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Miranda Lambert, Jessica Turri, Justin Moore
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Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice + the Families Agree: St. Jude Is a Happy Place – Webathon Day 1 Recap

Despite a few heartbreaking stories and one or two emotional country artists, Taste of Country readers learned that the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a happy place during Day 1 of the 2014 ToC/St. Jude webathon. That was message from no fewer than five country stars, plus the families of two former patients.

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Miranda Lambert: St. Jude ‘Feeds Your Soul’

For Miranda Lambert, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a place of hope. She's certainly not alone in that belief. The millions of people who've been touched by the world famous medical research facility will agree, as will dozens of other country stars. For 25 years, country artists have led the fundraising charge for this world-class facility.

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Sheryl Crow
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Sheryl Crow Recalls Almost Adopting a St. Jude Patient [Watch]

When asked if she had a St. Jude moment, Sheryl Crow didn’t hesitate. The internationally-known singer has been working with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for almost 20 years, but remembers one little girl who stole her heart at a time when she was exhausted.

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Bid on a Signed Rascal Flatts Guitar to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Jay, Joe Don and Gary of Rascal Flatts have stepped up to help the kids at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. During a two-day Taste of Country webathon, fans can bid on this autographed electric guitar, with all proceeds going to St. Jude. 

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Eli Young Band
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ToC Encore: Pushing Pause for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

For 25 years, country radio has stepped up to raise money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and on Thursday and Friday (March 6 and 7), Taste of Country is joining that effort. Head writer Billy Dukes explains how artists like Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow jumped at a chance to help with the first-annual webathon, and how you can participate.

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Dierks Bentley
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Album Spotlight: Dierks Bentley, ‘Riser’

The sonic differences between ‘Riser’ and Dierks Bentley’s five previous studio albums (excluding ‘Up on the Ridge’) are subtle, but important. The Arizona-raised singer drops the rumbling, rambling, Bakersfield-inspired licks that made up many of his biggest hits and adds great lyrical depth.

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Hank Williams Jr
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Hank Williams Jr., Eric Paslay + More Added to Taste of Country Music Festival Lineup

The superstar lineup at the 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival just got bigger with the addition of Hank Williams. Jr. Eric Paslay, Leah Turner, the Cadillac Three and Jamie Lynn Spears have also been added to the June 13-15 camping and country music festival at Hunter Mountain.

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Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan
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ToC Encore: Turning Personal Tragedy Into Hit Records

Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways. 

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Album Spotlight: Cole Swindell, ‘Cole Swindell’

Cole Swindell set out to make a well-rounded album that tells his story, and he succeeded. The 12 tracks on ‘Cole Swindell’ tread along familiar country themes, but don’t run ruts into any one in particular. It’s surprisingly easy to find yourself halfway through the album a second time without noticing.

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