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Senior Country Correspondent

Tricia Despres

Chicago-based senior correspondent Tricia Despres covers country music for a number of local, regional and national publications and makes a living interviewing some of country music’s biggest and brightest stars. Her work has appeared in Country Weekly, the Chicago Sun-Times and Advertising Age magazine. When she is not at her laptop or at a concert, she is busy taking care of her husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda. Follow her @CHIWriter. She can be reached at tricia.despres@rarecountry.com.

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Kane Brown and his fiancée’s dance party has everyone talking News Kane Brown and his fiancée’s dance party has everyone talking , Senior Country Correspondent 1:12pm, January 5
A NASCAR wife shares bikini pic from beach vacation Nascar A NASCAR wife shares bikini pic from beach vacation , Senior Country Correspondent 12:26pm, January 5
A NASCAR wife finally releases her insanely beautiful wedding pics Nascar A NASCAR wife finally releases her insanely beautiful wedding pics , Senior Country Correspondent 2:57pm, January 4
This compilation of 2017’s best moments on the Opry stage is something you need to see Videos This compilation of 2017’s best moments on the Opry stage is something you need to see , Senior Country Correspondent 2:14pm, January 4
A former Indy racer admits to finding love TWICE on “The Bachelor” News A former Indy racer admits to finding love TWICE on “The Bachelor” , Senior Country Correspondent 12:46pm, January 4
A NASCAR driver is getting cozy with his new family of four Nascar A NASCAR driver is getting cozy with his new family of four , Senior Country Correspondent 11:54am, January 4
A dear member of the Grand Ole Opry family has passed away News A dear member of the Grand Ole Opry family has passed away , Senior Country Correspondent 5:48pm, December 31
A NASCAR superstar’s family is celebrating the birth of a baby girl Nascar A NASCAR superstar’s family is celebrating the birth of a baby girl , Senior Country Correspondent 2:55pm, December 30
Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares pics of ski trip just days before first wedding anniversary Nascar Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares pics of ski trip just days before first wedding anniversary , Senior Country Correspondent 2:29pm, December 29
A member of Rascal Flatts shares a bittersweet pic with his father News A member of Rascal Flatts shares a bittersweet pic with his father , Senior Country Correspondent 12:33pm, December 29
Newlywed Kelsea Ballerini shares vacation pics with her Aussie hottie News Newlywed Kelsea Ballerini shares vacation pics with her Aussie hottie , Senior Country Correspondent 11:54am, December 29
Pentatonix shows off their unsurpassed vocal chops against a trio of rappers Performances Pentatonix shows off their unsurpassed vocal chops against a trio of rappers , Senior Country Correspondent 1:04pm, December 28
A bluegrass great has passed away just days before the new year News A bluegrass great has passed away just days before the new year , Senior Country Correspondent 12:16pm, December 28
Michael Ray has a message for his fans following arrest News Michael Ray has a message for his fans following arrest , Senior Country Correspondent 2:51pm, December 27
Scotty McCreery’s parents just shared a flashback pic that has us melting News Scotty McCreery’s parents just shared a flashback pic that has us melting , Senior Country Correspondent 2:14pm, December 27
An acclaimed country artist passes away shortly after her scheduled Christmas Eve performance News An acclaimed country artist passes away shortly after her scheduled Christmas Eve performance , Senior Country Correspondent 12:22pm, December 27
LeAnn Rimes sports a see-through shirt in new backstage pics News LeAnn Rimes sports a see-through shirt in new backstage pics , Senior Country Correspondent 4:23pm, December 22
A country beauty releases new pics from her enchanting wedding News A country beauty releases new pics from her enchanting wedding , Senior Country Correspondent 3:12pm, December 22
A NASCAR couple celebrates the first month birthday of their baby girl Nascar A NASCAR couple celebrates the first month birthday of their baby girl , Senior Country Correspondent 2:34pm, December 22
A NASCAR favorite announces big engagement news Nascar A NASCAR favorite announces big engagement news , Senior Country Correspondent 12:05pm, December 22
A country artist makes a stunning admission about her health News A country artist makes a stunning admission about her health , Senior Country Correspondent 6:17pm, December 21
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and other drivers mourn the passing of a NASCAR legend Nascar Dale Earnhardt Jr. and other drivers mourn the passing of a NASCAR legend , Senior Country Correspondent 4:08pm, December 21
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s wife Amy gives fans a much-awaited pregnancy update Nascar Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s wife Amy gives fans a much-awaited pregnancy update , Senior Country Correspondent 10:30am, December 21
Kane Brown turns up the heat with fellow country hottie in new video Videos Kane Brown turns up the heat with fellow country hottie in new video , Senior Country Correspondent 4:15pm, December 20
Darius Rucker reflects on one of the most emotional performances of 2017 Features Darius Rucker reflects on one of the most emotional performances of 2017 , Senior Country Correspondent 2:21pm, December 20
Watch Gwen Stefani lose her mind over Blake Shelton’s big “The Voice” win News Watch Gwen Stefani lose her mind over Blake Shelton’s big “The Voice” win , Senior Country Correspondent 12:59pm, December 20
We guarantee you have never heard “O Holy Night” sung quite like this Features We guarantee you have never heard “O Holy Night” sung quite like this , Senior Country Correspondent 2:18pm, December 19
Dolly Parton opens up about her niece’s childhood cancer News Dolly Parton opens up about her niece’s childhood cancer , Senior Country Correspondent 1:00pm, December 19
A NASCAR couple show off their alter egos in epic front seat dance party Nascar A NASCAR couple show off their alter egos in epic front seat dance party , Senior Country Correspondent 11:54am, December 19
A NASCAR newlywed shares new pics of her gorgeous wedding festivities Nascar A NASCAR newlywed shares new pics of her gorgeous wedding festivities , Senior Country Correspondent 1:44pm, December 18