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Mar 6

Eric Church Gets a Three-Peat on Top 20

Chase Bryant on Top 20 Country Countdown

Newcomer Chase Bryant joined Nan Kelley in the studio this week.

It’s three in a row for Eric Church on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, topping the charts again with “Talladega.” Florida Georgia Line jumped into No. 2 with “Sun Daze,” and new mom Carrie Underwood had not one, but two music videos in the Top 10. Plus, host Nan Kelley chatted with country newcomer Chase Bryant about his debut single, “Take It On Back.”

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  2. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  4. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  5. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  6. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  7. Thomas Rhett – “Make Me Wanna”
  8. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  9. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  10. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started” Continue Reading

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Mar 1

Not So Typical Broccoli Cheese Soup

One Pan Nan's Not So Typical Broccoli Soup

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

All right, it’s still freezing all around the country, so I’m sticking with homemade soup a little while longer because that’s what we want in this weather, right??  Every cook has a broccoli cheese soup recipe — it’s kinda like chili — it’s personal. But here’s a not so typical broccoli cheese soup option with some not so typical cast of characters. Carrots, for a really nice texture, a hint of nutmeg for some exotic sweetness, and red pepper flakes for just enough kick. Plus, this is for the slow cooker — and you know how I feel about that — put this on when you leave for work and dinner’s ready when you get back. Add some crusty bread, oyster crackers or just good ol’ saltines, and you’ll be nice and warm AND nice and full!

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Feb 27

Eric Church: Two Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

Eric Church's Talladega Still No. 1

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Eric Church made it two weeks at No. 1 with “Talladega” on this week’s Top 20 Country CountdownCarrie Underwood and Blake Shelton with Ashley Monroe once more rounded out the Top 3, with Katie Armiger returning to the countdown with “One Night Between Friends” coming in at No. 19. Plus, host Nan Kelley chatted with Rascal Flatts about their upcoming Vegas residency.

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  3. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  4. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  5. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  6. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  7. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  8. Thomas Rhett – “Make Me Wanna”
  9. Billy Currington – “Don’t It”
  10. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns” Continue Reading

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Feb 16

One Pan Nan: Italian Sausage Manicotti

One Pan Nan's Italian Sausage Manicotti Recipe

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley

When you have to have pasta, nothing else will do! The first time I had this, I went back for seconds. It’s one pan pasta perfection — delicious, impressive looking and a great idea for when company is coming. You can make the sauce ahead of time and keep it in the freezer. Mix up the cheese stuffing the day of, and put it all together when you’re ready to bake it. The manicotti doesn’t need to be cooked beforehand — cover the pan tightly in the oven and the steam does all the work. All that’s missing is garlic bread and a nice bottle of vino.

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Jan 30

Carrie Underwood Stays At No. 1 on Top 20

Nan Kelley Cohosts Top 20 Countdown with Barry Williams
Host Nan Kelley was joined by a special cohost for this week’s episode of Top 20 Country Countdown. Former child star Barry Williams helped her count down this week’s chart while discussing his new show, A Very Barry Branson. Premiering Thursday, February 5 at 9/8c on Great American Country, this new weekly series features Williams, perhaps best known as “Greg” from The Brady Bunch, as he launches a 1970s musical variety show in Branson, Missouri.

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On the countdown, Carrie Underwood kept her No. 1 streak alive with “Something In The Water, followed by Tim McGraw and Chris Young. Kenny Chesney made his countdown debut with “Til It’s Gone,” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze” returned to the chart.

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Jan 30

One Pan Nan: Blue Cheese Tomato Soup

Nan Kelley's Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

It is still very cold in certain parts of the country — I’m in Boston right now with 30 inches of snow on the ground and more coming down at this minute! My favorite cold weather lunch that takes away the chill every time is tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. Here’s an easy homemade tomato soup recipe that just might have you taking a break from the canned, condensed soup that we all love.

I found this recipe in a magazine about 10 years ago, tore it out and tucked it away with intentions of making it one day.  I finally made it, with a couple of tweaks, and I’m wishing I had done it years ago. This is restaurant quality and features tangy blue cheese and rich half-and-half, with a little red wine for added depth.  As a matter of fact, the original version IS from a restaurant in Wilmington, North Carolina — Front Street Brewery.
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Jan 16

Carrie Underwood Continues Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood's Something in the Water at No. 1

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Carrie Underwood continued her reign at No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, topping the charts once more with “Something In The Water.” Tim McGraw and Chris Young took the next two spots, while Florida Georgia Line returned to the countdown with “Sun Daze.” Thomas Rhett and Eric Church made their countdown debuts as well, coming in at No. 18 and No. 20, respectively.

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  3. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  4. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  7. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  8. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  9. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  10. Brett Eldredge – “Mean to Me” Continue Reading

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Jan 12

One Pan Nan: Taco Soup

Nan Kelley's Taco Soup Recipe

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

Nan Kelley’s Taco Soup

“I’m not sure about your neck of the woods, but here in Nashville, it’s nothin’ but cold. And on these chilly days, you’ve got to have a big pot of homemade soup on the stove. Here’s my recipe for a south-of-the-border meal to help fight off the freeze: Taco Soup.

I’ve made it several times since the fall and we love it!  A little bit of spice, a lot of flavor and something you can personalize — add more jalapeños to turn up the heat, substitute black beans for the pintos or throw some sliced avocado in the bowl when you’re ready to eat. A lot of families do taco night, so this is a perfect cold-weather substitute. Sure to warm you up and fill you up!”
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Jan 9

Carrie Underwood Tops First Top 20 of 2015

Carrie Underwood's Something in the Water Tops the Chart

Photo courtesy of CarrieUnderwoodOfficial.com.

The first Top 20 Country Countdown of 2015 is in the books! Carrie Underwood continued her run at No. 1 into the new year, topping the charts with “Something In The Water.” Chris Young kicked off the year strong, debuting at No. 2 on the countdown with “Lonely Eyes.” Blake Shelton, featuring Ashley Monroe, rounded out the Top 2 with “Lonely Tonight.” Plus, host Nan Kelley sat down with Lee Ann Womackto discuss her new album.

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  3. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  4. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  7. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  8. Lady Antebellum – “Freestyle”
  9. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  10. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light” Continue Reading

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Dec 19

Relive the Best Top 20 Moments of 2014

Nan Kelley at Santa's Workshop, Bass Pro Shops, Nashville

Photo courtesy of Bass Pro Shops, Nashville.

2014 was a great year on Top 20 Country Countdown! Host Nan Kelley traveled the country, playing golf with Darius Rucker, visiting Gatlinburg, and even stopping by Santa’s workshop. She interviewed some of the biggest stars, including Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes. And, of course, she counted down your choices for the Top 20 music videos each week.

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As 2014 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the best moments of Top 20, all while counting down this week’s music videos. Will Carrie Underwood make it another week at No. 1 with “Something In The Water?” Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out, and relive some of the best moments of the year!

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