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Twain's exclamation-heavy smash "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" propelled Underwood to the 'American Idol' finale

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"The bar is not very high right now," says the icon, whose 'Cass County' album is one of the year's most poignant

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Debuting in March, 'Every Mile a Memory' will trace the singer's career from the bars to the arenas

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"It sounds like country, but not our granddad's country," says Rogers of latest album 'Nothing Shines Like Neon'

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Singer-songwriters and bands alike highlight Rolling Stone Country's Artists You Need to Know for February.

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A wintry mix of snow and ice closed schools and businesses and wreaked havoc on roads in Nashville last week, but it couldn't stop Miranda Lambert fans from coming to see her.

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Tyler Farr has been forced to cancel his upcoming tour with Lee Brice. The country singer is on vocal rest following microlaryngeal surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cords.

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Clip contains scenes from around the world that appeared in the OWN series 'Belief'

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"Who remembers my old band?" Kristian Bush asked his audience on a recent weekend, during a performance at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Seaside, Florida.

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If you're a Dolly Parton fan, you probably have no shortage of reasons to love her. She's a great singer, of course, and proved her worth on the big screen with hits like ‘9 to 5,’ ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ and ‘Steel Magnolias.’

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Singer's 1993 video for "Take It Easy" reunited the Eagles' classic lineup

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Covers LP follows Nelson's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song last year

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The Show’s Current Hiatus Makes a Lot of of Fans Feel Its Influence

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Track will appear on Lynn's upcoming 'Full Circle' LP

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For the past two years Thomas Rhett has been working hard at getting in shape – and now he's trying to do the same for you.

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About two weeks before Christmas, Backroad Anthem singers Toby Freeman and Craig Strickland made their final songwriting trip of the year to Nashville.

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For three days in April, the Las Vegas strip will be hopping with a country music party unlike any other.

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After restraining himself in a straitjacket for his previous video, Brett Eldredge was looking for a little more freedom when it came time to shoot the clip for his next single.

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One of Nashville’s hottest new acts, Brothers Osborne, didn’t even need an album to get a Grammy nod.

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From Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan's stadium treks to Stagecoach and CMA Music Festival

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In the studio to record a song with wife Morgane, the singer-songwriter opens up on a wild 2015 and reflects on his breakout year and the success of his debut album 'Traveller.'

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After meeting at a Nashville songwriting camp shortly before, Steve McEwan and John Reid co-wrote “Only You Can Love Me This Way” in about 15 minutes.

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TouchTunes has released its lists of the top artists and songs played on jukeboxes in the last year, and it doesn’t feature a ton of surprises — but it does feature a lot of country artists.

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Despite positive signs in 2015 that female artists are making progress, there's still a long road ahead

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In an industry that’s congenitally prone to patting itself on the back, 2015 was an especially congratulatory year for country music artists. Several ascended the various halls of fame.

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One thing can be said about country artists — they have seriously great senses of humor.

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Garth Brooks earned more money than anyone else in country music this year, and it wasn’t even close. Forbes has released its list of the top moneymakers in the music business, and Brooks checks in at No. 3 overall.

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