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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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Dixie Chicks to Replace Lady Antebellum at Canada’s Craven Country Jamboree

In a surprise move, the Dixie Chicks have announced a rare public appearance. The Texas trio have been confirmed as the new Saturday night headlining act for the 2013 Craven Country Jamboree, which takes place from July 11-14 in Craven, Saskatchewan.

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Lee Brice Has ‘Fresh’ Christmas Album on His Bucket List

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Lee Brice. The 'Hard to Love' hitmaker reveals that he wants to record a Christmas album, but with a twist -- instead of yet another in the endless parade of half-baked 'White Christmas' renditions already out there, the singer-songwriter would like to make a holiday album that includes a lot of new material.

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Jennifer Nettles and John Legend Duet ‘O Holy Night’ on ‘CMA Country Christmas’

Wow. Just when you think it's impossible to bring any kind of new life to an age-old Christmas classic, Jennifer Nettles and John Legend go and prove you wrong. The pair teamed up for an absolutely stellar version of 'O Holy Night' on Thursday night's 'CMA Country Christmas' special, proving that a great song and strong singers still win out over all the marketing in the world.

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Westboro Baptist Church Blames Carrie Underwood for Tragedy in Connecticut

In one of the unlikeliest scenarios imaginable, the rabidly anti-gay rights group Westboro Baptist Church is blaming country superstar Carrie Underwood for the shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut. The group's spokesperson claimed via Twitter that Underwood's support of equal rights for same-sex marriage helped bring down God's wrath upon the innocent victims.

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‘The Voice’ Winner Cassadee Pope Says Her Album Will Have a ‘Hint of Country’

Now that Cassadee Pope has been crowned the winner of Season 3 of 'The Voice,' it's time for her to turn her attention toward recording an album. The newly-minted star says her sound will lean toward pop and rock, but will also feature some country elements.

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Kellie Pickler Spreads Holiday Cheer to American Soldiers Overseas

Country girl Kellie Pickler spends so much of her life working on behalf of others, we wonder how she finds time to record her albums and perform concerts for a living. The good-hearted singer is apt to turn up at food banks, and her soft spot for animals is well-known. She's also active in the fight against breast cancer, even shaving her head recently to support a close friend struggling with the disease. So it should come as no surprise that the '100 Proof' singer is spending part of her Christmas season in Afghanistan, where she is helping to spread holiday cheer to our men and women in uniform.

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Taylor Swift Talks Stalker Threats: ‘There Are a Lot of Them’

Country pop sensation Taylor Swift may be one of the most successful musical artists in the world, but that success comes with a price. In a new interview, the 22-year-old (23 on Dec. 13) 'Red' hitmaker says she has been the object of more and more stalker threats over the past few years.

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Brantley Gilbert Plans Romantic Post-Birthday Surprise for Jana Kramer

Rising country star Jana Kramer might not have had the greatest birthday, but her boyfriend -- fellow country star Brantley Gilbert -- sure knew how to make it up to her. After the singer fell ill, her man surprised her by planning a romantic ice skating date for two.

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