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Oct 24

Blake Shelton Takes Over At No. 1 With “Neon Light” on Top 20

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After an impressive run at No. 1, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad” has been retired. On this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, Blake Shelton takes over the top spot with his latest, “Neon Light.” Several new videos make their countdown debuts this week, including clips from Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, which both debut in the Top 10. Videos from Big & Rich and Thomas Rhett also appear on the chart this week.

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Oct 24

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Caramel Chunk No-Bake Cookies

One of the first recipes I remember making with my mom is no-bake cookies. They were always my favorite. I have known and used my Great-Great-Grandmother’s recipe all my life and have so many memories of standing at the kitchen cabinet on a bar-stool where my chin just barely came over the edge. I must have been 3- or 4-years-old, but I was doing my part and trying to be a good helper. Those cookies were my sister Shelley’s favorite. I wanted to share the recipe with you, but I kicked it up a notch! I found these great little caramel bits at the grocery store and thought about how many recipes I could come up with that would be great with them. In my opinion, caramel makes everything better. That holds true with this revamped recipe as well! When you bite into these sweet chocolatey bites of perfection, you will find little chewy chunks of caramel. What more could a girl ask for?

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Caramel Chunk No-Bake Cookies

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Oct 22

Chris Young Announces 2015 A.M. Worldwide Tour

Chris Young Announces 2015 Tour

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Chris Young will kick off his 2015 A.M. Worldwide Tour in March, making stops in Australia, Germany, London, Switzerland and other locations in the United Kingdom.

The tour marks Young’s first time playing in Germany, his second trip to Australia, and a third visit to London and the UK.  On his way Down Under, Young plans to stop at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Concert Hall for his first Hawaii show.

He will then play shows in Melbourne and Sydney before heading to CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival in Ipswich, a small town in Queensland, Australia. Continue Reading

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Oct 21

Jason Aldean Announces Second Leg of Burn It Down Tour

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Jason Aldean will keep “burning it down” into 2015. He has announced the second leg of his Burn It Down Tour, which will kick off February 12, 2015 in Greenville, S.C. The tour will hit 23 cities and feature special guests Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr.

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“We are coming off a big album release week, and we wanted to keep the momentum rolling and get this next leg of the tour announced,” Aldean said. “Cole and Tyler are two of the hottest up-and-coming artists out right now, and I really dig what they do in their live shows. They are also just great friends, so it’ll be cool to have them out and see what kind of trouble we can get into together.” Continue Reading

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Oct 17

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

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood remain at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown again this week with “Somethin’ Bad,” edging out “Neon Light” from Blake Shelton, which moved up to No.2. New videos from Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, and Brett Eldredge make their countdown debuts this week, plus Dustin Lynch fills in as this week’s host!

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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. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  3. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  4. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  5. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  6. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  7. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  8. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  9. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
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Oct 16

Eric Church Extends The Outsiders World Tour Into 2015

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Eric Church has extended his The Outsiders World Tour into 2015. Church officially announced he will kick off the second leg of his massive tour on January 8 in New Orleans. He will wrap the first leg on December 13 with a show in Birmingham, Ala.

“We come from bars and clubs,” he said. “I miss that intimacy. That’s what you always try to grab. The bigger the room, the smaller you want that room to feel. You used to be able to fit everyone at one of our shows in those end-stage pits. That was the entire crowd. I want everybody in that place to feel like they were there, to feel like they were in that that small room. That they experienced something, that they felt something, that they are always going to go and tell people that ‘that show was spiritual to me. I felt it.’”

Watch a video about the making of The Outsiders Tour below:
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Oct 15

Jason Aldean Holds 9th Annual Concert for the Cure

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Jason Aldean’s ninth annual Concert for the Cure took place in Detroit, Mich., on October 11. The concert raised $660,909 for Susan G. Komen and breast cancer research. The stop was part of his headlining Burn It Down Tour.

“We always try and have a lot of fun with our Komen show each year,” Aldean said. “It isn’t just about raising money to help find a cure, it’s also about celebrating everyone who is going through treatment now and those who’ve been able to beat the disease.” Continue Reading

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Oct 13

The Santa Train Announces Amy Grant as Special Guest

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On November 22, the Santa Train will embark on its 72nd journey through Kentucky, Virgina and Tennessee. This year, Amy Grant joins Santa and his friends on the 110-mile route through the Appalachian region. Along the way, Santa and volunteers distribute more than 15 tons of donated gifts to children and families.

“I’m incredibly excited to be the celebrity guest on this year’s Santa Train,” Grant said. “It’s important to give back to the community, especially during the holidays, and I’m glad I can help.” Continue Reading

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Oct 12

Texas Antique Weekend, Y’all!

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(L-R) Jen Leitman with Blogger Ellen Foord and Supervising Producer Jen Moore

The Great American Country team headed to Texas Antique Weekend, which was held October 1-6. If you’ve never been to this incredibly large, awesome flea market-type event…it is well worth it! Go. Really. You’ll want to make plans for 2015 now.

Here’s the deal: Twice a year the huge empty fields around Round Top, Texas, welcome thousands of vendors with the most amazing finds ever. From jewelry and furniture to funky clothing and giant metal letters, there is so much to look through, it will make your head spin.

My DH (darling husband) would love it, as he’s the picker-type guy, but the event also makes for a perfect girls’ trip. If you go, you MUST stop in to see Great American Country stars, the Junk Gypsies. Their World Headquarters are located in Round Top, and you can shop for T-shirts, jewelry, home décor, you name it. The ladies are often around the store, which is a great celebrity sighting! They’re so nice and friendly!

Junk Gypsy Amie Sikes at Texas Antique Weekend

Amie Sikes, one of the stars of Great American Country’s Junk Gypsies, meets a fan at Texas Antique Weekend.

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Oct 11

DIY Halloween Decor: Candy Corn Wine Bottles

Stop hoarding the empty wine bottles; you’re not in college anymore. (But if you are a coed, seriously, just recycle already or try this DIY project.) Instead, create something beautiful and useful, like this simple Halloween DIY project – candy corn wine bottles. Arrange them with pillar candles of various heights and mini-pumpkins for a festive fall tablescape or fireplace mantel vignette. For the full instructions, head over to PopSugar.

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