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Apr 4

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman’s New Kitchen

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman's New Kitchen

Kimberly’s Simply Southern host Kimberly Schlapman recently gave Great American Country a tour of her new kitchen. Photo by Joe Hardwick.

When season 3 of Kimberly’s Simply Southern premieres Monday, April 7 at 4/3c, you’ll notice something different about the set. Little Big Town member Kimberly Schlapman is still the host — but unlike the first two seasons, she’s now filming the show in her own kitchen. Kimberly and her husband Stephen recently more than doubled the size of their kitchen, turning a former guest bedroom and bathroom into a gorgeous, “rustic meets calm” space. She invited us over to check it out.

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“We’ve been in our house almost 8 years,” says Kimberly. “When we moved, we loved everything about it except for the kitchen. It was really, really small. We always knew we wanted to renovate and put a kitchen somewhere. Before, we called this area ‘Paw Paw’s Room’ because that’s where my parents stayed when they came to visit.

“My husband had the idea to put the kitchen there,” she continues. “He drew up the plans. We had to get an architect involved because we took out a load-bearing wall. We had to put columns in behind the cabinets to support the weight of the upstairs. But we knew what we wanted and we got a cabinet maker to help us with the logistics. And then we brought the cooking show producer in to say, ‘This is what we want – but where should we put the oven? Where should we put the stove?’ to help us know the best angle to shoot from. And the head camera man came over too, to help us decide where to put things.”

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman's New Kitchen

Kimberly’s window herb garden, designed by her husband Stephen. Photo by Joe Hardwick.

When it comes to Kimberly’s favorite things about her new kitchen, the list is long but includes the thriving herb garden sitting in a sun-filled kitchen window (Stephen’s idea); the coffee maker she found on eBay; her “splurge” — an ice maker; the farm sink she always wanted; and pull-out pantry shelves. One must-have — a refrigerator hidden behind cabinet doors — is loved by everyone except Kimberly’s 6 1/2-year-old daughter, Daisy.

“It’s not magnetic so she can’t put her art up on the refrigerator,” says Kimberly. “I would’ve done something about it, like had one panel magnetic or something. On our old refrigerator, she had her artwork all over it. But I didn’t think about it; I just wanted cabinet doors on the refrigerator.  So she’s mad at me about that,” she laughs. “But I do love the hidden refrigerator!”

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman's New Kitchen

Throughout the kitchen you’ll find pieces of pottery made by Kimberly’s father. Photo by Joe Hardwick.

In addition to the new favorites, Kimberly’s kitchen is a home for her many family heirlooms and treasured flea market finds. She’s especially sentimental about several homemade pieces, including pottery made by her father and a dining room bench made by Stephen.

“I would so much rather have something that someone that I know and love made than go to the store,” says Kimberly.

Spilling out of every cabinet door are stories — tales of her vintage finds and dishes lovingly passed down by previous generations. For Kimberly, the new kitchen is a showcase not only for the new season of Kimberly’s Simply Southern, but for the many happy memories of growing up cooking with her family — and the perfect setting for the memories yet to be made.


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Mar 21

Carrie Underwood Continues Her No. 1 Run on Top 20

Carrie Underwood Continues Her No. 1 Run on Top 20

Carrie Underwood photo by James White, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Carrie Underwood remains at No. 1 for another week on Top 20 Country Countdown with her “Blown Away Medley!” Blake Shelton moves into No. 2 with his latest video, “Doing What She Likes” while Little Big Town jumps up to No. 3 with their “Sober” video. Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan make their countdown debut with “This Is How We Roll,” coming in at No. 20.

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Plus, it’s basketball season on Top 20! Host Nan Kelley got into the b-ball spirit by heading to Atlanta, Georgia for some one-on-one time with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s the Property Brothers also dropped by the court to join in on the fun!

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. Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away Medley”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Doin’ What She Likes”
  3. Little Big Town – “Sober”
  4. Katie Armiger – “Safe”
  5. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer”
  6. Keith  Urban – “Cop Car”
  7. Gary Allan – “It Ain’t The Whiskey”
  8. Keith  Urban w/Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
  9. Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
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Mar 20

New Season of Kimberly’s Simply Southern Premieres on Great American Country April 7

New Season of Kimberly's Simply Southern Premieres on Great American Country April 7

Kimberly Schlapman photo courtesy of Sandbox Entertainment.

Kimberly’s Simply Southern, the sizzling one-of-a-kind cooking show featuring TASTE Award-winning host Kimberly Schlapman–a founding member of Grammy-winning band Little Big Town–heats up this spring with a third season featuring 13 new episodes from Kimberly’s newly-renovated kitchen. Kimberly’s Simply Southern premieres Monday, April 7, 2014 at 4p ET/PT on Great American Country.

The new season spotlights Kimberly’s lifelong passion for making sumptuous yet simple homecooked recipes with her family and friends back home, using local culinary finds from all corners of the country. In each episode of the hit series, Kimberly hops off the tour bus while on the road with her platinum-selling, award-winning country band to discover America’s best local foods, ingredients, culinary customs and treasures.

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Once back in her Nashville kitchen, Kimberly is joined by family and celebrity guests to create authentic Southern cuisine combining her traditional family recipes with the ingredients and cooking techniques she has learned during her travels. Among Kimberly’s friends who stop by to chat, chop and chow down in season three are Amy Grant, Jewel, Wynonna Judd, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Billy Currington, Kix Brooks and Keifer and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square. Kimberly’s closest family and friends return in season three, as well, including her husband, Steve, their daughter, Daisy Pearl, and her fellow bandmates from Little Big Town: Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet.

“It’s so hard to believe that this will be the third season of Kimberly’s Simply Southern,” exclaimed Schlapman. “It seems like just yesterday that we kicked it all off with some lobster fishing and a celebration with Little Big Town! I’ve had so much fun these last two years! Season three is even more exciting for me because I got to film it in my new kitchen, and I was able to cook with people I’ve admired for a long time. I learned a ton along the way and can’t wait to share my latest adventures and new recipes with everybody.”

“Kimberly’s passion for exploring and celebrating everything America has to offer makes her a natural fit for Great American Country,” said Suzanne Gordon, vice president of programming for Great American Country. “Our audiences love the opportunity to see her in the field hunting for ingredients, learning about regional foods, then cooking in the kitchen. This series combines the best of both worlds.”

In the new season premiering April 7, Kimberly gets hands on with some bees at a world-famous honey farm in Georgia; learns the secrets behind one of Nashville’s signature dishes, the spicy hot chicken, while also competing in a fiery eat-off; sets sail to fish Miami’s blue waters; goes shrimping in the Louisiana bayou; churns an apple cider in a Connecticut forest; learns the art of making sheep cheese, and much more.

Kimberly’s varied and authentic experiences inspire new twists and flavors in her dishes, including honey baked ham, Georgia caviar, blackened Mahi Mahi, cornbread muffins with Cajun butter, apple cider cake with apple cider caramel sauce, biscuit-topped beef stew, jerk chicken, homemade salted caramel ice cream, hot cheese bread, and fried green tomatoes with barbecue buttermilk.

Critics and fans alike adore the Great American Country series and its charming host. Following the successful second season of Kimberly’s Simply Southern, host Kimberly Schlapman was named “Best Home Chef in a Series” by the TASTE AWARDS (also known as the TASTY Awards), which recognizes excellence in culinary and lifestyle programs, series and films across platforms including television, mobile, theaters, radio and the internet.

Kimberly’s Simply Southern is produced by Al Roker Entertainment for Great American Country. For recipes and more information, log on to


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Feb 28

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Blake Shelton and Usher have a moment while watching The Voice, Brad Paisley plays Nashville, Taylor Swift has a beach day with Lorde, and Cole Swindell and Thomas Rhett might be living out Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk On A Plane” song from his new album. Plus, Little Big Town encounters King George! Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Little Big Town with George Strait

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Little Big Town – LittleBigTown: Freaking out. @GeorgeStrait #cowboyridesaway

Usher – Usher: Maybe we should rotate your chairs @adamlevine & @blakeshelton so you can be closer together #Meant2Be

Blake Shelton – BlakeShelton: .@usher I put that request in 5 seasons ago… I think they separate us for a reason #CantSeparateLove #SexiestManAlive


Carrie Underwood & Danielle Bradbery

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Danielle Bradbery – DBradbery: There are moments that you’ll embrace for the rest of your life and this was one of them, such a blessing  Continue Reading


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Feb 16

Watch Little Big Town’s “Sober” Music Video

Watch Little Big Town's "Sober" Music Video

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Little Big Town has released the music video for their new single, “Sober.” Shot throughout their tour last year, the clip includes footage from their live shows as well as intimate backstage moments. The song about being drunk on love hits especially close to home for Kimberly Schlapman.

“I have experienced what it means to lose the love of your life,” Kimberly told “And I’ve experienced what it feels like to love again after great loss, so this song touches me so deeply in my heart.”

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Feb 14

Little Big Town Shares Their Love Stories

Little Big Town Shares Their Love Stories

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

The members of Little Big Town have had their share of love and loss over the years. Kimberly Schlapman’s first husband, Steven Roads, died from a heart attack in 2005. When she fell in love with her husband Stephen Schlapman, it was the last thing she expected. They were old friends who bonded over losing people close to them.

“We had both been through similar losses,” she said. “He hadn’t lost a mate but he had lost a close friend, so we kind of bonded over that. I grieved at him a lot. He took my grief, I had a lot of grief left, and he just took it and listened and accepted it and was so understanding and let me talk about my late husband all the time. We still talk about him a lot, and he’s totally fine with it. Continue Reading


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Feb 1

Eric Paslay Shares Special Song with Little Big Town on Debut Album

Eric Paslay

Eric Paslay photo by Eric Adkins, courtesy of the CMA.

Eric Paslay will release his self-titled debut album on February 4. One of the highlights on the album is “Country Side of Heaven” which features Little Big Town on background vocals. Eric first played the song after an appearance on Kimberly’s Great American Country cooking show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern.

“We just stood there with our hands in our pockets just looking at the speaker playing, but it was cool,” he said. “I know that she has lost really close people in her life, and I think that’s what music is for. It’s one of the best medicines, even if you’re completely broken-hearted, it somehow can get you through your tough stuff. I know that’s definitely true to my life, how music can help you overcome things.” Continue Reading


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Jan 24

Eli Young Band Learns Parenting Tips from Little Big Town

Eli Eli Young Band Learns Parenting Tips from Little Big Town

Eli Young Band photo courtesy of Republic Nashville.

Eli Young Band’s family has grown by two babies over the last year. Mike Eli’s daughter Kline is a year and a half old and Jon Jones’ son, Hudson, is one. The band has learned a lot about touring with kids by watching their pals Little Big Town transition from the tour bus to the stage and back again.

“We’ve been on two different tours with them, and the first time when they just pretty much had newborns,” Jon said. “And now they’re running around and it looks like a playground explodes out of their bus every time it stops. They’re all on the bus together and they make it work, and it’s very seamless.” Continue Reading


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Jan 17

Kimberly’s Simply Southern Host Kimberly Schlapman Wins Taste Award

Kimberly's Simply Southern Host Kimberly Schlapman Wins Taste Award

Kimberly Schlapman photo courtesy of Sandbox Entertainment.

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman took home the award for “Best Home Chef in a Series” last night at the 5th Annual Taste Awards in Los Angeles for her Great American Country cooking show Kimberly’s Simply Southern. The award show honors the year’s best in food, fashion and lifestyle programs on television, film, online and radio.

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“Looking back on the memories of me as a little girl standing at our kitchen counter pretending to have my own cooking show makes this award such an honor and privilege to receive,” said Kimberly.  ”Thank you so much to the Taste Awards and to the fans who took the time to vote for me and make this dream come true! I am so very grateful.”

Kimberly’s Simply Southern is currently filming season 3 and is expected to premiere this spring on Great American Country. Visit our show section for videos, photos and recipes >>


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Jan 14

Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw & Keith Urban to Headline Faster Horses Festival

Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw & Keith Urban to Headline Faster Horses Festival

Miranda Lambert photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville

Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban will headline the second annual Faster Horses Festival in the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan. Set for July 18-20, the festival will also feature Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge, Joe Diffie, Jana Kramer, Ashley Monroe, Parmalee, Cassadee Pope, Dan + Shay, Dee Jay Silver, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell and Austin Webb.

“We were completely blown away by the response last year and it’s pushing us to keep making it bigger and better,” Brian O’Connell, Creator of Faster Horses Festival and Live Nation President of Country Touring, said. “With this festival and Watershed out in Washington, we are focused on giving the fans a unique experience unlike anything out there. Beyond the stellar list of artists, we also have late night jams, water slides, huge swings, nine different camping grounds and even horse vaulting. If the fans keep showing up, we’ll keep trying to surprise them with whatever crazy ideas we come up with next.” Continue Reading


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