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Mar 27

Carrie Underwood Returns To No. 1 on Top 20

Scotty McCreery and Suzanne Alexander on Top 20

On this week’s show, Scotty McCreery drops by to chat with Suzanne Alexander.

Carrie Underwood is back in the top spot on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown with her latest, “Little Toy Guns.” Blake Shelton with Ashley Monroe and Chris Young round out the Top 3, while new clips from Miranda Lambert, Cole Swindell and Reba McEntire make their countdown debuts. Plus, host Suzanne Alexander is joined by special guest Scotty McCreery.

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  2. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  3. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  4. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started”
  5. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  6. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  7. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class”
  8. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  9. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You”
  10. Josh Turner – “Lay Low” Continue Reading

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Mar 27

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Bananas Foster Pancakes

Krystal Keith's Bananas Foster Pancakes

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

This is one of my favorite indulgent breakfasts. It combines one of my favorite breakfast foods, pancakes, with one of my all-time favorite desserts, Bananas Foster. If you haven’t ordered Bananas Foster at a restaurant, go ahead and put it on your foodie bucket list because it is a must! Bananas sautéed in brown sugar, butter and rum. They light the mixture on fire, which is always fun, and serve it over vanilla ice cream. Sounds like the perfect topping for pancakes, too, huh? I also thought so. 

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Mar 20

Blake Shelton Moves Into No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton, Ashley Monroe

Everything is new on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe return to No. 1, knocking Carrie Underwood down to No. 2 with “Little Toy Guns.” Besides a new number one, there are also a number of brand-new videos on this week’s countdown, including the latest clips from The Swon Brothers, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton and Eric Paslay.

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  3. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  4. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  5. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  6. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class”
  7. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started”
  8. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  9. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  10. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You” Continue Reading

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Mar 18

Junk Gypsies Announce Their Own Paint Line

Junk Gypsies Announce New Paint Line

Fans of Junk Gypsies, rejoice! Amie and Jolie Sikes, the sisters known for their ability to turn “junk” into treasure and create incredible spaces, have made it even easier for their fans to DIY their own projects. The Texas siblings took to Instagram to announce they will release their own line of paint during Texas Antiques Weekend, set for the first weekend of April.

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“On this glorious Monday morning, we have really, really, realllllly BIG news!!!” they wrote. “It’s been a dream of ours since the beginning days of Junk Gypsy to have our own paint…. and now, the dream has become a reality!! the JG core palette brought to you as an all-American made chalk & clay paint!!! We can’t wait for you to see the entire line… it’s debuting at the #jgworldhq this #texasantiquesweek!! #jgpaint
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Mar 16

10 Best Country Drinking Songs

Toby Keith

With St. Patrick’s Day comes the luck of the Irish, green-themed wardrobes, cabbage and corned beef, and, of course, alcohol. Whether you’re drinking green beer or something a little stronger, here are 10 of the best country drinking songs to put on your March 17 playlist.

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“Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith 

Toby Keith’s tribute to the red Solo® cup was an almost instant viral video sensation. When the tune comes on at parties, everyone raises their glasses.

“Friends In Low Places” – Garth Brooks

Few songs bring a group of revelers together for a sing-a-long like Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places.” It’s also a popular cover song for arena headlining acts and bar cover bands.

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“Parking Lot Party” – Lee Brice

Tailgating is a sport in and of itself, and Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party” is its anthem. The next time you and your friends are partying in the parking lot before the show or the big game, make sure this tune is on the playlist. Continue Reading

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Mar 13

Carrie Underwood Returns to No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood's Little Toy Guns

Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/carrieunderwood.

Carrie Underwood is back on top of this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown. The new mom topped the charts with her latest, “Little Toy Guns,” and also came in at No. 6 with her former No. 1 video, “Something In The Water.” After three weeks at No. 1, Eric Church dropped to No. 2 with “Talladega,” with Florida Georgia Line rounding out the Top 3. New videos from Maddie & Tae and Lee Ann Womack made their countdown debuts this week.

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  2. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  3. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  4. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  5. Thomas Rhett – “Make Me Wanna”
  6. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  7. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  8. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started”
  9. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class”
  10. Josh Turner – “Lay Low” Continue Reading

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Mar 9

Spotlight: Country Music’s Most Influential Women

Sunday, March 8 marked International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements throughout history. Many celebrities participated via social media campaigns using hashtags #WomensDay, #NotThere and #InternationalWomensDay. In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’re spotlighting some of the most powerful, inspirational and talented ladies of country music.

Maybelle Carter – Best known as a member of the Carter Family and mother of June Carter Cash, Carter paved the way for female musicians. She became famous for her unique guitar playing called “scratch” style. Carter and her family popularized Appalachian folk music.

Kitty Wells

Country music legend Kitty Wells was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame in 1976.

Kitty Wells – Nicknamed the Queen of Country Music, Wells gained popularity after her hit, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” topped country charts. In 1991, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Patsy Cline – In 1957, Cline’s hit “Walkin’ After Midnight” made her the first crossover pop-country artist. She was the first woman in country music to headline her own show and perform at Carnegie Hall. Like Taylor Swift, Cline also believed in encouraging and supporting her group of girl friends, such as Loretta Lynn, Dottie West and Barbara Mandrell.

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Mar 6

Eric Church Gets a Three-Peat on Top 20

Chase Bryant on Top 20 Country Countdown

Newcomer Chase Bryant joined Nan Kelley in the studio this week.

It’s three in a row for Eric Church on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, topping the charts again with “Talladega.” Florida Georgia Line jumped into No. 2 with “Sun Daze,” and new mom Carrie Underwood had not one, but two music videos in the Top 10. Plus, host Nan Kelley chatted with country newcomer Chase Bryant about his debut single, “Take It On Back.”

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  2. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  4. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  5. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  6. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  7. Thomas Rhett – “Make Me Wanna”
  8. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  9. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  10. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started” Continue Reading

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Mar 5

7 Can’t-Miss Music Festivals

Spring is just around the corner and with the warm temperatures come music festivals! Whether you’re headed to Music City for the biggest country music festival of the year, to the West Coast for superstar artists and art, or down to Texas for some of the best indie bands around, there is an event for every playlist. Start planning now with these seven must-see festivals for 2015.

Little Big Town at the 2014 CMA Festival

Little Big Town Returns to This Year’s CMA Festival

CMA Music Festival — Nashville, Tennessee
Set for June 11-14, the annual CMA Music Festival celebrates country music fans with four days of non-stop concerts, meet-and-greets, fan club parties, special events and more. Each day starts early with free concerts throughout downtown Nashville, continuing along River Front Park and leading up to star-studded concerts at LP Field each night.

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Mar 4

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Green Chile Refried Beans

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Green Chile Refried Beans

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

Y’all that know me, know that I love, love, love Hatch Valley green chiles. My family puts them in everything including eggs, mashed potatoes, soups…. Don’t be surprised if I bring out a Hatch green chile ice cream at some point! But one of the most classic Mexican side dishes is the perfect place for these flavorful chiles.

This is my absolute favorite side dish when I’m serving Mexican food. Forget plain-old canned refried beans. Ten minutes of prep time and a few hours in a Crock-Pot and you have a healthy, homemade side of refried beans that will knock your socks off. And, as a bonus, you get to bag it up and store it in the freezer for the next few times you need refried beans as a side dish.

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