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Colt Ford
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Colt Ford Talks First-Ever Live DVD, Misperceptions + More

Colt Ford just might be country music's biggest best-kept secret -- that is, if you get your music from country radio.

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Meghan Linsey
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The Survivor: Meghan Linsey Still Finding Her Way in (Out of?) Nashville

For the first time in a long time, Meghan Linsey is writing with regularity.

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Frankie Ballard
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The Ballad of Frankie Ballard: A Journey From Cereal City to Music City

On certain nights in downtown Battle Creek, the air smells like Apple Jacks. It's most remarkable late at night or early in the morning during the winter months. Sounds of Christmas bounce off the cold concrete as you stand between the Griffin Grill and Pub and a dilapidated 20-story skyscraper that used to house the city's country radio station. Whiffs of baked sugar usher you along an empty one-block stretch of old commercial buildings, many struggling to keep tenants.

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Tom Johnston
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Doobie Brothers Founder Tom Johnston Talks New Country Collaborations Album + CMA Awards

Legendary rockers the Doobie Brothers appeared at the 2014 CMA Awards, giving one of the standout performances of the night.

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Jake Owen
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Jake Owen: ‘What We Ain’t Got’ Is the Perfect Song at an Imperfect Time

The last two years have humbled Jake Owen. Musically, he's continued to run songs up the country music charts while filling up amphitheaters nationwide. But the birth of his daughter and his father's cancer scare set this once swashbuckling kid from the beach back on his heels.

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Lindsay Ell, Kacey Musgraves, Kelleigh Bannen
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The Women in Country Music Problem Isn’t Getting Better – What Needs to Change?

Last month, Miranda Lambert’s ‘Somethin’ Bad’ quietly fell from the radio airplay charts, peaking just inside the Top 10. The powerhouse duet with Carrie Underwood was as close to a sure thing as you’ll find in country music, yet it somehow failed to break country’s two-year drought.

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Jamie Lynn Spears
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Jamie Lynn Spears Talks Opening for Alabama, Family Life + More

Jamie Lynn Spears has come a long way since she moved to Nashville with the dream of making it in country music.

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The Optimist: Granger Smith Ready to Break Through the Indie Ceiling

Granger Smith remembers the first time Earl Dibbles, Jr. took the stage. It was July 2011 in Conroe, Texas. He'd used YouTube to introduce the character to fans two days earlier, but knew at least half in the crowd that night would have no clue what was going on.

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Mac Powell
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Mac Powell Is Doing It His Way With Sophomore Album, ‘Southpaw’

Mac Powell is a big star in Christian music circles, but he's taking the hard road as a country solo artist.

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Jana Kramer
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Jana Kramer Shows Us How She Glams Up for the CMA Awards [Exclusive Pictures]

Jana Kramer always hits the fashion mark, whether she's on the red carpet or performing a live show. She is what she calls a "classy bada--" (we agree) who isn't afraid to play with new styles and wear very, very high heels. Before the 2014 CMA Awards, the 'Love' hitmaker let us go behind the scenes with her while she got her glam on.

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