With Artist of the Year already decided, Song of the Year is the most distinguished honor at the 2014 Taste of Country Awards. Ten hits from 2013 make the ballot, including ACM, CMA and Grammy nominees. Combined, these tracks have sold over 11 million downloads, but which is worthy of this fan-decided honor?
The nominees for Live Act of the Year aren't just your usual suspects. New artists like Florida Georgia Line make the ballot, while first-time headliners like Luke Bryan and Eric Church look for fan votes against mainstays like Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean. George Strait may be the sentimental favorite, as he finished the first year of a two-year plan to retire from the road. Vote for your favorite live performer from 2013 here!
Eric Church’s new song ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’ seems to fill in the answer to a question proposed last month through a short series of cryptic videos. The first video promised: “One will rise , one will fall," and then another indicated the first wasn't meant as an attack on Taylor Swift. It's not clear why footage of Swift was used at all, although this new song does explore themes the 24-year-old is famous for singing about.
The live version of 'The Call' from Garth Brooks' 'Live at the Wynn' performance is his first single since 2008. It's a duet with his wife Trisha Yearwood, but their happy marriage doesn't stand in the way of a heartbreaking performance.
Taste of Country readers stepped up in a big way for the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Bids on a guitar signed by over 70 country stars topped $6,000, with the winner putting down the winning bid of $6,200 to make dreams come true.
Charlie Worsham comes across as a normal guy you want to root for. He’s polite, like someone you’d be happy to have your daughter bring home for dinner, and his deferential manner is reflected in the best songs on ‘Rubberband,’ including ‘Want Me Too,’ his new single.
Scotty McCreery holds the top spot on the ToC Top 10 Video Countdown once again, but two new challengers are sure to give him a battle. 'Bottoms Up,' the just-released video from Brantley Gilbert, and Luke Bryan's 'Drink a Beer' are two videos added to the poll this week. They join over two dozen other hot videos chasing just 10 spots.
The hottest men in country music aren't afraid to show what they've got. This gallery of shirtless stars -- like Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen -- proves that the artists' commitment to their craft extends into the weight room. It takes a lot of endurance, stamina and pure strength to run around on stage in front of several thousand fans each night. You need to feel your best, and if you got it, why not flaunt it?
Jamie Lynn Spears has the song, but her biggest challenges are still in front of her. The singer admits convincing a skeptical country music audience she's sincere will take some diligence. She won't have to look far to find an artist who has faced similar obstacles and flourished ... and one that flopped.
Country bad boy Brantley Gilbert finds that sweet spot between rowdy and romantic with his new single 'Bottoms Up,' the first from his upcoming sophomore album for Valory Music Co. Mid-tempo or 'rock-lite' is how one could describe this track, but the word "chill" best illustrates the mood the Georgian was going for.
Doing some last minute Christmas shopping? How about some last minute Christmas winning? Nab a copy of Lady Antebellum's 'Golden' album, signed by all three members of the trio, by entering this ToC contest.
Chris Young's second single from the 'A.M.' album is similar to 'Aw Naw' in that it takes something he's done well across his first three studio albums and turns up the volume. 'Who I Am With You' is a big, soaring love ballad. It's a stark contrast to more intimate lovers from previous records.
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