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May 27

GAC Premieres Brad Paisley Concert Special May 29

Brad Paisley

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 07: Musician Brad Paisley performs onstage during the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards – ACM Fan Jam After Party at Orleans Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)

“I thought it would be the mission statement that basically said, ‘Here’s where we are, here’s where we’re going,’” Brad Paisley says of “Southern Comfort Zone,” his most recent No. 1 hit and the first single from his recently released Wheelhouse album.  “I think it sets the tone for where we’re going.”

The country star performs new music and chart-topping hits and gives fans a look at the staging for his Beat This Summer Tour Presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® in Brad Paisley Spins the Wheelhouse: Live in Vegas, a 90-minute special premiering Wednesday, May 29, 10 p.m./ET on Great American Country.

The concert was shot at The Orleans in Las Vegas where Brad and his band were surrounded by staging that featured spectacular lighting, special effects and animation. Many fans expressed themselves through hand-drawn signs, one of which earned a very young fan her own autographed acoustic guitar right off the back of the singer.

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“It was a special treat for GAC to get the first glimpse of Brad’s new tour and we’re excited to share it with viewers,” said GAC VP/Programming Suzanne Gordon. “Once again he’s put a lot of thought and imagination into his live show.”

Brad talks honestly about stepping behind the console to produce his latest album and to work without “supervision.”   Continue Reading


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Mar 27

GAC’s ACM Red Carpet Live Special Airs Sunday April 7

GAC hosts Suzanne Alexander, Storme Warren & Nan Kelley

GAC hosts Suzanne Alexander, Storme Warren & Nan Kelley. Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Great American Country (GAC) will be the only place on television to see all of the excitement of the Academy of Country Music Awards’ live red carpet arrivals in a format that has expanded to 90 minutes. ACM Red Carpet Live, Sunday, April 7, 6:30/5:30c will feature interviews with the top stars appearing on the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Hosts Suzanne Alexander, Nan Kelley and Storme Warren will chat with nominees from a variety of categories, asking the questions on viewers’ minds from what they’re wearing to what they enjoy most about the special night. “The ACM Red Carpet in Vegas is always one of the top star-studded and fun carpets of the year,” said GAC GM Sarah Trahern. “We decided to expand the live show to 90 minutes so fans can get more of the experience of being up close with the stars.”

GAC is also the place for exclusive and complete ACM Awards coverage – backstage interviews with winners, show highlights and memorable moments – on Headline Country, Thursday, April 11, 3/2c and Top 20 Country Countdown, Friday, April 12, 8/7c.


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Mar 8

Kimberly Schlapman Cooks with Craig Morgan & Gets Kissed by a Cow

Craig Morgan & Kimberly Schlapman

Inspired by a visit to one of the largest citrus groves in Central Florida, Kimberly Schlapman and guest Craig Morgan get their citrus on with a menu that makes the most out of these zesty flavors. Photo courtesy of Sandbox Entertainment.

From monster machines to kissing cows to citrus groves, the premiere of Season 2 of Kimberly’s Simply Southern has it all! Tune in Saturday, March 9 at 1P/12C. To kick off the first episode, Little Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman traveled to Florida to visit The Showcase of Citrus, a farm with over 70 varieties of citrus. Then she returned to Nashville armed with lemon, lime and orange-inspired recipes and welcomed Craig Morgan into her kitchen.

In this Saturday’s show, Kimberly and Craig will make chicken cutlets with lemon-herb butter; citrus salad with poppyseed-lemon vinaigrette; and citrus cake with key-lime glaze — which requires quite a bit of zesting (scraping the skin of the fruit).

What’s the secret to proper zesting? Continue Reading


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Jan 28

GAC Album Review: John Corbett’s Leaving Nothin’ Behind

John Corbett

John Corbett’s 2013 album, Leaving Nothin’ Behind. Photo by Bo Derek, courtesy of Funbone Records.

With an open sound stretching from loose country rock to roadhouse barn burners, actor/musician John Corbett heads straight for the Lone Star state on his second full-length album, Leaving Nothin’ Behind. The project, due in stores February 5, revels in Texas country tradition while helping John define a sound that may surprise fans of his TV and film roles in hits including Sex and the City and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Born in West Virginia and counting artists Elvis, Tom Petty and Waylon Jennings as heroes, John tapped Texan Jon Randall Stewart (Dierks Bentley, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to produce the project that emphasizes rich songwriting, the majority of which comes from the Longhorn State. In fact, only two songs on Leaving Nothin’ Behind come from outside the state of Texas, and the result is a laid-back collection full of acoustic guitars, soulful melodies and sharp narratives that blends influences ranging from Robert Earl Keen to The Eagles.

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Dec 28

Lisa King from Farm Kings Answers Fan Questions

Lisa King

Lisa King

GAC recently hosted a Facebook chat with Lisa King, matriarch of the King family from the hit series Farm Kings. From the first episode of Season 1, which introduced Lisa and her family, fans have wondered about her farm life, her immaculate flower gardens and of course, her relationship with her nine sons and one daughter.

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Before moving on to Season 2, we wanted to let fans spend some time with “Mama Bear” to ask her some questions. As expected, Lisa’s answers were as genuine and honest as we’ve come to know her to be on the show. If you missed the chat, we’ve got all the questions and answers for you right here!

How do you stay in such great shape and look so young after having 10 kids?
Lisa Rock)

Lisa King: You are so kind! I never sit and eat. I try to eat all healthy, meat & veggies. Sorry to say, the older we get the less we eat and the more we active we need to be. Being pregnant for 9 years total was enough weight to carry, with some of the babies weighing up to 10 1/2 lbs!

Mama King, what’s it like to have such a large family that lives, works together and has ever-growing success? And now that y’all are on TV, is it hard to get any real work done?
Rob Salyers)

LK: I have to be honest, I don’t think we think about it. And success will be when we are out of debt! In regards to the show, we had pause in our working day but it only made us make up for lost time & work harder. Frustrating, but worth it!

How did you instill such a strong sense of work ethic, responsibility, and family in your children? I have a hard time getting my kids off the couch and would love some advice.
Nancy Moore)

LK: It has to start at a young age, that is the key, but my advice is take away all hand controls and hide them. If they can use a computer they can do laundry. Even Ben Does. America is losing its work ethic. Try to get them involved with people like elderly and disabled people, at least once a week. Please be strong and use couch time as a reward. Your kids will always remember your strength.

What’s your favorite family tradition?
Amy DesOrmeaux)

LK: Christmas Eve is our happiest time to be together with the outdoors brought in and simple candles, lights, and a great meal. We have a longtime tradition of grab bag gifts with lots of hugs and kisses always shared with my brother John and family. We laugh and enjoy a whole lot of life that night.

What is a favorite memory you have of your kids when they weren’t doing something farm related?
Myra Edwards) Continue Reading


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Dec 13

Kimberly’s Simply Southern Renewed for Second Season

Kimberly Schlapman, host of Kimberly's Simply Southern

Kimberly Schlapman, host of the GAC series, Kimberly’s Simply Southern.

Kimberly’s Simply Southern, a one-of-a-kind cooking show featuring Little Big Town founding member Kimberly Schlapman, has been renewed for a second season on Great American Country (GAC).  New episodes begin airing in early spring.

The debut season found Kimberly traveling the country while on tour with Grammy-nominated Little Big Town and taking every opportunity to seek out culinary customs and treasures from across America.  Once back in her Nashville kitchen she was joined by family and some of her famous friends to create authentic southern meals combining her traditional family recipes with what she learned during her travels.

“I’m so thrilled that I’ve been given a second season of Kimberly’s Simply Southern,” said Kimberly. “This cooking show is a childhood dream of mine and I have to keep pinching myself to make sure it really has come true!  I look forward to many more adventures on the road and to more fun in the kitchen with my family and friends. Thanks for watching!”

Get holiday recipes from Kimberly >>

“Kimberly is as natural in front of the camera as she is in the kitchen,” said GAC SVP/GM Sarah Trahern.  “The audience loves her and we do, too.” Continue Reading


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Nov 5

Christmas With Scotty McCreery & Friends Airs on GAC December 1

l-r: Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer, Scotty McCreery & Gloriana

l-r: Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer, Scotty McCreery & Gloriana.

Scotty McCreery is already in the holiday spirit thanks to a recently released Christmas album and yesterday he gathered friends Gloriana, Jana Kramer and Brett Eldredge to tape Christmas With Scotty McCreery & Friends, a holiday special premiering Saturday, December 1 at 11p|10c on GAC.

Scotty isn’t the only one already in the spirit — so is his mom. Listen to Scotty reveal what his mom did in mid-October!

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Read our review of the Christmas With Scotty McCreery CD>>

During his special, Scotty performed Continue Reading


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Sep 26

Southern Living Teams with GAC on Hour-Long Tailgating Special

Southern Living and the Great American Country channel are teaming up to produce “The Southern Living Tailgating Playbook,” an hour-long TV special to air on Great American Country on Thursday, September 27 at 10 p.m. EST.  It will re-air many times throughout the fall football season.

This September, GAC captured interviews and footage of tailgating traditions on the Quad at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL during a game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, and at the Grove at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS during a game between Ole Miss and the University of Texas Longhorns. The show stars GAC host Nan Kelley, who hails from Mississippi, and Southern Living Test Kitchen Director Rebecca Kracke Gordon, a self-proclaimed Crimson Tide fan, who also writes a blog on tailgating.

“Our collaboration with Great American Country brings to life the passion and pageantry of tailgating in the South,” said Southern Living Editor Lindsay Bierman. “It allows millions of fans at home to go behind the scenes to experience the fun and excitement of game day on and around campus.”

This TV special rounds out the Southern Living brand’s extensive coverage of tailgating in the South. In the September issue, Southern Living featured many game day recipes and entertaining ideas. Continue Reading


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Jul 2

Eric Church Does It His Way on GAC’s Origins July 8

Eric Church

Eric Church photo by Ann-Marie Hensley, courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.

“I was going to find a way to make it work,” Eric Church says of his career plans in Origins: Eric Church, premiering Sunday, July 8, 9 p.m. Eastern on Great American Country (GAC). “And if it didn’t work, I was still going to be able to sleep at night. I stuck to my guns, right or not.”  After a slow, steady, focused build over more than seven years, it most certainly did work for the chart-topping singer/songwriter.

Eric’s story begins in Granite Falls, NC, and is told in this special by his parents, sister, wife, producer, manager, agent and his label’s former president.  Upon moving to Nashville, there were struggles to get heard followed by countless rejections before landing a record deal with Capitol Records Nashville. “It’s always been about him and the music,” said Mike Dungan, former CEO/president of Capitol Records Nashville.  “He’s just an incredible craftsman and comes to the table with maybe 40, 50 songs for every record he makes.”

He chose an unconventional path, opting to tirelessly hit the road and perform more than 200 dates per year in an effort to build a fan base. “You go out and you build it on the road before you get any of that other success. I mean, I still feel like all acts should have to do that,” he notes. One particular show that stands out in his memory is Amarillo, TX, where eight people – including the wait staff – were in attendance.

“Our plan’s always been different,” says Eric. “It was along the way that I think I found myself as a performer because I had to. We planted seeds with the music that turned to passion, which ended up turning into these crops down the line.” Defying the norm became his norm.

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Jun 28

GAC Announces “Living Country” Week

Storme Warren & Jake Owen

GAC host Storme Warren & Jake Owen host GAC's Top 20 Summer Soundtrack.

Whatever your 4th of July plans, GAC’s got you covered with Living Country Week, a full slate of fun, summertime programs for the whole family. Everything fans need to live country this summer — from favorite tunes to mouth-watering recipes to fun family travel – can be found in a variety of entertaining shows and specials.

Why limit the July 4th celebration to just one day?  The fun starts this Friday, June 29 at 8 p.m./ET, with a special Top 20 Country Countdown featuring host Nan Kelley, who is joined by co-hosting pals Suzanne Alexander and Bill Cody as they hit one of Nashville’s favorite boating spots to count down this week’s favorite music videos.

Continue to beat the heat with Top 20 Summer Soundtrack, Sunday July 1 at 8 p.m./ET as Jake Owen and Storme Warren hit the lake to count down the best summertime music videos as chosen by the experts — the fans.

A sampling of Living Country Week programming includes:  (all times Eastern)

June 30
4:30 p.m.  DIY Indoors Out.  Hosts Dean and Derek head to Trace Adkins’ rural one-room getaway to create a rustic, outdoor kitchen complete with patio, dining area and fireplace.

9 p.m.  Noteworthy at the Opry.  Independence Day is the perfect time to honor the heroic men and women of the U.S. military with performances by Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Kellie Pickler,  Montgomery Gentry and Ronnie Milsap.

July 1
4 p.m.  The Great Steak Cook-off.  Grilling teams compete at the World Championship Steak Cook-off in Magnolia, AR.

July 2
2:30 p.m.  Made in America.  It’s all about barbecues and classic desserts with a stop at the Weber Stephen Company, makers of Weber grills followed by an exploration into the origins of banana splits.

9 p.m.  RV 2012.  Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about RVs from the most luxurious, over the top coaches to toy haulers and trailers.  Get an insider’s look at the coolest, most loaded, high-tech options from the biggest RV show in the country.

July 3
11 p.m. Celebrity Motor Homes.  From Will Smith’s two million dollar mobile estate to Kellie Pickler’s customized shoe closet to Zac Brown’s mobile kitchen, these amazing motor homes are built for Hollywood’s elite.

Check out our On The Road section for all things RV-ing, plus travel tips and recipes >>

July 4
10:30 p.m. Patriotic Videos.  After the fireworks, sit back and relax with patriotic music videos from country music’s top stars.

Click HERE for a full listing of programs!


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