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Billy Currington
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Billy Currington Calls His Experience at St. Jude an ‘Eye-Opener’

Like so many country stars, Billy Currington remembers expecting his first St. Jude visit to be depressing -- they are treating sick kids after all, he figured. If there's one lesson to remember from Taste of Country's two-day webathon, however, it's that that couldn't be further from the truth. 

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Tyler Farr
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Tyler Farr Keeps One St. Jude Patient Close at All Times

Tyler Farr goes out of his way to help children -- especially the children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The 'Whiskey in My Water' singer has made it to three of the last four Country Cares seminars, forging strong relationships with patients and families each time.

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Florida Georgia Line
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Florida Georgia Line Say It’s an Honor to Give Back to St. Jude

For Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, it wasn't always just about the music. From the earliest days of their musical partnership and friendship, the two men knew they wanted to use their songs to provide opportunities for those in need. The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a great avenue for that generosity. 

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Miranda Lambert, Jessica Turri, Justin Moore
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Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice + the Families Agree: St. Jude Is a Happy Place – Webathon Day 1 Recap

Despite a few heartbreaking stories and one or two emotional country artists, Taste of Country readers learned that the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a happy place during Day 1 of the 2014 ToC/St. Jude webathon. That was message from no fewer than five country stars, plus the families of two former patients.

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Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan
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ToC Encore: Turning Personal Tragedy Into Hit Records

Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways. 

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Hank Williams Jr
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Hank Williams Jr., Eric Paslay + More Added to Taste of Country Music Festival Lineup

The superstar lineup at the 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival just got bigger with the addition of Hank Williams. Jr. Eric Paslay, Leah Turner, the Cadillac Three and Jamie Lynn Spears have also been added to the June 13-15 camping and country music festival at Hunter Mountain.

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Dierks Bentley
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Album Spotlight: Dierks Bentley, ‘Riser’

The sonic differences between ‘Riser’ and Dierks Bentley’s five previous studio albums (excluding ‘Up on the Ridge’) are subtle, but important. The Arizona-raised singer drops the rumbling, rambling, Bakersfield-inspired licks that made up many of his biggest hits and adds great lyrical depth.

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