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Jan 9

Military Wives Create Handbags From Upcycled Military Material

R. Riveter Handbags Made from Upcycled Military Materials

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Military spouses are known for showing their grit and that’s exactly what two of them, Cameron and Lisa, did when they couldn’t find steady employment due to ongoing moves. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, these military wives rolled up their sleeves and went to work, creating the R. Riveter line of handbags, inspired by the World War II symbol of female strength on the home front, Rosie the Riveter.

“R Riveter started in 2011,” the company’s Colleen Horigan said. “The founders, Cameron and Lisa, started in a garage in Georgia,” creating handbags from upcycled military materials.”

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Jan 8

Shaky Boots Festival is Coming to Georgia

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While it is cold outside, warmer weather is right around the corner and with it comes music festival season. A brand-new event, Shaky Boots Festival, will take place May 16-17 in Kennesaw, Georgia, and feature Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley as headliners.

Additional performers include Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Dwight Yoakam, Sara Evans, Kristian Bush, Joe Nichols, Old Crow Medicine Show, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, Jana Kramer, Josh Thompson, Jason Isbell and more than a dozen other acts on three stages throughout the festival. Shaky Boots is the sister festival to Atlanta’s Shaky Knees rock festival, which will take place the week before. Continue Reading

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Jan 7

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Tennessee Farm Still on the Market

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill

Photo courtesy of Fridrich & Clark Realty, LLC.

Remember Tim McGraw and Faith’s Hill’s beautiful Tennessee farm they put on the market in 2013? It is still on the market — at least, some of it is. The couple sold approximately 17% of the land to a couple from Texas who paid $3 million for 131 acres and plan to build a home there.

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According to The Tennessean, the remaining 621 acres are still for sale for $18.5 million and can be bought as a whole, or split into two parcels. Both parcels include homes and additional out-buildings. One log cabin on the property dates back to the mid-19th century, and there is also a 12-stall barn with a caretaker’s residence, as well as Beechwood Hall, an antebellum home.
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Jan 7

Go Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry with Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban is a very proud member of the Grand Ole Opry. Although he has played the historic stage countless times, he still looks forward to the moment when he steps up to the iconic microphone. He recently took cameras backstage before one of his Opry performances and tried to explain what it’s like to be an Opry member.

“It’s like becoming a father,” he said. “You can explain it, but you can’t explain it, until you actually become one. Being an Opry member, it feels very much like that for me.”

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Jan 6

Go Inside The Dallas Cowboys’ Motor Home

The Dallas Cowboys' Tour Bus

The Dallas Cowboys are making their way through the NFL playoffs and are traveling in style while they do. The Cowboys’ motor home provides a luxurious place for the team’s executives and coaches to meet, relax and prepare for game time. Featuring the team’s iconic star logo, it’s hard to miss the Dallas Cowboys’  home when it rolls down the highway.

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The rolling tribute to one of America’s most popular teams includes no less than nine TVs, luxury seating, zebra wood cabinets, and hardwood floors. Priceless memorabilia is on display throughout the motor home, showcasing some of the team’s greatest moments. The kitchennete includes a granite countertop and, of course, custom Dallas Cowboys drinking glasses. Continue Reading

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Jan 5

Maddie & Tae and RaeLynn Name Their Idols

Maddie & Tae

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Nearly everyone has a celebrity he or she looks up to, including young country newcomers Maddie & Tae. If they were able to sit down with any celebrity, past or present, they would jump at the opportunity to talk with a couple of strong, successful women.

“I wanna sit down with Marilyn Monroe,” Tae Dye said. “Back then, she was beautiful and perfect and nowadays she’d be considered a ‘Plus Size’ model, which is ridiculous. She’s gorgeous and she’s smart and intelligent.”

Maddie Marlow would welcome an opportunity to have a conversation with Dolly Parton. “Just to see how she has been so poised throughout her whole entire career, but still like a…take-no-prisoners, very strong independent woman,” she said. “I would love to get some advice from her.”

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Jan 5

The Jennie Garth Project Premieres on Great American Country

The Jennie Garth Project Premieres Jan. 9

Jennie Garth is starting over, and Great American Country is along for the ride in The Jennie Garth Project. A single mother of three, Garth has teamed up with her contractor, Scott, to strip a 1970s Hollywood Hills ranch home to the studs and build it back up to be her ultimate dream house.

The series premieres with four back-to-back episodes starting Friday, January 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Great American Country.

In the first episode, Garth kick-starts work in the living room, but a costly repair bill forces her to reevaluate plans and inspires a complete transformation. The actress continues to push the envelope throughout the renovation, and when she decides to give the front curb a major makeover, the result is a learning experience for both Garth and her contractor. Continue Reading

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Jan 3

Great American Country’s Most-Watched Videos of 2014

10 Most Watched Videos of 2014

What were your favorite videos in 2014? From DIY projects and travel, to flea markets and camping, here are Great American Country’s 10 Most-Watched Videos of the past year:

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Buying and Selling Tips: Flea market experts share insider information on how to get and make the best deal.

Recording on the Open Road: Hunter Hayes’ high-tech recording studio is just one of the cool features on his tour bus.

Johnny Cash’s Motor HomeGo inside Johnny Cash’s motor home, a space fit for one of country music’s most iconic stars.

How to Know an Antique’s Real: Furniture guru Mark DeVito shares tips on how to identify authentic antiques.

Vintage-Style Camping Tips: Go retro and have fun on your road trip by camping with a twist.

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Jan 2

Country Stars Who Were Engaged or Married in 2014

Tyler Hubbard and Hayley Stommel Engagement

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We love weddings at Great American Country! As a new year begins, here’s a look back at some of the country stars who were engaged or married in 2014:

Jana Kramer celebrated her 31st birthday by saying “yes” to boyfriend Michael Caussin, a professional football player. Caussin gathered a group of Kramer’s family and friends to surprise Kramer with the marriage proposal.

Brantley Gilbert proposed to Amber Cochran, a schoolteacher from his hometown, in October. Gilbert calls Cochran “the one who got away” and admits that a number of his songs, including “More Than Miles” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” are about her. The couple plan to wed in June 2015.

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Jerrod Niemann and his new wife, Morgan Petek, were married on Sunday, October 12 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ceremony was held at sunset in Castillo de San Cristobal, a historic Spanish fort that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Instead of wedding gifts, the couple asked that donations be made to Niemann’s nonprofit, Free the Music USA.

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard proposed to longtime girlfriend Hayley Stommel in September. The couple got engaged during a romantic helicopter ride. Hubbard posted a photo on Instagram of the couple celebrating with champagne aboard the chopper.

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Jan 2

Tweet Live with Shannen and Holly

Watch the Premiere of Off the Map With Shannen & Holly

Tune in tonight at 10/9c for the premiere of the new adventure series, Off the Map With Shannen & Holly, as these real-life best friends travel through the Southeast., embarking on fan-voted activities along the way, from moonshining in Tennessee to a tomato fight in Kentucky.

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While you watch, Tweet LIVE with series hosts Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs using hashtag #ShannenAndHolly, and your Tweet may appear on TV during the show. 

Enter the Off the Map and In the Money Sweepstakes

Plus, starting tonight at 8/7c, watch Great American Country for a special code word to enter the Off the Map and In the Money Sweepstakes.

The code will appear on-screen at various times before, during and after each new weekly episode, including tonight’s premiere. Then submit your entry online for a chance to win a weekly prize of $5,000. The first entry period opens January 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET and closes January 3, 2015 at 7:59 PM ET, and there will be five entry periods through January 31.

Off the Map and In the Money Sweepstakes Official Rules »

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