November 11, 2009 12:00 PM

6 ON THE SCENE

Tim gets ready for some football, a Grammy tribute to Vince Gill and some adorable PDA from Keith and Nicole at the US Open

13 ROUND UP

Trisha Yearwood shares her favorite things, Alan Jackson puts his house up for sale—for $38 million!—a guide to the CMA awards and more

26 HOT SONGS FOR FREE!

Free music from Jason Aldean, Patty Loveless and other artists

28 BEHIND THE LYRICS

Kenny Chesney opens up about the inspiration behind his hit song “I’m Alive”

30 COUNTRY STARS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Brad Paisley talks about what he learned from his dad—and what he’s passing on to sons Huck and Jasper; at home with Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney; Josh Turner shows off his new son Colby; Taylor Swift, through her brother’s eyes; girl talk with Miranda Lambert and her mom

48 DOUBLE TROUBLE

It’s all about twins! Bucky Covington, Jake Owen, Kate & Kacey and the Carters talk about being two-of-a-kind

52 STARS’ FAVORITE FAMILY PHOTOS

Celebs like Vince Gill, Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker share treasured snapshots of them with their kids

56 THE PIONEER WOMAN THROWS A PARTY

Popular country food blogger Ree Drummond cooks up a cowboy celebration

61 MOST WANTED SLOW COOKER RECIPES

Five easy weeknight dinners—including the Deen brothers’ favorite chili

67 FALLING FOR APPLES

From salsa to pie, four great things to make with fall’s favorite fruit

72 TOMBSTONE TREATS

Scare up some fun with a spooky Halloween dessert

74 RESTAURANT RECIPE

Outback Steakhouse’s coconut shrimp

76 FUN WITH CHALKBOARD PAINT!

Try it on terra-cotta pots or a wall in a kid’s room. Four easy projects

78 PUZZLES

80 I COUNT MY BLESSINGS…

Tim McGraw reveals six reasons he’s thankful

Look for our next issue on sale Nov. 13!

Staff for this Issue

Executive Editor: Maggie Murphy

Editor: Cynthia Sanz

Associate Editors: Danielle Anderson, Eileen Finan, Kay West

Design Director: Sara Williams

Director of Photography: Chris Dougherty

Deputy Art Directors: Nicole Cummo, David Jaenisch, Heath Brockwell

Picture Editor: Christine Ramage

Assistant Photo Editor: Jen Lombardo

Contributing Editors: Susan Nash Gilpin, Bethany Lye

Writers: Joey Bartolomeo, Rennie Dyball, Kristen Mascia, Jennifer Garcia, Andi Miller, Cheryl Brody, Kelsey Witten, Nicole Esposito Polly, Elaine Aradillas, Julie Jordan, Chuck Arnold, Samantha McIntyre

Chief of Reporters: Lisa Kay Greissinger

Reporters: Joyce Chen, Sabrina Ford, Mary Hart, Daniel Levy, Thailan Pham, Rosie Servis

Research: Céline Wojtala (Deputy), David Barbee, Jane Bealer, Stacie Fenster, Margery Frohlinger, Ean Sheehy, Patrick Yang

Copy Chief: Aura Davies

Production Artists: Cynthia Miele, Ilsa Enomoto, Denise Doran

Scanners: Brien Foy, Stephen Pabarue

Imaging: Francis Fitzgerald (Director), Rob Roszkowski (Manager), Romeo Cifelli (Asst. Manager), Jeffrey Ingledue

Production: Meghan Milkowski, Amy Taup (Associate Production Directors), Aislinn Fahy (Positioning & Makeup Manager), Judith M. Clarke, Don Gordon, Joe Gesslein

Administration: Patricia Hustoo

Style & Entertainment Group: Paul J. Caine (President and Group Publisher), David Geithner (SVP and Group General Manager), Fran Hauser (Group Digital President), Nancy Valentino (VP, Communications & Brand Development), Susan Parkes-Cirignano (VP, Marketing), Lori A. Kyle (Group Production Director), Elissa Fishman (VP, Finance)

Publishing: Jennifer Ogden-Reese (VP, Consumer Marketing, People Group), Karen Kovacs (Associate Publisher, Advertising Sales), Elissa Fishman (Finance Director, People Group), Andy Meyerson (Eastern Advertising Director)

ON THE COVER

Photograph by George Holz. Groomer: Robin Geary; Stylist: Jennifer Kemp; Prop Stylist: Ellen Summers/Zenobia. Insets (from left): Kathy Hutchins/Hutchins Photo; Joey Foley/Wireimage; Kevin Mazur/Wireimage; Jeff Kravitz/Filmmagic

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