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Point: Personal Lives Are What Make Country Music Unique

Anger over the Lindsay Ell radio station debacle in Sacramento is justified, but misguided. Canceling her show was heavy-handed, petty, sexist and backwards, but the singer’s personal life does and should matter.

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The New Old Reality of Threats for Music Artists

Attacks in Manchester — and before that, Paris and Orlando — rightfully stoke a conversation about security at music events.

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Counterpoint: Shania Twain Is Not a Country Hall of Famer … Yet

Albums released after an artist turns 50 are typically just gravy on an already successful career, but Shania Twain's next album matters. Her Country Music Hall of Fame candidacy may depend on it.

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Thomas Rhett, More Surprise Fans at Georgia on My Mind Concert

Georgia's finest music makers joined forces Tuesday night (May 16) in Nashville for the fourth annual Georgia on My Mind country music show.

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Lyrics Uncovered: Garth Brooks, ‘Ask Me How I Know’

Garth Brooks is back at country radio with a huge ballad, and the "Ask Me How I Know" lyrics are a perfect fit for the superstar's powerfully emotional delivery.

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What If Hank Wanted to Do It This Way?

There’s something fundamentally wrong with the “I don’t think Hank done it that way” argument. What if he quietly wanted to?

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Point: The Chris Stapleton Revolution Has (Slowly) Begun!

Chris Stapleton may not have overhauled the way country radio sounds, but he's allowed a generation of musicians behind him to raise their freak flags.

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Rodney Crowell Paints a Portrait of Loss, Aging on ‘Close Ties’

Rodney Crowell might not burn up mainstream country radio charts with any of the songs from his new album, Close Ties. And while that might not be easy to accept, the legendary singer-songwriter doesn't let those kinds of concerns affect the art he creates. His job, Crowell argues, is simply to write the best songs that he can and trust his audience to find and appreciate them.

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Counterpoint: It’s Time to Kill the Encore

Like “God bless you!” after a stranger’s sneeze or tipping 18 percent, the concert encore script has become so engrained in the country culture that we’ve forgotten what it means.

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Steve Moakler Gets Personal With New Album ‘Steel Town’

Steve Moakler can trace the origins of his new album, Steel Town, back to a very specific moment in time.

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