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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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Sara Evans
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Sara Evans Credits Childhood on the Farm for Strong Work Ethic Today [Watch]

It's difficult to imagine the always glamorous Sara Evans chasing cattle and feeding the hogs, but that's exactly what she grew up doing. During an interview to talk about her new album 'Slow Me Down,' Evans found herself sharing the less-than-glamorous details of home life in New Franklin, Mo.

Evans tells Taste of Country Nights that she woke up

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Roseanne Cash
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Exclusive: Rosanne Cash Says Unplanned Road Trips Inspired Her Best Album Ever [Watch]

On one of the early trips that inspired Rosanne Cash's new 'The River & the Thread' album, the singer watched as Marshall Grant, Johnny Cash's longtime bass player, rehearsed for a charity show.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley Interview: Personal Songs From ‘Riser’ Make Him ‘Uncomfortable,’ But ‘In a Good Way’

Dierks Bentley has changed directions ... again. Ping pong balls stay in one place longer than the country veteran's musical focus, and his 'Riser' album will once again redefine his sound for the next phase of his life. Bentley tells Taste of Country he likes it this way. If he's not changing, he's not growing. And the last two years have brought about a lot of both.

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Cole Swindell
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Country’s Average Joe: Cole Swindell’s Winding Road to Stardom

There's something unmistakably normal about Cole Swindell. Maybe it's the ball cap -- a dark blue, well-worn lid promoting his alma mater, Georgia Southern University. Or maybe it's his story?

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Chris Young
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Chris Young Interview: ‘Who I Am With You’ Singer Learns to Never Say ‘Never’

Chris Young is hesitant to call his dates with George Strait the highlight of his 2014. He's not dismissing the King, he just doesn't want to write off everything else he has going on this winter, spring and summer.

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