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Nov 14

Kenny Chesney Adds Jake Owen, Chase Rice, and Cole Swindell to Big Revival Tour

Kenny Chesney Performs at The Big Revival Tour

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Kenny Chesney’s 2015 Big Revival Tour keeps getting bigger. He has added Jake Owen, Chase Rice, and Cole Swindell to the tour. The three acts will join him for select dates of the summer tour. While rice and Swindell are turning heads with their debut albums, Chesney is recognizing them for their songwriting abilities.

“When I came to town, I was a writer, trying to get my songs cut — and playing on a stool down on Lower Broadway,” he said. “I didn’t have nearly the success Cole and Chase are enjoying right now, but I know the difference getting your music in front of an audience makes. For both of these guys, who have a lot of energy and a real way of grabbing people, I think it’s the perfect way to get the audience fired up for the show.”

Jake Owen is no stranger to a Chesney tour. This will mark the third time Owen has hit the road with Chesney. Owen’s laid-back personality and fun songs like “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Days of Gold” fit right in with Chesney’s fan base. Continue Reading

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Nov 13

New York Times Features the Scribners of Flippin’ RVs

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Anna Scribner holds son Sullivan in front of their 1946 Curtis Wright Model 2 trailer.

In a recent New York Times article titled “A Passion for Vintage Trailers,” the Times interviewed Anna and Justin Scribner of Great American Country’s Flippin’ RVs.

The article highlights people’s rising interest in restoring and repurposing vintage campers. Along with the Scribners, the article features fellow vintage RV lovers who renovate the forgotten relics. Here is an excerpt from the write-up:

In addition to owning Flyte Camp, the Scribners are the stars of “Flippin’ RVs,” a new reality show on the Great American Country network. Viewers follow the couple as they meticulously restore rare trailers for themselves and for clients. Like the 41-foot, double-decker trailer from 1956 that Ms. Scribner found languishing in a field and bought over her husband’s objections to its size. (She called it “a great party pad.”)

The business and TV show grew out of the couple’s trailer-collecting hobby, Mr. Scribner said: “I was buying these things for $500 or $600, fixing them up and posting them online. They sold in two or three days. It dawned on us that other people appreciated these trailers, too. It’s amazing how fast it grew.”

Now a new generation of fans is beginning to appreciate the same virtues that he and his wife recognized 15 years ago, Mr. Scribner said. “People are thinking: ‘Look how cool I can make it, and I can personalize it. And I can do it right in my driveway.’

To read the entire article and see photos of the trailers, click over to the New York Times.

See photos of Justin and Anna’s RV renovations »

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Nov 13

Jason Aldean Releases His New Single “Just Gettin’ Started”

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Jason Aldean has released “Just Gettin’ Started” as his latest single. The track, found on his recently released Old Boots, New Dirt album, is the follow-up to “Burnin’ It Down,” which reached No. 1 on the country charts and sold more than one million copies. Written by Chris DeStefano, Rhett Akins and Ashley Gorley, the party anthem is a sharp contrast from the more sensual “Burnin’  It Down.”

“Just because I’m a country artist doesn’t mean I don’t hear things in other forms of music that I think are really cool and could work for what we’re doing here,” he said. “From the very beginning, we’ve always tried to cut great songs. Some of those songs are about promoting having a good time — driving trucks, fishing, hunting, because that’s just what we do — but I would like to think that some stuff on this album is a little deeper, too.”

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Nov 13

Great American Garage Sale Raises Money for United Way

Last Friday, Great American Country and HGTV hosted a “garage sale” at our Knoxville, Tenn., office to raise money for United Way. Paul Brown, host of Endless Yard Sale on Great American Country, auctioned off couches, dining room tables and chairs from HGTV HOME furniture collection.

Countless other home decor items like side tables, pillows and lamps sold at discounted prices, and Great American Country T-shirts and country music star paraphernalia were also for sale.

Overall, the garage sale raised $35,000, quadrupling previous year performance and enabling the employees of Scripps Networks Interactive to amplify their impact in the Knoxville community.  They lined before the sale opened to get their hands on exclusive items from Home Studio and HGTV HOME furniture collection. Check out some photos from the event!

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Paul Brown preps for his role as auctioneer for the Great American Garage Sale.

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Nov 12

Eric Church Joins Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour

Kenny Chesney Tours With Eric Church

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Eric Church will join Kenny Chesney for five dates of Chesney’s 2015 Big Revival Tour. Church previously joined Chesney on his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour, and for Chesney, inviting him to hit the road again was a no-brainer.

“There is something about the way Eric connects with my audience that left me feeling like he made the No Shoes Nation Tour something special,” Chesney said. “He attacks the stage with so much force – and his songs really speak to the people who’re fighting the fight to get by – and I love that about what he does onstage.”

“Some of the most fun I’ve ever had on tour was last summer with Kenny,” Church added. “He’s an artist that isn’t afraid to let you come full blast and do what you do. It’s rare you get to tour with someone you respect and you are friends with. I can’t wait to do it again.”

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Nov 12

Keith Urban Records PSA For Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Keith Urban Performs at 2014 CMA Fest Keith Urban has joined the Nikki Mitchell Foundation to raise funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer research. In support of the foundation, Urban has filmed a PSA for November’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Watch the PSA below. Nikki Mitchell was the longtime friend and manager of county music legend Waylon Jennings. Upon her death of pancreatic cancer last year, she challenged the music community to shine a light on the need for research. Pancreatic cancer only receives 2% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget and is predicted to be the second deadliest cancer by 2020. County Music Hall of Fame songwriter Hank Cochran and Ray Price also died from pancreatic cancer. Continue Reading

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Nov 12

Faith Hill to Star in Indie Crime Drama Dixieland

Faith Hill at 2014 CMA Awards

Photo courtesy of twitter.com/faithhill.

Faith Hill is headed back to the silver screen. She will star in Dixieland, described by Deadline.com as an “indie crime drama.” She will play the mother of a young man, played by Chris Zylka, recently released from prison who falls for the girl next door, played by Riley Keogh, daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and granddaughter of Elvis.

The cast also includes singer/songwriter Steve Earle, RJ Mitte, Spencer Lofranco, Brad Carter and legendary WWE wrestler Mick Foley. Hill last appeared in a film role in 2004’s Stepford Wives alongside Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close and Bette Midler. She made her acting debut in 1997 with roles on Touched by an Angel and Promised Land.

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Nov 12

Great American Country Available in HD on Verizon FiOS

Great American Country on Verizon FiOS
Attention Verizon FiOS subscribers! Great American Country is now available in HD on Verizon FiOS on channel 723. Be sure to tune in to all your favorite shows in crystal-clear HD.

See Our New Lineup of Shows Premiering in November »

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Nov 11

Great American Country Celebrates Veteran’s Day

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Today, America honors veterans, living or dead, for their outstanding, honorable service to our country. We at Great American Country would like to personally thank all 23.2 million U.S. veterans for bravely protecting our country and sacrificing so much for our freedom.

Veteran’s Day, originally called Armistice Day, began on the first anniversary of the end of World War I in 1919, and Congress officially declared November 11 a national holiday in 1938. Britain, France, Canada and Australia also honor veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11.

In contrast with Memorial Day, which takes place in May and honors Americans who died in battle or due to injuries, Veteran’s Day commemorates all veterans, including those still living, present and past.

Tune in to Great American Country tonight at 10/9c
for a special Veteran’s Day presentation
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Nov 11

Scotty McCreery Honors Military With “The Dash” Video

Scotty McCreery at the 2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet

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Scotty McCreery is honoring  our U.S. Military with his song, “The Dash,” found on his See You Tonight album. He performs the song every night in concert, accompanied by a poignant video highlighting the life of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter. In honor of Veteran’s Day, McCreery posted the video on his official Facebook page and YouTube site.

Carpenter, a native of Columbia, Tenn., was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when he came under enemy fire on Valentine’s Day 2011. He passed away five days later, leaving behind his wife, Chrissie, who was pregnant with their first child, Landon. The town of Columbia later named a highway in honor of Carpenter and his service. Chrissie is the cousin of McCreery’s bass player, Nathan Thomas, who told McCreery about Carpenter’s life and sacrifice.

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