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January 19, 2012|By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye

So you've always been an "I like everything except country" person. We can respect that. But if you're already a fan of pop or rock, country isn't a big leap. Check out these artists, recommended by US 99.5 country radio program director Marci Braun, to get you started:

Like pop? Try …

Rascal Flatts

This country trio's latest album, "Nothing Like This," features "Easy" with British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield.

Taylor Swift

It's easy to forget this young superstar is a country artist. Songs like "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me" easily cross over to pop radio.

Martina McBride

She's been making music since the '90s but is still churning hits like last year's "Teenage Daughters."

Like rock? Try …

Jason Aldean

His album "My Kinda Party" features "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Kelly Clarkson, but for something a little sappy, try "Tattoos on This Town."

Eric Church

His 2011 album, "Chief," includes plenty of odes to a good Friday night, including "Drink In My Hand."

Dierks Bentley

His party anthem "Sideways" from 2009's "Feel That Fire" is still getting regular airtime.

evanzandt@tribune.com | @redeyedrinks

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