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Why Does the Word ‘Dixie’ Refer to the South?

Funny how the mind works…I was whistling the song ‘Dixie’ the other day and my son started whistling along. It made me wonder how ‘Dixie’ became known as the Southern states.

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John Anderson Colt Ford
YouTube

Colt Ford and John Anderson Re-Record ‘Swingin” for New ‘Super Zeroes’ Movie

A new version of the John Anderson classic 'Swingin'' appears in the upcoming movie 'Super Zeroes.' The legendary country singer re-cut the song with Colt Ford and created a song that truly blends the two singer's unique styles. During an interview shared exclusively with Taste of Country, Ford and Anderson explain the history of the song and the new recording.

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Jake Owen
RCA Nashville

Jake Owen, ‘Anywhere With You’ – Song Review

Jake Owen found his niche with songs from the 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' album, but the unidirectional theme is wearing thin with the arrival of his new single 'Anywhere With You.' There's a thread of spontaneity and nostalgia throughout all of Owen's most recent hits. He is the essence of carefree, which is refreshing... but no longer surprising. 

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Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert’s ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ Lyric Video Details a Woman Scorned

It doesn't seem like it would be possible for a country singer to capture his or her personality in a simple lyric video. But somehow, Miranda Lambert overcame the odds when she released a quirky video that spells out every word to her tune 'Mama's Broken Heart.'

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Eric Church
EMI Nashville

Eric Church, ‘Like Jesus Does’ – Song Review

Eric Church has released his most devoted love song from 'Chief' as the album's fifth single. 'Like Jesus Does' reveals the singer's vulnerabilities in a way none of his previous ballads have done. Like 'Springsteen,' reference is made to famous classic rock standards, giving the song some familiarity even before a first listen is finished. 

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Kenny Chesney
Jason Kempin, Getty Images

Kenny Chesney Records ‘Amazing Grace’ for ‘United in Newtown’ Special

In the aftermath of the horrific Sandy Hook shootings, the tight-knit community of Newtown, Conn. has received incredible worldwide support. Although nothing could ever fill the deep void left in the small town, many individuals -- including country's own Kenny Chesney -- are finding ways to lend their support amidst devastation.

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John Pratt/Getty Images
John Pratt/Getty Images

Worst Songs Ever Recorded

I was flipping channels on my television this past weekend and I came across some of the music channels I have on my Dish TV package. I think I heard what could have been one of the worst songs in my life! I had never heard it before. It was a song from 1972 from the group 'Chakachas' called 'Jungle Fever'.

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Billy Ray Cyrus
Slaven Vlasic, Getty Images

Billy Ray Cyrus, ‘Hillbilly Heart’ – Song Review

Billy Ray Cyrus evokes sounds of the Mississippi Delta with his new single 'Hillbilly Heart.' The song leans against a big, bad, foot-stompin' guitar lick before the singer reveals his best blues voice. The result is ugly ... in a good way. 

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Brad Paisley Honey Boo-Boo
YouTube

Brad Paisley Pens Hilarious New ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Theme Song

Brad Paisley is getting ready to release a new album, but the highlight of his 'Jimmy Kimmel' appearance this week was the new theme song he wrote for America's best-known redneck child --  'The Ballad of Honey Boo Boo.'

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Kip Moore
MCA Nasvhille

Kip Moore, ‘Hey Pretty Girl’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

'Hey Pretty Girl' is the signature track from Kip Moore's remarkable 'Up All Night' album. The singer slows down the tempo and proves himself to be one of the most emotionally complete artists in the genre.

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