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Apr 23

Craig Morgan Announces 8th Annual Charity Event

Craig Morgan Announces 8th Annual Charity Event

Craig Morgan photo courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Craig Morgan has announced his 8th Annual Charity Event will take place on Sunday, July 20 in his hometown of Dickson, Tennessee. The event includes a celebrity off-road trail ride and an outdoor concert and will benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization’s primary goal is to provide assistance for foster children throughout Middle Tennessee.

The event will kick off with an autograph session with celebrity riders, followed by a trials riding exhibition from several of motocross’ top celebrities and competitors, a group trail ride and lunch. That night, Craig and some of his country music friends will take to the stage for a concert on the lawn outside the War Memorial building in Dickson. A live and silent auction will also take place from the concert.  Continue Reading

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Apr 22

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal’s Recipe for Italian Meatloaf with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal's Recipe for Italian Meatloaf with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Krystal Keith photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal.

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. But now she’s sharing some of them exclusively with Great American Country! Check back with us every Tuesday for a new recipe from Krystal.

“This is one of those dishes I crave,” says Krystal. “It is so deliciously rich and it is bursting with flavor. It always blows people away when they take their first bite because they don’t expect meatloaf to taste anything like what they just tasted. It leaves a mark and brings them back, begging for more. Who wouldn’t fall in love with an Italian spiced meatloaf stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese and topped with a creamy tomato sauce?”

 

Krystal Keith's Recipe for Italian Meatloaf

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Meatloaf Ingredients:
3 lbs ground beef
2 lbs breakfast sausage (do one pound of sage and one pound of hot)
1 ¼ cup Italian bread crumbs
1 egg
2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, plus extra for garnish
Dried parsley for garnish

 

Krystal Keith's Recipe for Italian Meatloaf

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Creamy Tomato Sauce Ingredients:
1 jar marinara
1 – 15oz can crushed tomatoes
2/3 cup heavy cream

 

Krystal Keith's Recipe for Italian Meatloaf

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the beef, sausage, bread crumbs and Italian seasoning; mix well. On a piece of parchment paper, spread the mixture out evenly, approximately one-inch thick. Distribute mozzarella cheese over the meat. Beginning at the long edge, lift and roll meat mixture toward you. Continue rolling until you reach the opposite edge. Lay the loaf, seam down, in a loaf pan or on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.

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Apr 21

Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

Kevin Sharp

Great American Country extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of singer Kevin Sharp, who died Saturday, April 19 at the age of 43. Kevin is best known for his 1996 debut single, “Nobody Knows.”

As a high school senior, Kevin was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which had spread to his lungs. Through the Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, Kevin met producer David Foster. After his cancer treatments, Kevin went into remission in 1991. Foster’s connections helped Kevin land a record deal with country label Asylum. Kevin’s debut single, a cover of the Tony Rich Project song “Nobody Knows,” topped the country charts in 1996.

Over the weekend, Kevin’s website posted this statement:

We are saddened to announce the passing of Platinum Country Recording Artist Kevin Sharp on Saturday April 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm PST. Born on December 10, 1970, Kevin took the Country Music scene by storm with his first No. 1 hit, “Nobody Knows.” He had several other hits to his name and in the last few years, traveled the country with an extremely successful Motivational Speaking career.

Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

It is requested that if anyone would like to make a donation in Kevin’s memory, that donations be made to the closest Make A Wish Chapter in the donor’s area so that wishes can continue to be granted for other children. Click here to donate to Make A Wish >>

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Apr 19

Willie Nelson to Receive 5th Degree Black Belt

Willie Nelson to Receive 5th Degree Black Belt

Willie Nelson photo courtesy of Lost Highway Records.

Willie Nelson is a man of many talents. Not only is he an award-winning musician, actor and activist, he is also a martial arts master! He will receive his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a modern Korean martial arts system, during a ceremony on Monday, April 28 at his martial arts studio in Austin. The ceremony takes place one day before his 81st birthday.

Willie has practiced martial arts most of his life. He started by studying kung fu as a young songwriter in Nashville. In the past 20 years, he has been training in the art of Taw Kwon Do and Gon Kwon Yu Sul, often  practicing technique on his bus while traveling to shows. Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Carrie Underwood Continues Her Reign at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood Continues Her Reign at No. 1 on <em>Top 20</em>

Carrie Underwood photo by James White, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Carrie Underwood keeps her No. 1 streak alive and well, topping the Top 20 Country Countdown chart once again this week with her “Blown Away Medley!” In fact, the Top 5 videos remain unchanged this week with Hunter Hayes moving five spots to No. 7 with his latest, “Invisible.” Luke Bryan has a big debut, coming in at No. 12 with “Play It Again” and new duo Dan + Shay make their first ever countdown appearance, entering the chart at No. 20 with “19 You + Me.”

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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. Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away Medley”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Doin’ What She Likes”
  3. Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
  4. Little Big Town – “Sober”
  5. Chris Young – “Who I Am With You”
  6. Keith  Urban – “Cop Car”
  7. Hunter Hayes – “Invisible”
  8. Cassadee Pope – “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart”
  9. Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
  10. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer” Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Carrie Underwood and Eli Young Band hang out with their idols; Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert read the tabloids; Kenny Chesney is recording new music and Charlie Daniels celebrates a milestone. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

l-r: Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood & Emmylou Harris

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/carrieunderwood.

Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: Still so hard to believe this actually happened! Love you @SherylCrow @TheBonnieRaitt @StevieNicks @EmmylouSongbird

Blake Shelton – BlakeShelton: Me & @mirandalambert are reading about our separation. I hope I get all the liquor in the divorce!”

Miranda Lambert – MirandaLambert: @blakeshelton AND the imaginary baby?!

Kenny Chesney in the studio

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/kennychesney.

Kenny Chesney – KennyChesney: In studio working on new album. Can’t wait for everyone to hear the new music. Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Take a Tour of Keith Urban’s Trailer

Take a Tour of Keith Urban's Trailer

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban took fans behind the scenes this week to show where he spends his downtime when he’s not performing or working on American Idol. In his latest web clip, he showed fans a row of RVs belonging to his fellow judges before making his way to his home away from home – a U-Haul cargo trailer.

Inside the trailer, Keith has everything he needs. There is a place to sit, his wardrobe, snacks and of course, his guitars. He’s also got a pretty great boom box that happens to play Keith Urban hits! Watch the video below for the full tour. Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Will Carrie Underwood Top the Chart on Top 20 Again This Week?

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Tax Day is behind us, but Nan Kelley is doing some “accounting” of her own on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! She’s counting down the Top 20 music videos this week, chosen by your votes. Carrie Underwood has been unstoppable at No. 1, but she’s facing stiff competition from a big countdown debut from Luke Bryan!

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Will Carrie make it another week at No. 1? Or will Luke debut in the top spot? Perhaps Blake Shelton or Miranda Lambert will take over the top of the chart. Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who claims this week’s No.1 spot! Check the full schedule » Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Tim McGraw’s Sundown Heaven Tour Essentials

Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Tour Essentials

Tim McGraw photo courtesy of The Green Room.

Tim McGraw will kick off his Sundown Heaven Town Tour in May, but he’s been hard at work on the show for a while. During the planning process, he makes it a collaborative effort, bringing in professionals, family, friends and even friends of friends to get their thoughts and opinions on what makes a good show. He also looks for a set that will energize everyone in attendance, especially him and his band.

“You can have every technology that’s out there, you can have the biggest screens, and you can have the best lights and all that kinda stuff, but if you’re not having fun, then they’re not gonna have fun,” he said. “I like having all that stuff, and sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not. Even in the middle of having it, sometimes I feel like I wish I didn’t have it. But, it’s just about what makes us feel really excited about it.” Continue Reading

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Apr 17

Taylor Swift Sells Out Shanghai Show in One Minute

Taylor Swift Sells Out Shanghai Show in One Minute

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson Public Relations.

Taylor Swift has set yet another record. She sold out Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena in one minute, making it the fastest ticket on-sale in Chinese history. After announcing that she will take her RED Tour to Asia this summer to meet fan demand, the seven Asian dates sold out in record speeds.

The RED Tour features two stages, elaborate costumes, dancers, numerous costume changes and changing sets. Taylor moves around the venue to give every audience member a great seat and a chance to see her up close and personal, playing electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar. The set list includes Taylor’s biggest hits, songs from her Red album and fan favorites. Continue Reading

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