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Amanda Hensel

If a passion for music and a knack for writing make a career, then color Amanda Hensel lucky. She is the product of writers -- apparently when you add two news journalists together, you get one music journalist. She currently resides in 'the live music capital of the world,' where she snagged a journalism degree from the University of Texas. Although she's grounded in Austin, Hensel's name travels -- in her short career, she has cited her passion writing for AOL Music Blog, Fringe Magazine, the Houston Press and various other publications.
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Nothing Weird Here: iHeartRadio Country Festival Keeps Austin Country [Pictures]

'Keep Austin Weird' is the slogan in the capital city of Texas, but on Saturday night (May 2), Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, the Band Perry and a handful of others kept it country for the second-annual iHeartRadio Country Festival.

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‘CMA Country Christmas’ Launches Holiday Season With Christmas Classics, Originals

Christmas has arrived, and boy does it look good dressed in a ten-gallon hat and some sparkles! The 2014 'CMA Country Christmas' special aired Monday night (Dec. 1) and delivered gift after gift in the form of country's biggest stars singing holiday staples.

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