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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.

Taylor Swift Shares Her 2013 Plans – Exclusive Video

Even music fans who don't consider themselves 'Swifties' likely know that Taylor Swift has a 'thing' for the number 13 -- her chosen "lucky number" -- which can often be seen scribbled on her hand during concerts. Given that 2013 is fast approaching, we asked the 'Begin Again' singer what her plans are for the new year.

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Taylor Swift Dishes on Whether She’d Ever Get a Tattoo (And What She’d Get) – Exclusive Video

Taylor Swift would never ever get a tattoo... like, ever. Trust us -- we asked. In an exclusive interview with Taste of Country, the 'Begin Again' hitmaker admitted that while she had a lot of fun writing different lyrics on her arm each night during her Speak Now Tour (see them all here), she could never actually commit to permanent ink.

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Darius Rucker Interview Part 2: Opry’s Newest Member Dishes on New Music, Hootie Reunion and Taking Off His Twitter Training Wheels

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Looking ahead to 2013, are there any tour plans that you can talk about at this point?

Not yet. I actually have meetings about that today. We’ll see!

You have even become quite the Twitter guy in rec

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Justin Moore Interview Part 2: Hitmaker Dishes on Life at Home With Two Daughters and Trying His Hand at Love Songs

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For the next record, have you been writing with any specific direction?
You know what, I’m not. I really don’t know yet what I want to do. It’s funny because the first two albums, I knew exactly what

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Eric Church Interview Part 2: ‘Creepin” Hitmaker Talks CMAs Nods, Fatherhood and Why He’s Taking Time Off in 2013

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Who is somebody else in the music business you would like to work with at some point down the road?
There's a number of people. I am a big fan of Kacey Musgraves, who is getting ready to come out. She's really good. Luke Laird -- a buddy of mine

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Taylor Swift Kicks Sadness to the Curb in Fun-Filled ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ Video

It's clear that Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' video will only continue the popularity of the record-setting single. The clip, which premiered across many major networks on Aug. 30, is a blend of pent-up rage, total randomness, odd splashes of color and Taylor Swift's genuine nature -- shot all in one take, with one camera.

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Taylor Swift’s Best Instagram Photos

The easiest way to keep up with Taylor Swift's life isn't to flip through gossip mags -- it's to check out her Instagram photos. We've selected our favorites of Taylor Swift's best Instagram pictures and showcased them one-by-one here to give you an insider peek at the 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' singer's life, shot by the singer herself (mostly).

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Luke Bryan vs. Edens Edge – The Showdown

Luke Bryan is on a major roll. The 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye' singer has taken out his four previous competitors in the Showdown, day after day, which means he's one stop away from being retired into the Hall of Fame, should he get five straight wins. To complete the mission, he'll have to take out Edens Edge and their new single 'Too Good to Be True' today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio.

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Best Live Performer in Country? – Readers Poll

Country artists across the board are known for putting on some larger-than-life concerts. It's what keeps country music fans coming out in drones, tailgating, singing along and shelling out top dollar for the biggest concerts of the year, tour after tour. But which country artist or group puts on the best live show?

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