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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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George Strait
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ToC Encore: What’s Different About George Strait’s ACM Entertainer of the Year Campaign

George Strait's campaign for 2014 ACM Entertainer of the Year asks fans to make him the Entertainer of a Lifetime. It's a deviation from most campaigns for fan-voted awards that list everything an artist has accomplished in that year. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes argues that Strait may be the only person capable of doing this.

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ToC Encore: Country Duets and the Trouble They Create

There have been some wonderful country duets in recent years. Collaborations between Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson come to mind, but these songs (and others like 'Highway Don't Care') take some serious coordination.

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Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift
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What Does It Mean to Have the No. 1 Song in Country Music? (Part 2)

Earlier this year, a movie advertisement promoted its Golden Globe nominations, but the graphic they used flashed the word “winner” across the screen, as in “winner” of several nominations. A casual viewer would believe the film won several Golden Globes, but the ceremony was still weeks away at the time. This sort of tricky advertising isn’t limited to cinema. With several charts and complicated methods of computation, just about anyone can have a No. 1 country song.

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Miranda Lambert
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ToC Encore: Everything You Need to Know About Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ in 30 Seconds or Less

Miranda Lambert's new album 'Platinum' will be available on June 3 and, with 16 tracks, there's a lot to know about the new studio project. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes has managed to cram it all into one, 30-second-long, video cheat sheet.

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Eli Young Band
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ToC Encore: Pushing Pause for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

For 25 years, country radio has stepped up to raise money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and on Thursday and Friday (March 6 and 7), Taste of Country is joining that effort. Head writer Billy Dukes explains how artists like Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow jumped at a chance to help with the first-annual webathon, and how you can participate.

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Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert
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Top 40 Country Songs – March 2014

This Top 40 Country Songs for March 2014 list includes three current or former No. 1 hits, but none of them made it to our top spot. That goes to the hottest song in country music -- a song that is selling singles faster than water in the desert. 

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Dan and Shay
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Dan + Shay: Country’s New ‘Bold’ Hitmakers

Country songs about drinking beer and making love all night have played the role of Goliath for well over a year. The radio is dripping with testosterone -- heck, even females struggle to score a hit unless they’re shooting someone, or so it seems.

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Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan
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ToC Encore: Turning Personal Tragedy Into Hit Records

Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways. 

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Johnny Cash
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Top 10 Johnny Cash Songs

Johnny Cash had an incredible list of hit songs that started with ‘Cry! Cry! Cry!’ in 1955.

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