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Nov 19

Kenny Chesney Releases “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay”

Kenny Chesney's Christmas in Blue Chair Bay Album

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Kenny Chesney is bringing the spirit of the islands to the Christmas season in his new single, “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay.” It is his first holiday tune since 2003’s “All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan.”

“It seems like there are few times of the year when you can really unplug, really just be in the moment with your family and your friends — and celebrate how great life is,” he said. “Over the last 10 years, I’ve really come to appreciate that time off and what those connections mean, and I wanted to share that feeling with my friends through music.”

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Nov 18

You Could Win a Dream Getaway to Big Cedar Lodge!

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The living room in the grand prize winner’s two-bedroom cabin.

Big Cedar Lodge, the expansive wilderness resort in Branson, Missouri, offers luxury dining, elegant lodging, outdoor adventure, a tranquil spa and myriad seasonal activities. Who wouldn’t want to win a three-night stay here? Luckily, Great American Country partnered with Bass Pro Shops to give you the chance to win a dreamy vacation at the premier rustic hotel of America.

Be sure to enter the American Outdoor Adventure Sweepstakes beginning Thursday, November 20 at 9 a.m. EST!

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Nov 18

Watch Florida Georgia Line’s New “Sun Daze” Music Video

Florida Georgia Line's 'Anything Goes' Album

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Florida Georgia Line released a comical new video for their latest single, “Sun Daze.” The video opens on the almost unrecognizable duo dressed as businessmen, plugging away at their office jobs. After a less-than-pleasant run in with their boss, the video cuts to the pair at a poolside party full of shenanigans — animal costumes included.

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard cowrote “Sun Daze” along with Cary Barlowe, Jesse Frasure and Sarah Buxton. Their recently released sophomore album, Anything Goes, includes “Sun Daze” and “Dirt,” the first single off the album.

Watch the “Sun Daze” video below:

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Nov 18

Rascal Flatts Announces Las Vegas Residency

Rascal Flatts' Vegas Riot Show

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Rascal Flatts are headed to Las Vegas. Having just wrapped up their Rewind Tour, the trio announced a nine concert residency at the Joint, a 4,000-seat venue inside Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. They’re calling the show the “Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot!”

“We are thrilled to be playing such a storied venue as the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas,” the band’s Jay DeMarcus said. “We’re so excited to do something so different for us. You will experience Rascal Flatts in a way you’ve never seen us before — up close, intimate and personal, and we promise you one thing — it’s going to rock!”

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Nov 17

Maddie & Tae: Yodeling Interior Designers?

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Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye, who together make up the hot new duo Maddie & Tae, are talented singers, songwriters and performers. They are also only 19 years old and, in addition to their natural talents, the girls wish they possessed other skills.

“I’ve always wished I could yodel,” Tae said. “That’s really weird, but I would love to yodel.”

Maddie’s longtime dream is more in line with a visually creative field. “I would love to be able to be like an interior designer or something, because then I would just be able to do it myself, like decorate my own place,” she said. “I just get sidetracked and distracted, and then I forget what I need. It’s just a disaster. So, I wish I could do that.” Continue Reading

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Nov 17

Miranda Lambert’s Dogs Have a House Fit for Royalty

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Miranda Lambert loves her dogs, and husband Blake Shelton just needs to accept that. Lambert recently revealed to People just how far she has gone to make sure her furry family members are safe and loved. “When I’m home, I go get them and bring them to the house,” she told People. “I have four that are in our house most of the time. But I looked at Blake one day and realized if I don’t give him a break from these dogs, he might go crazy.”

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To keep her dogs and her husband safe and happy, she came up with a solution: a doghouse fit for the pets of country music royalty. Continue Reading

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Nov 16

Darius Rucker Explores Historical Spots in Europe

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Darius Rucker loves touring, especially when his travels take him to new places. His True Believers Tour has crossed the pond, making stops in Berlin, Munich, London, Manchester, and Glasgow before the European leg wraps in Dublin on November 23rd. While in Europe, Darius takes advantage of the “old” stuff.

“The thing I really love to do is I love to go around and see old churches and museums and stuff, because we think if something was built in the 1800s, we think it’s old,” he said. “Then you go over there and something was built in 39 B.C. and it’s still up. I think that’s pretty cool.”

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Nov 15

10 Unique DIY Christmas Gifts, Crafts Ideas

Instead of gifting store-bought items this year, give your friends and family something they’ll actually use and enjoy. Handmade, DIY Christmas gifts not only last longer, but they’re more meaningful and so much more fun to give away than store-bought gifts. You don’t have to be crafty or even creative to make these gifts; just think outside the box. (By that I mean, don’t limit yourself to Christmas-themed gifts like holiday decor, seasonal sweets etc.) To get you started, we’ve gathered 10 creative and useful DIY Christmas gifts you’ll be proud to give this holiday.

Six-pack Wooden Beer Carrier with Bottle Opener

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Difficulty: For the woodworkers and handier men and women, this project will be a breeze
Give to: The beer lover or home brewer

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Nov 15

Classic Southern Thanksgiving Recipes

With Thanksgiving only two weeks away, it’s time to prepare the all-important menu. For those who enjoy Southern cuisine, we’ve rounded up 10 classic Southern Thanksgiving recipes to try at your holiday gathering. Whether you follow the traditional recipe or switch it up with unexpected ingredients, these dishes will definitely delight hungry guests.

Plus, scroll to the end to see how to decorate for Thanksgiving with leftover Halloween pumpkins!

Deep-Fried Turkey

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It’s not Southern until it’s deep-fried.

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Nov 14

Blake Shelton Makes It a Fourth Week at No. 1 on Top 20

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Blake Shelton makes it a fourth week at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Neon Light.” Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean round out the Top 3, while Parmalee makes their countdown debut with their new video, “Close Your Eyes.” Plus, host Nan Kelley has a sneak peek of new videos from Carrie Underwood and Kristian Bush!

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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. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  4. Cole Swindell – “Hope You Get Lonely”
  5. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
  6. Big & Rich – “Look At You”
  7. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  8. Lee Ann Womack – “The Way I’m Livin’”
  9. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
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