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.
Chris Young vs. Keith Urban – The Showdown
Garth who? Chris Young proved that old country isn't always the best country by knocking Garth Brooks out of the Taste of Country Showdown over the weekend. But now, he's up against an artist who is just as well-versed in owning the charts in 2013 (and likely 2014).
Sara Evans vs. Jamie Lynn Spears – The Showdown
Sara Evans can't be stopped! Or can she? After besting Billy Currington and Brett Eldredge without so much as a second glance, the seasoned star's new single is up against a surprising country debut from Britney Spears' little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.
Paul Walker Dead at 40: Country Artists React
Late Saturday evening (Nov. 30), the tragic news hit the internet hard: Paul Walker is dead. The ‘Fast and Furious ' star, 40, was killed in a single-car crash on Saturday afternoon after leaving a charity event.
Kelly Clarkson Pregnant!
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes ... well, you know! Kelly Clarkson is pregnant, having officially confirmed the news that many were expecting to come soon.
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&…
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).
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&…
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?
Lady Antebellum Perform Last Set Before Hillary Scott Gives Birth at 2013 Taste of Country…
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.
Hunter Hayes Proves Why He Deserved an Invite to Hunter Mountain at 2013 ToC Fest – Pictur…
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.