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Megan Pacella has been writing about all genres of music since 2007. Her work has been published in Fringe, Brite, Paste, Nashville Lifestyles and American Songwriter. Aside from spending a summer in New York City (where she met her fiance!), Megan has been living, working and playing in Nashville, Tenn., since 2003. When she's not blogging about country music, you can find her gardening, kayaking, hiking, drinking lots of coffee, and--most importantly--cuddling with her golden retriever, Gibson.
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Taylor Swift Shares Her ‘State of Grace’ on ‘Good Morning America’

These days, 'Good Morning America' is Taylor Swift's best friend. The mega-popular crossover star has been popping by the show frequently the past few weeks to preview new songs for her fans. Monday was no different, as Swift chatted for a few minutes and introduced and exclusive preview of a new song from her 'Red' album called 'State of Grace.'

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Brantley Gilbert Poser Pleads Guilty in Theft Case, Apologizes

Back in April, Brantley Gilbert experienced a real shock when he learned that an Indiana man had been posing not only as him, but also as his manager and producer. Now, the Gilbert imposter, 25-year-old Thomas Michael Barth, has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony theft.

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Taylor Swift Touches on the Rules of Love, ‘Hooking Up’ and Conor Kennedy in Rolling Stone Cover Issue

These days, Taylor Swift is wearing her heart on her sleeve. The singer's forthcoming 'Red' album seems to be somewhat of a tell-all of past relationships, and she's even been openly talking about -- albeit lightly -- her new boyfriend, Conor Kennedy. In Swift's 2012 Rolling Stone cover issue, she touches on those topics and more.

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Nicole Kidman Will Join Keith Urban During ‘American Idol’ Live Shows

It's not often you see country star Keith Urban and his wife Nicole Kidman, apart from one another. Of course, there are times -- like when Urban is on stage or Kidman is in front of a camera -- that they can't stand side by side. But that won't stop the actress from being in the wings when her hubby judges the upcoming season of 'American Idol.' She confirmed in a recent interview that she plans to watch the show from backstage.

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Lauren Alaina Embarks on Inch-by-Inch Tour Leading Up to Her 18th Birthday

Eighteen is not an insignificant number for Lauren Alaina. Not only is the 17-year-old country star's latest hit called 'Eighteen Inches,' Alaina is about to embark on an 18-city Eighteen Inches tour. The tour kicked off last night (Sept. 21) in Bloomsburg, Pa., and will lead up to the singer's 18th birthday on Nov. 8.

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Brad Paisley + Carrie Underwood Host ‘Other Things’ in Funny 2012 CMA Awards Commercials

This year will be the fifth time Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley team up to host the CMA Awards. After so many successful hosting gigs, you can't help but wonder why Underwood and Paisley don't try their hands at hosting some... other things. And that idea is exactly what three hilarious new 2012 CMA Awards commercials explore.

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Martina McBride Sings Tearjerking ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’ at CMA Music Festival

After a couple hours of rocking country music hits, Martina McBride brought down the house during the pre-taped 'CMA Music Festival' special when she performed anti-cancer anthem, 'I'm Gonna Love You Through It.' The crowd, who could be heard screaming and cheering all night as stars like Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Eric Church rocked the stage, was practically silent as McBride let loose her powerful hit.

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Rascal Flatts Stun CMA Music Festival With ‘Come Wake Me Up’ Performance

Before showing a pre-taped Rascal Flatts performance, ABC aired a sit-down between the trio and another threesome, the Band Perry, during the 2012 CMA Music Festival back in June. The Flatts chatted about what they would do for a living if they weren't musicians, and it turns out that Joe Don Rooney wants to be a clay pigeon shooter and Jay DeMarcus would be a game show host. Maybe someday...

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Jason Aldean Holds Fans’ Attention During Pre-Taped CMA Festival ‘Fly Over States’ Performance

For his second performance during the three-hour 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock' special, Jason Aldean wowed the audience by playing his big hit 'Fly Over States.' In the anthem, Aldean tips his hat to the often overlooked midwest states. Apparently, some of those fly over natives were in the audience when Aldean performed the song at LP Field in June, because they were screaming their heads off.

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Jake Owen Amps Up Crowd on ‘CMA Music Festival’ Special With ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ Performance

Back in June when tonight's 'CMA Music Festival' special was recorded, country star Jake Owen was barely a newlywed -- but he still made time to stop by LP Field to sing 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' for the gigantic crowd. With the entire crowd waving their hands along to the beat, Owen put on a rocking singalong performance.

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Keith Urban Electrifies Small Crowd With ‘You Gonna Fly’ Performance During ABC TV Special

By far, one of the best parts of attending the CMA Music Festival is the small venue performances put on by major stars. That's exactly what Keith Urban did when he played 'You Gonna Fly' for a smaller crowd of ecstatic fans at a small bar in Nashville in June, as seen on the ABC 'Country's Night to Rock' special.

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