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‘Rose Garden’ Songwriter Joe South Dead at 72

Grammy Award-winning songwriter Joe South has died. The popular singer, songwriter and studio musician wrote for hitmakers like Lynn Anderson, Elvis Presley and Billy Joe Royal after charting his own hit with ‘Games People Play’ in 1969. He had been in failing health, according to MusicRow.com.

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Rick Diamond (3) / Donald Bowers / Paul Kane, Getty Images

Readers Poll: Who Will Win the 2012 CMAs Entertainer of the Year?

Taylor Swift has won two of the last three Entertainer of the Year trophies at the CMA Awards, but she’ll face four men equally as deserving at the 2012 show on Nov. 1. A strong case could make for all five artists announced as nominees on Wednesday (Sept. 5), but who do you think should win? 

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Category: Country Music News
Russ Harrington
Russ Harrington

Kellie Pickler Shaves Her Head to Support Friend Battling Breast Cancer

Kellie Pickler has shaved her head. In a video that aired on ‘Good Morning America’ this morning, Pickler walked viewers and fans through the story of her friend Summer Holt Miller — who is currently fighting breast cancer — before revealing footage captured in these photos of both women with their beautiful locks buzzed.

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Song Review: Brett Eldredge, ‘Don’t Ya’ [AUDIO]

Brett Eldredge is a country newcomer with more talent than fame, but the latter may catch up to him after his new single ‘Don’t Ya’ finishes its radio run. The Illinois born-and-raised singer does all of the little things right on this tightly-produced cut from a long-promised debut album. We’re never blown away by his soulful voice, but we’re made aware of what he’s capable of by the end of a first or second listen. 

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Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

Kix Brooks Says ‘Bring It on Home’ Is Tribute to His Wife – Exclusive Video

The new single from Kix Brooks‘ first solo album since 1989 is a tribute to his wife, Barbara. In a video exclusive to Taste of Country, the singer explains the song, which is featured on ‘New to This Town,’ which will be released next Tuesday (Sept. 11). Fans can listen to the entire album right now at Amazon.

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Category: Country Music News
Lucas Hoge
Lucas Hoge

Song Review: Lucas Hoge, ‘Do What Makes You Feel Good’

You don’t need a late afternoon cup of coffee to get you through a long work day. Just turn up Lucas Hoge’s new song, ‘Do What Makes You Feel Good.’ The ready-made smile surfs along a funky Caribbean guitar riff, providing a three minute-long (and some change) vacation. 

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Category: Country Music News
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Rick Diamond / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Alan Jackson vs. Darius Rucker – The Showdown

Alan Jackson has cruised through four straight Showdowns, but to get to the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame, he’s going to have to top another country superstar in Darius Rucker. The legend’s new song ‘You Go Your Way’ is hot right now, with online and phone call votes leaning heavily his way. But Rucker might be hotter. 

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RodeoWave Entertainment
RodeoWave Entertainment

High Valley, ‘Love You for a Long Time’ – Song Review

High Valley‘s tight harmonies and bluegrass influenced pop-country sound will be new to American audiences, but the sibling trio proves that their success in Canada wasn’t just a fluke. ‘Love You for a Long Time,’ the debut single on Eaglemont Entertainment, is a professional recording one usually doesn’t find from a baby act. This group is clearly a seasoned — but still exciting — voice to keep an eye on.

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Broken Bow Records
Broken Bow Records

Dustin Lynch Interview: ‘Cowboys and Angels’ Singer’s Journey Begins and Ends at Home

Dustin Lynch may have moved to Nashville to chase his dreams, but home is still where his heart is. The 27-year-old says he learned to write at the famous Bluebird Cafe, but learned to dream along the back roads and open country of Tullahoma, Tenn. 

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