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Aug 21

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Chipotle Lime Shrimp Skewers


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.

“I plan on keeping summer alive as long as I can. Grilling our dinner is one thing that keeps us outside and in the summer spirit. We love inviting our friends over and enjoying dinner on the patio on these warm summer nights. This recipe for Chipotle Lime Shrimp Skewers is the perfect outdoor meal to share with friends. Serve them over a bed of rice or sautéed peppers and onions, with a few hot tortillas and a bucket of Pacificos, and you’re off to a great night.”

Chipotle Lime Shrimp Skewers


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Aug 21

Top 20 Country Countdown Visits Gatlinburg

This Friday at 8/7c, Top 20 Country Countdown will air a prime time special on location in Gatlinburg, Tenn., a popular family vacation destination. Host Nan Kelley visits some of the town’s hot spots. See how you could win a Gatlinburg getaway below!

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Nan ventures to the heart of Gatlinburg, where she spends some time shopping and dining in The Village. She also visits Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler, where viewers will get a look at a working distillery and live bluegrass. Our host takes in the beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains with a visit to the famed Space Needle, towering 400 feet in the air and she took a ride on the Aerial Tram at Ober Gatlinburg. Continue Reading


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Aug 21

Trisha Yearwood Announces First Album in Seven Years

Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood photo courtesy of Food Network.

Trisha Yearwood’s husband, Garth Brooks, isn’t the only one planning a comeback. Yearwood has signed with Sony Music Nashville and RCA Records and announced her new album, Prize Fighter, in front of an audience of industry and media in Nashville on Tuesday night.

“It’s a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning the fight no matter what,” she said. “And I think it’s a message that we all need to hear.”

The album, which does not have an official release date, is Yearwood’s first since 2007’s Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love. Yearwood used sports to explain her decision to record again after a seven-year break. Continue Reading


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Aug 20

Great American Vacation: Grand Finale!

I’ve been sharing details of our family vacation to Colorado, and this week, it’s the grand finale.  Drum roll please….

Our final day in Colorado Springs took us bright and early to the top of Pike’s Peak. I planned this activity for the last day because I was concerned about the altitude and felt like a couple days into our stay it wouldn’t be an issue. I chose not to drive the windy road to the top, but instead took the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway. The railway began in 1891 and climbs to the very top, a full 14,115 feet up.

The Leitman family takes a trip to Pikes Peak on their Colorado vacation.

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Aug 19

Scotty McCreery Extends See You Tonight Tour

Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery has extended his See You Tonight Tour to last through the fall. The tour originally kicked off in January and has stopped in over 50 U.S. markets, selling out more than 20 dates, including Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Danielle Bradbery will join McCreery as a special guest.

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Aug 19

Country Brides: How to Wear Cowboy Boots on Your Wedding Day


How about adding a little Western style to your wedding?

We love weddings. It should come as no surprise that we’re big fans of brides in boots. Whether you’re planning a wedding or just browsing, take a look at snapshots from our readers for inspiration. Recently we’ve seen a surge in boot-wearing brides who aren’t afraid to show their country side.

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Aug 18

One Pan Nan: Open-Faced Tomato Sandwich

Every week on Top 20 Country Countdown our host, Nan Kelley, counts down your favorite videos — but when she’s away from the studio, she’s likely to be found in her kitchen, creating healthy, delicious meals. Nan likes to keep it simple, cooking entire meals using only one pan. Her husband, Charlie, lovingly gave her the nickname “One Pan Nan,” and now that’s also the name of her new cookbook [get it HERE!]. We asked Nan to share some of her recipes with us, and this week, it’s an Open-Faced Tomato Sandwich.

“My mother-in-law Patricia is a great cook. I love going over to her house for supper because I love her and her cooking. This little open-faced, cheesy-bacon-tomato delight is one of her longtime staples. Charlie grew up on a farm in Maryland and Miss Pat says, “I used to make this sandwich all the time for lunch on the farm, and the guys loved it.”  Me too, Miss Pat.  It’s perfect for this time of year when all those delicious homegrown tomatoes are coming in!”

Miss Pat’s Open-Faced-Tomato Sandwich

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Aug 15

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Reclaim No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

Photo courtesy 2014 ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood have reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Somethin’ Bad,” knocking Scotty McCreery to No. 2 with “Feelin’ It.” Danielle Bradbery rounds out the Top 3 with “Young in America,” while new videos from Maddie & Tae and Dan + Shay make their Top 20 debuts.

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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. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Neal McCoy – “Can You Do This”
  6. Haley & Michaels“Just Another Love Song”
  7. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  8. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  9. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  10. The Swon Brothers – “Later On” Continue Reading


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Aug 14

Dierks Bentley Announces Second Leg of RISER Tour

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley photo by Nino Munoz, courtesy of The GreenRoom.

Dierks Bentley has announced the second leg of his 2014 RISER Tour. The 20-city run kicks off October 2 in Stockton, Calif., and features Randy Houser and Eric Paslay for the U.S. dates, with Houser and Canadian country artist Tim Hicks joining Bentley for Canadian tour dates.

“It’s going to be tough to top this summer, but every night I get more excited and don’t want this run to end,” Bentley said. “I’m just living in the moment as much as I can and taking it all in… It really has been the best summer of my life. I’m looking forward to having Randy, Eric and Tim out on the road for the next leg. All three of them are crazy talented.” Continue Reading


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Aug 13

Luke Bryan Sets Gillette Stadium Record

Luke Bryan

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

Luke Bryan’s That’s My Kind of Night Tour at Boston’s Gillette Stadium on Sunday set the all-time record for a single day country concert in the history of the field. Over 60,000 fans were on hand for the show, which also featured Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Lee Brice.

Bryan’s That’s My Kind of Night Tour runs through the end of October, with two additional stadium dates on the schedule. On August 15, the tour will stop at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, and in Chicago on August 31 at Soldier Field. Additionally, Bryan will return to New York City for his second sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on September 12. He will be the first country concert to play Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center on September 14. Continue Reading


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