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The singer-songwriter opens the doors to her home, filled with sentimental collections and eBay scores.

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Nashville stars Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton and Charles Esten

Just weeks before the season four finale was set to air, US country music drama Nashville has been axed by American network ABC.

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The Couple Know How To Rock Out in The Front Seat

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Once again, there are country and Americana artists both on the verge and under-the-radar who deserve a listen, including a ferocious Tex-Mex-tinged band, a Southern-rock badass and a trio of women who deliver sharp lyrics with angelic harmonies.

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The American Country Countdown Awards skipped last year, but held a ceremony last week in Los Angeles, however they will forever be faced with the challenge of validating their existence. Fortunately the telecast boasted more high points than low.

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A Look Back at 27 Years of Musical Highlights

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Keith Richards talks about the authenticity and wisdom he found in Merle Haggard's music.

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Country went British when Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan visited The Late Late Show with James Corden recently, and crooned a country song sure to (not!) be a hit in the U.K.

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Nashville is one of country music’s — actually, music in general’s — storied cities. The genre is packed full of songs about aspiring artists going to Music City to “make it” … and what happens when those dreams don’t pan out.

 

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Keith Urban has been slowly leaking details of his Ripcord album for over a year, beginning with a new song called “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville in February 2015.


He’s finally set to release his album he admitted he wasn’t close to completing this past winter. It’s a ‘work in progress’, he said.

But he’ll need to have it finished this week. May 6th is the official released date for Ripcord, Urban’s ninth studio album and the first since Fuse in 2013.

Family inspires him, he says. New music and experimental sounds inspire him more than the old, he adds. If you can count on anything, it’s that this new project will be filled with styles and ideas that at first seem too edgy for country radio, yet many will ultimately feel as familiar as a great pair of blue jeans.

Here’s everything you need to know about The Title, The Singles, The Producers, The Songs (track list) and The Tour.

READ more and VIEW 7 Unforgettable Keith Urban Moments

at Taste of Country here: http://bit.ly/1TCpoHd

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More fans are singing along to country songs than ever before. According to CMA’s Today’s Country Music Market 2015 report, the genre has had a 30 percent growth in audience over the past ten years while, per Nielsen, country music's radio audience increased by 17 percent since 2006.

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See the sharp-dressed icon play a Grand Ole Opry set of "Hello Walls," "Funny How Time Slips Away," "Night Life" and "Crazy"

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Last week was a big deal for Tucker Beathard.

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She just fits right in with Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood (more than once) and Vince Gill

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For most major U.S. cities, summer is synonymous with major country music tours. This year is shaping up to be no differently. But the cost is high.

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Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott says she is baring her soul like never before in the first single off her upcoming faith-based album. But she's keeping secret – at least for the moment – the recent personal trauma that inspired the self-penned song, entitled "Thy Will."

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Co-host Luke Bryan spoke onstage during the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Country music has been one of the most popular genres in the U.S. for decades now, but it’s so much more important than just sales and streams.

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Jennifer Nettles is on a mission, and it's a mission to empower children all around the country.

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From the defiance of "The Fightin' Side of Me" to the melancholy of "If We Make It Through December"

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Garth Brooks is going to share the recording process for his upcoming album with fans via social media.

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Shelton’s movie soundtrack contribution finds its narrator musing about how an unlikely friendship got him through some hard times. The corresponding music video features the country star performing “Friends” in a recording studio, with the movies titular animated birds — and their pig nemeses — having a little fun.

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IMAGE FROM MERLEHAGGARD.COM

Legendary Country Star, Merle Haggard, didn't just write great country songs, he lived them. His real life experiences of poverty as the son of Oklahoma migrants, an early stint in prison and a life lived on the road gave his songs true grit when others would just have to imagine those scenarios for inspiration.

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It was an emotional night during the American Idol finale as past winners and finalists came together to celebrate the long run of the singing competition show.

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Last week the annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville, Tennessee started, and who better to take the stage at one of the many participating venues than ACM Award winning female vocalist, Kelsea Ballerini?

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Garth Brooks' latest duet features the dulcet tones and sweet harmonies of an unexpected partner: Carrie Underwood's hockey-playing husband. Yes, Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators.

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