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Garth Brooks, Darius Rucker, Willie Nelson
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Country Singers Who Played Football

Country music's football pedigree dates back almost 70 years, when one country legend first strapped on his maskless leather helmet to toss the pigskin around.

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5 Best Football Songs

Country music and football are more closely tied than country music and NASCAR. More than a few stars have used the gridiron as the backdrop for love stories or tales of inspiration, and dozens of others have begun a song between the hash marks. These top football songs all feature the sport prominently, not just as a passing detail.

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Toby Keith YTYK

You Think You Know Toby Keith?

Perhaps you've heard the story: a stewardess hands a record label executive a demo of Toby Keith's music, and days later, he scores a record deal. A few months later, he has a hit, and a few years later he's a superstar. It's a sexy story with a lot of unanswered questions, and it's not exactly true.

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You Think You Know Chris Young?

The fans have spoken and requested Chris Young be the subject of the first 'You Think You Know Country?' episode of 2015.

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Top 10 Traditional Christmas Songs in Country Music

Certain Christmas songs are as important to the holiday tradition as stuffing stockings, eating too much and arguing with relatives.

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Jason Aldean Kacey Musgraves Garth Brooks
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2014 in Country Music: Old Dogs, New Tricks and Big Surprises

If you want to sum up the year in country music, you could do it in just one word: Garthmania.

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See the Funniest Little Jimmy Dickens Cameo Appearances

Over the last decade, country fans have come to know Little Jimmy Dickens as one of the best comedic sidekicks in the business.

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Garth Brooks Carrie Underwood George Strait
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10 Biggest Stories of 2014

2014 has been a whirlwind year of triumph and tragedy worthy of a country song.

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Jennifer Nettles, George Strait, Brandy Clark
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10 Songs That Should Have Been Hits in 2014

We celebrate the hits, but forget the misses ... usually. This list of 10 songs that should have been hits in 2014 gives one more look at great songs that didn't crack the Top 10, 20, 30 or even 40.

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Carrie Underwood Kip Moore FGL Reba McEntire
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The Real Winners and Losers of the 2014 ACC Awards

The 2014 American Country Countdown Awards found something in two hours that its FOX predecessor couldn't find in three years: credibility. After a bumpy start to Monday night's broadcast, the show found some rhythm. There were enough emotional moments to keep fans from straying to see what Craig Wayne Boyd was up to on 'The Voice,' and the performances were good by television standards.

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