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Jun 11

5 of Nashville’s Best Food Trucks

If you don’t have time to stop at one of our favorite restaurants when you’re in Nashville, head for one of the local food trucks. Parked in and around Music City and featuring a variety of fare, they make eating on the go a piece of cake (or a cone of ice cream?). Here are our Top 5 picks.

The Grilled Cheeserie Food Truck

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Jun 6

6 Restaurants to Visit During CMA Music Festival

If you’re heading to Nashville for this year’s CMA Music Festival, be sure to stop by Great American Country in the HGTV Lodge from June 11-14 for free performances and meet-and-greets featuring Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Kip Moore. And in between all that good country music, quash your hunger at some of our favorite Nashville eateries.

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May 28

The HGTV Lodge is Returning to CMA Fest June 11-14

CMA Music Festival is any country music fan’s favorite time of the year. For four days straight, Nashville’s streets are flooded with devoted fans, aspiring artists and everyone who’s anyone in the country music industry. The event hosts countless live performances, meet and greets and autograph signings, but any CMA Fest regular knows that the HGTV Lodge is the hottest ticket in town.

The HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

The HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

The HGTV Lodge, the festival’s most intimate venue, is returning to CMA Fest June 11 – June 14 with a bigger and better lineup to give festival-goers the ultimate country fan experience. Situated in the heart of Nashville, The Lodge is a 3,500-square-foot wooden structure that hosts four days of star-studded events.

Rascal Flatts perform in the HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

Rascal Flatts perform in the HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

Guests can catch more than 20 live performances and attend meet and greets with some of the biggest names in country music, including Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Kip Moore. With only 300 attendees during each show, air conditioning and a mobile device charging station, The Lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the middle of the city. For admission to The Lodge, fans can register for free tickets starting May 28 at

Jana Kramer and GAC host Suzanne Alexander at CMA Fest 2014

Jana Kramer and Great American Country host Suzanne Alexander at CMA Fest 2014

Great American Country will join HGTV, its sister network, for CMA Fest 2015. Suzanne Alexander, from Great American Country’s Great American Playlist, and Nan Kelley, from Top 20 Countdown, will host the stage at The Lodge each day of the festival. For a midday pick-me-up, festival-goes can visit the Great American Country/Yoplait food truck for a tasty lunch and a free sample of Yoplait Greek 100 yogurt.

For more information about the HGTV Lodge and CMA Fest 2015, visit HGTV On the Road and follow HGTV on Instagram and Twitter for daily updates and exclusive content during the festival.


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Jul 14

‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock’ Airs August 5

Little Big Town

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Did you make it to this year’s CMA Music Festival? Or, do you want to re-live the excitement all over again? CMA Country Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs August 5 at 8/7c on ABC, featuring performances from some of country’s biggest stars, as well as back stage access. Little Big Town will return to host the concert special.

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Nightly concerts featured country music stars Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley and The Band Perry, among others. CMA Music Festival took place June 5-8 in downtown Nashville, with hundreds of hours of live music and countless opportunities for fans to get up close and personal with some of their favorite artists.



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Jun 9

Chris Young Undergoes Surgery, Cancels CMA Music Festival Appearances

Chris Young

Chris Young photo by Sheryl Nields, courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Chris Young’s CMA Music Festival plans took an unexpected turn following his fan club party on Thursday night. After returning home, he was making a late dinner when he cut his left hand with a kitchen knife and was rushed to the hospital.

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Chris was first forced to cancel an autograph session scheduled for Friday, but planned to perform Saturday at LP Field as part of the Nightly Concerts as scheduled. However, he had to cancel the appearance after undergoing surgery Friday to repair the damaged tendons in his hand. He was released from the hospital Saturday morning but was unable to perform. Continue Reading


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Jun 7

CMA Fest: Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings Host Friday Night Concert

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert‘s good friends, Amie and Jolie Sikes, appeared throughout Friday night’s concert at LP Field to introduce artists and promote season two of Junk Gypsies. Helping the sisters with introductions were Farm Kings brothers Dan and Pete King. Concertgoers caught sneak peeks of the Junk Gypsies’ and Farm Kings‘ upcoming premieres on Great American Country.

The Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings at CMA Fest 2014

Photo by Matt Blair

The Junk Gypsies introduced Miranda Lambert, for whom the Gypsies designed the Pistol Annies logo. The Shelton-Sikes relationship goes deeper than that, though. Blake and Miranda hired the Sikes sisters to design a funky, boho wedding reception in 2011.

Dan and Pete King joined the Sikes sisters and Storme Warren, host of Headline Country and The Collection, to open the show and introduce the evening performers. Later in the night, Dan and Pete gave fans an exclusive look at their new season, starting in August.

Sister network HGTV’s Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, also made appearances to promote the new season of their show, airing June 8 on HGTV.

The new season of Junk Gypsies premieres Thursday, June 12 at 9/8c. Plus, enter for your chance to win $5,000 in our weekly Watch & Win giveaway throughout the month of June, and tune in to the Farm Kings season four premiere on August 14.


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Jun 6

CMA Fest: HGTV’s Lodge Hosts a Star-Studded Lineup

Kip Moore on stage at the HGTV Lodge

Kip Moore on stage at the HGTV Lodge – Photo courtesy of Getty images.

In the heart of downtown Nashville, amongst honky-tonks and tents, sits a 2,400 square-foot wooden building called “The Lodge.” Great American Country’s sister network, HGTV, wanted to connect country music fans with their favorite artists in a more intimate setting. With autograph signings, a mobile device recharging station, a $5,000 cash giveaway and live musical performances from Kip Moore, Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts, the HGTV Lodge offers CMA Music Festival-goers the ultimate country music experience.

Suzanne Alexander, from Great American Country’s Daily Countdown, hosted Friday’s Top 20 Country Countdown on site at The Lodge. She also hosted the musical performances on Thursday. Nan Kelly will appear at The Lodge on Saturday and Sunday.

Suzanne Alexander at the CMA Festival HGTV Lodge

Top 20 host Suzanne Alexander – Photo courtesy of Getty images.

Fans are encouraged to share their experiences at The Lodge via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #lovehgtv and #lovemusic.

The Great American Country network delivers original lifestyle programming celebrating the best of American living and country music. Find us on your TV!



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Jun 6

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week Carrie Underwood takes a fan club party selfie; Carrie and Jennifer Nettles deliver an Opry moment; no one wants to play with Taylor Swift; Lucy Hale releases her debut album; and Ashley Monroe could use some canoeing lessons. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week:

Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: Best. Fans. Ever! Thanks for coming out to the Fan Club Party! I had so much fun singing for ya’! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Charlie WorshamCharlieWorsham: pretty dang excited to blow the roof off riverfront stage today… I don’t know if it even has a roof but I’m gonna try anyway! #makemusic

Lucy Hale – LucyHale: Thank u to my friends, family & you for making this a day I will truly cherish forever! Y’all rock and I promise to tweet less tomorrow …

Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Nettles Rock the Opry

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Jun 5

Great American Breakfast Series Kicks Off CMA Fest

What better way to kick off CMA Music Fest than with a breakfast buffet, live music and a meet and greet with hot country artists? Great American Country welcomed 270 fans to a (very early) breakfast at Music City Center where Canaan Smith, Lauren Alaina, Dustin Lynch and Neal McCoy performed some of their most popular songs while guests sipped coffee. Following the performances, guests received signed photographs of the artists and interacted with them at an exclusive meet and greet at Fan Fair X.

CMA Music Festival Breakfast Series

Fans at the Breakfast also watched a special sneak peak of Great American Country’s newest programs. The Junk Gypsies new season premieres June 12 at 9/8c, and follows the Sikes sisters on their newest venture: a teen home décor line. All-new episodes of Highway Cowboys and Farm Kings premiere in July and on August 14, respectively.

The Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings will make special appearances throughout CMA Fest, including the Breakfast on Saturday and LP Field on Friday night.

Did you attend one of our Great American Country Breakfast Series events? All of the photos will be ready no later than Tuesday, June 10 on Thank you for joining us at CMA Fest!

The Great American Country network delivers original lifestyle programming celebrating the best of American living and country music. Find us on your TV!


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Jun 5

Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin and More Discuss Fan Appreciation

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley photo by Nino Munoz, courtesy of The Green Room.

CMA Music Festival is all about the fans. It gives them the chance to get up close and personal with their favorite artists. In turn, it also gives stars the chance to meet their fans one on one and let them know how much they appreciate their support. For Dierks Bentley, it’s also a chance to catch up with old friends. “I know a lot of the early fans by name, because we played a lot of shows at a lot of small venues where we’d be around a lot after the shows,” he said. “I’m not gonna say her name, but she has a dog print of Jake on her shoulder, with my name in the middle of the tattoo. That’s a big deal when somebody gets your name tattooed on part of their body. It’s kind of a scary thing, because it’s kind of a lifelong commitment.” Continue Reading


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