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Jul 1

6 Best Fourth of July Destinations

Fourth of July in Nashville – Photo courtesy of Travel Channel

Fourth of July celebrations are one of my favorite parts of the summer. The birth of our nation goes hand in hand with family time, hours spent on a lake, barbecues, camping trips and spectacular fireworks shows. With Independence Day falling on a Saturday this year, it’s the perfect time to take a long weekend and explore the patriotic traditions in a different part of the country. We’ve rounded up some of America’s best destinations for the Fourth of July to help you plan your holiday road trip.

Nashville, Tennessee
The country music capital of the world is any music lover’s dream July Fourth destination. This free celebration in the heart of Music City includes performances by Martina McBride and the Nashville Symphony, and provides guests with a host of family-friendly activities. And, most importantly, Nashville’s fireworks display promises to be the largest in the country this year. Be sure to check out our Nashville travel guide if this sounds like your kind of Independence Day.

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Jun 12

“Girl Crush” Goes Five Weeks At No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town

It’s five weeks at No. 1 for Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” on the Top 20 Country Countdown! The song topped the countdown again this week, with Blake Shelton and Keith Urban with Eric Church, rounding out the Top 3. Plus, new videos from Brad Paisley and Chris Young made their countdown debuts, and Billy Currington stopped by to chat about his new music. Continue Reading

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Jun 11

5 of Nashville’s Best Food Trucks

If you don’t have time to stop at one of our favorite restaurants when you’re in Nashville, head for one of the local food trucks. Parked in and around Music City and featuring a variety of fare, they make eating on the go a piece of cake (or a cone of ice cream?). Here are our Top 5 picks.

The Grilled Cheeserie Food Truck

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Jun 8

6 Places To See The Real Mississippi

Mississippi isn’t just a tricky state to spell, it’s Elvis’ birthplace and a state full of history, blues and a laid-back attitude. From the King of Rock and Roll to award-winning authors, blues clubs and museums, the Magnolia State has a lot to offer. Here are some of our must-stop locations.

Mississippi "A Cast of Blues" Dorothy Moore

Blues musician Dorothy Moore

“A Cast of Blues” Lifecasts
Made from damp gauze and plaster, exact replicas of the faces of blues musicians are on display in Ewing Hall at Delta State University, located in Cleveland, Miss. The ”Cast of Blues” collection was created by blind artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson and features 55 three-dimensional faces.

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Jun 6

6 Restaurants to Visit During CMA Music Festival

If you’re heading to Nashville for this year’s CMA Music Festival, be sure to stop by Great American Country in the HGTV Lodge from June 11-14 for free performances and meet-and-greets featuring Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Kip Moore. And in between all that good country music, quash your hunger at some of our favorite Nashville eateries.

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Jun 5

“Girl Crush” Goes Four Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town

Make that four weeks at No. 1 for Little Big Town on the Top 20 Country Countdown! The band’s “Girl Crush” topped the countdown again this week with Blake Shelton, Keith Urban with Eric Church, and Miranda Lambert rounding out the Top 3. Plus, Brantley Gilbert returned to the countdown with “One Hell of an Amen.”

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Cast your votes and then 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. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  3. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  4. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  5. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”
  6. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  7. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  8. Tyler Farr – “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”
  9. Tim McGraw – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
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May 29

Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” Repeats At No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Facebook.com/littlebigtown.

Fans are still crushing on Little Big Town, voting “Girl Crush” No. 1 on the Top 20 Country Countdown for a third week in a row!  Keith Urban with Eric Church and Miranda Lambert rounded out the Top 3, with Jana Kramer making her countdown debut with her latest video, “I Got The Boy.” Plus, host Nan Kelley sat down with Brett Eldredge to talk about his new song, “Lose My Mind,” and his upcoming new album!

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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. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  2. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  3. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  4. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  5. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  6. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”
  7. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  8. Tim McGraw – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
  9. Reba McEntire – “Going Out Like That”
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May 29

Jana Kramer’s Rustic Wedding

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

Jana Kramer got the boy! Kramer married NFL tight-end Michael Caussin on May 22 at a ceremony at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in Charlottesville, Va. The ceremony took place outside, with the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as the backdrop.

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

Like a lot of brides, Kramer found her wedding inspiration on Pinterest. She went with a rustic wedding that included a lilac color scheme, lots of candles, and, of course, Mason jars.

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

Initially, though, Kramer wanted to skip the whole “wedding” thing. “In the beginning I honestly just wanted to go to the courthouse and do this whole Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and The City end of the movie kind of thing,” Kramer told US Weekly in a statement. “But Michael really wanted to have a wedding and once we found the venue I was all in.”

Jana Kramer's Rustic Wedding

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May 28

The HGTV Lodge is Returning to CMA Fest June 11-14

CMA Music Festival is any country music fan’s favorite time of the year. For four days straight, Nashville’s streets are flooded with devoted fans, aspiring artists and everyone who’s anyone in the country music industry. The event hosts countless live performances, meet and greets and autograph signings, but any CMA Fest regular knows that the HGTV Lodge is the hottest ticket in town.

The HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

The HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

The HGTV Lodge, the festival’s most intimate venue, is returning to CMA Fest June 11 – June 14 with a bigger and better lineup to give festival-goers the ultimate country fan experience. Situated in the heart of Nashville, The Lodge is a 3,500-square-foot wooden structure that hosts four days of star-studded events.

Rascal Flatts perform in the HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

Rascal Flatts perform in the HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest 2014

Guests can catch more than 20 live performances and attend meet and greets with some of the biggest names in country music, including Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Kip Moore. With only 300 attendees during each show, air conditioning and a mobile device charging station, The Lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the middle of the city. For admission to The Lodge, fans can register for free tickets starting May 28 at CMAFest.com.

Jana Kramer and GAC host Suzanne Alexander at CMA Fest 2014

Jana Kramer and Great American Country host Suzanne Alexander at CMA Fest 2014

Great American Country will join HGTV, its sister network, for CMA Fest 2015. Suzanne Alexander, from Great American Country’s Great American Playlist, and Nan Kelley, from Top 20 Countdown, will host the stage at The Lodge each day of the festival. For a midday pick-me-up, festival-goes can visit the Great American Country/Yoplait food truck for a tasty lunch and a free sample of Yoplait Greek 100 yogurt.

For more information about the HGTV Lodge and CMA Fest 2015, visit HGTV On the Road and follow HGTV on Instagram and Twitter for daily updates and exclusive content during the festival.

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May 22

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

Little Big Town

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.”

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