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Lady Antebellum, ‘Wanted You More’ – Song Review

The power behind the punch of Lady Antebellum‘s sophomore album has withered away to little more than a slap to the cheek with the group’s fourth single ‘Wanted You More.’ The best songs from ‘Own the Night’ have already been issued as singles, and while hope remains for a late surge (‘Cold as Stone’ or ‘Friday Night’ perhaps), this new offering is more style than substance.

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Jimmy Wayne Jumps to Blake Shelton’s Defense in Eric Church Drama

The normally polite and proper country music community is beginning to take sides in the drama between Eric Church and Blake Shelton. Jimmy Wayne posted a long letter to fans at his Facebook page defending both Shelton and reality television shows like ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol.’

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Michael Kovac, Getty Images

Carrie Underwood Announces 2012 Blown Away Tour Dates

In addition to releasing her highly-anticipated studio album ‘Blown Away’ on Tuesday, Carrie Underwood announced a whopping 57 scheduled shows on her upcoming 2012 Blown Away Tour. Hunter Hayes will open dates across the country and Canada, with $1 from each ticket sold at North America shows benefiting Red Cross disaster relief.

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Rick Diamond / Charley Galley / Scott Barbour, Getty Images

Country Stars With Their Kids

We’re used to seeing our favorite country stars in the spotlight, but deep down we know that it’s the kiddos at home — in addition to the fans — who keep the music fresh and the artists on tour. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of country music’s most famous mothers and fathers alongside their children, as an ode to the little families they’ve got behind the scenes, the ones dearest to their hearts.

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Diane Freed / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

LeAnn Rimes – Then and Now

Now before you start making fun of LeAnn Rimes‘ “Then” photo, remember that it was the late ’90s and we were all prone to wearing sage green blazers. The singer has always been on the cutting edge of country fashion, so it’s safe to assume that this was the style 15 years ago. Teenagers all over America were wearing stuff like that, weren’t they?

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Gijsbert Hanekroot, Getty Images

Chris Ethridge, Willie Nelson Bandmate and Original Flying Burrito Brother, Dead at 65

One of the men who helped Willie Nelson build his long and storied career has died. Chris Ethridge, a country rock bassist who’s perhaps best known as the co-founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers, died Monday (April 23) after being hospitalized in Meridian, Miss. last week.

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Category: Sedalia News
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Michael Loccisano / Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Eric Church vs. Kenny Chesney – The Showdown

For the second straight time, a song has been knocked from the Taste of Country Showdown when it was needing just one more win to reach of the Hall of Fame. Carrie Underwood‘s ‘Good Girl’ fell to ‘Springsteen’ by Eric Church last week. Just three weeks earlier, it was Underwood who kept Miranda Lambert‘s ‘Over You’ from becoming just the fourth song to be enshrined in the virtual hall.

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Rick Diamond / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Best Reason to Celebrate This Weekend – Readers Poll

There is no shortage of excuses to have a good time this weekend. In addition to Earth Day on Sunday, National Record Store Day — which will feature the release of ‘Hell on Heels’ by Pistol Annies on vinyl — is on Saturday. As for today, April 20, it’s a very important day(cough, cough) for friends of Willie Nelson nationwide. In fact, a statue of the famous singer will be revealed at 4:20PM down in Austin, Texas.

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Ethan Miller / Mark Sullivan, Getty Images

Willie Nelson Celebrates April 20 With New Song ‘Roll Me Up’ Featuring Snoop Dogg

April 20 isn’t an official holiday recognized by more stodgy establishments like the US government, but for a certain group of Americans, it’s a de facto Independence Day. Longtime marijuana connoisseur and legalization advocate Willie Nelson has chosen 4/20 as the day to stream his new song ‘Roll Me Up’ on his official website.

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Ethan Miller / Rick Diamond, Getty Images

This Week’s Best Tweets: Willie Nelson, Jerrod Niemann + More Recognize 4/20

Today is considered a major holiday for some country music stars. Of course Willie Nelson is famously celebrating April 20 — a date which is an informal celebration of marijuana — but more than a few others at least recognized its existence. Find out who in this look at the week’s best tweets from country music’s biggest stars.

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