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Zac Brown Band Takes Us Deep Inside the Grammys

It’s been a banner award season so far for up-and-coming country bands. First CMP BFFs Gloriana outshine Lady Gaga and Kid CuDi at the AMAs and, on January 31, the Zac Brown Band’s chicken-fried charm led them to a Best New Artist win at the Grammys. Check out this video, where the band takes you […]

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Chart-toppers named as performers for New Faces of Country Music Show

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. announced recently the performers slated for the CRS 2010 New Faces of Country Music Show to be held Friday, February 26. Some popular and hit-making names top the list of performers this year, including Randy Houser (Universal South), Chris Young (RCA), Justin Moore (Valory Music Co), Love and Theft (Lyric Street) […]

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Coachella Lineup Open Thread

Look at this Coachella lineup. ^ The Avett Brothers. The Dead Weather. Les Claypool. Shooter Jennings. Them Crooked Vultures. Frightened Rabbit. She & Him. Freaking Pavement. Yeah, I think we can get behind this. Who are you excited for at this year’s Coachella Music And Arts Festival? Who would you like to see added to […]

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Kate McGarrigle, 1946-2010

We are saddened today to learn of the death of Kate McGarrigle last night from cancer. She was 63. McGarrigle performed widely with her sister, Anna, for more than three decades, recording 10 albums. She was also well-known for being the matriarch of a musical family, the Wainwrights. McGarrigle was the mother of singers Rufus […]

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“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with …”

The Sundance Channel is well into the second season of its critically acclaimed music/talk original series “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…”. This week — Jan. 20, 10 p.m. EST — features the first of a two-part episode with guest Bruce Springsteen. In the series, executive produced by Sir Elton John, Costello interviews his musical guests and […]

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Freedy Johnston – Rain On The City – (Bar None Records)

It’s been eight years since Freedy Johnston’s last album, so what does he open with on this new one but an accordion and a ukulele. Welcome back Freedy, welcome back. Recorded in Nashville at House of David, a studio run by multi-instrumentalist Richard McLaurin and owned by legendary Nashville session man David Briggs (Elvis Presley’s […]

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Buddy and Julie Miller – “Written In Chalk”

There was a time when I anxiously awaited the impending arrival of a new Neil Young release, knowing it would not only impact my life, but that it would speak to me on a level of depth somewhere between religious, familial, and primordial-in other words, scary personal. That place is now reserved for Buddy and […]

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Tiny Television – Mission Statement (Magnolia Records)

Some artists sneak up on you from out of the haze of a purple dusk, tap you on the shoulder and hand you a precious box. Tiny Television’s Mission Statement (Magnolia Records, 2009) is that box, a bejeweled wonder full of interesting compartments holding secret, shiny surprises that reveal themselves with each new opening. From […]

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Phil Vassar: I did it my way

Phil Vassar isn’t new to writing foot-tapping, heart-pumping songs that inspire and get you thinking. He’s penned No. 1 hits like, “Just Another Day in Paradise” and “In a Real Love,” and his current single, “Everywhere I Go,” is climbing the charts. His latest release, “Traveling Circus,” not only expands his role as a motivator, […]

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