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STAR Meet & Greet: Fan Photos!
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Rodney Good feature (musician spotlight, photos, interview)
2008 Preview (highlights from 2007 + a preview of 2008)
Taylor Swift: An Unstoppable Force (featured article)
The Triumph of Rascal Flatts (CMA featured article)
Country Artists Join Together For Charity -- CharityBuzz
Watch ASHTON SHEPHERD'S debut video

Little Big Town: 'A Place To Land'  (Review, lyrics, photos)
Studio Spotlight: Studio 515 (feature, interview)
Chuck Wicks review ("Starting Now")
'Ultimate Grammy Collection' review / GRAMMY Awards preview
Dierks Bentley Fan Project - Greatest Hits Album - Press release

MARCH 2008
Jason Meadows review ('100% Cowboy')
Luke Laird feature (songwriter spotlight, photos, interview)
James Otto review ('Sunset Man')

APRIL 2008
Trey Matthews feature (songwriter spotlight, photos, interview)
"2008 CMT Music Awards" Winners
Lady Antebellum's Debut Album Lands At #1 - Press release
Tim Bezy & Nathan Wade feature (songwriter spotlight, interview)
George Strait review + full album lyrics ('Troubadour')

MAY 2008
The 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (Nominees, winners, photos + press!)
It's A Taylor Swift Take-Over On MTV
Chris Cagle review ('My Life's Been A Country Song')
Heath Hensley feature (indie spotlight, photos, interview)
Ben Clark [Musician w/ Taylor Swift] (feature,  interview, photos)
Lady Antebellum review ("Lady Antelbellum") + wallpapers
JUNE 2008
TV Spotlight: 'Can You Duet'Meet the contestants + more!
TV Spotlight: 'Nashville Star'Read more about the show!
Julianne Hough: 'Julianne Hough' Album Review

JULY 2008
6 CHIX To Perform in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Get To Know Jamey Johnson
TV Spotlight: 'American Idol' about the show + country stars after Idol
Festival Spotlight: '2008 CMA Music Festival' (press, photos + more)

The 2008 Video Music Awards (VMAs) – Taylor Swift quotes
Ashton Shepherd feature  (Review, bio, cut by cut, news + more!)

Mica Roberts interview (photos, interview)
Colbie Caillat & Taylor Swift Collaborate On New Song
Kenny Chesney Leads With 7 Nominations for the CMA Awards
Randy Rogers Band spotlight (Biography, cut by cut, photos, more)

Zac Brown Band (bio, quick facts, photos + listen to "Chicken Fried")
Sugarland review ('Love On The Inside')

Keith Anderson review ('C'Mon')
Heidi Newfield review ('What Am I Waiting For')
George Strait Surpasses Record For Most Trophies In CMA Awards History with 22 At "The 42nd Annual CMA Awards"

Holiday Special 2008 - a list of all the latest Christmas CDs
2008 Year In Review/2009 Preview - A few highlights from 2008, plus a preview of what to look forward to in 2009
Darius Rucker review ('Learn To Live')

George Strait tour feature with special guests Tracy Lawrence & Miranda Lambert (set lists, review, photos)

Rascal Flatts tour feature with Blake Shelton (set lists, review, photos)
Keith Urban feature (photos, lyrics, reviews)
Miranda Lambert feature (photos, lyrics, reviews)
Billy Currington feature (photos, lyrics, reviews)

MARCH 2006
Montgomery Gentry Underground fan club feature (interview with MG musician Eddie Kilgallon)
Megan Mullins single review
Drew Davis Band EP review

APRIL 2006
Rascal Flatts feature (review, wallpapers, photos)
Nashville Underground Vol. 4 review
Johnny Bulford feature (interview)

MAY 2006
Kenny Chesney tour feature with Sugarland, Dierks Bentley & special guest Uncle Kracker (set lists, review, photos)
Dierks Bentley feature (review, lyrics, photos)
Sugarland feature (review, lyrics, photos)
Julie Roberts feature (review, lyrics, photos)
The Wreckers feature (review, lyrics, photos)
Danielle Peck review
Rockie Lynn review
Phil Vassar Greatest Hits review

JUNE 2006
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban - Marriage info/pics
Little Big Town review

JULY 2006
Candy Coburn (interview)
NHW Songwriters Tour (interview)
PovertyNeck Hillbillies (interview, review)
Randy Rogers Band (bio, lyrics, photos)
Pure Prairie League review

Tommy Emmanuel (interview, review)

Carrie Underwood feature (review, lyrics, photos, wallpapers)
Chris Young feature (review, lyrics, photos, wallpapers)
CMA Awards:
Winners & pics!
Warner Brothers Party - Pics!
SONY BMG Party - Pics!

Cracker Barrel Songs of the Year review

Carolina Rain feature (interview)
Taylor Swift review

Tom Wurth review
2006/2007 FEATURES

Carrie Underwood (featured article: America's Sweetheart)
Rachel Proctor feature (songwriter spotlight, interview)
Ryan Ochsner feature (musician spotlight, photos, interview)
The 49th Annual Grammy Awards (Partial nominee, winner list)
Dierks Bentley (Long Trip Alone" review)

MARCH 2007
Gary Allan CD spotlight  (Bio, audio, tour dates, lyrics, wallpapers)
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, & Ray Price (Last of the Breed CD spotlight - bio, photos, track listing, audio, news)
Halfway To Hazard  (short bio, "Daisy" review,  lyrics)

APRIL 2007
Bucky Covington (Season 5 American Idol Finalist: Lyrics)
American Idol - "Country Week"  (Idol feature & contestant news)
Spotlight Music Series (Track Listings, Audio, News, Review)
Jason Michael Carroll feature (Review, bio, lyrics, wallpapers)
Tracy Broussard feature  (musician spotlight, interview)
The 42nd Annual ACM Awards (Nominees, winner list)

MAY 2007
Tammy Cochran feature (interview)
Jimmy Wayne review (CRKA / Benefit Concert Review)
Daniel Lee Martin feature  (interview, review, bio, news, TV show info)
Craig Morgan feature  (interview, review, bio, news)

JUNE 2007
Little Big Town feature (interview, photos, wallpapers, review, music)
Martina McBride review (Waking Up Laughing review, lyrics)
The Road To Nashville Online Contest (interview with Jamie O'Neal)

JULY 2007
Adam Shoenfeld feature (interview, photos)
Cracker Barrel  (featured article)

2007 Triple Threat Tour review (review, photos)
Bucky Covington review
Ryan Ochsner update (musician spotlight, photos, *new interview)
American Idol Tour 2007 review (review, partial set lists)

Trisha Yearwood CD spotlight (Greatest Hits spotlight, audio, news)
Billy Joe Shaver CD spotlight (bio, audio, tour dates, timeline)
Martina McBride spotlight (Reader's Digest feature, interview excerpts)
Halfway To Hazard feature (feature, interview, wallpapers, etc...)

Rascal Flatts review (Still Feels Good)
Reba McEntire review (Reba Duets) [+ bio, audio/video, photos...]
35th Annual American Music Awards – Nominee List + winners
Montgomery Gentry: Fan Club Spotlight (interview, feature)
Kenny Chesney review (Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates)
Songs 4 Worship feature (Interview with Teddy Gentry [Alabama])
Kellie Coffey feature (interview, video)

The 41st Annual CMA Awards (Nominee/Winner list)
The Next Great American Band (TV Feature) - 'The Clark Brothers'
CMT On Tour 2007: Sugarland Change (Tour Feature)
Carrie Underwood review (Carnival Ride)

Holiday CD Guide A list of Christmas Releases in '07
Gary Allan review (Living Hard)
Josh Turner review (Everything Is Fine)
Musician Spotlight: Annie Clements (Musician with SUGARLAND)
ARCHIVES: 2003-2005

Emerson Drive (interview)
Cool Country Pt. 2

APRIL 2004
Craig Morgan feature

MAY 2004
Tracy Lawrence feature (interview)
John Arthur Martinez feature (interview)

JUNE 2004
Feature Story: Two Shots of Whiskey (A Look at songs by Toby Keith and Alison Krauss)

Thomas/Marx feature

Keith Urban- On The Road

Ty Nelson feature (interview)
Angie Broberg feature (interview)
Julie Roberts feature (interview)

PLUS- reviews on: Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, BR549, Angie Broberg, George Canyon, Mark Chesnutt, Glenn Cummings, Forty5 South, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Craig Morgan, David Lee Murphy, Ty Nelson, Danni O'Neill, Restless Heart, Charlie Robison, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Josh Turner, Gretchen Wilson, Pete Schlegel, Conway Twitty and more!

Marcel (updated interview)
BR549 (interview)

MARCH 2005
Jim Brickman LIVE

JUNE 2005
Comstock Windmill Festival

JULY 2005
Billy Gilman feature (interview)

Sara Evans / Gary Allan LIVE
Joe Nichols LIVE
Blue County LIVE
Miranda Lambert LIVE

The CMA Awards in New York City

2005 Year In Review
J.C. Andersen feature (interview)
Jon Michaels feature (interview)

PLUS- reviews on: The RoadHammers, Carrie Underwood, Mark Trail Music, Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Billy Currington, Johnny Bulford, Jon Randall, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gentry, Trisha Yearwood, J.C. Andersen, Shelly Fairchild, Warren Brothers, Eli Young Band, Lonestar, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar, Ryan Shupe, Hot Apple Pie and more!
Also see: 2005-2007 CMA Closeup featured articles:

Ed Hill, Gretchen Wilson, Jason Aldean, Pat Green, Miranda Lambert, Little Jimmy Dickens, Craig Morgan, Kevin Maines, Charlie Daniels, George Canyon, Brent Maher, Keni Thomas, Nashville Star, LeAnn Rimes, The Grascals, Manuel, Fanny Grace, Deana Carter, Shelly Fairchild, Jamie O'Neal, Keith Anderson, Kenny Greenberg, The Wrights, Sawyer Brown, Van Zant, Blaine Larsen, Bill Gubbins, Joey Daniels, Tom T. Hall, Hanna-McEuen, CMA Music Festival, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Jerry Reed, Hot Apple Pie, Tantowi Yahya, Danni O'Neill, Billy Joe Walker Jr., Forty5 South, The Jordanaires, Bobby Pinson, Tim Nichols, The Greencards, Thom Oliphant, Jace Everett, SESAC, Lauren Lucas, JoDee Messina, The Hacienda Brothers, LeAnn Womack, Country Music Hall of Fame, CMA Awards, Catherine Britt, Trisha Yearwood, Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband, Trick Pony, Cowboy Troy, XM Satellite, Sirius Radio, Rick Schroder, Jerry Douglas, Terri Clark, Ragsdale, Jon Randall, Craig Sellers, Charles Fazzino, Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Walter Miller, MusiCares, Teresa Wade, Bering Strait, Shooter Jennings, Eddie Bush, Aimee Mayo, Brittany Wells, Faith Hill, Shawn King, Roger Murrah, Erika Jo, George Jones, Heather Lynn Williams, Rhonda Vincent, Jimmie Wilson, SONY BMG, Carrie Underwood, Universal Music Group, CherryHolmes, Shane Owens, Luke Stricklin, Ray Scott, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bo Bice, Chris Cagle, Jamey Johnson, Rivers Rutherford, Brice Long, Martina McBride, Joey Martin, Big & Rich, Rockie Lynne, Marty Stuart, John Corbett, Danielle Peck, Dolly Parton, Trent Tomlinson, Todd Fritsch, Brad Paisley, Susan Haynes, GAC, Hillary Lindsey, Bobby Bare, Jason McCoy, Aaron Tippin, The Wreckers, Kris Kristofferson, Megan Mullins, Tracy Lawrence, Bomshel, Rusty Walker, Ashley Monroe, Louise Scruggs, Jake Owen, Tootsie's, Kenny Rogers, Rhonda Towns, Radney Foster, Gary Bennett, Jessi Colter, Natalie Howard, Sugarland, Bill Anderson, Gary Nichols, Lost Trailers, Henry Cho, Josh Turner, Eric Church, Chris Young, Neil Thrasher, Taylor Swift, MySpace, Country DVDs, Ronan Keating, Ray Price, Raul Malo, Rodney Crowell, Country Music in 2006, New Artists in 2007,Troy Tomlinson, CMT Loaded, College for the Music Business, 903 Music, and MORE!
Kenny Chesney: 'Lucky Old Sun' Album Review
Jessica Simpson: 'Do You Know?' Album Review
Taylor Swift: 'Fearless' Album Review

The 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees + winner list!

MARCH 2009
The 44th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards Nominees, photos + winner list!
Star Meet & Greet with Rascal Flatts

APRIL 2009
Johnny Bulford: Colgate Country Showdown Winner (feature, photos, interview)
Conway Twitty: Still In Our Hearts Featured Article

MAY 2009
Keith Urban: 'Defying Gravity' Album Review
Dierks Bentley: 'Feel That Fire' Album Review
Rich Redmond: Drummer with Jason Aldean (feature, photos, interview)

JUNE 2009
David Nail 2nd Red Light Road Trip Webisode (video):
* Flash  * Quicktime  * Windows Media
2009 CMT Music Awards – Nominees + winner list!
JULY 2009
Complete Photo Gallery updated!  See exclusive pics of Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and more!

New Desktop Wallpapers: Justin Moore, Love & Theft, Whitney Duncan and Jessica Harp

Miranda Lambert Soundcheck
43rd Annual CMA Awards Nominees
Jason Aldean: 'Wide Open' Album Review

Star Meet & Greet with Taylor Swift

Jason Aldean 'Wide Open' Tour Feature
Jason Aldean: 'Wide Open Live & More' DVD Review
Katie Cook (feature, interview)

Sugarland: 'Live On The Inside' Album Review
Holly Williams: 'Here With Me' Album Review
David Nail: 'I'm About To Come Alive' Album Review
George Strait: 'Twang' Album Review

KATIE COOK:  A True "Insider" In Country Music – by Janelle Landauer
» Katie Cook gives us an inside look at the upcoming CMA Awards and who she thinks will win big...
Plus, she also talks about following Taylor Swift's career from the very beginning.

CMT Insider host Katie Cook never really pursued or studied for a career as a TV host.  It was just an opportunity that came along for her, but it ended up being something that she was really good at.  And, ultimately it was just meant to be. “I called a friend who worked at CMT to inquire about another friend getting an audition” says Cook.  “It was suggested I try out too, and I went along for the fun of it. I was surprised to get a call back, and another one, and then actually end up in the final ten!.. Read full feature

Jason Aldean’s headlining tour, Wide Open, debuted earlier this year – and it came right at the same time that his career was exploding.  Over the last few years, Aldean has been consistently attracting more fans: song by song and show by show.   With Aldean's latest album, Wide Open (his 3rd project to date), he proves, though, that the fans are really starting to take notice of all of his hard work. Wide Open debuted at #2 on the country charts when it was released back in April, and it has produced two straight #1 hits: "She's Country" along with the 4 week #1 smash "Big Green Tractor."  Aldean opened his show with the title track “Wide Open,” followed by another cut from his new album... Read full feature
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