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Who Says You Can’t Be Gay in Country Music?

When Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman both came out on the same day in November of 2014, it marked what seemed like a turning point for equality in country music.

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Top 5 Acts to See at SXSW 2015

South by Southwest 2015 is coming right up, featuring the most eclectic mix of musical acts of any music industry gathering of the year.

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You Think You Know Shania Twain?

Shania Twain was born to sing country music, but she sure took a strange route to Nashville. There were the bar gigs at age 8, the reforesting job with her stepdad, the time she raised three siblings and that Vegas-style lounge act she held down for three straight years. Learn the highlights during this episode of You Think You Know Country? 

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Now Streaming: Listen to Rachel Potter, ‘Not So Black and White’

Rachel Potter is a familiar face and familiar voice to many, and when you're through listening to her new Not So Black and White album, you may figure out why you know her. Or you'll listen to this ToC exclusive stream and enjoy her for the first time.

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2015 CRS New Faces Show Demonstrates the Changing Tide of Country Music

This is not your father's country music — and that's a good thing.

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Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson Honored With CMA Triple Play Awards [Exclusive Interview]

Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins are two of the hottest songwriters in Nashville, and they both have brand-new CMA Triple Play Awards to prove it.

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Sam Hunt, Choreographer Matt Steffanina Partner for New ‘Leave the Night On’ Video [Exclusive Premiere]

A new dance video for Sam Hunt's "Leave the Night On" exemplifies his willingness to push country music's boundaries further than perhaps anyone before him. It could earn him an ACM this spring, or maybe just a sweet performance of the chart-topping song. Hunt and hip-hop choreographer Matt Steffanina teamed up to create the video, available during this exclusive Taste of Country premiere.

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When YouTube Matters

The debate about if and when an artist should share their music on free streaming platforms like YouTube or Spotify is as simple as the philosophical “If a tree falls in the woods …” question. Your favorite artist may write and record the best country song ever, but if no one hears it, did he really?

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Randy Houser Says ‘Like a Cowboy’ Is a Risk He’s Used to Taking

Randy Houser's single "Like a Cowboy" is a big, Western ballad tucked between amped-up country-rock or pop songs. It stands out like rhinestones on a cowboy standing outside the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the singer is comfortable with that. In fact, few may be more comfortable with that.

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You Think You Know Jason Aldean?

Jason Aldean didn't want to be a country singer growing up. Sure, he picked around a little but his mind was focused on another great American hobby. Find out what he wanted to do and why he fell short, and find out who everyone thought he looked like during this episode of You Think You Know Country?

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