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Amanda Hensel

If a passion for music and a knack for writing make a career, then color Amanda Hensel lucky. She is the product of writers -- apparently, when you add two news journalists together you get one music journalist. She currently resides in 'the live music capital of the world,' where she snagged a Journalism degree from the University of Texas. Although she's grounded in Austin, Hensel's name travels -- in her short career she has cited her passion writing for AOL Music Blog, Fringe Magazine, the Houston Press and various other publications.

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Hunter Hayes Proves Why He Deserved an Invite to Hunter Mountain at 2013 ToC Fest – Pictures

It's only a coincidence that Hunter Hayes played Hunter Mountain -- where the 2013 Taste of Country Music Festival officially set up camp -- on Saturday afternoon (June 15), but he owned the crowd as if the rolling green hills had actually been named for him.

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Brett Eldredge Wraps Red Tour Dates, Shares What He Learned From Taylor Swift

For 20 minutes on Thursday night (May 16), Brett Eldredge owned the crowd that was still trickling into Houston's Toyota Center to see perhaps the biggest tour of the year -- Taylor Swift's 2013 Red Tour. It was a short set for the country newcomer, but like he did at each of the other 18 shows he played with the superstar, he maxed out every second, walking onstage armed with ammo given to him by his grandfather and Swift herself.

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Blake Shelton’s ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ Makes Big Debut in ToC Top 10 Video Countdown

His video has hardly been out a week, but already Blake Shelton's 'Boys 'Round Here' clip is at the top of the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. That's not surprising, give the song's success and the fact that it co-stars wife Miranda Lambert and her Pistol Annies gang. But Shelton's new video is not No. 1.

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The Band Perry and the Henningsens Return to the ToC Top 10 Video Countdown

Two country family trios found their way back into the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown this week! The Band Perry's 'Better Dig Two' video and the Henningsens' fan-favorite 'American Beautiful' both waltzed back in, giving Jason Aldean and Kip Moore's latest clips the boot.

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Little Big Town vs. Gretchen Wilson
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Little Big Town vs. Gretchen Wilson – The Showdown

A win for Little Big Town in Friday's Showdown will be the third straight. The foursome have been hotter than ever over the past year with hit single after hit single, and they're hoping to continue that streak with their latest effort, 'Your Side of the Bed.' But first, they'll have to get past fiery fan-favorite songstress Gretchen Wilson today online and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio.

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Savannah Berry Covers Taylor Swift’s ‘Safe and Sound,’ Joins Team Blake on ‘The Voice’

It's likely that Blake Shelton's fellow 'The Voice' judges are kicking themselves after the three-time reigning winner snagged country singer Savannah Berry on Tuesday night's (April 2) episode. Berry, just 17, performed a rendition of Taylor Swift's 'Safe and Sound' (featuring the Civil Wars) that impressed not only the superstars on the show, but Kelly Clarkson as well.

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