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Miranda Lambert Gets Emotional Over Destruction Still in New Orleans

It’s been nearly seven years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the southeast United States, killing thousands and leaving millions of American citizens homeless. Despite aggressive reconstruction efforts, the revitalization process has been slow-going for many victims. During her recent tour stop in the Big Easy, Miranda Lambert got rather emotional about the destruction still untouched in New Orleans.

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Eric Church Brings Country to Metallica’s Orion Music + More Festival

Eric Church hit the stage at Metallica‘s first-ever Orion Music + More festival yesterday (June 24), held at Bader Field in Atlantic City, N.J. Metallica singer James Hetfield introduced Church before his set, saying that the Orion is a place for rebels, and “representing the country side is Mr. Eric Church.” It was beyond cool for the singer of the biggest rock band in the world to welcome Church to the fest personally. The crowd heeded Hetfield’s advice and poured into the open airfield for Church’s set.

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Big and Rich, ‘That’s Why I Pray’ – Lyrics Uncovered

Big and Rich are back at country radio with a beautiful new song, ‘That’s Why I Pray,’ with powerful lyrics. Some of Nashville’s finest writers are responsible for penning the tune — Sarah Buxton, Danelle Leverett and Blair Daly.

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Tracy Lawrence Set to Make Film Debut in ‘L.A. Dirt’

Tracy Lawrence is set to make his full-length feature debut with ‘L.A. Dirt,’ which began filming in early June in Mobile, Ala. The movie will feature Lawrence in a supporting role, portraying the uncle of an aspiring 18-year-old dirt track racer. The plot will be centered around the young hopeful’s pursuit of his racing dreams.

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Chely Wright’s ‘Wish Me Away’ Documentary Available for Web Purchase

Chely Wright‘s emotional documentary outlining her struggle and decision to reveal to the world that she is gay is now available for purchase online. ’Wish Me Away’ can be downloaded through iTunes or purchased via Video on Demand (VOD) from local cable carriers.

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Faith Hill Joins Tim McGraw Onstage During Brothers of the Sun Show in Nashville

Everyone at LP Field was thinking it on Saturday night (June 23), wondering if Faith Hill would be joining husband Tim McGraw onstage during his performance as part of the Brothers of the Sun Tour, also featuring Kenny Chesney. When McGraw announced more than halfway into his set that he had a “special surprise” just for the Nashville crowd and began to sing the beginning of his duet with Hill, ‘I Need You,’ nobody had to wonder any longer.

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First-Annual Willie Nelson Celebrity Golf Outing Will Benefit Texas Charities

With his signature pigtail braids and hippie-inspired song lyrics, Willie Nelson doesn’t exactly seem like a golf guy. But once again, the legendary country icon surprised us by launching the first-annual Willie Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament in Briarcliff, Texas, which will benefit the Pedernales Fire Department, the Helping Hands Crisis Ministry, the Children’s Music Foundation and the RunTex Foundation.

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LeAnn Rimes Talks Tour, New Music and Family Life on the Road

More than 15 years into her career, LeAnn Rimes has seemingly come into her own as artist, wife and step-mother of two, striking an important balance between her work and personal life. In an interview with radio station 1130 the Tiger, the Grammy Award-winning singer spoke candidly about the importance of the quality relationships in her life.

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Josh Kelley Relocates Family to Utah to Work on New Music

For Josh Kelley, the state of Utah has always been a special place to visit. It’s where he and wife Katherine Heigl got married four years ago, and a place they enjoy taking their daughters as often as possible. Now, the famed couple have relocated to Utah for the entire summer to enjoy the beauty and inspiration, all of which the singer hopes will translate on his forthcoming new album.

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Brad Paisley Named Country Music’s ‘Big Daddy’

Brad Paisley has been showered with countless industry awards for his platinum-selling albums, but 2012 looks to go down as Paisley’s year of the “daddy.” The devoted husband and father-of-two has awarded the honor of “Country Big Daddy,” according to Country Weekly. Congrats, Brad!

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Carrie Underwood Hopes to Change Britain’s Opinion of Country Music

Carrie Underwood is on a crusade. The ‘Good Girl’ singer, who made some waves in the press with her comments on marriage equality, which were both supported and chastised, plans to change the way country music is perceived in the U.K. She is also trying to help make the genre popular in the region. If anyone is up for the challenge of bringing country music into the spotlight across the pond, it’s Carried Underwood.

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Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton + Patsy Cline Are Rolling Stone’s Women Who Rock

They might all sing with a country twang, but according to Rolling Stone, Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline all qualify for the Women Who Rock list. The countdown celebrates “50 of the fiercest albums that female rock & rollers have given the world,” and it includes Lady Gaga, Carole King, Lucinda Williams and — of course — Aretha Franklin, among others.

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