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Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Cole Swindell bring country's new generation to Barclays

Luke Bryan performs during Dierks Bentley's 8th Miles

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To fully appreciate Luke Bryan's show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last Sunday night, you first had to pay attention to young adults showing off their "gone country starter kits" on the Long Island Rail Road en route.

It was almost like Country-Con. A 20-something told her friend she couldn't see the window through all the flannel. Folks didn't get this hillbillied up for George Strait...

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Blackberry Smoke, Sonia Leigh showcase country's expanding reach

Sonia Leigh plays at the Sayville Yacht Club

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Barbara Mandrell may have been country when country wasn't cool, but when country is cool, what else is there?

Nashville's return to New York from exile thanks to MyCountry 96.1 on Eastern Long Island and NASH 94.7 FM in Gotham has been a perfect storm. Fans pick up one station on the LIE around the time the other starts to fade, and that inundation has spread to live events.

It’s not...

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Country newcomers bring Sundy Best to NYC

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Kris Bentley stood backstage at the Mercury Lounge on May 15 and compared his New York City show debut to “being thrown to the wolves.”

The comment was not an accusation toward the gathering crowd -- merely an audible twinge of nerves. Ironically, what he said just after confirmed he had nothing to worry about. He and his Sundy Best partner-in-crime, Nick Jamerson, just wanted to meet “different...

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WWE's greatest entrance themes square off on DVD

Professional wrestler Curtis 'Fandango' Hussey, left, and WWE

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Nothing tends to get wrestling fans riled up like a list ranking the greatest [insert just about anything wrestling related here] in history.

But, because few things are more subjective than music, WWE’s new DVD release, “Signature Sounds: The Music of The WWE DVD” provides a fun 70 minutes of entertainment and history, with relatively few reasons to throw something at your television.


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Jennifer Nettles retains best of Sugarland on ‘That Girl’ journey

Jennifer Nettles arrives at the Billboard Music Awards

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Yoga mats for sale at a country music show?

Not your standard memorabilia-table swag, but Sugarland was never your standard Music Row act. The yoga mat was the second-biggest thing I remember about the group’s PNC Bank Arts Center show I went to in 2010.

The first was near the end of Sugarland’s set, when Jennifer Nettles pointed to a group of men sporting western wear that leaned more...

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George Strait's 'Cowboy Rides Away' tour ropes in New Jersey fans

Entertainer of the Year award winner George Strait

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NEWARK, N.J. -- “I’m a lucky girl, I get to tour with George freakin’ Strait!”

That giddy line didn’t come from some singing-show-winning ingenue thrust onto Strait’s “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.”

No, that was Music Row diva Martina McBride sharing her appreciation to Strait at the Prudential Center Saturday night. The reverence that even country music’s elite has toward “King George”...

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Brad Paisley heats up Nassau Coliseum at rescheduled show

Brad Paisley entertained fans during his rescheduled show

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After singing “Southern Comfort Zone” to open his set Sunday night, Brad Paisley reminded the Nassau Coliseum crowd that his current stint on the road is called the “Beat This Winter Tour.”

"Thursday, winter won,” Paisley said of the snowstorm, which postponed the performance for three days. “Tonight, we kick winter's ---!"

That defiant tone was shared by the audience -- which included...

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Deana Carter glad Walmart, and tackling Taylor Swift, not on resume

Singer Deana Carter arrives at the 54th Annual

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“Mom, did you get fired?”

That’s the question Deana Carter’s 9-year-old son, Gray, asked at one point during her long hiatus from the stage.

And while country singers don’t get “fired,” per se, Gray wasn’t the only person wondering where Carter was. Female singers promoting everything from twang (Miranda Lambert) to tween (Taylor Swift) have emerged on country airwaves since Carter’s...

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'The Sound of Music' movie and play: '16 Going On 17' things you probably didn't know

Julie Andrews and cast in "The Sound of

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Think you're the biggest "Sound of Music" superfan? Test your knowledge with these golden trivia nuggets you may or may not have known about the play, the movie and the actors, as you anxiously await the broadcast of NBC's special, airing at 8 p.m. live from Grumman Studios in Bethpage.

1. Julie Andrews was in the middle of filming "Mary Poppins" (1964) when she was offered...

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Katy Perry's geisha costume at American Music Awards: Was it racist?

Katy Perry performs during the 2013 American Music

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Will fans still love Katy Perry "Unconditionally" after her performance at Sunday night's American Music Awards?

The pop star opened the awards show with that new hit song, without a backing track, it sounded like (go her), but her stellar vocals were overshadowed by the Japanese theme that many viewers are calling racist. Perry and her backup dancers took to the stage in geisha-like...

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