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Sep 13

How to Go Camping in Style

It’s not officially fall yet, but with our new series Flippin’ RVs premiering this month, and pumpkin-flavored everything hitting grocery store shelves and coffee shops, we can’t help but get excited about all things fall. Cooler temperatures and crisp autumn air make the upcoming season perfect for camping and getting outdoors.

But what about those who aren’t so keen on the outdoors, especially at night? Well, if trekking into the wilderness or driving to a remote state park sounds daunting, consider your own backyard (or a friend’s or family member’s) as an alternative. It’s a good way to ease into camping, and you always have the option of sleeping in a real bed and taking a real, hot shower.

If you’re a fashionista, however, dressing for a camping trip (either in your backyard or at a campground) may prove challenging. Outdoor gear is less than flattering and definitely not cute. Let us offer you some inspiration. Below we’ve styled two different camping looks for the fashion-minded ladies. Just know that a lingering campfire smell on your clothes is inevitable.


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Sep 12

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Keep No. 1 Streak Alive on Top 20

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood keep their No. 1 streak alive with “Somethin’ Bad” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Scotty McCreery and Tim McGraw with Faith Hill round out the Top 3, while videos from Jason Aldean, Kip Moore and Dan + Shay make their countdown debuts.

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Besides counting down this week’s Top 20 videos, host Nan Kelley also took a look at the recently announced nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards! Turns out, a number of nominees also have videos on this week’s Top 20.

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 extras, 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. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  4. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  5. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  6. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  7. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  8. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  9. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
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Sep 12

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Truffle Honey

I have found a new favorite Nashville restaurant. I don’t even like calling it a restaurant because in my opinion, nothing in Nashville compares. It is called Moto, and it is fabulous. Everything on the menu has a uniqueness, which is rare for an eatery that is this great. Most restaurants have one or two odd pairings that will raise an eyebrow for those that like to order outside of the norm, but Moto’s menu is filled with rarely seen or up-and-coming ingredients and unexpected pairings. Every single thing I’ve tried has been perfection.

Recently, they have been featuring a Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Truffle Honey, which, I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about, but I had to try it, and I’m glad I did. I decided to bring my new Nashville favorite to Oklahoma and give it a try in my own kitchen. The hubs melted with the first bite, which was my reaction when I tried it at Moto, so I knew this one was a keeper.
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Sep 12

Florida Georgia Line Was Almost ‘Orange Peach’

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Florida Georgia Line almost had a very different name. Their home states of Georgia and Florida are known for peaches and oranges. Looking for a name that would pay homage to their roots, the duo very nearly named themselves ‘Orange Peach,’ they tell Taste of Country.

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“We lived together for two years in Nashville and were hanging out in the hall and decided to take this music thing seriously and wanted to represent where we came from,” Brian Kelley said. “Orange Peach was an early suggestion, then it got moved to Florida Georgia Line.” Continue Reading


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Sep 12

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and Wife Kelli Welcome a Son

Dave Haywood, Kelli Cashiola

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and fiancee Kelli Cashiola were married Saturday, April 14, 2012. Photo by Skip Hopkins, courtesy of The Greenroom.

Congratulations to Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and wife Kelli Cashiola Haywood, who welcomed their first child, a son, on Sunday, September 7. Haywood took to Twitter to give fans the good news on Monday.

“So happy to have a healthy baby boy here with us! Cash Van Haywood was born last night,” he wrote. “Mom and Dad are doing great and couldn’t be happier!”

Cash Van Haywood weighed in at 7 lbs. and is 19 inches long. His name is taken from Kelli’s maiden name, Cashiola, and Van is Haywood’s father’s name. The new baby made his arrival earlier than expected, causing the band to cancel their show Sunday evening at Allegan County Fair in Michigan. Continue Reading


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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:

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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