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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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Country queen Lee Ann Womack ignites a fiery performance of her latest hit “The Way I’m Livin'’’ News Country queen Lee Ann Womack ignites a fiery performance of her latest hit “The Way I’m Livin'’’ , Senior Country Correspondent 5:03pm, February 14
Flash back to the night that Dierks Bentley surprised the boys of Eli Young Band with a cake, champagne and some crazy news News Flash back to the night that Dierks Bentley surprised the boys of Eli Young Band with a cake, champagne and some crazy news , Senior Country Correspondent 4:58pm, February 14
Toby Keith delivers an emotional surprise for one deserving military wife News Toby Keith delivers an emotional surprise for one deserving military wife , Senior Country Correspondent 4:53pm, February 14
Country music star Sara Evans shares a love story gone wrong in a duet with “Nashville” star Will Chase News Country music star Sara Evans shares a love story gone wrong in a duet with “Nashville” star Will Chase , Senior Country Correspondent 4:40pm, February 14
Willie Nelson serenades y’all with one of the most romantic love songs ever written News Willie Nelson serenades y’all with one of the most romantic love songs ever written , Senior Country Correspondent 4:21pm, February 14
Watch as a very lucky country music fan celebrates her 21st birthday by drinking a beer with a country megastar News Watch as a very lucky country music fan celebrates her 21st birthday by drinking a beer with a country megastar , Senior Country Correspondent 4:13pm, February 14
Little Big Town delivers some sultry love notes in new lyric video for their latest single “Girl Crush” News Little Big Town delivers some sultry love notes in new lyric video for their latest single “Girl Crush” , Senior Country Correspondent 4:03pm, February 14
This little firecracker will melt your heart, especially when she finally gets a kiss from Keith Urban News This little firecracker will melt your heart, especially when she finally gets a kiss from Keith Urban , Senior Country Correspondent 9:04am, February 13
Big & Rich are getting all romantic with Tim McGraw? News Big & Rich are getting all romantic with Tim McGraw? , Senior Country Correspondent 8:58am, February 13
The undeniable voice of Billy Currington is back with an addictive new single and undeniably hot video News The undeniable voice of Billy Currington is back with an addictive new single and undeniably hot video , Senior Country Correspondent 8:58am, February 13
The writer behind Eli Young Band’s number one smash hit is back with his own special brand of new music News The writer behind Eli Young Band’s number one smash hit is back with his own special brand of new music , Senior Country Correspondent 8:52am, February 13
Kenny Chesney’s new “Wild Child” video just might be even more gorgeous than he is News Kenny Chesney’s new “Wild Child” video just might be even more gorgeous than he is , Senior Country Correspondent 1:04pm, February 12
This tween shows off her vocal chops on this tour bus collaboration with Rascal Flatts’ very own Joe Don Rooney News This tween shows off her vocal chops on this tour bus collaboration with Rascal Flatts’ very own Joe Don Rooney , Senior Country Correspondent 12:48pm, February 12
Luke Bryan made country music history this week with six number one hits in a row from the same record News Luke Bryan made country music history this week with six number one hits in a row from the same record , Senior Country Correspondent 12:36pm, February 12
Forget “50 Shades of Grey." If you want true romance, check out this heartwarming video that crooner Thomas Rhett made for his wife News Forget “50 Shades of Grey." If you want true romance, check out this heartwarming video that crooner Thomas Rhett made for his wife , Senior Country Correspondent 12:24pm, February 12
Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman shows country fans once again that she is a woman of many talents News Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman shows country fans once again that she is a woman of many talents , Senior Country Correspondent 2:22pm, February 11
Is the always soulful Usher going country? Check out his take on a Blake Shelton hit News Is the always soulful Usher going country? Check out his take on a Blake Shelton hit , Senior Country Correspondent 1:52pm, February 11
Read the most romantic love letter of all time, written by Johnny Cash to his wife June News Read the most romantic love letter of all time, written by Johnny Cash to his wife June , Senior Country Correspondent 1:35pm, February 11
Lee Brice swore he'd never serenade a woman other than his wife with his hit song, until now News Lee Brice swore he'd never serenade a woman other than his wife with his hit song, until now , Senior Country Correspondent 1:25pm, February 11
Are Luke Bryan’s Spring Break escapades really over? Find out what Bryan had to say about calling it quits News Are Luke Bryan’s Spring Break escapades really over? Find out what Bryan had to say about calling it quits , Senior Country Correspondent 1:53pm, February 10
This performance from Grammy-winner Lee Greenwood just days after the 9/11 attacks will still give you goose bumps News This performance from Grammy-winner Lee Greenwood just days after the 9/11 attacks will still give you goose bumps , Senior Country Correspondent 1:47pm, February 10
Take a trip down memory lane with country megastar performances from the ACM Awards News Take a trip down memory lane with country megastar performances from the ACM Awards , Senior Country Correspondent 1:38pm, February 10
Watch, listen and get out the tissues as this devoted Rascal Flatts fan gets the surprise of a lifetime News Watch, listen and get out the tissues as this devoted Rascal Flatts fan gets the surprise of a lifetime , Senior Country Correspondent 1:30pm, February 10
Check out our picks for the hottest and most talked about country music artists on the Grammy red carpet News Check out our picks for the hottest and most talked about country music artists on the Grammy red carpet , Senior Country Correspondent 1:54pm, February 9
Find out why Hunter Hayes gets so darn nervous before he tweets News Find out why Hunter Hayes gets so darn nervous before he tweets , Senior Country Correspondent 1:40pm, February 9
Five of Rare Country’s favorite moments from the Grammy Awards that will make you proud to be a country music fan News Five of Rare Country’s favorite moments from the Grammy Awards that will make you proud to be a country music fan , Senior Country Correspondent 1:19pm, February 9
There's a new bad girl in town — Watch as Miranda Lambert gets censored during last year's Grammys telecast News There's a new bad girl in town — Watch as Miranda Lambert gets censored during last year's Grammys telecast , Senior Country Correspondent 1:01pm, February 9
The Band Perry up for Grammy for their tribute to ailing music icon Glen Campbell News The Band Perry up for Grammy for their tribute to ailing music icon Glen Campbell , Senior Country Correspondent 9:49pm, February 7
Find out which big-time country duo will find themselves playing matchmaker on “The Bachelor” come February 9 News Find out which big-time country duo will find themselves playing matchmaker on “The Bachelor” come February 9 , Senior Country Correspondent 4:57pm, February 7
Take a look back in time as Taylor Swift accepts her very first Grammy Award in 2010 News Take a look back in time as Taylor Swift accepts her very first Grammy Award in 2010 , Senior Country Correspondent 4:46pm, February 7