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Apr 18

Take a Tour of Keith Urban’s Trailer

Take a Tour of Keith Urban's Trailer

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban took fans behind the scenes this week to show where he spends his downtime when he’s not performing or working on American Idol. In his latest web clip, he showed fans a row of RVs belonging to his fellow judges before making his way to his home away from home – a U-Haul cargo trailer.

Inside the trailer, Keith has everything he needs. There is a place to sit, his wardrobe, snacks and of course, his guitars. He’s also got a pretty great boom box that happens to play Keith Urban hits! Watch the video below for the full tour. Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Previously Unreleased Hank Williams Recordings Due Out May 20

Unreleased Hank Williams Recordings Due Out May 20

Hank Williams’ The Garden Spot Programs, 1950.

Omnivore Records will release 24 performances from Hank Williams that have remained unheard for the last 64 years. The recordings originally aired more than six decades ago on The Garden Spot Programs, 1950. Set for release on May 20, the set follows the release of Omnivore’s collectible 10” vinyl Record Store Day EP sampler.

“It’s incredible to me that we’re still finding new recordings by my dad — great ones at that,” Hank’s daughter Jett Williams said. “No one even suspected that these recordings existed. We partnered with Omnivore Recordings for this release, and I especially love it that they’re taking my dad back to vinyl.” Continue Reading

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Apr 18

George Strait Prepares to Wrap His Final Tour

George Strait Prepares to Wrap His Final Tour

George Strait photo by Jill Trunnell, courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media

George Strait was just named Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards. Picking up the award didn’t sway his decision to make his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour his last full tour, however. While he plans to play the occasional show, he won’t launch another tour after wrapping the final leg of his current one at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on June 7.

“It’s been a great two years of touring,” George said. “We probably got about 10 more things to do this year, and then we’re done for a while. I’ll probably take a year off and maybe do a record, and then I’m gonna do a few dates after that…here and there.” Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Glen Campbell Moved Into an Alzheimer’s Care Facility

Glen Campbell Moved Into an Alzheimer's Care Facility

Glen Campbell photo courtesy of BB Gun Press.

Glen Campbell has been moved into an Alzheimer’s facility, reports People.com. The legendary singer, 78, has been suffering from the disease for over three years.

“He was moved to an Alzhemier’s facility last week,” a family friend told People. “I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We’ll know more next week.”

Glen and his wife Kim decided to go public with his diagnosis because Glen was embarking on a farewell tour. The couple wanted to let fans know of his condition in case he forgot lyrics or messed up a song during the performances.

Watch Glen & Kim’s interview with GAC’s Suzanne Alexander >> Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Will Carrie Underwood Top the Chart on Top 20 Again This Week?

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Tax Day is behind us, but Nan Kelley is doing some “accounting” of her own on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! She’s counting down the Top 20 music videos this week, chosen by your votes. Carrie Underwood has been unstoppable at No. 1, but she’s facing stiff competition from a big countdown debut from Luke Bryan!

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Will Carrie make it another week at No. 1? Or will Luke debut in the top spot? Perhaps Blake Shelton or Miranda Lambert will take over the top of the chart. Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who claims this week’s No.1 spot! Check the full schedule » Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Tim McGraw’s Sundown Heaven Tour Essentials

Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Tour Essentials

Tim McGraw photo courtesy of The Green Room.

Tim McGraw will kick off his Sundown Heaven Town Tour in May, but he’s been hard at work on the show for a while. During the planning process, he makes it a collaborative effort, bringing in professionals, family, friends and even friends of friends to get their thoughts and opinions on what makes a good show. He also looks for a set that will energize everyone in attendance, especially him and his band.

“You can have every technology that’s out there, you can have the biggest screens, and you can have the best lights and all that kinda stuff, but if you’re not having fun, then they’re not gonna have fun,” he said. “I like having all that stuff, and sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not. Even in the middle of having it, sometimes I feel like I wish I didn’t have it. But, it’s just about what makes us feel really excited about it.” Continue Reading

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Apr 17

Kip Moore Releases “Dirt Road” Single

Kip Moore Releases "Dirt Road" Single

Kip Moore photo by Stephen Shepherd, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Kip Moore has released “Dirt Road” as the next single form his upcoming sophomore album. Co-written by Kip along with his close friends Westin Davis and Dan Couch, the song showcases Kip’s “signature rock vibe” and has been a fan favorite during his live shows for a while.

“The groove of this song is something that really grabbed me,” Kip said. ”I actually worked it up with the band on the road and we played it live that same night. We did that with a lot of the new songs and in a way the live crowds helped shape this album because of that.”

Watch Kip share the story behind “Dirt Road” below: Continue Reading

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Apr 17

Taylor Swift Sells Out Shanghai Show in One Minute

Taylor Swift Sells Out Shanghai Show in One Minute

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson Public Relations.

Taylor Swift has set yet another record. She sold out Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena in one minute, making it the fastest ticket on-sale in Chinese history. After announcing that she will take her RED Tour to Asia this summer to meet fan demand, the seven Asian dates sold out in record speeds.

The RED Tour features two stages, elaborate costumes, dancers, numerous costume changes and changing sets. Taylor moves around the venue to give every audience member a great seat and a chance to see her up close and personal, playing electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar. The set list includes Taylor’s biggest hits, songs from her Red album and fan favorites. Continue Reading

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Apr 17

Dolly Parton Plans Special Record Store Day Release

Dolly Parton Plans Special Record Store Day Release

Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Dolly Records.

Dolly Parton and Sony Masterworks will celebrate Record Store Day on April 19 with the limited release of a 7-inch vinyl. The blue vinyl will feature “Blue Smoke” and “Home,” two tracks found on her upcoming album, Blue Smoke.

Blue Smoke will be released nationwide on May 13. It includes 12 bluegrass and country songs, including covers of Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi classics as well as duets with Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers. Blue Smoke will be Dolly’s first new music since 2011. Continue Reading

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Apr 17

One Pan Nan: Get Nan Kelley’s Recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins

One Pan Nan: Nan Kelley Shares Her Recipes with Great American Country

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

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. This week, Nan shares her recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins. Check back every other week for a new one!

“Charlie and I stopped to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner and I saw something that got my culinary wheels to turning– apple pie moonshine,” says Nan. “Not a likely pairing, but one that intrigued me. I’ve don’t know much about white lightening, but I love apple anything so I grabbed up the jar & put my thinking cap on. My friend Clara gave me a recipe for apple muffins made with ricotta cheese, granny smith apples & walnuts. And while that sounds great by itself, what if I soaked the apples in moonshine first and made a brown sugar glaze with it as well? I now completely understand the pairing. A little bit of apple pie spirits adds a sweet delicious kick to an already great muffin.”

One Pan Nan: Get Nan Kelley's Recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

Muffin Ingredients:
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 finely chopped, peeled granny smith apples
3/4 cup of buttermilk
1/3 cup of milk
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

Glaze Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

One Pan Nan: Get Nan Kelley's Recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine Muffins

Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley.

Directions:
Soak apples in moonshine overnight. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine the first 6 ingredients in bowl. Drain apples & set aside remaining liquid. Stir in apples into dry ingredients and make a well Continue Reading

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