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Kristy Lee Cook
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Kristy Lee Cook Interview: One-Time ‘American Idol’ Contestant Inspired by Love, Heartbreak and Her Horses

Kristy Lee Cook is getting a rare second chance. Typically, when an artist splits with a label, he or she flounders for a few years on an independent label before slipping away from public conscious. Cook is signed to Broken Bow Records (Jason Aldean's label) and has released a duet with Randy Houser called 'Wherever Love Goes.' The love ballad from her upcoming new album shows her sensitive side, which she says is rare.

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Krystal Keith
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Krystal Keith Interview: Toby’s Daughter on Blues, Ballads, Big Guns and New ‘Whiskey and Lace’ Album

The title track of Krystal Keith's debut album is about an exotic dancer, and even though it's the last of 10 aggressive blues/rock/country tracks on 'Whiskey and Lace,' it's the best place to start. Keith helped write the song. In fact, it was the Oklahoma born-and-raised daughter of Toby Keith who pushed her band and co-writing partners to be even more aggressive.

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Sara Evans
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Sara Evans Reveals Details of ‘Sexy’ New ‘Slow Me Down’ Album

Sara Evans has revealed the finer details of her upcoming seventh studio album. The singer says 'Slow Me Down' will be available on March 4, 2014, featuring three big-name collaborations and production by an old friend. During an interview to discuss songs from the album, Evans tells Taste of Country "sexy" is the best one-word description for her first release since 'Stronger.'

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Sarah Darling
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Sarah Darling Ready for a Bittersweet Christmas Holiday

This holiday season will be different for Sarah Darling, to put it mildly. She'll be celebrating her first Christmas with husband James Muriel, but she'll also be celebrating her first Christmas without her grandfather -- a man she calls the "rock" of the family.

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Jamie Lynn Spears
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Jamie Lynn Spears Interview: Obstacles, Influences and Inspiration Behind ‘How Could I Want More’

On the day before Jamie Lynn Spears released 'How Could I Want More' to iTunes, she was a wreck trying to fight back a familiar anxiety. There wasn't much buildup for the release. Until Tuesday, she didn't do Facebook and not a single tweet or Instagram picture tipped her cards to fans or the media, until ... Whoop! There it is

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Danielle Bradbery
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Danielle Bradbery on Song From Debut Album That Makes Her Nervous, How She Spent ‘The Voice’ Money

When she takes the stage, country newcomer Danielle Bradbery is an image of self-confidence. Most of the songs from her self-titled debut album reflect that, but one made her very, very nervous. The Texas teen revealed which song that is during a video sit-down with Taste of Country. 

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Clay Cook
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John Mayer and Zac Brown Helped Clay Cook Find His ‘North Star’

Writing for Clay Cook's new album 'North Star' began over a decade ago. Actually, it was exactly 15 years ago at the Berklee College of Music. The Atlanta native wasn't used to Boston's cold winters, the fast-paced life or everything else a college freshman goes through 1,000 miles away from home. He started to pen the title track, but wouldn't finish it for a few years, until a friend named John moved with him from Berklee to Atlanta.

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Kellie Pickler
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Kellie Pickler Interivew: ‘Little Bit Gypsy’ Singer Talks Flask Etiquette and Writing With Her Husband

Kellie Pickler's pairing with Sean "Diddy" Combs at the 2013 CMA Awards was unexpected, to say the least. Country fans didn't really understand what he was doing there, even after he sort of explained it. Pickler says she found out about the matchup one day earlier. She did what she does best -- she rolled with it.

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Thomas Rhett
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Thomas Rhett Interview: Rising Singer Knows How Life on the Road Can Destroy a Marriage

Fame, money and confidence can lead a 23-year-old to debauchery very quickly. Throw in a guitar, a few sensitive songs, alcohol and a room full of female fans ... hey, there's a reason few country newcomers get married before they've had two hit albums.

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Rachel Farley
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Rachel Farley Interview: ‘Midnight Road’ Singer on Making the First Move, Her Feisty New Dog and Dressing for the CMAs

Rachel Farley is kind of a bad a-- on stage. In her studded black leather jacket and blue jeans, the singer -- who toured with country bad boy Brantley Gilbert before she could legally vote -- is a commanding presence. Sure, she's only 18, but she's known more life and death than some twice her age, right? 'Ain't Easy' began with a story about her grandfather running moonshine. Her new single 'Midnight Road' hardly backs off the throttle. 

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