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May 2

6 of America’s Best Craft Beer Festivals

Asheville Brewgrass Festival

Whether you’re  pulling up a stool at your local bar or attending a professional sporting event, chances are good that a selection of craft beer will be on tap. Defined by The Brewers Association as “beer brewed in small, independent, traditional breweries,” craft beers continue to grow in popularity across the United States and festivals that celebrate them abound. Here are five events to put on your calendar.

Brewgrass Festival — Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is known for doing two things very well: bluegrass and craft pints. The Brewgrass Festival brings those two things together for one of the premiere brewery festivals on the East Coast. In fact, Asheville has been named “Beer City USA” four years in a row! Brewgrass 2015 will take place September 19 and feature over 50 breweries, as well as music from Jeff Austin Band, Big Daddy Love and Packway Handle Band.

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American Craft Beer Fest — Boston, Massachusetts
Home to Cheers, the bar where everybody knows your name, Boston also houses the American Craft Beer Fest, presented by Beer Advocate and Harpoon Brewery. This year’s festival, May 19-20 at the Seaport World Trade Center, will offer 640+ craft beers from 140+ American brewers. Over 15,000 beer enthusiasts from around the world are expected to attend — but leave the under-21s at home since there’s a strict no-kids policy.

Top of the Hops Festival — Charlottesville, Virginia
Top of the Hops Festival may be one of the newer brewery festivals on the map, but what it lacks in age, it makes up in size and attendance. With access to over 150 craft beers for sampling, a number of which are made locally, visitors can attend beer education sessions and seminars like Food Pairings and Cooking with Beers, all in the heart of historic downtown. Plans for the 5th Annual Top of the Hops Festival will be announced soon.

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May 1

Blake Shelton Has Second Week at No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton's "Sangria" Music Video

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Blake Shelton fended off wife Miranda Lambert to claim a second week at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with his new video, “Sangria.” Videos from Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban with Eric Church round out the Top 3 this week, while Lambert dropped to No. 4 with “Little Red Wagon.” Easton Corbin also made his countdown debut with his latest video, “Baby Be My Love Song.”

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  3. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  4. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  5. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  6. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”
  7. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That”
  8. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You”
  9. Billy Currington – “Don’t It”
  10. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time” Continue Reading

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Apr 29

See the Sights on Shania’s Farewell Tour

Shania Twain is returning to the road! This spring, she announced her first North American tour in 11 years. The Rock This Country Tour will kick off June 5th in Seattle and stop in 48 cities.

“This is a celebration tour,” Twain said in a press release. “It’s party time! The Rock This Country tour will have a different spirit than my past tours. It’s a Shania they’ve never seen before. A lot of years have gone by and I’ve got a lot more to share.”

Shania's Rock This Country Tour

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If you’re planning to see Shania in a city near you, why not make it a mini-vacation and check out a few sights along the way? Here are some Great American Country recommendations.

Rock This Country stops in Jacksonville, Fla., on 7/15, and heads to Miami on 7/16. Circle those dates on your calendar and add a few of these Unexpected Florida Destinations to your itinerary.

 

And what would a country music tour be without a stop in Nashville? Before Shania rolls into Music City on 7/31, browse our Top 10 Tennessee Trips and take a look at our Nashville Travel Guide for strategic side-trip planning. Continue Reading

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Apr 24

Blake Takes Over No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton - Sangria

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It was a battle between husband and wife for the top spot on Top 20 Country Countdown, but Blake Shelton came away the winner with his new video, “Sangria,” taking over the top spot, knocking Miranda Lambert down to No. 2 with “Little Red Wagon” after two weeks at No. 1. Little Big Town and Kip Moore also made their countdown debuts with their latest videos.

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  2. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  4. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  5. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You”
  6. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  7. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”
  8. Maddie & Tae – “Fly”
  9. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That”
  10. Billy Currington – “Don’t It” Continue Reading

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Apr 23

Take Our Country State of Mind Quiz

Country State of Mind Quiz

You know what pairs perfectly with country music? Travel, y’all. Country stars spend a lot of time on the road, riding their glamorous motor homes  from city to city to play music for their fans. Some artists also use their travel experiences as inspiration for songs.

Do you know which tune is about a band that shares its name with a state? How about which Jason Aldean song name-drops states like Indiana, Kansas and Oklahoma? Do you know which country stars named albums after their home states?

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Apr 20

Miranda and Luke Win Big at ACM Awards

50th Annual ACM Awards

Everything is bigger in Texas, so the Academy of Country Music headed to the Lone Star State to celebrate the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The evening kicked off with Keith Urban and Eric Church taking the stage to perform Church’s “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” and the pair’s current duet, “Raise ‘Em Up.” Continue Reading

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Apr 17

Miranda Has Two Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

MIranda Lambert - Little Red Wagon Video

Miranda pairs up with her favorite canine costar in “Little Red Wagon.” An avid dog lover, she is the founder of MuttNation Foundation to end animal cruelty, and href=”http://blog.gactv.com/?p=61397″>Redemption Ranch, a no-kill shelter in her home state of Oklahoma.

Miranda Lambert makes it two weeks at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Little Red Wagon,” but she had some serious competition! Carrie Underwood remained at No. 2 with “Little Toy Guns,” while Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, made it to the list with “Sangria,” coming in at No. 3. Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr also debuted new videos on this week’s countdown.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

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 – “Little Red Wagon”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  3. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  4. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You”
  5. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”
  6. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  7. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That”
  8. Maddie & Tae – “Fly”
  9. Luke Bryan – “Spring Breakdown”
  10. Eric Paslay – “She Don’t Love You” Continue Reading

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Apr 14

5 Surprising Places To Visit in Alabama

Have you considered Alabama for your next family vacation? From its white sand beaches to art galleries, Alabama is filled with a rich history and charm, as well as art, culture and natural beauty. Here are 5 places to visit in the Yellowhammer State.

Birmingham. The revitalized downtown area embodies the area’s progressive mindset. Railroad Park, built in 2010, offers running and bike paths, fitness classes, concerts, picnic spaces and skateboarding ramps. Four-legged friends are also welcome.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Photo courtesy of the Alabama Tourism Department.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Located in the tiny town of Leeds, a few miles outside of Birmingham, this museum houses more than 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles, vintage racecars and the largest collection of Lotus cars in the world.  Bikes range from a 1902 model to current-year production, representing 20 countries and 200 different manufacturers. Continue Reading

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Apr 13

Salvage Dawgs Premieres April 20

Black Dog Salvage

Mike Whiteside and Robert Kulp, Co-owners of Black Dog Salvage

Premiering next Monday, April 20 at 10/9c, Great American Country’s new series, Salvage Dawgs, goes inside the world of shrewd negotiations as Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside bid on and rescue condemned property. 

The duo are co-owners of Black Dawg Salvage, one of the premier architectural salvage companies in the country, and their goal is to secure pieces of America’s past before they are lost forever. Continue Reading

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Apr 10

Miranda Lambert Takes Over at No. 1 on Top 20

MIranda Lambert - Little Red Wagon Video

Miranda pairs up with her favorite canine costar in “Little Red Wagon.” An avid dog lover, she is the founder of MuttNation Foundation to end animal cruelty, and Redemption Ranch, a no-kill shelter in her home state of Oklahoma.

Miranda Lambert drove her little red wagon to No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown! She took over the top spot from Carrie Underwood this week with her new video, “Little Red Wagon,” bumping  Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns” to No. 2. Chris Young rounded out the Top 3 with “Lonely Eyes” and Keith Urban and Eric Church’s “Raise ‘Em Up” debuted on the countdown, coming in at No. 20.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

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 – “Little Red Wagon”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  3. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  4. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”
  5. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You”
  6. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started”
  7. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  8. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That”
  9. Maddie & Tae – “Fly”
  10. Luke Bryan – “Spring Breakdown” Continue Reading

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