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Trace Adkins Isn’t the Least Bit Excited About His Upcoming 50th Birthday

Half a century of anything is usually a milestone people take pride in — unless you’re Trace Adkins and you’re about to reach your 50th birthday, in which case it’s an occasion worth snarling at.

Yes, the ‘Just Fishin” singer will become eligible for full membership in the AARP on January 13. And while he isn’t normally much of a birthday person, he knows he can’t completely ignore the upcoming big day.

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Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
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Steve Martin and Del McCoury Honored at 2011 Bluegrass Awards

The leading names of the Bluegrass genre gathered on Thursday for the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, handing out honors to legends (including Del McCoury, who entered the Bluegrass Hall of Fame) and “newer” artists like Steve Martin, who took home the Entertainer of the Year award for his second full-length album of bluegrass instrumentals.

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Reba McEntire and Rascal Flatts Lead All-Star Lineup for ‘The Country Christmas Collection’ CD

Christmas is a time that reminds us of home and family traditions — two things that have always been celebrated in country music — so it’s only natural that so many country artists have contributed classic songs to the holiday season.

This year, Colonial Candle is extending that tradition with the help of Big Machine Records and an all-star roster of artists that includes Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, and Rascal Flatts, not to mention a candle that will keep your house smelling like the holidays, all yuletide long.

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Courtesy of BareTrack Records
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Terri Clark Gets ‘Personal’ with Her New Album, ‘Roots and Wings’

Her recording career spans 15 years and eight albums, but Terri Clark might just now be hitting her stride.

Clark’s latest album ‘Roots and Wings’ finds her tapping into her own experiences for a largely self-written batch of original tunes — and earning some of the best reviews of her career along the way. According to Clark, who enjoyed a string of platinum success in the 90s, recent turmoil in her personal life required a new, more honest approach to her music.

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Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, and More Featured on New Album Honoring Mark Twain

It’s arriving a year too late to commemorate the true anniversary of the occasion, but a new double-disc collection has brought together some of country and rock’s biggest names to honor Mark Twain 100 years after his death.

The set, titled ‘Mark Twain: Words & Music,’ features contributions from Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Ricky Skaggs, Joe Diffie, Clint Eastwood, and Jimmy Buffett, among many others.

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Watch Glen Campbell Perform Songs from His Farewell Album, ‘Ghost on the Canvas’ [VIDEO]

When Glen Campbell announced his Alzheimer’s diagnosis earlier this year, it served for many as a poignant reminder of the fragility of the human condition and the fleeting nature of our time on Earth. His honesty regarding his condition, and his decision to bid farewell to his fans with a final album and tour, have been an inspiration to countless fans.

Campbell stopped by the Sirius XM studios recently to perform tracks from the recently released ‘Ghost on the Canvas,’ and a lucky handful of those fans were in attendance — as well as Tanya Tucker, whose tumultuous relationship with Campbell ended in a long estrangement.

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Courtesy of Valory Music Co.
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‘Bait a Hook’ Video Has Justin Moore Living the Good Life

We like to think of the recording artist’s life as a glamorous one, but the truth is, it’s often full of monotonous travel, industry politics and the like.

Sometimes, though, a country star’s life really is everything it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Justin Moore, who recently spent a beautiful fall day lounging on a lake … for work. It was all in the name of filming a fishing-themed video for his new single ‘Bait a Hook.’

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David Nail Releases ‘The Sound of a Million Dreams’ in November

David Nail’s career took plenty of twists and turns before he finally found his audience — including a busted deal at Mercury Nashville and a stint as a baseball coach. But when he finally released his debut album in 2009, its title ‘I’m About to Come Alive,’ proved prophetic.

Now, Nail is one of country’s hottest freshman acts, and he’s looking to build on that success with the release of his second album ‘The Sound of a Million Dreams,’ in November.

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Kristin Chenoweth Is Ready to ‘Pay Dues’ with Her New Album

Country music has often served as a refuge for artists looking to jump-start their flagging commercial fortunes in other genres, and over the last few years, it’s become an even more popular ploy with Jessica Simpson, Jewel and others seeking to find favor with country audiences.

So Kristin Chenoweth knows that her background in musical theater might give some listeners pause, but she says she’s ready to prove her worth with her first country album ‘Some Lessons Learned.’

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Rascal Flatts to Join Grand Ole Opry

It’s been a pretty amazing decade for Rascal Flatts — they released seven platinum-selling albums and graced the charts’ top spots a number of times — but their latest honor might be the most meaningful of all: an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.

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Courtesy of ID Public Relations
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LeAnn Rimes Discusses New Covers Album, ‘Lady & Gentlemen’ [VIDEO]

LeAnn Rimes ends a four-year hiatus this week and returns to record store shelves with her 13th studio album, ‘Lady & Gentlemen.’ As with her platinum-selling self-titled release from 1999, ‘Gentlemen’ is a collection of covers — but this time around, she decided to give things a new twist.

The idea, as Rimes explained during a recent Taste of Country interview, was to put a feminine spin on songs written and/or made famous by men, including George Jones, John Anderson, John Conlee and Merle Haggard.

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Country Singer Johnny Wright Dies at 97

Johnnie Wright, the singer best known for his 1965 hit ‘Hello Vietnam’ and his lengthy marriage to fellow country star Kitty Wells, passed away Tuesday morning in his Tennessee home. He was 97.

Wright rose to prominence in the ’50s as half of the duo Johnnie & Jack, which helped introduce Latin rhythms to the country charts with a string of hits that included ‘Ashes of Love,’ ‘Poison Love,’ and ‘(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely.’

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