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Brantley Gilbert, ‘Just As I Am’ – Everything You Need to Know in 60 Seconds

Brantley Gilbert's 'Just As I Am' album is now in stores, containing the Georgia-raised singer's No. 1 hit 'Bottoms Up' and his new single 'Small Town Throwdown.' Gilbert says he doesn't write about anything he hasn't lived

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Carrie Underwood, Johnny Cash, Luke Bryan
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Top 5 Country Hangover Songs

Hangover songs provide an important purpose in country music. Sure, plenty of great songs focus on the partying, the raising cain, and of course, booze guzzling, but what happens after the dust settles? After the cab ride home and the crashing on a buddy's couch?

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Chris Young, Jake Owen
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ToC Encore: Have Country Fans Really Gone Wild?

In the last week alone two country singers had to stop their shows to separate two fans. It seems to happen more and more recently. Are Nashville's stars becoming more vigilant or is it rowdier in the front few rows than ever before? Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes says ... neither.

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Hunter Hayes
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Hunter Hayes, ‘Storyline’ – Everything You Need to Know in 30 Seconds or Less

Hunter Hayes' second studio album hits stores on Tuesday (May 6), and if you're on the fence about picking it up because you're not sure what to expect from 'Storyline,' this is your 30-second solution. But listen closely, or you're going to miss a few important details.

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Jake Owen Miranda Lambert Luke Bryan
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Top 40 Country Songs – May 2014

New songs from Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton debut on the May 2014 Top 40 Country Songs list, but neither man's hit is inside the Top 10. There you'll find a lot of testosterone, one arrest, and one nostalgic country woman. So, who's No. 1?

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Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood
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ToC Encore: Country’s Top 5 ‘American Idol’ Singers

Scotty McCreery, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are three 'American Idol' winners who've gone country, but who's the all-time best?

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Women on Radio
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ToC Encore: Startling Facts About Women in Country Music

The lack of women on the radio is a known and oft-discussed problem. But until now it has only been discussed in terms of the present, as in how many songs by female solo artists are on the charts today? Can you remember the last time a solo female had a No. 1 hit?

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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, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes
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Best Albums of 2014 (So Far)

Fall may be bringing the best country albums of 2014. But with two months left, there is still time for a surprise or two to oust the current top album from this list.

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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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