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Chase Rice
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Game Changer: Chase Rice Clearing His Own Path to Country Stardom

Chase Rice is a confident man. Stand next to the former college linebacker and quickly find yourself lost in a country forest of muscle and testosterone. He's tall, he's thick, he's quick to the point, and if he smiles, it's only a sly grin that does little to lift the low brim of his HDEU ball cap. It's difficult to imagine the 'Ready Set Roll' singer in a belly laugh.

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Lee Brice: ‘If You Want to Know Who I Am, Go Listen to the Record’

Lee Brice is a busy man. He's a father of two, including a new baby boy, he's touring, he's prepping for the release of his upcoming album and he's busy writing songs -- he does it all, and he seems to do it all extremely well.

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Colt Ford
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Heavy Influence: How Colt Ford Has Helped Shape Modern Country Music

Would Florida Georgia Line be thriving today if Colt Ford had struggled before them? That's a big question -- one that isn't meant to discredit anything Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have accomplished in the two years since 'Cruise' became the most popular song since 'Happy Birthday.'

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Love Theft
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Love and Theft Interview: Stephen Barker Liles on Heartbreak, New Album and Slowing Down

It's a fair question for Love and Theft, given that both Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson are fathers who are in committed relationships. It's also fair because the duo has built a pretty good repu

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Rascal Flatts Have ‘Something to Prove’ With New ‘Rewind’ Album

Rascal Flatts aren't comfortable resting over everything they've accomplished to date. During their Off the Record interview with Taste of Country it becomes clear there's still a stone in their shoe that keeps them from getting too comfortable with being listed as an influence to newcomers, not a format leader. That could change after songs from 'Rewind' saturate the marketplace.

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Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch Has No Problem Slipping Into Someone Else’s Boots

Dustin Lynch is working on his second album, the follow-up to chart-topping eponymous debut. He's had to make adjustments, to say the least. But the Tullahoma, Tenn. native has always been able to find his true north in the songwriting.

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Charlie Daniels Interview: Country’s Biggest Bob Dylan Fan Offers His Interpretations on ‘Doin’ It Dylan’

To say Charlie Daniels is a Bob Dylan fan is to say the famous country singer plays an OK fiddle. It's an understatement. Daniels was in Dylan's band to record three albums in the late '60s and early '70s, and has since appreciated his music, even if he didn't necessarily always know what the folk-rocker was talking about.

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Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, George Strait
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2014 ACM Awards Predictions

Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert lead the nominees for the 2014 ACM Awards, but can anyone come away with more than one honor during Sunday (April 6) night's broadcast? We predict fans and the industry will spread the love, but ToC readers may disagree. They usually do.

Befor

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Jerrod Niemann
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Jerrod Niemann Interview: Singer Prepares to Settle Down, But Keeps Gambling With Songs on ‘High Noon’

There's a room in Jerrod Niemann's house; a red room. Don't jump to conclusions, although it is where the 'Drink to That All Night' singer says he builds confidence. Think red walls, a red ceiling, thick shag carpet -- red.

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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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