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Jul 18

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

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Photo courtesy 2014 ACM Awards.

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood made a big debut last week, entering the Top 20 Country Countdown at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Bad.” The pair made it two weeks in a row in the top spot with Neal McCoy and Danielle Bradbery rounding out the Top 3. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill jump 10 spots from No. 14 to No. 4 with “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” and Haley & Michaels continue their slow rise up the charts, up to No. 5 with “Just Another Love Song.”

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for 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 & Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Neal McCoy – “Can You Do This”
  3. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Haley & Michaels – “Just Another Love Song”
  6. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  7. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  8. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  9. The Band Perry – “Chainsaw”
  10. The Swon Brothers – “Later On” Continue Reading

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Jul 18

Jana Kramer Brings “Love” To Top 20

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Jana Kramer photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

There is a whole lot of “love” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Jana Kramer stops by to discuss her new video, “Love,” which she shot south of the border, with host Nan Kelley. Kramer will also find out where “Love” landed on the countdown this week!

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood made a big debut with “Somethin’ Bad” last week, entering the chart at No. 1. Can they make it two weeks in a row in the top spot? Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who tops the chart this week.

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Jul 17

One Pan Nan: Grilled Feta and Basil Pizza

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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 a Grilled Feta and Basil Pizza. Check back every other week for a new recipe.

“It’s grilling season! If you’ve never cooked a pizza on the grill, now is the perfect time to try it. Get a pizza stone for the grill, and you’ll have the crispiest crust ever. Thanks to my sweet neighbor Regina, we had the best tasting toppings ever. I had the recipe for this pizza already, but when Regina called me to come pick from her garden, homegrown goodness made all the difference. You can’t go wrong with fresh basil and sweet, purple garden-ripe tomatoes. Pizza on the grill is so good and so easy, plus you’re not heating up your whole house with the heat from the oven. So, light the tiki torches, pour yourself a cold drink, and fire up the grill!”

Grilled Feta and Basil Pizza
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Ingredients:
1 pizza crust
2 large tomatoes, sliced
1 8 ounce container feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove, diced
olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
a spoonful of cornmeal

Directions:
Place pizza stone on lower rack of grill and turn grill burners to low, allowing stone and grill to preheat for about 10 minutes. While grill and stone preheat, spread sliced tomatoes on a plate and sprinkle olive oil on top. In a small bowl, combine feta cheese, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Lay pizza crust on a pizza paddle (or a flat cookie sheet), and top with tomatoes. Spoon cheese and basil mixture evenly on top of tomatoes. Sprinkle a little cornmeal on top of hot pizza stone to prevent sticking, and slide pizza onto stone. Close the lid, and cook for approximately 7-10 minutes, depending on your temperature. Pizza is ready when crust is lightly brown. Use pizza paddle to remove pizza. Allow the stone to cool completely before removing from grill.

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Jul 16

Garth Brooks Announces First Tour Stop

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Garth Brooks photo courtesy of Nancy Seltzer & Associates.

Garth Brooks has announced he will kick off his first tour in almost 20 years on Thursday, September 4 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. Keeping true to his word, Brooks has kept ticket prices low for the tour. Tickets for the Chicago show will cost $65.50 (including fees and taxes).

“As an entertainer, you get asked a lot, ‘What are the best cities to play?’” Brooks said. “Without hesitation, I rattle off five or six of the best places to play, and that list always includes Chicago. It is the perfect city to launch the world tour!” Continue Reading

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Jul 13

7 Southern Food Trucks Serving Up BBQ

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The South is well-known for its comfort food, barbecues and butter-laden sweets. Recently, Southern-style cooking has garnered sizable attention in the culinary world. It seems Southern food with a twist — or gourmet Southern, as they call it — is the new cuisine du jour. So, it’s no surprise that during the food truck craze, Southern grub became ubiquitous. Luckily for foodies and Southerners everywhere, barbecue food trucks haven’t died out yet. There are plenty of food trucks across the South that continue to serve homestyle favorites with a twist.

Here are seven BBQ food trucks you need to try this summer. (Listed in no particular order.)

1. Sweet Auburn BBQ – Atlanta, Georgia: The menu here reads like that of a full-blown restaurant. With starters, plates and desserts, there are plenty of choices. There are actually two different menus for the truck’s most-frequented locations: Downtown Edgewood and North Highland. Both menus offer creative twists on barbecue, like the King of Memphis Melt with your choice of pulled pork, brisket or chicken, melted jack cheese, fried egg, and pear slaw, or the Carolina pulled pork bowl with stone-ground cheddar grits, scallions and house sauce. The North Highland location also offers a full bar. Check out the full menus here>> 

2. Hello, My Name is BBQ – Charleston, South Carolina: Located at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge, this truck offers 18 different barbecue sandwiches and an award-winning brunch. All of the sandwiches build on the signature creation, The Holy City, made of beer-braised barbecue served on a brioche bun. From there, any combination of jalapeños, Sriracha mayo, fried egg, pimento cheese, etc. could top your sammy. If you prefer a melted sandwich, they serve those too, and don’t forget about Saturday brunch! Enjoy local music and $10 bottomless Mimosas with any entrée, like the Hog Heaven with BBQ pork, BBQ’d bacon, Canadian bacon, and American cheese on a biscuit, and your choice of a side. Check out the full menus here>>

3. Smoke Et Al – Nashville, Tennessee: One of the most buzzed-about food trucks in Nashville’s growing food scene, Smoke Et Al offers everything from biscuits to tacos and authentic Southern fixins’. The Noble Brisket Taco boasts smoked beef brisket in a flour or corn tortilla topped with smoked corn, red pepper salsa, cilantro lime crema and field greens. Sides of fried pickled okra with ‘bama white sauce or potato salad with sour cream, cheddar and scallions would pair nicely. Just as cool as the barbecue is Smoke Et Al’s commitment to using locally sourced products, compostable serve ware, and recycling fry oil, generator oil and even transmission fluid. Find out where they’re stopping next>> 

4. KoKyu BBQ – Durham, North Carolina: For a truly unique spin on barbecue, try KoKyu. David Filippini and his wife Sarah started the Korean inspired food truck three years ago. It’s easy to spot, as the trailer is covered in street-style graffiti art. Now, about the food. If you’re looking for a regular ol’ barbecue joint, this isn’t your place. Here, short-rib sliders with pickled veggies, coconut curry brisket Takos and a lovely little side called “duck fat tater tots with rosemary” rule the menu. (Word on the street is the tots are just as good as the barbecue.) And instead of taking a number or straining to hear your name called for food, KoKyu gives you a playing card. Fun, right? Find out where KoKyu will be next>>

5. Slow Food Truck – Dania Beach, Florida: There are a variety of ways to enjoy meat at the Slow Food Truck. From the Beef Shortrib Sandwich (braised beef au jus, crispy shallots, live watercress, cheese) to the Cuban Cowboy (slow-roasted pulled pork, Swiss cheese, coleslaw served on Martin’s potato bun), there are plenty of menu items to tickle your taste buds. Chefs Oren Bass and Zachary Schwartz pride themselves on  serving locally sourced and seasonal foods. Oh, and their Truffle Fries and Warm Fresh Florida Lobster Roll deserve mentioning, even though this post is really about BBQ, because, come on, lobster and fries are always a good choice. Check out the full menu here>>

6. Blanchard’s BBQ – Lafayette, Louisiana: Blanchard may be relatively new to the barbecue food truck scene, but they seem to have the hang of the whole smoked pork thing. Their modest menu features some pretty spectacular flavor combinations. Memphis pulled pork with chipotle coleslaw comes as a sandwich or two tacos. For vegetarians, there is a mixed greens salad with jalapeño and garlic vinaigrette or chipotle ranch. Barbecued nachos with jalapeños, cheese and sour cream make for a nice alternative to a pork sandwich. Follow on Twitter for updates on their location>> 

7. Southern Salt Food Company – Little Rock, Arkansas: True to its name, this food truck offers Southern dishes with an eclectic, modern spin along with a variety of fusion dishes. Just about anything goes here, from curry short ribs to a Philly “cheesesteak” with pulled pork instead of beef. Not a big fan of meat? The vegetarian barbecue sandwich — a fried tofu patty topped with grilled vegetables and a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce — should satisfy vegetarians and, rumor has it, meat lovers alike. Find out daily specials and the truck’s next location here>>

Honorable Mention: Off the Grill in El Paso, Texas: Some consider Texas part of the South, and some consider it a Western state. So as not to cause a ruckus, we’re keeping this Texas-based truck off the main list. However, it’s worth noting that Off the Grill won Best BBQ Food Truck of 2014. So, this is a not so subtle hint to go check it out.

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Don’t live in the South? See some of Great American Country’s other favorite U.S. destinations>>

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Jul 12

Garth Brooks Is Back

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Garth Brooks photo courtesy of Nancy Seltzer & Associates.

During a highly anticipated press conference on Thursday morning, Garth Brooks announced he signed with Sony Music Nashville’s RCA imprint and will release new music in the coming weeks with a full double-sided album expected out around Black Friday. Brooks is excited about his new label home and looking forward to the future.

“Everybody loves everybody when you get started,” he said. “We’ll see in a year. I hope you don’t regret this. I hope I don’t. I think we’ll be all right.”

With the retirement of Brooks’ producer, Allen Reynolds, Brooks started working with Mark Miller, who engineered the Reynolds-produced albums. “I’ve never had more fun in my life making music,” Brooks said. “I’m getting my ass kicked by the songwriters right now. We’re cutting everything but Garth stuff right now. The level of songwriting stunned me.” Continue Reading

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Jul 11

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

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Photo courtesy 2014 ACM Awards

Talk about a big debut! Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s sassy song, “Somethin’ Bad,” entered the Top 20 Country Countdown at No. 1, knocking Danielle Bradbery’s “Young in America” down to No. 2 after it spent three weeks at No. 1. Little Big Town and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill also made impressive countdown debuts, coming in at No. 13 and No. 14, respectively, with their latest videos.

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for 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 & Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  3. Neal McCoy – “Can You Do This”
  4. Chris Young – “Who I Am With You”
  5. Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
  6. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  7. Haley & Michaels – “Just Another Love Song”
  8. The Band Perry – “Chainsaw”
  9. Luke Bryan – “Play It Again”
  10. Brad Paisley – “River Bank” Continue Reading

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Jul 11

Lee Brice Visits Top 20

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Lee Brice photo courtesy of Curb Records.

We do dance on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Lee Brice stops by the studio to chat with host Nan Kelley about his new album, I Don’t Dance, which hits stores September 9. While he and Nan chat about his new music and his summer on tour with Luke Bryan, he’ll also find out where his new video, “I Don’t Dance,” lands on the countdown this week!

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Danielle Bradbery has spent the last three weeks at the top of the charts with “Young In America.” Can she do it again, with a big challenge coming from Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood with “Somethin’ Bad?” Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who tops the chart this week.

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Plus, see some of our favorite Top 20 show highlights and photos. Take a look at the current chart to see the full Top 20 list with bonus features of your favorite artists.

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Jul 11

New Season of LogHeads on Great American Country

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Meet Tommy and Gwen Mitchell, owners of a multimillion-dollar log furniture and home construction company. This couple have been marriage and business partners for 20 years, and they’re still going strong. This July, Great American Country takes you inside the ups and downs of their family business in the series LogHeads.

The Mitchells own the world’s largest handcrafted log furniture company, Rocky Top Furniture. From a hobby to a full-blown empire, the Kentucky natives have a true “loges-to-riches” story. Tommy designs and builds the furniture, while wife Gwen keeps the business running smoothly. This season, the couple and their staff create custom furniture for a lodge’s dining room, build a log cabin for a family displaced by a house fire and surprise a client with a tricked-out log cabin in the woods.

See the behind-the-scenes photos here>>

LogHeads is a really fun show to watch,” said Steven Lerner, senior vice president of programming and development for Great American Country and its sister channels HGTV and DIY Network. “It’s got spirited characters working on cool projects in a unique industry. You can tell these are people having a blast in their jobs. And beyond that, this show is about a couple living the American dream by working hard and turning their passion into a thriving business. That makes it special.”

Tune in for the season premiere of LogHeads on Wednesday, July 16 at 9/8c on Great American Country.

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Jul 7

Dolly Parton Sells 100 Million Albums

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Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Dolly Records.

Dolly Parton, the most celebrated female in country music, has received yet another honor. She has now sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. At the Glastonbury Music Festival, Parton was presented with a plaque honoring her achievement.

“I’ve been so busy making records for the past several decades, I didn’t realize I had racked up so many sales,” she said. “What a great honor to know that I have so many fans that have supported me through the years. Thanks to the RIAA for the acknowledgment and the plaque. I feel very honored and proud.” Continue Reading

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