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Who Says You Can’t Be Gay in Country Music?

When Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman both came out on the same day in November of 2014, it marked what seemed like a turning point for equality in country music.

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John Shearer
John Shearer
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Fresh Ink: Kane Brown Is Country Music’s Most Mystifying Newcomer

Kane Brown's path to stardom has been anything but ordinary, and on his new self-titled album, he exposes the dark history that helped him find his light.

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Courtesy of Florida Georgia Line
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Battered, Bruised, But Still Smiling: The Evolution of Florida Georgia Line

Call them the “Cruise” guys if you’d like, but Florida Georgia Line's new Dig Your Roots album proves Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley's story is deeper, darker and much more complex. In the face of criticism, they keep growing.

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Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning: Country Stars Remember 9/11

"Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?"

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Erik Voake for Taste of Country
Erik Voake for Taste of Country
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Kinda Don’t Care: Justin Moore Shakes Expectations for New Album

After three years away, Justin Moore opens up about big changes in his musical approach, his personal life and why he 'Kinda Don't Care' what anyone thinks.

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Joseph Llanes
Joseph Llanes
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Jake Owen Rolls Into Brighter Days With New Album

Aboard his vintage VW bus, Jake Owen discusses his divorce, his label shakeup and the album he threw away before finally finding happiness on 'American Love.'

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John Shearer for Taste of Country
John Shearer for Taste of Country
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Martina McBride Is Still Reckless

As she approaches the release of her 13th studio album, Reckless, Martina McBride is feeling fresh. It's one of the best records she's ever made, and she bent creatively to make it — but that doesn't mean she's not the same Martina.

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David Elliott
David Elliott
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A Case for Best Country Album at the 2016 Grammys

Five writers make a case for why each of the five great country albums nominated for Best Country Album deserve to take home the 2016 Grammy Award in February's cover story.

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Cooper Neil, Getty Images
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Breakout Star: Kelsea Ballerini Is Taste of Country’s 2015 Artist of the Year

In a sparkling gold minidress, Kelsea Ballerini strutted the stage in front of 20,000 screaming fans at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, belting out her chart-topping debut single "Love Me Like You Mean It." Beside her stood her friend, idol and benefactor Taylor Swift, who’d welcomed Ballerini to the 1989 World Tour stage with an affectionate embrace.

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John Shearer for Taste of Country
John Shearer for Taste of Country
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For Chris Young, This Time It’s Personal

Singer, songwriter and now producer Chris Young takes full control as he eyes bigger stages with his fifth studio album 'I’m Comin’ Over.'

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