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Nov 24

Frankie Ballard Celebrates Chart-Topping Success

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Frankie Ballard’s 2014 album Sunshine & Whiskey. Photo courtesy of Sweet Talk Publicity.

Frankie Ballard has spent several years touring relentlessly and building his fan base. Evidently, Ballard’s hard work paid off as he celebrates his second No. 1, “Sunshine & Whiskey.” The track, along with his first No.1 , “Helluva Life,” are both part of his sophomore album, Sunshine & Whiskey.

“I poured as much of myself into this album as I could,” Ballard told Rolling Stone Country. “I played as many instruments as I could, and wrenched and wrenched. I experimented, and I think it came out sounding like me. Which thankfully is something that people want to hear. I’m going to keep doing exactly what I’m doing.” Continue Reading

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Nov 21

Blake Shelton Remains At No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton's Neon Light

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It’s five weeks in a row at No. 1 for Blake Shelton and “Neon Light” on Top 20 Country Countdown! We’re offering up a double shot of Shelton this week, with a sneak peek at his new video, “Lonely Tonight,” featuring Ashley Monroe. Plus, Carrie Underwood has a big debut with her new video, “Something in the Water.”

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extras, including 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. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  2. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water”
  4. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  5. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  6. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  7. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
  8. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  9. Cole Swindell – “Hope You Get Lonely”
  10. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider” Continue Reading

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Nov 21

One Pan Nan: Baked Cranberries with Brandy

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Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley

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 Baked Cranberries with Brandy. Check back every other week for a new recipe.

“Baked cranberries are so delicious — the chewy caramel adds a wonderful texture to the cranberries, and the brandy is the perfect finishing touch.  Make this the day before your Thanksgiving/holiday meal, pop it in the fridge and that’s one less thing you need to worry about.”

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Nov 21

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Cookie Butter Truffles

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Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith

Cookie butter is suddenly what life is all about. Since this amazing spread was introduced to me, I can’t stop coming up with amazing ways to use it. The perfect partner for chocolate, this spread is literally made from ground-up bits of Biscoff cookies. It is amazing with apples, incredible with marshmallows and is killer on cinnamon-raisin toast. But, nothing compares to these little truffles, which have totally replaced peanut butter cups in my list of favorite foods. I know that you are going to flip for them, too!

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Nov 18

Rascal Flatts Announces Las Vegas Residency

Rascal Flatts' Vegas Riot Show

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Rascal Flatts are headed to Las Vegas. Having just wrapped up their Rewind Tour, the trio announced a nine concert residency at the Joint, a 4,000-seat venue inside Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. They’re calling the show the “Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot!”

“We are thrilled to be playing such a storied venue as the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas,” the band’s Jay DeMarcus said. “We’re so excited to do something so different for us. You will experience Rascal Flatts in a way you’ve never seen us before — up close, intimate and personal, and we promise you one thing — it’s going to rock!”

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Nov 16

Darius Rucker Explores Historical Spots in Europe

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Darius Rucker loves touring, especially when his travels take him to new places. His True Believers Tour has crossed the pond, making stops in Berlin, Munich, London, Manchester, and Glasgow before the European leg wraps in Dublin on November 23rd. While in Europe, Darius takes advantage of the “old” stuff.

“The thing I really love to do is I love to go around and see old churches and museums and stuff, because we think if something was built in the 1800s, we think it’s old,” he said. “Then you go over there and something was built in 39 B.C. and it’s still up. I think that’s pretty cool.”

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Nov 15

Classic Southern Thanksgiving Recipes

With Thanksgiving only two weeks away, it’s time to prepare the all-important menu. For those who enjoy Southern cuisine, we’ve rounded up 10 classic Southern Thanksgiving recipes to try at your holiday gathering. Whether you follow the traditional recipe or switch it up with unexpected ingredients, these dishes will definitely delight hungry guests.

Plus, scroll to the end to see how to decorate for Thanksgiving with leftover Halloween pumpkins!

Deep-Fried Turkey

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It’s not Southern until it’s deep-fried.

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Nov 14

Blake Shelton Makes It a Fourth Week at No. 1 on Top 20

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Blake Shelton makes it a fourth week at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Neon Light.” Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean round out the Top 3, while Parmalee makes their countdown debut with their new video, “Close Your Eyes.” Plus, host Nan Kelley has a sneak peek of new videos from Carrie Underwood and Kristian Bush!

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extras, including 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. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  2. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  3. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  4. Cole Swindell – “Hope You Get Lonely”
  5. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
  6. Big & Rich – “Look At You”
  7. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  8. Lee Ann Womack – “The Way I’m Livin’”
  9. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  10. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider” Continue Reading

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Nov 12

Eric Church Joins Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour

Kenny Chesney Tours With Eric Church

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Eric Church will join Kenny Chesney for five dates of Chesney’s 2015 Big Revival Tour. Church previously joined Chesney on his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour, and for Chesney, inviting him to hit the road again was a no-brainer.

“There is something about the way Eric connects with my audience that left me feeling like he made the No Shoes Nation Tour something special,” Chesney said. “He attacks the stage with so much force – and his songs really speak to the people who’re fighting the fight to get by – and I love that about what he does onstage.”

“Some of the most fun I’ve ever had on tour was last summer with Kenny,” Church added. “He’s an artist that isn’t afraid to let you come full blast and do what you do. It’s rare you get to tour with someone you respect and you are friends with. I can’t wait to do it again.”

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Nov 10

Little Big Town Kicks Off Pain Killer Tour

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Little Big Town kicked off their Pain Miller Tour over the weekend in Youngstown, Ohio. The band will stop in 13 cities in support of their new album, Pain Killer. Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborneare along on the tour as special guests.

“Brett Eldredge, he’s killing it right now, having some big hits,” Jimi Westbrook said. “We did some shows with him with Keith [Urban] a few months ago, and he’s got great charisma on stage. He’s a great entertainer, so we’re excited about that. I’ve been a fan of Brothers Osborne since, gosh, I think we did the label show back when Tornado was coming out, and we heard them play with just an acoustic guitar and were just blown away. They’re the real deal; super talented guys, and I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun out on the road.” Continue Reading

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