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Sep 10

RaeLynn Uses Touring to Expand Her Coffee Mug Collection

Country Artist RaeLynn

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RaeLynn is currently out on a radio tour, promoting her debut single, “God Made Girls.” Crisscrossing the country is not only giving RaeLynn a chance to bring her music to fans, it also providing her with the opportunity to expand her coffee mug collection.

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“I have like this cute little coffee cabinet and it displays all my mugs in my kitchen and it’s super cute,” RaeLynn said. “My favorite one is my Seattle mug, my original Starbucks Seattle mug. It’s the original logo and you can only buy it at the original Starbucks in Seattle.” Continue Reading


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Sep 9

Eric Church Prepares to Launch The Outsiders World Tour

Eric Church, The Outsiders World Tour

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

Eric Church will kick off his The Outsiders World Tour on Thursday, September 11, in Bossier City, Louisiana. His first headlining tour since 2012’s Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, the tour will stop in more than 30 cities, including New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Fans can expect a full arena experience.

“One thing we’re doing different on the Outsiders World Tour is we’re setting up these arenas in a 360-degree configuration,” Church said. “The way the stage is going to be, the way I am, the way the band is, there’ll be no barrier if you’re behind the stage, if you’re in front of the stage, wherever you are, it’s gonna be the same experience. We’re gonna work it that way. There won’t be just one front row, there’s gonna be multiple front rows all the way around the stage.” Continue Reading


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Sep 9

Brides of Honor Premieres on Great American Country

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but imagine preparing for your Big Day while you both actively serve in the military.

On Sunday, September 14, at 2 p.m. ET, Great American Country’s new special, Brides of Honor, follows a military couple as they plan the wedding of their dreams with limited resources and in a short amount of time. See how the love story of this special couple captures the hearts of the entire community as the nonprofit organization Brides Across America steps in to provide a wedding dress.

For the past five years, Brides Across America has been saluting our nation’s armed forces by donating free wedding gowns for military brides-to-be. Twice a year, bridal salons donate dresses to the company, alleviating some of each couples’ financial stress.

Don’t miss the amazing wedding journey of two American heroes on Brides of Honor, this Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.

In the meantime, check out our American Weddings Photo AlbumPlus, share snapshots of your big day and tell us your love story!


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Sep 9

Get Ready for Farm Queens With a Look Back at Miss America

On Great American Country’s new special, Farm Queens, premiering this Sunday at 6/5c, pageant-contestants-in-training must prove themselves on Chet Welch’s farm before walking the runway.

Feeding llamas and cleaning horse stalls may not sound like typical pageant training, but with 30 years of experience as a coach for Miss America hopefuls and director of the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant, Welch believes building stamina and character are crucial to winning the crown.

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The Miss America Pageant will air on ABC this Sunday night, hosted by Chris Harrison and Great American Country’s star of Flea Market Flip, Lara Spencer.

Take a look back at some of the past winners of this American institution, which dates back to 1921. While the fashions have changed, the contestants’ grace and poise remains steady. See how styles have dramatically changed over the decades.

Jean Bartel, 1943 Miss America Winner in Bathing Suit

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The 1943 Miss America winner, Jean Bartel, wore a very different kind of bathing suit from modern-day contestants.

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Sep 8

Justin Moore Got His Love of the Outdoors From His Grandfather

Justin Moore Loves the Outdoors

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When Justin Moore has a break in his busy touring schedule, he likes to spend time in the woods or on the water. He’s an avid hunter and fisherman and attributes his love of the outdoors to how he was raised.

“It was in part due to where I grew up, but I think more importantly the people that I was raised by, the people I grew up around,” he said. “It was a number of individuals, but I would say probably mostly my grandpa, who I have talked and written a lot of songs about over the course of my career. He absolutely loved the outdoors, loved to fish, really, really loved to hunt.” Continue Reading


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Sep 8

Darius Rucker Releases “Homegrown Honey”

Darius Rucker Releases 'Homegrown Honey'

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Darius Rucker has released “Homegrown Honey,” the lead single from his upcoming new album. Cowritten by Rucker, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Nathan Chapman, the tune is an up-tempo track about a country girl getting everyone’s attention in a city bar.

“It’s a little different for me,” Rucker told Rolling Stone Country. “It’s not one of those family songs — it’s really a country party song. It’s talking about some country girl who lives in New York City. It’s got hooks galore.” Continue Reading


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Sep 6

10 New Country Albums You Need to Hear

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s 2014 album, 1989.

Summer is over, but the country music scene is heating up! Several of country’s biggest stars are releasing new music as summer draws to a close. Here are 10 albums you need to hear:

Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival Kenny Chesney took 2014 off from touring to focus on his latest project, The Big Revival, out September 23. The album’s catchy lead single, “American Kids,” is flying up the charts.

Florida Georgia Line – Anything Goes Florida Georgia Line’s sophomore album, Anything Goes, which includes their new single, “Dirt,” is one of the most anticipated releases this year. Anything Goes will be on store shelves October 14.

Taylor Swift – 1989 While technically a pop album, Taylor Swift’s 1989 is sure to be a hot seller. The lead single, “Shake It Off,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Continue Reading


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Sep 5

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Repeat at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert: Somethin' Bad

Carrie and Miranda repeat at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Bad.”

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood make it another week at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Bad” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! In fact, the Top 3 spots remained unchanged with Scotty McCreery and Danielle Bradbery taking No. 2 and No. 3 again this week. Plus, Kenny Chesney makes his countdown return with “American Kids,” coming in at No. 20.

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Besides counting down this week’s Top 20 videos, host Nan Kelley also talked with Tim McGraw about his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, and Dolly Parton is getting in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

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. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  6. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  7. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  8. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  9. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
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Sep 5

Taylor Swift Gives Fan Advice on How to Deal With Bullies

Taylor Swift's Shake It Off Video

Taylor Swift wrote her hit song “Mean” about a harsh music critic and it became an anthem for anti-bullying. Swift, who has said she was bullied in middle school, recently reached out to a young fan via Instagram, who left a comment expressing apprehension over starting another school year at a school where she is a victim of bullying. Swift’s responses to the girl was powerful.

“It’s okay to wonder how you could try so hard and still get stomped all over,” she wrote. “Just don’t let them change you or stop you from singing or dancing around to your favorite song.” The full message is available below. Continue Reading


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Sep 5

Mexican-Style Turkey Burger with Warm Corn Salad


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You’re probably thinking Mexican-style turkey burgers with a warm corn salad sounds pretty complex for a weeknight dinner. And I would’ve said you’re right, except I’m here to testify that this recipe is, in fact, pretty easy. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s really difficult to muster up the energy to make dinner after classes, putting in a few hours at my internship and exercising.

While this recipe requires quite a bit of preparation (chopping, slicing, washing, etc.), the end result is so worth it. Bonus: you’ll feel pretty proud of yourself for making it. Granted, I had a little help from the boyfriend, but cooking is kind of our thing. If you have a significant other, a friend or family member who likes to cook, I recommend getting them in on the process! It makes cooking easier and more fun. So, without further ado, here is the recipe. Go forth, and cook (then eat!).

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