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While rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Slash typically dominate the “best guitarist ever” conversations, country music is no slouch when it comes to producing legendary shredders. A guy or gal playing a guitar is the basis for most country music, so it makes sense that the genre would be littered with supremely talented
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From the moment Jason Isbell first picked up a guitar, the singer-songwriter has been watching and learning from others. Growing up in Green Hill, Ala., a rural community not far from Muscle Shoals, Isbell often spent summers with his grandfather, a Pentecostal preacher who was also a musician. ”He could play fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin,” Isbell recalled.
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Lauren Alaina didn’t waste any time after her run on American Idol. Just under five months later, she dropped her debut album, Wildflower; the record arrived on Oct. 11, 2011 — 10 years ago today. After her second-place finish to Scotty McCreery during the TV singing competition’s 10th season, Alaina signed with Universal Music Group (specifically, Mercury Nashville,
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The scope of country music expanded by leaps and bounds as the 1970s progressed — much in the same way as rock ‘n’ roll did during the 1960s. As the decade started, genre stalwarts such as Charley Pride, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard dominated the top of the charts. But as the ’70s wore on,
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Trisha Yearwood has shared hundreds of recipes over the years, both on her Food Network television show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and in her three cookbooks. She still has some favorites up her sleeve, though, including in her forthcoming fourth cookbook, Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends & Family. During a recent interview, Yearwood shared that her chicken
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Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a sweater, a mug of coffee (pumpkin spice or not!) … and a good country song. From songs about small-town football teams to songs about harvesting crops to songs about mourning lost summer loves, The Boot is counting down the best country songs about fall. The tunes on
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Breland‘s debut song, “My Truck,” came about after a long day in the studio. He was writing with friends when the lyrics and melody came to him, so he immediately recorded a demo — and he always knew the song wasn’t meant for anybody else. His instincts were right: The country-meets-trap song spoke to the hearts
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North Carolina native Eric Church released his debut album, Sinners Like Me, in 2006, with Capitol Nashville; it’s now certified gold. He dropped Carolina in 2009, and it eventually earned a platinum certification. Chief, from 2011, is certified three times platinum; The Outsiders, released in 2014, and 2015’s Mr. Misunderstood are certified platinum. He’s the real deal, and fans know it. Church’s songs are
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