Taste of Country Staff hasn't taken a day off since he/she was born in December 2010. Staff is an avid fan of country music and country music only although he/she has a soft spot for artists like Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson. Other interests include live music, cold beer, pizza at midnight and photos of country music babies.
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Reba McEntire vs Carrie Underwood: Country’s Top Vocalist of 2016?
During Round 2 of this fan-voted competition to decide country's top vocalist of 2016, no singer had more votes than Carrie Underwood. She'll need just as many during this semi-final pairing against Reba McEntire.
The Showdown: Luke Bryan vs. Chris Janson
Luke Bryan fans are lovin' the superstar's latest single "Huntin' and Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" to the tune of a big Showdown win over Kelsea Ballerini over the weekend. The latest single from Kill the Lights nabbed nearly 60 percent of the Showdown vote to set…
Scotty McCreery’s ‘Southern Belle’ Back at No. 1 on ToC Video Countdown
Scotty McCreery fans will be happy that "Southern Belle" is back on top of the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown, but they already knew that — they voted for it. McCreerians voted their singer back to No. 1 in a battle against Home Free.
Album Spotlight: Randy Houser, ‘Fired Up’
Comparisons between Luke Bryan and Randy Houser will become more convincing after one listens to the 17 songs on Fired Up, Houser's fifth studio album.
Album Spotlight: Blake Shelton, ‘If I’m Honest’
Blake Shelton is a gifted storyteller, but the best songs on If I’m Honest reveal his own scars.
Carrie Underwood vs. Ashley Monroe: Country’s Top Vocalist of 2016?
The Top Female Vocalist winner is going to have to top Carrie Underwood, and that won't be easy. Eight female country singers were chosen from amongst country music's most active artists to compete for the this title, and Round 1 starts with a matchup between the "Heartbeat" sing…
Sam Hunt, ‘Make You Miss Me’ [Listen]
Sam Hunt’s “Make You Miss Me” stays true to the sonic themes presented on the first four singles from Montevallo, but finds the singer aiming from a different vantage point.
Scotty McCreery Regains His No. 1 Spot on ToC Top 10 Video Countdown
Fans hoping shake up the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown have made it happen this week.
Granger Smith, ‘If the Boot Fits’ [Listen]
Granger Smith’s second single from his upcoming Remington album is as ready for radio as his first. “If the Boot Fits” is a familiar country love story that borrows from a fairytale.
The Showdown: Kalie Shorr vs. Brandy Clark
It's shaping up to be a fight between two of country music's most promising female artists, as current Showdown champ Kalie Shorr and acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandy Clark square off today and over the weekend.
Reba McEntire, ‘Just Like Them Horses’ [Listen]
Reba McEntire’s “Just Like Them Horses” was never intended to be on her record, and she didn’t seem willing to make it a single prior to the album release. As so often happens with songs that cut so deep they bleed, however, an overwhelming response made giving a larger a…
A Case for Best Country Album at the 2016 Grammys
Five writers make a case for why each of the five great country albums nominated for Best Country Album deserve to take home the 2016 Grammy Award in February's cover story.