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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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Check out the day Scotty McCreery sang for his boxing idol News Check out the day Scotty McCreery sang for his boxing idol , Senior Country Correspondent 1:09pm, May 3
Listen up as an American Idol finalist rocks a Rascal Flatts classic News Listen up as an American Idol finalist rocks a Rascal Flatts classic , Senior Country Correspondent 1:01pm, May 3
You must listen to this cover of Little Big Town’s controversial hit “Girl Crush” News You must listen to this cover of Little Big Town’s controversial hit “Girl Crush” , Senior Country Correspondent 12:50pm, May 3
Watch as the crazy talented Hunter Hayes takes on a Justin Timberlake megahit News Watch as the crazy talented Hunter Hayes takes on a Justin Timberlake megahit , Senior Country Correspondent 1:30pm, May 1
Get ready to fall in love with this country newcomer’s ode to his late brother News Get ready to fall in love with this country newcomer’s ode to his late brother , Senior Country Correspondent 1:23pm, May 1
Hank Williams Jr. and Kid Rock go crazy on a Lynyrd Skynyrd classic News Hank Williams Jr. and Kid Rock go crazy on a Lynyrd Skynyrd classic , Senior Country Correspondent 12:54pm, May 1
Big congrats go out to Kenny Chesney on his exciting new accomplishment News Big congrats go out to Kenny Chesney on his exciting new accomplishment , Senior Country Correspondent 12:47pm, May 1
We dare you not to burst out laughing at this Tim McGraw tour promo News We dare you not to burst out laughing at this Tim McGraw tour promo , Senior Country Correspondent 12:16pm, May 1
Hearing Sara Evans and Martina McBride take on Dolly Parton is amazing News Hearing Sara Evans and Martina McBride take on Dolly Parton is amazing , Senior Country Correspondent 11:56am, May 1
Toby Keith shares his love for the military with an inspirational little boy News Toby Keith shares his love for the military with an inspirational little boy , Senior Country Correspondent 11:48am, May 1
Check out Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow on this Eagles classic News Check out Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow on this Eagles classic , Senior Country Correspondent 11:41am, May 1
Love is in the air for country singer/songwriter Eric Paslay News Love is in the air for country singer/songwriter Eric Paslay , Senior Country Correspondent 2:26pm, April 29
You won’t believe what this fan did for a chance at Jason Aldean tickets News You won’t believe what this fan did for a chance at Jason Aldean tickets , Senior Country Correspondent 1:22pm, April 29
You must hear this classic medley of country hits from Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle News You must hear this classic medley of country hits from Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle , Senior Country Correspondent 1:11pm, April 29
Country’s very own Lennon & Maisy take on a Charlie XCX hit News Country’s very own Lennon & Maisy take on a Charlie XCX hit , Senior Country Correspondent 1:06pm, April 29
Check out Ashton Kutcher get down and dirty with Blake Shelton News Check out Ashton Kutcher get down and dirty with Blake Shelton , Senior Country Correspondent 12:20pm, April 29
Watch Rascal Flatts prank an unsuspecting radio host — and get pranked themselves News Watch Rascal Flatts prank an unsuspecting radio host — and get pranked themselves , Senior Country Correspondent 12:12pm, April 29
Watch an adorable little girl battling cancer "Shake It Off" for Taylor Swift News Watch an adorable little girl battling cancer "Shake It Off" for Taylor Swift , Senior Country Correspondent 11:12am, April 29
Find out who made country superstar Tim McGraw cry his eyes out News Find out who made country superstar Tim McGraw cry his eyes out , Senior Country Correspondent 10:43am, April 29
Country rapper and reality television star Big Smo is back and bigger than ever! News Country rapper and reality television star Big Smo is back and bigger than ever! , Senior Country Correspondent 1:08pm, April 28
Check out the former country maven who just got a huge compliment from Kelly Clarkson News Check out the former country maven who just got a huge compliment from Kelly Clarkson , Senior Country Correspondent 1:01pm, April 28
Zac Brown Band and Bon Jovi now have an awesome accomplishment in common News Zac Brown Band and Bon Jovi now have an awesome accomplishment in common , Senior Country Correspondent 12:54pm, April 28
Check out the time Carrie Underwood was given a shower — at a softball game News Check out the time Carrie Underwood was given a shower — at a softball game , Senior Country Correspondent 10:09am, April 27
Luke Bryan sings his most emotional song on the shores of Mexico News Luke Bryan sings his most emotional song on the shores of Mexico , Senior Country Correspondent 10:03am, April 27
Check out the lucky girl that Kenny Chesney picked out of the crowd News Check out the lucky girl that Kenny Chesney picked out of the crowd , Senior Country Correspondent 9:59am, April 27
Rascal Flatts hits it out of the race track with a patriotic anthem News Rascal Flatts hits it out of the race track with a patriotic anthem , Senior Country Correspondent 9:55am, April 27
Country artist Jana Kramer reminisces about the boy that got away News Country artist Jana Kramer reminisces about the boy that got away , Senior Country Correspondent 9:47am, April 27
Meet the inspiring little girl praying for a once in a lifetime visit from Taylor Swift News Meet the inspiring little girl praying for a once in a lifetime visit from Taylor Swift , Senior Country Correspondent 9:40am, April 27
Watch Brett Eldredge lose his mind in his latest music video News Watch Brett Eldredge lose his mind in his latest music video , Senior Country Correspondent 12:27pm, April 25
The songs of George Jones are about to come alive in a whole new way News The songs of George Jones are about to come alive in a whole new way , Senior Country Correspondent 12:19pm, April 25