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Luke Bryan
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Luke Bryan, ‘Roller Coaster’ [Listen]

Luke Bryan’s ‘Roller Coaster’ recalls similar ‘The One That Got Away’ type songs using imagery that’s become familiar to country music fans. This surf side story of love’s missed opportunity is warm ... and slightly heartbreaking.

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Jerrod Niemann, ‘Donkey [Listen]

Jerrod Niemann's new song 'Donkey' hits on all the reasons fans love the party-loving, country rocker. The laugh-out-loud track from Niemann's 'High Noon' album comes complete with heavy guitar hooks and lyrics full of sly innuendoes ... not to mention a healthy dose of donkey brays to fill out the chorus.

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Sara Evans
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St. Jude Is Even More Meaningful to Sara Evans Now

Sara Evans has visited the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital twice -- once before she had kids, and once (this past January) after. The most recent visit changed her perspective, she tells Taste of Country.

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Billy Currington
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Billy Currington Calls His Experience at St. Jude an ‘Eye-Opener’

Like so many country stars, Billy Currington remembers expecting his first St. Jude visit to be depressing -- they are treating sick kids after all, he figured. If there's one lesson to remember from Taste of Country's two-day webathon, however, it's that that couldn't be further from the truth. 

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Tyler Farr
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Tyler Farr Keeps One St. Jude Patient Close at All Times

Tyler Farr goes out of his way to help children -- especially the children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The 'Whiskey in My Water' singer has made it to three of the last four Country Cares seminars, forging strong relationships with patients and families each time.

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Florida Georgia Line
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Florida Georgia Line Say It’s an Honor to Give Back to St. Jude

For Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, it wasn't always just about the music. From the earliest days of their musical partnership and friendship, the two men knew they wanted to use their songs to provide opportunities for those in need. The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a great avenue for that generosity. 

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Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan
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ToC Encore: Turning Personal Tragedy Into Hit Records

Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways. 

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Cole Swindell
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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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Category: Missoula Lifestyle
Kix Brooks
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Win a Signed DVD Copy of Kix Brooks’ Movie ‘Ambush at Dark Canyon’

Kix Brooks made his acting debut earlier this year, and now fans have a chance to bring him home. Enter here to win one of 10 signed copies of both the DVD and CD soundtrack to ‘Ambush at Dark Canyon.’

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Taylor Swift, Laney Brown
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2014 ToC Awards: Taylor Swift’s Phone Call to Dying Girl Was Most Heartwarming Moment of 2013

Odds were good Taylor Swift would take the 2014 Taste of Country Award for Most Heartwarming Moment of 2013. She had two of the five nominations, after all. The star won a record eighth ToC Award, including her second in this category.

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