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May 22

Little Big Town Gets Two Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

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Fans kept crushing on Little Big Town, giving them a second week at No. 1 with “Girl Crush” on Top 20 Country Countdown! Blake Shelton and Keith Urban with Eric Church rounded out the Top 3, with Lady Antebellum making their countdown debut with their latest video, “Long Stretch of Love.”

Plus, host Nan Kelley headed to Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, home of Bush’s Beans. After a VIP visit – including a meet-and-greet with Duke the dog! – she traveled to the Beans ’N Cornbread Festival in nearby Gatlinburg. Find out if Duke spilled the beans on the Bush family’s secret recipe!

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“One Pan Nan” and tell her what you think: 

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  3. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  4. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  5. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  6. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  7. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  8. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”
  9. Tim McGraw – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
  10. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” Continue Reading

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May 21

A List of Every Celeb in Taylor Swift’s New Music Video

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Taylor Swift’s highly-anticipated music video for her newest single, “Bad Blood,” premiered at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Leading up to the awards show and via Instagram, Swift introduced a bevy of models, actresses and singers who would star in her fierce, futuristic video. In case you didn’t recognize or catch a glimpse of each one of Swift’s gal pals in the video, here is a list of all 17 ladies (and one Kendrick Lamar) who wielded weapons and threw punches.

Taylor Swift as Catastrophe

Photo courtesy of Instagram.com/taylorswift.

Catastrophe a.k.a Taylor Swift – Grammy-winning, multi-platinum artist and all-around superstar Continue Reading

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May 20

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Roasted Tomato Crostini

Krystal Keith's Roasted Tomato Crostini

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

These are outrageous! So much flavor, so much texture, so incredibly delicious. These little crostini are a perfect afternoon snack, appetizer for your family dinner or hors d’oeuvre at your dinner party. I am always tempted to hide these little guys for my own personal snacks and find something else to serve my guests (I would never….or would I?) These take minimal work and minimal ingredients, and they pack a powerful — and elegant — punch in each little bite. 

Roasted Tomato Crostini

Ingredients

1 12-inch baguette (sourdough, French or Italian)
2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled, roasted and mashed into a paste*
1 cup ricotta cheese
4-6 medium basil leaves, cut into ribbons 
olive oil
salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place tomatoes in a small baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 30-45 minutes until the skins of the tomatoes start to brown.

You can roast the garlic at the same time. Peel and place the cloves in a piece of foil, add a drizzle of olive oil, fold up the foil and place it in the oven to roast with the tomatoes. When both are done, remove from oven and let the garlic cool. Use a fork to mash the cloves into a paste.

Set oven to broil and slice the baguette at an angle in 1/2-inch thick slices. Broil the crostini slices until they reach a light golden brown. Mix the roasted garlic paste and some salt and pepper into the ricotta cheese, spread onto each crostini, top with roasted tomatoes and garnish with a few ribbons of basil.

*Note:  If you don’t want to take the time to roast the garlic, you can buy a tube of garlic paste at most grocery stores and sauté one tablespoon of it in a skillet for a minute or two to cook off that raw garlic flavor.

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.” She’s also super talented in the kitchen and has been creating delicious meals from family recipes for years and featuring them in her blog, The Barnyard Bistro. Every week she shares her favorites exclusively with Great American Country.

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May 19

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman Releases Cookbook

Kimberly Schlapman's Cookbook

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman is known for her voice, but she is also an incredible cook! Kimberly has hosted her own cooking show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern, on Great American Country, showcasing her favorite recipes and cooking with friends. She recently released her first cookbook, Oh Gussie!, to share not only her recipes, but also some of her favorite memories.

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“I’ve been cooking as long as I’ve been singing, which is simply as long as I can remember” she wrote in the book’s introduction. “Singing in church and sitting counterside helping my mama and grandmothers cook taught me a lot about life. Those ladies were at the door of anyone around who had a birth or a death in their family, got a promotion, lost a job, or just broke a bone – with some kind of casserole or cake in hand and with me and my little sister in tow.” Continue Reading

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May 15

Little Big Town Takes “Girl Crush” to No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town - Girl Crush

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There was a brand-new No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Little Big Town took over the No. 1 spot with “Girl Crush,” as Keith Urban with Eric Church moved up to No. 2 with “Raise ‘Em Up.” After a three-week run at No. 1 with “Sangria, Blake Shelton dropped to No. 3. Brett Eldredge made his countdown debut with “Lose My Mind” this week, coming in at No. 20.

Try today’s featured recipe from 
“One Pan Nan” and tell her what you think: 

Spanish Style Roll-Ups »

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. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  2. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  3. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  4. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  5. Billy Currington – “Don’t It”
  6. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  7. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  8. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  9. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”
  10. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” Continue Reading

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May 14

New Season of Junk Gypsies

The Junk Gypsies are back! Sisters Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes-Smith — in their own words, “a little bit hippie, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll and a whole lot of heart and soul” — return to Great American Country this Friday, May 15

Junk Gypsies Amie and Jolie Sikes

The Junk Gypsies Friday night marathon kicks off at 8/7c, with new back-to-back episodes starting at 10/9c.  

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May 8

Blake Shelton Gets A Three-Peat on Top 20

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton pulled off a three-peat on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, making a third week at No. 1 with his new video, “Sangria.” Videos from Little Big Town and Keith Urban with Eric Church rounded out the Top 3 this week, while Rascal Flatts’ latest video, “Riot,” made its countdown debut, coming in at No. 20. Plus, host Nan Kelley paid a special visit to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Nashville.

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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. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  2. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  3. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  4. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  5. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  6. Billy Currington – “Don’t It”
  7. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  8. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  9. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”
  10. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire” Continue Reading

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May 5

20 Country Songs About Mom

The perfect country song, according to David Allan Coe’s hilarious classic “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” requires that you refer to trains, trucks, prison, gettin’ drunk and – of course – mama. By those standards, none of these songs are perfect, but they’re all at least very good at paying homage to Mom as we slide into Mother’s Day.

It’s probably not the definitive list – you could argue that others, such as Merle Haggard’s “Mama’s Hungry Eyes” – belong here, but it’s good enough to give you a full-bodied picture of your mom, my mom, somebody’s mom.

In no particular order, here are 20 country songs – and one bonus title – for moms everywhere:

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“Mama’s Song,” Carrie Underwood (2010) – A rolling music bed and Carrie’s own romantic storyline with hockey player Mike Fisher form the backdrop for a song that shows a mother just what a great job she’s done. She parented a daughter who picks the right kind of partner.

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“The Hand That Rocks The Cradle,” Glen Campbell with Steve Wariner (1987) – “There ought to be a hall of fame for mamas.” Well, there’s not, but there is this nifty little duet built around the psychologies of birth, breast feeding and teaching life lessons.

“Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me,” Diamond Rio (1991) – In many families, Mom is the one who provides the strongest moral compass. In this case, she gets a phone call from her adult son, looking for advice from his best-loved guidance counselor.

“So Much Like My Dad,” George Strait (1992) – “Mom, can we talk?” George is as good at anyone at delivering a song that’s essentially a conversation set to music. In this case, it’s a mother/son chat as he tries to figure out exactly why his own household is falling apart.

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“Mama Tried,” Merle Haggard (1968) – Perhaps the hardest part of the job for mothers: You can do everything right, and the kid insists on messing up anyway. In this mostly autobiographical account, the adult Merle takes responsibility for ignoring Flossie Haggard’s wisdom and ending up in prison by age 21. Continue Reading

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May 1

Blake Shelton Has Second Week at No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton's "Sangria" Music Video

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/blakeshelton.

Blake Shelton fended off wife Miranda Lambert to claim a second week at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with his new video, “Sangria.” Videos from Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban with Eric Church round out the Top 3 this week, while Lambert dropped to No. 4 with “Little Red Wagon.” Easton Corbin also made his countdown debut with his latest video, “Baby Be My Love Song.”

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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. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  3. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  4. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  5. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  6. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”
  7. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That”
  8. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You”
  9. Billy Currington – “Don’t It”
  10. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time” Continue Reading

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Apr 29

See the Sights on Shania’s Farewell Tour

Shania Twain is returning to the road! This spring, she announced her first North American tour in 11 years. The Rock This Country Tour will kick off June 5th in Seattle and stop in 48 cities.

“This is a celebration tour,” Twain said in a press release. “It’s party time! The Rock This Country tour will have a different spirit than my past tours. It’s a Shania they’ve never seen before. A lot of years have gone by and I’ve got a lot more to share.”

Shania's Rock This Country Tour

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If you’re planning to see Shania in a city near you, why not make it a mini-vacation and check out a few sights along the way? Here are some Great American Country recommendations.

Rock This Country stops in Jacksonville, Fla., on 7/15, and heads to Miami on 7/16. Circle those dates on your calendar and add a few of these Unexpected Florida Destinations to your itinerary.

 

And what would a country music tour be without a stop in Nashville? Before Shania rolls into Music City on 7/31, browse our Top 10 Tennessee Trips and take a look at our Nashville Travel Guide for strategic side-trip planning. Continue Reading

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