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Oct 15

Jason Aldean Holds 9th Annual Concert for the Cure

Jason Aldean's 2014 Burnin' It Down Tour

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Jason Aldean’s ninth annual Concert for the Cure took place in Detroit, Mich., on October 11. The concert raised $660,909 for Susan G. Komen and breast cancer research. The stop was part of his headlining Burn It Down Tour.

“We always try and have a lot of fun with our Komen show each year,” Aldean said. “It isn’t just about raising money to help find a cure, it’s also about celebrating everyone who is going through treatment now and those who’ve been able to beat the disease.” Continue Reading

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Oct 15

Toby Keith Announces New Album, Releases New Single

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Toby Keith has new music in the works. He announced his new album, 35 MPH Town concurrent with the release of his lead single, “Drunk Americans.” Keith has yet to set a release date for the album.

“I just wanted to go kind of retro,” he said of the song. “It sounds like ‘I Love This Bar’ and ‘American Ride’ had a child, and ‘Beers Ago’ is their drunk uncle.” Continue Reading

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Oct 15

New Series A Very Barry Branson Slated for 2015 on Great American Country

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Barry Williams of the iconic American TV show The Brady Bunch is headed to Branson, Missouri to start his own 1970s-influenced musical variety show. The series, titled A Very Barry Branson, is in production now and will premiere in 2015 as six half-hour episodes.

Great American Country follows Williams as he gets to know the locals of Branson while creating and promoting his stage show. Williams takes inspiration from fellow Branson entertainers, The Haygoods, a family band of five brothers and one sister. Williams also hosts former TV co-stars (yes, that means former Bradys) in Branson.

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Oct 14

Jerrod Niemann Marries In San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jerrod Niemann Marries Morgan Petek

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Congratulations to Jerrod Niemann and his new wife, Morgan Petek! The couple got married on Sunday, October 12 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, reports People. The ceremony was held at sunset in Castillo de San Cristobal, a historic Spanish fort that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

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“I’m looking forward to seeing what the world has in store for us as a married couple,” Niemann told People. Instead of wedding gifts, the couple asked that donations be made to Niemann’s nonprofit, Free the Music USA, which provides musical instruments to children who can’t afford them and donates to music-based charities. Continue Reading

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Oct 14

Taylor Swift Named Billboard’s Woman of the Year

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Taylor Swift has been named Billboard’s 2014 Woman of the Year and is the first artist to receive this honor twice. The award is given to a female artist who “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation over the past twelve months.”

“As one of the most influential artists of her generation, Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Billboard charts,” Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, said. “Over the course of her career, she’s charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 — the most of any female artist since her debut in 2006. We are tremendously excited to be honoring her as the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year for the second time.” Continue Reading

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Oct 13

The Santa Train Announces Amy Grant as Special Guest

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On November 22, the Santa Train will embark on its 72nd journey through Kentucky, Virgina and Tennessee. This year, Amy Grant joins Santa and his friends on the 110-mile route through the Appalachian region. Along the way, Santa and volunteers distribute more than 15 tons of donated gifts to children and families.

“I’m incredibly excited to be the celebrity guest on this year’s Santa Train,” Grant said. “It’s important to give back to the community, especially during the holidays, and I’m glad I can help.” Continue Reading

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Oct 13

Brantley Gilbert Talks About His Parents’ Support

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These days, Brantley Gilbert’s parents are his biggest supporters – not to mention his biggest fans, but it took a while for them to come around to the idea of a career in music. Gilbert admits he wasn’t a saint when he was younger and, looking back, he knows some of the choices he made back then played a part in why his parents weren’t excited about his career path.

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“I think if I was a parent and I were to catch my son, if he was supposed to be playing at a praise and worship convention and you show up and he’s at a bar in downtown Jefferson, which is amazingly stupid at 1:30 in the morning…,” he said. “But yeah, they walked in and caught me.” Continue Reading

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Oct 12

Eric Church Says “Talladega” is Not About Auto Racing

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Eric Church’s new single, “Talladega,” has a misleading title. One might assume the song is about auto racing’s hair-raising crashes and speeds in excess of 200mph. “It has nothing to do with that,” Church told Billboard. “That is nothing more than the avenue through which the commentary took place. It’s really about life.”

The song takes a look back at some of Church’s favorite memories. “NASCAR was as hot as any sport back in the ’90s, and it was a thing where a group of your buddies go take stuff, tents, camp out, stay a few days, walk back and forth to the track,” he said. “We actually lost the damn car, you know; you’re so far away. I can’t tell you who won the race, but I could tell you all the experiences we had in a two- or three-day period.” Continue Reading

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Oct 12

Texas Antique Weekend, Y’all!

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The Great American Country team headed to Texas Antique Weekend, which was held October 1-6. If you’ve never been to this incredibly large, awesome flea market-type event…it is well worth it! Go. Really. You’ll want to make plans for 2015 now.

Here’s the deal: Twice a year the huge empty fields around Round Top, Texas, welcome thousands of vendors with the most amazing finds ever. From jewelry and furniture to funky clothing and giant metal letters, there is so much to look through, it will make your head spin.

My DH (darling husband) would love it, as he’s the picker-type guy, but the event also makes for a perfect girls’ trip. If you go, you MUST stop in to see Great American Country stars, the Junk Gypsies. Their World Headquarters are located in Round Top, and you can shop for T-shirts, jewelry, home décor, you name it. The ladies are often around the store, which is a great celebrity sighting! They’re so nice and friendly!

Junk Gypsy Amie Sikes at Texas Antique Weekend

Amie Sikes, one of the stars of Great American Country’s Junk Gypsies, meets a fan at Texas Antique Weekend.

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Oct 11

DIY Halloween Decor: Candy Corn Wine Bottles

Stop hoarding the empty wine bottles; you’re not in college anymore. (But if you are a coed, seriously, just recycle already or try this DIY project.) Instead, create something beautiful and useful, like this simple Halloween DIY project – candy corn wine bottles. Arrange them with pillar candles of various heights and mini-pumpkins for a festive fall tablescape or fireplace mantel vignette. For the full instructions, head over to PopSugar.

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