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Nov 25

Eric Church, Keith Urban and More Give Thanks

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

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the people and things that matter most. Several of your favorite country stars are sharing what they’re most thankful for this year and their answers have a common theme: family. Eric Church might come across as a tough guy on stage, but he’s a family man at the end of the day, grateful for the people who surround him.

“I’m thankful for my family, my son, my wife and great health,” he said. “From a career standpoint, I’m very thankful for the success we’ve had lately. I’m thankful for what the fans have done. I’m thankful that we’re starting to have some hit songs on the radio. There’s a lot of stuff to be thankful for in that regard.”

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Nov 24

Frankie Ballard Celebrates Chart-Topping Success

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Frankie Ballard’s 2014 album Sunshine & Whiskey. Photo courtesy of Sweet Talk Publicity.

Frankie Ballard has spent several years touring relentlessly and building his fan base. Evidently, Ballard’s hard work paid off as he celebrates his second No. 1, “Sunshine & Whiskey.” The track, along with his first No.1 , “Helluva Life,” are both part of his sophomore album, Sunshine & Whiskey.

“I poured as much of myself into this album as I could,” Ballard told Rolling Stone Country. “I played as many instruments as I could, and wrenched and wrenched. I experimented, and I think it came out sounding like me. Which thankfully is something that people want to hear. I’m going to keep doing exactly what I’m doing.” Continue Reading

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Nov 24

Taylor Swift Receives Dick Clark Award for Excellence

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Taylor Swift was honored with the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence during the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday night. The award was presented to Swift by the legendary Diana Ross, who introduced the award before a video tribute to Swift calling her an “artist, innovator and icon.”

“I’m so blown away to have just received an award from Diana Ross,” Swift said. “Dick Clark was a visionary.” And in true Swift form, she also took a moment to thank her fans.

“I love getting to know you, I love talking to you online, and I love having a glimpse into your life, and I’m so unbelievably happy that you want to have a glimpse into mine,” she said. “Thank you so much.” Continue Reading

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Nov 24

Celebrity Motor Homes Season 3 Premieres Wednesday, Nov. 26

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Kevin Bacon’s motor home as seen on Celebrity Motor Homes.

The wait is over. Celebrity Motor Homes returns to Great American Country with a new lineup of celebrity guests. Tune in for the popular series’ third season as host Blair Herter goes inside the private RVs of Blake Shelton, George Clooney, Robby Gordon, Laura Bell Bundy and more.

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Nov 23

Quick and Easy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Table Decorations

There’s only a few hours before guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner, and your table is bare. But it’s not the food that’s missing, it’s the festive Thanksgiving decorations. Don’t find yourself in this situation next Thursday. Take some inspiration from these four table decoration ideas that you can create in a snap!

Autumnal Floral Arrangement

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Photo courtesy of DIYNetwork.com

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Nov 22

Carrie Underwood Always Knew She Was Having A Boy

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley at CMA Awards 2014

During the CMA Awards, Brad Paisley spilled the news that Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher are expecting a baby boy. While parents may hope for one sex over another, Underwood said she and Fisher always knew they were having a boy. They didn’t find out in a doctor’s office, though.

“It’s kind of a sterile place,” she told KTIC Radio. “We got to see all the pictures and everything. It was really cool to see that, but whenever [our doctor would] get near … near those parts … we would look away.”

Underwood and Fisher broke the news to themselves on a dinner date. They brought an envelope containing the baby’s gender with them and opened it while seated at the table. Continue Reading

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Nov 22

What Exactly Is Mantiquing?

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Photo courtesy of Ellen Foord, Made + Remade

Hey, men, just because women like antiquing doesn’t mean you can’t. Because of a silly stereotype about women exclusively participating in antiquing, Eric Bradley felt compelled to write a book about the masculine art of antiquing titled, Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff.

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Nov 21

Blake Shelton Remains At No. 1 on Top 20

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Photo courtesy of BlakeShelton.com.

It’s five weeks in a row at No. 1 for Blake Shelton and “Neon Light” on Top 20 Country Countdown! We’re offering up a double shot of Shelton this week, with a sneak peek at his new video, “Lonely Tonight,” featuring Ashley Monroe. Plus, Carrie Underwood has a big debut with her new video, “Something in the Water.”

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extras, including 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. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  2. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water”
  4. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  5. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  6. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  7. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
  8. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  9. Cole Swindell – “Hope You Get Lonely”
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Nov 21

One Pan Nan: Baked Cranberries with Brandy

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Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley

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 Baked Cranberries with Brandy. Check back every other week for a new recipe.

“Baked cranberries are so delicious — the chewy caramel adds a wonderful texture to the cranberries, and the brandy is the perfect finishing touch.  Make this the day before your Thanksgiving/holiday meal, pop it in the fridge and that’s one less thing you need to worry about.”

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Nov 21

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Cookie Butter Truffles

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Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith

Cookie butter is suddenly what life is all about. Since this amazing spread was introduced to me, I can’t stop coming up with amazing ways to use it. The perfect partner for chocolate, this spread is literally made from ground-up bits of Biscoff cookies. It is amazing with apples, incredible with marshmallows and is killer on cinnamon-raisin toast. But, nothing compares to these little truffles, which have totally replaced peanut butter cups in my list of favorite foods. I know that you are going to flip for them, too!

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