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ToC Encore: Quit Complaining About Modern Country Music

Collin Raye joins a growing list of seasoned country (and rock) singers with strong thoughts on the current Nashville sound. Raye politely told Fox News he didn't care for the "dumbed down" sound of today, and predictably he found fans to agree with him. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes says singers who look back longingly aren't painting an accurate picture of the "good old days."

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Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans, Eric Church
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Best Albums of 2014 (So Far)

The race for best album of 2014 is just getting started. But even just a few months in, 2014 has seen some stellar releases that deserve to be noticed.

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George Strait
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ToC Encore: Is George Strait the Greatest Ever?

Now that he's won Entertainer of the Year (and since he's retiring from the road) it's a good time to ask ... is George Strait the greatest country singer of all time?

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Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson
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Top 10 Road Trip Songs

Good road trip songs are essential to any successful journey. Without a carefully curated playlist, the memories of your trip will have no signature soundtrack -- and you'll be at the mercy of your passengers' musical tastes.

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Luke Bryan Blake Shelton
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Top 5 Moments from the 2014 ACM Awards

George Strait's Entertainer of the Year win was cool, but it wasn't our top moment from the 2014 ACM Awards.

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Carrie Underwood Garth Brooks Miranda Lambert
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Top 10 Karaoke Songs

The best karaoke songs give us a chance to show off our vocal prowess and be the star we always knew we could be. Picking the perfect song is crucial. To impress friends and coworkers -- or even just strangers at the bar -- it must be not only be fun (and singable) for you, but also enjoyable for the audience.

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Blake Shelton, Brantley Gilbert, Keith Urban
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Top 40 Country Songs – April 2014

The top country song in April 2014 was also the top country song in March. One man's hit has remained amongst the best sellers in country music while this new single leaped up the radio airplay charts. It's also a song that fans and critics can't get enough of ... that sounds like a No. 1 in every possible way!

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Trace Adkins
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins has been a fixture in country music since 1996, when his debut album ‘Dreamin’ Out Loud’ was released. Since then, he’s unleashed 10 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, with more than 20 of his singles charting on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

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George Strait
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George Strait’s Cowboy Rides Away Tour Brings Special Guests to the Stage [Watch]

George Strait's Cowboy Rides Away Tour has brought some of country music's biggest stars to the stage during many of the more than two dozen 2014 shows. Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Vince Gill are a few that have joined the King at the mic to trade licks and lyrics.

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Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith
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Most Famous Mullets in Country

More than 20 years ago, the mullet was born. We're proud that country music is home to some of the most famous mullets of all time, with mullet-sporting singers ranking only second to hockey in the early '90s, perhaps. A number of country artists kept the old school haircut into the new millennium, with two on this list of the most famous mullets keeping the 'do until just recently. 

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