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Oct 21

Jason Aldean Announces Second Leg of Burn It Down Tour

Jason Aldean's Burnin' 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

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Top 20 music video
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”
  10. Lucy Hale – “Lie A Little Better” Continue Reading

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Oct 16

Eric Church Extends The Outsiders World Tour Into 2015

Eric Church and The Outsiders

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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.’”

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Oct 15

Jason Aldean Holds 9th Annual Concert for the Cure

Jason Aldean's 2014 Burnin' It Down Tour

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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!

Texas Antique Week

(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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Oct 10

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Top Top 20 Again

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert Perform for Fans

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood continue their No. 1 streak, topping the charts with “Somethin’ Bad” yet again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown. Scotty McCreery comes in at No. 2 with “Feelin’ It,” while Blake Shelton, who had a big debut last week with “Neon Light,” moves up two spots into the No. 3 position. Plus, Brantley Gilbert’s “Small Town Throwdown” featuring Thomas Rhett and Justin Mooremakes it countdown debut this week.

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In addition to counting down this week’s Top 20 music videos chosen by you, host Nan Kelley also sat down with hot country duo Florida Georgia Line. The pair were in the studio to talk about their new album, Anything Goes, which hits stores October 14, and their latest hit single, “Dirt.”

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. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  6. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  7. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  8. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  9. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  10. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song” Continue Reading

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Oct 10

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Ultimate BBQ Nachos

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Ultimate BBQ Nachos

Photo Courtesy of Krystal Keith

This time of year my life revolves around football. Every single person in my life plans his and her weekend around watch parties and tailgates, so I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite watch-party recipes. This is not an everyday pile of nachos. In fact, these are actually “potachos,” if you really want to get into it. This is eveyone’s top pick for a BBQ dinner platter piled onto a stack of crispy potato chips. I’m telling you, you’re going to freak. Try them out this weekend when my Oklahoma Sooners take on our rival Texas Longhorns, or my Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Cleveland Browns and I assure you, regardless of the score, everyone will be a super fan of these Ultimate BBQ Nachos. Continue Reading

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Oct 9

Florida Georgia Line Announces Anything Goes Tour

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Florida Georgia Line will kick off 2015 with a headlining tour. The duo announced the first leg of their Anything Goes Tour, which kicks off on January 15 in Toledo, Ohio. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard will join Florida Georgia Line as special guests.

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The tour is in support of the band’s new album, Anything Goes, which hits stores on October 14. “We’re really excited about what we’ve learned on this journey and can’t wait to give our fans new music they can crank up just as loud as the tunes they sing back to us every night,” Tyler Hubbard said. “‘Anything Goes’ is a natural progression of where we’re at and what we’ve learned getting here.”

Anything Goes will feature the band’s hit single “Dirt.” For tour dates and ticket information, visit www.floridageorgialine.com. Watch Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” music video »

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