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Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson Honored With CMA Triple Play Awards [Exclusive Interview]

Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins are two of the hottest songwriters in Nashville, and they both have brand-new CMA Triple Play Awards to prove it.

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Randy Houser Says ‘Like a Cowboy’ Is a Risk He’s Used to Taking

Randy Houser's single "Like a Cowboy" is a big, Western ballad tucked between amped-up country-rock or pop songs. It stands out like rhinestones on a cowboy standing outside the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the singer is comfortable with that. In fact, few may be more comfortable with that.

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The Underdog: Aaron Watson on the Good and Bad of Being an Independent Artist

There's a song called "Fence Post" on Aaron Watson's new The Underdog album that may give you the wrong impression of the Texas-bred singer. Or, it may be more autobiographical than he knows.

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Artists to Watch in 2015 – No. 1: Chris Lane

Chris Lane is a natural choice for Taste of Country's top Artist to Watch of 2015. It's unlikely you've heard of him yet, as he doesn't even have a record deal. However, Lane rose to the top of this list -- a list that took notice of Sam Hunt last January, long before 'Leave the Night On' hit airwaves -- like he does everything ...

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Country Music News – What is ‘The Voice’ Paying Blake Shelton? [VIDEO]

Here is Blake Shelton he has to say about the rumors that say he's raking in the bucks from "The Voice."

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Keith Urban
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Keith Urban Talks Changes in Upcoming ‘American Idol’ Season

Keith Urban is getting set for the January premiere of the 14th season of 'American Idol,' and he says there are some big changes to the iconic reality singing competition this time around.

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Trisha Yearwood
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New Album Is a Family Affair for Trisha Yearwood

The third cut on Trisha Yearwood's 'PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit' album is called 'I Remember You,' and the singer can't bring herself to listen to it. The lyrics recall memories of her mother, father and so many others she was close to. Then, her husband did something to make it even more personal.

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Trisha Yearwood: ‘The Odds Are Against Me’

Trisha Yearwood says her song 'PrizeFighter' has become a business anthem for her, as well as a personal one. With women in country music struggling to find radio space, and with the changes in the music business since she released her last album seven years ago, the 50-year-old knows better than to pin her expectations on sales or chart numbers.

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Dan and Shay
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Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney Undergoes Emergency Surgery Prior to CMA Awards

Just one day before the 2014 CMA Awards, Taste of Country caught up with Dan + Shay ... or, one half of the duo, really. Dan Smyers stopped by our booth to chat about his other half, Shay Mooney, and why he was missing in action during interviews.

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Maddie and Tae
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Maddie and Tae Prep for Their First CMA Awards, Recall Where They Were Last Year

It has been quite a year for newcomers Maddie & Tae, whose debut single 'Girl in a Country Song' undoubtedly helped them snag an invite to the 2014 CMA Awards. The duo recall how far they've come since last year, including where they watched the show and how they're prepping to attend.

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