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Jun 12

“Girl Crush” Goes Five Weeks At No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town

It’s five weeks at No. 1 for Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” on the Top 20 Country Countdown! The song topped the countdown again this week, with Blake Shelton and Keith Urban with Eric Church, rounding out the Top 3. Plus, new videos from Brad Paisley and Chris Young made their countdown debuts, and Billy Currington stopped by to chat about his new music. Continue Reading


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Jun 11

5 of Nashville’s Best Food Trucks

If you don’t have time to stop at one of our favorite restaurants when you’re in Nashville, head for one of the local food trucks. Parked in and around Music City and featuring a variety of fare, they make eating on the go a piece of cake (or a cone of ice cream?). Here are our Top 5 picks.

The Grilled Cheeserie Food Truck

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Jun 10

It’s National Iced Tea Day!

Teavana Pineapple Berry Blue Iced TeaPhoto courtesy of Starbucks

Southerners and iced-tea-lovers, today is your lucky day. Not only is June 10th National Iced Tea Day, but the entire month of June celebrates this refreshing summer drink. You couldn’t ask for a better excuse to brew a batch of your favorite tea.

In honor of the holiday, Teavana is giving out free 16-ounce cups of their Pineapple Berry Blue iced tea. The blend combines citrus, berry and floral flavors to make for a sweet, invigorating tea that’s perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up or al fresco luncheon.

Or take the DIY approach and make your own version of the Pineapple Berry Blue iced tea with Kimberly Schlapman‘s recipe for Blueberry Half and Half. Trying to cut down your sugar intake? The Little Big Town singer also has a great recipe for Skinny Southern Sweet Tea. Both drinks pair well with lazy summer afternoons spent on the porch swing.



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Jun 9

Barnwood Builders Marathon on June 11

Catch up on all of your favorite barn transformations during Great American Country’s Barnwood Builders marathon on Thursday, June 11 starting at 5/4. In celebration of the show’s return, we rounded up the best, most beautiful barns-turned-homes. Take a look!

Idaho Barn HomeThis sprawling Idaho home was once a run-down barn.
Hard to believe now, isn’t it?
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Jun 9

5 Backyard Party Ideas

Patriotic Panna Cotta Shooters

Patriotic Panna Cotta Shooters

Now that it’s June and only a few weeks from the official start of summer, it’s time to kick off backyard barbecues and cookouts. Whether you are celebrating a graduation, the Fourth of July, a birthday or throwing a party ‘just because’, here are 5 fun ideas to spruce up your summer soiree. Continue Reading


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Jun 8

6 Places To See The Real Mississippi

Mississippi isn’t just a tricky state to spell, it’s Elvis’ birthplace and a state full of history, blues and a laid-back attitude. From the King of Rock and Roll to award-winning authors, blues clubs and museums, the Magnolia State has a lot to offer. Here are some of our must-stop locations.

Mississippi "A Cast of Blues" Dorothy Moore

Blues musician Dorothy Moore

“A Cast of Blues” Lifecasts
Made from damp gauze and plaster, exact replicas of the faces of blues musicians are on display in Ewing Hall at Delta State University, located in Cleveland, Miss. The ”Cast of Blues” collection was created by blind artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson and features 55 three-dimensional faces.

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Jun 6

6 Restaurants to Visit During CMA Music Festival

If you’re heading to Nashville for this year’s CMA Music Festival, be sure to stop by Great American Country in the HGTV Lodge from June 11-14 for free performances and meet-and-greets featuring Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Kip Moore. And in between all that good country music, quash your hunger at some of our favorite Nashville eateries.

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Jun 5

Must-Have Wedding Day Photos

Wedding Photography: Bridal Portrait

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Now two weeks out from my wedding day, everything is finally falling into place. We finalized the guest list, perfected the program and got the marriage license (important!). I also recently met with my photographer to discuss a wedding day shot list. Photos, in my opinion, are the most important part of the day. Chances are, the reception and ceremony will fly by, leaving me wondering if any of it happened at all, which is why great photos are so crucial — to remind me that no, my wedding wasn’t a dream.

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Jun 5

“Girl Crush” Goes Four Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

Little Big Town

Make that four weeks at No. 1 for Little Big Town on the Top 20 Country Countdown! The band’s “Girl Crush” topped the countdown again this week with Blake Shelton, Keith Urban with Eric Church, and Miranda Lambert rounding out the Top 3. Plus, Brantley Gilbert returned to the countdown with “One Hell of an Amen.”

Try today’s featured recipe from
“One Pan Nan” and tell her what you think:

Pineapple-Basil Infused Water »

Cast your votes and then take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart

  1. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  3. Keith Urban w/ Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
  4. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
  5. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”
  6. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  7. Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter – “Wild Child”
  8. Tyler Farr – “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”
  9. Tim McGraw – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
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Jun 3

Pineapple-Basil Infused Water

My One Pan Nan recipe today is from a two-fold inspiration. I recently got a little package in the mail from one Carrie Underwood. She has a new workout clothing line called CALIA, and thanks to her, I’m the coolest-looking jogger on my road in these cute floral capris and matching headband!

Nan Kelley's Pineapple Basil Infused Water Recipe

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley

She also sent a very clever infuser water bottle. Great idea…. Water on the go, and tasty water, to boot. So, it got me thinking — CMA Music Fest is right around the corner, with tens of thousands of folks in this city, and it’s going to be hot. You country music fans will need to stay hydrated, and NOT just from adult libations. Continue Reading


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