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Aug 23

Miranda Lambert’s Signature “Randarita” Cocktail Recipe

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Photo courtesy of 2014 CMA Festival.

Miranda Lambert is pretty low maintenance when it comes to her favorite mixed drink. Instead of a fancy cocktail or even an expensive bottle of wine, she reaches for a “Randarita,” her signature drink. The vodka drink is made with sugar-free Crystal Light®, which keeps it low in calories.

“My trainer, Bill, approves,” Lambert said. “I mean, he’d rather me not drink, but that’s not an option. I have one before a show and a half during. Later, if I want to throw down, I throw down!”

For fans 21 and over, the drink is simple to make, recipe below. Continue Reading

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Aug 23

Florida Georgia Line Gets Corn Maze Tribute

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Florida Georgia Line Gets Corn Maze Tribute

Florida Georgia Line is getting some love from one of their home states. The duo’s faces have been carved into a cornfield maze at Corn Dawgs, an adventure park in Loganville, Georgia. Tyler Hubbard, who hails from Georgia, posted an image of the field on Instagram.

“Georgia corn field … I can’t even believe this is real #crazy #cantaffordnotto #fglcorn,” he wrote under the photo. Continue Reading

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Aug 22

Scotty McCreery Reclaims No. 1 on Top 20

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Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery is back on top with “Feelin’ It” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood bump down to No. 2 with “Somethin’ Bad,” while Lady Antebellum moves into the No. 3 position with “Bartender.” New videos from Hunter Hayes, RaeLynn and Eric Church also make their countdown debuts.

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Plus, host Nan Kelley headed to Gatlinburg, Tenn., a popular family vacation destination. She ventured into the heart of the town to shop and dine, and took in the beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains with a visit to the famed Space Needle, towering 400 feet in the air. She also took a ride on the Aerial Tram at Ober Gatlinburg and visited a family-favorite destination, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, before wrapping the day with chips, salsa and a cocktail on the balcony at Loco Burro.

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. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  2. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  3. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  6. Haley & Michaels“Just Another Love Song”
  7. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  8. Neal McCoy – “Can You Do This”
  9. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  10. Brad Paisley – “River Bank” Continue Reading

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Aug 22

U.S. National Park Service Celebrates Its 98th Birthday

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The United States National Park Service turns 98 on Monday! In honor of NPS’s birthday, entrance fees will be waived so that everyone can enjoy celebratory activities across the nation. With 401 national parks in our own backyard, why not take advantage of the parks’ beautiful scenery, historical value and birthday events for the family?

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Aug 22

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Is Now Open

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Johnny Cash (1932 – 2003) walks inside the gates of Folsom Prison, preparing to perform his fourth concert for inmates there, California, 1964. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Fans of Johnny Cash can now visit the home he grew up in. The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opened in Dyess, Arkansas, on Saturday, reports Rolling Stone Country. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by members of the Cash family, who lived in the home from 1935 until 1953. The five-bedroom home has been refurnished with retrieved family items and donations.

“If Dad walked into the house today, he would have been overcome,” Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s oldest daughter, said.  ”Many people approach me about starting Johnny Cash projects and I usually say no. But, in talking to Dr. Ruth Hawkins and Arkansas State University, I realized several things, and one is that my children need to know their family legacy. It’s so beautiful.” Continue Reading

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Aug 22

Florida Georgia Line Digs Deeper with “Dirt” Music Video

Florida Georgia Line Dirt Music Video

Florida Georgia Line recently released the video for their new single, “Dirt.” Known for their feel-good party anthems and good-time music videos, “Dirt” digs a little deeper.

Watch Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” music video >>

“I think it’s a more dramatic video,” Brian Kelley said. “It matches the song. The song is kind of a topic we haven’t really touched, a little deeper, but it’s FGL to the core, man. Somethin’ that we’ve been waitin’ to put out for a long time, this kinda song.” Continue Reading

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Aug 21

Dierks Bentley Lands at No. 1 with “Drunk On A Plane”

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Dierks Bentley photo by Nino Munoz, courtesy of The GreenRoom.

Dierks Bentley has landed at No. 1 on the country charts with his single “Drunk On A Plane.” The song marks the second consecutive No. 1 hit from his recently released RISER album, and is his 12th No. 1 as both a singer and a songwriter.

“I think I knew even back when we were in the studio making this album that we were on to something special, but once you let it fly out into the world, you just never know what will happen,” Bentley said. “First, ‘I Hold On’ came out and really hit people in an emotional, personal way, and I was totally blown away by all the stories I heard and how impactful some of those lyrics were for a lot of people. And now, the reaction to ‘Drunk’ has just been crazy…two VERY different songs that the fans have taken and made their own.” Continue Reading

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Aug 21

Watch the Trailer for Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, a documentary on the life and career of country legend Glen Campbell, is set for release on October 24 in New York and Nashville. The film was made during Campbell’s final tour after he was diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s.

I’ll Be Me features footage from Campbell’s Goodbye Tour, along with stories from artists and celebrities he influenced, including Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, Steve Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, the Edge, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Webb and Jay Leno. The film also includes footage from Campbell’s doctor visits after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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Aug 21

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Chipotle Lime Shrimp Skewers

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You may know Krystal Keith as the singer of the sweet father/daughter wedding dance song, “Daddy Dance With Me,” which she wrote for her own wedding as a surprise for dad Toby Keith. Or maybe you know her from her official debut single, “Get Your Redneck On.” [Get it here!] But did you know she’s also super talented in the kitchen? Krystal’s been creating delicious meals from family recipes for years and featuring them in her blog, The Barnyard Bistro. Every week she shares her favorites exclusively with Great American Country.

“I plan on keeping summer alive as long as I can. Grilling our dinner is one thing that keeps us outside and in the summer spirit. We love inviting our friends over and enjoying dinner on the patio on these warm summer nights. This recipe for Chipotle Lime Shrimp Skewers is the perfect outdoor meal to share with friends. Serve them over a bed of rice or sautéed peppers and onions, with a few hot tortillas and a bucket of Pacificos, and you’re off to a great night.”

Chipotle Lime Shrimp Skewers

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Aug 21

Top 20 Country Countdown Visits Gatlinburg

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This Friday at 8/7c, Top 20 Country Countdown will air a prime time special on location in Gatlinburg, Tenn., a popular family vacation destination. Host Nan Kelley visits some of the town’s hot spots. See how you could win a Gatlinburg getaway below!

Gatlinburg Vacation Ideas + On the Road Extras >>

Top 10 Tennessee Trips >>

Nan ventures to the heart of Gatlinburg, where she spends some time shopping and dining in The Village. She also visits Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler, where viewers will get a look at a working distillery and live bluegrass. Our host takes in the beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains with a visit to the famed Space Needle, towering 400 feet in the air and she took a ride on the Aerial Tram at Ober Gatlinburg. Continue Reading

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