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Oct 20

Miranda Lambert to Participate in Great American Dog-a-Thon

Miranda Lamber With Her Dogs

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It’s no secret that Miranda Lambert’s loves animals, particularly dogs. This Thanksgiving, she will join a number of celebrities as part of the Great American Dog-a-Thon on FOX to promote dog adoption. Hosted and executive produced by actress Hilary Swank, the two-hour show will feature dogs looking for their forever homes.

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“I have long been an advocate for animal adoption and know first-hand the immense joy a shelter animal brings to our lives,” Swank said. “Yet every year, more than four million animals are euthanized because of overcrowding in shelters.” Continue Reading

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Oct 18

Little Big Town Prepares to Release Pain Killer

Little Big Town

Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Little Big Town will release their highly anticipated new album, Pain Killer, on October 21. The band is proud of the project and hopes fans will love their new music as much as they do.

“I love this record so much,” Karen Fairchild said. “It is more than I could have ever hoped or dreamed. When we started, it was a painful process this time. I don’t know why…. it was a good process. It just wasn’t as easy as the other one.” Continue Reading

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Oct 18

The Best Pumpkin Desserts for Fall

There are tons of pumpkin dessert recipes out there. We understand it can be hard to narrow down a few (or even just one) to try. So, we’ve done the hard part for you — choosing. Below, we’ve rounded up our five favorite pumpkin treats that put us in the holiday state of mind. Is it too early for that? (Answer: Never.)

Pumpkin Cookies with Mulled Cider Cream Cheese Frosting

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Photo courtesy of Made+Remade, Ellen Foord.

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Oct 17

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Remain at No. 1 on Top 20

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Top 20 music video
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood remain at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown again this week with “Somethin’ Bad,” edging out “Neon Light” from Blake Shelton, which moved up to No.2. New videos from Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, and Brett Eldredge make their countdown debuts this week, plus Dustin Lynch fills in as this week’s host!

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  3. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  4. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  5. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  6. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  7. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  8. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  9. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
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Oct 17

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Homemade Miso Soup

On the first cool day of the fall season, as I contemplate dragging the stored boxes of my boots and sweaters back into my bedroom, I have to carefully consider the best course of action. I know that I am about to turn our bedroom into a disaster zone as I bid farewell to my summer wardrobe and eagerly wade through cashmere and Ugg® boots. I know that it is gonna drive my hubby crazy, and there is a good chance we may be forced to sleep in the spare bedroom tonight, because let’s get real, it might take me two days (maybe three) to finish my transitioning project. My bribery cap goes on, and I try to get ahead of the game.

I took off toward my favorite Asian market first thing in the morning and grabbed the goods needed to surprise him with his favorite soup, Miso. This takes 20 minutes to whip up, tastes even better than the soup at those hibachi spots and is my prepaid guarantee that I’ll get a hall pass on my latest project. Any ideas on what I should make him when I ask him to build me that wall unit I’ve got my eye on?

Krystal Keith's Homemade Miso Soup

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

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Oct 16

Eric Church Extends The Outsiders World Tour Into 2015

Eric Church and The Outsiders

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Eric Church has extended his The Outsiders World Tour into 2015. Church officially announced he will kick off the second leg of his massive tour on January 8 in New Orleans. He will wrap the first leg on December 13 with a show in Birmingham, Ala.

“We come from bars and clubs,” he said. “I miss that intimacy. That’s what you always try to grab. The bigger the room, the smaller you want that room to feel. You used to be able to fit everyone at one of our shows in those end-stage pits. That was the entire crowd. I want everybody in that place to feel like they were there, to feel like they were in that that small room. That they experienced something, that they felt something, that they are always going to go and tell people that ‘that show was spiritual to me. I felt it.’”

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Oct 16

Blake Shelton to Return for Season 8 of The Voice

Blake Shelton Will Host Season 7 of The Voice

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Team Blake fans, rejoice! Blake Shelton will return as a coach for season 8 of NBC’s The Voice. On Tuesday, The Voice shared the news on its Twitter account. “OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Say HELLO to your Season 8 coaches! @adamlevine @Pharrell @xtina @blakeshelton#TheVoice,” the announcement read.

A Shelton-coached contestant has won The Voice three times. Shelton coached a number of rising country stars on the show, including Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, The Swon Brothers and RaeLynn. This season, he invited his pals Little Big Town to serve as Team Blake advisers. Taylor Swift will also act as an adviser during Season 7. Continue Reading

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Oct 16

Great American Country, Popular Photography Launch $5,000 Contest

Hunt for Americana Photo Contest
Here at Great American Country, we’re all about American nostalgia. We love a classic cross-country road trip in a vintage camper, sprawling landscapes, weathered barns, and good ol’ comfort food. In this fast-paced world, we catch ourselves longing for a piece of the past.

But we have a feeling we aren’t alone in our fascination with historical America. In fact, we want to see what your Americana looks like. That random picture you snapped of a retro motel from the ’50s might just earn you a 1-year freelance, $5,000 contract and a 5-year subscription to Popular Photography magazine. Beginning October 15, enter our Hunt for Americana photo contest for a chance to be one of four Grand Prize winners!

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Oct 16

Angaleena Presley’s Childhood Inspired “American Middle Class”

Angaleena Presley

Angaleena Presley photo courtesy of CMA.

Angaleena Presley may be best known as one-third of Pistol Annies, alongside her famous friends Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, but Presley’s life wasn’t always so glamorous. Born a coal miner’s daughter in Beauty, Ky., her new single, “American Middle Class,” from her debut solo project by the same name, is a story inspired by her own childhood. While not as poverty-stricken as most folks in Beauty, her family still had what she calls a “fake it until you make it” mentality.

“It was, ‘OK, we beat poverty, but we’re still right beside it,” she told Rolling Stone Country. “We’ve got one foot out and, by God, we’re not going back. My mom used to take a razor blade … go to the dollar store and get me a pair of white shoes and hot glue a Keds sign to the back of my shoes so that people thought I was all hoity-toity with my Keds. The poverty monster was just right outside our door, and that was just one of those things that she would do to keep it at bay.” Continue Reading

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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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