4 ON THE SCENE
Taylor Swift kicks off football season, Brooks & Dunn say goodbye, the ASCAP awards and more!
13 ROUND UP
Toby Keith talks music, our picks to win the CMAs and other Nashville news. Plus: a new column from Kix Brooks!
18 CELEB TRICK OR TREAT!
The stars dress up for Halloween
25 STAR STYLE
Style tricks from LeAnn Rimes, the secrets to wearing scarves, and drugstore beauty must-haves
30 10 SONGS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE
Kenny Chesney talks about the music that made him who he is
32 BEHIND THE LYRICS
Chris Young reveals the inspiration for his hit “Voices”
34 FREE MUSIC!
Free songs from Jerrod Niemann, Charlie Daniels and more!
36 COVER: I COUNT MY BLESSINGS
Carrie Underwood celebrates her new life, Darius Rucker gives thanks for sports, the stars of Lady Antebellum reflect on friendship and Jimmy Wayne looks back at his life-changing walk
52 BOOK EXCERPT
Hot celeb photos from My Country
58 BEST-EVER PASTA DISHES
Four must-have recipes
62 TAILGATING WITH ZAC BROWN
64 COOKING WITH TRISHA YEARWOOD
66 DESSERT OF THE MONTH
Candy bar parfait
68 RESTAURANT RECIPE
Famous Dave’s “Drunkin’ Apples”
70 COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH
The Maple Manhattan
72 MAKE IT THIS WEEKEND!
Easy ways to give a chair a new look
80 THE BOYS OF FALL
Stars share pix from their gridiron pasts
Look for our next issue on stands Nov. 12!
ON THE COVER
Photograph by Jeff Lipsky. Hair & Makeup: Melissa Schleicher; Stylist: Jill Roth; tank: Anlo; earrings: Ippolita. Insets (from left): Jordan Strauss/Wireimage; Jon Kopaloff/Filmmagic; Evan Agostini/AP; Mark Davis/Getty Images