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Alan Jackson vs. High Valley – The Showdown

Fans responded passionately to Alan Jackson‘s new single, ‘You Go Your Way,’ yesterday and last night in the Taste of Country Nights Showdown. The song easily ousted ‘Ex-Old Man’ by Kristen Kelly, meaning the country legend will move on to face a new challenger. Today, that’s another act new to American country music fans. 

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Favorite Jake Owen Song? – Readers Poll

Jake Owen celebrates his birthday today (Aug. 30), and as the singer looks back on many years of life and steps toward 31, he will find reason to argue it was his best ever. Two No. 1 hits, a marriage, a baby on the way and a spot on the biggest summer tour of the year with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw? It doesn’t get better. The ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ singer has set a high bar, releasing some of his best music ever over the past 12 months, but were any of those songs his best ever?

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images / Facebook
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Alan Jackson vs. Kristen Kelly – The Showdown

Thomas Rhett joined a select group of artists with songs in the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame on Monday when ‘Beer With Jesus’ became a five-time winner. The song will now be retired, meaning today’s Showdown will feature two new artists. Remember, you can also vote tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio, our syndicated radio show available on air and online. 

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Darius Rucker, ‘True Believers’ – Song Review

Darius Rucker takes a simple story of two lovers who defy odds and skeptics and places it gently on a cloud in the stratosphere — a place few others can reach. ‘True Believers’ begins as a mild and unremarkable pop-country song before clever production and Rucker’s unforgettable voice find one soaring in the euphoria. 

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Lawyer Claims Randy Travis Kicked, Pushed His Client During Church Argument

Last week, Randy Travis was cited with a Class C assault after a physical confrontation with his girlfriend’s estranged husband in the parking lot of a Texas church. The husband, Dr. Ritchie Beougher, claims the country superstar did much worse than inflict an “unwanted touch” upon him.

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Rick Diamond / Sara Kauss, Getty Images
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Thomas Rhett vs. Randy Houser – The Showdown

Thomas Rhett moved his song ‘Beer With Jesus’ within one win of becoming a rare Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Famer. The singer’s fans outvoted fans of Jaida Dreyer’s ‘Confessions’ by a two-to-one-margin on Friday and Friday night on Taste of Country Nights radio. Today, Rhett will have to battle a singer with a little more star power in Randy Houser.

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RCA Nashville
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Joanna Smith, ‘We Can’t Be Friends’ – Song Review

If Joanna Smith‘s new single ‘We Can’t Be Friends’ was released 30 years ago, we might call it a classic in 2012. Since the singer is relatively new, however (the sexy single ‘Georgia Mud’ barely cracked the chart in 2011 ), we’ll restrain ourselves from over-selling this portrait of caged yearning. Smith is the perfect voice to tell the story.

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RCA Records
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Martina McBride’s ‘Evolution’ Turns 15

By 1997, Martina McBride was beginning to assert herself as the premiere female vocalist in country music, but she wouldn’t begin to take home awards until after she released ‘Evolution’ on August 26 of that year. Songs from her fourth studio album won her the Female Vocalist of the Year CMA in 1999. Many of her biggest hits, like ‘Happy Girl,’ ‘A Broken Wing’ and ‘Whatever You Say,’ come from this project.

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Keith Urban Accepts Offer to Judge ‘American Idol’

Keith Urban has accepted an offer from Fox producer’s to judge ‘American Idol‘ next season, less than one day after being named the frontrunner for an open seat on the panel. The Country Vibe reports that Urban has agreed to take the job, making him the second country superstar on a major network reality show.

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Favorite Billy Ray Cyrus Song? – Readers Poll

Billy Ray Cyrus turns 51 years old today (August 25)! The famous country singer and father to Miley Cyrus was as hot as Garth Brooks early in his career, and in the 20 years since releasing ‘Achy Breaky Heart,’ he has notched seven Top 10 hits. What is your favorite Billy Ray Cyrus song?

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Sawyer Brown’s ‘Cafe on the Corner’ Turns 20

‘Cafe on the Corner,’ Sawyer Brown’s ninth studio album, was released at the peak of the group’s early ’90s fame. Three Top 5 hits came from the record including the title track, ‘All These Years’ and ‘Trouble on the Line.’

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Blake Shelton Rewrites His Favorite Country Songs

Instead of writing new songs for his next album, Blake Shelton has taken to rewriting hits from other country music stars. Kenny Chesney‘s ‘Come Over’ and Tim McGraw‘s ‘Live Like You Were Dying’ were his two victims choices in the past 24 hours. 

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