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Sterling Whitaker is a Nashville-based musician and music journalist. He is the author of two books: 'Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar' and 'The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx.' He has appeared as a guest on VH1, BBC Radio and radio all over North America. Whitaker is also very involved in animal rescue.
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Kree Harrison Lands in the Bottom Two on ‘American Idol’ This Week

In an astonishing reversal of fortune, standout singer Kree Harrison landed in the bottom two on 'American Idol' on the results show Thursday night (April 18), narrowly avoiding having to sing for her life after the votes from Wednesday night's performances were tallied.

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Miss Willie Brown Break Up

After a critically acclaimed run, the dynamic country duo called Miss Willie Brown have decided to part ways. The pair -- consisting of Amanda Watkins and Kasey Buckley -- first came to national attention by performing on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' before they were signed to a recording contract. They announced their breakup on their official website on Tuesday (April 16).

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Carrie Underwood Sounds Off About Tennessee ‘Ag Gag’ Bill

Carrie Underwood is furious about a new bill that has passed in Tennessee -- and she's not afraid to say so in public. The 'Blown Away' singer took to social media Thursday (April 18) to denounce the Tennessee state legislature for passing the so-called "Ag Gag" bill, which many critics say will help factory farms get away with abusing animals.

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Kree Harrison Sings Celine Dion’s ‘Have You Ever Been in Love’ on ‘American Idol’

Aspiring country singer Kree Harrison showed her versatility on 'American Idol' on Wednesday night (April 17), singing the Celine Dion song 'Have You Ever Been in Love' to overwhelming praise from the judges.

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Janelle Arthur Sings Vince Gill’s ‘When I Call Your Name’ on ‘American Idol’

Up-and-coming country singer Janelle Arthur paid tribute to one of her earliest influences on 'American Idol' Wednesday night (April 17), performing the Vince Gill classic 'When I Call Your Name' to effusive praise from the judges -- except one.

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Hunter Hayes Recalls First Meeting Brad Paisley, Talks ‘Outstanding in Our Field’

Hot rising star Hunter Hayes is on a major roll. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist released his major label debut in 2011, and since then he's scored a big hit with 'Wanted' and won a number of critical accolades. But he was still unsure of himself when superstar Brad Paisley asked him to play guitar on 'Outstanding in Our Field,' a track from the legend's new album, 'Wheelhouse.'

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Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s ‘Accidental Racist’ Spoofed on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Country's Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J have been making the media rounds this week, talking about their controversial collaboration 'Accidental Racist,' which tackles the thorny issue of race relations in contemporary America. But on Saturday night (April 13) it was time for a break from all of the serious dialogue the song has opened up, as 'Saturday Night Live' spoofed the musicians in a sketch that aired on the Weekend Update comedy news portion of the show.

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Kacey Musgraves Admits It’s a ‘Really Cool’ and ‘Surreal’ Time for Her

In the space of just a few months, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has gone from being virtually unknown to being the Next Big Thing in country music. The 24-year-old performer released her debut single 'Merry Go Round' last year, and her first album 'Same Trailer, Different Park' recently debuted at No. 1 in the Billboard country charts in its first week of release.

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Little Big Town Hope Despite ‘Pontoon,’ Their Best Is Still Ahead of Them

After many years of trying, Little Big Town broke through to across-the-board mainstream country stardom with 'Pontoon' last year. But as grateful as the band members are for their newfound success, they still hope to top it with their next batch of songs.

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Kree Harrison and Janelle Arthur Land in the Top 5 on ‘American Idol’

Country music got a little bit closer to possibly seeing a country singer win this season of 'American Idol' on Thursday night (April 11), as both Kree Harrison and Janelle Arthur landed in the Top 5 for Season 12.

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