Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways.
A new map put together by Music Machinery details the most popular music in each of America's 50 states. And it not only serves as a gauge of what poor taste in music some of our countrymen have (really, West Virginia?), it also reveals there's a handful of them listening to s--- we never heard of.
You've been hearing a lot lately about country and pop/rap music coming together. It's definitely the direction country is taking in the new year. Now you can hear this awesome new rock version of Blake Shelton's 'Doin' What She Likes.'
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