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The Zac Brown Band "The Foundation" Atlantic

by Derek Payseur The Zac Brown Band’s third album, The Foundation, is an eclectic mix of songs that range from island-style country and slow-paced ballads to feel-good radio-friendly hits and finger picking southern-fried bluegrass. When listening to the album, it is obvious that Zac Brown and his band (Coy Bowles, Jimmy DeMartini, John Hopkins, and […]

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Jordan Tice “Long Story” Patuxent Music

by Joseph Scott How can this guy be twenty years old? That’s the first question that pops to mind when listening to guitarist Jordan Tice’s new Patuxent Music release, Long Story. Not just because of the picking, in this day and age there is many a twenty year old that can pick. It comes in […]

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Charlie Daniels To Sign Autographs, Prior To Christmas For Kids

WHO: Charlie Daniels WHAT: Charlie Daniels will meet fans and sign autographs in celebration of his recent DVD release, Preachin’, Prayin’, and Singin’ (Blue Hat/Koch Records) at The Charlie Daniels Museum. Later, The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at the Ryman Auditorium for the 12th Christmas For Kids benefit concert with Montgomery Gentry, Phil Vassar, […]

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Centro-matic/South San Gabriel – interview

by Brad Tucker The easy misconception when one first encounters Centro-matic and South San Gabriel is that they are the same band; both are led by guitarist and singer Will Johnson, and South San Gabriel’s line-up features all four Centro-matic members, plus two. The groups are touring together for the first time in the U.S., […]

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Justin Moore – Joe’s Bar, Chicago, IL

by Jeremy Climer Friday, August 22 While browsing iTunes on day in the spring, I came across a song called, “I Could Kick Your Ass”. I gave it a quick listen, liked it and decided it was worth my $0.99. The more I listened to the song, the more I liked it and I eagerly […]

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George Strait “Classic Christmas” MCA Nashville

by Melissa Barnes, The Music City Muse This album undoubtedly lives up to its name Classic Christmas. And personally speaking, I have never heard anything come from George Strait that was anything less than amazing. Strait adds his own special country twang on classics like “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.” His voice […]

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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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Taylor Swift "Fearless" Big Machine Records

When deciding on a name for the follow up to her wildly successful debut album, “Fearless” seemed a fitting title for the infinitely talented Swift. It is no secret that it takes more than talent to make it big, but also determination, faith, luck and most of all guts. With the trepidation she may have […]

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Renfro Valley

by Meagan Lawson Hundreds of people are piling out of busses and cramped cars on Saturday afternoon, many leaning on canes or clutching grandbabies as they step onto the hot asphalt. Though Renfro Valley’s lodge, campgrounds, cabins, and restaurant are full, today is no special occasion. Each year, thousands of visitors sift in and out […]

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Ryman Auditorium

J. Estopinal Just blocks from novelty shops that sell sequined tube tops and Elvis key chains, up from the corner where wishful thinkers strum cheap guitars, past the bedazzled, fringed, and spurred crowds, stands the mother church of country music. The neo-gothic, red brick Ryman Auditorium, with its rows of windows and slanted roof, is […]

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