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Miranda Lambert
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ToC Encore: Why Country Women Will Win Big at the Grammys

Sorry, Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw. The big winners at the 2014 Grammys are going to be women. This may not bother the 'Doin' What She Likes' singer, as his wife Miranda Lambert scored multiple nominations and is always a favorite to take home the hardware. Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson are other country female nominees for the Jan. 26 ceremony.

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Jennifer Nettles
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Album Spotlight: Jennifer Nettles, ‘That Girl’

Jennifer Nettles' new solo album is a round peg too big for country music’s square hole. Actually, ‘That Girl’ is sort of a zig-zaggy shaped object that doesn’t fit neatly within any genre’s stingy requirements. Jazz, blues, country, big band, Broadway, classic rock … Nettles dabbles.

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Tim McGraw
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Tim McGraw, ‘Lookin’ for That Girl’ [Listen]

Tim McGraw marries traditional country stylings to contemporary innovations in his new single ‘Lookin’ for That Girl.’ The scream of a pedal steel keeps the track safely on the country side of the radio, while his use of auto-tune points forward toward what could be the genre’s future.

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Rascal Flatts
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Rascal Flatts, ‘Rewind’ [Listen]

There’s a timeless quality to Rascal Flatts’ love songs, like their latest ‘Rewind.’ It’s a song that could appear on any of the group’s eight previous studio albums. Gary, Jay and Joe Don have a signature sound, and they’ve remained loyal to it for almost 15 years.

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Video of the Year – 2014 Taste of Country Awards

2013 was a really good year for country music videos, with more than one turning into mini-movies. The plot was thick during Carrie Underwood’s Two Black Cadillacs’ and Tim McGraw’s ‘Highway Don’t Care,’ two of the 10 nominees in the Best Video category. Take a look at all nominees and decide who should win this Taste of Country award.

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Brantley Gilbert
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ToC Encore: Favorite Interviews of 2013

There's an art to giving a great interview, and not every country star has mastered it. In fact, most fall somewhere between guarded and nervous when they pick up the phone or agree to talk about their lives and music face-to-face. That holds a singer back, but it's an obstacle that can be overcome, as Brantley Gilbert has proven. 

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Charle Worsham
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Charlie Worsham, ‘Want Me Too’ [Listen]

Charlie Worsham comes across as a normal guy you want to root for. He’s polite, like someone you’d be happy to have your daughter bring home for dinner, and his deferential manner is reflected in the best songs on ‘Rubberband,’ including ‘Want Me Too,’ his new single.

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Taste of Country Signed Guitar Auction Raises Over $6K for St. Jude Kids

Taste of Country readers stepped up in a big way for the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Bids on a guitar signed by over 70 country stars topped $6,000, with the winner putting down the winning bid of $6,200 to make dreams come true. 

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Brantley Gilbert Luke Bryan
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New Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan Videos to Challenge for Top Spot on ToC’s Top 10 Countdown

Scotty McCreery holds the top spot on the ToC Top 10 Video Countdown once again, but two new challengers are sure to give him a battle. 'Bottoms Up,' the just-released video from Brantley Gilbert, and Luke Bryan's 'Drink a Beer' are two videos added to the poll this week. They join over two dozen other hot videos chasing just 10 spots.

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