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Dolly Parton

Q: You’ve come a long way from Locust Ridge, Tennessee. Can you still claim to be backwoods? A: Yes, and proud of it. I stay close to my roots and my family. I never want to forget any part of it. I’m still just a hillbilly at heart, thus a Backwoods Barbie. Q: Congratulations on […]

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Charlie Daniels

interview by Mike Hennessey Charlie Daniels, “Preachin’, Prayin’, Singin’” – Blue Hat Records, 2008 Charlie Daniels arrived in Nashville in 1967 with a wife, child, and a literal twenty dollar bill in his pocket. In a few short years, he was lending his fiddle to Bob Dylan’s seminal Nashville albums. Since then he has sold […]

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Calexico’s Joey Burns – interview

interview by Nikki Roddy With the US in economic crisis and only days away from deciding one of the most critical elections in its history, the prevailing attitude of general America can safely be described as one of fear. Fear so thick and palpable that it feels like everyone is engaging in a collective nail-biting […]

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Husk – interview

By Travis Mamone Husk is a new hard rocking band deeply rooted in the sounds and feelings of the old South. They mix the old-school twang of Hank and Merle with the classic Southern Rock of Lynard Skynard. And did I mention these guys are from Canada? I recently had the opportunity to do an […]

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Darius Rucker

On the heels of his new album, Darius Rucker is getting set to tour with Brad Paisley. Rucker’s album, Learn to Live, hit number one on country charts, only a step behind his first country single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” CMG spoke with him about the sudden country fame. Country Music Goodness: […]

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Lonestar – interview

by Lisa Kiser Into The Future with Lonestar With the departure of Richie McDonald and the arrival of new lead singer Cody Collins, Lonestar has experienced some tumultuous times of late. I recently chatted with Keech Rainwater, resident all-star drummer for Lonestar, about the new direction of the band and what the future holds. Country […]

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Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music)

by Tim Rynders Country Music Pride: How have the first few shows gone? Does it feel like you never stopped playing as HWM or does it feel like a distant dream? Chuck Ragan: They’ve gone and felt absolutely incredible.  The friends, fans and general turnout has been overwhelming and it’s just been everything and more […]

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Old Crow Medicine Show

by Jesse Hill On September 23rd, Old Crow Medicine Show will release their third album Tennessee Pusher, a beautifully cinematic and empathetic album about a people and from a people, the American people, the people from which this musical tradition is sprung. After going into the lost alleys and forgotten trailer parks to find the […]

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Mike Seeger – “Last Known Interview”

The Vine of American music grew slowly at first. Traditions were passed down from person to person. Music and musicians were relatively isolated, unique to each region. This slowly shifted as people arrived here from a wider range of countries, settled more of the country. The advent and growth of recording, radio and the Internet, […]

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Earl Scruggs

Just a few quick facts about the mighty Earl Scruggs; 1) Earl Scruggs was born in Shelby, North Carolina in Cleveland County. 2) Earl began pickin’ on the banjo at age four and by the age of ten he had developed the infamous “Scruggs style” (amongst other names) banjo picking style. 3) Ol’ Earl can […]

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