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Artists Who Have Unexpectedly Gone Country

Country music fans were surprised when Lady Gaga released a country version of her hit "Born This Way," but she's not the only artist who has unexpectedly made their way to country music. Lately, more and more artists are trying their hand a country single or even an entire album!

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Top 10 Memorial Day Songs

Country music has the power to help us heal a broken heart and cope with some of life's unfair circumstances. In this list of the Top 10 Memorial Day songs, we spotlight the tender lyrics in songs like 'Some Gave All' that honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice.

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You Think You Know Hank Williams Jr.?

When Hank Williams Jr. fell from a Montana mountain, it wasn't his first brush with death. In fact, that wasn't even his first brush with death that year! The country outlaw was struggling with some major issues that almost ended his career and life before he really got started.

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Kelsea Ballerini Talks About Her First Times

Kelsea Ballerini has released her First Time album, featuring the hit single "Love Me Like You Mean It." The breakthrough country female is known for her sweet voice and sharp songwriting, for being friends with Taylor Swift and for her quirky — and very willing — storytelling. So Taste of Country asked about some of her other first times.

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Country Artists Who Have Served Their Country

Country music has a longstanding tradition of supporting the troops, with stars like Toby Keith, Kellie Pickler and Darryl Worley taking frequent trips overseas to play for the men and women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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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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5 Hottest Summer Tours of 2015

If you made it a point to attend every major country tour this summer, you'd blow your 2015 budget in about two weeks. So, we've curated the list in an effort to give fans an idea of who is bringing the best opening acts and who is known for putting on the best live shows.

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You Think You Know the Band Perry?

The Band Perry moved around a bit when they were young, but when it came time to begin their career, they were in the right place at the right time. Do you know about the trio's early Garth Brooks connection?

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You Think You Know George Strait?

George Strait was once told he wasn't country enough and kindly dismissed from a job. But that's just one of the surprising things you'll learn in this episode of You Think You Know Country?

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Proof That Country Stars Are Just Like Us

Sure, it may seem that country's hottest stars live glamorous lives, but truth be told, they're just like the rest of us.

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