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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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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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Daily Roundup: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley + More

Carrie Underwood visited an elementary school to sing with the chorus this week, but in the end, it was the fifth-graders at PS22 that ended up leaving her 'Blown Away' (pun very much intended). Also in Taste of Country's Daily Roundup is Brad Paisley's appearance on 'South Park' -- and even if you're not a fan of the often crude cartoon, this is one episode you will want to watch.

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Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton
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Best Weekend Jam – Readers Poll

TGIF! Now that it's nearly May and cold weather is becoming a memory we want to soon forget, it's time to crank up our favorite country hits and just... relax. What do you think is the best weekend jam -- the country song most suited to help you take a load off on Friday and Saturday nights?

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Daily Roundup: Julianne Hough, Rascal Flatts + More

Julianne Hough found herself red with embarrassment this week at the mercy of her boyfriend, 'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest. Find out why she was caught off guard, plus wish an extra special happy birthday to Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus, who is celebrating his 41st birthday today (April 26). These are the top stories in our Taste of Country Daily Roundup.

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