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Oct 15

New Series A Very Barry Branson Slated for 2015 on Great American Country


Barry Williams of the iconic American TV show The Brady Bunch is headed to Branson, Missouri to start his own 1970s-influenced musical variety show. The series, titled A Very Barry Branson, is in production now and will premiere in 2015 as six half-hour episodes.

Great American Country follows Williams as he gets to know the locals of Branson while creating and promoting his stage show. Williams takes inspiration from fellow Branson entertainers, The Haygoods, a family band of five brothers and one sister. Williams also hosts former TV co-stars (yes, that means former Bradys) in Branson.

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Oct 14

Jerrod Niemann Marries In San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jerrod Niemann Marries Morgan Petek

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Congratulations to Jerrod Niemann and his new wife, Morgan Petek! The couple got married on Sunday, October 12 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, reports People. The ceremony was held at sunset in Castillo de San Cristobal, a historic Spanish fort that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

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“I’m looking forward to seeing what the world has in store for us as a married couple,” Niemann told People. Instead of wedding gifts, the couple asked that donations be made to Niemann’s nonprofit, Free the Music USA, which provides musical instruments to children who can’t afford them and donates to music-based charities. Continue Reading


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Oct 14

Taylor Swift Named Billboard’s Woman of the Year

Taylor Swift - 2014 Woman of the Year

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Taylor Swift has been named Billboard’s 2014 Woman of the Year and is the first artist to receive this honor twice. The award is given to a female artist who “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation over the past twelve months.”

“As one of the most influential artists of her generation, Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Billboard charts,” Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, said. “Over the course of her career, she’s charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 — the most of any female artist since her debut in 2006. We are tremendously excited to be honoring her as the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year for the second time.” Continue Reading


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Oct 13

The Santa Train Announces Amy Grant as Special Guest


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On November 22, the Santa Train will embark on its 72nd journey through Kentucky, Virgina and Tennessee. This year, Amy Grant joins Santa and his friends on the 110-mile route through the Appalachian region. Along the way, Santa and volunteers distribute more than 15 tons of donated gifts to children and families.

“I’m incredibly excited to be the celebrity guest on this year’s Santa Train,” Grant said. “It’s important to give back to the community, especially during the holidays, and I’m glad I can help.” Continue Reading


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Oct 13

Brantley Gilbert Talks About His Parents’ Support

Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert photo by James Minchin, courtesy of BMLG.

These days, Brantley Gilbert’s parents are his biggest supporters – not to mention his biggest fans, but it took a while for them to come around to the idea of a career in music. Gilbert admits he wasn’t a saint when he was younger and, looking back, he knows some of the choices he made back then played a part in why his parents weren’t excited about his career path.

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“I think if I was a parent and I were to catch my son, if he was supposed to be playing at a praise and worship convention and you show up and he’s at a bar in downtown Jefferson, which is amazingly stupid at 1:30 in the morning…,” he said. “But yeah, they walked in and caught me.” Continue Reading


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Oct 12

Eric Church Says “Talladega” is Not About Auto Racing

Eric Church

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

Eric Church’s new single, “Talladega,” has a misleading title. One might assume the song is about auto racing’s hair-raising crashes and speeds in excess of 200mph. “It has nothing to do with that,” Church told Billboard. “That is nothing more than the avenue through which the commentary took place. It’s really about life.”

The song takes a look back at some of Church’s favorite memories. “NASCAR was as hot as any sport back in the ’90s, and it was a thing where a group of your buddies go take stuff, tents, camp out, stay a few days, walk back and forth to the track,” he said. “We actually lost the damn car, you know; you’re so far away. I can’t tell you who won the race, but I could tell you all the experiences we had in a two- or three-day period.” Continue Reading


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Oct 12

Texas Antique Weekend, Y’all!

Texas Antique Week

(L-R) Jen Leitman with Blogger Ellen Foord and Supervising Producer Jen Moore

The Great American Country team headed to Texas Antique Weekend, which was held October 1-6. If you’ve never been to this incredibly large, awesome flea market-type event…it is well worth it! Go. Really. You’ll want to make plans for 2015 now.

Here’s the deal: Twice a year the huge empty fields around Round Top, Texas, welcome thousands of vendors with the most amazing finds ever. From jewelry and furniture to funky clothing and giant metal letters, there is so much to look through, it will make your head spin.

My DH (darling husband) would love it, as he’s the picker-type guy, but the event also makes for a perfect girls’ trip. If you go, you MUST stop in to see Great American Country stars, the Junk Gypsies. Their World Headquarters are located in Round Top, and you can shop for T-shirts, jewelry, home décor, you name it. The ladies are often around the store, which is a great celebrity sighting! They’re so nice and friendly!

Junk Gypsy Amie Sikes at Texas Antique Weekend

Amie Sikes, one of the stars of Great American Country’s Junk Gypsies, meets a fan at Texas Antique Weekend.

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Oct 11

DIY Halloween Decor: Candy Corn Wine Bottles

Stop hoarding the empty wine bottles; you’re not in college anymore. (But if you are a coed, seriously, just recycle already or try this DIY project.) Instead, create something beautiful and useful, like this simple Halloween DIY project – candy corn wine bottles. Arrange them with pillar candles of various heights and mini-pumpkins for a festive fall tablescape or fireplace mantel vignette. For the full instructions, head over to PopSugar.


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Oct 11

Country Stars Featured on The Best of Me Soundtrack

Lady Antebellum Contributed to The Best of Me Movie Soundtrack

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A number of country stars are featured on the soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me. The soundtrack includes new, original music from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Kacey Musgraves, Colbie Caillat, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett, Phoebe Hoffman and newcomers SHEL and Gareth Dunlop. The soundtrack hits stores October 9, ahead of the film’s October 17 release.

Lady Antebellum’s “I Did With You,” which will play during the movie’s credits, was cowritten by the band along with Monty Powell. Based on the movie’s premises, they penned the songs with specific scenes in mind.

“All the women and their husbands or families that come to see the movie are going to be really thinking about what they just watched,” Hillary Scott said. “It’s like we wanted to put specific things in the song, in the lyrics, that will make you go back straight to that scene in your head that you just watched. There’s one line in the first verse of the song about ‘dancing in the headlights.’ You see them do that in the movie and all these different lines that we were really purposeful with, wanting them to relive that in their head.” Continue Reading


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Oct 10

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Top Top 20 Again

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert Perform for Fans

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood continue their No. 1 streak, topping the charts with “Somethin’ Bad” yet again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown. Scotty McCreery comes in at No. 2 with “Feelin’ It,” while Blake Shelton, who had a big debut last week with “Neon Light,” moves up two spots into the No. 3 position. Plus, Brantley Gilbert’s “Small Town Throwdown” featuring Thomas Rhett and Justin Mooremakes it countdown debut this week.

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In addition to counting down this week’s Top 20 music videos chosen by you, host Nan Kelley also sat down with hot country duo Florida Georgia Line. The pair were in the studio to talk about their new album, Anything Goes, which hits stores October 14, and their latest hit single, “Dirt.”

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. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  6. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  7. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  8. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  9. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
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