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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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Reba McEntire almost catches an ACM new artist of the year nominee with his pants down News Reba McEntire almost catches an ACM new artist of the year nominee with his pants down , Senior Country Correspondent 1:25pm, March 12
Montgomery Gentry salutes our military with this patriotic country anthem News Montgomery Gentry salutes our military with this patriotic country anthem , Senior Country Correspondent 3:51pm, March 11
Tim McGraw has an encounter with a nurse that you won’t believe News Tim McGraw has an encounter with a nurse that you won’t believe , Senior Country Correspondent 12:54pm, March 11
Watch rare behind-the-scene footage of Luke Bryan’s first Grand Ole Opry appearance News Watch rare behind-the-scene footage of Luke Bryan’s first Grand Ole Opry appearance , Senior Country Correspondent 12:48pm, March 11
It doesn't get much hotter than Miranda Lambert in her brand new video for “Little Red Wagon” News It doesn't get much hotter than Miranda Lambert in her brand new video for “Little Red Wagon” , Senior Country Correspondent 11:59am, March 11
Miranda Lambert's bff RaeLynn is about to have a very good year News Miranda Lambert's bff RaeLynn is about to have a very good year , Senior Country Correspondent 12:35pm, March 10
Move over Luke Bryan, Lady A’s Charles Kelley can shake it too News Move over Luke Bryan, Lady A’s Charles Kelley can shake it too , Senior Country Correspondent 11:26am, March 10
Wondering what ever happened to long-haired country music great Crystal Gayle? News Wondering what ever happened to long-haired country music great Crystal Gayle? , Senior Country Correspondent 11:10am, March 10
Find out what’s keeping new mom Carrie Underwood so darn busy these days News Find out what’s keeping new mom Carrie Underwood so darn busy these days , Senior Country Correspondent 10:49am, March 10
Get ready to meet the hottest new female sensation in country music News Get ready to meet the hottest new female sensation in country music , Senior Country Correspondent 11:19am, March 9
Find out the endearing story of the military veteran who stars in the video for Eric Church’s hit “Talledega” News Find out the endearing story of the military veteran who stars in the video for Eric Church’s hit “Talledega” , Senior Country Correspondent 10:54am, March 9
Little boy battling cancer gets the surprise of a lifetime from Florida Georgia Line News Little boy battling cancer gets the surprise of a lifetime from Florida Georgia Line , Senior Country Correspondent 10:33am, March 9
Zac Brown Band takes over the Saturday Night Live stage with new music News Zac Brown Band takes over the Saturday Night Live stage with new music , Senior Country Correspondent 10:10am, March 9
Check out Miranda Lambert’s memorable take on Sam Smith’s megahit “Stay with Me” News Check out Miranda Lambert’s memorable take on Sam Smith’s megahit “Stay with Me” , Senior Country Correspondent 9:48am, March 8
You know his voice, but have you seen Josh Turner’s muscles? News You know his voice, but have you seen Josh Turner’s muscles? , Senior Country Correspondent 9:45am, March 8
Take a trip back to 1978 for this Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson performance News Take a trip back to 1978 for this Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson performance , Senior Country Correspondent 9:41am, March 8
Willie Nelson is about to show SXSW artists how it’s really done News Willie Nelson is about to show SXSW artists how it’s really done , Senior Country Correspondent 9:31am, March 8
Witness one of the most emotional performances in country music history News Witness one of the most emotional performances in country music history , Senior Country Correspondent 9:24am, March 8
Trace Adkins finds yet another way to honor our military News Trace Adkins finds yet another way to honor our military , Senior Country Correspondent 8:50am, March 8
Watch the viral video from an aspiring guitarist that finally captured the attention of Brad Paisley News Watch the viral video from an aspiring guitarist that finally captured the attention of Brad Paisley , Senior Country Correspondent 8:08am, March 8
A Virginia-based military band takes on Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country" and it’s fantastic News A Virginia-based military band takes on Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country" and it’s fantastic , Senior Country Correspondent 1:12pm, March 6
Watch as Jamey Johnson and Alabama collaborate on this unforgettable version of “My Home’s in Alabama” News Watch as Jamey Johnson and Alabama collaborate on this unforgettable version of “My Home’s in Alabama” , Senior Country Correspondent 1:08pm, March 6
Are we looking at a new little Loretta Lynn in the making? News Are we looking at a new little Loretta Lynn in the making? , Senior Country Correspondent 1:04pm, March 6
Is Luke Bryan really building a replica of Splash Mountain at his house? News Is Luke Bryan really building a replica of Splash Mountain at his house? , Senior Country Correspondent 12:58pm, March 6
Hank Williams Jr. remains loud and proud in his unwavering support of the NRA News Hank Williams Jr. remains loud and proud in his unwavering support of the NRA , Senior Country Correspondent 5:34pm, March 5
Cole Swindell honors our country’s returning military in an inspirational new video News Cole Swindell honors our country’s returning military in an inspirational new video , Senior Country Correspondent 4:21pm, March 5
Check this groundbreaking Zac Brown Band performance of the legendary hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” News Check this groundbreaking Zac Brown Band performance of the legendary hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” , Senior Country Correspondent 12:29pm, March 5
Watch as a sleep-deprived Trisha Yearwood tackles her 24 hour QVC takeover News Watch as a sleep-deprived Trisha Yearwood tackles her 24 hour QVC takeover , Senior Country Correspondent 12:08pm, March 5
Check out the top ten new songs that every country music fan should give a listen to this week News Check out the top ten new songs that every country music fan should give a listen to this week , Senior Country Correspondent 1:20pm, March 4
Country legend Vince Gill set to make his second appearance on the ABC drama “Nashville” News Country legend Vince Gill set to make his second appearance on the ABC drama “Nashville” , Senior Country Correspondent 1:11pm, March 4