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Sep 11

Carrie Underwood Producing TV Series Based on “Two Black Cadillacs”

Carrie Underwood - Two Black Cadillacs TV Series

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Carrie Underwood may not be touring this fall, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t keeping busy. Rolling Stone reports Underwood is teaming up with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ildy Modrovich to executive produce a six-hour television series based on her hit song, “Two Black Cadillacs.” Set to air on FOX, the series is set in the modern-day South and tells the story of a wife and mistress who work together to murder a cheating husband.

“One’s the wife, one’s the one he’s messing around with — and you root for them both, because it’s not their fault,” Underwood said. “He’s lying to both of them. They figure it out, and what do they do about it? They kill him! And the first time they meet is at the funeral. There’s two black Cadillacs, and you think maybe that’s the car he bought for both of them. It’s dark, it’s stormy, it’s dramatic — it’s like a soap opera.” Continue Reading

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Sep 11

One Pan Nan: Thyme Chicken and Shallots Saute

nan-kelley-thyme-chicken-shallots 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 Thyme Chicken with Shallots Saute. nan-kelley-thyme-chicken-shallots

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Sep 11

Scripps Networks Interactive Salutes the Medal of Honor Recipients

Great American Country’s parent company, Scripps Networks Interactive, hosted a special luncheon Sept. 10 to salute Medal of Honor recipients, and joined Comcast Communications in welcoming the heroes to Knoxville, Tenn., for the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention.

Medal of Honor Knoxville, Scripps Networks Interactive

Along with the recipients and their families, SNI and Comcast employees who have served in the military took part in the event.

The Medal of Honor is the highest military award, bestowed upon individuals for extraordinary acts of valor, above and beyond the call of duty.

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Sep 11

America Remembers 9/11

September 11 Memorial Services

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It’s hard to believe 2014 marks the 13th anniversary since the Twin Towers in New York City fell. Designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance by Congress in 2009, September 11 continues to hold a special place in Americans’ hearts. Across the nation, cities hold memorial services, marathons and ceremonies to honor those who fought, died and survived the attack. Special events are being held at the three crash sites, New York City, Shanksville, Penn., and Washington, D.C., this year:

New York City, N.Y. – For the first time since its completion, the September 11 Memorial will be open to the public from 6 p.m. to midnight on the commemorative date. Visitors will get a unique view of the Tribute in Light, twin beams that shine four miles into the sky from the roof of a building adjacent to the memorial. The beams are reportedly visible from 25 miles away.

Shanksville, Penn. – The Flight 93 National Memorial honors the crew and passengers on the tragic September 11 flight. This year, the Congressional Medal of Honor will be on public display for the first time as part of the Flight 93 National Memorial ceremony. On September 10, 40 lanterns will be placed under the Wall of Names as a silent reminder of those who died.

Washington, D.C. – The Pentagon Memorial commemorates the lives lost at the Pentagon and on the flight during the terrorist attacks. While the memorial is open 24/7, special services will be held for family members of the victims on September 11.  Also, the 5th Annual Police, Fire and Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K Run on September 6 will the victims of September 11.

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Sep 10

Tim McGraw Gives 100th Veteran a Mortgage-Free Home

Tim McGraw joined forces with Chase and Operation Homefront to give mortgage-free homes to service members who were wounded or needed assistance. Two years ago, McGraw’s goal was to give away 25 homes. However, he gifted his 100th home in mid-August during a show in Texas.

“It’s a night I’m proud to say, with Operation Homefront and Chase, we’ve given away our 100th home to a veteran,” McGraw said before calling recipients, BJ and Brooke Frachiseur, to the stage.

Tim McGraw: Operation Homefront

Tim McGraw with BJ and Brooke Frachiseur. Photo Source: www.nbcnews.com

BJ spent eight years in the Army, serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Because the family didn’t qualify for a VA loan, they were forced to move in with Brooke’s mother. The family of four lived in one small room, until McGraw and Operation Homefront came to the rescue. Continue Reading

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Sep 10

RaeLynn Uses Touring to Expand Her Coffee Mug Collection

Country Artist RaeLynn

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RaeLynn is currently out on a radio tour, promoting her debut single, “God Made Girls.” Crisscrossing the country is not only giving RaeLynn a chance to bring her music to fans, it also providing her with the opportunity to expand her coffee mug collection.

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“I have like this cute little coffee cabinet and it displays all my mugs in my kitchen and it’s super cute,” RaeLynn said. “My favorite one is my Seattle mug, my original Starbucks Seattle mug. It’s the original logo and you can only buy it at the original Starbucks in Seattle.” Continue Reading

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Sep 9

Eric Church Prepares to Launch The Outsiders World Tour

Eric Church, The Outsiders World Tour

Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

Eric Church will kick off his The Outsiders World Tour on Thursday, September 11, in Bossier City, Louisiana. His first headlining tour since 2012’s Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, the tour will stop in more than 30 cities, including New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Fans can expect a full arena experience.

“One thing we’re doing different on the Outsiders World Tour is we’re setting up these arenas in a 360-degree configuration,” Church said. “The way the stage is going to be, the way I am, the way the band is, there’ll be no barrier if you’re behind the stage, if you’re in front of the stage, wherever you are, it’s gonna be the same experience. We’re gonna work it that way. There won’t be just one front row, there’s gonna be multiple front rows all the way around the stage.” Continue Reading

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Sep 9

Brides of Honor Premieres on Great American Country

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Planning a wedding can be stressful, but imagine preparing for your Big Day while you both actively serve in the military.

On Sunday, September 14, at 2 p.m. ET, Great American Country’s new special, Brides of Honor, follows a military couple as they plan the wedding of their dreams with limited resources and in a short amount of time. See how the love story of this special couple captures the hearts of the entire community as the nonprofit organization Brides Across America steps in to provide a wedding dress.

For the past five years, Brides Across America has been saluting our nation’s armed forces by donating free wedding gowns for military brides-to-be. Twice a year, bridal salons donate dresses to the company, alleviating some of each couples’ financial stress.

Don’t miss the amazing wedding journey of two American heroes on Brides of Honor, this Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.

In the meantime, check out our American Weddings Photo AlbumPlus, share snapshots of your big day and tell us your love story!

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Sep 9

Get Ready for Farm Queens With a Look Back at Miss America

On Great American Country’s new special, Farm Queens, premiering this Sunday at 6/5c, pageant-contestants-in-training must prove themselves on Chet Welch’s farm before walking the runway.

Feeding llamas and cleaning horse stalls may not sound like typical pageant training, but with 30 years of experience as a coach for Miss America hopefuls and director of the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant, Welch believes building stamina and character are crucial to winning the crown.

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The Miss America Pageant will air on ABC this Sunday night, hosted by Chris Harrison and Great American Country’s star of Flea Market Flip, Lara Spencer.

Take a look back at some of the past winners of this American institution, which dates back to 1921. While the fashions have changed, the contestants’ grace and poise remains steady. See how styles have dramatically changed over the decades.

Jean Bartel, 1943 Miss America Winner in Bathing Suit

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The 1943 Miss America winner, Jean Bartel, wore a very different kind of bathing suit from modern-day contestants.

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Sep 8

Justin Moore Got His Love of the Outdoors From His Grandfather

Justin Moore Loves the Outdoors

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When Justin Moore has a break in his busy touring schedule, he likes to spend time in the woods or on the water. He’s an avid hunter and fisherman and attributes his love of the outdoors to how he was raised.

“It was in part due to where I grew up, but I think more importantly the people that I was raised by, the people I grew up around,” he said. “It was a number of individuals, but I would say probably mostly my grandpa, who I have talked and written a lot of songs about over the course of my career. He absolutely loved the outdoors, loved to fish, really, really loved to hunt.” Continue Reading

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