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Sara Evans
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Sara Evans Compares Music Industry to Farming

From helping with the crops to getting on her horse to wrangle in the cattle, Sara Evans really lived the rural life.

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Rachele Lynae
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The Kodiak Kid: Rachele Lynae’s Long Road to Nashville Results in Self-Titled Album

It's long a road from Kodiac to Nashville, but Rachele Lynae never had any doubt she'd find it. In fact, this 20-something never doubted she'd find it, and navigate its twists and turns skillfully.

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Ronne Dunn
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A Born Outsider: Ronnie Dunn ‘Comfortable’ With Isolation and Independence

There's a curse that comes with being first. Ronnie Dunn knows it, as does anyone else who's dared to step outside the circle those who've come before him or her carved into the oak. Is he an outsider? That question -- unfathomable to many just five years ago -- seems fair today. It was also fair 35 years ago.

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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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