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Trace Adkins Says ‘Tough People Do’ Is for Anyone Who Believes in Hard Work

Trace Adkins says he wasn’t trying to make a political statement when he performed his new song, ‘Tough People Do,’ at the Republican National Convention earlier this week. The singer says the tube — referred to as a red, white and blue anthem of strength and courage at his website — is meant to remind Americans that the solution to fix this country is within all of us, regardless of political affiliation.

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Country Music Fashion Police – Readers Poll

Next Wednesday (Sept. 5), the nominees for the 2012 CMA Awards will be announced. That leaves stars less than two months to plan for the Nov. 3 broadcast. That’s two months to find the perfect dress, the perfect shoes or the perfect jacket. We’ve found the most adventurous outfits from previous CMA Awards and paired them side by side, just begging for your opinion. You get to play country music fashion police with your vote!

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Keith Urban Accepts Offer to Judge ‘American Idol’

Keith Urban has accepted an offer from Fox producer’s to judge ‘American Idol‘ next season, less than one day after being named the frontrunner for an open seat on the panel. The Country Vibe reports that Urban has agreed to take the job, making him the second country superstar on a major network reality show.

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Thomas Rhett vs. Randy Houser – The Showdown

Thomas Rhett moved his song ‘Beer With Jesus’ within one win of becoming a rare Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Famer. The singer’s fans outvoted fans of Jaida Dreyer’s ‘Confessions’ by a two-to-one-margin on Friday and Friday night on Taste of Country Nights radio. Today, Rhett will have to battle a singer with a little more star power in Randy Houser.

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Dierks Bentley, ‘Country and Cold Cans’ – Album Review

EPs are often like movie sequels in that they often feel like a ploy to make a few dollars instead of a chance for an artist to expand upon a theme. Much like ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ and more recently, ‘Toy Story 2′, Dierks Bentley‘s ‘Country and Cold Cans’ proves to be an exception. 

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See Country Music Stars as Senior Citizens

To celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, which is August 21, we thought we’d look ahead to how country music’s top stars will look when they get closer to becoming AARP members. Many — like Blake Shelton and Jana Kramer — promise to age gracefully. Others… well, not so much. Sorry about that, Taylor Swift!

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Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus Would Love to Be the Next ‘American Idol’ Judge

Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood… add one more country name to the list of potential ‘American Idol’ judges. Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus believes he’d be a good fit to fill Steven Tyler‘s empty chair when the show begins next year.

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10 Sexiest Female Country Stars of 2012

Who is the sexiest woman in country music? You’ll have to decide that for yourself after checking out 10 frontrunners for the 2012 title. Note that these women aren’t listed in any particular order, as all are capable of leaving a man with Looney Tunes eyes bulging out of his head. 

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Frederick Breedon, Getty Images / JBandtheMoonshineBand.com
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JB and the Moonshine Band vs. Justin Moore – The Showdown

Yesterday’s battle of Texas country quartets left only one as champion. ‘No Better Than This’ is the current king, meaning the uptempo new song from JB and the Moonshine Band will face a new challenger today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio. Remember, you can vote every hour online, as well as on the phone after 7PM by calling the Taste of Country Nights studio at (888) 678-9995.

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Eli Young Band vs. JB and the Moonshine Band – The Showdown

Fans of Eli Young Band pulled off one of the greatest Showdown upsets of all time on Tuesday. The group’s new single ‘Say Goodnight’ topped Taylor Swift‘s brand new single from her upcoming ‘Red’ album, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.’ That makes it three in a row for the Texas foursome’s love ballad. Two more and it will be retired to the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame. 

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Eli Young Band vs. Taylor Swift – The Showdown

Last night, the Eli Young Band and newcomer Chelsea Bain traded blows until the final minutes of the Showdown on Taste of Country Nights radio. Each artist rallied their fans to support their new song, but in the end, the new ballad from the Texas foursome notched just a few more votes than Bain’s ‘What if I.’

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