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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
Can You Guess Who This Is?

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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Darius Rucker
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Darius Rucker: ‘If It’s Not a Country Song, I Don’t Want to Play It’

Crossover artist Darius Rucker was met with a lot of naysayers when he decided to try his hand at country music, but the singer says he wants nothing more than to be country.

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Military Encore
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Toc Encore: Country Stars Who’ve Served in the Military

Amongst country music's top stars you'll find a captain, several staff sergeants, a corporal and an Army Ranger. All four branches of the United States military are covered by country hitmakers. In some cases they were on the front lines for historic events. In some cases an artist's career began during down time.

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Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts
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New Country Music Releases – May 2014

Cinco de Mayo and Memorial day are exciting dates in May, but country fans are even more excited about the exciting album releases set for the month.

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Emi Sunshine

Nine-Year-Old Yodeling Prodigy Shows Off Her Skills on National TV [Watch]

Remember when we featured the adorable Emily Sunshine Hamilton singing Jimmie Rogers' 'Blue Yodel No. 6,' complete with the yodeling? The 9-year-old appeared on 'The Today Show' this week, showing off her now television-worthy musical skills.

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