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Darius Rucker, ‘True Believers’ – Song Review

Darius Rucker takes a simple story of two lovers who defy odds and skeptics and places it gently on a cloud in the stratosphere — a place few others can reach. ‘True Believers’ begins as a mild and unremarkable pop-country song before clever production and Rucker’s unforgettable voice find one soaring in the euphoria. 

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Astrid Stawiarz, Getty Images

Lawyer Claims Randy Travis Kicked, Pushed His Client During Church Argument

Last week, Randy Travis was cited with a Class C assault after a physical confrontation with his girlfriend’s estranged husband in the parking lot of a Texas church. The husband, Dr. Ritchie Beougher, claims the country superstar did much worse than inflict an “unwanted touch” upon him.

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Rick Diamond / Sara Kauss, Getty Images

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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RCA Nashville
RCA Nashville

Joanna Smith, ‘We Can’t Be Friends’ – Song Review

If Joanna Smith‘s new single ‘We Can’t Be Friends’ was released 30 years ago, we might call it a classic in 2012. Since the singer is relatively new, however (the sexy single ‘Georgia Mud’ barely cracked the chart in 2011 ), we’ll restrain ourselves from over-selling this portrait of caged yearning. Smith is the perfect voice to tell the story.

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RCA Records
RCA Records

Martina McBride’s ‘Evolution’ Turns 15

By 1997, Martina McBride was beginning to assert herself as the premiere female vocalist in country music, but she wouldn’t begin to take home awards until after she released ‘Evolution’ on August 26 of that year. Songs from her fourth studio album won her the Female Vocalist of the Year CMA in 1999. Many of her biggest hits, like ‘Happy Girl,’ ‘A Broken Wing’ and ‘Whatever You Say,’ come from this project.

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Ryan Pierse, Getty Images

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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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Favorite Billy Ray Cyrus Song? – Readers Poll

Billy Ray Cyrus turns 51 years old today (August 25)! The famous country singer and father to Miley Cyrus was as hot as Garth Brooks early in his career, and in the 20 years since releasing ‘Achy Breaky Heart,’ he has notched seven Top 10 hits. What is your favorite Billy Ray Cyrus song?

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Ryan Pierse, Getty Images
Ryan Pierse, Getty Images

Keith Urban Close to ‘American Idol’ Deal

Keith Urban is very close to reaching an agreement to judge ‘American Idol’ next season. The country superstar admitted he had talked to producers about the vacant seat on the panel for 2013, but now the Hollywood Reporter is reporting he’s close to signing a $3 million to $4 million contract.

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