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2015 CMA Awards winners analysis
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2015 CMA Awards Winners Analysis: The Newbies Get Their Due

In September, shortly after the nominees for the 2015 CMA Awards were announced, The Boot argued that at this year's awards ceremony, country music newcomers such as Kelsea BalleriniChris Stapleton, Maddie & Tae and Sam Hunt could give established artists a run for their money. And while the newbies didn't completely overtake Country Music's Biggest Night in 2015, their four combined wins are big news.

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Jay Farrar interview 2015
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Interview: Jay Farrar Reflects on the 20th Anniversary of Son Volt’s Debut Album

Twenty years ago, in the first issue of No Depression, the groundbreaking alt-country magazine's co-founder, Peter Blackstock, described Son Volt's 1995 debut album as one that was "headed for the back roads."

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Corb Lund interview 2015
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Interview: Corb Lund Discusses New Album, Working With Producer Dave Cobb and Why He Still Loves Vinyl

While maintaining an inimitable knack for telling stories through his songs, Corb Lund has pushed himself -- both musically and personally -- on his latest studio album, Things That Can't Be Undone, out now via New West Records. Working with producer Dave Cobb brought with it a new creative process, and the result -- a beautiful blend of classic country and Americana sounds -- might just be, as it stands right now, Lund's masterpiece.

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2015 CMA Awards nominations analysis
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2015 CMA Awards Nominations Analysis: Will This Be the Year of the Newcomers?

As she helped announce the 2015 CMA Awards nominees live on Good Morning America on Wednesday (Sept. 9), the surprise on Kelsea Ballerini's face (and her reaction behind the scenes) was likely shared by numerous country artists and fans alike. The "Love Me Like You Mean It" singer, along with fellow country music newcomers Chris Stapleton, Maddie & Tae and Sam Hunt, each garnered multiple nominations in major categories -- and they could give established artists such as Miranda LambertCarrie UnderwoodLuke Bryan and Blake Shelton a run for their money come November.

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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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Blackberry Smoke
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Interview: Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr Talks ‘Holding All the Roses,’ Why Classic Artists and Vinyl Still Matter

There ain't no rest for Blackberry Smoke. Just eight months after releasing their live album 'Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina,' the band has debuted a new studio album, 'Holding All the Roses.'

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Love and Theft
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Interview: Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles Shares the Inspiration Behind New ‘Whiskey on My Breath’ Album

Love and Theft's Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles have had a busy couple years since they released their self-titled album in July of 2012 -- and the biggest milestones have nothing to do with music.

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Old Dominion
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Old Dominion Interview: Hit Songwriters-Turned-Rising Band Discuss New-Found Fame, Touring With Kenny Chesney

As a band, Old Dominion are pretty new to the country music world -- the five-man group just released their self-titled debut EP in October of 2014 -- but they're no strangers to life in the spotlight.

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2015 ACM Awards Nominees Analysis — Largely Expected, But With a Few Pleasant Surprises

The Academy of Country Music announced its nominees for the 2015 ACM Awards on Friday (Jan. 30), while the list is mostly filled with the superstar artists that country fans and media expected to see nominated -- Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood among them -- there are a few pleasant surprises in the mix, including both seasoned legends and talented newcomers.

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Interview: Jim Ed Brown Explains the Creative Process Behind New Album ‘In Style Again’

Despite undergoing treatment for lung cancer, Jim Ed Brown is ready to return to the country music world after 30 years, with his new album 'In Style Again.'

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