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Alanna Conaway

Alanna Conaway’s love for music began at an early age, but it wasn’t until her mother began freelancing for country music magazines that she was thrown in the midst of her future career. At age 11, Conaway received praise from Billy Ray Cyrus after seeing her work as an amateur photographer, encouraging her to follow in her mother's footsteps. She then started freelancing for multiple publications as a photographer, before she began dabbling with writing. By the early 2000s, she was an published journalist for many music magazines on the market. At 29, she has established herself as a well-respected writer in the field of music entertainment and has built strong friendships along the way. Conaway currently resides in Nashville, Tenn. where she freelances full-time for Taste of Country, PopCrush, Ultimate Classic Rock, LoudWire, Guy Speed, Country Weekly and Full Access Magazine.
Brantley Gilbert
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Brantley Gilbert Attempts Acting While Shooting New ‘More Than Miles’ Video

Brantley Gilbert jumped at the opportunity to shoot a new music video for his song 'More Than Miles' on the outskirts of downtown Nashville last month. The shoot took place across several location on the east side of town, including the Hard Times Bar and Grill, a convenience store across the street and an old motel nearby.

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Big Kenny
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Big and Rich’s Big Kenny Gets Into Tennessee State Museum as Style Trendsetter

Big Kenny of Big and Rich is recognized for many things, including his musical talent alongside duo partner John Rich, his knack for songwriting, and his generous heart. Now, he can one more thing onto that list thanks to the Tennessee State Museum.

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Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore
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Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore + More Are New Faces of Country Music for 2013

After much consideration and voting, the Country Radio Broadcasters (CBR) have come to a final decision about which country music newcomers will make up the 2013 New Faces showcase, which will be held next year during Country Radio Seminar (CRS).

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Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill
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Kelly Clarkson (Featuring Vince Gill), ‘Don’t Rush’ – Lyrics Uncovered

While Kelly Clarkson's 'Don't Rush' lyrics were not intended for her originally, the song wound up in her hands and was a perfect fit. Not only did she nail the vocals, but Clarkson also had the good sense to bring in the heavenly voice of Vince Gill, which left the song's three writers -- Natalie Hemby, Blu Sanders and Lindsay Chapman -- beyond thrilled with the outcome.

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Brantley Gilbert
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Brantley Gilbert, ‘More Than Miles’ – Lyrics Uncovered

As is true with most of his songs, Brantley Gilbert's 'More Than Miles' lyrics come from a place deep in the singer's heart. The touching tune was taken straight from a page in his life which he experienced several years before making a name for himself in Nashville.

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Justin Moore
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Justin Moore and Friends Raise Over $20K With Jersey Shore Relief Benefit Concert

Justin Moore had the fans packed in the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville this past Tuesday (Nov. 27), when he called upon some of his famous friends to help raise some money during a special benefit concert, with proceeds going to the Jersey Shore Relief Fund, as well as his publicist, Carly Caramanna, who fell victim to the recent Hurricane Sandy devastation.

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JT Hodges
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JT Hodges to Help Animals in Need With Annual Holiday Howler Charity Event

For the second straight year, Show Dog-Universal's JT Hodges will host his Holiday Howler charity event benefiting animal organization, the Brown Dog Foundation. This year's goodwill effort, booked in Nashville, is scheduled for Monday, December 3.

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Jana Kramer
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Jana Kramer, ‘Whiskey’ – Lyrics Uncovered

Jana Kramer's 'Whiskey' lyrics -- penned by songwriters Catt Gravitt and Sam Mizell -- were just too good to resist for the newcomer, who chose the song as the second single from her debut album. And as Mizell tells Taste of Country, the hit began as just a title.

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The Band Perry
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The Band Perry, ‘Better Dig Two’ – Lyrics Uncovered

While there might not be a big story behind the Band Perry's 'Better Dig Two' lyrics, the song has been a surefire hit since hitting country radio. The latest single from the sibling trio was actually born out of an accidental writing session between Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen and Brandy Clark.

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