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Alan Jackson: ‘There’s Really No Country Left’

Alan Jackson knows there's plenty of great music to be found on country radio, but he misses the "real roots-y, traditional stuff" -- real country music. The legend admits he's sad about the lack of "country stuff" and finds himself wondering if it'll ever come back.

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Sheryl Crow
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Sheryl Crow Would Love to See a Change on Male-Dominated Country Charts

Through the encouragement of pal Brad PaisleySheryl Crow crossed over to country music, which welcomed her with open arms. But even in 2014, it's a genre that's largely dominated by males, and Crow is hoping for a change to that pattern -- along with many other country gals. 

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Luke Bryan
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Luke Bryan Feels There’s Room for Blending Genres in Country Music

Country fans are fiercely loyal about their favorite music genre -- sometimes to the point that they only want "true country artists" to identify themselves as country singers. But Luke Bryan thinks that there's room for blending genres in today's brand of mainstream country music.

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Aaron Lewis
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Aaron Lewis Interview: Staind Frontman Talks About ‘The Road’ That Brought Him Into Country Music

After the release of his seven-song country EP in 2011 titled 'Town Line,' which spawned the gold-selling single, 'Country Boy,' country rocker Aaron Lewis is back with a full-length album of monster songs that will put his name on the map of industry hitmakers.

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Carrie Underwood, Johnny Cash, Luke Bryan
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Top 5 Country Hangover Songs

Hangover songs provide an important purpose in country music. Sure, plenty of great songs focus on the partying, the raising cain, and of course, booze guzzling, but what happens after the dust settles? After the cab ride home and the crashing on a buddy's couch?

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FGL, Bon Jovi, Parmalee
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What’s Behind the ’80s Rock Revival in Country Music?

Country curmudgeons looking to blame hip-hop for what they see as the fall of country music have it wrong. Sure, acts like Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean are quick to drop rappers alongside country legends when listing influences, but it’s the aggressive, unapologetically loud guitar riffs of the ‘80s that are truly shaping the format today.

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Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images

Keith Urban Was Encouraged to ‘Get Out of Country Music’ as Reality Show Contestant

Before he even considered judging on 'American Idol' or sat down in that big red chair on 'The Voice' Australia, Keith Urban had plenty of experience with singing competition shows. As a young boy, the 'For You' hitmaker appeared as a contestant on an Australian reality show that is similar to 'Idol.' However, he wasn't as popular as he is now... by any means.

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Ronnie Dunn
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Ronnie Dunn’s Country This: What Is ‘Country’?

Ronnie Dunn is a country music legend with as many awards under his belt as road miles. Twice a month he'll provide his thoughts on country music, the music industry, or life as he sees it in a feature called Ronnie Dunn's Country This, exclusively on Taste of Country.

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Country Kid Pee Wee Herman
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Can You Guess Which Country Artist This Kid Grew Up to Be?

When this future country star dressed as Pee Wee Herman for Halloween, he went all the way. "I had the dance down and everything," he says. We say: "Prove it at your next concert!" Do you think you know who this is? 

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Collin Raye Latest to Speak Out About ‘Dumbed Down’ Country Music

Collin Raye recently became the latest country singer to speak out about the country music genre and why he's not happy about its progression.

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