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Apr 22

Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie & More Join Christmas 4 Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament

Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie & More Join Christmas 4 Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament

Tracy Lawrence photo courtesy of Rocky Comfort Records.

Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, David Ball, NASCAR Driver TJ Bell, Lisa Matassa, Brother Trouble, Lucas Hoge and Grand Ole Opry announcer Mike Terry are among the celebrities who will take part in the third annual Christmas 4 Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament. Set for April 29 at Pine Creek Golf Course in Mt Juliet, Tennessee, proceeds from the tournament will benefit Christmas 4 Kids, an organization that helps bring Christmas to thousands of children in Middle Tennessee.

Other celebrities schedule to participate include Jan Howard, Doyle Lawson, Eric Heatherly, Matt Gary, Carolyn Corlew, Wood Newton, Jackson Delaney, Del Gray, George Ducas, Guy Gilchrist, Mitch Goudy, Sherry Lynn, Erin Como, Barrack Shapiro, Jennifer Waddell, Bob Sellers and Kelly Sutton. Bluegrass duo The Roys and Headline Country’s Stacy McCloud will serve as hosts. Continue Reading

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Apr 22

Country Music Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees

Country Music Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees

Ronnie Milsap at the Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement, April 22, 2014.

This morning in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Rotunda, the CMA announced the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. The late, great songwriter Hank Cochran, who died in 2010, will be posthumously inducted in the Songwriter category. Mac Wiseman will be inducted in the Veteran Era category, and Ronnie Milsap in the Modern Era category.

CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music’s highest honor. Inductees are chosen by CMA’s Hall of Fame Panels of Electors, which consist of anonymous voters appointed by the CMA Board of Directors.

Members are inducted during a special Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater. During the Medallion Ceremony, friends and colleagues pay tribute to each inductee through words and song. Each inductees’ bronze plaque is unveiled that will be on display in the Museum’s rotunda.

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Apr 22

Dierks Bentley Invites Fans to Get “Drunk On A Plane” with New App

Dierks Bentley Invites Fans to Get “Drunk On A Plane” with New App

Photo courtesy of The Green Room.

Dierks Bentleyis taking the party to the skies with his new single, “Drunk On A Plane.” Now he’s taking it viral too! He has released the “Drunk On A Plane” interactive photo booth where fans can upload their photos and customize them with aviation and party-themed stickers.

To join the party, visit www.dierks.com/drunkonaplane or Facebook. Fans can also access the photo booth through Urturn in the AppStore. “Drunk On A Plane” is Dierks’ second single from his new album, RISER. Continue Reading

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Apr 22

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal’s Recipe for Italian Meatloaf with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Krystal's Recipe for Italian Meatloaf with Creamy Tomato Sauce

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.

“This is one of those dishes I crave,” says Krystal. “It is so deliciously rich and it is bursting with flavor. It always blows people away when they take their first bite because they don’t expect meatloaf to taste anything like what they just tasted. It leaves a mark and brings them back, begging for more. Who wouldn’t fall in love with an Italian spiced meatloaf stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese and topped with a creamy tomato sauce?”

 

Krystal Keith's Recipe for Italian Meatloaf

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Meatloaf Ingredients:
3 lbs ground beef
2 lbs breakfast sausage (do one pound of sage and one pound of hot)
1 ¼ cup Italian bread crumbs
1 egg
2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, plus extra for garnish
Dried parsley for garnish

 

Krystal Keith's Recipe for Italian Meatloaf

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Creamy Tomato Sauce Ingredients:
1 jar marinara
1 – 15oz can crushed tomatoes
2/3 cup heavy cream

 

Krystal Keith's Recipe for Italian Meatloaf

Photo by Krystal Keith.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the beef, sausage, bread crumbs and Italian seasoning; mix well. On a piece of parchment paper, spread the mixture out evenly, approximately one-inch thick. Distribute mozzarella cheese over the meat. Beginning at the long edge, lift and roll meat mixture toward you. Continue rolling until you reach the opposite edge. Lay the loaf, seam down, in a loaf pan or on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.

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Apr 22

Tim McGraw Releases “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” Following Fan Demand

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw photo courtesy of The Green Room.

Tim McGraw debuted his new single, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” featuring wife Faith Hill, with a performance during the ACM Awards earlier this month. It sparked demand from fans and radio alike, prompting an early release of the tune. The song reflects on days gone by and contemplates the fact that one can always go home.

“The moment I heard this song I knew it was something I wanted to record, and I had a clear vision for how we would debut it on the ACM awards,” Tim said. “I love singing with Faith, and the warmth and beauty of her vocal really made this song what it is.  I love that country radio wanted to be able to play it!” Continue Reading

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Apr 22

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood & Wife Kelli Expecting Their First Child

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and wife Kelli

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and fiancee Kelli Cashiola were married Saturday, April 14, 2012. Photo by Skip Hopkins, courtesy of The Greenroom.

Congratulations to Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and his wife Kelli! The couple will welcome their first child in September. They made the announcement through Lady Antebellum’s Twitter account.

“So excited for a new Baby A on the way in Sept! And it’s a boy!!! -Dave & Kelli” they wrote. Continue Reading

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Apr 21

Watch the Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Announcement Live

The Country Music Hall of Fame will announce its next class of inductees on Tuesday, April 22. Fans can stream the announcement live from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Rotunda on CMAWorld.com at 11/10 a.m. CT.

Inductees will be announced in the Modern Area category, Veteran Era category and the category that rotates between Non-Performer, Recording and/or Touring Musician, and this year’s category, Songwriter. To be eligible for the Modern Era Category, the inductee must have received national prominence more than 20 years ago. To be eligible for the Veteran Era Category, the inductee must have received national prominence more than 45 years ago. Continue Reading

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Apr 21

Go Behind the Scenes of Luke Bryan’s Parade Photo Shoot

Go Behind the Scenes of Luke Bryan's <em>Parade</em> Photo Shoot

Luke Bryan photo by Joseph Llanes, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Luke Bryan wasn’t always a country music superstar. Growing up, he put in long hours at his father’s peanut mill, all while balancing school and a love of music. In the latest installment of his LBTV webisode series, Luke takes to his hometown of Leesburg, Georgia for a behind-the-scenes look at his photo shoot for Parade magazine.

During the clip, Luke shows fans a bit of his father’s peanut mill and recounts what it was like growing up in Leesburg. He also talks about why he moved to Nashville and the differences between small towns and Music City. Watch the video below! Continue Reading

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Apr 21

Kacey Musgraves’ New Single Comes from Real-Life Breakup

Kacey Musgraves' New Single Comes from Real-Life Breakup

Kacey Musgraves photo courtesy of Mercury Nashville.

Kacey Musgraves has released “Keep It To Yourself” to country radio as her latest single. She penned the song while going through a breakup and says it was difficult for her to write as she’s never been good at self-discipline.

“When this song talks about keeping it to yourself, it’s just about knowing and wanting to know how that person feels about you, but just knowing that it’s not good for you anymore and that you literally have to be the strong person and say, ‘Don’t tell me, because it’s just going to rope me back in,’” Kacey said. “It’s going to create that cycle again. Continue Reading

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Apr 21

Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

Kevin Sharp

Great American Country extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of singer Kevin Sharp, who died Saturday, April 19 at the age of 43. Kevin is best known for his 1996 debut single, “Nobody Knows.”

As a high school senior, Kevin was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which had spread to his lungs. Through the Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, Kevin met producer David Foster. After his cancer treatments, Kevin went into remission in 1991. Foster’s connections helped Kevin land a record deal with country label Asylum. Kevin’s debut single, a cover of the Tony Rich Project song “Nobody Knows,” topped the country charts in 1996.

Over the weekend, Kevin’s website posted this statement:

We are saddened to announce the passing of Platinum Country Recording Artist Kevin Sharp on Saturday April 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm PST. Born on December 10, 1970, Kevin took the Country Music scene by storm with his first No. 1 hit, “Nobody Knows.” He had several other hits to his name and in the last few years, traveled the country with an extremely successful Motivational Speaking career.

Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

It is requested that if anyone would like to make a donation in Kevin’s memory, that donations be made to the closest Make A Wish Chapter in the donor’s area so that wishes can continue to be granted for other children. Click here to donate to Make A Wish >>

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