July 11, 2012 12:00 PM

6 ON THE SCENE

The stars hit Stagecoach, backstage at the ACM Awards and more!

13 ROUND UP

Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift and all the news from Nashville

23 STYLE

Lauren Alaina’s summer must-haves, plus hot trends

28 THE MUSIC OF MY LIFE

Carrie Underwood talks about her musical milestones

30 FREE MUSIC!

Get free iTunes songs from Kellie Pickler, Casey James and six other hot artists

32 BEHIND THE LYRICS

Miranda Lambert opens up about the Shelton family tragedy that inspired her No. 1 hit “Over You”

34 THE SALUTE TO LIONEL RICHIE

Behind the scenes as Nashville’s biggest names honor the pop hitmaker

38 JOE NICHOLS’S MIRACLE BABY

After years of heartbreak, the singer and his wife welcome a baby daughter

42 I DO! I DO! I DO!

Jake Owen’s wedding album, plus our favorite star wedding photos

52 TIM AND KENNY!

Summer’s hottest touring duo open up about their 21 years of friendship

63 SUMMER COCKTAILS

Great party drinks with Thompson Square

67 GRILLING GUIDE 2012

Must-have recipes to turn up the heat at your next backyard barbecue

74 COOKING WITH TRISHA

4th of July coleslaw

76 RESTAURANT RECIPE

Southwest corn from Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

78 COOKBOOK RECIPE

S’more Pie!

80 I COUNT MY BLESSINGS

Craig Morgan gives thanks

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ON THE COVER Photograph by Jeff Lipsky. Set stylist: Anna Webb; (Chesney) Groomer: Debra Wingo/Tristar; (McGraw) Groomer: Rachel Dwyer; Stylist: Victoria Case/MACS-AMAX. Insets, from left: Andrew Evans/PR Photos; Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; D Dipasupil/Getty Images; Debbie Van Story/I Photo Live

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