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Eric Church
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ToC Encore: Who Is Eric Church?

On stage, Eric Church plays with fire -- literally. He shouts and cusses, and gestures to band mates to get them riled up. He'll pump a fist and point at the crowd like an angry football coach. The 'The Outsiders' singer forever seems one wrong word away from raging, and his fans love him for it. Off stage ... it's a different story.

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Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Danielle Bradbery
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ToC Encore: The Year That Forever Changed Country Music

Country music's pop influences have never been as obvious as they are today. Top artists claim pop and rock bands as childhood favorites. Rock producers are shaping the format's top new albums. And the occasional guest appearance from a Music City outsider has become the rule, not the exception, on just about every country release.

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Country Music 2014
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ToC Encore: The Best of Country Music 2014 (So Far)

As 2014 nears the halfway point, it's time to reflect on the best of country music. The best songs, the best albums and the best moments of 2014 come from newcomers and superstars. They come from awards shows and reality television. The Best of Country Music 2014 comes from all over.

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Toc Encore: Country Stars Who’ve Served in the Military

Amongst country music's top stars you'll find a captain, several staff sergeants, a corporal and an Army Ranger. All four branches of the United States military are covered by country hitmakers. In some cases they were on the front lines for historic events. In some cases an artist's career began during down time.

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Chris Young, Jake Owen
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ToC Encore: Have Country Fans Really Gone Wild?

In the last week alone two country singers had to stop their shows to separate two fans. It seems to happen more and more recently. Are Nashville's stars becoming more vigilant or is it rowdier in the front few rows than ever before? Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes says ... neither.

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Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood
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ToC Encore: Country’s Top 5 ‘American Idol’ Singers

Scotty McCreery, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are three 'American Idol' winners who've gone country, but who's the all-time best?

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Women on Radio
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ToC Encore: Startling Facts About Women in Country Music

The lack of women on the radio is a known and oft-discussed problem. But until now it has only been discussed in terms of the present, as in how many songs by female solo artists are on the charts today? Can you remember the last time a solo female had a No. 1 hit?

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ToC Encore: Quit Complaining About Modern Country Music

Collin Raye joins a growing list of seasoned country (and rock) singers with strong thoughts on the current Nashville sound. Raye politely told Fox News he didn't care for the "dumbed down" sound of today, and predictably he found fans to agree with him. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes says singers who look back longingly aren't painting an accurate picture of the "good old days."

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George Strait
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ToC Encore: Is George Strait the Greatest Ever?

Now that he's won Entertainer of the Year (and since he's retiring from the road) it's a good time to ask ... is George Strait the greatest country singer of all time?

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Luke Bryan
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ToC Encore: 5 Things to Look for at the 2014 ACM Awards

The 2014 ACM Awards are on Sunday (April 6), and the performance and presenter schedule is deep. Collaborations and planned cameos will be the norm during the CBS broadcast, but don't expect many surprises. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes says this year's show will be entertaining, but not shocking.

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