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Matthew Wilkening is the Editor in Chief of UltimateClassicRock.com. He's previously written for the Cleveland Scene, AOL Radio Blog and Asylum.com. He is determined to raise his child in a world without competitive singing television shows.
Bridgette Tatum
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Bridgette Tatum, ‘Hillbilly Rockstar’ – Song Spotlight

The weekend's here (if you're reading this on a week day ... just pretend), so get ready to party like you're a 'Hillbilly Rockstar' with Bridgette Tatum's new single as your soundtrack. Tatum, who co-wrote the No. 1 hit 'She's Country' for Jason Aldean, is expected to feature this song on her debut full-length album shortly.

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Josh Kelley, Randy Montana and Ashton Shepherd Perform in Akron, Ohio
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Josh Kelley, Ashton Shepherd and Randy Montana Perform a ‘Guitar Pull’ in Ohio

A trio of up-and-coming country singers, Josh Kelley, Ashton Shepherd and Randy Montana, performed what Montana described as a traditional Nashville "guitar pull" last night as local station WQMX hosted a wonderful evening of music at the beautiful Tangier in Akron, Ohio. All three singers were onstage at one time, taking turns performing their own songs in front of an appreciative crowd.

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Drive-By Truckers
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Drive-By Truckers, ‘Everybody Needs Love’ – Song Spotlight

Alt-country rockers the Drive-By Truckers spread some universal truth on 'Everybody Needs Love,' the new single from their ninth studio album, 'Go-Go Boots.' The song is a cover, originally performed by one of the band's heroes, '60s and '70s soul singer Eddie Hinton.

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Steve Earle
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Steve Earle Plans Release of ‘Country-Flavored’ New Album

Singer-songwriter-author-actor-non-shaver Steve Earle has announced the release of his new album, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive,' due on April 26 via New West Records.  The 11-track album was produced by the ubiquitous T-Bone Burnett, and will be followed in two weeks by a novel of the same name.

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Chris Young, ‘Voices’ (Acoustic) – Song Spotlight

Since the second release of Chris Young's current Top 5 smash 'Voices' went so well -- reaching the Top 5 of the county charts after initially stalling at No. 37 over two years ago -- it's only natural that his label would go for the trifecta. So now fans can also enjoy a special live acoustic performance of the uplifting anthem.

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Keith Urban
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The Wiggles Feat. Keith Urban, ‘England Swings’ – Song Spotlight

Guess which childless, non-morning person drew the short straw in today's editorial meeting? Let's talk about 'England Swings,' Keith Urban's new collaboration with the world's favorite kid-friendly singing sensation, the always chipper, frequently whistling Wiggles!

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