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Aug 18

One Pan Nan: Open-Faced Tomato Sandwich

Every week on Top 20 Country Countdown our host, Nan Kelley, counts down your favorite videos — but when she’s away from the studio, she’s likely to be found in her kitchen, creating healthy, delicious meals. Nan likes to keep it simple, cooking entire meals using only one pan. Her husband, Charlie, lovingly gave her the nickname “One Pan Nan,” and now that’s also the name of her new cookbook [get it HERE!]. We asked Nan to share some of her recipes with us, and this week, it’s an Open-Faced Tomato Sandwich.

“My mother-in-law Patricia is a great cook. I love going over to her house for supper because I love her and her cooking. This little open-faced, cheesy-bacon-tomato delight is one of her longtime staples. Charlie grew up on a farm in Maryland and Miss Pat says, “I used to make this sandwich all the time for lunch on the farm, and the guys loved it.”  Me too, Miss Pat.  It’s perfect for this time of year when all those delicious homegrown tomatoes are coming in!”

Miss Pat’s Open-Faced-Tomato Sandwich

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Aug 17

Sam Hunt Releases X2C Album Preview

Sam Hunt

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Sam Hunt released his X2C Album Preview EP digitally this week ahead of his full-length album, which is set to hit stores October 27. He put out the EP before his full album’s release date to give fans a preview of what’s to come.
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Aug 17

Love and Theft Announce Night That You’ll Never Forget Tour

Love and Theft

Love And Theft photo by Jeff Lipsky, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Love and Theft have announced their Night That You’ll Never Forget Tour, set to kick off October 16 in Portland, Maine. The tour will visit 25 cities before wrapping in Ogden, Utah, on December 20. Joel Crouse will join the tour for select dates with DJ Rod Youree and DJ DU appearing on select dates.
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Aug 16

Jerrod Niemann to Launch Get Your Buzz Back Tour

Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann photo by Jeremy Cowart, courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.

Jerrod Niemann has announced he will wrap up 2014 by launching his 15 city Get Your Buzz Back Tour. The tour kicks off October 24 in Myrtle Beach and will feature Chris Lane as special guest.
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Aug 15

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Reclaim No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

Photo courtesy 2014 ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood have reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Somethin’ Bad,” knocking Scotty McCreery to No. 2 with “Feelin’ It.” Danielle Bradbery rounds out the Top 3 with “Young in America,” while new videos from Maddie & Tae and Dan + Shay make their Top 20 debuts.

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  1. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Neal McCoy – “Can You Do This”
  6. Haley & Michaels“Just Another Love Song”
  7. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  8. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  9. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
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Aug 15

Brothers Osborne to Release Self-Titled EP on September 9

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Sibling duo Brothers Osborne will release their self-titled EP on September 9 through EMI Nashville. The release is the duo’s first and will give fans a taste of the band’s full-length album, expected out in early 2015.

The EP will feature the duo’s current single, “Rum.” The song’s video was shot in the their hometown of Deale, Maryland, and captures the life of the town’s locals using the duo’s longtime friends as main characters and extras. The Brothers Osborne will then hit the road with Eric Church’s The Outsiders World Tour on September 11.

Rolling Stone listed Brothers Osborne as one of “10 Artists You Need To Know.” For more information on the brother duo, visit


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Aug 14

Rascal Flatts Chooses Opening Acts Very Carefully

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts photo courtesy of BMLG.

Rascal Flatts is currently headlining their Rewind Tour with special guests Sheryl Crow and Gloriana. For the band, picking the right opening acts is a crucial part of any tour. They look for an act that is talented, but also one that has potential.

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Aug 14

Darius Rucker and Charlie Daniels to Take Part in SEC Storied

Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.

Charlie Daniels and Darius Rucker will join other singers, actors and athletes in SEC Storied. The documentary series will air on the new SEC Network, which launches on DISH Network and DIRECTV August 14. “The Stars Are Aligned” episode of the documentary series will feature 14 celebrities sharing their pasts, with each star representing a different college in the Southeastern Conference.

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Aug 14

Dierks Bentley Announces Second Leg of RISER Tour

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley photo by Nino Munoz, courtesy of The GreenRoom.

Dierks Bentley has announced the second leg of his 2014 RISER Tour. The 20-city run kicks off October 2 in Stockton, Calif., and features Randy Houser and Eric Paslay for the U.S. dates, with Houser and Canadian country artist Tim Hicks joining Bentley for Canadian tour dates.

“It’s going to be tough to top this summer, but every night I get more excited and don’t want this run to end,” Bentley said. “I’m just living in the moment as much as I can and taking it all in… It really has been the best summer of my life. I’m looking forward to having Randy, Eric and Tim out on the road for the next leg. All three of them are crazy talented.” Continue Reading


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Aug 13

Kenny Chesney Reveals Track Listing for The Big Revival

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Kenny Chesney has revealed the track listing for his new album, The Big Revival, set for release on September 23. The project includes 11 tracks, including Chesney’s latest single, “American Kids,” a collaboration with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski called “Don’t It,” and “Wild Child,” which features Grace Potter.

“There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs,” Chesney said. “That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind ’em how hardcore they really are, show ’em that and also show ’em that you know there’s more to ’em than people might think.” Continue Reading


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