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Miranda Lambert, Jessica Turri, Justin Moore
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Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice + the Families Agree: St. Jude Is a Happy Place – Webathon Day 1 Recap

Despite a few heartbreaking stories and one or two emotional country artists, Taste of Country readers learned that the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a happy place during Day 1 of the 2014 ToC/St. Jude webathon. That was message from no fewer than five country stars, plus the families of two former patients.

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Lee Brice
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Lee Brice Reveals St. Jude Means Even More to Him Following Birth of His Boys

Lee Brice is a longtime supporter of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The ‘I Don’t Dance’ singer lit up when asked to talk about what the Memphis-based medical campus means to him. He admits it means something different now that he has two little boys at home.

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Dan and Shay
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Dan + Shay Left St. Jude Inspired to Help Any Way They Can

Country newcomers Dan + Shay had their St. Jude baptism in January during the 25th annual Country Cares seminar. Hundreds of radio and country music industry personnel join a few dozen artists and label representatives each year to learn about the latest in care and research at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Then, they get to meet some of the patients.

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Bid on a Signed Rascal Flatts Guitar to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Jay, Joe Don and Gary of Rascal Flatts have stepped up to help the kids at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. During a two-day Taste of Country webathon, fans can bid on this autographed electric guitar, with all proceeds going to St. Jude. 

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Tropical Nights
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Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert + More Play First-Ever Boots in the Sand Event [Pictures]

The first-ever Taste of Country Tropical Nights concert in the Riviera Maya included four top-notch country singers, a lot of sunshine, ample amounts of food and drink and a ton of gorgeous photo opps. Dierks Bentley, Jana Kramer, Billy Currington and Brantley Gilbert each headlined one night of the Feb. 23-27 party at the new Hard Rock Hotel, and it's clear the experience is one that will have fans buying return trips to Mexico next winter. 

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Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan
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ToC Encore: Turning Personal Tragedy Into Hit Records

Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways. 

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Hank Williams Jr
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Hank Williams Jr., Eric Paslay + More Added to Taste of Country Music Festival Lineup

The superstar lineup at the 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival just got bigger with the addition of Hank Williams. Jr. Eric Paslay, Leah Turner, the Cadillac Three and Jamie Lynn Spears have also been added to the June 13-15 camping and country music festival at Hunter Mountain.

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Cole Swindell
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Album Spotlight: Cole Swindell, ‘Cole Swindell’

Cole Swindell set out to make a well-rounded album that tells his story, and he succeeded. The 12 tracks on ‘Cole Swindell’ tread along familiar country themes, but don’t run ruts into any one in particular. It’s surprisingly easy to find yourself halfway through the album a second time without noticing.

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Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson
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ToC Encore: A Defense for Artists Who Play SeaWorld

Nearly a dozen others refused, but Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson and Kid Rock have taken the stage to play SeaWorld's Bands, Brews & BBQ concert series, despite heavy protest from a controversy started after a documentary called 'Blackfish' aired. Should those who play be demonized?

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Blake Shelton, Adam Levine
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Valentine’s Day Kisses – Blake Shelton’s Top 5 Bromance Moments [Watch]

Blake Shelton is perhaps country music's most loving singer. The 'Hillbilly Bone' singer has proven he'll pucker up for just about anyone. His wife, his co-host, a random guy on a red carpet ... Shelton doesn't discriminate with the lip love! Taste of Country's Valentine's Day gift to you is these Top 5 Blake Shelton bromance moments ever.

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