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Live Act of the Year – 2014 Taste of Country Awards

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!

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Eric Church
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Eric Church, ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’ [Listen]

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. 

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Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood
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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, ‘The Call’ [Listen]

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.

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Taste of Country Signed Guitar Auction Raises Over $6K for St. Jude Kids

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. 

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Charlie Worsham, ‘Want Me Too’ [Listen]

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.

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New Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan Videos to Challenge for Top Spot on ToC’s Top 10 Countdown

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.

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Shirtless Country Men [Watch]

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?

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Jamie Lynn Spears
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ToC Encore: Can Jamie Lynn Spears Become a Country Star? [Watch]

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. 

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Brantley Gilbert
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Brantley Gilbert, ‘Bottoms Up’ [Listen]

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.

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Chris Young
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Chris Young, ‘Who I Am With You’ [Listen]

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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Bid on a Guitar With 70+ Stars’ Signatures to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Taste of Country is hoping to make one lucky country fan's dream come true this holiday season, which in turn will help a lot of special kids in need. Taylor Swift, Eric Church and Luke Bryan are just three of the A-list country superstars who've signed this acoustic guitar, which is up for auction right here. It will go to the top bidder, with all of the money raised to be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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