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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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Ryan Griffin
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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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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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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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Easton-Corbin
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Easton Corbin on ‘Being Real to Yourself’ With ‘About to Get Real’ Album

On July 6, on the heels of the release of his third album, About to Get Real, Easton Corbin joined industry professionals at a listening party for his new tunes. The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville proved perfect setting to hear what Corbin has been working on.

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Jerrod Niemann
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Jerrod Niemann Not Done Taking Chances

Jerrod Niemann knows he can be hardheaded. He knows he's taken chances in the past, and he knows he'll do it again with songs from future albums. "Blue Bandana" is his new single, and the mid-tempo, nostalgic ode to fans is more centered than a few from the High Noon album, but it carries the same thread forward.

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josh-thompson
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Josh Thompson Shares Details of His New Deal and Upcoming Projects

Josh Thompson is taking control of his own musical destiny with a new deal and two upcoming projects.

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Mignon Grabois
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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Quiet Confidence Carries Mignon Grabois’ Big Country Voice

Courageous? Crazy? Cute? Mignon Grabois may be all three or none of the above. Actually, she definitely embraces one of these, but not necessarily the one you’d expect a #LetTheGirlsPlay artist to embrace.

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Lucy Hale
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Lucy Hale Helping Raise Awareness of Teen Meningitis

Actress-turned-country-singer Lucy Hale recently stepped slightly out of her comfort zone in the name of a great cause. The star hosted a high school singing competition to raise awareness for meningitis among teens.

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Kix Brooks, Reba McEntire
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Reba McEntire on Extending Las Vegas Residency: ‘They’re Discussing It’

The first leg of Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn’s Las Vegas residency wraps this weekend, with another leg scheduled for December. After that? McEntire says she hopes to keep rolling.

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