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Feature Article: Canada's Country Music Pioneeers

Feature Article: Canada's Country Music Pioneeers
Country music has its roots in the southern United States. But just as the blues came up the Mississippi on trains and steamboats, country music traveled north on the airwaves to find a welcome home above the 49th parallel. Country has a long and vibrant history in Canada, from the honky-tonk classics of Hank Snow in the 1950s to the chart-topping country-pop hits of Shania Twain, the biggest-selling female artist of all time, in the ’90s. And Canadian artists continue to make their mark, both in Nashville and their native land, where country m...
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Michael W. Smith & Friends - The Spirit of Christmas

Michael W. Smith & Friends - The Spirit of Christmas
Nashville loves a little twang in its Yuletide. On his fourth holiday album, Smith brings together the top names in country music, including Vince Gill and Martina McBride, to join him on their favorite festive tunes. The Grammy-winning singer also duets with Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum, but saves the biggest surprise for “The Darkest Midnight,” a traditional Irish carol read by U2’s Bono.
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Tim McGraw - Sundown Heaven Town

timmcgrawIt’s no secret that McGraw’s a family guy. He and his wife, Faith Hill, are country music’s most glamorous power couple, but McGraw loves nothing better than kicking back with Faith and their three teenage daughters. Not surprisingly, the 13th studio album from the Grammy-winning singer and actor (Country Strong) is full of such downhome ballads as the mandolin-laced “Sick of Me,” and the dreamy “Diamond Rings and Barstools,” sung with his cousin Catherine Dunn. Even uptempo numbers like “City Lights” and “Shotgun Rider” conjure up folksy image...
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Miranda Lambert - Platinum

miranda“What doesn’t kill you only makes you blonder,” Lambert cracks on the playful title track about strength through bleached hair. The country star also sings about wicked women on “Somethin’ Bad,” her sassy duet with Carrie Underwood, and Mrs. Elvis Presley on “Priscilla,” which cheekily nods to her own marriage to fellow superstar Blake Shelton.
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Terri Clark - Classic

terriclarkTerri has been living the Nashville dream ever since moving there in 1987 from Medicine Hat, Alberta, arriving in a Honda Civic packed with all her belongings. The aspiring singer, whose grandparents were country artists, started out playing for tips at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge before recording several platinum-selling albums and joining the cast of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Now Clark has made Classic, a classy tribute to her country roots. Reba McEntire joins her on Reba’s “How Blue,” while Tanya Tucker duets with her on “Delta Dawn,” a hit...
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