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Jake Owen Performs Tracks and Shares Stories from ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’

If his repeat performance at the top of the Billboard country charts with ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ is any indication, you can’t get enough of Jake Owen right now.

Fortunately for you, Owen is happy to oblige. He recently sat down for a session as part of Walmart’s Soundcheck series, delivering live-in-the-studio performances of some of his favorite tracks while discussing the stories behind the songs.

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George Jones Celebrates 80th Birthday, Reflects on Legendary Career

He doesn’t record as often as he used to — and his last top 40 hit, the Garth Brooks duet ‘Beer Run,’ was released 10 years ago — but George Jones is still going strong. In fact, he kicked off a line dancing craze earlier this year, and recently celebrated his 80th birthday with a special party at the Grand Ole Opry.

The country legend is keeping busy, no doubt, but he still had time to sit down for a chat with Taste of Country recently, reflecting on his life and amazing career.

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New Big & Rich Album Is ‘Inevitable,’ Says John Rich

It’s been more than four years since Big & Rich released their last album, and the years since have seen both Big Kenny and John Rich start successful solo careers — but from all the fun they’ve been having on this year’s reunion tour, it’s obvious they missed making music together.

Seeing Big & Rich back on stage raises the natural question of whether or not they’ll return to the studio for another album, and fans who have been keeping their fingers crossed for new recordings from the hitmaking duo can rest easy because John Rich says he’s sure it’ll happen.

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Blake Shelton Tries to ‘Stay Out Of’ Miranda Lambert’s Music

When they got married earlier this year, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert joined the grand country music tradition of couples who have shared a home as well as a microphone. Naturally, there’s been a lot of speculation about when they’ll get around to recording together again — something they acknowledged when they announced they’d be co-producing their friend Neal McCoy’s new album.

According to Shelton, however, fans shouldn’t hold their breath for many musical collaborations between the newlyweds.

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Miranda Lambert Reveals ‘Four the Record’ Track Listing

 

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Miranda Lambert unveiled the cover of her new album, ‘Four the Record,’ last week, but she wasn’t finished teasing details of the hotly-anticipated project.

One good turn deserves another, after all — so Lambert followed her cover reveal by releasing the ‘Four the Record’ track listing.

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Martina McBride to Headline Grand Ole Opry Concert for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The color pink isn’t something most people normally associate with the Grand Ole Opry, but in October, to help spread awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, country’s most venerable institution will be going pink for the third straight year.

Martina McBride has been announced as the headliner for the third annual Opry Goes Pink concert, to be held October 22 in support of Women Rock for the Cure.

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Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery Deny ‘McLaina’ Dating Rumors

‘American Idol’ duo Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina have been dogged by rumors of romance for months — to the point where their fans have given the alleged couple their own mashed-up nickname, McLaina.

Anyone hoping for a public confession of love can stop hoping, however. Although both of them have winked and played along with the rumors, both McCreery and Alaina have come out to officially lay them to rest.

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Josh Turner Promises ‘Interesting Collaborations’ on His Next Album

Next year, Josh Turner will celebrate his first decade in country music, and he’ll do it with millions of albums sold, nine top 40 singles, a pile of CMA and Grammy Awards nominations, and membership in the Grand Ole Opry.

That’s not a bad way to spend 10 years doing what you love — and Turner won’t start resting on his laurels now. In fact, he’s already deep into his next album.

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Carrie Underwood Says She’s Halfway Finished with Her Next Album [AUDIO]

She scored a number one duet with Brad Paisley this year, but it’s been a little while since Carrie Underwood released any new music on her ow. After all, her last album, ‘Play On,’ came out way back in 2009.

Her fans shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to hear more from her, though. She revealed during a call to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on Thursday that she’s hard at work on her next record.

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Rolling Stone Names Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ the Third-Worst Song of the ’90s

If you sat down and made a list of the things the internet loves, “lists” and “snark” would have to end up somewhere near the top — so you can hardly blame Rolling Stone for loading up on both with a recent feature dubbed ‘The Worst Songs of the ’90s.’

Country fans can take pride in their genre, which emerged from the countdown relatively unscathed, albeit with one significant, and hardly surprising, exception.

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Lady Antebellum Preview Two More ‘Own the Night’ Tracks, ‘Love I’ve Found in You’ and ‘Friday Night’ [VIDEOS]

Have you forgotten that Lady Antebellum‘s new album, ‘Own the Night,’ is scheduled to come out next week?

Yeah, we didn’t think so. But just in case you had — or you were looking for a couple more sneak peeks at one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year — the band has posted two more clips of songs from the album.

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Miranda Lambert Reveals ‘Four the Record’ Album Cover

You’ll still need to wait almost two months to hear Miranda Lambert‘s new album in its entirety, but if you’re just dying for an early glimpse of ‘Four the Record,’ now you can have it.

Through an exclusive premiere at Taste of Country, Lambert has revealed the ‘Four the Record’ cover, and it offers all the country glamour — and fire — her fans have come to expect.

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