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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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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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Hank Williams, Jr., Taylor Swift & More Honored at 56th Annual BMI Country Awards

from BMI The 56th Annual BMI Country Awards celebrated the genre’s elite tonight at the performing right organization’s Music Row offices in Nashville. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville Jody Williams, the black-tie ceremony toasted the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed country […]

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Invite Alison Krauss Into Your Living Room

by Bill Conger If there’s one thing better than hearing the angelic voice of Alison Krauss, it’s seeing her perform. The lovely and multi-talented singer/instrumentalist/producer collaborates with a who’s who of music on her new DVD, “A Hundred Miles or More: Live From The Tracking Room (Rounder Records), which arrives in stores Nov. 11. Cameras […]

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