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“KICK THE DUST UP” SINGER HAS HIS OWN DUST-UP, BUT TRIUMPHS

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Motley Crue, with Nikki Sixx in a cowboy hat, arrive at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

From loud guitars and lasers to songs about girls, girls, girls, a look back at how the Eighties bad boys have been an inspiration in Nashville

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Singer stands strong in empowering track, and talks overcoming creative frustrations and role of women on country radio

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Underneath all the hair and makeup (and Botox and silicone), the self-deprecating humor and effervescent personality, lies an uncanny talent that has led Dolly Parton to become the most honored woman in country music history.

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Songs about small towns run rampant in country music.

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By now, if you’re a fan of any type of country music, you have probably heard or read about the “controversy” surrounding Luke Bryan‘s recent interview with Daily Hits Double and his comments about outlaw country.

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Famous or not, we’re all in the same boat when it comes to raising babies.

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First it was country music purists vs. Florida Georgia Line. Recently it was Luke Bryan vs. Outlaw Country. Or maybe it began with Outlaw fans dissing Bryan. And then, of course, it’s been the supporters of female artists vs. the country radio programmers who rarely play songs by solo female artists.

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Pat Green, performing here at Stagecoach, embraces independence and new beginnings on the new LP 'Home.' Gary Miller/FilmMagic

Proudly and newly independent, Texas mainstay gears up for his first album of original material in six years

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Rolling Stone didn't comprehensively cover Nashville in the Seventies, but the magazine loved country music enough to not just keep up-to-date on crossover hits but to alert readers to unknown favorites in the world of country, bluegrass, and country-rock.

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Country music is definitely gaining in popularity — and there’s no better example of that fact than the long list of artists who have crossed genres to release a project for country fans.

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Willie Nelson performs at the iTunes Festival during the SXSW

Library of Congress Honoring Willie Nelson as the Next Recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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Father-daughter duo performed their shared hit "Tennessee Flat Top Box" at intimate family party…

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Eric Church performs with his band before a sold out crowd during the New England Country Music Festival at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts in 2013 | The Boston Globe

Why a new wave of country music has stuck to Boston like beer on a frat house floor.

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Truck references in country music are a dime in a dozen. They’re everywhere. And we’re not complaining — but there are some songs that go above and beyond a quick mention of a Chevy or a Ford, to a storyline that’s centered around the country vehicle of choice, or a major reference to trucks in the verses or chorus.

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Like his father, Johnny Cash often snacked on peanuts.

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“TRISHA YEARWOOD: THE SONG REMEMBERS WHEN“ OPENED TO THE PUBLIC JULY 3.

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SHARING LIFE’S JOYS AND STRUGGLES WITH HIS FANS IS IMPORTANT TO JAKE.

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PLUS…THE “ME AND JOHNNY CASH” SINGER REVEALS FIVE FAST FACTS…AND WE REVEAL HER CELEBRITY PARENT!

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What do you get when you mix Lady Antebellum with 23-year-old Nate Rathbun (also known as Audien) and blur the lines between country, EDM and pop?

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On Those Who Helped ‘Love Me Like You Mean It’ Make History

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The first time Keith Urban performed “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ back in February, he wasn’t even sure if he’d remembered all the lyrics right.

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…and visit his behind-the-scenes bar

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Country Music in the Big City…New York City that is…will it play?

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Blake Shelton isn't shy about his drinking habits …“I'm so drunk right now I just walked into a 7-11 put a bag of Skittles in my pants and shouted 'Who wants to taste the rainbow?!!”… he once tweeted.

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Kenny Chesney knew he wanted to say some things that weren’t being said when he went in to make The Big Revival.

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About Urban Cowboy: The Rise And Fall Of Gilley's explores the origins of Gilley's and the implications of how national attention, followed by rampant commercialization, can be a lifetime boon for some — and a downfall for others.

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Vince Gill says he’s a “wicked good guitar player”

For Chris Carmack, who plays singer Will Lexington on the hit ABC drama Nashville, in some ways, art imitates real life.

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