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Sterling Whitaker

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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Taylor Swift Pays $17 Million in Cash for Rhode Island Mansion

Pop country superstar Taylor Swift is getting to be quite the real estate mogul. Just over a month after selling her Cape Cod-style house in Hyannis Port, Mass. for a profit of nearly one million dollars, the 23-year old star turned around and purchased an enormous mansion in Rhode Island for $17 million -- and paid in cash.

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The Band Perry and Kacey Musgraves to Perform on Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Music Awards just got a little more country. Superstar sibling trio the Band Perry and fast-rising star Kacey Musgraves have been added to the roster of performers for the show, which airs on May 19.

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Scotty McCreery Promises Upcoming Album Will Be ‘More Mature’

Fast-rising country star Scotty McCreery scored a big hit straight out of the box with his debut album 'Clear as Day,' but the former 'American Idol' champ doesn't want to rest on his laurels. In a new interview, he says he's taking a different approach to his upcoming second studio effort -- temporarily scheduled for September or October -- which he describes as a mix of traditional and contemporary country.

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Brad Paisley Explains His Other Controversial Song on ‘Wheelhouse,’ ‘Those Crazy Christians’

Fans who have already picked up Brad Paisley's new album 'Wheelhouse' may have gotten a little bit more than they bargained for. The country superstar has departed from his winning formula fairly dramatically, courting controversy with a couple of tracks on the new album, 'Accidental Racist' and 'Those Crazy Christians.'

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Miranda Lambert Featured on Willie Nelson’s Next Album

The ink is barely dry on the cover of Willie Nelson's most recent album release, 'Let's Face the Music and Dance.' But the legendary country star is already working on his next project, which he has been cutting in Nashville. The disc features duets with some of the top female vocalists in the world -- including Miranda Lambert.

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Carrie Underwood Sounds Off About Tennessee ‘Ag Gag’ Bill

Carrie Underwood is furious about a new bill that has passed in Tennessee -- and she's not afraid to say so in public. The 'Blown Away' singer took to social media Thursday (April 18) to denounce the Tennessee state legislature for passing the so-called "Ag Gag" bill, which many critics say will help factory farms get away with abusing animals.

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Janelle Arthur Sings Vince Gill’s ‘When I Call Your Name’ on ‘American Idol’

Up-and-coming country singer Janelle Arthur paid tribute to one of her earliest influences on 'American Idol' Wednesday night (April 17), performing the Vince Gill classic 'When I Call Your Name' to effusive praise from the judges -- except one.

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Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s ‘Accidental Racist’ Spoofed on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Country's Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J have been making the media rounds this week, talking about their controversial collaboration 'Accidental Racist,' which tackles the thorny issue of race relations in contemporary America. But on Saturday night (April 13) it was time for a break from all of the serious dialogue the song has opened up, as 'Saturday Night Live' spoofed the musicians in a sketch that aired on the Weekend Update comedy news portion of the show.

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