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Mar 10

Mel Tillis Recovering After Heart Surgery

Mel Tillis Recovering After Heart Surgery

Mel Tillis photo courtesy of Absolute Publicity.

Great American Country sends “Get Well Soon” wishes to Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis, who is recovering in Nashville following heart surgery. Today, Tillis’ daughter Pam Tillis released the following statement on the health status of the music legend: Continue Reading

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Mar 6

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley’s Recipe for Chai Tea Cookies

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley Shares Her Recipes with Great American Country

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. This week, Nan shares her recipe for Chai Tea Cookies. Check back every other week for a new one!

For there to be true harmony in the Kelley house, there must be cookies,” says Nan. “My husband Charlie is addicted to them–any kind. It’s a fact. One cold night not too long ago, he was digging through the pantry, looking for something to go with his hot tea & complaining that we had nothing. So again harmony=cookies. I jumped to the web to see what I could whip up and I found this little jewel. It met all the criteria: it’s a cookie, made with chai tea (he loves that too) & it’s a cookie. You’re no doubt getting the importance of them at my house, right?

“Thankfully, these were a hit!” she adds. “I’ve made 3 batches in the last several weeks! Part cookie, part shortbread, part biscuit — they’re special and perfect for your afternoon tea or coffee. It met all of my one pan criteria too. Heck, you don’t even need a pan/bowl at all — just a food processor and a cookie sheet! That’s it. And don’t worry if you don’t have a big food processor; I worked this one up in my little mini food processor. If there are chai tea drinkers in your family, then you’ve got the tea on hand and the rest of the ingredients are staples. You can also make up the dough — which literally takes about 10 minutes to do — and keep it in the freezer until warm, homemade, spiced cookies are what you’re craving. Enjoy!

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley's Recipe for Chai Tea Cookies

Photo by Nan Kelley.

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon chai tea mix (from 2 chai tea bags)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup unsalted butter, sliced into pats

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley's Recipe for Chai Tea Cookies

Photo by Nan Kelley.

Directions:
In a food processor, put the flour, sugar, powdered sugar, chai tea mix, salt, cardamom & cinnamon and pulse to blend all together. To that, add vanilla and Continue Reading

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Mar 5

Exclusive: Sarah Darling’s Wedding Diary — Bachelorette Bliss

Exclusive: Sarah Darling's Wedding Diary -- Bachelorette Bliss

Sarah Darling tries on a beautiful wedding dress. Is it “the one”? Follow this Great American Country blog series to find out which one she chose for the big day! Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Sarah Darling and James Muriel tied the knot in a secret spur-of-the-moment ceremony back in April 2013 — but they’re still planning a big Nashville wedding in May 2014 to celebrate with family and friends! Sarah’s sharing her personal wedding diary exclusively with Great American Country. She’ll take us along on the whole journey, from the dress to the flowers to the big day. Check back every other Wednesday for a new post from Sarah!

Exclusive: Sarah Darling's Wedding Diary -- Bachelorette Bliss

Photo courtesy of Sarah Darling.

Bachelorette Bliss
Welcome back to my wedding blog! The days are flying by. The wedding will be here before you know it! I’m getting so excited to have our families together in Nashville.

One of the perks of getting married is enjoying all of the parties, especially the famous bachelorette party! There is always so much hype to really have some epic night. The movie “The Hangover” comes to mind already. Nobody wants any missing teeth and I’ve never been much of a club girl. My idea of a party is drinking a nice Sauvignon Blanc at a wine bar listening to music. When my best friends said they had the most perfect bachelorette party planned for me, I was thrilled!

See Sarah’s Wedding Diary Photo Gallery >>

It started three weeks ago today. My two best friends and I started a journey to an unknown place. They had kept it a secret and I was loving the intrigue of not knowing. I knew we were headed to the East Coast. One hundred selfies later, we arrived in the quaint town of Washington, Connecticut.

I couldn’t believe my eyes! Honestly, I felt like I was in a movie driving through this sweet place. The ground was snow-covered and the trees were magical. Soon we arrived at the destination. It was the Mayflower Grace! I do want to add that I absolutely loved the name from the start. My BFFs had taken me to spa! Not just any spa, but one of the most exquisite spas in the world. Continue Reading

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Mar 4

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal’s Recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal's Recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

“Happy Fat Tuesday! There are so many guilty pleasures me and my family have hidden in the gem of a city that is New Orleans,” says Krystal, “so for today’s recipe I thought I’d share one of my at-home guilty pleasures, Chocolate Chip Cookies. I like my cookies to feel almost under-done, soft and gooey. I keep a batch of these in my freezer and just cut 1-2 cookies off whenever I have a craving…which keeps me from staring at an entire batch of cookies that just taunt me all week!”

 

Krystal Keith's recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

 

Krystal Keith's recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Directions:
Combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer and use paddle blade to mix. Add eggs without mixing. In a separate bowl combine melted butter with sugars and vanilla. Turn stand mixer on the lowest setting and slowly pour the butter and sugar mixture in. Turn stand mixer up another notch and mix until all ingredients are combined well. Add in the chocolate chips and mix just until they are distributed well.

Krystal Keith's recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Dump the cookie dough out onto parchment paper and divide it into 2 mounds, on 2 separate sheets of parchment. Use the parchment paper to roll the dough into a log (like the kind you buy at the store). Each log should be about 2 inches wide and 8-9 inches long. Roll them up in parchment paper and place both logs in a large ziplock bag and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove one refrigerated log from ziplock and remove from parchment. Cut off (as many cookies as you want to make) into 3/4 inch rounds. Bake for 12-15 mins. Wrap the remaining portion of the log back up in the same parchment paper, stick back into ziplock and place the entire ziplock into the freezer for the next time you crave a cookie! If they are frozen you can let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes or add 1-2 minutes to the cook time.

XOXO
Krystal

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Feb 28

Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Celebrates Birthday with Rare Nashville Performance

Ralph Stanley at The Station Inn, Nashville, TN February 27, 2014

Ralph Stanley celebrates his 87th birthday with a final performance at The Station Inn in Nashville, TN on February 27, 2014.

For most Nashvillians, last night was just another cold February evening. But for the lucky few packed inside the Station Inn, it was the chance to see bluegrass legend and Grand Ole Opry member Ralph Stanley celebrate his 87th birthday with a rare – and final – performance at the hallowed bluegrass venue. The concert was part of Stanley’s tour, “The Man of Constant Sorrow Tour:  The Dr.’s Farewell.” The tour stretches throughout 2014 with Stanley accompanied by his longtime band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. After it’s over, Stanley will take a breather from more than six decades on the road – first as part of the duo the Stanley Brothers with his brother Carter, and then as a solo artist with the Clinch Mountain Boys following Carter’s death in 1966.

Stanley’s grandson, 21-year-old Nathan Stanley (who also plays guitar and sings in the band), was the night’s emcee. The young Stanley was host to an impressive lineup of fellow artists who surprised Dr. Stanley by showing up to play a few songs in his honor. Former Clinch Mountain Boys member Larry Sparks entertained the crowd and was soon followed by Larry Cordle.

“Our ‘Beatles’ were the Stanley Brothers when I was a young boy,” Cordle told the crowd. “Whether he knows it or not, he saved my life a lot of lonesome nights.” Larry then launched into the Stanley Brothers’ “Love Me Darlin’, Just Tonight” while Dr. Stanley sat behind him onstage and listened intently.

In addition to the musical tributes, BMI’s Perry Howard presented Stanley with a special citation of appreciation from BMI in celebration of 60 years as a BMI songwriter and performer. “When you talk about American roots music history, there’s no one any more important than Dr. Ralph Stanley in that field,” said Howard.

Ralph Stanley at The Station Inn, Nashville, TN February 27, 2014

Ralph Stanley (seated, center) watches as Larry Sparks performs at Stanley’s 87th birthday party on February 27, 2014 at The Station Inn, Nashville, TN.

The Station Inn’s Bob Smiley also presented Stanley with an award. “We just want to thank Dr. Ralph for all the years he’s come down here and graced our stage and put on some great music – and for all the years of contribution he’s made to our bluegrass world here as well as everywhere.” Continue Reading

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Feb 28

CMA to Announce LP Field Performers for 2014 CMA Music Festival Via Social Media March 3

CMA to Announce LP Field Performers for 2014 CMA Music Festival Via Social Media March 3

CMA Music Festival at LP Field. Photo by Bennett Farkas, courtesy of the CMA.

CMA will utilize social networks to announce LP Field performers for the 2014 CMA Music Festival starting Monday, March 3. Every weekday from March 3-18, CMA will post clues on its social media platforms allowing fans to speculate and anticipate who will be performing during the Nightly Concerts at LP Field.

A full announcement of the LP Field lineup will follow the #CMAFestGuess social media campaign on Wednesday, March 19.

“We have a very strong, dedicated, and loyal social media audience,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “They are the ones who are constantly engaged with the Festival, so of course we want to let them be the first to find out who will be performing this year. Their passion for the music makes CMA Music Festival the world’s premier Country Music festival.”

A mock movie trailer announcing the campaign will be released on CMA’s social pages Sunday during the Oscars ceremony. “As the Oscars will be one of the largest nights of the year for social engagement, we felt it the perfect time to announce this innovative social campaign to our fans,” said Damon Whiteside, CMA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships.

Followers can use #CMAFestGuess to track the virtual clues. With more than two million followers across CMA’s social media platforms, Country Music fans are proving that they are digitally engaged and Internet savvy. The 2013 CMA Awards, which aired Nov. 6 on ABC, was the most tweeted-about television event of that week. Continue Reading

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Feb 26

See Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore & Kip Moore in ACM New Artist of the Year Special

See Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore & Kip Moore in ACM New Artist of the Year Special

l-r: Justin Moore; Suzanne Gordon, vice president of programming, Great American Country; Brett Eldredge and Kip Moore. (Photo by Ed Rode)

Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore,and Kip Moore, nominees for ACM New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s Department Store, gathered in Nashville to tape ACM New Artist of the Year – a new concert special premiering Monday, March 24, 8:00 p.m./ET on Great American Country. In the special, hosted by reigning ACM New Artist of the Year winners Florida Georgia Line,viewers will be treated to interviews and special performances by each nominee.

Fans can vote for the ACM New Artist category by logging on to VoteACM.com from March 24, 3:00 p.m. ET until Sunday, April 6, 8:00 p.m. ET. The winner will be announced live Continue Reading

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Feb 25

Updated: Loretta Lynn’s Home Catches Fire

Loretta Lynn's Home Catches Fire

Loretta Lynn

Nashville’s WKRN.com reports a Tuesday morning fire caused minor damage at Loretta Lynn‘s home on Hurricane Mills Road in Humphreys County, Tenn. A candle overturned, igniting a nearby chair and Lynn put the fire out with a pillow, which caused minor burns on her fingertips.

For more information, visit WKRN.com.

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Feb 25

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal’s Recipe for Garlic Cheese Bread

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal Beats the Winter Blues with Margarita Chicken

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.

“I am a bread stick girl,” says Krystal. “I could care less about the pizza, just give me the bread sticks and a bowl of marinara. I love making mine from scratch and grilling them up on my pizza stone in my Big Green Egg grill. There is something so authentic and rustic about that brick oven style pizza. When it’s cold out I just move the stone indoors to my oven and still get that good crisp bottom that makes all the work worth it. This is a garlicky, cheesy, mess of amazement! Hope y’all enjoy!

Ingredients:

For the dough:

1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2  tsp granulated garlic
1/4 cup olive oil

Toppings:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal's Recipe for Garlic Cheese Bread

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Directions:
Combine the yeast with the warm water and let it sit for 8-10 minutes. Place flour, salt and garlic in the bowl Continue Reading

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Feb 20

ACM Announces All-Star Salute to the Troops

ACM Announces All-Star Salute to the Troops

Merle Haggard

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions have announced ACM PRESENTS:  AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS, a concert event featuring some of the biggest names in country music paying tribute to our armed forces, will be broadcast Tuesday, May 20 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on CBS.  The special will be taped Monday, April 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Country music superstars Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry are the first artists to be added to the all-star lineup of performers for the event.  The concert will honor the country’s remarkable servicemen and women and include special moments and stories of incredible bravery and integrity. Proceeds from ticket sales for ACM PRESENTS:  AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy.  For more information, please log onto www.ACMLiftingLives.org or www.ACMcountry.com or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

“We are so thankful for the men and women in our armed forces and proud to present this fantastic night of performances in their honor,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “The special will be a remarkable moment in Academy history and continues the ‘ACM Presents’ TV specials that have been so successful over the years and helps to fund the important charitable work of ACM Lifting Lives.”

ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Tickets for ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster, priced at $105, $155 and $205. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy.  For more information, please log onto www.ACMLiftingLives.org or www.ACMcountry.com or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.


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