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Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert + More Play First-Ever Boots in the Sand Event [Pictures]

The first-ever Taste of Country Tropical Nights concert in the Riviera Maya included four top-notch country singers, a lot of sunshine, ample amounts of food and drink and a ton of gorgeous photo opps. Dierks Bentley, Jana Kramer, Billy Currington and Brantley Gilbert each headlined one night of the Feb. 23-27 party at the new Hard Rock Hotel, and it's clear the experience is one that will have fans buying return trips to Mexico next winter. 

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Cole Swindell
Warner Music Nashville

Album Spotlight: Cole Swindell, ‘Cole Swindell’

Cole Swindell set out to make a well-rounded album that tells his story, and he succeeded. The 12 tracks on ‘Cole Swindell’ tread along familiar country themes, but don’t run ruts into any one in particular. It’s surprisingly easy to find yourself halfway through the album a second time without noticing.

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JJ Lawhorn
Average Joe's Entertainment

JJ Lawhorn – ‘Good Ol’ Boys Like Us’ [Listen]

Fans of Justin Moore will really dig JJ Lawhorn and his new song 'Good Ol' Boys Like Us.' The two singers share a producer (Jeremy Stover discovered Lawhorn on YouTube) and -- at least on this song -- share a talent for revealing a country boy's soft side.

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Miranda Lambert
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Miranda Lambert, ‘Automatic’ [Listen]

Miranda Lambert does nostalgia as well as she does crazy. Her new single ‘Automatic’ is a yearning look back at a time before computers, cell phones and 800 channels on TV. With familiar and original references, the singer introduces a softer tone for her fifth studio album.

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Kip Moore
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Kip Moore’s ‘Young Love’ Makes Top 5 Debut on ToC Top 10 Video Countdown

Kip Moore's new music video cracked the Top 5 on this week's Top 10 Video Countdown. 'Young Love' checked in at No. 5, behind vids from Gary Allan, Danielle Bradbery and two others. New videos from Keith Urban and ACM nominated duo Dan + Shay make their debut this week. It'll be up to fans to decide if either can challenge Scotty McCreery for No. 1.

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Category: Country Music News
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Album Spotlight: Jennifer Nettles, ‘That Girl’

Jennifer Nettles' new solo album is a round peg too big for country music’s square hole. Actually, ‘That Girl’ is sort of a zig-zaggy shaped object that doesn’t fit neatly within any genre’s stingy requirements. Jazz, blues, country, big band, Broadway, classic rock … Nettles dabbles.

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Category: Country Music News

Video of the Year – 2014 Taste of Country Awards

2013 was a really good year for country music videos, with more than one turning into mini-movies. The plot was thick during Carrie Underwood’s Two Black Cadillacs’ and Tim McGraw’s ‘Highway Don’t Care,’ two of the 10 nominees in the Best Video category. Take a look at all nominees and decide who should win this Taste of Country award.

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Song of the Year – 2014 Taste of Country Awards

With Artist of the Year already decided, Song of the Year is the most distinguished honor at the 2014 Taste of Country Awards. Ten hits from 2013 make the ballot, including ACM, CMA and Grammy nominees. Combined, these tracks have sold over 11 million downloads, but which is worthy of this fan-decided honor?

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