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Edens Edge’s Unconventional Nashville Journey Shaped by Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs and Joni Mitchell

If Edens Edge seem more mature, more prepared and more polished than most country newcomers it’s because the trio has had a lot of help, and been given good — if unconventional — advice. The group seemingly popped out of nowhere in 2010 and soon released their first single ‘Amen.’ It was like a stork just dropped the angel voices of Hannah Blaylock, Dean Berner and Cherrill Green on Music City, and another followed with guitar, mandolin and dobro.

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Carrie Underwood, ‘Blown Away’ – Song Review

‘Blown Away’ is the signature song on Carrie Underwood‘s new album of the same name. It’s the dangerous storm cloud that looms over the other tracks on a surprisingly dark project. Is this really the same woman who cut ‘All-American Girl?’ This is what critics are talking about when they hammer the importance of subtly reinventing one’s self with each new album. The singer has built to this point over three previous albums.

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Edens Edge, ‘Edens Edge’ – Album Review

There’s a thread of instability that weaves in and out of each song on ‘Edens Edge’ that makes it an album you look forward to finding in the morning. Lead vocalist Hannah Blaylock tells stories like a woman who’s lived through a few too many bad boyfriends, but still wants to show her friends she can smile about it. She’s all over the place — country’s equivalent of Jess from ‘New Girl’ on Fox.

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Lauren Alaina Involved in Dramatic Twitter Fight Over a Boy

Lauren Alaina was shooting flames from her fingertips last night on Twitter, and it sounds like it was over a boy. The teenage singer went back and forth with an unnamed female before going to bed Monday night. She fired several messages across the internet as her fans offered support.

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Favorite Chris Young Song – Readers Poll

It seems like Chris Young has been a part of the Nashville fabric for so long that it’s surprising to learn the singer is only 27-years-old. Today (June 12) is his birthday, and we’re honoring the hitmaker and ACM Award nominee by letting his fans decide the all-time greatest Chris Young song. So, which one is your favorite?

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New Country Music Releases – July 2012

Compared to June, there are relatively few new country music releases in July 2012, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any albums worth being excited about. One Nashville trio will make their debut, while a country duo returns after a change in record labels. There’s also a legend and a perennial award nominee releasing new country projects in July.

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Taste of Country’s Lady Antebellum Contest Winner Announced

One lucky Taste of Country reader has just over two weeks to clear a space on his wall for a picture of himself hanging out with Lady Antebellum. Phillip Lawrence of Kansas City, Mo. was chosen as the winner of last month’s flyaway to see the band. He and a guest will fly to St. Louis for the once in a lifetime event later this month.

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New Songs on the Radio – June 2012

June 2012 has been a great month for new country music. In addition to albums from Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and Josh Turner, artists like Craig Morgan and Miranda Lambert have shared new songs from previously released projects. Kip Moore and Lauren Alaina are two more artists who’ve released songs late in the month.

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Kellie Pickler Brings Wounded Marine as Her Date to the 2012 CMT Music Awards

It was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment during the 2012 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (June 6). Who was the Marine seated next to Kellie Pickler? He certainly isn’t her husband Kyle — did she bring someone back from her recent USO trip?

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Trace Adkins, ‘Them Lips (On Mine)’ – Song Review

Perhaps this was the song Trace Adkins was recording naked? The big man has become quite a sex symbol for women over a certain age, and his new song ‘Them Lips (On Mine)’ is sure to stir their pots. Adkins avoids lyrical euphemisms, but underscores his steamy message with suggestive guitar licks and his trademark growl.

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Alan Jackson, ‘Thirty Miles West’ – Album Review

There’s a song on Alan Jackson‘s ‘Thirty Miles West’ album that could be the title-track. Actually, ‘Nothin’ Fancy’ could be the title-track for his entire career. This isn’t the best song on the project — one gets lost in the long, sleepy melody — but it’s a message that speaks to why we love this country legend.

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