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David Nail, Kitten, Erica Sunshine Lee, Nora Collins heat up Summerfest Sunday –

David Nail, Kitten, Erica Sunshine Lee, Nora Collins heat up Summerfest Sunday
The Uline Warehouse Stage was the epicenter of country music on Sunday, and 2014 WAMI singer/songwriter of the year winner Nora Collins helped warm up the stage for headliner David Nail. Nora played a strong set despite a few technical difficulties ...

8 Summer Beer Festivals Across the U.S.

Summer is for beer drinking, pool sitting and overall relaxing. Attending a beer festival knocks out two of the aforementioned activities. You don’t have to be a craft beer connoisseur to enjoy beer festivals, either. Any event involving drinking beer, eating pretzels from a necklace and listening to music with friends is bound to be a good time. If you’re still planning a summer vacation, consider visiting these 8 cities with beer festivals.

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Beer Camp Across America, Chico, Calif., San Diego, Calif., Denver, Colo., Chicago, Ill., Portland, Maine, Philadelphia, Penn., Mills River, N.C.: This unique festival travels all over the United States featuring regional breweries. Choose the camp closest to you, or daringly follow the caravan across the nation and try beers from every region. Check the website for ticket information.

Key West Brewfest, Key West, Fla.: Beach, beer and brunch make for a pretty good setup. This festival is easy to incorporate into summer plans since it takes place in Key West, Fla. on Labor Day weekend, lasting an activity-packed four days. With fresh fish and an ocean view, not much could go wrong here. Tickets go on sale July 1, so mark your calendars! Ticket information available here.

Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland, Ore.: Take a trip to the cooler part of the country — the Pacific Northwest — for another waterfront beer festival. This year marks the 27th annual Oregon Brewers Festival and, get this, admission is FREE! The festivities begin on July 23 and end July 27. Surely, that’s enough time to sample a beer or two from over 80 craft breweries, right? Get admission details here.

Seven Sisters Craft Beer and Music Festival, San Luis Obispo, Calif.: Since you’ll already be out West, how about taking a little trip down to California? Seven Sisters is a 3-day (July 11-13) beer and music extravaganza. Luckily, for those of you who just can’t fathom leaving the grounds for even a day, camping is available on-site. The festival also offers outdoor activities like yoga, hiking, mountain biking and golf. Get ticket information here.

Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, Wis.: For the 28th year in a row, this popular beer festival offers over 150 craft breweries, live music and local food vendors. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to set up on the park lawn. Tickets are unfortunately sold out, but start planning for next year!

Summer Brew Fest, Denver, Colo.: What began as a small craft beer gathering is now an annual tradition in Denver. The Summer Brew Fest hosts 76 craft brewers from all over the U.S. and benefits Swallow Hill Music, which offers instruction and performance of musical arts. Oh, there are also a photo booth, turkey legs and pretzels galore. Get ticket information here.

American Beer Classic, Washington, D.C.: The aptly named American Beer Classic takes place in the nation’s capital on July 12 at RFK Stadium. Like the other festivals, food and entertainment are available, but, in true American democratic style, there is a people’s choice competition to vote for your favorite beer. The winner earns MVB (Most Valuable Brew). This beer festival only lasts for a day, leaving time to explore the rest of the history-rich city. Ticket information available here.

Music City Brewer’s Festival, Nashville, Tenn.: If your vacation destination is down south, check out Nashville’s beer festival. With a healthy lineup of breweries and prime location in the heart of downtown, this one is sure to keep you entertained. Nashville’s emerging food scene means plenty of late-night snacking options. Get tickets here before the festival begins on July 19.

See how to make your own hard cider here>>

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Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Justin Moore and Blake Shelton embrace; Carrie Underwood and Kip Moore spend time helping others; Brett Eldredge celebrates his parents; and Martina McBride and Blake Shelton have a couple of serious questions. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week: Justin [...]

Beat the heat with tips from Tift Co. EMA, Ready Georgia

Summer in Georgia is a time for camping trips, cookouts and afternoons by the pool. However, it’s also a time to be aware of the dangers soaring temperatures can bring. Extreme heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S, claiming more than 650 lives across the nation each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tift County Emergency Management Agency (EMA ...

Fan drive deadline extended

Due to the tremendous response we've received, we have extended the deadline in the "Tifton: We're Your Biggest Fans!" fan drive. We've received many applications and have more than 40 fans collected so far, and it's our hope that an extension will bring in even more fans after the holiday weekend. 

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Get Personal on "Meanwhile Back at Mama’s"

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are giving fans a glimpse into their lives away from cameras in their video for "Meanwhile Back at Mama's."

Watch Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” Video

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw photo courtesy of The GreenRoom.

Tim McGraw has released a beautiful new video for his latest single, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” featuring Faith Hill. The video tells the story of the superstar couple’s public and private lives, beginning with scenes from the stage to the home they share in Nashville.

See photos of Tim and Faith’s farm >>

“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s is featured on Tim’s new album, Sundown Heaven Town, set for release on August 26. The couple debuted the song at this year’s ACM Awards.

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Carrie Underwood Had 11 Pages of "Somethin’ Bad"

"Story by Carrie Underwood." That's what the credits at the end of Miranda Lambert and Underwood's brand new "Somethin' Bad" video reveal. And I found out what it really means is Underwood wrote the treatment for the video.

10 Country Stars Who Totally Rock the Cowboy Look

Great American Country is saddling up for a new show. The Highway Cowboys are a new breed of American heroes who volunteer to heard loose cattle threatening the safety of drivers along busy Texas roads. The new series debuts next Tuesday, July 8 at 10/9c, so we’re celebrating country stars who rock the cowboy look.

George Strait, the King of Country Music, is the epitome of a cowboy. Known for his signature cowboy hat and Wranglers, he’s now retired from touring, giving him more time to spend at his Texas ranch, working cattle, riding his favorite roping horses and spending time with his family.

George Strait

Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Kenny Chesney is more of an island cowboy than a Texas cowboy, but he’s rarely seen on stage without his cowboy hat.

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Tim McGraw has parted ways with his black cowboy hat for movie roles and even music videos, but when it’s show time, fans know he will have his hat firmly in place.

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw photo courtesy of The GreenRoom.

Arkansas may not be known as the land of cowboys, but that doesn’t keep Justin Moore, a native of the state, from proufly rocking a cowboy hat and boots.

Justin Moore

Justin Moore photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of BMLG.

Even in the midst of one of his infamous practical jokes, Brad Paisley is sure to have his white cowboy had firmly on his head – unless, of course, the practical joke involves a disguise.

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley photo by Jim Shea, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

This country newcomer is a cowboy through and through. Jon Pardi often posts photos from his roping and riding adventures and almost always can be found in boots, jeans and a cowboy hat.

Jon Pardi

Jon Pardi photo courtesy of

Jason Aldean sings about being an “Asphalt Cowboy,” but he could pass as a ropin’ and ridin’ cowboy with his cowboy hat and boots.

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean at the 2014 CMA Music Festival; photo courtesy of the CMA.

Alan Jackson’s cowboy hat is almost as iconic as the singer himself. Fans will be seeing plenty of both Alan and his hat as he celebrates his 25th anniversary in country music throughout 2015.

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Chris Young has hung up his cowboy hat these days in favor of going hatless, but we remember when he wouldn’t take the stage without it.

Chris Young

Chris Young photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Toby Keith sings about how he should’ve been a cowboy, but with his cowboy hats and boots, he could have fooled us.

Toby Keith

Toby Keith photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Tell us who your favorite cowboys are!



New Season of “America’s Got Talent” Ropes in a Cowboy

We’ve seen plenty of country music singers on the multitude of reality competition shows, but there’s more to living a country or western lifestyle than just strumming a guitar and belting out a tune about a truck.

Check out this hot—literally HOT—cowboy swinging a rope on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. And to find out how he scores with the judges, tune in tonight (July 1) at 8 p.m. ET.

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