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Dec 10

Top 10 Country Christmas Songs

Christmas music sets the tone for the holiday season, and everyone has a favorite song, whether it’s an old classic or new original. In no particular order, here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Christmas Songs.

“Let It Be Christmas” – Alan Jackson

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Released in 2002, Alan’s Jackson’s “Let It Be Christmas” became an instant holiday classic with its nostalgic lyrics and acoustic guitar background.

“All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan” – Kenny Chesney

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While some dream of a white Christmas, Kenny Chesney longs for sun and sand in “All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan.” He continues the trend in his newest holiday tune, “Christmas In Blue Chair Bay.”


“Where Are You Christmas?” – Faith Hill

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Faith Hill’s rendition of “Where Are You Christmas” was featured in the 2000 film re-make of Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The song was originally set to be performed by Mariah Carey, but legal issues caused her to back out, opening the door for Hill.


“Merry Christmas From The Family” – Montgomery Gentry

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The holidays are about family, but sometimes getting everyone together can be an ordeal. Montgomery Gentry covers all those dysfunctional family gatherings with his “Merry Christmas From The Family.”


“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood has recorded a number of Christmas standards over the years, including beautiful renditions of “O Holy Night” and “The First Noel.” Her version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is a standout, however.

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Nov 27

Country Stars Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

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Food takes center stage on Thanksgiving, and like us, country stars have their favorite dishes. For Dierks Bentley, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without turkey. For years, turkey duty fell to his father. Now that he has passed on, Bentley has stepped up to the carving plate.

“Thanksgiving is not possible without a turkey,” he said. “My dad’s always been the one to cook and carve it, but in years here recently, I’ve been taking over those duties. Big responsibility.”

Dierks and his family go the traditional route of roasting the turkey in the oven but a few years ago, they decided to drop the bird into a deep fryer. Deep-fried turkey earned the Dierks Bentley stamp of approval, but he’s happy to eat turkey any way it’s served.

“You really can’t cook a turkey wrong,” he said. “I’m gonna eat it any way, and I have over the years. Trust me, I’ve played a lot of county and state fairs, where I’ve seen gigantic turkey legs. I’ve had the flat meat. I’ve done turkey every way you could do it. I’m pretty good any way you want to cook it up, but you’ve got to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.”

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Jul 29

Alan Jackson Exhibit to Open at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open an exhibit celebrating Alan Jackson’s 25 years in country music on August 29. The Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country exhibit will run through March 2015. Jackson will also serve as the Museum’s next artist in residence, making him the first ever to serve in that capacity while also being the subject of an exhibit.

“This exhibit will be a rare treat for museum visitors,” Museum Director Kyle Young said. “Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years. This exhibit and his artist-in-residence shows this fall are not to be missed.” Continue Reading

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Jun 30

10 Country Stars Who Totally Rock the Cowboy Look

Great American Country is saddling up for a new show. The Highway Cowboys are a new breed of American heroes who volunteer to heard loose cattle threatening the safety of drivers along busy Texas roads. The new series debuts next Tuesday, July 8 at 10/9c, so we’re celebrating country stars who rock the cowboy look.

George Strait, the King of Country Music, is the epitome of a cowboy. Known for his signature cowboy hat and Wranglers, he’s now retired from touring, giving him more time to spend at his Texas ranch, working cattle, riding his favorite roping horses and spending time with his family.

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Kenny Chesney is more of an island cowboy than a Texas cowboy, but he’s rarely seen on stage without his cowboy hat.

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Jun 6

Alan Jackson Announces 25th Anniversary Tour

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Alan Jackson has announced his 25th Anniversary Tour. He was joined by several key people in his career at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday morning to make the announcement, which was emceed by radio personality Gerry House. Alan assures fans this is not a farewell tour.

“I don’t know what I’d retire from — I don’t work much now,” he said, adding that he plans to tour well into his later years. The 25th Anniversary Tour will kick off in the spring of 2015. Dates have not been announced. Continue Reading

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Feb 14

Alan Jackson & Darius Rucker Praise Their Wives

Alan Jackson & Darius Rucker Praise Their Wives

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This Valentine’s Day, Alan Jackson and Darius Rucker are praising their wives. Alan has been married to his wife Denise for more than thirty years, but their love for one another is as strong as ever.

“We got a lot of history together now, and we’re happier than we’ve ever been,” Alan said. “She’s still beautiful, and she’s always inspired songs. One of my early hits was a song called ‘I’d Love You All Over Again,’ I wrote for her for our 10th anniversary. There’s been a zillion songs that have pieces of our good days and bad days inspired, and they continue to.”

As for Darius, he didn’t have a doubt in his mind that he would marry wife Beth from the very beginning. He credits her with providing him with stability in the midst of his crazy career. Continue Reading

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Jan 29

Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album Still No. 1

Alan Jackson's The Bluegrass Album Still No. 1

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Alan Jackson’s first bluegrass project, aptly titled The Bluegrass Album, has been the bestselling bluegrass album for four straight months. Released September 24, the album has remained atop the Billboard Bluegrass Album Sales Chart since it hit stories. The album has also garnered critical acclaim from a number of major media outlets.

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Alan’s music video for “Blue Ridge Mountain Song,” a cut on The Bluegrass Album, has proven to be a fan favorite on Great American Country’s Top 20 Country Countdown. The video has spent a number of weeks at No. 1 since its release, including the last two weeks. The video features his daughter Ali making her solo acting debut. She previously appeared alongside her sisters Mattie and Dani in his 1992 “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” video.

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Jan 24

Alan Jackson Remains at No. 1 on Top 20

Alan Jackson Remains at No. 1 on Top 20

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Alan Jackson repeats No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Blue Ridge Mountain Song” this week as Luke Bryan takes over the second spot with his emotional “Drink A Beer” music video. Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away Medley” makes a big debut, coming in at No. 4, while Jason Michael Carroll’s latest video, “Close Enough,” debuts at No. 14.

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Plus, host Nan Kelley spent some time at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis for Country Cares for St Jude, the annual event started by Randy Owen for country radio and artists to come together to show their support of the hospital’s work. Nan visited with patients and chatted with Randy, Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, Sara Evans, Danielle Bradbery and more about the work the hospital is doing to save the lives of children.

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Alan Jackson – “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  2. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer”
  3. Keith  Urban w/Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
  4. Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away Medley”
  5. The Band Perry – “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”
  6. Danielle Bradbery – “The Heart of Dixie”
  7. Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”
  8. Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
  9. Gary Allan – “It Ain’t The Whiskey”
  10. Garth Brooks w/Trisha Yearwood – “The Call” Continue Reading

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Jan 17

Alan Jackson Returns to No. 1 on Top 20

Alan Jackson Returns to No. 1 on Top 20

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Alan Jackson is back at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Blue Ridge Mountain Song.” Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert and Danielle Bradbery round out the Top 3 as Luke Bryan and The Band Perry break into the Top 5. Zac Brown Band makes it into the Top 10 with “Sweet Annie” and Jennifer Nettles is back on the countdown with “That Girl.”

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Plus, Jennifer stopped by the studio to talk about her solo debut album, That Girl, available now, and her upcoming solo tour. Host Nan Kelley was on hand to count down this week’s Top 20 videos, all chosen by you!

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Alan Jackson – “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  2. Keith  Urban w/Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
  3. Danielle Bradbery – “The Heart of Dixie”
  4. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer”
  5. The Band Perry – “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”
  6. Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
  7. Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”
  8. Garth Brooks w/Trisha Yearwood – “The Call”
  9. Gary Allan – “It Ain’t The Whiskey”
  10. Zac Brown Band – “Sweet Annie” Continue Reading

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Jan 15

Old Crow Medicine Show & Holly Williams Added to MerleFest

Old Crow Medicine Show & Holly Williams Added to MerleFest

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Old Crow Medicine Show and Holly Williams have been added to MerleFest 2014, set for April 24-27 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music.

Old Crow Medicine Show got its start playing on street corners in New York state and through Canada. They ended up in Boone, North Carolina, where they caught the eye of Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He extended an invitation for them to play at MerleFest, helping launch their career. The band is set to perform as part of the Friday lineup. Continue Reading

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