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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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Eli Young Band vs. JB and the Moonshine Band – The Showdown

Fans of Eli Young Band pulled off one of the greatest Showdown upsets of all time on Tuesday. The group’s new single ‘Say Goodnight’ topped Taylor Swift‘s brand new single from her upcoming ‘Red’ album, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.’ That makes it three in a row for the Texas foursome’s love ballad. Two more and it will be retired to the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame. 

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Jason Merritt / Eli Young Band, Getty Images
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Eli Young Band vs. Taylor Swift – The Showdown

Last night, the Eli Young Band and newcomer Chelsea Bain traded blows until the final minutes of the Showdown on Taste of Country Nights radio. Each artist rallied their fans to support their new song, but in the end, the new ballad from the Texas foursome notched just a few more votes than Bain’s ‘What if I.’

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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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JB and the Moonshine Band, ‘No Better Than This’ – Song Review

Not all summer songs come across as fun and breezy. Too often they’re saturated with sugar or references to the juniper in Georgia or how hot the sun in Oklahoma shines on the scorched earth. JB and the Moonshine Band don’t overthink things with their new single ‘No Better Than This.’ It’s an easy emotion tied up in under three minutes.

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The Lost Trailers vs. Kelleigh Bannen – The Showdown

Lauren Alaina becomes the first artist with two songs in the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame after her new single ‘Eighteen Inches’ topped Toby Keith’s ‘I Like Girls That Drink Beer’ on Tuesday. Her fans once again proved they’re amongst the most passionate in country music. Today, and tonight, on Taste of Country Nights, two new challengers will battle.

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Lauren Alaina vs. Toby Keith – The Showdown

One more win and she’s in. Lauren Alaina is on the verge of having a second song enter the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame. Her new one, ‘Eighteen Inches,’ mopped up ‘Let There Be Cowgirls’ by Chris Cagle yesterday and last night on Taste of Country Nights radio. If the third single from ‘Wildflower’ can top the new song from Toby Keith, it will join ‘Georgia Peaches’ in the Hall. 

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Jemal Countess / Frank Micelotta, Getty Images
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Lauren Alaina vs. Chris Cagle – The Showdown

Make it three in a row for Lauren Alaina and her new single ‘Eighteen Inches.’ After another day of heavy voting online and via the telephone on Taste of Country Nights radio, the song narrowly ousted Jana Kramer‘s hit ‘Why Ya Wanna.’ Now it’s up to fans of the Carrie Underwood co-written ballad to step up once again, if they want to best a man that’s been turning out hits for over a decade. 

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Jason Aldean vs. Lauren Alaina – The Showdown

Jason Aldean needs just one more win for his new song ‘Take a Little Ride’ to reach the Showdown Hall of Fame, but he’ll have to top a woman who has her own song enshrined in the noble halls. Last night on Taste of Country Nights radio, fans reaffirmed yesterday’s online voting to push the champion past ‘Crying on a Suitcase’ by Casey James. Can an17-year-old slow down Aldean’s train?

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Jason Merrit / Rick Diamond, Getty Images
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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting in Aurora, Colorado: Country Artists React

Like the rest of America, country stars are waking up to learn of last night’s tragedy at a ‘Dark Knight Rises’ screening in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve were killed and dozens more injured when a gunman opened fire on a crowd waiting for the movie to begin. Country artists Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels and Steel Magnolia‘s Meghan Linsey are just a few hurt, angered or a confused by the shooting massacre.

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Eric Church vs. Brantley Gilbert – The Showdown

Two of country music’s outlaws square off on today’s Taste of Country Showdown. The battle will end with an assault of phone call voting on Taste of Country Nights radio on Thursday night. You can vote now for either returning champion Eric Church and his song ‘Creepin’,’ or challenger Brantley Gilbert‘s new single ‘Kick It in the Sticks.’ 

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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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