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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.

Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood
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Best Under 30 – Readers Poll

Sure, age is just a number, but you have to admit that it's pretty impressive when young singers turn into country music superstars before they're old enough to drink, buy cigarettes, have kids and be considered 'mature adults.' Who do you think is the best country under the age of 30?

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Lauren Alaina vs. Trace Adkins – The Showdown

The naysayers were put in their rightful place after a heated battle on Taste of Country Nights radio on Wednesday. Lauren Alaina 'inched' by Jason Aldean to win the Taste of Country Showdown by less than 40 votes and just 1 percent -- but it was a win nonetheless. With him out of the way, Alaina's new single 'Eighteen Inches' takes on a fresh competitor in Trace Adkins' latest fan favorite, 'Them Lips (On Mine).'

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Kristin Chenoweth Rushed to Hospital After On-Set Injury

Kristin Chenoweth was rushed to the hospital after being injured while on the set of CBS' series 'The Good Wife' on Wednesday afternoon. According to reports, the multi-talented country singer and actress was struck by a large piece of lighting equipment, which was pushed into her by a gust of wind. Chenoweth was knocked to the ground and hit her head on then concrete.

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Did Luke Bryan Read the National Anthem Lyrics Off His Hand at the MLB All-Star Game?

Country fans who were excited to watch Luke Bryan sing the National Anthem at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night were left feeling confused by the end of his rendition. Without fail, the 'Drunk on You' singer hit all the notes and impressed baseball fans inside Kauffman Stadium -- but those watching closely at home noticed that the singer appeared to be reading something, like the lyrics to the song, from his palm as he sang.

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Eric Church Dishes on Speaking His Mind, Cone Breasts and Which Artists He’d Still Wait in Line to See

Country music fans like Eric Church for more than just his music. While it's admirable that in a world of processed, overdone soun the 35-year-old singer-songwriter has built a career from the ground up, it's really his raw, rebellious side that many are drawn to. As we learned earlier this year, Church has no qualms about speaking his mind -- even when it gets him in trouble. But that's far from a bad thing.

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Eric Church to Play Free Makeup Show for Taste of Country Fans in Buffalo

Eric Church is sorry he couldn't see you on Friday, Buffalo, but he's going to make it up to you. Heavy rain and high winds -- and thus, unsafe conditions -- forced WYRK to cut short their annual Taste of Country concert on Friday (June 1), and many fans went home disappointed.

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Eric Church’s Taste of Country Concert Set Canceled Due to Severe Weather

Eric Church was unable to perform his scheduled concert in Buffalo, N.Y. on Friday night due to severe weather. The 'Springsteen' hitmaker was slated to appear at WYRK's Taste of Country 2012 concert, where Casey James, Joe Nichols, Eli Young Band and Dustin Lynch performed before him. Unfortunately, the weather became too severe for Church to take the stage come showtime.

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Taylor Swift Awarded Woman of the Year at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards

On Sunday night, Taylor Swift was officially crowned with one of the most prestigious nods given at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards: Woman of the Year. Following a strong introduction by Kris Kristofferson -- who called her "one of the most successful artists in country music" -- Swift got a multi-minute reel recapping all of the heights she's reached in her relatively short career.

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Daily Roundup: George Strait, Scotty McCreery + More

Friday was a really big day for George Strait. The King of Country turned 60 on May 18, and we celebrated right along with him with a list of little-known facts about the singer. Find those in today's Daily Roundup -- plus, find out when to tune in to watch Scotty McCreery return 'home' next week.

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Favorite George Strait Song – Readers Poll

George Strait has literally hundreds of songs in his vast catalog, but in honor of his 60th birthday today (May 18), we're asking you the impossible: What is your favorite George Strait song? Trust us, we know -- the possibilities are endless. Yet somehow, we've narrowed it down to just five choices.

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