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Sterling Whitaker

Sterling Whitaker is a Nashville-based musician and music journalist. He is the author of two books: 'Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar' and 'The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx.' He has appeared as a guest on VH1, BBC Radio and radio all over North America. Whitaker is also very involved in animal rescue.
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Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s ‘Accidental Racist’ Spoofed on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Country's Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J have been making the media rounds this week, talking about their controversial collaboration 'Accidental Racist,' which tackles the thorny issue of race relations in contemporary America. But on Saturday night (April 13) it was time for a break from all of the serious dialogue the song has opened up, as 'Saturday Night Live' spoofed the musicians in a sketch that aired on the Weekend Update comedy news portion of the show.

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Hunter Hayes Recalls First Meeting Brad Paisley, Talks ‘Outstanding in Our Field’

Hot rising star Hunter Hayes is on a major roll. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist released his major label debut in 2011, and since then he's scored a big hit with 'Wanted' and won a number of critical accolades. But he was still unsure of himself when superstar Brad Paisley asked him to play guitar on 'Outstanding in Our Field,' a track from the legend's new album, 'Wheelhouse.'

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Kacey Musgraves Admits It’s a ‘Really Cool’ and ‘Surreal’ Time for Her

In the space of just a few months, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has gone from being virtually unknown to being the Next Big Thing in country music. The 24-year-old performer released her debut single 'Merry Go Round' last year, and her first album 'Same Trailer, Different Park' recently debuted at No. 1 in the Billboard country charts in its first week of release.

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Florida Georgia Line on the Popularity of ‘Cruise’: ‘It’s Blown Our Minds’

Ultra-hot country duo Florida Georgia Line are seeing their career blow up all over the place right now, thanks in large part to the success of 'Cruise,' which reached No. 1 and has been certified Double Platinum. The pair were in Las Vegas this past weekend for the ACM Awards -- where they took home New Artist of the Year honors -- and they shared with Taste of Country their amazement at how the song has impacted their lives.

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Little Big Town Hope Despite ‘Pontoon,’ Their Best Is Still Ahead of Them

After many years of trying, Little Big Town broke through to across-the-board mainstream country stardom with 'Pontoon' last year. But as grateful as the band members are for their newfound success, they still hope to top it with their next batch of songs.

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Kree Harrison and Janelle Arthur Land in the Top 5 on ‘American Idol’

Country music got a little bit closer to possibly seeing a country singer win this season of 'American Idol' on Thursday night (April 11), as both Kree Harrison and Janelle Arthur landed in the Top 5 for Season 12.

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Kelly Clarkson Performs ‘People Like Us’ on ‘American Idol’

Season one winner Kelly Clarkson performed her new single 'People Like Us' on 'American Idol' on Thursday night (April 11), showcasing an interesting blend of light and dark that's a little bit edgier than some of her past efforts.

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Luke Bryan Was Thinking of Late Siblings When He Won Entertainer of the Year

Budding superstar Luke Bryan couldn't have been more surprised when he won Entertainer of the Year at the 2013 ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 7). The stunned singer cried as he took to the podium to accept the honor. He says they were tears of both happiness and sorrow, as he was thinking of his late brother and sister.

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Janelle Arthur Sings Garth Brooks’ ‘The Dance’ on ‘American Idol’

Up-and-coming country singer Janelle Arthur sang the Garth Brooks classic 'The Dance' on 'American Idol' on Wednesday night (April 10), earning a somewhat mixed response from the judges despite a strong performance.

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