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Apr 3

RV Nation Saturday Night Marathon

RV Nation Marathon

Do you ever wonder what goes into building those gigantic, luxury, window-tinted tour buses that roll down the highway en route to the next city? Tune in to the Great American Country RV Nation Marathon this weekend to find out.

Starting at 7/6c on Saturday, April 4, this unique series goes behind the scenes of the design and construction process for some of the most elaborate and behemoth recreational vehicles on the market.

Kicking off the first of eight back-to-back episodes is a one-of-a-kind, two-story RV built for producer Simon Cowell. Then, it’s off to the Talladega Speedway for the unveiling of a custom vehicle assembled from the ground up.

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Apr 2

6 Unique Ways To Decorate Easter Eggs

Kids love to decorate Easter eggs, but who says it has to be kids-only? Adults can get in on the fun, too. Take your egg dyeing and decorating to the next level.

Marbleized Easter Eggs

Photo courtesy of HGTV.com.

Marbleized Eggs. These eggs might look like they take hours, but they are actually quite easy. Just add a bit of olive oil to the PAAS or other dye solution of your choice and follow the dye instructions. You’ll have a basket of eggs that look like they took you all night.
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Apr 2

Last-Minute, Affordable Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is three days away. So, if you haven’t filled Easter baskets yet, you might want to pay attention to these last-minute ideas. We get it, though. Thinking of unique, non-candy fillers is tricky, especially when teenagers are in the picture. The best rule-of-thumb? Keep it simple. Kids, teens, spouses, etc., will appreciate a small gift that speaks to their interests. Check out our ideas below!

Easter Basket Ideas
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Apr 1

5 Must-Visit Destinations in Arkansas

Arkansas may not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a family vacation, but the Natural State has a whole lot to offer. With six national parks, 2.5 million acres of national forests, seven national scenic byways and more than 600,000 acres of lakes, there is truly something for everyone. Here are five destinations you won’t want to miss.

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home in Arkansas
Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home — Johnny Cash’s father, Ray Cash, was given 20 acres of land and a five-bedroom building in Dyess, Arkansas, as part of President Roosevelt’s administration in 1935. The singer’s fans can now visit his  boyhood home, featured in the movie Walk The Line, and view photographs and other memorabilia inside the restored structure. The site is owned by Arkansas State University, which also hosts the Johnny Cash Music Festival to support the restoration and raise funds for a Johnny Cash scholarship.

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Hot Springs — Designated as a National Reserve in 1832 and admitted to the National Park System in 1921, Hot Springs offers its therapeutic waters to visitors from around the world. The popular Bathhouse Row features a collection of bathhouses and gardens anchored on the healing, thermal springs. 

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Mar 31

Pretty Easter Tablescape Ideas

Creating a festive Easter centerpiece requires less effort than baking a carrot cake or assembling deviled eggs. A simple arrangement of tulips, moss and bunny figurines elevates a plain dining table instantly. It really doesn’t take much besides some colorful blooms and decorated eggs to make a fresh, spring tablescape. Take a look at some of these Easter table designs for inspiration!

Minimalist, Sweet Pea and Hyacinth Easter Centerpiece

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart.

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Mar 30

Hunt for Americana Photo Contest: Winners Announced!

At Great American Country, we are total suckers for vintage Americana. Whether it’s a roadside motel from years past, a cross-country trip in a retro RV or an old Patsy Cline album, it just doesn’t get any better than the classic pieces of American culture that take us back to the good ol’ days.

Inspired by this fascination with historical America, we started the Hunt for Americana photo contest with Popular Photography magazine a few months back to find out what American nostalgia looks like to all of you.

Hunt for Americana Photo Contest Winners

We asked our fans to submit their own images of iconic Americana and had a panel of judges evaluate the submissions based on skill, adherence to theme, composition, color and nostalgia factor. And… the results are in!

Below are the four regional Grand Prize winners that we selected to receive a 1-year freelance, $5,000 contract and a 5-year subscription to Popular Photography magazine, but you can see all of the finalists HERE »

Grand Prize Winner – Northeast Region

Red Barn by Bruce Martin

“Red Barn” by Bruce Martin, New York

Love vintage barns? Check out these stylish barn transformations »

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Mar 29

Summer Music Festival Outfit Inspiration

A typical music festival outfit looks something like this: flower crown, crop top, high-waisted jean shorts, mirrored sunglasses. But why not switch it up this year? The ’70s are back in a big way for spring (and fall), so tap into those groovy vibes with platform sandals, crochet tanks and mini skirts. After all, there’s no better time to try out a trend than at a music festival. Get inspired by our summery outfit picks below, and let us know which music festivals you’re attending this year!

Summer Music Festival Fashion

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Mar 27

Carrie Underwood Returns To No. 1 on Top 20

Scotty McCreery and Suzanne Alexander on Top 20

On this week’s show, Scotty McCreery drops by to chat with Suzanne Alexander.

Carrie Underwood is back in the top spot on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown with her latest, “Little Toy Guns.” Blake Shelton with Ashley Monroe and Chris Young round out the Top 3, while new clips from Miranda Lambert, Cole Swindell and Reba McEntire make their countdown debuts. Plus, host Suzanne Alexander is joined by special guest Scotty McCreery.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

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. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”
  2. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  3. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes”
  4. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started”
  5. Eric Church – “Talladega”
  6. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”
  7. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class”
  8. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon”
  9. The Swon Brothers – “Pray For You”
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Mar 27

Krystal Keith in the Kitchen: Bananas Foster Pancakes

Krystal Keith's Bananas Foster Pancakes

Photo courtesy of Krystal Keith.

This is one of my favorite indulgent breakfasts. It combines one of my favorite breakfast foods, pancakes, with one of my all-time favorite desserts, Bananas Foster. If you haven’t ordered Bananas Foster at a restaurant, go ahead and put it on your foodie bucket list because it is a must! Bananas sautéed in brown sugar, butter and rum. They light the mixture on fire, which is always fun, and serve it over vanilla ice cream. Sounds like the perfect topping for pancakes, too, huh? I also thought so. 

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Mar 26

Spring Salvage on Great American Country

This spring, Great American Country is out to prove that one man’s — or woman’s — trash is, indeed, a treasure just waiting to be discovered. Whether it’s about reclaiming one-of-a-kind vintage architecture, snatching up buildings about to be demolished or restoring classic RVs and trailers, our primetime lineup is focused on making the old new again.

West End Salvage

First up is the  West End Salvage marathon on Monday, April 13 starting at 7/6c.  Watch as Don Short and his team of pickers, carpenters and designers come up with innovative uses for antique, industrial and outdated goods collected from all over the world. In each episode, Short and the crew will reinvent a room in a client’s home using unique finds from the chock-full, 50,000-square-foot West End warehouse.

Photo Gallery: 19 Clever Before-and Afters »

Then, on Monday, April 20 at 10/9c, tune in for the new series Salvage Dawgs, featuring one of the premiere architectural salvage operations in the U.S. In every episode, Black Dog Salvage co-owners Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside let viewers in on the shrewd world of negotiations as they bid on condemned homes and buildings slated for demolition. Their goal is to secure pieces of America’s past, hidden inside these old structures.
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