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Amanda Hensel

If a passion for music and a knack for writing make a career, then color Amanda Hensel lucky. She is the product of writers -- apparently, when you add two news journalists together you get one music journalist. She currently resides in 'the live music capital of the world,' where she snagged a Journalism degree from the University of Texas. Although she's grounded in Austin, Hensel's name travels -- in her short career she has cited her passion writing for AOL Music Blog, Fringe Magazine, the Houston Press and various other publications.

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Blake Shelton’s ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ Makes Big Debut in ToC Top 10 Video Countdown

His video has hardly been out a week, but already Blake Shelton's 'Boys 'Round Here' clip is at the top of the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. That's not surprising, give the song's success and the fact that it co-stars wife Miranda Lambert and her Pistol Annies gang. But Shelton's new video is not No. 1.

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The Band Perry and the Henningsens Return to the ToC Top 10 Video Countdown

Two country family trios found their way back into the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown this week! The Band Perry's 'Better Dig Two' video and the Henningsens' fan-favorite 'American Beautiful' both waltzed back in, giving Jason Aldean and Kip Moore's latest clips the boot.

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Little Big Town vs. Gretchen Wilson
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Little Big Town vs. Gretchen Wilson – The Showdown

A win for Little Big Town in Friday's Showdown will be the third straight. The foursome have been hotter than ever over the past year with hit single after hit single, and they're hoping to continue that streak with their latest effort, 'Your Side of the Bed.' But first, they'll have to get past fiery fan-favorite songstress Gretchen Wilson today online and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio.

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Little Big Town vs. Sheryl Crow – The Showdown

Chris Cagle couldn't quite hold up against 2013 ACMs Album of the Year nominees Little Big Town in Wednesday's Showdown. The foursome took down Cagle's new single with their latest effort, 'Your Side of the Bed,' and they're hoping that Thursday will bring them similar luck both online and on Taste of Country Nights radio as they face Sheryl Crow's 'Easy.'

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Savannah Berry Covers Taylor Swift’s ‘Safe and Sound,’ Joins Team Blake on ‘The Voice’

It's likely that Blake Shelton's fellow 'The Voice' judges are kicking themselves after the three-time reigning winner snagged country singer Savannah Berry on Tuesday night's (April 2) episode. Berry, just 17, performed a rendition of Taylor Swift's 'Safe and Sound' (featuring the Civil Wars) that impressed not only the superstars on the show, but Kelly Clarkson as well.

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Off the Air With Jeremy: Mamaw Is a Blessing

Jeremy Robinson is the host of Taste of Country Nights, a syndicated radio show that airs on 41 stations across the United States on weeknights. Radio has been his life since the age of nine, when he “hosted” a show out of his bedroom. After almost 16 years on the air, country music isn’t just his job — it’s also his passion.

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Carrie Underwood Strips Down for Intimate Songwriters Session at CRS

Carrie Underwood was in rare form on Wednesday night (Feb. 27), stripped down for a bare bones and relaxed version of not only her hit songs, but herself -- just Carrie. The superstar traded designer gowns for a more casual black pants, light jacket look to join top country songwriters Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Josh Kear for a swap of songs, performed acoustically on a small Nashville stage in front of an intimate Country Radio Seminar (CRS) audience.

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Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins
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Carrie Underwood’s ‘Blown Away’ Snags Best Country Song at 2013 Grammy Awards

Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' picked up an early 2013 Grammy Award for Best Country Song during Sunday's pre-telecast ceremony, where 70 Grammys were handed out and songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins were on hand to accept for their country smash.

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