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Lauren Alaina vs. Chris Cagle – The Showdown

Make it three in a row for Lauren Alaina and her new single ‘Eighteen Inches.’ After another day of heavy voting online and via the telephone on Taste of Country Nights radio, the song narrowly ousted Jana Kramer‘s hit ‘Why Ya Wanna.’ Now it’s up to fans of the Carrie Underwood co-written ballad to step up once again, if they want to best a man that’s been turning out hits for over a decade. 

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Jason Aldean vs. Casey James – The Showdown

Jason Aldean is a perfect three-for-three in Taste of Country Showdowns. Last night his new song ‘Take a Little Ride’ took care of Sara Evans‘ new single ‘Anywhere.’ The laid-back lead single from his upcoming album will need plenty of support online this afternoon, and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio to topple a fourth challenger. Remember, five wins in a row gets a song to the Showdown Hall of Fame. 

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Brantley Gilbert vs. Jason Aldean – The Showdown

Yesterday’s Showdown was the most voted on ever! Fans of Brantley Gilbert and Eric Church displayed their loyalty, casting votes until the last seconds of the contest on Taste of Country Nights radio. In the end, Gilbert’s ‘Kick It in the Sticks’ won with just over 60 percent of the vote, meaning the soon-to-be hit song will take on another challenger. Today, it’s a good friend of the ‘Halfway to Heaven’ famer.

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Eric Church vs. Brantley Gilbert – The Showdown

Two of country music’s outlaws square off on today’s Taste of Country Showdown. The battle will end with an assault of phone call voting on Taste of Country Nights radio on Thursday night. You can vote now for either returning champion Eric Church and his song ‘Creepin’,’ or challenger Brantley Gilbert‘s new single ‘Kick It in the Sticks.’ 

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Kix Brooks Talks About His New Music, New Mustache, Fine Wine + Tuna Jalapeno Sandwiches

Kix Brooks couldn’t sound more comfortable with his new life as a solo artist. After 20 years as half of Brooks and Dunn, the ‘New to This Town’ singer is set to release a new album on Sept. 11 — his first without Ronnie Dunn since 1989. Yet during an interview with Taste of Country Nights‘ host Jeremy Robinson, Brooks was relaxed — playful even — as he talked about the new tour, music and the embarrassing songs on his iPod.

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Jerrod Niemann Shares Secrets of Miranda Lambert Tour, Duet With Colbie Caillat + the Special Girl in His ‘Shinin’ on Me’ Video

Two years ago, Jerrod Niemann was floating on a cloud, having just released his debut album on July 13, 2010, a few days before performing with Brad Paisley for 100K boaters at Aquapalooza on Lake Travis in Texas. Then, he sat down and wrote a new song — the one that would go on to become the lead single from his sophomore project called ‘Free the Music,’ available Oct. 2, 2012. Yup, this country music thing seemed pretty easy for the ‘Shinin’ on Me’ singer. 

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Brantley Gilbert Dishes on His Dream Woman, Dream Collaborations and the Benefits of Heartbreak

Brantley Gilbert sort of chuckles when people tell him Jason Aldean stole his songs. It’s not true, and Gilbert knows he couldn’t have made them hits like his fellow Georgian did. The truth is, ‘My Kinda Party’ and ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ were too risky for a new artist. Radio wouldn’t give him a chance like they did Aldean.

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Carrie Underwood vs. Little Big Town – The Showdown

There is a new Showdown champion! The voting went down to the final minutes last night on Taste of Country Nights radio, with Carrie Underwood‘s ‘Blown Away’ topping ‘Over’ by Blake Shelton. Early online voting proved to be critical to Underwood’s success, as she was able to hold off rallying Shelton fans. The dark and stormy title-track from the normally sweet and innocent singer’s new album will now face a song by one of Nashville’s hottest foursomes. 

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Blake Shelton vs. Carrie Underwood – The Showdown

It’s a country superstar Showdown today. Three-time champion Blake Shelton will face Carrie Underwood, after ‘Over’ made easy work of Rodney Atkins‘ ‘Just Wanna Rock N’ Roll’ on Wednesday. Shelton’s captivating ballad will need to get past the title track from Underwood’s new ‘Blown Away’ album to move one step away from Showdown Hall of Fame enshrinement. A winner will be decided after 10PM CT on Taste of Country Nights radio.

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Blake Shelton vs. Rodney Atkins – The Showdown

Blake Shelton has made it two in a row! Last night, his new hit ‘Over’ topped Jerrod Niemann‘s ‘Shinin’ on Me’ to win the Taste of Country Showdown a second time. The emotional ballad was helped by online voting, but also by listeners who caught both songs on the new Taste of Country Nights radio show. Tonight, Shelton’s potential seventh straight No. 1 hit will have to top one of the feel-good songs of the summer. 

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