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Maddie Tae
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The Risk-Takers: Maddie & Tae’s Well-Planned Journey to ‘Start Here’

Spend time around Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye and find yourself quickly getting wrapped up in their innocence. They'll accidentally dress alike. When one has to sneeze, the other will blurt "Purple elephant!" to make it go away. They make birthday wishes and keep them secret.

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Craig Campbell
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Craig Campbell Is in With the New

It all started last spring when news broke that Craig Campbell's then record label, Bigger Picture Group, had shut its doors.

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Josh Abbott Band
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Josh Abbott Gets Honest About Love and Divorce on ‘Front Row Seat’ Album

It takes only one listen of Josh Abbott Band's forthcoming Front Row Seat album to realize the Texas country act is evolving, and they have a lot to say. The new music is a brutally honest representation of universal themes like love, heartbreak and divorce. It's somewhat of a musical movie in that it's a journey from start to finish, and has the ability to make one emotional if they've experienced similar.

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Kip Moore
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Bob, Bruce + the Detroit Sound That Inspired Kip Moore’s ‘Wild Ones’ Album

Several songs from Kip Moore's new Wild Ones album seem tailored for his live show and the thousands of die-hard fans that pack theaters several times each week to see him.

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Patrick Green
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Pat Green Comes Full-Circle With New ‘Home’ Album

Pat Green says "I finally found my way home," on the title-track to his new studio album, but what does that mean? For Green and his loyal fanbase, the definition of "Home" is complicated, revealing and emotional. In three-and-a-half minutes he explains where he's been and where he's headed. During a conversation with Taste of Country, the 43-year-old elaborated.

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Luke Bryan
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Luke Bryan Looks to the Legends While Pushing the Boundaries of Country Music

During a recent No. 1 party for a trio of Jason Aldean songs, songwriter Chris DeStefano said he loves being a songwriter today, because he can let so many of his influences show. Country, rock, R&B, hip-hop, blues and soul ... spend an hour listening to the radio and you'll hear something borrowed from every corner of the country, even though much of it is coming from south Georgia.

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Michael Ray
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Family Man: Michael Ray, a Rocker With Deep Country Roots

The small town of Eustis, Fla. is an hour north of Disney World, but it may has well be in Montana. It’s not a tourist hot spot. You’ve got to drive an hour to find well-oiled beach bunnies sunning on spring break. Only recently did a Starbucks open. Michael Ray’s hometown is — and pardon the cliche — country.

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Cassadee Pope Special Olympics
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Cassadee Pope Is Empowering Fans Through New Single ‘I Am Invincible’

Seventy thousand people had their eyes on Cassadee Pope when she walked out at the Special Olympics in an all-white outfit to sing "I Am Invincible." The special venue was the perfect place to debut her new single, which is already garnering positive attention from her fans.

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Karli Chayne
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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Karli Chayne, An Opry-Raised Soul Singer With Big Country Dreams

More often than not, Karli Chayne will close her Monday night Song Suffragettes set with "Mercy," a soulful ballad she helped an old high school classmate write. It's a pure, uninterrupted love song that begins slowly and crescendos into each chorus in steps. “I don’t want you to set / me / free,” she sings, pleading with an imaginary lover.

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Sarah Ross
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Party for One? Sarah Ross Has a Secret She Wants You to Know

Sarah Ross' biggest fan may be her grandfather. He calls her nearly every day saying he's playing a song from her new Calm Before the Storm EP to one of his friends. That's cute, right? One imagines this group of old men passing around a pot of coffee at Denny's while listening to sweet, sweet country music — if you're forecasting a big "but," take a step back, because one is coming.

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