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
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
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