The nominees for Album of the Year in the 2016 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards are an interesting mix of young and veteran artists, working in a variety of commercial and more cutting-edge aspects of the format to encompass everything that's great about country music right now.
The annual South By Southwest Music Festival is taking place in Austin, Texas, this week, where hundreds of music fans and industry professionals will descend on the city for live music, industry related panels and parties.
Newcomer Drake White officially broke into the country music scene earlier this year when he released 'The Simple Life.' Now, thanks to his first single's success on the charts, White's schedule is getting really busy. Of course, he had enough leeway on his calendar to accept an offer to join a leg of Toby Keith's Hammer Down Tour!
A win in today's Showdown would put Blake Shelton one win away from the Hall of Fame. On Friday, the singer's new song 'Boys 'Round Here' made short work of 'He Loves to Make Me Cry' by Kristen Kelly. Fans will have a chance to vote for the new single from 'Based on a True Story ...' all day today, as well as tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio.
Songs like Drake White's 'The Simple Life' end up inspiring scores of new singer-songwriters to bring their talents to Nashville. White makes it look so easy, singing about familiar pleasures we all know and usually under-appreciate.
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