The Taste of Country Facebook page has just reached 700,000 "likes" by country music fans around the world. We're not bragging (OK, maybe a little), just saying "thank you." Country music is stronger than ever right now, and we're blessed that our readers let us bring them country music's breaking news, the most insightful interviews and the best new music on a daily basis.

We're also very grateful for your timely feedback. It keeps us to stay on task to what is truly important in country music right now. 2011 has so far been a whirlwind year of country stars penetrating the mainstream in ways fans can embrace. Scotty McCreery stuck to his roots and overwhelmed judges and viewers (like you and us) on 'American Idol.' Blake Shelton didn't shy away from who he was on his way to becoming a fan favorite on 'The Voice.' And Taylor Swift continues to have one of the top tours of the summer, selling out shows in every city she visits.

Of course, as country music grows, we'll grow and change as well. We appreciate your comments on articles and reviews, as well as your suggestions on our popular lists and photo galleries. If you haven't yet signed up for our Facebook page, take a moment to do so now. It's the best way to stay up-to-date on all that is country, as well as win some cool contests -- we've given away trips to meet Aldean, Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and more, and currently, you can enter to win a chance to meet Taylor Swift.