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The Real Jennette McCurdy Far From iCarly’s Sam

Jennette McCurdy has not let the narcissistic character she plays on iCarly bring her down in real life. Thank God. That’s just her being Sam. But I much prefer the real McCurdy who you can get a glimpse of in this making-of video for her debut country video, “Not That Far Away.” It’s been a year and a half since I first wrote about the young star launching a country career after all those episodes of iCarly on Nickelodeon. And it’s been 10 years since McCurdy got her first taste of Nashville’s charms when she played Faith Hill’s daughter in the video for “The Way You Love Me.”McCurdy’s video debuts on Saturday (Aug. 14) and was directed by Roman White, the man behind “Fifteen,” “You Belong With Me,” “Before He Cheats,” “Last Name,” “Just a Dream,” “So Small,” “Hillbilly Bone” and many more. So I think it’s safe to say, this video will be huge.

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Country Music Covers Uncover New Discoveries

If it was not for Jerrod Niemann’s swift rise to fame, and his very infectious “Lover, Lover,” I might never have heard of Sonia Dada. Neimann remade the group’s 1992 hit, “You Don’t Treat Me No Good,” into “Lover, Lover.” And if it was not for Kenny Chesney’s “Down the Road,” I might not have taken it upon myself to fall in love with Mac McAnally’s music, as he sings the thoughts of a hesitant father on that tune. And really, I might not have paid enough attention to Kelly Clarkson until she andReba McEntire came together for that unforgettable collaboration on Clarkson’s “Because of You.”

When two like-minded artists get together on a song (like, say, Kellie Pickler andTaylor Swift on “The Best Days of Your Life,” or Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton on”Hillbilly Bone”), it makes perfect sense. But when they branch out a little (Taylor Swift and John Mayer on “Half of My Heart,” for example), it always takes me by surprise. And I usually love the results. It’s often the same with remakes of songs I’d never heard of. When Miranda Lambert put Gillian Welch’s “Dry Town” on her Crazy Ex-Girlfriend album, I immediately looked into more of the Americana singer-songwriter’s music.

There are days, though, when I like the cover song and the cover song only, like when Dierks Bentley put the 26-year-old “Pride (In the Name of Love)” on his new album, Up on the Ridge. I already knew the U2 song. Who doesn’t? But I never really paid much attention to it. Never even liked it. Now that Bentley’s singing it, with Del McCoury on vocals, I dig what they’ve done with it.

Some days I am exhausted just looking at the tall, tall stack of CDs on my desk. There is just so much music. But then on other days, like today when I have time to sit and think, I’m so glad that I can stop putting music into neat little boxes. It’s better to have an open mind and let the music come to you.