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Merle Haggard Confident About Future of Country Music

If we’re honest, we’ve probably all caught ourselves bemoaning the future of this or that, whether our critiques are directed at a genre of music, politics or even an entire generation. While many veteran artists often become the biggest naysayers for the future of their beloved genres as soon as they’re taken over by a ton of “kids,” Merle Haggard doesn’t buy all that. In a recent interview with the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Haggard said he thinks things in the country music realm are on the up.

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Trisha Yearwood + Garth Brooks May Record Album and Tour

While both Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks are highly celebrated names in country music, they’re also parents, which does more to dictate their schedule at the moment than audience demand. However, with their youngest daughter set to graduate high school in 2014, the couple are starting to let themselves dream about life as empty-nesters.

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Eli Young Band Thank Fans With Free Songs

Eli Young Band have literally seen their career catapult onto center stage in the past few months. After their single ‘Crazy Girl’ became their first No.1 hit, the four-man country outfit snagged an ACM Award for Song of the Year with the same smash hit, making an underdog story to be remembered. But even in the face of so many great things at once, the guys are not about to forget who it was that helped them get to this point.

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Wade Bowen to Host 14th Annual Wade Bowen Classic Charity Golf Tournament

Wade Bowen is gearing up to host his 14th Annual Wade Bowen Celebrity Golf Tournament and Concert on May 6-7 in his hometown of Waco, Texas. The ‘Saturday Night‘ singer hosts the tournament each year to benefit the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, an organization that works with adults and children who have been victims of crime.

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Taylor Swift Would Be Olivia Newton-John’s Pick for a ‘Grease’ Remake

As classic films like ‘Footloose’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’ come rolling off the line in updated versions (with characters who weren’t born when the originals were made), some are wondering if ‘Grease’ might be up next for a remake. The 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John seems to have all the trappings of a love story just ready for a facelift. And John says she knows exactly who would be the best person to fill her dancing shoes as Sandy: Taylor Swift.

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Tries Out Potential ‘Duets’ Partners

The four celebrity judges for ABC’s upcoming show ‘Duets‘ — Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke — have all been scouring the country for dueting partners that they think can stand the heat of the spotlight. And while Kelly Clarkson recently pulled a couple of her top picks on stage with her at a San Diego show, we got a glimpse of a couple videos shot at Nettles’ auditions in Las Vegas.

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Carrie Underwood to Perform First-Ever UK Concert Alongside ‘Blown Away’ Release

Carrie Underwood is maybe one of the biggest country stars in the US, and now the ‘Good Girl’ singer is taking her voice, her live show and her upcoming record ‘Blown Away‘ across the pond so that she can conquer UK. Scheduled for her first-ever UK show June 21 at the Royal Albert Hall, Underwood is poised and ready to blow away some Brits and make some new fans.

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George Jones Cancels More Tour Dates Per Doctor’s Orders

Octogenarian George Jones has had quite the roller coaster of health news this year. The legendary singer was released from the hospital at the beginning of this month after being treated for an upper respiratory infection. At that point, he planned on jumping back into his tour, but then two weeks ago he had to follow doctor’s orders to postpone a set of weekend shows. Still, the ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ singer was determined to jump right back in, assuring his fans that he was on the mend and ready to rock.

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Kenny Chesney Dishes on Touring With Tim McGraw and What Fans Can Expect This Time Around

The last time Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw hit the road together was more than 10 years ago in the early 2000s, with McGraw primarily headlining. Now, the two country stars who have seen their careers shoot them into international stardom are at it again, gearing up for their 2012 Brothers of the Sun Tour, which kicks off in Tampa, Fla. on June 2 and runs for 19 days.

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Kenny Rogers Dishes on Hit Song ‘The Gambler’ to Promote ‘All In: The Poker Movie’ – Exclusive Video

Today (April 24), 4th Row Films released the film ‘All In: The Poker Movie’ nationally through digital retails like iTunes and Amazon, with the full DVD due to store shelves in July. The film, which features stars like Matt Damon and American poker player Chris Moneymaker, will also feature an interview with Kenny Rogers, but we’ve got your sneak peek of Rogers dishing on his hit ‘The Gambler’ right here!

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Taylor Swift to Star as Joni Mitchell in Upcoming ‘Girls Like Us’ Film?

Taylor Swift has been increasingly involved in film endeavors of late. The country megastar — who lists pal Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence among her actress role models — recently played the voice of Audrey in ‘The Lorax,’ made an appearance in 2010′s ‘Valentine’s Day’ and also almost snagged a part as Eponine in the new film adaptation to ‘Les Miserables.’ Now, it seems the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year might land a spot as another guitar-wielding superstar: Joni Mitchell.

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Blake Shelton Compares Justin Bieber to Elvis Presley

Blake Shelton may not be a fan of all the background dancers and glitzy staging he sees on ‘The Voice‘ — and he’s taken a little flack for his critiques from fellow judges who insinuate that he just doesn’t appreciate the art of staging. But that doesn’t mean the country king can’t appreciate things outside his own genre. If there’s one pop craze to which Shelton unabashedly subscribes, it’s Justin Bieber.

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