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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. 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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American Country Countdown Awards

Win a Pair of Tickets to the American Country Countdown Awards

The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards are coming right up, and two lucky Taste of Country readers could win tickets to see the ceremony in person.

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Best 2014
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Best of Country Music 2014: A Top 10 of the Year’s Best Moments

The best songs, albums, photos, videos and news events are lined up in this Top 10 of everything great about country music 2014. You'll find one tragedy, but even that's been turned into something sweet. Watch to see what Taste of Country staff named the very best moment of the whole year.

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Best of Country Music 2014: A Top 10 of the Year’s Best Moments

The best songs, albums, photos, videos and news events are lined up in this Top 10 of everything great about country music 2014. You'll find one tragedy, but even that's been turned into something sweet. Watch to see what Taste of Country staff named the very best moment of the whole year.

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Kenny Chesney
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Kenny Chesney, ‘Christmas in Blue Chair Bay’ [Listen]

Kenny Chesney has brought Christmas back to the islands. ‘Christmas in Blue Chair Bay’ is his first holiday recording in over a decade, and it captures the same sense of chill his 2003 album did.

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Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan
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ToC Encore: Turning Personal Tragedy Into Hit Records

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. 

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Taylor Swift

You Think You Know Taylor Swift?

Of course you know Taylor Swift's hit songs. And you probably know her movie roles and songs inspired by famous boyfriends ... But do you know what her first job was? Or which family member gave her the gift of song? And did you know she once recorded a song about a country singer not named Tim McGraw?

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Reba McEntire YTYK

You Think You Know Reba McEntire?

Reba McEntire really is the hardest working woman in country music. The legend grew up in a rancher's household, meaning she often got more done before sunrise than some do in a week. There were some jobs that weren't for the squeamish ... OK, there's one job in particular that will make a city boy squirm, but during this episode of 'You Think You Know Country?' you'll see how holding a bucket led to holding several CMA and ACM Awards.

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