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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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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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Daily Roundup: Country Stars Mourn the Death of Two Music Icons + More

Today was a sad day for the music world. One country music inspiration and legendary banjo player passed at the age of 75. Fans also learned of the death of the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer. And while Summer's death was less directly related to the country music world, it was no less a reason to mourn -- especially for Dolly Parton. Get those stories and more in today's Taste of Country Daily Roundup.

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Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood
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Most Anticipated Summer Tour – Readers Poll

Summer means grilling out, staying cool in the pool and rocking hard at the hottest summer concerts. This year will be no exception. Several of country music's biggest names are heading out on the road for 2012 summer tours, but which road show are you most looking forward to?

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Blake Shelton’s ‘The Voice’ Team Shines With Lady Gaga’s ‘Edge of Glory’

Just minutes after Blake Shelton got a minute in 'The Voice' spotlight as a solo performer, bringing the debut of his new single 'Over' to our television screens, it was his team's turn to shine. Jermaine Paul and Erin Willett -- along with Team Christina Aguilera's remaining two -- took the stage to declare that they're on the 'Edge of Glory,' each hoping to find ultra fame as a result of winning the competition.

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