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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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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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Category: Country News, Longform
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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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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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W.B. Givens Interview: Singer-Songwriter Talks Debut Album, ‘Locomotion’

Singer-songwriter W.B. Givens' newly-released debut album, 'Locomotion,' is an interesting study in contrasts.

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Brandy Clark Interview: Singer-Songwriter Talks New Album, Songwriting Success

Brandy Clark is one of the most uniquely gifted songwriters in country music today. Her witty, observational lyrics and exceptional storytelling ability have earned her cuts on artists as diverse as Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker.

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John David Kent Interview: Singer-Songwriter Talks New Album, ‘Before the Sun Comes Up’

John David Kent has come of age with his new album, 'Before the Sun Comes Up.'

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Amos Lee Interview: Singer-Songwriter Talks New Album, Working With Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin + More

An interview with Amos Lee is unlike an interview with most recording artists. A seemingly simple question can yield several minutes of rumination on tangential topics before he winds his way back to the original question. It is obvious in even a brief conversation that he is a person who thinks about things more deeply than most others, and examines ideas from many different angles.

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