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Randy Rogers Band Still Shining Through Life’s Ups and Downs

Nothing Shines Like Neon is a first in many ways for the Randy Rogers Band. It’s their first independent album in over a decade.

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Allison Veltz, January's #LetTheGirlsPlay artist of the month.
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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Allison Veltz’s Strange, Heartbroken Road to ‘The White Room’

Allison Veltz wears heartbreak like an overcoat. Her pain is fresh and sharp, like blades of grass after a deep morning frost. Songs on The White Room EP were recorded in the middle of love’s fatal spiral.

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Granger Smith Is Taste of Country’s Hottest Artist to Watch in 2016

Granger Smith has been chosen as Taste of Country’s No. 1 Hot Artist to Watch in 2016. His debut single, “Backroad Song,” is quickly climbing the charts.

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Annie Bosko Stands Strong With Inspirational ‘Fighter’ EP

Annie Bosko's debut EP, Fighter, is aptly named. The six-song project offers a cross-section of her life and music, but underlying it all is the undying grit and determination that brought her to Nashvile to chase her musical dreams in the first place.

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Chris Janson
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2015: The Year of the Underdog

Newcomers of all shapes, sizes, genders and backgrounds hacked through a nasty jungle of naysayers and doubters to blaze a path for anyone with talent, a relentless work ethic and thick skin to follow. Underdogs dominated in 2015.

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Jordan Smith
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When Reality Singers Struggle, We’re to Blame

There’s no better story than an underdog story, and every spring and fall The Voice tells a good one.

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When Life Gave Her Lemons, Cam Made ‘Untamed’

Cam and her debut album Untamed offer bittersweet discord. On the surface, she's sugar and spice and everything nice. The opening title-track is a feel-good jam, but almost immediately one learns a project five years in the making is not packed entirely with sunshine.

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Lena Stone
J Bryan Dill
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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Lena Stone Is Always Learning as She Goes

Growing up, Lena Stone could have walked to a recording studio famous for albums by Aerosmith, Lady Gaga, James Taylor and more. Yet her dreams remained 1,100 miles away.

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Interview: The Bellamy Brothers Still Rolling Down the Road After 40 Years

The Bellamy Brothers are celebrating 40 years in the music business this year, and at an age when many acts are retiring, they show no signs of slowing down.

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Chely Wright Raising Funds, Awareness for LGBT Center: ‘I Like to Dream Big’

Five years after her coming out, Chely Wright is moving forward both in her music and in her work with LGBT advocacy.

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