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Alan Jackson honors fallen miners

Alan Jackson over the weekend kicked off his Freight Train Tour by performing a benefit concert for the fallen West Virginian miners and rescue workers of the Upper Big Branch mining disaster, which happened in April. The 27 families affected, and the two whose family members survived the tragedy, received free tickets to the show […]

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MBird, A Fine Artist Indeed

MBird is singer/songwriter Megan Birdsall, a gifted musician who was born in Motown, grew up in the home of jump jazz, and lives part time in Music City. Her haunting melodies and evocative lyrics rest on a bed of traditional country instruments playing anything but traditional country. Influenced by a diverse array of writers such […]

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Truth & Salvage Co.

Every so often you come across a band whose music sort of reaches out and shakes hands with your soul. That’s just what the music of LA’s own Truth & Salvage Co. did to me. It’s a nice feeling, too, considering the vastly diluted pool of modern Americana rock bands fending for a spot on […]

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Declan McGarry – Self-Titled Debut – (LT Records)

Declan McGarry is obsessed with summertime and being seventeen again. That’s what you might think on on the opening “Summer Heat” and subsequent songs like “Seventeen” and “Summers of My Life.” But hold on. This 25-year-old Canadian who hails from Winnipeg — hometown of the legendary Neil Young and an early influence — has much […]

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Brooks & Dunn tribute concert to air Sunday night

More than a dozen top country music performers are saddling up to honor Brooks & Dunn during their “Last Rodeo.” Fans and fellow stars alike will bid farewell to the best-selling duo in musical history with the premiere of the TV special “ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn — The Last Rodeo” at 7 p.m. Sunday […]

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Willie Nelson “Country Music” Rounder

“This is my definition of real country music.”  That’s what Willie Nelson says about his new album, and, with that in mind, it’s interesting that he chooses to close the album with “Nobody’s Fault but Mine” – which comes from the blues tradition, rather than country.  It was the only song that Willie added to […]

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The 51st Newport Folk Festival: July 30th-Aug 1st

Nestled within a fortress alongside Newport harbor will be the 51st edition of George Wein’s Folk Festival. July 30th through August 1st, Newport, RI will be flooded with acoustic melodies, flat-picking guitars, and folk legends and up-and-comers as they gather to celebrate the history of a festival that began in 1959 in the very same […]

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Jason Boland: What’s going on in the sticks these days?

It began with Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family in the 1920s, but country music has come a long way since the days of “Blue Yodel No. 1” and “Wildwood Flower.” In the early 1940s it was Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs, and later honky tonk was born with Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams. […]

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