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Top 40 Country Songs – September 2012

The No. 1 song on the Taste of County Top 40 for September 2012 is one that was recently named the song of the summer by readers. It’s been one of the top sellers in the genre since it was released as a single last spring, and it finally topped out at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. There was no question which song was worthy this month. The rest of the group were fighting for No. 2. 

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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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Category: Local News, Music News
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Jason Merritt / Rick Diamond, Getty Images / Twitter

Most Exciting Country News Story of the Week? – Readers Poll

It was an exciting week of country news, with some stories that left you feeling sympathetic (Randy Travis, LeAnn Rimes) and more that filled the air with excitement. Taylor Swift‘s new video and Toby Keith‘s new album are just two of the many excuses one had this week for shouting joy while co-workers drummed away quietly at their keyboards. 

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Category: Local News, Music News
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Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Kenny Chesney Dominates Taste of Country End of Summer Survey

Earlier this month, we released a survey intended to gauge which country star — or stars — were having the best summer. You were allowed to vote on the top song, top album and top tour of the summer, in addition to seven other categories that described the vacation months from your perspective. The results are in, and the big winner is overwhelmingly Kenny Chesney.

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images / Facebook

Alan Jackson vs. Tyler Farr – The Showdown

Alan Jackson fans stepped up in a big way on Thursday, pushing the country music legend’s new single to another day on the Showdown. ‘You Go Your Way’ ousted newcomer Jason Cassidy, although it was close until the phone voting from Taste of Country Nights radio began. That makes three in a row for Jackson. 

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Category: Local News, Music News
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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Trace Adkins Says New Song ‘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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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Craig Campbell, ‘Outta My Head’ – Song Review

Craig Campbell tries on a more contemporary sound with his new single ‘Outta My Head,’ a song about getting over a lover who won’t leave you alone even though she hasn’t called in quite some time. By leaning away from traditional, the singer aims to please more fans than his last two singles — the edgy ‘Fish’ and a middle finger to bill collectors called ‘When I Get It’ — but the result is a nondescript, mid-tempo country song that could have been recorded by anyone at any time. 

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images / Facebook
Rick Diamond, Getty Images / Facebook

Alan Jackson vs. Jason Cassidy – The Showdown

Canadian country trio High Valley put a scare into Alan Jackson fans yesterday, but their song ‘Love You for a Long Time’ fell just short, losing to ‘You Go Your Way’ by 10 percentage points. Phone voting on Taste of Country Nights radio helped put the superstar into the driver’s seat once again. Today, he’ll face another feisty newcomer in Jason Cassidy. 

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Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

LeAnn Rimes Enters 30-Day Treatment Facility

One day after celebrating her 30th birthday, LeAnn Rimes announced she will be taking 30 days off to “cope with anxiety and stress” in an in-patient treatment facility. The singer voluntarily entered the facility on Wednesday (August 28) with full support from her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian.

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YouTube

Trace Adkins Performs ‘GOP Theme Song’ ‘Tough People Do’ at Republican National Convention

Trace Adkins performed what at least one news outlet called the GOP theme song after Ann Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday night. ‘Tough People Do’ is a new song that reminds listeners that while times might be tough, so are we.

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Rusty Russell / Rick Diamond / Frederick Breedon / Larry Busacca, Getty Images

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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Rick Diamond, Getty Images / Facebook
Rick Diamond, Getty Images / Facebook

Alan Jackson vs. High Valley – The Showdown

Fans responded passionately to Alan Jackson‘s new single, ‘You Go Your Way,’ yesterday and last night in the Taste of Country Nights Showdown. The song easily ousted ‘Ex-Old Man’ by Kristen Kelly, meaning the country legend will move on to face a new challenger. Today, that’s another act new to American country music fans. 

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Shania Twain: Pictures Through the Years

Shania Twain has offered cutting-edge country music and fashion in the 18 years since releasing ‘The Woman With Me’ in 1995. While this wasn’t her debut album, its success (over 12 million copies sold in the U.S. alone) changed the landscape of country music forever. 

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Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images

Gloriana, ‘Can’t Shake You’ – Song Review

Gloriana’s new single ‘Can’t Shake You’ takes time to build, but by the second verse, the trio is able to put real hurt into a mid-tempo song about failed love and regret. The second-to-last chorus finds a Gossin brother (Tom, Mike… who can tell them apart without looking at them?) digging deep for what may be the most vulnerable moment on their new ‘A Thousand Miles Left Behind’ album. 

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