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Abi Ann interview 2015
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Interview: Country-Pop Newbie Abi Ann Looking Forward to Summer Vacation on the Road With Kelly Clarkson

Most young adults spend the summer between high school and college working a minimum-wage job, savoring their waning time with hometown friends and making the most of good weather and freedom. Singer-songwriter Abi Ann is going to be spending hers on the road with Kelly Clarkson.

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Lee Greenwood God Bless the USA children's book
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Interview: Lee Greenwood Turns ‘God Bless the USA’ Into New Children’s Book

Lee Greenwood has turned his award-winning 1984 song, "God Bless the USA," into a children's book. Proud to Be an American, which is out now, is the singer's way of instilling patriotism in the youngest generation of Americans.

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Bryson Jennings interview
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Interview: Newcomer Bryson Jennings Draws Musical Inspiration From Fishing Boats, Small Towns, Real Life

Bryson Jennings' debut EP -- which includes his debut single, "Young Nights" -- may be his first foray into country music, but the singer already has plenty of musical experience under his belt.

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Chris Carmack debut EP
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Interview: Chris Carmack Takes ‘Organic Path’ to Releasing EP

For Chris Carmack, who plays singer Will Lexington on the hit ABC drama Nashville, in some ways, art imitates real life. Like his character, the 34-year-old is also working on his own career as an artist, putting the finishing touches on his debut EP.

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Oak Ridge Boys Merle Haggard Sweet Jesus
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Duane Allen Discusses Recording ‘Sweet Jesus’ With Merle Haggard

The Oak Ridge Boys' latest album, Rock of Ages: Hymns and Gospel Favorites, features mostly traditional hymns that the four men -- Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban -- grew up listening to as children. But one song on the album is a brand-new track: "Sweet Jesus" was penned by Merle Haggard, and the country legend wrote it with the award-winning quartet in mind.

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Laura Bell Bundy interview 2015
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Interview: Laura Bell Bundy Is Ready to Share a New ‘Piece’ of Herself

Laura Bell Bundy's first album with Big Machine Label Group, Another Piece of Me, was a (very) long labor of love for Bundy, but she says that the end result was more than worth it.

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Chris Carmack discusses being gay in country music
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Chris Carmack: ‘Nashville’ Role Has ‘Opened Doors for a Discussion That Needed to Happen’

Chris Carmack is known to millions of fans on the hit ABC TV show Nashville as Will Lexington, a closeted gay country singer who struggled to keep his sexual orientation a secret for the sake of his aspiring career, before finally revealing the truth in the Season 4 finale.

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Montgomery Gentry Folks Like Us interview 2015
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Interview: Montgomery Gentry Change Labels But Stay Consistent for ‘Folks Like Us’

Montgomery Gentry's new album, Folks Like Us, will be their eighth studio album, but their first on their new record label, Blaster Records. Despite that change, the duo insists that everything else about them and their music remains the same.

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Oak Ridge Boys Duane Allen interview 2015
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Oak Ridge Boys Interview: Duane Allen Discusses ‘Rock of Ages’ Gospel Album

The Oak Ridge Boys' recently released album, Rock of Ages: Hymns and Gospel Favorites, is a project that band member Duane Allen had been considering for quite some time -- but it took gospel music icon Bill Gaither to set things in motion.

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Reba McEntire Somebody's Chelsea lyrics
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Story Behind the Song: Reba McEntire, ‘Somebody’s Chelsea’

Lines from movies often inspire great country songs: Kenny Chesney's "You Had Me From Hello" was inspired by the film Jerry Maguire, and Trace Adkins' "The Rest of Mine" was an idea sparked by the movie Phenomenon, for example. Reba McEntire's 2011 single "Somebody's Chelsea," too, was inspired by a film, 2007's P.S. I Love You.

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