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Jan 30

Carrie Underwood Stays At No. 1 on Top 20

Nan Kelley Cohosts Top 20 Countdown with Barry Williams
Host Nan Kelley was joined by a special cohost for this week’s episode of Top 20 Country Countdown. Former child star Barry Williams helped her count down this week’s chart while discussing his new show, A Very Barry Branson. Premiering Thursday, February 5 at 9/8c on Great American Country, this new weekly series features Williams, perhaps best known as “Greg” from The Brady Bunch, as he launches a 1970s musical variety show in Branson, Missouri.

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On the countdown, Carrie Underwood kept her No. 1 streak alive with “Something In The Water, followed by Tim McGraw and Chris Young. Kenny Chesney made his countdown debut with “Til It’s Gone,” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze” returned to the chart.

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Jan 29

6 MVP-Worthy Super Bowl Party Recipes

Krystal Keith

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

Millions of people across the country will have their televisions tuned to the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday night to cheer on the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks, to watch the commercials or to see Katy Perry’s sure to be over-the-top halftime performance.

One of the best parts of watching the Super Bowl is the party food and drink. Here are six recipes that will help you be the food MVP of Super Bowl Sunday.

Mini Corn Dogs. As the pre-game crowd starts to gather, set out a few appetizers to tide them over to kickoff. LBT‘s Kimberly Schlapman’s Mini Corn Dogs with Cilantro Dip recipe yields 20 crowd-pleasing dogs-on-a-stick.

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Guacamole. Chips and dips are a sports party staple so put Krystal Keith’s Guacamole from Cabo San Lucas alongside the salsa and spinach dip. With salt, pepper and only three other ingredients, this guacamole is quick and easy to make.

Zac Brown’s Chili. Campfire Filet Tip Chili from Zac Brown and friends calls for beef tenderloin, pork and bison, making it the perfect chili for the meat lovers in the group. Serve it with cornbread or corn chips, and top it off with sour cream and cheese, just in time for kickoff.
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Jan 28

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Roasted Vegetable Trio

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Roasted Vegetable Trio Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

I’m always trying to create side dishes that have a unique twist on a boring old favorite and this is one of my go-to creations. It is colorful, flavorful, tangy, tasty, and it’s just plain pretty to look at. For you health nuts, it hits the spetrum of veggies you need for a “balanced” meal, too. You have your super-greens, your nutrient-rich butternut squash and just the right amount of starchy potatoes. Tonight, skip the dull one-veggie-at-a-time side dish tradition, whip up some roasted chicken or pan-seared fish, and load up on this triple threat of a side dish that will blow your dinner guests away.

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Jan 23

Carrie Underwood Keeps No. 1 Streak Alive on Top 20

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood remained at No. 1with “Something In The Water” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton with Ashley Monroe rounded out the Top 3. Katie Armiger had the lone countdown debut this week, coming in at No. 19 with her latest, “One Night Between Friends.”

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  3. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  4. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  7. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  8. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  9. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  10. Jake Owen – “What We Ain’t Got” Continue Reading

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Jan 19

Historic East Coast Boardwalks

Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey

The East Coast is home to the amusement park. As cities rapidly grew in the late 1800s, people flocked to the Atlantic to beat the summer heat. Boardwalks were built to keep tourists from tracking sand into hotels, and before long, those boardwalks were booming with food, entertainment and, eventually, amusement rides.

In All-American Amusement Parks, host JD Scott explores three of the most famous East Coast boardwalks and gets the lowdown from park fanatics on their favorite rides and food. 

First up is Atlantic City, the original and most famous two-mile boardwalk along the East Coast. It features  the 1,000-foot-long amusement park, Steel Pier, which includes carousels, a slingshot ride, a midway lined with games, and its own bar and grill.

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South of Atlantic City, Morey’s Piers, in Wildwood, N.J., started as a 25 cent waterslide but has spread across three individual piers. During the off-season, the town is home to just 5,000 residents, but during the summer, that number grows to a quarter million thanks to its famous boardwalk. Morey’s also offers thrill rides and a Ferris wheel “Breakfast in the Sky,” featuring culinary delights served on china and white linens.
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Jan 16

Carrie Underwood Continues Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood's Something in the Water at No. 1

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Carrie Underwood continued her reign at No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, topping the charts once more with “Something In The Water.” Tim McGraw and Chris Young took the next two spots, while Florida Georgia Line returned to the countdown with “Sun Daze.” Thomas Rhett and Eric Church made their countdown debuts as well, coming in at No. 18 and No. 20, respectively.

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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. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  3. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  4. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  7. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  8. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  9. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  10. Brett Eldredge – “Mean to Me” Continue Reading

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Jan 16

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Baked Spaghetti Squash

Krystal Keith's Baked Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith

Happy New Year!! I hope that y’all had a cozy and festive Christmas and kicked off 2015 in style. I enjoyed some much-needed downtime at the beach with the family, but I’m glad to be back to making music and sharing dishes with you. I’m not usually a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but this year mine was to challenge myself in the kitchen, to introduce new ingredients and make delicious healthy swaps, and just try new things.

So, I’m starting the new year with spaghetti squash, one of my favorite underused vegetables. Ditch the regular pasta for this healthy substitute and you won’t be sorry. Once cooked, this squash turns into strings of “spaghetti,” which you can toss with your favorite pasta dish ingredients, and Voilà!  This is a low-carb lover’s best friend, but if you aren’t dieting or watching what you eat, you’ll still love it…. Yes! It is THAT good.
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Jan 13

Hunter Hayes’ Tour Bus Feels Like Home

Hunter Hayes spends a lot of time on the road, playing music for fans across the country. With a grueling schedule of more than 150 tour dates across North America, Hayes only travels in the most luxurious and comfortable motor homes. He invited Celebrity Motor Homes inside his current home on wheels, which includes an expandable living room, custom bunk space and a high-tech recording studio.

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“It’s as bright as a bus can feel, and as positive energy as it can give you,” Hayes said of his bus. “I gravitate towards that. I’ve seen a lot of buses exactly like it, on paper. There’s something about the vibe of this bus that’s really pleasant, really relaxing, the couches, everything about it. That’s why I really liked this bus from the get-go.”

Hayes, his band and crew genuinely like spending time on the road. For Hayes, going to sleep on the bus means he’s living out his dreams. Continue Reading

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Jan 10

Elvis Presley’s Luxury Planes Up for Auction

Inside Elvis Presley's Lisa Marie Plane

Inside the Lisa Marie. Photo courtesy of Julien’s Auctions.

Fans can now travel like Elvis Presley — if they have the extra cash. Julien’s Auctions will auction off two of Presley’s private planes, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II. The “King of Rock and Roll” frequently used the Lisa Marie, named after his daughter, as his preferred mode of air transportation.

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Presley purchased the plane in 1975 for $250,000 and refurbished it to include sleeping quarters, a penthouse bedroom with a custom-made queen-sized bed, an executive bathroom with gold faucets and gold wash basin, a videotape system linked to four televisions, a stereo system with 50 speakers and a conference room. Including renovations, the total cost of the plane totaled more than $600,000.
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Jan 9

Carrie Underwood Tops First Top 20 of 2015

Carrie Underwood's Something in the Water Tops the Chart

Photo courtesy of CarrieUnderwoodOfficial.com.

The first Top 20 Country Countdown of 2015 is in the books! Carrie Underwood continued her run at No. 1 into the new year, topping the charts with “Something In The Water.” Chris Young kicked off the year strong, debuting at No. 2 on the countdown with “Lonely Eyes.” Blake Shelton, featuring Ashley Monroe, rounded out the Top 2 with “Lonely Tonight.” Plus, host Nan Kelley sat down with Lee Ann Womackto discuss her new album.

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. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  3. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  4. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  7. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  8. Lady Antebellum – “Freestyle”
  9. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  10. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light” Continue Reading

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