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Sarah Ross
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Party for One? Sarah Ross Has a Secret She Wants You to Know

Sarah Ross' biggest fan may be her grandfather. He calls her nearly every day saying he's playing a song from her new Calm Before the Storm EP to one of his friends. That's cute, right? One imagines this group of old men passing around a pot of coffee at Denny's while listening to sweet, sweet country music — if you're forecasting a big "but," take a step back, because one is coming.

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Meet Ryan Griffin, Country’s Soulful Newcomer

Ask Ryan Griffin who his influences are and the first two people he names are George Strait and Brian McKnight. Yep, the famous R&B singer. And the King of country music. Understandably, it took some time for the Floridian to define a sound that's his own.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Little Big Town, ‘Little White Church’ Cover [Watch]

Recently the five female performers on stage during a Song Suffragettes show in Nashville closed their set with one of the feistiest girl-anthems of the last 10 years. The group covered Little Big Town's "Little White Church," a hit from 2010, putting a fiery ribbon on another great show.

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Ashley Monroe
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Blind Faith: Ashley Monroe Happy Relying on Good Friends and the Power of Radio

Ashley Monroe almost loses it every single time she sings "The Blade," the title-track from her second studio album on Warner Brothers Nashville. It happened this week in East Nashville. Fans watched as she seemed on the verge of a breakdown, as if some invisible spirit was holding her fragile heart by two fingers — a bleeding wine glass dangling above the concrete stage.

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Dakota Bradley Teams With American Red Cross for New Single, ‘Name on It’ [Watch]

Rising country singer Dakota Bradley is teaming with the American Red Cross for his new single, for reasons that are very close to his heart.

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The Way They Were: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s Best Tweets

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce on Monday (July 20), bringing to an end one of contemporary country music's greatest love stories. The couple were one of the sweetest and funniest pairings in the entertainment world, as their collected tweets attest.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Dixie Chicks, ‘Travelin’ Soldier’ Cover

This week, the women of Song Suffragettes remind us what a casualty the loss of “Travelin’ Solder” was in the aftermath of the Dixie Chicks controversy of 2003. The all-female, singer-songwriter collective covers the song, staying true to the emotional original.

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Alan Jackson Shares George Jones’ Last Letter

Not long before he died, George Jones penned a final letter to Alan Jackson. He was asking for a favor, one the younger country singer was likely happy to fulfill. Now, as Jackson releases his Angels and Alcohol album he's shared a photo of that letter with Taste of Country readers.

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Alan Jackson Talks About the ‘Angels and Alcohol’ Song Inspired by His Father

Alan Jackson's admiration for his father is well-known, and it's been the inspiration for some previous hits. Another could come from his new Angels and Alcohol album. The singer says the first track came from good advice his dad gave him.

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Little Big Town Miranda Lambert
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Little Big Town Almost Cut ‘Smokin’ and Drinkin’ Instead of Miranda Lambert

Little Big Town are front and center on Miranda Lambert's latest song, "Smokin' and Drinkin'," but it was almost the group that recorded the song. LBT's Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet called in to chat with Taste of Country Nights host Sam Alex about the tune.

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