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Sterling Whitaker is a Nashville-based musician and music journalist. He is the author of two books: 'Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar' and 'The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx.' He has appeared as a guest on VH1, BBC Radio and radio all over North America. Whitaker is also very involved in animal rescue.
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Preliminary Autopsy Confirms Mindy McCready’s Death a Suicide

According to authorities in Heber Springs, Ark., country singer Mindy McCready's cause of death has been confirmed as suicide. Preliminary autopsy results indicate the 'Ten Thousand Angels' singer died as a result of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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Custody Hearing Scheduled for Mindy McCready’s Sons

In the wake of country star Mindy McCready's tragic death on Sunday (Feb. 17), a hearing has been scheduled to determine custody of her two sons. It looks like a legal war may be brewing between her mother and her former boyfriend -- both of whom have been accused of abuse in the past.

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Dr. Drew on Mindy McCready: ‘It Didn’t Have to Go Down Like This’

Since country singer Mindy McCready took her own life on Sunday, February 17, 2013, there's been quite a bit of speculation about the so-called 'Celebity Rehab' curse. Now, Dr. Drew Pinsky (who headed up the reality television show for its three-season run) has spoken out about her suicide, saying he wished she had completed a longer stay in treatment just prior to her death.

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Janelle Arthur Goes On to the Next Round Singing the Randy Travis Hit ‘I Told You So’ on ‘American Idol’

Country singer Janelle Arthur made it one step closer to her dream of music stardom on 'American Idol' on Thursday night (Feb. 14), progressing into the Top 40 contestants by singing the Randy Travis classic 'I Told You So.'

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Janelle Arthur Wows the Judges With the Hank Williams Classic ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ on ‘American Idol’

22-year-old country singer Janelle Arthur progressed to the next round during Hollywood Week on 'American Idol' Wednesday night (Feb 13), performing the Hank Williams classic 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' to universal praise from the judges.

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Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley Deliver ‘Over You,’ ‘Home’ at the 2013 Grammy Awards

Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are no strangers to collaboration. The pair of iconoclastic country performers, who are currently on tour together, also performed together at the 2013 Grammy Awards, singing Lambert's 'Over You' and Bentley's 'Home' with decidedly mixed results.

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Paul Jolley Progresses to the Next Round With Carrie Underwood’s ‘Blown Away’ on ‘American Idol’

22-year-old aspiring country star Paul Jolley got one step closer to his dream on Thursday night (Feb. 7), earning his way to the next round on 'American Idol' by singing Carrie Underwood's recent hit 'Blown Away' despite a bout of nerves that threatened to derail his performance.

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