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Olivia Lane interview 2015
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Interview: Olivia Lane Strips Down for Acoustic Album, ‘Heart Unlocked’

Independent artists are used to running their careers on their own -- and on their own terms. However, as Olivia Lane notes simply, "you kind of have to figure out your own way of getting your music out there." But she doesn't seem to have an issue with that; in fact, she seems to be having a lot of fun doing it.

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Drew Baldridge interview 2015
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Interview: Drew Baldridge Channels Small-Town Upbringing, Pop Influences for New ‘Crossing County Lines’ Tracks

Be skeptical of country music cliches all you want, but growing up in Patoka, Ill. (population: about 600), Drew Baldridge's life was exactly like what you hear in country songs: He sang in church with his dad, helped out on his grandfather's farm and graduated high school with 42 kids in his class.

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Maddie and Tae Start Here interview 2015
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Interview: Maddie & Tae Excited for Fans to Hear the Story That Is ‘Start Here’

When Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye — better known to country fans as Maddie & Tae — were putting together their freshman album, Start Here, the young women found themselves with a (good) problem: It was harder for them to choose which songs to leave off the record than it was to select which ones to include.

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Bellamy Brothers 40th anniversary interview
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Interview: The Bellamy Brothers Celebrate 40 Years in Country Music

In 1976, brothers David and Howard Bellamy — together known to country music fans as the Bellamy Brothers — earned a worldwide smash hit on both the pop and country charts with their first single, "Let Your Love Flow." In the 40 years since, the Bellamys have released 29 studio albums, earned numerous more hits and continued to grow their international fan base ... and yet, according to David Bellamy, they have never had that moment when they felt like they'd "made it."

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Photo by Matthew Hogan, courtesy of AristoMedia
Photo by Matthew Hogan, courtesy of AristoMedia
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Interview: JB and the Moonshine Band Tackle Country Music’s Current State, Politics and More on ‘Mixtape’

The beautiful thing about mixtapes -- or, more recently, mix CDs and custom playlists -- is that they can be whatever you want them to be. A little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll? Go for it. A track you could fall asleep to up next to a song that makes you want to party? Sure, why not! Something from the '60s followed by something from the '90s followed by a current No. 1 hit? Totally cool.

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Pat Green interview 2015
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Interview: Pat Green Comes ‘Home’ With New Album

After three years, Pat Green is ready to release a new album.

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Lindi Ortega Faded Gloryville interview 2015
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Interview: Lindi Ortega Stays Authentic to Herself With New Album, ‘Faded Gloryville’

She's only 35 years old, but Lindi Ortega is an old soul, at least musically. That's apparent not only after a listen to any of the tracks on her brand-new studio album, Faded Gloryville, but also in the way she recorded those tracks, the record's one cover song and her influences.

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Dale Watson interview 2015
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Interview: Dale Watson ‘Lucky in Music’ With New Album, Recent Popularity

When Dale Watson released his debut album in 1995, he certainly couldn't have predicted that, 20 years later, he'd have performed on The Bachelorette.

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Warren Haynes Ashes and Dust interview 2015
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Interview: Warren Haynes Stretches His Americana Muscles With ‘Ashes & Dust’

Warren Haynes' name is well known among classic rock and jam band fans thanks to his work with with, among many others, the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule, the latter of which he is a founding member. But the talented guitarist, singer and songwriter has also dabbled in other genres as a solo artist, including folk and Americana with his newest solo album, Ashes & Dust.

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Bobby Wills interview 2015
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Interview: Canadian Country Artist Bobby Wills Is ‘Crazy Enough’ to Expand His Career Into the U.S.

If you follow Canada's country music scene, you may have heard Bobby Wills' name before: The Calgary, Alberta, native was the 2013 winner of both the Canadian Country Music Awards Rising Star trophy and the Alberta Country Music Association's Male Artist of the Year award, and his third album, Crazy Enough, dropped in Canada in January. In the United States, Wills is still relatively unknown, but like Terri Clark, Hank Snow and Carolyn Dawn Johnson before him, the singer-songwriter is now looking to expand his career south of the (Canadian) border.

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