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Rare Country Contributor

Melinda Lorge

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. So for her, writing about it comes easy. Her previous work can be seen in Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine and on the Wide Open Country blog. When Melinda isn’t busy keeping up with country music news, she can be found trying new recipes, hiking or visiting with family. She can be reached at melinda@rarecountry.com.

Country superstar Garth Brooks reflects on the “defining turn” in his career News Country superstar Garth Brooks reflects on the “defining turn” in his career , Rare Country Contributor 11:05am, July 12
Steven Tyler stands up for Sam Hunt in an off-the-cuff tirade News Steven Tyler stands up for Sam Hunt in an off-the-cuff tirade , Rare Country Contributor 4:14pm, July 11
The man who burglarized Reba McEntire’s family ranch has been charged News The man who burglarized Reba McEntire’s family ranch has been charged , Rare Country Contributor 10:53am, July 11
Carrie Underwood’s emotional message to her hubby will make your heart melt News Carrie Underwood’s emotional message to her hubby will make your heart melt , Rare Country Contributor 7:45am, July 11
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher discuss how faith has carried their marriage News Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher discuss how faith has carried their marriage , Rare Country Contributor 2:48pm, July 8
Thomas Rhett leans on support from fans during this difficult goodbye News Thomas Rhett leans on support from fans during this difficult goodbye , Rare Country Contributor 7:58am, July 7
Dustin Lynch’s grand gesture for Kelly Osbourne has the rumor mill swirling — again! News Dustin Lynch’s grand gesture for Kelly Osbourne has the rumor mill swirling — again! , Rare Country Contributor 7:00am, July 7
We are blown away at the sight of a patriotic Carrie Underwood News We are blown away at the sight of a patriotic Carrie Underwood , Rare Country Contributor 9:09am, July 1
Luke Bryan admits that he’s not quite ready to reach this major milestone News Luke Bryan admits that he’s not quite ready to reach this major milestone , Rare Country Contributor 10:16am, June 30
Jason Aldean proves he will go the extra mile to make his wife happy News Jason Aldean proves he will go the extra mile to make his wife happy , Rare Country Contributor 3:58pm, June 29
Watch Jason Aldean delight fans with his twangy version of one of Alabama’s biggest hits News Watch Jason Aldean delight fans with his twangy version of one of Alabama’s biggest hits , Rare Country Contributor 9:13am, June 29
Prepare to drool over this country star’s lavish mansion that is now on the market News Prepare to drool over this country star’s lavish mansion that is now on the market , Rare Country Contributor 8:58am, June 29
Garth Brooks just gave this fan a memory that will last a lifetime News Garth Brooks just gave this fan a memory that will last a lifetime , Rare Country Contributor 8:37am, June 29
Take a listen as Sam Hunt tackles Luke Bryan’s country prayer anthem News Take a listen as Sam Hunt tackles Luke Bryan’s country prayer anthem , Rare Country Contributor 2:43pm, June 28
The guy who put a gun to Scotty McCreery’s head was just sentenced News The guy who put a gun to Scotty McCreery’s head was just sentenced , Rare Country Contributor 12:47pm, June 28
Watching Thomas Rhett and Nick Jonas’ eye-catching collaboration will have you begging for more News Watching Thomas Rhett and Nick Jonas’ eye-catching collaboration will have you begging for more , Rare Country Contributor 10:18am, June 28
Country stars share their heartbreak over the massive flooding that ravaged West Virginia News Country stars share their heartbreak over the massive flooding that ravaged West Virginia , Rare Country Contributor 9:42am, June 28
Blake Shelton gives a behind-the-scenes look into his new video with a “hint of sarcasm” News Blake Shelton gives a behind-the-scenes look into his new video with a “hint of sarcasm” , Rare Country Contributor 2:52pm, June 27
Looks like Nicole Kidman isn’t the only one in love with Keith Urban News Looks like Nicole Kidman isn’t the only one in love with Keith Urban , Rare Country Contributor 8:31am, June 27
Did Britney Spears really walk away from her shot at country stardom? News Did Britney Spears really walk away from her shot at country stardom? , Rare Country Contributor 11:35am, June 25
See Lady Antebellum tackle this pop idol’s catchy, new single News See Lady Antebellum tackle this pop idol’s catchy, new single , Rare Country Contributor 10:14am, June 25
Kenny Chesney went on a hunt to track down this one fan, and here’s why News Kenny Chesney went on a hunt to track down this one fan, and here’s why , Rare Country Contributor 10:05am, June 25
See Keith Urban pay homage to a musical legend in this thrilling performance News See Keith Urban pay homage to a musical legend in this thrilling performance , Rare Country Contributor 5:33pm, June 24
Listen as “American Idol” winner Trent Harmon swoons over the ladies in this catchy, new tune News Listen as “American Idol” winner Trent Harmon swoons over the ladies in this catchy, new tune , Rare Country Contributor 8:22am, June 24
Thomas Rhett reveals stories of his childhood that will make you jealous News Thomas Rhett reveals stories of his childhood that will make you jealous , Rare Country Contributor 8:18am, June 24
Here’s your first look at something major Carrie Underwood’s been working on News Here’s your first look at something major Carrie Underwood’s been working on , Rare Country Contributor 3:18pm, June 23
Remember when Miranda Lambert went Hollywood for this acting role? News Remember when Miranda Lambert went Hollywood for this acting role? , Rare Country Contributor 9:48am, June 23
Looks like Luke Bryan just took up a new hobby that involves the kitchen News Looks like Luke Bryan just took up a new hobby that involves the kitchen , Rare Country Contributor 9:40am, June 23
Thomas Rhett has a pretty big decision to make about his lovely wife, Lauren News Thomas Rhett has a pretty big decision to make about his lovely wife, Lauren , Rare Country Contributor 9:24am, June 23
Keith Urban gave this lucky birthday girl more than what she bargained for, and it’s so sweet News Keith Urban gave this lucky birthday girl more than what she bargained for, and it’s so sweet , Rare Country Contributor 9:25am, June 22