Exclusive: Dakota Bradley on auditioning for Tim McGraw, his drug addict step-father and upcoming debut album

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Newcomer Dakota Bradley's influences range from Tim McGraw andKeith Urban to global superstar Taylor Swift. His current single "Somethin' Like Somethin,'" which was the last song recorded for his forthcoming debut album, is a sweet uptempo number ripe for the summer months. With a vast well of experiences to draw from, Bradley promises that his 18 years of life is tightly wrapped and explored on the upcoming record, projected to be released later this year or early 2014.

Nashville Gab recently sat down with the rising star about his debut single and upcoming record, as well as what it was like to audition for McGraw, his appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show and a song called "Cherry Bomb," a tune written by Florida Georgia Line (and much more).

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Exclusive: Austin Webb on Florida Georgia Line inspiration, opening for Little Big Town and more

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Newcomer Austin Webb strikes a balance between commercial viability and artistic excellence, as evidenced by his debut single "It's All Good," which cracked at No. 53 on Billboard. As he heads into the release of his next single, expected in July, he keeps a level head and keeps trucking on, despite any pre-conceived notions about him or his music.

Nashville Gab recently spoke to Webb about his musical style and influences, hanging out with Little Big TownFlorida Georgie Lineinspiration and what fans can expect next (and much more).

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Exclusive: Striking Matches on “Nashville,” Patsy Cline influence and their Grand Ole Opry debut

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No duo has been gaining traction in Music City quite like the quirky Striking Matches. With a definitive folk-Country vibe, Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmermann have the industry captivated, enough so that several of their tunes from their self-titled EP (released in 2012) have been featured on the hit TV drama Nashville.

Nashville Gab had the chance to sit down with the rising stars about their chance meeting in a classroom at Belmont University and their thoughts on the musical TV show (and much more).

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Exclusive: Jaida Dreyer on dueting with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, equestrian background and Kacey Musgraves

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Streamsound Records artist Jaida Dreyer never originally intended to become a promising singer-songwriter, but after a horse-riding injury, she was forced to reevaluate her perspective. That's when she decided to take her songwriting, something she simply did on the side, more seriously, and she made the trek to Nashville. Currently signed with Grammy award-winning producer Byron Gallimore (Faith HillTim McGraw), she has her sights set on the horizon of superstardom.

Nashville Gab had the chance to talk to Dreyer about working with Gallimore, her debut album (released earlier this year) and working with Sugarland's Kristian Bush (and much more).

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Exclusive: Joel Crouse on Taylor Swift tour, love of Chipotle and more

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Newcomer Joel Crouse shoots from the belt with his new rock-flavored single "If You Want Some," a song he co-wrote with talented tunesmith Luke Laird(Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," Little Big Town's "Pontoon"). Admittedly, Laird's impressive songwriting pedigree intimidated the rising star in their first writing session, Crouse recently revealed to Nashville Gab. The singer-songwriter has also gained quite a following over the past year, leading to an opening slot on Taylor Swift's sold-our Red tour for a collection of shows, an opportunity he is still reeling over.

In a candid interview, Crouse dishes on the tour, his forthcoming debut album and his love for Chipotle (and much more).

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Exclusive: JT Hodges on Kimberly Perry dream duet and his love of horses

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J.T. Hodges' musical influences range from classic rock to traditional Country, and considering his upbringing in a recording studio, this wide array of impact can be felt on his 2012 self-titled release. Early on, he was taught a professional work ethic and exactly what it takes to achieve success in a fickle industry. Even his mother, who passed on a major label record deal to raise her family, instilled him in the importance of home values and cherishing every moment.

Nashville Gab recently sat down with Hodges to talk about his musical upbringing, as well as his upcoming new music, his Kimberly Perrydream duet and his love of horses.

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