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Jan 16

Carrie Underwood Continues Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood's Something in the Water at No. 1

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Carrie Underwood continued her reign at No. 1 on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown, topping the charts once more with “Something In The Water.” Tim McGraw and Chris Young took the next two spots, while Florida Georgia Line returned to the countdown with “Sun Daze.” Thomas Rhett and Eric Church made their countdown debuts as well, coming in at No. 18 and No. 20, respectively.

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This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  3. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  4. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  7. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  8. The Band Perry – “Gentle on My Mind”
  9. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  10. Brett Eldredge – “Mean to Me” Continue Reading

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Jan 16

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Baked Spaghetti Squash

Krystal Keith's Baked Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith

Happy New Year!! I hope that y’all had a cozy and festive Christmas and kicked off 2015 in style. I enjoyed some much-needed downtime at the beach with the family, but I’m glad to be back to making music and sharing dishes with you. I’m not usually a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but this year mine was to challenge myself in the kitchen, to introduce new ingredients and make delicious healthy swaps, and just try new things.

So, I’m starting the new year with spaghetti squash, one of my favorite underused vegetables. Ditch the regular pasta for this healthy substitute and you won’t be sorry. Once cooked, this squash turns into strings of “spaghetti,” which you can toss with your favorite pasta dish ingredients, and Voilà!  This is a low-carb lover’s best friend, but if you aren’t dieting or watching what you eat, you’ll still love it…. Yes! It is THAT good.
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Jan 13

Hunter Hayes’ Tour Bus Feels Like Home

Hunter Hayes spends a lot of time on the road, playing music for fans across the country. With a grueling schedule of more than 150 tour dates across North America, Hayes only travels in the most luxurious and comfortable motor homes. He invited Celebrity Motor Homes inside his current home on wheels, which includes an expandable living room, custom bunk space and a high-tech recording studio.

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“It’s as bright as a bus can feel, and as positive energy as it can give you,” Hayes said of his bus. “I gravitate towards that. I’ve seen a lot of buses exactly like it, on paper. There’s something about the vibe of this bus that’s really pleasant, really relaxing, the couches, everything about it. That’s why I really liked this bus from the get-go.”

Hayes, his band and crew genuinely like spending time on the road. For Hayes, going to sleep on the bus means he’s living out his dreams. Continue Reading

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Jan 12

One Pan Nan: Taco Soup

Nan Kelley's Taco Soup Recipe

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

Nan Kelley’s Taco Soup

“I’m not sure about your neck of the woods, but here in Nashville, it’s nothin’ but cold. And on these chilly days, you’ve got to have a big pot of homemade soup on the stove. Here’s my recipe for a south-of-the-border meal to help fight off the freeze: Taco Soup.

I’ve made it several times since the fall and we love it!  A little bit of spice, a lot of flavor and something you can personalize — add more jalapeños to turn up the heat, substitute black beans for the pintos or throw some sliced avocado in the bowl when you’re ready to eat. A lot of families do taco night, so this is a perfect cold-weather substitute. Sure to warm you up and fill you up!”
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Jan 11

Betty White’s Smartest Animals in America Premieres Jan. 17

Betty White's Smartest Animals in America Premiere

Get to know some of Betty’s favorite and fascinating critters.

One of America’s favorite actress-comediennes, Betty White, makes her Great American Country debut this week on a two-part special. Premiering on January 17, White’s 93rd birthday, Betty White’s Smartest Animals in America follows the nonagenarian animal lover on her journey across the U.S. as she discovers the most talented, intelligent members of the animal kingdom.

White’s passion for animals of all sizes and species brings her face-to-face with a playful dolphin, an African bull elephant and precious tiny pigs. She also reunites with a longtime friend, Koko the Gorilla, who uses sign language to converse with humans.

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Jan 11

6 College Championship Snacks

Surf 'n Turf Jalapenos

The first College Football Playoff National Championship game is set, pitting the Oregon Ducks against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The game will take place at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, at 8:30 PM ET on January 12. As football fans across the country gather at parties and tailgates, here are a few Championship-themed recipes to serve and share.

Candy Bacon. These dates stuffed with almonds and then brushed with maple syrup are easy to put together and sure to be a hit with the pigskin crowd. Kimberly Schlapman’s Candy Bacon recipe »

Surf ‘n Turf. Not enough bacon? Shrimp wrapped in jalapeños and bacon will satisfy anyone who likes things a little spicy. Lisa King’s Surf ‘n Turf Jalapeños recipe »

Chicken Wings. For a sweet and spicy wing that falls right off the bone, it’s Krystal Keith’s Grilled Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings. Just don’t forget the napkins.

Homemade Potato Chips. Every tailgate or playoff party has bagged chips of one variety or another, so add homemade to the mix with these crunchy slices and your dip of choice. Homemade Chips recipe »

Sliders. Dish out pulled-pork sandwiches to stick with the evening’s appetizer theme or make them part of a later main course. Pulled-Pork Recipe »

Buckeyes. If you’re cheering for Ohio State, a platter of buckeyes is a no-brainer. These chocolate and peanut butter treats are great for dessert — and it will be hard to eat just one! The Secret Sisters’ Grandma’s Buckeyes recipe »

Will you be watching the Ducks and the Buckeyes? Who will you be cheering for? And what will you be serving?

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Jan 10

Elvis Presley’s Luxury Planes Up for Auction

Inside Elvis Presley's Lisa Marie Plane

Inside the Lisa Marie. Photo courtesy of Julien’s Auctions.

Fans can now travel like Elvis Presley — if they have the extra cash. Julien’s Auctions will auction off two of Presley’s private planes, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II. The “King of Rock and Roll” frequently used the Lisa Marie, named after his daughter, as his preferred mode of air transportation.

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Presley purchased the plane in 1975 for $250,000 and refurbished it to include sleeping quarters, a penthouse bedroom with a custom-made queen-sized bed, an executive bathroom with gold faucets and gold wash basin, a videotape system linked to four televisions, a stereo system with 50 speakers and a conference room. Including renovations, the total cost of the plane totaled more than $600,000.
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Jan 9

Carrie Underwood Tops First Top 20 of 2015

Carrie Underwood's Something in the Water Tops the Chart

Photo courtesy of CarrieUnderwoodOfficial.com.

The first Top 20 Country Countdown of 2015 is in the books! Carrie Underwood continued her run at No. 1 into the new year, topping the charts with “Something In The Water.” Chris Young kicked off the year strong, debuting at No. 2 on the countdown with “Lonely Eyes.” Blake Shelton, featuring Ashley Monroe, rounded out the Top 2 with “Lonely Tonight.” Plus, host Nan Kelley sat down with Lee Ann Womackto discuss her new album.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

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. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  3. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  4. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  5. Josh Turner – “Lay Low”
  6. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  7. Sara Evans – “Put My Heart Down”
  8. Lady Antebellum – “Freestyle”
  9. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  10. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light” Continue Reading

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Jan 9

Military Wives Create Handbags From Upcycled Military Material

R. Riveter Handbags Made from Upcycled Military Materials

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Military spouses are known for showing their grit and that’s exactly what two of them, Cameron and Lisa, did when they couldn’t find steady employment due to ongoing moves. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, these military wives rolled up their sleeves and went to work, creating the R. Riveter line of handbags, inspired by the World War II symbol of female strength on the home front, Rosie the Riveter.

“R Riveter started in 2011,” the company’s Colleen Horigan said. “The founders, Cameron and Lisa, started in a garage in Georgia,” creating handbags from upcycled military materials.”

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Jan 8

Shaky Boots Festival is Coming to Georgia

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While it is cold outside, warmer weather is right around the corner and with it comes music festival season. A brand-new event, Shaky Boots Festival, will take place May 16-17 in Kennesaw, Georgia, and feature Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley as headliners.

Additional performers include Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Dwight Yoakam, Sara Evans, Kristian Bush, Joe Nichols, Old Crow Medicine Show, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, Jana Kramer, Josh Thompson, Jason Isbell and more than a dozen other acts on three stages throughout the festival. Shaky Boots is the sister festival to Atlanta’s Shaky Knees rock festival, which will take place the week before. Continue Reading

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