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Nov 25

2014 American Music Awards Red Carpet Looks We Loved

Celebrities at the 2014 American Music Awards red carpet donned slinky, fitted gowns that left a lot to the imagination. Kylie Jenner‘s burgundy slip dress with a slit up to there attracted plenty of attention, and Rita Ora‘s bright yellow mermaid-style number was unexpected yet modern and fresh. Taylor Swift and her celebrity besties Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss and Lorde put on their own show, dancing and singing along in the crowd. But, enough talk about the awards show; let’s get to the fashion. See our favorite looks from the red carpet below!


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Nov 25

Kip Moore and Josh Turner Share Why They Love Thanksgiving

Kip Moore

Kip Moore photo by Stephen Shepherd, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Country stars spend a lot of time on the road, crisscrossing the country playing their music for fans. When the holidays roll around, many of them have the opportunity to take a few days off and enjoy downtime with family and friends. For Kip Moore, it’s the one time of the year he gets to head home to Georgia to be with his family.

“Thanksgiving is huge for me, because I never get to see my family — period,” he said. “All of my nieces and nephews are growing up and my brothers and sisters; I’ve been gone from home since right when I turned 18. I’ve been a long ways away from home. That’s the one bad part about it is knowing my family is growing up, and they’re all experiencing things together, and I don’t get to be included on it, because I’m off doing this.

“So, when I get together with them, it means a whole lot to me,” he continued. “Usually, we’ll try to go fishing together — me and my brothers, or my dad, we used to always go when we would go back home for Thanksgiving. So, yeah, just time to get to hang out with them is huge for me, and I hate that I don’t get to do it more.”

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Nov 25

Eric Church, Keith Urban and More Give Thanks

Eric Church

Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the people and things that matter most. Several of your favorite country stars are sharing what they’re most thankful for this year and their answers have a common theme: family. Eric Church might come across as a tough guy on stage, but he’s a family man at the end of the day, grateful for the people who surround him.

“I’m thankful for my family, my son, my wife and great health,” he said. “From a career standpoint, I’m very thankful for the success we’ve had lately. I’m thankful for what the fans have done. I’m thankful that we’re starting to have some hit songs on the radio. There’s a lot of stuff to be thankful for in that regard.”

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Nov 24

Frankie Ballard Celebrates Chart-Topping Success

Frankie Ballard

Frankie Ballard’s 2014 album Sunshine & Whiskey. Photo courtesy of Sweet Talk Publicity.

Frankie Ballard has spent several years touring relentlessly and building his fan base. Evidently, Ballard’s hard work paid off as he celebrates his second No. 1, “Sunshine & Whiskey.” The track, along with his first No.1 , “Helluva Life,” are both part of his sophomore album, Sunshine & Whiskey.

“I poured as much of myself into this album as I could,” Ballard told Rolling Stone Country. “I played as many instruments as I could, and wrenched and wrenched. I experimented, and I think it came out sounding like me. Which thankfully is something that people want to hear. I’m going to keep doing exactly what I’m doing.” Continue Reading


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Nov 24

Taylor Swift Receives Dick Clark Award for Excellence


Taylor Swift was honored with the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence during the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday night. The award was presented to Swift by the legendary Diana Ross, who introduced the award before a video tribute to Swift calling her an “artist, innovator and icon.”

“I’m so blown away to have just received an award from Diana Ross,” Swift said. “Dick Clark was a visionary.” And in true Swift form, she also took a moment to thank her fans.

“I love getting to know you, I love talking to you online, and I love having a glimpse into your life, and I’m so unbelievably happy that you want to have a glimpse into mine,” she said. “Thank you so much.” Continue Reading


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Nov 22

Carrie Underwood Always Knew She Was Having A Boy

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley at CMA Awards 2014

During the CMA Awards, Brad Paisley spilled the news that Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher are expecting a baby boy. While parents may hope for one sex over another, Underwood said she and Fisher always knew they were having a boy. They didn’t find out in a doctor’s office, though.

“It’s kind of a sterile place,” she told KTIC Radio. “We got to see all the pictures and everything. It was really cool to see that, but whenever [our doctor would] get near … near those parts … we would look away.”

Underwood and Fisher broke the news to themselves on a dinner date. They brought an envelope containing the baby’s gender with them and opened it while seated at the table. Continue Reading


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Nov 21

Blake Shelton Remains At No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton's Neon Light

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It’s five weeks in a row at No. 1 for Blake Shelton and “Neon Light” on Top 20 Country Countdown! We’re offering up a double shot of Shelton this week, with a sneak peek at his new video, “Lonely Tonight,” featuring Ashley Monroe. Plus, Carrie Underwood has a big debut with her new video, “Something in the Water.”

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This Week’s Chart:

  1. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  2. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water”
  4. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  5. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  6. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  7. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
  8. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  9. Cole Swindell – “Hope You Get Lonely”
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Nov 21

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Cookie Butter Truffles


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Cookie butter is suddenly what life is all about. Since this amazing spread was introduced to me, I can’t stop coming up with amazing ways to use it. The perfect partner for chocolate, this spread is literally made from ground-up bits of Biscoff cookies. It is amazing with apples, incredible with marshmallows and is killer on cinnamon-raisin toast. But, nothing compares to these little truffles, which have totally replaced peanut butter cups in my list of favorite foods. I know that you are going to flip for them, too!

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Nov 20

Easton Corbin Helps Present a $1 Million Check to the FFA

Easton Corbin

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Easton Corbin spent the last year working closely with the National FFA Organization, Ram Trucks and their Next Crop Initiative’s “The Year of the Farmer” celebration. As part of the “The Year of the Farmer” celebration, Corbin, a former FFA (Future Farmers of America) member, spent the year traveling through rural America to meet and raise money for the local FFA chapters around the country. Like many of today’s FFA members, Corbin was inspired by his grandfather to learn more about agriculture.

“I remember when I was in sixth grade and [my grandfather] asked me if I wanted to show a cow and I was like, ‘well yeah!’” Corbin said. “So, my grandpa was a big influence on me. He’s always been such a hardworking guy. I’ve always looked up to him.” Continue Reading


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Nov 20

Cole Swindell Thanks Fans by Releasing Down Home Sessions EP

Cole Swindell Releases Down Home Sessions Album

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Cole Swindell might be a relative newcomer to the country music scene – if you don’t count the years he spent selling Luke Bryan’s merchandise during Bryan’s tours – but he could not have asked for a better start. His first two singles, “Chillin’ It,” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” topped the charts, and he was nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year. To thank his fans for his support, he released his Down Home Sessions EP.

“I’m on permanent pinch mode, dude,” he told Taste of Country Nights’ host Sam Alex. “Getting to debut your first single as a No. 1 song then your next one going No. 1… I’m so excited to have a brand new one out now. It’s just… so much has changed now over the past year, you know, for the good for me. I’m just so thankful that I have this much support this early in my career. It’s been a great year so far.” Continue Reading


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