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Toby Keith, ‘I Like Girls That Drink Beer’ – Song Review

Toby Keith has found a fast racecar, and he’s not getting out of it until it falls apart. ‘I Like Girls That Drink Beer’ is his 12th booze-fueled single in 20 years, including three recent ones in a row. The man sings what he knows, and it works… mostly.

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Jason Aldean vs. Casey James – The Showdown

Jason Aldean is a perfect three-for-three in Taste of Country Showdowns. Last night his new song ‘Take a Little Ride’ took care of Sara Evans‘ new single ‘Anywhere.’ The laid-back lead single from his upcoming album will need plenty of support online this afternoon, and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio to topple a fourth challenger. Remember, five wins in a row gets a song to the Showdown Hall of Fame. 

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Jason Aldean vs. Sara Evans – The Showdown

Jason Aldean fans clashed with fans of Brantley Gilbert on Friday night during a Showdown between friends and collaborators. After the online voting was added to phone calls from Taste of Country Nights radio, ‘Take a Little Ride’ by Aldean emerged as the new champion, grabbing just under 60 percent of the votes to 40 percent for ‘Kick It in the Sticks.’

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Tim McGraw vs. Eric Church – The Showdown

After thousands of votes, Tim McGraw‘s ‘Truck Yeah’ clipped Kip Moore‘s ‘Beer Money’ by fewer than 40 votes on Monday. A last second push by McGraw fans on Taste of Country Nights radio gave the country-rocker an edge that held up. That makes three in a row for the lead single from McGraw’s new album. Two more and the track will be retired to the Showdown Hall of Fame. 

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New Country Music Releases – August 2012

The summer heatwave comes a with a splash of country music before the days grow shorter and the kids return to school. The new country music releases for August 2012 are no exception. While July had so many country superstars with new country music releases that it was difficult to decide where to spend your money, August has just four that look promising. 

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Love and Theft Hunt ‘Sasquirrel’ in New ‘Love and Theft TV’ Episode

Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Grunderson of Love and Theft may not get invited to any country celebrity hunts after their performance in the latest ‘Love and Theft TV’ episode. Watch both men in camoflauge and hunter’s orange try to hunt down a mythical beast known as Sasquirrel in this Taste of Country exclusive premiere video.

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Carrie Underwood vs. Hunter Hayes – The Showdown

Friday night’s Showdown between Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town was the most voted on yet, with ‘Blown Away’ edging ‘Pontoon’ by 13 percentage points. That’s two wins in a row for the title-track on Underwood’s new album. The dark and stormy cut is clearing a path to the Showdown Hall of Fame, but future tourmate Hunter Hayes‘ ‘Wanted’ is threatening to contain her fury today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights

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Don Williams, ‘I Just Come Here for the Music’ (Feat. Alison Krauss) – Song Review

It’s really quite unfair to put Don Williams and Alison Krauss together on the same song. That’s like having all velvet furniture, or living in a house with plush walls. On ‘I Just Come Here for the Music,’ two of the most comforting voices ever to be played on country radio come together to sing a remarkably simple love song. 

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Carrie Underwood vs. Little Big Town – The Showdown

There is a new Showdown champion! The voting went down to the final minutes last night on Taste of Country Nights radio, with Carrie Underwood‘s ‘Blown Away’ topping ‘Over’ by Blake Shelton. Early online voting proved to be critical to Underwood’s success, as she was able to hold off rallying Shelton fans. The dark and stormy title-track from the normally sweet and innocent singer’s new album will now face a song by one of Nashville’s hottest foursomes. 

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Blake Shelton vs. Carrie Underwood – The Showdown

It’s a country superstar Showdown today. Three-time champion Blake Shelton will face Carrie Underwood, after ‘Over’ made easy work of Rodney Atkins‘ ‘Just Wanna Rock N’ Roll’ on Wednesday. Shelton’s captivating ballad will need to get past the title track from Underwood’s new ‘Blown Away’ album to move one step away from Showdown Hall of Fame enshrinement. A winner will be decided after 10PM CT on Taste of Country Nights radio.

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Blake Shelton vs. Rodney Atkins – The Showdown

Blake Shelton has made it two in a row! Last night, his new hit ‘Over’ topped Jerrod Niemann‘s ‘Shinin’ on Me’ to win the Taste of Country Showdown a second time. The emotional ballad was helped by online voting, but also by listeners who caught both songs on the new Taste of Country Nights radio show. Tonight, Shelton’s potential seventh straight No. 1 hit will have to top one of the feel-good songs of the summer. 

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Blake Shelton vs. Zac Brown Band – The Showdown

You now have a chance to decide the best new songs in country music every day! Starting July 2, the Taste of Country Showdown will run online and on the air daily. With the launch of Taste of Country Nights on 34 radio stations across America, you’ll get to hear even more of the hottest hits from the hottest artists in country music. Today’s challengers are Blake Shelton and his new song ‘Over’ against Zac Brown Band and their latest, ‘The Wind.’

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