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Martina McBride’s ‘Evolution’ Turns 15

By 1997, Martina McBride was beginning to assert herself as the premiere female vocalist in country music, but she wouldn’t begin to take home awards until after she released ‘Evolution’ on August 26 of that year. Songs from her fourth studio album won her the Female Vocalist of the Year CMA in 1999. Many of her biggest hits, like ‘Happy Girl,’ ‘A Broken Wing’ and ‘Whatever You Say,’ come from this project.

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Ryan Pierse, Getty Images

Keith Urban Accepts Offer to Judge ‘American Idol’

Keith Urban has accepted an offer from Fox producer’s to judge ‘American Idol‘ next season, less than one day after being named the frontrunner for an open seat on the panel. The Country Vibe reports that Urban has agreed to take the job, making him the second country superstar on a major network reality show.

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Ryan Pierse, Getty Images

Keith Urban Close to ‘American Idol’ Deal

Keith Urban is very close to reaching an agreement to judge ‘American Idol’ next season. The country superstar admitted he had talked to producers about the vacant seat on the panel for 2013, but now the Hollywood Reporter is reporting he’s close to signing a $3 million to $4 million contract.

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Blake Shelton Rewrites His Favorite Country Songs

Instead of writing new songs for his next album, Blake Shelton has taken to rewriting hits from other country music stars. Kenny Chesney‘s ‘Come Over’ and Tim McGraw‘s ‘Live Like You Were Dying’ were his two victims choices in the past 24 hours. 

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Kevin Mazur, Getty Images

Wynonna Judd’s Husband Loses Left Leg After Motorcycle Accident

Wynonna Judd‘s husband, Cactus Moser, suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries in a motorcycle accident on Saturday night (August 18). Now, it’s becoming clear just how serious those injuries are. TMZ reports that Moser has had his left leg amputated at the Rapid City Regional Hospital as a result of the crash.

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Ed Rode, Getty Images

Wynonna Judd’s Husband Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Crash

The husband of country legend Wynonna Judd was involved in a serious motorcycle accident on Saturday night, shortly before the singer was set to begin performing in Deadwood, S.D. Michael “Cactus” Moser is also Judd’s drummer. The two were riding separate motorcycles when he crossed the center line and hit a car.

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Rick Diamond / Jason Kempin, Getty Images

New Country Music Releases – September 2012

It’s a busy month for new country music releases in September 2012, with no less than 10 albums from major country music stars hitting the shelves. While few are using the day after Labor Day to release new music, Sept. 11 is literally packed with new music. Little Big Town, Kix Brooks and Aaron Lewis are just three of the artists with new albums out that day. 

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Who Is Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ About?

In late October, Taylor Swift will give fans a clue as to who her new single ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together‘ is about when she hides a message in her lyric book. Until then, fans and tabloids will just have to speculate: Who is ‘WANEGBT’ about?

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Miranda Lambert Lets Fans Direct New Interactive Video for ‘Fastest Girl in Town’

Additional camera angles and bonus interviews with Miranda Lambert and Danica Patrick are two perks of watching the new interactive music video for ‘Fastest Girl in Town,’ Lambert’s new single from the ‘Four the Record’ album. Create your own unique vid by clicking play on the video below right here at Taste of Country.

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