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Vince Gill Shows His Rock ‘n’ Roll Side on Alice Cooper’s New Album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’

Vince Gill is one of country’s most distinctive singers, but he’s more than just a pretty voice — he’s also one of the industry’s most gifted guitarists.

One person who’s aware of those gifts? Alice Cooper, who asked Gill to add a little spice to a track from Cooper’s upcoming album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ — and Gill responded with a hard-rockin’ solo that might take some of his longtime fans by surprise.

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Uncle Kracker on ‘Postcards from Home’

With his last album, 2009′s ‘Happy Hour,’ Uncle Kracker scored his first country hit — the top 10 track ‘Smile’ — so conventional wisdom would dictate that he’d continue courting a country audience with his upcoming release, ‘Postcards from Home.’

But then again, his career has never been conventional — and as he told Billboard during a recent interview, he doesn’t see any reason to start now.

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Garth Brooks Plans to End His Retirement in ‘Three or Four Years’

It’s been almost 10 years since Garth Brooks released 2001′s ‘Scarecrow,’ his last album of original material — and four years since he added a pair of previously unreleased tracks to his ‘The Ultimate Hits’ compilation.

The bad news for Brooks’ fans is that their wait for a new record will continue for awhile. The good news? Brooks has an idea of when he’ll return to his mega-platinum career.

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Watch Kenny Chesney’s CMA Songwriters Series Online — No Ticket Required

Kenny Chesney is helping pay tribute to some of Nashville’s finest with his CMA Songwriters Series, which brings a rotating cast of country stars — including Dierks Bentley, Ashton Shepherd, Brett James, Craig Wiseman, and more — to audiences around the country.

But if you aren’t lucky enough to have tickets, don’t worry: the tour’s Boston stop will come to you.

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Lady Antebellum’s ‘Just a Kiss’ Is Still Number One

For the second week in a row, Lady Antebellum‘s ‘Just a Kiss’ is the top song on Billboard’s country charts — and now it can add the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart to its lists of conquests.

It’s another in a string of hits for the fast-rising band — and to hear singer Hillary Scott tell it, they always knew the song was going to be something special.

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Rodney Atkins Announces Release Date and Track Listing for ‘Take a Back Road’

Rodney Atkins is nothing if not deliberate — from the time he signed with Curb Records in 1997 to the release of his first album, ‘Honesty,’ in 2003, he spent six years making sure everything was just right with the music.

It’s an approach that’s paid off: his latest single, ‘Take a Back Road,’ is the fastest-rising of his career. And it’s also the title track of his next album, due October 4.

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Taylor Swift’s New DVD ‘Journey to Fearless’ Takes Fans Behind the Scenes

Dying to meet Taylor Swift? Well…chances are, that’s probably never going to happen.

But you can get a little closer to the multiplatinum star by watching her upcoming DVD, ‘Taylor Swift’s Journey to Fearless.’

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Love and Theft Find a New Home at RCA, ‘Excited’ for the Future

Between losing their record deal and one of their band members, it’s been a tumultuous couple of years for Love and Theft. But all’s well that ends well, and with their brand new deal at RCA Records, the duo  is back on track and feeling better than ever about their future.

“This is the most excited I’ve been in a long time,” Love and Theft member Stephen Barker Liles told Taste of Country during a recent interview. “The fact that we’re over it all now and things are moving forward is a really good feeling.”

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Wii Game Country Dance 2 Features Carrie Underwood, George Strait, and More

If you own a Wii, love country music, and enjoy shaking your tail feather, you’ll be excited to learn that Country Dance 2 is on its way.

The game so nice they made it twice, this installment of Country Dance will boast more than 30 tracks from artists such as Carrie Underwood, George Strait, Blake Shelton, and Eric Church.

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Luke Bryan’s ‘Tailgates and Tanlines’ Has a Big Debut

Congratulations are in order for Luke Bryan. The ‘Country Girl (Shake It for Me)’ singer’s new album, ‘Tailgates and Tanlines,’ is not only the top-selling country album, it’s number two on Billboard’s overall top 200 albums chart.

‘Tailgates’ is Bryan’s first chart-topping album, outpacing 2009′s ‘Doin’ My Thing,’ which peaked at number two on the country charts and number six on the top 200. With first-week sales of more than 145,000 units, it’s the second highest-selling debut for a country artist this year, behind only Brad Paisley‘s ‘This Is Country Music.’

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Kenny Chesney Is One Great Boss

He might be known for breezy, devil-may-care songs like ‘No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem’ and ‘Summertime,’ but when it comes to business, Kenny Chesney takes things very seriously. In fact, as the New York Times discovered during a recent profile, he’s an extremely involved, hands-on boss.

And an extremely generous one, too.

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