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Dustin Lynch, Canaan Smith
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Sorry, Bro: Country’s Next Hot Thing Has Arrived

Someone will think of a snappy name soon enough. It’ll rhyme with “Bro” and end with “country” and will stick the way "gate" sticks as a suffix to every scandal of the last decade. Country’s next big thing won’t be quite as disposable, however. Suddenly, everything old is new again.

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Accidentally Racist? Let’s Be Done With the Confederate Flag in Country Music

The debate over the Confederate flag has re-ignited in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Charleston, S.C.

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All In: Canaan Smith on Tragedy, Faith and the Great American Country Song

One little-discussed, but striking part about Dierks Bentley asking his tour openers to jump in a freezing cold lake with him last January was how quickly and enthusiastically Canaan Smith agreed. The "Love You Like That" singer was was fired up — excited even! There's a reason for that. As it turns out, there's a very personal reason for it.

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It Takes a Village … Kelsea Ballerini on Those Who Helped ‘Love Me Like You Mean It’ Make History

If a single anecdote could represent Kelsea Ballerini’s entire journey to No. 1, it may be her story from this month's CMT Awards.

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Songwriter Lindsey Lee Talks Big Break With Steven Tyler’s ‘Love Is Your Name’

You might not have heard of Lindsey Lee yet, but that's all about to change.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Morgan Dawson Could Be Country’s Next ‘Rebel Child’

Morgan Dawson is a classic songwriter, but she's been blessed with a voice that will make you wreck your lipstick if you're applying when she starts to sing. On the stage, all the emotions she wants to express off the stage come pouring out. She seizes the opportunity to say what she should have said ... then.

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Love Tomatoes? What Country Fans Can Learn From #SaladGate

Two quotes from the past week offer a revealing look into the dark corners and recesses of country music and country radio. One, you may have heard — although it’s the lesser-hyped of consultant Keith Hill’s two quotes. The second comes from an artist many don’t know, or at least don’t know well.

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Sam Outlaw Talks About His Debut Album, ‘Angeleno’

Sam Outlaw may be one of the most interesting performers releasing an album this year.

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Jake Owen Aiming for Greatness With New Album

Before recording a note for his upcoming fifth studio album, Jake Owen had a conversation with Ross Copperman and Shane McAnally that changed the tone and trajectory of the album, and maybe their careers.

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Do Record Reviews Matter in the Age of Social Media?

The record review used to be one of the most important pieces of coverage an artist could hope for in terms of career advancement, but that's changed significantly in the digital age. With music so readily available for consumers to experience for themselves, it begs the question: do record reviews really even matter anymore?

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