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ToC Encore: Who Is Eric Church?

On stage, Eric Church plays with fire -- literally. He shouts and cusses, and gestures to band mates to get them riled up. He'll pump a fist and point at the crowd like an angry football coach. The 'The Outsiders' singer forever seems one wrong word away from raging, and his fans love him for it. Off stage ... it's a different story.

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Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Danielle Bradbery
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ToC Encore: The Year That Forever Changed Country Music

Country music's pop influences have never been as obvious as they are today. Top artists claim pop and rock bands as childhood favorites. Rock producers are shaping the format's top new albums. And the occasional guest appearance from a Music City outsider has become the rule, not the exception, on just about every country release.

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Keith Urban
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Keith Urban, ‘Somewhere in My Car’ [Listen]

Keith Urban’s new single ‘Somewhere in My Car’ is an uptempo, guitar-driven breakup song that recalls some of his earlier hits. Sonically, the pop-friendly rocker is similar to ‘Days Go By’ and ‘Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me.’ Lyrically, it's closer to 'We Were Us.'

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Hunter Hayes, ‘Tattoo’ [Listen]

According to Hunter Hayes' new single, 'Tattoo,' the multi-talented country singer-songwriter might just be willing to get a little permanent ink -- if he meets the right girl of course! The new single, off of Hayes' 'Storyline' album is classic Hayes, returning to the reason fans love him so ardently - that boy can write a love song like nobody else.

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Taste of Country Music Festival Backstage Selfies – Day 2

Backstage at the Taste of Country Music Festival, country artists like Craig Morgan and the Cadillac Three offered their own take on the selfie. The "situational selfie" features an artist responding to a specific, hypothetical scenario. Like how would Jamie Lynn Spears look if she saw a bucket of her favorite food -- pickles?

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Dierks Bentley Selfie
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Taste of Country Music Festival Backstage Selfies – Day 1

The Taste of Country Music Festival has begun, and things are already getting a little crazy. Backstage, before they took the stage, Friday night's performers stopped to take a "Good luck selfie," with a twist.

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Toc Encore: Country Stars Who’ve Served in the Military

Amongst country music's top stars you'll find a captain, several staff sergeants, a corporal and an Army Ranger. All four branches of the United States military are covered by country hitmakers. In some cases they were on the front lines for historic events. In some cases an artist's career began during down time.

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