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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!

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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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Aug 21

Trisha Yearwood Announces First Album in Seven Years

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Trisha Yearwood photo courtesy of Food Network.

Trisha Yearwood’s husband, Garth Brooks, isn’t the only one planning a comeback. Yearwood has signed with Sony Music Nashville and RCA Records and announced her new album, Prize Fighter, in front of an audience of industry and media in Nashville on Tuesday night.

“It’s a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning the fight no matter what,” she said. “And I think it’s a message that we all need to hear.”

The album, which does not have an official release date, is Yearwood’s first since 2007’s Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love. Yearwood used sports to explain her decision to record again after a seven-year break. Continue Reading

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Aug 20

Thomas Rhett Appreciates Dad’s Advice on the Road

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Thomas Rhett photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group.

Thomas Rhett has learned the art of songwriting from one of the best in the business – his father, Rhett Akins. Rhett loves having his father join him on the road, but when Akins is on the tour bus, it is not all about father-son bonding.

“Every time Dad comes to the show you can guarantee that he’ll be at the front of the house at the beginning, and then backstage when we get off stage,” Rhett said. “And the first thing I’ll be is like, ‘What’d you think?’ And he’ll either say it was awesome or got a list of things that I shoulda done better or set list should’ve been different.” Continue Reading

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Aug 20

Great American Vacation: Grand Finale!

I’ve been sharing details of our family vacation to Colorado, and this week, it’s the grand finale.  Drum roll please….

Our final day in Colorado Springs took us bright and early to the top of Pike’s Peak. I planned this activity for the last day because I was concerned about the altitude and felt like a couple days into our stay it wouldn’t be an issue. I chose not to drive the windy road to the top, but instead took the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway. The railway began in 1891 and climbs to the very top, a full 14,115 feet up.

The Leitman family takes a trip to Pikes Peak on their Colorado vacation.

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Aug 20

Blake Shelton Releases “Neon Light”

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Blake Shelton is one of country music’s most lovable acts, well-known for his sense of humor, especially on Twitter. But in his new single, “Neon Light,” he is revealing his mean side. The tune is a revenge song about forgetting an ex over a few drinks and a potential rebound.

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Aug 19

Scotty McCreery Extends See You Tonight Tour

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

Scotty McCreery has extended his See You Tonight Tour to last through the fall. The tour originally kicked off in January and has stopped in over 50 U.S. markets, selling out more than 20 dates, including Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Danielle Bradbery will join McCreery as a special guest.

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Aug 19

George Strait Announces The Cowboy Rides Away Live Album

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George Strait has hung up his cowboy hat on his touring career, but he is giving fans a chance to relive his The Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour with a live album, recorded during his record-breaking final show in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium will hit stores September 16.

The album will feature a number of Strait’s 60 No. 1 hits, as well as performances with special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride. Strait’s final show played for 104,793 fans in Arlington. Continue Reading

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Aug 19

Country Brides: How to Wear Cowboy Boots on Your Wedding Day

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How about adding a little Western style to your wedding?

We love weddings. It should come as no surprise that we’re big fans of brides in boots. Whether you’re planning a wedding or just browsing, take a look at snapshots from our GreatAmericanCountry.com readers for inspiration. Recently we’ve seen a surge in boot-wearing brides who aren’t afraid to show their country side.

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