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Lady Antebellum
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Lady Antebellum, ‘Bartender’ [Listen]

Lady Antebellum’s new song ‘Bartender’ brushes against themes found in the group's biggest hit to date, but sonically it’s quite a deviation from ‘Need You Now’ or anything they’ve recorded released to radio. Perhaps only ‘Downtown’ served up a more surprising sound from this trio.

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Hunter Hayes
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Hunter Hayes, ‘Storyline’ – Everything You Need to Know in 30 Seconds or Less

Hunter Hayes' second studio album hits stores on Tuesday (May 6), and if you're on the fence about picking it up because you're not sure what to expect from 'Storyline,' this is your 30-second solution. But listen closely, or you're going to miss a few important details.

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Brantley Gilbert, Taylor Swift, Chris Janson
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2014 ACM Awards Worst Dressed Pictures

Men dominate the 2014 ACM Awards Worst Dressed list. Someone needs to work with these guys to make a few adjustments, because each is really not that far away from drifting down the red carpet unnoticed at worst. There is one female star on our list of fashion felons. Four of these five makes one mistake, while one becomes the first person to make both Best and Worst lists.

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George Strait
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ToC Encore: What’s Different About George Strait’s ACM Entertainer of the Year Campaign

George Strait's campaign for 2014 ACM Entertainer of the Year asks fans to make him the Entertainer of a Lifetime. It's a deviation from most campaigns for fan-voted awards that list everything an artist has accomplished in that year. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes argues that Strait may be the only person capable of doing this.

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Miranda Lambert
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ToC Encore: Everything You Need to Know About Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ in 30 Seconds or Less

Miranda Lambert's new album 'Platinum' will be available on June 3 and, with 16 tracks, there's a lot to know about the new studio project. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes has managed to cram it all into one, 30-second-long, video cheat sheet.

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Luke Bryan
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Album Spotlight: Luke Bryan, ‘Spring Break 6 … Like We Ain’t Ever’

Luke Bryan’s sixth spring break EP isn’t so much a party album as it is a project for short-term lovers. Bryan explores the romantic side of spring break during ‘Like We Ain’t Ever.’ In many ways it’s an extension of the songs on ‘Crash My Party.’

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Eli Young Band
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ToC Encore: Pushing Pause for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

For 25 years, country radio has stepped up to raise money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and on Thursday and Friday (March 6 and 7), Taste of Country is joining that effort. Head writer Billy Dukes explains how artists like Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow jumped at a chance to help with the first-annual webathon, and how you can participate.

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Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson
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ToC Encore: A Defense for Artists Who Play SeaWorld

Nearly a dozen others refused, but Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson and Kid Rock have taken the stage to play SeaWorld's Bands, Brews & BBQ concert series, despite heavy protest from a controversy started after a documentary called 'Blackfish' aired. Should those who play be demonized?

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