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Miranda Lambert Takes Alaskan Fishing Vacation

What does Miranda Lambert do between shows? She visits Alaska to go fishing. A Taste of Country reader sent us these pictures of the ‘Fastest Girl in Town’ singer reeling ‘em in by the dozens when she was on a mini-vacation earlier this month, sans husband Blake Shelton. The break came during a trip to the Last Frontier for an August 2 show in Anchorage.

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images
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Brantley Gilbert Fans Named Most Passionate in Country Music

After seven days of voting, Brantley Gilbert‘s fans proved what the singer already knew: His supporters are the most passionate in all of country music. The BG Nation took over 35 percent of reader votes in a week-long readers poll, easily topping second and third place finishers Taylor Swift‘s Swifties and Scotty McCreery‘s McCreerians.

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Theo Wargo / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
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Eric Church vs. the Mavericks – The Showdown

There is a new Showdown champion! After almost record voting yesterday and last night on Taste of Country Nights radio, Eric Church‘s new single ‘Creepin” kinged Tim McGraw‘s ‘Truck Yeah’ by an almost two-to-one margin. The fourth single from Church’s ‘Chief’ album seems poised to be another big song for the North Carolina-born country star. It could even become his third straight No. 1 hit. 

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Rick Diamond / Michael Buckner, Getty Images
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Tim McGraw vs. Eric Church – The Showdown

After thousands of votes, Tim McGraw‘s ‘Truck Yeah’ clipped Kip Moore‘s ‘Beer Money’ by fewer than 40 votes on Monday. A last second push by McGraw fans on Taste of Country Nights radio gave the country-rocker an edge that held up. That makes three in a row for the lead single from McGraw’s new album. Two more and the track will be retired to the Showdown Hall of Fame. 

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Rick Diamond / Dimitrios Kambouris / Scott Barbour, Getty Images
Rick Diamond / Dimitrios Kambouris / Scott Barbour, Getty Images
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Which Country Star Should Replace Steven Tyler on ‘American Idol’? – Readers Poll

For 11 seasons, ‘American Idol’ has ignored country music when it comes to the judges panel. But with Steven Tyler announcing his ‘Idol’ departure on Thursday, it’s time to make things right. Stars like Blake Shelton and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland have proven that Nashville has artists capable of shining on a nationally-televised stage. Which country artist do you think would be the perfect fit to replace Tyler on ‘American Idol?’

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Category: Newsletter, Television
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Rick Diamond (2) / Christopher Polk, Getty Images
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Top 40 Country Songs – July 2012

Only two songs from the Top 5 of last month’s Top 40 Country Songs list made the July 2012 version. That goes to show how quickly a new song can gain and lose favor with country music fans. The monthly list is compiled using chart and sales data, as well as reader feedback and staff opinions.

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Category: Music News, What's New
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Graham Denholm / Rick Diamond, Getty Images
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Carrie Underwood vs. Hunter Hayes – The Showdown

Friday night’s Showdown between Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town was the most voted on yet, with ‘Blown Away’ edging ‘Pontoon’ by 13 percentage points. That’s two wins in a row for the title-track on Underwood’s new album. The dark and stormy cut is clearing a path to the Showdown Hall of Fame, but future tourmate Hunter Hayes‘ ‘Wanted’ is threatening to contain her fury today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights

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Ethan Miller / Tom Pennington, Getty Images
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Carrie Underwood vs. Little Big Town – The Showdown

There is a new Showdown champion! The voting went down to the final minutes last night on Taste of Country Nights radio, with Carrie Underwood‘s ‘Blown Away’ topping ‘Over’ by Blake Shelton. Early online voting proved to be critical to Underwood’s success, as she was able to hold off rallying Shelton fans. The dark and stormy title-track from the normally sweet and innocent singer’s new album will now face a song by one of Nashville’s hottest foursomes. 

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images
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Blake Shelton vs. Carrie Underwood – The Showdown

It’s a country superstar Showdown today. Three-time champion Blake Shelton will face Carrie Underwood, after ‘Over’ made easy work of Rodney Atkins‘ ‘Just Wanna Rock N’ Roll’ on Wednesday. Shelton’s captivating ballad will need to get past the title track from Underwood’s new ‘Blown Away’ album to move one step away from Showdown Hall of Fame enshrinement. A winner will be decided after 10PM CT on Taste of Country Nights radio.

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Ethan Miller / Mark Davis, Getty Images
Ethan Miller / Mark Davis, Getty Images
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Blake Shelton vs. Rodney Atkins – The Showdown

Blake Shelton has made it two in a row! Last night, his new hit ‘Over’ topped Jerrod Niemann‘s ‘Shinin’ on Me’ to win the Taste of Country Showdown a second time. The emotional ballad was helped by online voting, but also by listeners who caught both songs on the new Taste of Country Nights radio show. Tonight, Shelton’s potential seventh straight No. 1 hit will have to top one of the feel-good songs of the summer. 

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images
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The Band Perry Admit Their Love of Rattails, Hand Guns and Celine Dion

America didn’t learn about the Band Perry until late 2009, but the sibling trio will be celebrating their 14th year together this October. Neil and Reid Perry started off backing up their older sister Kimberly before she let them join the band officially. Jump forward to 2012, where you’ll find that the 2011 CMA New Artist of the Year is the hottest thing in Nashville, having just notched a fourth straight Top 10 hit from their self-titled debut album. 

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