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Mary Chapin Carpenter
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Mary Chapin Carpenter Interview: Grammy Winner Discusses New Orchestral Album + Tour

Mary Chapin Carpenter is one of the most intriguing success stories in country music. Despite a decided non-adherence to the rules of the commercial country format, the singer-songwriter has cultivated an enormous career that has seen her place hit singles, sell millions of albums, and win multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy awards. 

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Kacey Musgraves
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Kacey Musgraves: Can Nashville’s Grammy Darling Conquer Country Radio?

Kacey Musgraves is arguably country music's most talked-about breakout performer right now. 2013 was a year of dizzying attention for Musgraves, whose major label debut album, 'Same Trailer Different Park,' made 2013 year-end critics' lists everywhere, culminating in 2013 Grammy wins for Best Country Album and Best Country Song.

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Rhonda Vincent
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Rhonda Vincent Interview: The Queen of Bluegrass Talks New Album, Defying Stereotypes + More

Rhonda Vincent is widely referred to as "the Queen of Bluegrass." Since making her solo debut in 1988, she has built a career that has seen her emerge as one of the foremost singers and players in bluegrass -- not to mention one of the only female musicians of her generation to make a significant mark on the male-dominated genre.

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Tim McGraw
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Country Chameleon: The Ever-Changing Music of Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw announced his 2014 touring plans and revealed his new single this week, and in the process, inadvertently touched off a new round in the ongoing pop-country debate.

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Ryan Bingham
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Exclusive Interview: Ryan Bingham Talks About His New Film Project, Kickstarter + Upcoming Tour

Ryan Bingham is certainly no stranger to writing music for films. The celebrated singer-songwriter won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and a Grammy for his song 'The Weary Kind,' which was featured in the hit film 'Crazy Heart.' But his newest film project is a unique labor of love.

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Alan Jackson Vince Gill Trace Adkins
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No Country for Older Men: What Happens When Radio Stops Playing Your Music?

Take a look at the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart this week, and you'll find quite a bit of diversity. Hot young acts like Florida Georgia Line and Parmalee have current songs riding high, as does 'The Voice' winner Cassadee Pope. David Nail and Eli Young Band are in there, and so are Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. But one thing you won't find in the current country charts is any older artist.

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Taylor Swift Florida Georgia Line
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Is Traditional Country Music Dead?

Country music has rarely been stronger commercially -- but is the crossover success country is experiencing making the genre lose its identity?

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Carrie Underwood Triumphs in ‘The Sound of Music Live!’

Despite a few setbacks, Carrie Underwood pulled out a big career win in her live musical debut as Maria von Trapp in 'The Sound of Music Live!' on Thursday night (Dec. 5).

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Nashville Skyline
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Too Much Information: Could Mass Media Exposure Damage Nashville’s Country Music Scene?

Country music has never been hotter as a genre, thanks in no small part to an ever-greater focus on country on mainstream television. But with the newfound attention on country -- and especially Nashville - the sudden growth could come with an unexpected price.

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Tracy Lawrence Weighs in on Pop/Country Debate

Tracy Lawrence has pretty much seen it all in the course of more than two decades in country music. He's survived all of the changing trends that have come and gone, and he says the recent spate of back-and-forth comments about the state of country music has taken the focus off what really matters.

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