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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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Steel Magnolia
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Steel Magnolia Respond to Questions About Their Future

Steel Magnolia took to their official Facebook page this week to "clear up any confusion" about the future of the duo, but didn't quite answer the underlying question: did they break up?

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Lady Antebellum
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Exclusive: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley Let a Fan Customize His Golf Game

Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum is almost as passionate about golf as he is country music. The singer says if he had to pick between a hole in one or a No. 1 single ('Compass' is currently in the Top 5), he'd take the radio hit. But in a strange way, the two passions merged last summer. 

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Taylor Swift
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Harry Potter and Friends Sing Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ [Watch]

Taylor Swift has gotten the Harry Potter treatment! Harry Potter -- and some of his closest friends -- were all mashed up to sing one of Swift's biggest breakup hits.

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Miranda Lambert
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Miranda Lambert Exhibit Opening at Country Music Hall of Fame

Miranda Lambert is adding a little sass to the Country Music Hall of Fame -- she's getting her own exhibit!

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Jett Williams Atkinson
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Hank Williams’ Daughter Jett Williams Adkinson Arrested

Jett Williams -- the 61-year-old daughter of country legend Hank Williams, Sr. and a country singer herself -- was arrested on Tuesday morning (Feb. 25) in Lebanon, Tenn. on charges of driving under the influence.

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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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Hayden Pannettiere
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Hayden Panettiere on Nashville Home: ‘I Can Live a Normal Life Here’

When Hayden Panettiere, star of ABC's hit show 'Nashville,' moved to Music City, she found herself pleasantly surprised. Instead of living a life surrounded by paparazzi, the actress and singer discovered normalcy in Middle Tennessee.

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Danielle Bradbery
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Danielle Bradbery Got a Warm Welcome on Brad Paisley’s Tour

Danielle Bradbery is the first to admit she's had a stellar start to her country career. The 17-year-old songstress is the youngest contestant to win NBC's 'The Voice,' her single 'The Heart of Dixie' is on its way into the Top 10, and she's spent the last few months on tour with the legendary Brad Paisley.

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Dierks Bentley
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Exclusive: Dierks Bentley Defends His Prius, Opens Up About Songs on ‘Riser’ [Watch]

Dierks Bentley's new 'Riser' album hits stores and digital retailers on Tuesday (Feb. 25). The singer calls it his most personal album to date, and says the current single 'I Hold On' is his favorite radio single ever. During an interview with Taste of Country Nights' Sam Alex, Bentley opens up about the music, his family, his trips to the White House and his wife Cassidy's Toyota Prius. 

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Lucy Hale
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Lucy Hale Forced to Reschedule Opry Debut Due to Illness

Actress-turned-country singer Lucy Hale has unfortunately been forced to cancel her debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry after contracting the flu.

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Dan and Shay
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Dan + Shay Reveal Album Details for ‘Where It All Began’

Dan + Shay's country debut will be here before you know it, and the duo have finally announced all the little details you've been waiting for. The album, which will be titled 'Where It All Began,' is set for release on April 1.

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