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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.

Kip Moore
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Kip Moore Documentary Shows Desire to Keep Fueling the Fire

"It all starts with a song," Kip Moore echoes in his new 'Burn the Whole World Down' documentary, referencing a quote on the wall at BMI in Nashville. He's a firm believer in that saying -- in fact, it's become somewhat of a mantra for the 'Hey Pretty Girl' singer.

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Brett Eldredge
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Brett Eldredge Shows Off His Pride on America’s Birthday

Christmas ain't got nothing on America's birthday in Brett Eldredge's mind. Easter -- who needs it? Thanksgiving? None for him, thanks. The singer proved that the Fourth of July is his favorite holiday with a very patriotic photo on Thursday (July 4).

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Kelly Clarkson vs. Toby Keith – The Showdown

He did it! After five straight wins -- okay, blowout wins -- Trace Adkins enters our Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame. He's watching from the throne today as two new songs enter the battle ring. Kelly Clarkson's new country single, 'Tie It Up,' is hoping to rope Toby Keith's 'Drinks After Work.'

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Luke Bryan Debuts, Hunter Hayes Returns to ToC Top 10 Video Countdown This Week

Luke Bryan only just released his new 'Crash My Party' music video, but fans didn't waste any time in getting it into the hot Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. Did they beat out other dedicated fanbases to earn a Top 5 slot for their favorite hip-shaker?

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Lady Antebellum Perform Last Set Before Hillary Scott Gives Birth at 2013 Taste of Country Festival – Pictures

On Saturday night (June 15), Lady Antebellum took the stage for the last time before Hillary Scott becomes a mother. The trio stunned the crowd at the first-ever Taste of Country Music Festival, ending the three-day event in a way only they could.

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Hunter Hayes
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Hunter Hayes Proves Why He Deserved an Invite to Hunter Mountain at 2013 ToC Fest – Pictures

It's only a coincidence that Hunter Hayes played Hunter Mountain -- where the 2013 Taste of Country Music Festival officially set up camp -- on Saturday afternoon (June 15), but he owned the crowd as if the rolling green hills had actually been named for him.

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Trace Adkins Closes Out Friday’s ToC Fest Lineup With Ballads, Crowd-Pleasers – Pictures

Day 2 of the Taste of Country Music Festival drew to a close with a major bang. Thousands of country music fans piled onto Hunter Mountain on Friday (June 14) to witness the greatness that is Trace Adkins -- and he didn't disappoint.

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Taylor Swift Shows Her Many Colors Live on Red Tour in Texas – Exclusive Pictures

Taylor Swift doesn't have thick skin, she tells Taste of Country (after all, no good writer does) -- a trait only amplified during her live show, where she seems most at home. The 'Begin Again' superstar took the stage in the capital city of Austin, Texas on Tuesday night (May 21) wearing her heart on her sleeve and showing it off song by song, story by story.

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Brett Eldredge
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Brett Eldredge Wraps Red Tour Dates, Shares What He Learned From Taylor Swift

For 20 minutes on Thursday night (May 16), Brett Eldredge owned the crowd that was still trickling into Houston's Toyota Center to see perhaps the biggest tour of the year -- Taylor Swift's 2013 Red Tour. It was a short set for the country newcomer, but like he did at each of the other 18 shows he played with the superstar, he maxed out every second, walking onstage armed with ammo given to him by his grandfather and Swift herself.

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