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Sam Alex

Sam Alex has always been a big fan of country music -- he's worked for country stations across the nation and never misses his favorite acts when they come to town. He's been on red carpets for many different awards shows and interviewed some of your favorite celebrities, like Will Ferrell and Taylor Swift. Originally from the Chicago area, Sam now lives in Nashville, where he hosts the Taste of Country Nights radio show. If you ever see him on lower Broadway, get him a pina colada and some BBQ chicken pizza ... they're his favorites!
Brantley Gilbert
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Brantley Gilbert Recalls His Rowdy High School Days

The quote beneath Brantley Gilbert's yearbook picture reads "Hey Andy!" Maybe these aren't the words most high school seniors want to leave as their legacy, but the expression says a lot about who the 'Small Town Throwdown' singer is today.

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Jo Dee Messina
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Jo Dee Messina Explains How Her Husband ‘Helped’ Inspire ‘A Woman’s Rant’

Jo Dee Messina’s husband Chris wouldn’t get up to get the baby one night, but by sleeping in he may have inspired the singer’s newest hit single. ‘A Women’s Rant’ was started by an angry and exhauste

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Brett Eldredge
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Brett Eldredge on the Makeout Scenes in New ‘Beat of the Music’ Video: ‘I Love My Job’

The last 30 seconds of Brett Eldredge's new 'Beat of the Music' video finds the singer locking lips with a beautiful blonde. The scenes took multiple takes, and he tells Taste of Country Nights host Sam Alex he wasn't complaining.

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Michael Ray
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New From Nashville: Michael Ray

Country newcomer Michael Ray recently stopped by the Taste of Country Nights studio to tell his story, talk about writing with John Rich and debut some new music. The Florida native and winner of the CW's 'The Next' says he grew up on Bobby Bare and Porter Wagoner, but at age 16 heard Gary Allan -- "and that was it for me."

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Jerrod Niemann
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Jerrod Niemann Created ‘High Noon’ Between Games of Corn Hole [Listen]

You won't find a musical environment more casual than the one Jerrod Niemann put together to work on his new studio album, 'High Noon.' The 'Drink to That All Night' singer tells Taste of Country Nights how tailgating activities played an important role in the writing process.

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Cassadee Pope
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Cassadee Pope Dishes on Her High School Self: ‘I Was Just All Over the Place’ [Listen]

Cassadee Pope found widespread success within country music after winning 'The Voice.' But has she always been this polished, confident and collected? During an interview with Taste of Country Nights, the songstress looks back on her younger self and dishes on what she was like in high school.

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Sara Evans
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Sara Evans Credits Childhood on the Farm for Strong Work Ethic Today [Watch]

It's difficult to imagine the always glamorous Sara Evans chasing cattle and feeding the hogs, but that's exactly what she grew up doing. During an interview to talk about her new album 'Slow Me Down,' Evans found herself sharing the less-than-glamorous details of home life in New Franklin, Mo.

Evans tells Taste of Country Nights that she woke up

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Frankie Ballard
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Exclusive: Frankie Ballard Reveals How Music Killed His Baseball Career

Frankie Ballard's coaches at Western Michigan University may have noticed a change in the singer's commitment during his final two seasons as the team's starting shortstop and leadoff hitter. The 'Helluva Life' hitmaker admits he was distracted, to say the least. 

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