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Charlie Daniels
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Charlie Daniels Interview: Country’s Biggest Bob Dylan Fan Offers His Interpretations on ‘Doin’ It Dylan’

To say Charlie Daniels is a Bob Dylan fan is to say the famous country singer plays an OK fiddle. It's an understatement. Daniels was in Dylan's band to record three albums in the late '60s and early '70s, and has since appreciated his music, even if he didn't necessarily always know what the folk-rocker was talking about.

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Dan and Shay
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Dan + Shay Interview: ’19 You + Me’ Duo Explain Tattoos, the Tent in Their Living Room and Lost Redneckery

Fans know Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay met at a house party, but there are a few other details about that fated night that paint a more accurate picture of where the duo came from, and just how quickly their careers took off.

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Dan and Shay
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Dan + Shay Still Think Someone is Pranking Them [Listen]

A fast-rising single, ACM nomination and two top tours ... success found country duo Dan + Shay quickly and the two men still can't believe it's for real.

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Josh Thompson
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Josh Thompson Interview: New ‘Turn It Up’ Album Explores His Small-Town Roots

Josh Thompson's new 'Turn It Up' album (April 1) sticks to what the singer does best. The 10 songs fall in line with the unique brand of blue collar country this Wisconsin native introduced on 'Way Out Here' in 2010. A lots changed since then, but a few important things have stayed the same.

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Jerrod Niemann
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Jerrod Niemann Interview: Singer Prepares to Settle Down, But Keeps Gambling With Songs on ‘High Noon’

There's a room in Jerrod Niemann's house; a red room. Don't jump to conclusions, although it is where the 'Drink to That All Night' singer says he builds confidence. Think red walls, a red ceiling, thick shag carpet -- red.

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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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David Nail
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David Nail Says Musical Transition to Brighter Songs on ‘I’m a Fire’ Mirrors Personal Struggles

It's tempting to latch onto a narrative that the happier themes David Nail explores on 'I'm a Fire' mirror his treatment for depression. Before this album, he was known for dark, heavy ballads about the loss of love, but now tracks like 'Whatever She's Got' and 'I'm a Fire' find him bathing in sunshine.

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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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Jo Dee Messina
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Jo Dee Messina on Recording ‘Me’: ‘It Was the Toughest Thing I Ever Had to Do’

Fans who follow Jo Dee Messina on Facebook or Twitter may have found themselves asking why she crammed recording a new album into 2013 -- a year that was emotionally devastating and exhausting for her.

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