jason Aldean, Kip Moore and Dan + Shay make their countdown debuts.

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Besides counting down this week’s Top 20 videos, host Nan Kelley also took a look at the recently announced nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards! Turns out, a number of nominees also have videos on this week’s Top 20.

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding 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 and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  4. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  5. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  6. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  7. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  8. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  9. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  10. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls” Continue Reading

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Sep 12

Florida Georgia Line Was Almost ‘Orange Peach’

Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line almost had a very different name. Their home states of Georgia and Florida are known for peaches and oranges. Looking for a name that would pay homage to their roots, the duo very nearly named themselves ‘Orange Peach,’ they tell Taste of Country.

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“We lived together for two years in Nashville and were hanging out in the hall and decided to take this music thing seriously and wanted to represent where we came from,” Brian Kelley said. “Orange Peach was an early suggestion, then it got moved to Florida Georgia Line.” Continue Reading

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