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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Hailey Steele Is Where She Wants to Be

Tattoos tell stories, and Hailey Steele has a few good ones.

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David Elliott
David Elliott
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A Case for Best Country Album at the 2016 Grammys

Five writers make a case for why each of the five great country albums nominated for Best Country Album deserve to take home the 2016 Grammy Award in February's cover story.

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Randy Rogers
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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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Berman Fenelus
Berman Fenelus
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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
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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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Paul Marotta, Getty Images
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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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