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Georgia Stars
What’s going on in the Peach State?
For one thing, Georgia is producing
country artists by the bushel basket,
from superstar acts like Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan to a fresh new
crop of singer/songwriters. We take
a look at these Georgia-born stars
and why the state is a hotbed for
diverse musical sounds.
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24 | Old Crow
50 | George Jones
56 | Ones to Watch
Go behind the scenes of
Old Crow Medicine Show’s
new video.
George’s wife, Nancy, unveils plans
for a new museum in Nashville
honoring the late country legend.
A look at the new acts who are
ready to make a splash in 2015.
26 | Jason Aldean
52 | Country Cares
He rises in Phoenix to give fans
an electrifying pre-Super Bowl
concert with Dierks Bentley.
When it comes to supporting
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, country stars are all in.
Her new album, Blackbirds,
captures complex emotional
moments of life.
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64 | Gretchen Peters
KIP BY CHRISTOPHER POLK/ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC; JENNIFER BY JOHN RUSSELL/CMA; BRANTLEY BY JASON MOORE; OCMS BY LAURA E. PARTAIN/ALL EYES MEDIA
on cover: JASON BY MJT/ADMEDIA/CORBIS; LUKE BY DEBBY WONG/CORBIS; GEORGE COURTESY WEBSTER PR; connor & randy COURTESY ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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Rascal Flatts launches a
Vegas Riot with a series of
residency shows in Sin City,
the first of its kind for the
trio. Like savvy card players, they’re not tipping their
hands too much about the
details of the show, but
there’s no secret about their
opening act—hot newcomer
and winner of The Voice,
Craig Wayne Boyd.
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4 | Letters
6 | The Big Picture
8 | The Mix
Miranda Lambert and Ram trucks
make a powerful pair; Sam Hunt
celebrates a No. 1 single at a
Nashville bash.
16 | Behind the Song
“Just Gettin’ Started.”
18 | Border Sounds
Zane Williams.
20 | Country Style
Little touches add a lot.
22 | Get Cookin’
Celebrate National Cherry Pie
Month with Loretta Lynn.
43 | Hot Spots
Castilleja.
66 | Reviews
Our views of new singles from
Kip Moore, Frankie Ballard and
Mickey Guyton.
68 | On the Edge
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70 | Stars Up Close
72 | Flashback
74 | Charts
76 | Puzzles
80 | Fill In the Blanks
Troy Gentry.
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