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Jul 30

David Nail Announces I’m A Fire Tour

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David Nail photo by Jim Wright, courtesy of MCA Nashville.

David Nail has announced via Rolling Stone Country that he will kick off his I’m A Fire Tour this fall. The tour begins September 11 in Oxford, Miss., and runs through November, with stops in more than 20 cities. Nail will be joined by special guest duo Native Run.

“It’s so much fun to open up for big acts and know that there’s going to be 5, 10, or even 15,000 people out there when you play, but it’s always difficult to only play for 35 minutes,” Nail said. “I’ve always felt like we benefit so much more when we can really lay back and play an entire 75 to 90 minute show. We can show the range of the past three records.”

Watch the tour announcement below: Continue Reading

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Jul 29

Dollywood Presents the Great American Country Show

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Photo courtesy of Dollywood.com.

This summer, Great American Country and Dollywood team up to present the Great American Country Show at Dolly Parton‘s Celebrity Theater. Running May 24 through October 18, the 40-minute production features six country music acts including special appearances by famous country artists and Great American Country personalities Nan Kelley from Top 20 Country Countdown, Amie and Jolie Sikes of the Junk Gypsies, and Suzanne Alexander of Great American Playlist.

Along with live performances, Dollywood offers a variety of entertainment. Test your limits on some of Dollywood’s most exciting roller coasters, like Thunderhead and Daredevil Falls, or head over to Splash Country, home of Tennessee’s first and only water coaster —RiverRush®. Younger ones can enjoy Little Creek Falls with size-appropriate slides and an activity center. See local artisans’ creations in Craftsmans Valley. They use the same techniques as early Smoky Mountain settlers to forge iron, make candles, carve wood and blow glass.

Great American Country’s stars of LogHeads own a showroom in the heart of Craftsmans Valley. Gwen and Tommy Mitchell opened Rocky Top Log Furniture in Dollywood over 20 years ago. Now, they’re back with a custom line of log furniture made exclusively for Dollywood.

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LogHeads, Gwen and Tommy Mitchell

In addition to its thrilling rides and attractions, Dollywood captures the culture of the Appalachian area. Every ride speaks to a unique aspect of the mountains or the South. There is even a historically accurate schoolhouse, fully operating grist mill and working train for visitors’ enjoyment. Dolly Parton fans can also explore Dolly’s Home-on-Wheels, a perfectly maintained bus that carried Dolly across the U.S. while she was touring.

 

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Dolly Parton, photo courtesy of Dolly Records.

You’re bound to work up an appetite after a day at Dollywood. Luckily, Aunt Granny’s serves authentic southern cuisine, buffet-style, for hungry park-goers. For an afternoon treat, Sweet Shoppe offers a variety of sweets for the chocolate lovers to the ice cream fanatics.

Great American Country also hosts Great American Country Nights at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. Every night at park closing, a cast of 12 dancers and singers perform, accompanied by The Time Machine Band and hosts Shannon Thomason and Rachel Wallace.

Tune in to Great American Country for the premiere of Backstory: Dolly Parton on August 2 at 8/7c.>>

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Jul 29

Off the Map With Shannen & Holly Lets Fans Help Choose Their Adventures

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Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty want adventure and they need your help.

In the new original series Off the Map With Shannen & Holly, the traveling pair ask fans to help pick their adventures for their next stop, which will then appear on Great American Country in 2015. These two real-life celebrity friends travel with no agenda, visit unknown places and meet locals along the way. Great American Country follows the duo on their road trip through the southeastern United States where they explore the southern culture of Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

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After her stint on Beverly Hills, 90210 Doherty co-starred with Combs as sister witches in The WB series Charmed for eight seasons. in 2010, Combs joined the Pretty Little Liars cast as the mother of Aria Montgomery, played by actress (and country artist) Lucy Hale. In their newest venture, Off the Map, these two real-life celebrity friends travel with no agenda, visit unknown places and meet locals along the way.

Their upcoming series is generating buzz on celebrity outlets like PerezHilton.com, E! News and TV Guide

“I always wanted to do something in the travel space and really explore America and all its diversity and beauty. To do that with my best friend just makes it that more special,” Doherty said.

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“To travel America and see everything it has to offer, with my best friend, sounds like the perfect road trip,” adds Combs.

Help the girls choose what to do at their next stop by selecting an activity at gactv.com/shannenandholly. You can also interact with the pair on Twitter using the hashtag #ShannenAndHolly.

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Jul 29

Tim McGraw Reveals More Details About His New Album

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Tim McGraw has revealed more details about his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, set for release on September 16. In addition to a collaboration with wife Faith Hill on his current single, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” McGraw also worked with Catherine Dunn on “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” and Kid Rock on “Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs,” which only appears on the album’s deluxe edition.

“This album is very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career,” McGraw said. “I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 or so years in music have been, in a lot of ways. You can certainly hear parts of my career throughout all of these songs, as well as the future and where my music is headed. To me, the title of the album is all about that time where you stop doing what you have to do, and start doing what you want to do. Continue Reading

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Jul 29

Alan Jackson Exhibit to Open at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open an exhibit celebrating Alan Jackson’s 25 years in country music on August 29. The Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country exhibit will run through March 2015. Jackson will also serve as the Museum’s next artist in residence, making him the first ever to serve in that capacity while also being the subject of an exhibit.

“This exhibit will be a rare treat for museum visitors,” Museum Director Kyle Young said. “Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years. This exhibit and his artist-in-residence shows this fall are not to be missed.” Continue Reading

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Jul 28

Garth Brooks Adds 9 Chicago Shows, Breaks Own Ticket Record

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Garth Brooks photo courtesy of Nancy Seltzer & Associates.

Garth Brooks is definitely back. Tickets for the first show of his comeback tour, set for Chicago’s Allstate Arena on September 4, went on sale Friday morning at 10 a.m. By 10:35, another show had been added to accommodate fan demand. In total, eight more shows were added, resulting in 10 total shows scheduled for Chicago.

Brooks sold a total of 180,000 tickets for his Chicago shows in under three hours. He shattered his record of 141,717 tickets,which he set in 1997 at the same venue. The upcoming dates mark the first time Brooks has performed in Chicago in 17 years. Continue Reading

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Jul 25

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

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

Photo courtesy 2014 ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood have made it three weeks at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Somethin’ Bad!” Scotty McCreery made a big countdown debut, entering the chart at No. 2 with “Feelin’ It.” Kenny Chesney’s“American Kids” also debuted on the countdown, coming in at No. 19.

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

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Jul 25

The Secret Sisters to Release New Album Through Cracker Barrel

The Secret Sisters will release their new album, Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition, exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The project, out August 4, will include two brand-new tracks that were not available on the regular edition of the album, which was released in April.

“We grew up eating homegrown, Southern comfort food made mostly by our grandmothers,” the duo said. “Cracker Barrel has always been a top choice for us, because eating there reminds us of home and the meals we shared so often with our family. We both have a soft spot for meals at Cracker Barrel, which is what makes us excited about this exclusive music program and being able to release Put Your Needle Down in a Deluxe Edition format. We always want to give more to our fans, so being able to offer two additional songs on the Deluxe Edition CD is something that makes us very happy.” Continue Reading

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Jul 25

Scotty McCreery and Kenny Chesney Debut on Top 20

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

It’s finally Friday, which means a new episode of Top 20 Country Countdown! On tonight’s episode, Kenny Chesney and Scotty McCreery make their countdown debuts with their latest videos. Host Nan Kelley is taking fans from No. 20, all the way to No. 1.

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad” has spent the last two weeks at the top of the charts? Can the duo it again? Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who tops the chart this week.

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Jul 18

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

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

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.”

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

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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